Royalty Fishery Archive - 2005/2006 Season

Royalty Fishery Report - 15th March

Well it may have taken all Winter but, as predicted last week, the Royalty finally came on song just before the end of the Season. With conditions being spot on the barbel fed hard all over the fishery and over twenty double figure barbel were taken despite the weather taking a turn for the worse by the weekend. Quality chub, bream, and pike were also caught during this period along with the odd bonus fish such as a 4lb 12oz tench and an out of season 2lb brown trout. The largest barbel weighed 15lb 6oz and was taken from the House Pool by Nick Legg fishing with a boilie. The best pike was a superb 29lb 7oz weighed in the net with another beauty of 23lb 6oz being captured by Szabina Nezo from Trammels. The largest chub taken weighed 6lb 14oz making it the heaviest reported from the Royalty this season and this fish was caught by Chris Giles using swim feedered maggots in the Parlour. The best bream reported weighed 7lb 4oz and was caught from Trammels by Simon Champion.

Other captures worth recording include six doubles on the trot caught by none other than Ray Walton whose fish included two over twelve pounds with the biggest weighing 12lb 14oz. Marcus Balham caught his first ever barbel weighing 8lb 3oz from the Piles on caster, Mick Holton with a 12lb 5oz barbel from Watersmeet on meat, Chris Becker landed a superb 11lb 12oz barbel from the Piles on meat, Hampshire Avon record holder Leanne Jaynes took a lovely 13lb 14oz barbel from the House Pool, Robin Burgess caught an 11lb 4oz barbel from Fiddlers, Chris Catt took a lovely 5lb 7oz chub on maggots, Les Dwight had a cracking 12lb 12oz barbel from the Pipes on meat and Paul Martin took a beautiful 13lb 13oz barbel from below the Pipes. Plenty more large barbel were caught but, as yet I haven't received confirmation of the captors name or the photograph of their catch.

All in all it was a superb couple of days sport on the Royalty.

Finally, as many of you will already know, Christchurch Angling Club's tenure of the Royalty comes to the end shortly and as yet it is not clear whether members will still have access to the fishery next season. We are told that negotiations between the new lease holders and the Club are still progressing but no final decision has been made. As soon as we hear that a decision has been made we will publish it here. Despite the various rumours that have been circulating that a syndicate has taken over the fishing I can confirm that this is not the case and day tickets will still be available next season. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank Doug Terre the Royalty Fishery Manager for all his efforts over the past five years. To visiting anglers Doug was the friendly face of the Royalty, always willing to offer a helpful word of advice to the newcomer, congratulations to the successful angler or commiserations to those who blanked. I am sure that we will still see Doug on the Fishery next season albeit with a rod rather than a rule book in his hand! Thanks Doug.

    

Chris Giles with his personal best chub weighing 6lb 14oz                Leanne Jaynes with a lovely 13lb 14oz barbel

    

Paul Martin with a superb 13lb 13oz barbel from the Pipes                    Royalty regular Les Dwight with a splendid 12lb 12oz barbel

    

This pike weighed 29lb 12oz in the landing net!                                    Ray Walton with a pretty 12lb barbel from the Telegraphs

    

Ray with a 10lb 9oz barbel from one of the less fished areas              Ray again, this time with 12lb 14oz of hard fighting barbel

    

Robin Burgess with an excellent 11lb 4oz barbel                                   Simon Champion with a cracking 7lb 4oz bream from Trammels

                                

Szabina Nezo with a fantastic condition 23lb 6oz pike                 and finally who else but Ray with a 10lb 4oz barbel

Enjoy the Close Season as best you can and we all look forward to seeing you again next season. Thanks for all your emails, pictures, phone calls and, of course, your custom.

Warm regards from Helen, Nigel, Jon, James and Sean of Davis Tackle.

 

Royalty Fishery Report - 8th March

It looks as if we are in for a great end to the season on the Royalty as we have now had three days of rain and the river is looking excellent! Nice flow  and just the right colour with the water temperature now up to 45 degrees F. Anglers have already found the bream and chub willing to feed and the odd barbel has also shown up amongst catches. Best areas have been the mouth of the Clockhouse Stream for bream and from Fiddlers West to the Point for barbel. Best baits have been maggot and bread for the bream and chub whilst the barbel have been happy to take both meat and maggots. With the rising water temperature no doubt halibut pellet will once again prove effective.

The best barbel reported last week weighed 10lb 6oz and was caught by Roland Hook from just below Mugs Hole. Anglers getting amongst the bream included Mike Spurdon from Mugs Hole, Geof Burden from Jacks Hole and Kevin Denny from the mouth of the Clockhouse Stream. The best pike reported was caught by Paul Greengrass who fished the Clockhouse Stream.

  

Kevin Denny with a nice bag of bream - 5 fish for 23lb 4oz taken on quivertipped bread flake

 

.Paul Greengrass with his 10lb 10oz

Royalty Fishery Report - 1st March

The snow, hail and fosts we have had in Christchurch have ensured that the water temperature dropped from 42 to 38 degrees F and with it all hope of any decent fishing. Indeed other than a nice 4lb chub caught by Jez Brown from the Railway on rolling meat and a brace of pike to Mike Pidgeon from the Compound there is nothing else to report this week. All eyes are on the weather forcast as we approach the last two weeks of the season in the hope that we might get one last mild spell before March 15th.

Other than the odd kelt there have been no salmon reported in the last week.

Many of you who visit Davis Tackle have got to know Bosun, the shops resident Jack Russell, since we moved here. Unfortunately her health took a turn for the worse today and at the ripe old age of 16 she passed away. The shop will seem an emptier place without her getting under everyones feet, both customers and staff alike. We will miss her dreadfully.

RIP Bosun

Royalty Fishery Report - 22nd February

For once the weather forecasters got it right and last week saw the Avon running at a great pace with a good level of colour in it, indeed it is still high and coloured a week on! The troublesome rubbish coming downstream that I mentioned last week cleared up earlier than expected and the Fishery once again started to produce a few barbel. On Wednesday Paul Maddon and Tony Frost took four barbel to 6lb 8oz from around Fiddlers West on maggot and a few other small barbel were reported but no details were obtained. As you may imagine there was an air of expectation amongst the waiting anglers on Thursday morning as the river was expected to be in good form, especially as Christchurch had got off lightly the previous night with only a touch of frost to be seen. Will Tame ledgered luncheon meat in the House Pool and managed to land his first ever barbel which weighed 7lb exactly, whilst Tony Frost continued his success of the previous day tempting another 7lb barbel from Mugs Hole, again on maggots. With the river in such good condition it was hardly surprising to learn that Ray Walton managed to take two doubles on rolling meat, one weighing 11lb 3oz from Greenbanks and the other 10lb 6oz from the Nursery. Special mention should go to young Master Miller who managed to catch his first ever pike weighing around six pounds from the Parlour. Other fish reported last week included a six ounce barbel taken by Fishery Manager Doug Terre on maggots from the Car Park, a lovely 6lb 5oz chub taken by Ray Walton on rolling meat from below the By Pass, a 10lb 14oz barbel from Fiddlers East on maggots and bream to 4lb caught by Ed Terre from the Green Gate.

Ray Walton with a very clean looking 10lb 6oz barbel                        Ray again, this time with his 6lb 5oz chub

Finally Ray with a deep, stocky 11lb 3oz barbel from Greenbanks

Royalty Fishery Report - 15th February

At last it seems that our prayers have been answered and we have finally had some significant rain in the Avon Valley. Heavy rain last night and again this afternoon has resulted in levels on the Royalty rising up to proper Winter levels with plenty of colour in the water. A quick chat with the two anglers fishing on Fiddlers East confirmed that the conditions had indeed induced the barbel to feed as they had had four fish and lost another. As I write this there is a fair amount of dead weed and rubbish coming down but once this has ended the river will be in fine form, certainly by the weekend if not before.

Best barbel reported since last week was captured by Nick Legg from the House Pool and weighed 12lb 8oz. This fish fell to a small halibut pellet. Other notable catches included six bream to 6lb 1oz caught by Dean Curry from the Piles on boilies and three double figure pike to 14lb 8oz taken on deadbaits by Mike Pidgeon from the Backwater.

Roach and dace continue to be taken by anglers trotting from the Cinder Path and ahglers all over the fishery are reporting taking accidental captures of sea trout all of which were released unharmed.

No salmon have been reported this week although the odd fresh fish has been seen.

Royalty Fishery Report - 8th February

Whilst the number of anglers fishing the Royalty has remained surprisingly low, there have been a few fish reported. Pike to 20lb have been captured from the Backwater and a fair sprinkling of jacks have been caught from all over the fishery. Andy Johnson, the CAC Chairman, managed to  winkle out a brace of chub on cheese from below the Railway with the best weighing 4lb. Catches of dace, roach and small chub continue to be taken from both the Cinder Path and the Millstream, although the fish in the latter have now dropped down to just above the By Pass Bridge.

As I write this the weather is milder, we had a touch of rain last night and the water temperature has gone above 41 F. In addition there are actually six anglers on the fishery so hopefully there will be more to report next week.

