Big Fish Column: Well-oxygenated water of a weirpool offers best chance of a bite 

A late summer heatwave is not good news for fishing and the past week has seen little of note reported from local fisheries. Although temperatures are forecast to drop off the long range prediction suggest little in the way of rain, so this could mean the beginning of a long, lean spell for fishing prospects.


Weirpool success

The well–oxygenated water of a weirpool often offers the best chance of a bite or two during the heat of summer and a session exploring Marlow weirpool brought a few fish for Jay Shergold last week.

Marlow–based Jay used a boat to explore several sections of the river last weekend, but his only bites came when he moored up in Marlow Weir and legered a worm hook bait off the stern of the craft on a size 6 hook to a 6lb hook length and 8lb main line. A perch of around 8oz opened Jay‘s account and it was followed by four further perch to 1lb 12oz, a chub of 4lb and a small barbel. A nice catch in temperatures north of 30C.


Under cover of darkness

The importance of fishing through the night is never more important than during a period of very hot weather and Burnham‘s Ed Anderson scored with a carp of 22lb from Theale‘s Island Lake when the fish picked up his mini boilie hook bait at 3am. Ed banked the fish after a short but powerful fight on a size 10 hook to a 30lb coated braid and 12lb main line.

Thames bream continue to feed after dark too and can be guaranteed to provide a few bites even when nothing else is feeding as Dave Kelly found during a session at Temple last weekend. Dave presented a soft pellet hook bait in conjunction with a feeder packed with softened pellets to bank 12 fish to around the 6lb mark.


The week ahead

A slight cooling off may improve prospects slightly for the week ahead, but it is going to be tough! Any anglers wishing to report catches may contact me at

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