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ID:1833 

S. D. from S Yorks

Friday 23 July 2010 (10 years ago)

Area:Middle Wye

Beat:White House

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:4

The river looked perfect carrying plenty of colour but results didn't reflect this. 4 rod totals as follows:

Fri. 23/7 Backney - 3 barbel (best 7-4)
Sat. 24/7 Middle Hill - 4 barbel (best 7-10)
Sun. 25/7 Whitehouse - 9 barbel (best 7-5)

The barbel were interspersed with a few chub (best 4-8) but not in any significant numbers. All of us "rang the changes" with baits but all the barbel were caught on either pellet or meat.

It was extremely disappointing to find other anglers on all of the beats we had booked (bearing in mind all had a limit of 4 coarse rods)! We knew this was possible at Backney so this was no issue but another angler arrived to fish Middle Hill Court and there were 3 other anglers sharing Whitehouse with us. As the number of fishable swims is not particularly high on these beats, the presence of other anglers did restrict opportunities to rove up & down the beats and it certainly does nothing to alleviate clearly increasing angling pressure.

In coarse angling terms the cost of fishing these beats is relatively high but is acceptable when exclusivity is factored in. We definitely left feeling a little cheated and it would be nice to have some explanation of the situation!

** WUF Note **

We were sorry to hear the enjoyment of this angling trip was affected by extra anglers on the water. While we endeavour to ensure a degree of exclusivity, the beats do sometimes experience poaching activity (as do all fisheries). Having investigated this report, we believe that the other White House and Middle Hill Court anglers were fishing without permission. Should anyone come across what they believe to be poaching on a Passport water, we request they contact the Foundation as soon as possible, leaving a message if out of office hours. Although difficult at weekends, we can sometimes have the owner, a bailiff or one of our habitat team members attend the scene.

ID:1797 

D. G. from Buckingham

Sunday 18 July 2010 (10 years ago)

Area:Middle Wye

Beat:White House

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:4

Despite a river with a little colour, being overcast and drizzley we only managed to catch 5 chub between 4 of us.
Conditions looked ideal but the fishing very hard. Dont really understand why we didn't catch!

ID:1863 

J. M. from Dorset

Saturday 17 July 2010 (10 years ago)

Area:Middle Wye

Beat:White House

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

Fished the lower end and had 5 chub to 5lb, 3 on freelined pellet. The river was carrying a lot of weed so conditions slightly tricky. The fish were in excellent condition and fought extremely well. Very impressed.

ID:1931 

S. C. from Gloucester

Saturday 10 July 2010 (10 years ago)

Area:Middle Wye

Beat:White House

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

My first ever trip to Whitehouse, I was very impressed with the ease of access and strimmed/marked swims. The river was very low and the weather very hot, as a result the fishing was far from easy. I did manage to extract one Barbel of about 7.5lb from under an overhanging tree in the morning, but had to settle for a dozen or so small Chub during the rest of the day.

All fish were caught on small Halibut pellets. Despite the fairly hard fishing, I had a great day in beautiful surroundings.

ID:1748 

M. L. from London

Tuesday 6 July 2010 (10 years ago)

Area:Middle Wye

Beat:White House

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

Arrived around 10am to find all the lower sections heavily populated with anglers on the opposite bank which left me with few options but to head upstream - a lot of new pegs have been strimmed and marked since I was last there, which made things a bit easier. I fished 3 swims just over an hour each for 5 Chub in the 2 to 4 lb bracket. Sadly I had to leave after 4 hours and never made it back in the evening. The river was very low and clear at the bottom and bright sunlight made this usually productive stretch tough going.

ID:1744 

M. P. & K. B. from Southampton

Saturday 3 July 2010 (10 years ago)

Area:Middle Wye

Beat:White House

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:2

A very early start was the order of the day for our first trip to the Wye this season and first time on this section, so it was with much excitement that we walked the whole stretch looking for likely spots to tempt the barbel from. It was soon apparent that the river was very low and running very clear and with finding fish proving to be as difficult as spotting a cloud in the sky it was soon apparent that a tough two days were in store for us. What followed was a lesson from K.B in how to extract barbel from a river in far from ideal conditions ending the day with 8 barbel a chub and an eel to my 4 chub. On the sunday the conditions were better with good cloud cover but a strong gusting wind. I performed better ending up with 5 barbel to 6 pound just behind K.B with 6 barbel to 8 pound which from a river in dire need of extra water shows the potential of this fantastic river. Many thanks to the WUF.

ID:1754 

C. D. from Hampshire

Friday 2 July 2010 (10 years ago)

Area:Middle Wye

Beat:White House

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:2

Overcast for a lot of the day but still rather warm. Fishing was fairly slow until early evening when I caught 2 barbel and lost one in about quarter of an hour. Final total for the day was 4 barbel caught 2 lost also 2 chub caught. Very nice day although the engines extracting water to irrigate the fields very soon get on your wick, how nice it was when they turned it off for a while!

ID:1684 

G. P. from Bath

Tuesday 22 June 2010 (10 years ago)

Area:Middle Wye

Beat:White House

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:2

Phew wot a scorcher! I wish I knew where the barbel had hidden from the sun and heat because I would have got in there with them!

Nevertheless, arriving late and finding the deeper pools occupied, we still managed a 7lb 'gudgeon' and numerous suicidal chub to about 3lb.

Echoing a previous contributor, access is greatly improved with a number of strimmed areas which are also marked with poles (wooden ones) that you can spot from a distance or attach yourself to at those swims not blessed with a flat spot for sitting on. All canoeists well behaved.

Lovely day despite the extreme temperatures - thanks WUF!

ID:1648 

T. U. from Bristol

Friday 18 June 2010 (10 years ago)

Area:Middle Wye

Beat:White House

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:2

11 Barbel to almost 7lb and 6 Chub to 2.5lb. This is one of the most Angler friendly beats I have fished with the vegetation strimmed and even a map in the hut showing the most productive areas. Very useful for those fishing it for the first time.

ID:1690 

M. B. from Colchester

Friday 18 June 2010 (10 years ago)

Area:Middle Wye

Beat:White House

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

Thank you once again for allowing me to fish this brilliant river. I had a fantastic weekend on Whitehouse. In 3 days I caught 65 Barbel to 9 lb 2 oz, and at least as many chub.
The more I fish this river, the better it seems to get, although the river was quite low and little flow, it didn't seem to matter, the fish were hungry for my baits, mainly small 8mm pellets and small cubes of meat. I also saw a lot of salmon jumping all weekend.

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