The salmon season has been underway for a week now and a few well mended kelts have been taken on the fly, along with a possible small fresh run fish which fell to trotted maggots! A huge salmon was reported hooked at the head of Edwards which was lost after a fight lasting over 20 minutes. This fish was estimated as being around 30lbs! Anyone fancying a days salmon fishing should note that this is available until March 15th on a day ticket basis, £10 for CAC members and £25 for non-members. Call 01202 485169 for further details.

 

Royalty Fishery Report - 1st February

Once again the Royalty has been almost deserted for the past week with only the odd pike angler choosing to fish the venue. Conditions continue to be challenging although the roach dace and grayling have been willing to feed especially as light levels decrease at the end of the day. One angler enjoyed a mixed bag from the Great Weir on floatfished maggots but unfortunately lost the best fish of the day at the net - a lovely grayling estimated to be two pounds in weight. Pike have continued to fall to both livebait and deadbait tactics with the former proving by far the most successful method. Please remember that you are not allowed to bring livebaits onto the fishery but must catch them on the day from the river.

With a warmer spell prepicted from Sunday onwards hopefully we will see a marked increase in both anglers and catches next week.

 

Royalty Fishery Report - 25th January

Since the last report, the water temperature has been rather more stable than of late and as a result the Royalty has started to produce the odd catch or two. Indeed there was actually a period of seven days when the water temperature remained fairly constant at around 45 degrees F. Despite the improved conditions the river remained virtually devoid of anglers so it was difficult to work out whether the conditions would have turned up more good fish if more people had actually had a bait in the water! One thing that has been easy to work out is that the most effective method for barbel on both the Avon and the Stour has been single or double maggot fished either under a float or in conjunction with swimfeeder tactics. Next best has been similar tactics but with caster as bait. These methods have worked consistently whilst pellet and boilies has been largely a waste of time.

The best recorded catch since the last report was taken by John Fenn who fished the House Pool with a maggot swimfeeder and caught barbel weighing 9lb 4oz and 13lb 12oz when the water temperature was hovering at 40 degrees F. Ray Mears fished maggot on a size 18 hook and managed to land an excellent 11lb 14oz barbel from Fiddlers West and John Stack nicked a nice 9lb 15oz barbel from the Stumps on rolling meat during a short session on the water. Stuart Andrews also managed to catch an elusive January barbel, taking one of 6lb 7oz from the House Pool on a small piece of meat.

The pike fishing has gone in fits and spurts during the last two weeks with some anglers blanking and others having a field day. One angler, whose name was unfortunately not recorded in the Bailiffs Records, caught six pike from the Backwater with the biggest weighing 20lbs. Ian Johnson caught a 9lb pike from the Railway whilst Eddie Blanchard and his angling companion Paddy managed a total of eight pike including three doubles from the Backwater.

Peter Kibby fished paste in the Railway and caught a lovely brace of bream weighing 9lb and 8lb respectively. Darren Roberts also managed to catch a nice 6lb bream from the West bank of the Railway.

The best chub reported weighed 5lb 4oz and was captured by Ray Walton - at least it made a change from his usual list of big barbel!

John Fenn with his superbly conditioned 13lb 12oz barbel                John again, this time with a 9lb 4oz barbel

Stuart Andrews with a hard earned 6lb 7oz barbel from the House Pool

 

Royalty Fishery Report - 7th January

Its been a while since the last Royalty report, primarily because there has been very little to actually report on! With the water and air temperature rising and falling all over the place the Royalty, like most of the fisheries in the area, has suffered from very poor fishing wiith the exception of the pike which have continued to offer good sport for the few hardy individuals who have actually ventured onto the fishery. There were actually a few days when the Royalty was completely deserted of anglers which is very rare to see. Despite a couple of occasions when the temperature rose and the water coloured up, the barbel have remained completely uninterested in feeding on anglers baits. There has been the odd fish winkled out with the best weighing 9lb 15oz caught by local angler Trevor Ridley but these have been rarities to say the least!

One of the best catches made recently was by Peter Johnson who, on a freezing cold day, fished boilies just off the slack at the top of the Piles and caught a brace of carp weighing 14lb 12oz and 20lb 8oz respectively. A good catch from the river at any time of year but on a day like that it was a great catch. Interestingly the fish were caught in the fast water rather than in the slack itself.

Another - different - 28lb pike has been caught since the last report. This one, weighing exactly 28lb, was captured by Simon Sergent from the run off from the Little Weir.

Probably the most unusual catch was a nice flounder which decided to take the maggots fished by Steve Jones on Trammels. Still at least it was a bite and a fish!

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy New Year from all of us at Davis Tackle and we look forward to seeing you all again this year.

A happy Trevor Ridley with his 9lb 15oz barbel                                    Paul Brett with a 7lb 3oz barbel from the Railway

Peter Johnson with the first of his carp weighing 14lb 12oz            Peter with his second carp of the morning weighing 20lb 8oz

Simon Sergent with a cracking 28lb pike                                          Steve Jones with the best flattie reported this season from Trammels!

Royalty Fishery Report - 30th. November

Whilst we falied to get the predicted snow at the weekend, the conditions remained difficult with cold, clear water facing the few hardy souls who ventured out onto the Fishery. With the temperature stabilised at 38 degrees F at least the pike were willing to feed spasmodically, unlike the barbel who were as conspicious as the anglers in there absence! Two excellent pike were taken during the week, one of 27lbs and another of 28lb 7oz, (I have seen a great picture of this fish and requested a copy to put on this site) both from the top half of the fishery. The 27lb pike, which was taken by Alan Wilcox, initially went over 29lbs but was found to have a half digested sea trout weighing over two pounds in its throat which had to be removed in order to unhook the fish!

Other than out of season salmon and sea trout taken on trotted maggots, the only other fish of note reported were taken by Robin Burgess and Mike Whitehead who shared a catch of bream to six pounds from the Railway in dreadful conditions. Another of their party,Steve Fletcher also managed a nice haul of dace from under the bridge itself.

Looking to later on this week, the local weather is predicted to become both milder and wetter which will hopefully bring the river back on form. Looking at the river this evening with Ray Walton we both agreed that if conditions continue to improve we should once agin get some sport with the barbel.

Alan Wilcox with a superb 27lb Royalty Pike

Mark Whitehead with a 5lb bream taken in difficult conditions        Robin Burgess with a 6lb bream taken on the same day

Royalty Fishery Report - 23rd. November

With the air temperature ranging between 30 - 40 degrees F and the water temperature dropping to 36 degrees, very few anglers have ventured onto the Royalty in the last week. Unsurprisingly there is therefore very little to report this week. The few hardy anglers who actually ventured onto  the bank mostly targetted the pike with varying success. A number of jacks were reported with Little Weir and the mouth of the Clockhouse Stream being the most productive. The only fish of note reported was a nice pike weighing 17lb 7oz, caught by Hugh Goldsmith on smelt deadbait from the Railway. In the same session his friend also lost a good pike and managed an eel of 2lb, again on deadbait.

With the water temperature now seemingly stabilised at around 40 degrees, lets hope the chub and barbel fishing improves as they become accustomed to the cold water, although the predictions of snow at the weekend might scupper even this glimmer of hope!

Hugh Goldsmith with his 17lb 7oz pike from the Railway

Royalty Fishery Report - 16th. November

It was just too much to hope that the warm wet weather we have experienced recently would continue and sure enough the rain stopped, the colour drained from the water and, to add to our woes, the temperature dropped considerably. Consequently the fishing over the past week could only be described as varying from very hard to down right impossible! Only two double figure barbel were reported, an 11 pounder taken by Gavin Ayliff from the Meadow on maggots and a lovely 13lb specimen caught from Greenbanks by Joe Harrop of the Royalty View Guest House on paste. Few other barbel were caught despite a number of Royalty regulars who took advantage of the quiet period to roll meat through all the usually productive swims without much success.

The few fish reported to the Fishery Bailiffs were as follows:-

Angler

Catch

Area

Baits

Not Recorded

Barbel (weight not recorded)

Great Weir

Not Recorded!

John Stack

7lb Barbel

Stumps

Rolling Meat

Gavin Ayliff

11lb Barbel

Meadow

Maggots

Stuart Barnes

3lb Barbel + Chub & Dace

Stumps

Trotted Maggots

Joe Harrop

13lb Barbel

Greenbanks

Paste

Not Recorded

8lb Barbel

Trammels

Not Recorded

Jason Whitfield

10lb Pike

Jacks Corner

Mackerel Deadbait

Mick Spanswick

7lb 4oz Barbel

Stumps

Rolling Meat

Derek Fern

3 Bream to 6lb 12oz

Railway

Not Recorded

Jason Whitfield with a 10lb Pike from Jacks Corner

Royalty Fishery Report - 9th. November

Ongoing rain has ensured that the Royalty has kept the good colour and flow mentioned in last weeks report. The water temperature has dropped from the mid to upper 50's down to a steady 52 degrees, a temperature at which the barbel are more than happy to feed in. The larger barbel continue to feature in anglers catches and the fourth heaviest barbel ever from the Royalty at 16lbs was caught on Thursday by Brian Farhall from the House Pool during a day of dreadful weather. This was the day when the conditions really came good and the fish fed well throughout the fishery. The water temperature rose to 61 degrees, the water was coloured but with little debris coming down and this was coupled with a Spring Tide which ensured the river was in tip top condition. Ironically there were few anglers on the river and most of those were pike fishing! Of those that were after barbel, two recorded captures of five fish each to 12lb 11oz and the other caught the aforementioned 16lb specimen. As they say, you should have been there!

