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ID:4258 

P. L. from Gainsborough

Wednesday 28 September 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:5

As suggested in the Wye and Usk Handbook, an ideal venue for 5 coarse rods with 3 anglers making the most of Courtfield with the other 2 ‘Old Timers’ settling for Wyebank.
Arriving late morning after travelling down from Lincolnshire on what must have been one of the warmest late September days on record, like many other previous reports we were met by the owner Don Macer-Wright. Don made us all most welcome and then spent the next hour or more, first identifying and describing the most productive Courtfield swims, after which he took the time and trouble to walk the full extent of the Wyebank beats, which apart from Holme Lacey once, has been the only bailiff we have ever seen on any WUF water after many bookings, many thanks Don.
Total fish caught from Courtfield between the 3 rods was 8 Chub to 5lb and 11 Barbel ranging from around a pound up to 9lb plus.
The 2 anglers on Wyebank shared a catch of a single Chub and 10 Barbel, again with fish from as small as a pound up to over 9lbs.
All the fish were caught on ledgered pellets, we should have taken the time to read previous reports and taken some waders and float fishing tackle to open up much more water, never the less considering the bright sunny conditions and extremely clear water for the time of year, it was a most enjoyable start to our annual 3 day holiday on the Wye, watching the many varied birds and regular leaping salmon.

ID:4180 

C. G. from Leeds

Tuesday 27 September 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:3

Not fished this stretch before arrived on a very hot & sunny day to find a low & slow moving river. Dropped in at the top end of the stretch at some well fished pegs, however it was slow going and moved further down to the rocky faster water. Nice to see the owner on this stretch - first time I have seen an owner or Bailiff on any stretch, nice touch.
3 Rods after a tough day caught 2 Barbel & 2 Chub. The good news is my Barbel wieghed a magic 10lb & the other 9lb 4oz. Pellet & paste did the trick.

ID:4173 

R. D. & P. F. from West Sussex

Monday 26 September 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:2

2 of us fished pellet feeders on a day that was unseasonably sunny and hot and a river that was low and clear, so less than ideal conditions.

Before stopping for lunch at 12 noon, it was relatively slow with just a single barbel gracing the net. We returned refreshed at 3.30 pm and the action became fast and furious, bringing our combined catch up to 19 barbel, including a 10.03 and five 9s. We also had chub to just over 5lb.

What a superb stretch of river this is and what a high average weight for Wye barbel. We can't wait to re-visit.

ID:4124 

M. A. from Sussex

Monday 19 September 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:4

This report covers 4 rods on wyebank and courtfield on 19 Sept, 2 rods on courtfield on 20 & 21 Sept.

Sorry we did not keep exact catch records, but the party caught a fair number of barbel with at least three double figure barbel and a couple of five pound chub from the upstream swims in the meadow. The average size of barbel and chub was significantly larger than other beats, and the whole stretch was well kept and an extremely enjoyable venue. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Baits varied, hemp and pellet probably taking most fish.

The outstanding aspect of these beats, however, is the personal attention and advice from both the riparian owner and the baliff. Both were true gentlemen, and devoted hours to ensuring that all the party were in the best possible swims, using the best tactics for the conditions.

ID:3993 

C. from LINCOLNSHIRE

Saturday 10 September 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

6 BARBEL TO JUST UNDER 9LBS, BRILLIANT DAY ON A STUNNING RIVER.

ID:3970 

C. T. from Witney, Oxfordshire

Friday 9 September 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

Firstly, I would like to thank both the bailiff Rudi, and the land owner Don, for the friendly welcome to the beat, it was appreciated, and also the fact that they both acknowledged me by name rather than just another day ticket holder.
The day started on arrival at 10am, a walk of the beat and baiting of selected swims with hemp and pellet was carried out. First fish of the day was a Barbel of 6 lbs 10 ozs just after casting. The day progressed slowly with two eels from two other baited swims. At 5pm I revisited the first swim, and on advice from Rudi, I tried luncheon meat again (after being pestered with eels on this bait). The result was more Barbel ( 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 9-6, 5-11, 5-9, 7-3 & 6-13) and 3 Chub (3+, 4-8 & 5-9 )

River conditions were coloured water, and rising slowly during the day.

ID:3972 

R. L. from Lower Lydbrook

Friday 9 September 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

Fished 16.00 to 19.45. River falling, perhaps 1ft extra of clearing but not to cold water, overcast with light showers and rising evening air temperature. Perfect.
Light ledger (that could be lifted and let flow over weed and bounce in arc from far bank to nearbank) to 8 hook and 1inch cubes of curried luncheon meat. 4ft hook length, no ground bait.
Mid point of Leggs Meadow.
Luncheon meat floats up above the weed so is more visible in silty water
6 Barbel 7lb-ish to a weighed 9lb 12oz then later the Chub went crazy, I spent more time returning fish than angling! Chub every other cast, they were hitting the bait thro its arc but I could only hook regular just as bait stopped moving.
Most were between 2 and 3 pounds but a dozen or so were larger, weighed 2 I thought might go 6lb but they were 5lb 4oz and 5lb 12oz and fought like barbel staying deep to the net. Lucky I'd brought extra meat bait to use up!
In all total bag probably close to 100lbs in just under 4hrs. Actually arrived home on time for dinner!, did not need that "last extra cast".
The weather was unusual, much surface fish and small salmon activity in lower part of meadow, co-incides with DM's multi salmon catch in Wyebank just downstream earlier in day. Such a fickle river the Wye but my best evening session ever by far. (See also C's of Witney report same evening).
Interesting to see if Sat/Sun reports good or as typical of Wye a good day followed by a poor day?

ID:3953 

M. B. from Colchester

Sunday 4 September 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

Another very hard day, and floating weed + canoeists made keeping a rod in the water for more than a few minutes impossible, worked very hard to end with 8 Barbel and 6 Chub.

ID:3908 

T. & A. from Bristol

Saturday 3 September 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:2

Fished an afternoon session. Started in the top field in deep water, caught two eels on pellet. Moved into new swim and my mate had a nice chub out the back on boilie.

Moved down stream into shallower water on croys and beyond with no action.

Finished at dusk back in the meadow, in the swim we wanted (new swim) there were two teenagers along with mates fishing. They stayed on night fishing as we left at dark (there two cars were parked by ours in the gateway of pump station). A little bit irritating, but I suppose kids will be kids!

We ducked in next swim up and I had a 9lb barbel on pellet and another large eel. Was chuffed. The river keeper is a sound guy, nice chatting, hope to meet again soon.

ID:3923 

G. G. from Thornbury

Thursday 1 September 2011 (8 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:3

12 barbel to 9lb 2oz, plus a few chub.

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