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Fishery Reports and News

Lancashire's River Douglas is well worth a visit, roach of over a pound being caught also lots of small chub. A barbel of 6lbs reported caught on caster bait by Wigan angler.

River Ribble the river was some six feet up on Tuesday and dropping on Wednesday. Today Thursday 18th November the river was some two feet above summer level. The extra water was badly needed to help the salmon reach their spawning reds.
Some good chub and barbel caught from Balderstone downstream to Cuerdale. There is a report of 12lb barbel from Prince Albert AS water at Osbalderstone Hall. In the upper reaches good catches of grayling to fly fishers and bait anglers.

River Wyre is well worth a visit Graeme Cook had chub to 4-3-0 fishing bread crust, pike on dead baits best at 12lbs. This is an under fished river and well worth a visit. Day tickets available from the garage in St Michael's.

River Dane anglers catching chub, barbel and roach, there is a report of a 19lb pike which cannot be confirmed. This delightful twisting river is full of character where you have the chance of a five pound chub, though the average size is probably 3lbs. Baits caster, gentles, bread, meat and cheese. I would also recommend taking some lobworms.

River Kennet Wasing Fishery Water temperature 48 degrees F river low and clear floating weed a problem. A few barbel to 11lb plus and chub to 5-1-0 have been caught. The disabled platforms at Brimpton produced multiple catches of barbel averaging five pound on pellet bait. I have just had a three day session with John Bodsworth of Sussex, fishing was hard I caught 4 barbel to about 7lbs, lost two and missed a couple of bites. John had a personal best chub of 4-11-0 and a couple of barbel on meat bait, and a surprise pike of about 7lbs on bread crust. The rain falling today in the area will be very welcome, I feel prospects for the weekend are excellent if there are a few inches of extra water.

Rutland Water is in tremendous form with plenty of limits from both bank and boat. Season ticket holders Ken Merridan (Uppingham) and Jim Watts (Ryhall) with John Wotherspoon (Stamford) and Brian Flack (Peterborough) took limits last Friday with sinking lines and gold/silver sparklers. They were boat fishing in the main basin. Bank anglers are taking fish from Whitwell Creek, fishing lodge harbour, Sykes Lane, Stockie Bay and Armley Wood, with rainbows up to 5lb on fry patterns, minkies, suspender minkies etc. Prospects look excellent for the remainder of the season. Best rainbow 5lb 4oz taken by Paul Dimbleby Best bank areas Whitwell Creek, fishing lodge harbour, Sykes Lane, Stockie Bay and Armley Wood Best boat areas main basin, Inmans Spinney and Barnsdale Creek

Grafham Water The fishing this week has been very productive for both bank and boat anglers with the majority of fish being caught around the margins mainly in the afternoon on a variety of flies, from small nymphs to large lures on floating and intermediate lines at G buoy, willows, Hill Farm Plummer Park and Gaynes Point. The water levels of the reservoir are still rising steadily at around 2-3 inches a day and the air temperature has dropped considerably towards the end of the week to about 6 or 7 degrees. Best bank areas G buoy, Plummer Park, Willows, Hill Farm and Gaynes Point Best boat areas G marker, Willows, Hedge End and dam Best methods floating/intermediate lines, damsel nymphs, diawl bachs, PTN, buzzers, boobies, minkies and cats whiskers.

Anglers Mail 16th - 22nd November
There are some excellent pictures of big pike in the current issue of the Anglers Mail. Selby Yorks angler Mark Ackerley is pictured with a 36-4-0 pike on a lure from a three foot deep swim at a Staffordshire trout fishery. Another lure caught pike of 31 pounds is featured with its capture Dave Kelbrick. The picture that grabbed my attention this week was a perch of 4lb 3 ounces by Stewart Wallace from the Great Ouse. Carp are never out of the news and this week is no different with Stephen Fudge pictured with a 50lb fish. Ian Welch is pictured with a River Loddon barbel of 15-4-0. There are also pictures of several other double figure fish. Anglers Mail is full of news both sea and freshwater. For me the news of the capture of a 17lb river Thames barbel is the highlight.

Martin James Fishing