The first twenty pound pike of the new season was caught by Mark Brand from Trammels although, if I had been more competent, it could have been me as I managed to hook and lose the same large pike four times only to finally lose it at the net held by the Fishery Manager who shows no intention of letting me live it down! Special mention should be made of local angler Russ Gannicott and his son Ashley who shared a haul of six double figure pike including two weighing over 17lbs. The total weight was over 85lb!

Angler

Catch

Area

Bait

Mike Pidgeon

10lb Pike

Piles

Deat Bait

Brian Farhall

4lb Pike

House Pool

 Maggot!

Jon Perkins

12lb & 13lb Pike

Brewhouse Hole

Live Bait

Doug Botting

8lb 12oz Pike

House Pool

Live Bait

Mark Brand

21lb & 8lb Pike

Trammels

Dead Bait

Brian Farhall

16lb Barbel

House Pool

Halibut Pellet

Gary Porter

5 Barbel to 12lb 11oz

Pipes

Rolling Meat

Dave Martin

12lb 10oz Barbel

Boathouse

Halibut Pellet

Dr Steve Hutchinson

5 Barbel to 11lbs

Various

Luncheon Meat

Terry Shergold

6lb Barbel

Railway (West Bank)

Luncheon Meat

Dr Steve Hutchinson

10lb 6oz Barbel

Road Bridge

Not recorded

Russ & Ashley Gannicott

6 Pike to 17lb 6oz (all doubles!)

Little Weir

Dead Bait

Mr Sene

8lb 8oz Barbel

Great Weir

Halibut Pellet

Liam Wookey

6lb Pike

Parlour

Dead Bait

John Stack

2 Barbel to 13lb 9oz

Stumps

Luncheon Meat

Edward Terre

3 Barbel to 2lb 8oz

Foxes

Chopped Boilie

Tony Worsford

2lb Barbel

Jacks Corner

Halibut Pellet

Stuart Barnes

11lb 6oz Barbel

Fiddlers East

Trotted meat

Not Recorded

13lb 10oz Barbel

Pallet Swim

Pellet/Paste

Mark Williams

10lb Pike (new PB)

Piles

Dead Bait

Jim Bob Square-Pants

6lb Pike

Brewhouse Hope

Dead Bait

Tony & Aran Worsford

3 Barbel to 12lb 8oz

Great Weir

Halibut Pellet

Richard Trim

6lb 5oz Chub

Below Roadbridge

Luncheon Meat

               

Ashley Gannicott (Age 11) with his 17lb 6oz Pike                        Rus Gannicott with a 16lb 4oz Pike from the same swim

A very happy Brian Farhall with his 16lb barbel from the House Pool    Richard Trim with a cracking chub weighing 6lb 5oz

Terry Shergold with a superb 14lb 7oz Royalty Barbel                        Fishery Manager Doug Terre shows that he can land pike unlike me!

Royalty Fishery Report - 2nd. November

At the time of the last report we were predicting that the heavy rains would induce the barbel to feed heavily, but little did we know just how well the fishery would switch on. With proper flow and coloured water the Royalty produced double figure fish from most areas and some anglers experienced truly memorable fishing. Martyn Pears caught a new Royalty Record barbel weighing 16lb 5oz from the House Pool whilst his fishing companion Steve Thompson, fishing the adjoining swim, captured a fantastic personal best 15lb barbel. Two days later Peter Adcock fished the Pipes in truly dreadful weather and was handsomely rewarded with three barbel weighing 13lb, 14lb 9oz and 14lb 11oz, the best brace and the best trio recorded from the Royalty. Successful baits were halibut pellets and boilies.

Unfortunately the ideal conditions didn't last that long and the colour drained out of the Avon all to quickly, although the water level thankfully remains better than it was. The dace and roach have become more localised following the heavy water and are shoaled up around the mouth of the Little Weir, above the Parlour on the Cinder Path and in the Brewhouse Hole/Mill Stream area. Bream continue to be caught from the lower reaches of Trammels, Fiddlers and the Clockhouse Stream.

Yesterday, November 1st. saw the start of the pike fishing season on the Royalty. Areas worth fishing for these fish include the Little Weir and its confluence with Trammels, the Railway, Piles, Brewhouse Hole and the mouth of the Clockhouse Stream, all of which have recently shown plenty of pike activity. Anyone fancying a chance of a big pike could also consider booking either the Parlour or the Great Weir Compound both of which are now available at a reduced cost following the end of the sea trout season.

The following captures were recorded in the Bailiffs Log:-

Angler

Catch

Area

Bait

Wayne Hayden

11lb 12oz Barbel

Gate Swim

Marine Pellet Boilie

Brian McLean

10lb 8oz Barbel

Railway - West Bank

Luncheon Meat

Len Barker

13lb 3oz Barbel

Above the Point

Halibut Pellet

Brian McLean

8lb Barbel

Railway - West Bank

Luncheon Meat

Graham Pepler

Sea Trout to 4lbs

Johnsons

Trotted Worm over Maggot

Martyn Pears

6 Chub to 5lb 8oz

Railway

Double Pellet

Andy Johnson

9lb 1oz Barbel

Railway

Halibut Pellet

Chris Greenwood

Bream to 6lbs

Trammels

Halibut Pellet

Andy Johnson

8lb 11oz Bream

Railway

Halibut Pellet

Martyn Pears

12lb Pike

House Pool

Accidental Capture

Martyn Pears

16lb 5oz Barbel

House Pool

Double Pellet

Steve Thompson

15lb Barbel

House Pool

Not Recorded

Joe Harrop

11lb 6oz Barbel

Green Gate

Paste

Joe Harrop

Bream to 6lb

Green Gate

Paste

Ken McArthur

14lb 14oz Barbel

Stumps

Double Pellet

Roger Rayner

4lb 12oz Chub

Railway

Maggot Feeder

Peter Adcock

13lb Barbel

Pipes

Halibut Pellet

Peter Adcock

14lb 9oz Barbel

Pipes

Boilie

Peter Adcock

14lb 11oz Barbel

Pipes

Halibut Pellet

Dave Basher

11lb 5oz Barbel

Pallet Swim

Luncheon Meat

Les Dwight

10lb Barbel

Above Boathouse

Luncheon Meat

Terry Shergold

14lb 7oz Barbel

Railway - West Bank

Not Recorded

Chris Parker

6lb 4oz Bream

Railway - East Bank

Halibut Pellet

Mick Bailey

6lb 12oz Barbel

Above Pipes

Trotted Luncheon Meat

Steve Hutchinson

1lb 8oz (Personal Worst by 8lbs!)

House Pool

Luncheon Meat

David Brooks

9lb 14oz Barbel

Not Recorded

Luncheon Meat

Lee Chatfield

9 Bream to 6lb 4oz

Trammels

Not Recorded

Steve Clark

Estimated 15-20lb Pike

Trammels

Meat (accidental capture)

Mick Spanswick

8lb Barbel

Piles

Luncheon Meat

Les Dwight

8lb 8oz Barbel

Not Recorded

Not Recorded

Mark Brand

16lb 8oz Pike

Trammels

Dead Bait

Mike Pidgeon

2 x 10lb 8oz Pike

Piles

Dead Bait

Adam Reeves

9lb 8oz Pike

Piles

Dead Bait

 

Martyn Pears with the new Royalty Fishery Record barbel weighing 16lb 5oz and his fishing partner Steve Thompson with his 15lb barbel

Peter Adcock with his Royalty record 'Trio' from the Pipes weighing 13lb, 14lb 9oz and 14lb 11oz taken in a single session

                       

Peter with his best of the day weighing 14lb 11oz                        Wayne Hayden with a lovely barbel weighing 11lb 12oz

Ken McArthur with a fantastic 14lb 14oz barbel from the Stumps    Dave Basher and a 11lb 5oz barbel taken on rolled meat

Sean with a 12lb 14oz barbel taken on a days guiding with Ray Walton    Jon Perkins of Davis Tackle with a nice 11lb 5oz fish

Royalty Fishery Report - 19th. October

For the first time in what seems like ages I am writing the Royalty Report with the rain absolutely hammering down outside. This is on top of a torrential downpour last night and predictions of heavy rain until the end of the week, so hopefully we will soon see significant improvements in the amount of water, both in the Avon and the Dorset Stour.

Since the last report the barbel fishing on the Royalty has been somewhat patchy with only the odd large fish being caught. The lack of water and high clarity has meant that anglers have had the frustration of seeing large barbel in their swims which have refused whatever bait has been offered. Indeed there has been no real pattern we could identify as to what made them feed when they did!

