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ID:2694 

R. L. from Lower Lydbrook

Monday 5 July 2010 (9 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

Wyebank, Bottom Section 06.00 to 09.30, 6 Barbel to 8lbs and 9 Chub between 2 and 4.5lbs. Rolling touch ledger in main flow on large halibut pellet and later on curried luncheon meat, 18inch bottom length to size 8 hook on 10lb line, 10ft barbel rod and fixed spool.

Courtfield Middle, tail of island 16.00 to 18.00hrs.
18ft trotting rod and centerpin with 4lb line, over-shotted chubber float set at 2ft to size 14/12 hook with single/double sweetcorn over sweetcorn loose feed. 1 GRAYLING about 10in long, 3 chub largest 3.5lbs, 3 barbel to 6lbs and numerous dace of around 8 to 12oz.

Wyebank Bottom Section 18.00hrs to 22.15hrs. Same trotting set up as above, another GRAYLING! 8in long, 4 Chub largest 5lb plus a bit, 7 barbel 5 to 9lbs and numerous dace and chublets.

On light gear in the fast shallow water over 30yds this was trotting at its best and I consistantly caught more quality fish per hour than are caught in the usual meadow section.
For these sections easy wading to mid stream is required when water is low, felt soled thigh waders would just do in low water. The 18ft trotting rod only has a 0.75lb test curve and was hardly able to control the barbel in the current, a more powerful rod would be advised. Use a centrepin if you have one to present the bait correctly.

The 2 grayling came as a suprise as they are seldom caught in this Wye section but most anglers fix ledger with large baits or perhaps its the constant high levels last year flushed them downstream. Their return would add another species possible on fly in this section.

Another angler fished ledgered pellet with swimfeeder just below the island and throughout the day caught good chub and barbel even as the canoes came directly through his swim.

ID:2692 

K. S. +. S. W. from Cardiff

Friday 25 June 2010 (9 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:2

A very bright day with water conditions low, so we knew it was going to be difficult to catch barbel. We managed 12 chub between us to 4lbs on mainly pellet tipped with sweetcorn and fed pellet. It was not until the evening that the barbel responded to the pellet and managed to bank barbel up to 7lbs.

We had a great day and look forward into fishing Middle Hill Court on September 1st, a big thank you to Wye & Usk Foundation.

ID:2693 

P. B. from Oxfordshire

Monday 21 June 2010 (9 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:2

Me and my mate fished the beat for 4 days taking 20 barbel up to 8lb and 16 chub up to 5lb. We fished method feeders with 17mm halibut pellets. A little slow during the day when it was very hot. All in all a very enjoyable 4 days fishing.

ID:3648 

A. A. from Clevedon

Friday 27 July 2007 (12 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

Fishing in the wooded section and starting fishing at first
light I can only describe this as a real red letter day on this fantastic stretch of Wye using a pellet feeder with elipse pellet and paste on the hook. Within the first hour 2 barbel and 2 chub came to the net finishing the day 15.30 with a total 10 barbel with wieghts between 7 and 8 pounds and 15 chub between 3lb with the largest going 5lb 1oz.
After 37 years of barbel fishing this ranks up there with the best and one other great part of the day was meeting Don a real good guy.
who realy cares about the fish and this river.

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