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ID:2709 

J. S. from Brixham

Tuesday 2 November 2010 (9 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

None.

ID:2708 

R. L. from Lower Lydbrook

Monday 25 October 2010 (9 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

Wyebank Section. 16.00 to 18.30, overcast but mild. Evening walk to use maggots left from trip to Glanwye. Met 2 W&U anglers leaving after blank day for Barbel. River falling and clearing but water very cold the probable cause of the lack of barbel. Trotting, centre-pin, chubber float lightly over shot to size 14 hook on 4lb line set at 3 to 4ft and held back on edge of flow. Loose feed maggots with 2 on hook. 1 x 3lb plus chub followed by dace to 12oz every other cast until very dark. During this summer only caught occasional individual dace when using sweetcorn for barbel/chub and thought the heavy presence of a cormorant family and immature goosanders had cleared most of dace so good to find a large quality shoal present again.

ID:2706 

K. from N. Yorkshire

Saturday 16 October 2010 (9 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:2

1 X chub2.5l bs. Very slow with virtually no bites - possibly due to drop in temperature. Locals weren't catching either. Beautiful section of river with some great looking swims. Will try again in better conditions.

ID:2707 

P. A. from Wantage

Friday 15 October 2010 (9 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Salmon

No. of Anglers:2

No salmon seen, but wonderful fly water in the bottom section (Wyebank) Both of us had trout around 1lb. Would have been great to see a few salmon.

ID:2705 

R. L. from Lower Lydbrook

Tuesday 12 October 2010 (9 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

Mon 11th October, 16.00 to 18.45. Wyebank section. River slightly coloured, 3 barbel 6-8lb, Halibut pellet on rolling ledger of one swan shot over loose halibut feed on crease of eddies.

Tues 12th October, 16.30 to 18.30. Wyebank section. 1 barbel of around 8lb at dusk. No takes on halibut or meat, tried last cast with whole processed ragworm left from sea trip, instant take, must have hit it on head!
All fish in prime condition and fins well coloured. Pike on prowl in centre section as light faded may have been cause of no bites until dusk. Goosanders and immature cormorants fishing below island.

ID:2704 

M. L. from Poole

Friday 1 October 2010 (9 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:2

Three days spent on this wonderful fishery. 1 Barbel, 4 to 5 pounds, 3 chub at 2,3 and 4 pounds, all caught on ledgered meat in the bottom pools of the fishery. Plenty of dace caught on maggots also. Exellent natural fishery well worth a visit. Big thanks to Don for making us feel so welcome. Planning next visit asap.....

ID:2703 

M. B. from Penallta

Monday 20 September 2010 (9 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

Access was typical of so many Wye fisheries: down a steep and slippery bank, especially at the bottom where receding floodwaters had left the ground quite muddy. Turned out to be an expensive day, as 10+ feeders were lost in a snag which I was later informed might be the carcase of a motorbike dumped a year or two earlier, and slowly being washed down the fishery by each flood (thanks for that info Rudi). However, the snag turned out to be the fish-holding feature, and when the casts didn't go awry 4 barbel were the result, 3 estimated between 5-7 lbs, and a pristine beauty of 11 lbs exactly. Pellet/paste combo was the main producer, with only 1 fish falling to meat. Other fish caught were a chub of about 2lbs, and the real surprise of the day: a 4lb jack pike which grabbed the pellet as I began a retrieve to refill the feeder. Stunning surroundings as ever, even with the Ross road a few yards behind (and above!) me. No less than 20 or so different bird species seen and/or heard throughout the day, the highlight being a juvenile sparrowhawk fly-past on the oppsite bank. The only downside were the incompetent canoeists who insisted on hitting the sides of their canoes with each paddle stroke creating a fish-scaring racket - and surprisingly there were more today than when I fished at Caradoc on Bank Holiday Monday.

ID:2702 

R. E. from Nuneaton

Sunday 12 September 2010 (9 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:2

River rose 2m overnight from yesterdays successes at Middle Hill with large branches, sheds and stray boats bombing past. Consequently fishing was nigh on impossible even if you could find a swim with some slack. Should have brought a beachcaster and some grippa leads! Nothing caught except a baitrunner reel which has cleaned up nicely, shame because one of our party caught a 10lb 13oz barbel here late the previous evening as the water was beginning to rise. Other fishermen and bailiff all very approachable and helpful which was nice and all too rare these days.

ID:2701 

B. H. from Exeter

Monday 6 September 2010 (9 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

Three fantastic days fishing on this delightful beat. I explored the bottom end of the beat which Don explained gets less angling pressure. From the tail of the island (by the very handily placed pub), the bottom end of this beat comprises a series of, (if not one continuous long), middle river/far bank runs, mainly shallow but with one or two deeper holes. There were fish throughout in as little as 18ins of water.
Over three days I caught 22 barbel and numerous chub to about 5lb, (although mostly 1lb to 3lb), from numerous different spots. Apart from one stunning little barbel of about 12oz the barbel were mostly (estimated) in the 4lb to 7lb class with a couple (estimated) between 8lb and 9lb. The only two I weighed were 9lb 10oz and 10lb 12oz. All the fish were in stunning condition and fought like all Wye barbel do, which with the added assistance of the strong flow, and plenty of snags made for exciting fishing. All fish caught touch ledgering on sweetcorn, spam and pellets.

When you add in the gorgeous scenery, and the plentiful and varied wildlife you will not be surprised to know that I intend to visit this beat again! Thanks to Don and Rudi, and all at the WUF.

ID:2700 

R. L. from Lower Lydbrook

Tuesday 10 August 2010 (10 years ago)

Area:Lower Wye

Beat:Courtfield

Fishing:Coarse

No. of Anglers:1

18.00 to 20.45hrs. Last pool of lower Wyebank section. Low summer level, 3ft max. Wading and trotting sweetcorn and halibut pellets down centre of river, 10ft avon rod and centerpin, 8lb line to 12 or 8 hook. 3 barbel around 5/6lbs and 1 weighed at 9lb 10oz, oh so close to that elusive double. 4 chub to around 4lbs and one dace of around 10oz. There seem to only be few shoals of dace this year possibly due to many gooseanders in winter and cormorants in spring?

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