However, as Autumn approaches the Royalty usually starts to produce the goods as the barbel start to pack on weight in advance of Winter. The fishery is quieter than in Summer and the barbel are more willing to get their heads down and feed heavily during daylight hours. With this increased rainfall the river will hopefully be in much better condition with a hint of colour and excellent levels and flow rates.  As the weed beds are dying back look to the deeper sections of the fishery where the barbel will take advantage of the depth to replace the cover which the Summer weed beds provide them with. The Great Weir, Pipes, Railway, House Pool and the White Stile should all hold a good head of barbel in these conditions.  Particle baits such as hemp and caster, maggot and halibut pellets will all prove effective in these conditions although donít ignore luncheon meat or boilies which on their day can prove equally effective. If however the river rises with heavily coloured water then expect the fish to feed well all over the fishery, after a day or two. The coloured water giving the barbel the feeling of security to search out food in the shallow areas as well as the deeper stretches. In these conditions rolling luncheon meat really comes into its own and you can expect to pick up fish from anywhere on the Fishery. In these conditions try searching down through Trammels, Watersmeet, Fiddlers and Telegraphs all of which will have barbel feeding well in. Donít just fish the slacks but actively work the faster water as the barbel will happily feed in them even though the flow looks far too fast.

 

Having been away fishing at Redmire Pool (I blanked!) once again it is necessary to summarise the fish caught since the last report as follows:-

 

Angler

Catch

Area

Bait

Terry Shergold

16lb Carp

House Pool

Halibut Pellet

Russ Gannicott

11 Barbel to 1lb

Railway

Maggot

Dave Basher

9lb 11oz Barbel

House Pool

Hailbut Pellet

Richard Thompson

7lb 1oz Barbel

Great Weir

Luncheon Meat

Mick Fuller

9lb 5oz Barbel

Green Gate

6mm Pellet

James Crouch

10lb 10oz Barbel

Railway

Halibut Pellet

Seb Parker

10lb 4oz

Pipes

Luncheon Meat

Mr A Wilcox

5lb 9oz Chub

Telegraphs

Maggot

Steve Morgan

Mini Barbel 3 Bream to 8lb

Not recorded

Not recorded

Jason Sawyer

2 Carp - Best 20lbs

Stumps

Not recorded

Trevor Welch

5lb Sea Trout

Johnsons

Maggot

Mick Spanswick

7 Bream - best 7lb 14oz

Railway

Worm/Caster

Kris Adams

4 Sea Trout 2 Grayling

Edwards

Maggot

Des Norris

14lb Carp

Telegraphs/Boat Pool

Boilie

Stuart Willis

13lb 4oz Barbel

Parlour

Luncheon Meat

Richard Wookey

11lb 9oz Barbel

Mugs Hole

Luncheon Meat

Roy Bolt

2 x 3lb 8oz Chub + large dace

Pipes

Feeder/Maggot

Clive Dale

4lb 8oz bream, 16lb Pike, 8lb Barbel

Gate Swim

Feeder/Maggot

Alan Kerridge

13lb Pike

Stumps

Feeder/Maggot

Dave Dean

Roach to 1lb + bream & good Dace

House Pool

Halibut Pellet

Des Norris

12lb 12oz Barbel Bream to 6lb

Telegraphs

Boilies

Steve Daniels

3lb 8oz & 4lb Chub

White Stile

Halibut Pellet

Steve Deboick

11lb 10oz + 6lb 8oz Barbel

Above Pipes

Luncheon Meat

James Sawyer

8lb 4oz Barbel

Green Gate

Halibut Pellet

Steve Daniels

5lb Chub

White Stile

Halibut Pellet

Shaun  H

12lb 14oz Barbel

Pipes

Luncheon Meat

John Perkins

11lb 7oz Barbel

Point

Luncheon Meat

Martin Wallis

11lb Barbel

Mugs Hole

Halibut Pellet

Russ Gannicott

6  Perch averaging 2lb each

Piles

Maggot

Mick Spanswick

10lb Barbel

Railway

Luncheon Meat

Keith Driscoll

4 Bream to 5lb

Not Recorded

Paste & Caster

Martin Wallis

12lb 13oz Barbel

Mugs Hole

Halibut Pellet

Dave Dean

Bream to 5lb

Green Gate

6mm Pellet

Trevor Welch

4 Sea Trout averaging 2lb

Johnsons

Maggots

Charlie Watkins

2 x 7lb 8oz Barbel

Railway

Halibut Pellets

Les Dwight

11lb 7oz Barbel + 3 Eels

Raliway

Luncheon Meat

Des Norris with a lovely 12lb 12oz Barbel                                            Graham Inwood with a lovely 9lb 8oz Barbel

Martin Wallis with a cracking 12lb 13oz Barbel from Mugs Hole    Stuart Willis with his Parlour cauhgt 13lb 4oz beauty.

New Hampshire Avon Record Barbel

Last week Leanne Jaynes captured what is believed to be the largest ever authenticated barbel from the Hampshire Avon. This fish, weighing 16lb 7oz was in truly superb condition and was taken from the middle reaches of the Avon on a CAC controlled section of the river.

Click here to see photos of this fish

Royalty Fishery Report - 28th. September

The Royalty has fished steadily over the last fortnight with a number of good double figure barbel reported although the smaller fish have proved more evasive. Evening continues to be the most productive time although a few of the larger fish taken actually fell to anglers baits fished during the day. It has been great to see an increasing number of anglers turning up and giving the float a go. Trotted maggot and caster continues to take good catches of roach, dace and small chub along with the odd brown trout and out of season silver tourist. The perch fishing continues to improve with a number of three pound specimens taken since our last report. The odd large carp has also been taken, mostly from the mouth of Little Weir, Watersmeet and below the Railway.

I have been away in Scotland failing miserably to catch a salmon from the Spey so it has not been possible to produce the report in its usual format as I only have a list of fish captures to go by. Detailed below is a table showing the significant captures since the last report:-

Angler

Species

Swim

Bait

Phil Rudd

9lb 14oz Barbel

White Stile

Halibut Pellet

Jim Clark

9lb 5oz Barbel + 5lb 12oz Bream

Fiddlers East

10mm Halibut Boilie

Gary Truelove

2lb 8oz Eel

Point

Worm

Brian Perrett

12lb 2oz Barbel (New PB)

Parlour

Halibut Pellet

Jim Clark

7lb 3oz Barbel

Above Boathouse

Boilie

Ray Walton

6lb 14oz

Roadbridge

Luncheon Meat

Brendon Moss

14lb 12oz Barbel

Telegraphs

Halibut Pellet

Russ Gannicott

4 Perch over 2lb - Best 3lb 12oz

Piles & Car Park

Red Maggot

Graham Rowing

9lb 4oz Barbel

Great Weir

Maggots

Mike Spurdon

6lb Bream

Green Gate

Pellet

Rob Talbot

11lb 4oz Barbel

Stumps

Halibut Pellet

Les Dwight

7lb 9oz Barbel

Green Gate

Luncheon Meat

Gary Truelove

10lb 2oz Barbel

Great Weir

Luncheon Meat

Ian Jones

12lb 6oz Barbel

Telegraphs

Halibut Pellet

B Garwood

10lb 6oz Barbel

Gate Swim

Halibut Pellet

Alan Kirby

10lb 5oz Barbel

Stumps

Double Boilie

Ian Jones

3 Bream to 6lb 4oz

Railway

Caster

B Garwood

10lb 9oz + 7lb 4oz Barbel

Green Gate

Halibut Pellet

Roger Wenban

8lb Barbel + 7lb Bream

Trammels

Halibut Pellet

John Lake

10lb 13oz Barbel (New PB)

White Stile

Boilie

Aaron Worsford

25lb Mirror Carp + 11 Bream

Trammels

Halibut Pellet

Richard Price

8lb Barbel (1st. Ever)

Pipes

Not Recorded

Geoff Bayliss

20lb + Pike

House Pool

Accidental (out of season)

Keith Supple

8lb Barbel + 2lb 11oz Perch

Boathouse

Maggot Feeder

Joe Harrop

9lb 6oz Barbel

Pipes

Paste

Peter White

13lb 2oz Barbel

Boathouse

Boilie

Mike Burbage

11lb 14oz Barbel

House Pool

Halibut Pellet

James Lock

15lb 4oz Common Carp

Watersmeet

Halibut Pellet

Da Booth

28lb Common Carp

Above Watersmeet

Luncheon Meat

Ted Hannan

3lb 2oz Perch

Above Point

Maggots

Russ Gannicott

4 Perch to 2lb 8oz

House Pool

Maggotsl

B Cullen

9lb Barbel

Parlour

Halibut Pellet

Alan Kirby

10lb 9oz + 7lb 7oz Barbel

Green Gate

Halibut Pellet

Stuart Holden with a lovely 11lb 6oz Parlour caught barbel                Tim Holden with a cracking 12lb 5oz barbel caught the same day

Royalty Fishery Report - 14th. September

The work being undertaken on the Lagoon continued on from last week and the river was pretty coloured up until Friday when it started to clear. Whilst the river remained coloured the fishing proved to be fairly hard for barbel but improved somewhat from Friday onwards. Since then there has been one hatch open on the Great Weir and the Little Weir has now been shut down resulting in significantly improved flows through the Parlour Pool. As a result many of the barbel which had dropped downstream from Trammels moved up into the Parlour where there are now a number of excellent chub, carp and barbel showing. Despite the changing flows and levels of colour in the river the roach, dace, perch, chub and bream continued to feed well throughout the fishery and with everything settling down now we are hoping that the barbel will switch on and feed well on anglers baits. We have been informed that all works will be completed before the end of the week and the fishery will be back to normal with regard to water conditions.

