Big Fish Column: Steady week in mid-summer for anglers

It was another steady week around the local fisheries last week, nowhere really shone, but there were fish to be caught on most venues. Typical midsummer!

Finch Farm update

First up is a report from Ray Brooker at Finch Farm Fishery where the Cat Lake is still fishing well with catfish of 43lb and 35lb landed last week, along with plenty of others in the high teens upwards. As we come into what is typically a quiet spell of fishing, the quality of catfishing at Finch is definitely one to have on your radar as cats are likely to keep feeding right throughout the summer.

If cats are not your thing, and for many they are not, The Main Lake at Finch has been producing lots of roach to over 1lb along with crucians over 2lb along and carp to 15lb. unsurprisingly, it has been the evening anglers finding the best of the carp fishing.

Ray tells me that he personally has been fishing Anaconda 1 and catching carp to 14lb, bream to over 5lb and roach to 1lb. His successful tactics have been meat fished over 4mm pellets on the pole tight to the far margins in just 10 inches of water.

Loddon chub

Apart from Thames chub, which are ever–present, the local rivers have been mostly tough with few fishers reporting good fish. One of the best of last week‘s bunch was a nice chub catch to Twyford‘s Phil Adams who netted three fish weighing in at 3lb 12oz, 4lb 14oz and 5lb 4oz.

Phil‘s hat–trick came from the River Loddon close to Dinton Pastures Country Park where he sat it out in a fairly open swim with a feeder and pellet combination to snare the three fish. All of them came late in the day and were brought to the bank on 8lb main line with and 8lb fluorocarbon hook length and a size 8 hook.

Thames perch

Bourne End has been a real hotspot for local perch for a few seasons now and it continues to be one of the ‘go–to‘ locations for great local perch, although it does help to have boat access to get to some of the killer spots in and around the marina.

Marlow rod Jay Shergold visited the area last weekend and floatfished worm close in under a big loafer float to net several fish from 6oz to 1lb 8oz.

Local trout

Despite the continued high water temperatures, Chris Hayward reports that the fishing was good last week and although there were a few blank returns there were plenty of good catches too with Bob Todd top of the list with a 12–fish day, all taken on daddies and gold heads. Mark Tibbell used similar patterns for a 6–fish day. The average weight for the week was 2lb 12oz with a rod average of 2.7.

The big news from the Haywards Farm Fishery is that it will be any method for the weekend of 26th and 27th July to remove as many trout as possible before it closes for the summer. Tickets, which include three trout to take, cost £30 and are available on a first come first service basis from the fishery on 0118 930 3860.

With the chance of pike to well over 25lb, perch to 5lb and an unknown head of carp, tench and other species this is a rare chance to explore a game fishery with methods other than the fly. I‘ll certainly be there looking for some of the venue‘s huge perch!

Prospects for the week ahead

Consistently warm and settled weather should see more settled but unspectacular fishing for the foreseeable future. It‘s the midsummer blues for local anglers!

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