Last Wednesday saw Trevor Welch take a bag of 13 small barbel from above the Boathouse on punched luncheon meat, a method that has proved extremely successful for the smaller barbel this season. Graham Peplar, who is well known to most of you as the former owner of Davis Tackle as well as being the Thursday Bailiff on the Royalty, spent an hour trotting maggots in Johnsons where he amassed a catch of over 10lbs of roach, dace, small chub and perch. In the evening local angler, and eel expert, Les Dwight turned up and caught an 11lb 9oz barbel from above the Boathouse on ledgered double boilie. 

On Thursday there appeared to be heavy silt coming down the river for most of the day and the quality of the fishing unquestionably suffered. Other than an excellent 3lb 4oz perch taken from the Piles by Russ Gannicott on float fished maggots, there were only reports of bream, dace and roach from around the fishery.

Friday saw a definite clearing of the water and a few reasonable barbel were taken. Best fish of the day weighed an excellent 13lb and was taken by Terry Longhurst from Fiddlers East on ledgered pellet. Les Dwight was once again amongst the barbel with a nice 7lb example which, along with a number of eels, fell to his rolled meat. Another regular who managed to catch a barbel was Terry Shergold who tempted a 7lb 8oz barbel from the Pallet Swim.

On Saturday many anglers managed to catch mixed bags of roach, dace and small chub from around the fishery on trotted or swim feedered maggot along with the odd small barbel. Best barbel of the day was caught from the Railway by Andrew Fuller on halibut pellet. This fish went 12lbs and was his first ever barbel. This feat was matched by his fishing companion Michael Owen who also tempted his first ever barbel from the same area on pellet, this one going 5lbs exactly.  Arthur Daley enjoyed a great mornings sport on the fly taking a mixed bag which included two grayling and a brown trout.

Sunday was extremely quiet on the fishery with only two anglers venturing forth in the first hour. Lenny Vaughn took a nice brace of barbel from the Pipes on halibut pellet with the best weighing 9lb 2oz. The only other fish of note reported was a 5lb bream taken from the Railway on pellet by Michael Owen.

On Monday Les Dwight continued his excellent run of large Royalty barbel with a lovely specimen weighing 10lb 12oz from the Pipes on luncheon meat. Likewise Terry Shergold was again in the frame, this time with a 6lb 15oz barbel from below the Falls.

The best catch yesterday was taken by Stuart and Tim Holden from the Parlour which is looking back to its best with the increased flows mentioned earlier. Between them they took six barbel from the top of the Pool on a variety of baits. Stuart's best went 11lb 6oz whilst Tim's weighed 12lb 5oz. They also caught a brace of 3lb 8oz chub and lost a good carp from the Garden Swim. A good days sport in anyones books. No other fish of note were reported but there were plenty of dace, roach and bream taken from around the fishery.  

Les Dwight with a lovely 11lb 9oz barbel                                            Terry Shergold with a pretty 7lb 8oz barbel from the Pallet Swim

Katrina Dwight, age 9, with her first barbel weighing 4lbs.

Royalty Fishery Report - 7th. September

The latter part of last week was pretty quiet on the Royalty both in terms of anglers fishing and the sport encountered. Whilst the small barbel, which now seem spread throughout the fishery, have continued to respond to anglers baits, their larger cousins became far less willing to co-operate as the week wore on. The carp have continued to feed well and fish up to 32lb 4oz - a new Royalty record - have been taken. Likewise the bream are still being caught on halibut pellets from all over the fishery. The large perch continue to show well along the Piles but they are also now being reported from the Great Weir right down to the Road Bridge. Good sized chub have suddenly appeared from no-where in the Parlour but few fish have been reported from this pool in the last week. Flood prevention weed clearance undertaken by B&WH Water above the Pump House along the Cinder Path has left the Parlour not looking its best at the moment with a lot of cut weed currently trapped on the top of the streamer weed beds.

One other issue which I need to report is the work currently being carried out, again by B&WH Water, on the Lagoon. This work, which is carried out every three to five years, involves digging out the accumulated silt from the Lagoon for which they need to use heavy plant equipment. In order to get this equipment, including lorries, to the Lagoon they shut off the Great Weir, remove the salmon ladder and drive across the weir sill. One consequence is that the Little Weir is opened and the accumulated silt in this weir pool gets washed downstream through the rest of the fishery, disrupting fishing in the process. Likewise, with the Great Weir shut, the fishery from Edwards down to Watersmeet effectively becomes a still water. This year the work has dragged on longer than the week during which the Compound has been closed to fishing and we are still experiencing coloured water from the mouth of Little Weir right down through the fishery. Surprisingly, unlike when the river colours up through rainfall, the reduced clarity has not brought the barbel onto the feed as you might hope.

Last Wednesday the best barbel taken was an excellent specimen weighing 13lb 8oz caught by Geoff Booth from the House Pool. This is the fourth barbel weighing over 13lb taken from this particular pool in just over a week! Not to be outdone Brian Collins took a cracking brace from the White Stile (which these days is neither white, nor a stile!) consisting of a 13lb barbel and a 5lb 10oz chub. The barbel set a new PB for Brian by a huge 9lbs! Paul Webb also managed to take a double on the same day with a 10lb barbel from the Railway. Derek Roots continued his season long success with the small barbel, taking ten from above the Boathouse in a single session. Terry Shergold once again fished the Railway and was rewarded with two barbel which fell to pellet, the best of which went 9lb 1oz.

Thursday saw Martin Pears catch barbel of 8lb 11oz and 9lb 2oz from the Railway on XL salmon pellets. Tom Sherwood reported a 5lb 8oz barbel on rolling meat from the Boathouse along with a mixed bag of dace and roach taken on maggot from Johnsons. Fishery manager Doug Terre continued his recent assault on the roach and dace, taking a mixed bag from the House Pool on trotted maggot.

Friday was remarkably quiet on the fishery and Terry Shergold took full advantage and added yet another large double to his tally of big Royalty barbel. Fishing the White Stile he caught a superb barbel weighing 14lb 8oz. The only other fish recorded in the Bailiffs Log were four sea trout taken from Johnsons by Kevin Styles.

On Saturday sport picked up and a number of good fish were reported. Visiting angler John Bunyan from Camberley had an unusual brace of Royalty specimens with a 23lb common carp and a 3lb perch caught on sweetcorn fished off the Piles. Eddie Upton also had a good days sport on Fiddlers East taking barbel of 5lb, 8lb and 9lb 2oz along with six bream to 6lb. All his fish fell to halibut pellet. John Lake also managed to winkle out a barbel with a nice fish of 8lb 8oz taken from the White Stile on pellet.

Sunday saw Jeff Lewis catch a lovely 11lb 8oz barbel on pellet fished from Fiddlers East whilst Dave Irwin took three mini barbel along with some nice dace from above the Boathouse. Other reports from around the fishery recorded plenty of dace roach and perch falling to trotted maggot. Best barbel reported was a lovely conditioned 12lb barbel taken by Stephen Sanderson from the House Pool.

Local angler Jason Sawyer, who has spent much of this season targeting the Royalty's head of large carp, had a superb days sport on Monday. Not only did he catch a new Royalty record common carp weighing 32lb 4oz but he also caught a 21lb mirror the same afternoon. Both fish fell to boilies, the common being taken from Engineers Point above Watersmeet and the mirror was caught from the Stumps. Only one barbel was reported and this weighed 6lb 8oz and was taken from Mugs Hole by Colin Mahoney. The only other comment in the Bailiffs Log was eels, eels, eels!

Yesterday, Tuesday, saw the fishery suffering from the problems I mentioned in the introduction to this report and sport certainly suffered. John Lake managed two barbel, one weighing 2lb and the other measuring 6". Mr Larder also managed to find some of the smaller barbel feeding and he took four from the Pipes along with a mixed bag of roach and dace.

Stuart Holden with a lovely 11lb 12oz Barbel                                    Lord Wallis of Billingshurst with 6lb 8oz of fighting barbel

Terry Shergold with a fantastic 14lb 8oz barbel from the White Stile    Tim Daniels with a 11lb 4oz Royalty barbel

Royalty Fishery Report - 31st. August

It has been the height of the summer holidays over the last couple of weeks and it feels like we haven't had time to draw breath between opening at 7:30am and then closing again at 6pm! The weather has been mostly hot but with one or two tremendous deluges which did little or nothing to improve the river flows. The barbel fishing, especially during the day, has been surprisingly quiet although there have been a number of extremely large fish captured including the largest ever August fish from the Royalty. The hot weather has meant that the large resident carp became very visible as they sunbathed under floating beds of weed in the slacks around the fishery. Luckily the weather has not stopped the dace, roach and perch from feeding well all over the fishery and the bream continue to respond to ledgered halibut pellets.

The best barbel taken were as follows:-

Brian Farhall fished pellet above the Road Bridge to take a lovely barbel weighing 11lb 5oz. Alan Capner tempted a 10lb 2oz beauty from Mugs Hole on luncheon meat whilst on the same day Phil Rudd tempted an excellent specimen weighing 11lb 13oz from the White Stile. Paul Sene captured a wonderful new personal best weighing 13lb 4oz from the Great Weir with 21mm halibut pellet fished on a long leader being the successful tactic. Bruce Townsend, who had taken two barbel over 7lb on the previous day, tempted a fantastic 13lb 14oz personal best from the House Pool on halibut pellet. Two days later Andy Gorman rolled luncheon meat through Nelsons and was rewarded with his first ever barbel which went 12lb 7oz! Mr Price had a lovely catch with two 10lb barbel from Trammels on luncheon meat. The award for the best fish since our last report went to Leanne Jaynes - who else! - who dragged herself away from Adams Mill and was rewarded with the largest recorded August fish from the Royalty weighing 15lb 3oz. This fantastic fish fell to boilies fished in the House Pool during the heat of the day!

Other fish of note included:-

The sea trout fishing continues to be rather slow with 13 fish in a day from the Bridge Pool being the best catch reported since the last report. Anglers are generally getting a couple of sea trout in a session but it is not proving easy. For those bait fishing, worm is proving more successful than maggot. Successful flies are Black Pennel, Zulu, Silver & Blue and Alexandra. The river still has plenty of grilse in most pools and the total number of salmon taken this season now stands at 77.

Andy Gorman with a 12lb 7oz barbel from Nelsons                            14 year old Dominic Crawford with his first ever barbel - well done!

Paul Sene with his new PB weighing 13lb 4oz                                    Phil Rudd with a lovely 11lb 13oz barbel - great photo too!

Bruce Townsend with a superb 13lb 14oz barbel.                            Leanne Jaynes with the heaviest recorded August fish - 15lb 3oz.

                           

A budding star of the future? Liam Wookey with perch weighing 2lb 4oz and 2lb 11oz both taken from the Piles                             

                                               

                                                Mick Pidgeon with a lovely 19lb 4oz Mirror Carp from the Piles

 

Royalty Fishery Report - 17th August

With the holiday season in full swing there have been days when the Royalty has been absolutely packed from the Great Weir right down to the Roadbride. although few, if any, anglers have gone exploring beyond these swims. Anyone feeling adventurous could do worse than to adopt a wandering approach with a rod, pocket of bait and a pair of polaroids and give these quiet areas of the Royalty a closer look. The weather has continued to be hot and bright and the water is as clear as I ever remember seeing it. The opportunities for fish spotting are tremendous, although catching them can be a somewhat harder task. We had one visiting angler who reported seeing 19 barbel in his swim but he was unable to tempt a single fish to take his bait even though they were feeding on his loose offerings. As is normal for these conditions, those anglers who stick it out to last knockings are generally those who succeed in catching barbel. More and more people have been targetting alternative species during the heat of the day and some cracking dace to one pound, roach to a pound and a half and perch to over three pounds have been taken to either trotted or swim feedered maggot. Bream to ten pounds have also been taken on ledgered halibut pellet. The pike continue to be highly active, attacking hooked roach and dace as they are being retrieved. The carp are displaying typical behaviour, sunbathing under the mats of weed on the Piles and above the Railway where they are suceptable to a floating bait. Earlier today I was watching a shoal of roach feeding close to the salmon stone on the Piles when three enormous roach drifted through the swim, each of which I am confident would weigh over two pounds!

The river is still full of grilse which continue to fall to both natural and red shrimps. Over the last three days they have been joined by some huge sea trout which must go to double figures. The few anglers who have fished Johnsons report that there has been lots of sea trout showing but they have proved unwilling to take a fly. There continues to be a total lack of reports from anglers fishing the Bridge Pool so we are unable to provide any information as to how this pool is fishing.

On Wednesday, local angler Mick Spanswick caught a lovely 11lb 11oz barbel from the Railway on rolling meat and followed this fish up with a 6lb bream. Graham Orton decided to fish on Trammels using halibut pellet and was rewarded with three barbel to 7lb 4oz along with a brace of chub and bream. Fishing rolling meat, Jock Cameron caught a nice barbel weighing exactly 10lb from Telegraphs and John Lake fished above the Green Gate with the same bait and caught a 6lb 4oz barbel.

Thursday saw Andy Little and Roy Westwood fishing the Royalty for a forthcoming article and I understand that they had some success in the Compound. Rather than steal their thunder I will leave it at that. Aaron Worsfold ledgered meat and meat on Trammels to take four good sized bream. Best barbel of the day was caught by Steve Hutchinson who tempted a superb barbel weighing 12lb 15oz from Foxes with ledgered halibut pellet. Several good sized perch were reported from both the Piles and the Car Park wall.

Friday was very quiet, both in terms of anglers fishing the fishery and fish reported. The best barbel went to Aaron Worsfold who once again fished Trammels where he caught a 12lb beauty. The successful bait was not recorded.

On Saturday Mick Shaney took a lovely bag of roach weighing over 20lb on trotted 5mm halibut pellet in the Railway. The big barbel decided not to play ball but none the less a few of their smaller bretheren were willing to feed on anglers baits. Dave Bowen caught an eight pounder on pellet, Aaron Worsfold had one weighing 6lb 8oz, Joe Harrop caught one of 6lbs on paste and Peter White caught one of the same weight on meat from above the Boathouse.

Local guide Richard Wookey was out on the river on Sunday evening and he tempted an 8lb 14oz barbel from the Green Gate using his preferred tactic of rolling meat. Mark Lowe decided to target the bream above the Roadbridge from the East bank using a red maggot/caster cocktail and he finished the session with ten bream to 9lb. It would be wrong to ignore local angler Les Dwights excellent capture of 7 large eels in an evening on luncheon meat. Unfortunately he was fishing for barbel at the time!

On Monday the temperature rose sharply and plenty of anglers seemed to spend as much time in the Royalty Inn as they did on the Royalty Fishery. Their excuse was the excitement of the last day of the test match.... Ben Hennessy fished the East bank above the Railway where he tempted five bream to 5lb 8oz along with a 6lb 4oz barbel. Halibut pellet was the successful bait. Martin Pears caught a nice 9lb 8oz barbel from above the Boathouse on an unrecorded bait.

Yesterday the hot weather continued and many anglers once again gave up early. John Lake, however, persevered in the Gate Swim where he used mini pellets to tempt bream of 7lb 8oz, 8lb and 10lb, the latter being the best bream reported so far this season. Graham Orton caught two barbel from Trammels weighing 6lb 8oz and 6lb 12oz along with two bream. All fish fell to ledgered pellets.

Charlie Bennet with his PB bream weighing 5lb 8oz                       Dave Derby with a hugh looking 7lb 2oz bream

Stephen Hutchinson with a magnificent 12lb 15oz barbel                Mick Spanswick with his 11lb 11oz barbel

Dave Basher with a lovely perch from the Piles                                   Jock Cameron with a 10lb Telegraph caught barbel

Terry Shergold and some of his excellent recent captures.........

 

Royalty Fishery Report - 10th August

Fishing on the Royalty has been fairly quiet over the past week with regard to large barbel but there have still been a reasonable number of six to ten pound fish taken from all over the fishery. Trammels, Fiddlers West and the Railway have been the most productive areas for barbel. The bream continue to appear in many anglers catches and the roach and dace are still responding well to trotted baits. If anything the perch fishing has got even better with some lovely specimens reported. The odd grayling up to 1lb are also starting to appear in anglers catches. Few carp have been taken since last week.

Unfortunately due to time constraints it will not be possible to provide a full report this week (I am off fishing this afternoon!). Consequently I have put together a table detailing the fish reported to the CAC Bailiffs over the last week.

Angler

Species

Weight

Bait

Swim

Les Dwight

2 x Barbel

8lb, 1lb 8oz

Meat

Greenbanks

Nick Love

Barbel

10lb 9oz

Meat

Parlour

Tom Baseley

Barbel

9lb 12oz

Halibut Pellet

Brewhouse Hole

Ray Walton

Barbel

6lb 12oz

Meat

Trammels

Frank Arthur Daley

Pike (accidental capture)

12lb

Dace - on 1lb line

Not Recorded

Terry Shergold

3 x Barbel

6lb 2oz, 6lb 6oz, 8lb 4oz

Halibut Pellet

Railway

T Worsford

2 x Barbel

6lb, 9lb 12oz

Not recorded

Trammels

Bert Careford

2 x Barbel

6lb 8oz, 7lb

Meat

Lower Trammels

Les Dwight

3 x Barbel

6lb, + 2 mini barbel

Meat

Greenbanks

Joe Harrop

Barbel

8lb 5oz

Paste

Pallet Swim

Terry Shergold

2 x Barbel

5lb 9oz 11lb 2oz

Halibut Pellet

Railway

Phil Rudd

Barbel

6lb 12oz

Halibut Pellet

Railway

Paul Crozier

Dace

1lb

Meat

Edwards

Paul Crozier

Barbel

10lb 4oz

Meat

Above Green Gate

Derek Roots

Grayling

1lb

Not Recorded

Above Boathouse

Charlie Bennett

Barbel

9lb 14oz (new PB)

Meat

Railway

Richard Wookey

Barbel

9lb 5oz

Meat

Railway

Andy Perks

9 x Perch

Best 1lb 8oz

Not Recorded

Piles

Stuart Andrew

2 x Barbel

6lb 12oz, 7lb 4oz

Halibut Pellet

Trammels

Eddy ?

Barbel

8lb 12oz

Meat

Trammels

Alex Folwell (Age 10)

Barbel

11lb 4oz

Not Recorded

Boathouse

Ken Simmonds

Barbel

6lb

Meat

Fiddlers West

Charlie Bennett

2 x Bream

5lb 8oz, 6lb 4oz

Meat

Fiddlers

Terry Shergold

Barbel

12lb 2oz

Halibut Pellet

Pallet Swim

Anon

3 x Barbel

Not Recorded

Not Recorded

Railway

Stuart Andrew

Barbel

6lb 8oz

Halibut Pellet

Trammels

Tim Daniels

2 x Barbel

8lb, 3lb

Meat

Fiddlers East

George Parker

Bream

4lb

Not Recorded

White Stile

Alex Folwell

Bream

4lb 8oz

Meat

Above Boathouse

The game fishing has improved immesurably since the last report with plenty of grilse now spread throughout the fishery. Some notable catches have included six in a day caught by Stuart Price and four in a day captured by Sean Hodgson. Catches in the Bridge Pool are finally picking up with a catch of nine - four on the fly and three on the worm - earlier this week. Unfortunately we are still not getting reports from the vast majority of anglers despite repeated requests.

Normal full report and photographs will resume next week.

Royalty Fishery Report - 3rd August

Once again I am writing this report with the sun shining down from a clear blue sky but at least, following the recent rainfall, the river is looking in good shape. Flow rate and levels are up and the water temperature is down on recent weeks. The barbel continue to move around the fishery and are showing up in most of the recognised swims. There continues to be a good head of large barbel in Trammels but they are proving rather elusive during the daylight hours. The small barbel which were in abundance around the Point and Boathouse appear to have spread out now and are appearing from the House Pool through Greenbanks and right up to the Parlour. Punched luncheon meat continues to be the preferred bait for these small but perfect barbel.

The run of big perch continues unabated and it is now taking a fish of three pounds or more to raise an eyebrow which is amazing when you think how rare a two pounder was at this time last year. The bream shoals are pretty settled in Little Weir through to its convergence with Trammels, on Trammels through to Nelsons, at Watersmeet, the Railway, Fiddlers and the Roadbridge. The quality of the roach and chub fishing continues to show improvement on the last couple of seasons, as does the dace fishing. One angler took a bag of over 40lb of silver fish in a day this week, all on the float. The carp, whilst still being highly visible, proved rather elusive this week with no large captures reported.

On Wednesday there were few significant captures reported on a day when the weather was unseasonably cold and wet. Tony Worsfold caught three barbel weighing 6lb 8oz, 8lb 8oz and 9lb 2oz along with four bream the best of which weighed 7lb 8oz. All these fish fell to halibut pellet fished on Trammels. Best double of the day was taken by Steve Hutchinson who caught one from the Point weighing 10lb 14oz and another from the Roadbridge which went 11lb 13oz. Successful baits were luncheon meat and halibut pellet.

Thursday saw the temperature climb to 53 degrees F but the weather remained changable. Andy Wilson was the aforementioned angler who took over 40lb of silver fish in a cracking mixed bag. Mark Warner captured barbel of 8lb 10oz and 5lb but further details were not recorded in the Bailiffs log. Joe Harrop was again amongst the fish with a nice 8lb 5oz barbel from above the Boathouse on paste.

Christchurch AC club member Tony Hyde had a cracking chub on Friday from the House Pool. It went 6lb 8oz and was taken on 3lb line with paste being the successful bait. This fish appears to be one of the younger large Royalty chub and was in truly superb condition. Dave Darby fished pellet near the Roadbridge and caught three bream with ebest weighing 7lb 2oz, a new personal best. Steve Hutchinson was again successful with another Royalty brace to his name. This time they went 9lb 14oz and 10lb 1oz and they fell to halibut pellet fished in the Railway. Mark Randall was another angler who reported a couple of fish, best weighing 6lb 4oz, from the Pipes on meat and pellet.

On Saturday Aaron Worsfold (whose name we inadvertently mis-spelled last week - sorry Aaron) had another excellent day on the Royalty. The swim was not recorded but I understand it was from the Trammels area close to where he had his amazing capture last week. This time he managed a total of nine barbel to 10lb 5oz along with a further six bream but unfortunately no further details were recorded - rather disappointing as this was another fantastic catch. Hadley Banks fished the Parlour and took his first ever barbel weighing 9lb 8oz, followed later in the day by a superb 12lb specimen. Both fish fell to ledgered pellet. Steve McGregor had a lovely 10lb 2oz barbel from Fiddlers East on luncheon meat but best fish of the day was caught by Ken Whitchead from the Isle of Wight who captured a wonderful 14lb barbel, along with four chub to 3lb, from the House Pool on pellets. This is the second 14lb barbel of the season on the Royalty and it does raise the question as to just how big some of these fish will be when they are carrying their Winter weights.

Few fish of note were reported on Sunday and Monday with the notable exception of a lovely specimen weighing 11lbs taken from Brewhouse Hole by Tom Baseley on halibut pellet.

Tuesday saw a few good barbel landed with the best of the day falling to Terry Shergold who fished the Railway using halibut pellet. Terry managed two barbel during his session weighing 10lb 8oz and 9lb 4oz. John Lake fished the Green Gate and took four bream up to 8lb 8oz along with a 7lb 3oz barbel at last knockings. Bert Careford winkled out a nice 9lb 1oz barbel from Trammels on luncheon meat whilst Alan Goad from Tunbridge Wells used the same bait and took two barbel to 8lb 4oz along with a 1lb roach. Two other visiting anglers from Watford both fished the Railway with boilies and both took barbel weighing 6lb 12oz appiece.

Game Fishing

The sea trout fishing has picked up slightly since the last report but they are still not in the river in any numbers. Most anglers fishing the Bridge Pool are reporting a couple of fish with the odd larger one being lost. I fished there myself on Monday and despite the torrential rain had an enjoyable days sport. Whilst the odd fish showed itself during the day it was only right at the end of the run off that the sea trout started to feed and it was the very tail of the pool where the fish were taking.

In direct contrast the last Spring tide brought large numbers of grilse into the river and anglers have been taking up to three fish in a day on the shrimp. Best fish was caught by Alan Godfrey at 14lb from the Pipes on a red shrimp but congratulations must go to Sean Hodgson who caught his first ever grilse on Friday from the Piles. He then went on to catch his second the same afternoon, this time from the Pipes. Both fish fell to shrimp tactics.

Steve Hutchinson with his 11lb 13oz beauty                            Joe Harrop with an 8lb 5oz barbel from above the Boathouse

Tom Baseley with a lovely 11lb barbel                                        Tom again, this time with a 9lb 12oz barbel

Dave Pryor with a lovely 9lb 12oz fish from the Great Weir    Pete Orchard with his 12lb 9oz barbel from the Pipes

Tony Hyde with his superb condition 6lb 8oz chub

Royalty Fishery Report - 27th July 

Since the last report we have finally had some proper rain with just under 2" falling in about 36 hours and this, coupled with the Spring tides, meant that the river actually flowed at a reasonable level for the fisrt time since opening day. Despite the rain the river continued to run clear and those anglers who enjoy fish spotting were not disappointed with barbel, carp and bream showing all over the fishery. Shoals of really good size dace are spread throughout the fishery from the Bridge Pool right up to the Great Weir. The roach and perch continue to show up in anglers catches when suitable baits are used. Likewise the large numbers of small barbel continue to show up from the Parlour, through Fiddlers and down to the Boathouse. Catches of these little beauties continue to be reported with up to 18 in a session being taken on small pieces of luncheon meat.

After praising the recent form of the Great Weir, Bournemouth & West Hants. Water Co. went and altered the hatches as a result of the rainfall and it seems that many of the barbel decided to move down into Trammels where conditions were more to their liking. As a result one angler had an amazing days sport with quality barbel and bream, more of which later in this report.

On Wednesday Leanne Jaynes was once again on the Royalty, this time fishing above the Roadbridge on the West bank. Using pellet she caught three barbel weighing 7lb 1oz, 7lb 6oz and a beautiful specimen of 11lb 1oz. Best fish of the day however fell to local angler Mick Spanswick who caught a lovely barbel weighing exactly 13lbs from above the Boathouse on luncheon meat. Another regular on the fishery that day was Trevor Welch who fished ledgered small cubes of luncheon meat and caught dace, perch and thirteen barbel to 4lbs. from just above the Point opposite the Piles. Matt Cotton fished with halibut pellet in the Pipes and was rewarded with two bream and a 6lb barbel. Finally Kristian Ramsier tried maggots in the Nursery and caught a lovely clean 4lb 8oz barbel.

Thursday saw Leanne catch another two Royalty barbel weighing 4lb 8oz and, yet another double, at 11lb 7oz from above the Roadbridge on an undisclosed bait. I was on hand to see the larger one caught and it was in cracking condition. Not to be outdone her angling companion Jeff Booth fished nearby and caught an 8lb 2oz barbel. Following on from his success on the previous day, Matt Cotton from Ulsmere Port fished Trammels where he tempted an 8lb 8oz barbel, again on Pellet. CAC Chairman Andy Johnson caught what was probably his smallest fish of the season when he landed a pellet caught barbel of 3lb 8oz. The award for the most time effective angler must go to Wes Adams who popped down to the Royalty after work and took two fish in two casts from the Railway. Having managed a 9lb bream and a 5lb barbel he packed up - the whole visit probably lasted no more than half an hour!

The only fish recorded on Friday was a near three pound eel taken by Fishery Manager Doug Terre who was out trying his new Harrison Avon rod. At least he christened his rod even if it was, as he put it, a ruddy eel. There were other fish taken but for some inexplicable reason they were not recorded in the Bailiffs log.

Whereas last week the Royalty decided to buck its normal form and fish well, this week it was back to form and proving hard on a Saturday for the larger barbel. The small ones did however continue to be caught along with plenty of perch and large dace. Best barbel weighed exactly ten pounds and was taken by Pete White from the Tree swim above the Boathouse. The other fish of note was a 13lb carp taken from the Piles by Richard Wookey on bread.

The heavy rain on Sunday seemed to put off many anglers but John Papapopoulon, who has been determindly trying for his first ever barbel finally managed to break his duck with a lovely 9lb 7oz fish taken from the House Pool on a boilie. Other catches in the Bailiffs log were described as "eels and bream various". Make of that what you will.

The rain continued on Monday morning but there were a number of anglers waiting for the shop to open at 7:30am in order to get their tickets and go onto the fishery. Two of them were to eventually go home very happy anglers. Phil Rudd fished with halibut pellets below the White Stile and, whilst he only caught two fish, there were both of note. He had a chub weighing 4lb 8oz and a fantastic barbel weighing 13lb 14oz which is the second largest reported from the Royalty this season. Alan Worsford fished Trammels with a variety of baits including boilies, pellets and paste fished over a bed of 5 pints of hemp and he had a catch of fish which was reminiscent of the real heydays of the fishery. In total he landed fifteen barbel (yes I did say fifteen barbel!) of which tewlve were over 8lb in weight and the best going 10lb 10oz. He also managed eight bream averaging 6lbs apiece during his extrodinary session. As mentioned earlier, the hatches on the Great Weir were altered due to the increased water flows and it is our belief that a number of barbel dropped downstream into Trammels where they swelled the nmbers of fish in this stretch of the fishery. Alan was skillfully able to take advantage of this situation as was shown by his remarkable catch.

Tuesday saw few fish reported but a few good bream were reported including one of 6lb 8oz taken by Chris Greenwood from Fiddlers East on pellet and another of the same weight caught by Paul Watson from Fiddlers West.  Best barbel reported went 6lb and was taken by Terry Shergold from the Railway with pellet again proving the successful bait.

Finally, now that the cooler weather has returned, can we once again ask for anyone who has got any photo's of their Royalty captures to send them to us at the shop (mail@davistackle.co.uk) so that we can continue to publish them on this website.

Game Fishing

Few anglers have been salmon fishing on the river due to the high temperatures and low flow levels and consequently no salmon have been reported. There are a number of lies occupied on the Royalty and a number of grilse have been showing around the Pipes and along Trammels.

Sea trout fishing has continued to be rather slow but a lot more fish came into the river on last weeks Spring tide. One angler fishing Johnsons over the weekend lost a number of sea trout all of which were hooked on the fly but failed to remain attached. The Bridge Pool has been rather quiet with few fish reported. Unfortunately, once again few anglers are bothering to send in returns as they are required under the terms of the ticket issued to them. A number of anglers have emailed us asking why there has not been a weekly report on the game fishing and the answer is that we have not received the reports to publish them! Please, if you spend a day game fishing on the Royalty, either phone, email or write to us with your return - even if it is a nil return!

 

John Papapopoulon and his first barbel weighing 9lb 7oz                    Phil Rudd and his brilliant 13lb 14oz barbel from below the White Stile.

Dave Basher and a 2lb 4oz perch from the Piles                               Andy Johnson with another striped beauty.

Charlie Bennet with yet another nice perch                                        Chris Greenwood with 6lb 8oz bream from Fiddlers East.

Royalty Fishery Report - 20th July

Whilst the long period of hot weather finally broke for much of the country last week, in Christchurch the sun continued to blaze down on the anglers fishing the Royalty with only the odd period of overcast skies. We finally had our first rain for what seemed like months yesterday but after an hour or two of heavy drizzle the sun came out again. As a result, the water temperature has remained at a rather high 69-70 degrees F and the fishing during the heat of the day has been rather slow. In comparison the evenings have fished surprisingly well with a number of good doubles being reported from around the fishery. With more people deciding to give trotting a go there have been some great catches of roach, perch, big dace and chub along with the odd barbel taken using this enjoyable and productive method. Bream, like the carp have been happy to feed despite the high temperatures and anglers targeting these species have been rewarded with some cracking catches. The Compound continues to fish really well from the East bank for barbel, chub, big perch and dace. The Pipes through to Greenbanks, the Boathouse and the Roadbridge have all continued to produce reasonable numbers of barbel. There has been no real change in the areas where fish have been showing since last weeks report, no doubt due to the near identical weather and flows we have experienced.

On Wednesday, there were no really large barbel were reported but a number of smaller fish were recorded. These included a 6lb 4oz barbel caught by James Hutton from the Railway on rolling meat, a six pounder taken by Trevor Ridley from Greenbanks on luncheon meat and a 6lb 4oz fish which took pellet from above the Boathouse presented by Dave Pryor. Best fish of the day went exactly 7lb and was one of a brace of 'sevens' taken by Les Dwight, the other one going seven ounces!

Thursday saw British decathlete champion Dean Macey back on the fishery with Sky TV and this time his perseverence and dedication really paid off as he took three barbel from the area between the Nursery and the Railway. Fishing with Ray Walton he managed to catch a 6lb 9oz, a 6lb 15oz and to cap it all, a wonderful specimen weighing 12lb 12oz. He also took five bream up to 7lb during what was an excellent days fishing considering the conditions. Gavin Truelove fished trotted meat in the main pool of the Parlour and was rewarded with a 9lb barbel. Finally Tony Sheargold tempted a 9lb 12oz barbel from the Pallet swim using a boilie.

The next day saw Tony Sheargold once again amongst the fish with a 6lb barbel from the swim below Mugs Hole. Mike Spurdon fished the Compound and his best fish of the day went 9lb and fell to ledgered halibut pellet. Best fish of the day was caught by local angler Les Dwight who came down for an evening session and caught a lovely 12lb 6oz barbel from the Pipes on luncheon meat.

For a pleasant change the Royalty actually fished well on a Saturday with a number of excellent fish reported. Best fish of the day was unquestionably the 20lb 14oz mirror carp caught by Kris Adams from above the Railway. He had spotted this fish moving and tempted it with floating wholemeal bread crust. CAC Club Chairman Andy Johnson once again proved his knowledge of the fish in the Royalty and, acting on advice from the retired Bournemouth and West Hants. Head Bailiff Alan Godfrey who had spotted a group of barbel actively feeding above Telegraphs, he used paste to catch an excellent brace comprising a near double 10lb 14oz barbel and another of 12lb 6oz. Les Dwight had another successful session, tempting a lovely 9lb 12oz fish on luncheon meat from an undisclosed swim. Finally Bill Rowland caught what I am led to believe is his first ever Avon barbel weighing 8lb on luncheon meat.

Sunday saw plenty more barbel taken but none of the larger residents put in an appearance. Paul Fuller had a great days sport on Greenbanks using pellet to catch barbel of 7lb 6oz, 7lb and 4lb. Mark Hook fished the same area, again with halibut pellet, and caught one weighing 6lb 12oz. Another angler fished the Pipes and captured a barbel of 9lb 4oz but no other information was recorded. Richard Wookey tempted a nice common carp weighing 16lb 4oz from the Railway using floating wholemeal crust. With this bait tempting double figure carp on two successive days it is unclear whether the choice of wholemeal bread was an inspired bait choice or merely a reflection of the fact that the local shop had run out of white bread over the weekend! Roland Hook fished the House Pool using pellets and tempted four chub to 3lb 12oz and Derek Roots had another great days sport with the small barbel showing up frequently this season, taking another six to bring his seasons total to around 48 barbel.

Chris King fished the Compound on Monday and had an excellent days sport, catching large dace, good perch and plenty of other silver fish. The days sport was capped off with a brace of barbel weighing 8lb 12oz and 11lb 1oz. Fishing with him for a couple of hours in the evening was John Stack who also took some great perch and dace along with roach to around a pound on trotted maggot. Trevor Rodley was once again in the frame with a nice brace weighing 10lb and 8lb 10oz from Mugs Hole on meat. Phil Rudd also took two barbel during the day from the Pallet swim, best going 8lb 14oz. Other small barbel were taken from a variety of swims throughout the fishery.

On Tuesday the fishery was surprisingly quite for this time of the year but a couple of good barbel were taken during the daytime. Best fish was caught by Matt Cotton from the Pipes and went 11lb 6oz whilst Alan Worsford had a 9lb 8oz barbel from the Pipes. No other fish were recorded in the Bailiffs Log

Kris Adams with a 20lb 14oz Mirror Carp from the Railway            Richard Wookey with a lovely 16lb 4oz Common Carp

Dean Macey, with Ray Walton and a hard earned 12lb 12oz beauty    Dean and his new PB barbel

Dave Basher with, for him, a Royalty baby caught from the Nursery!    James Hutton with a new PB weighing 10lb 9oz.

Trevor Ridley with an 8lb 14oz barbel taken at last knockings.        Richard Wookey with a lovely 5lb 4oz chub from the Point.

Royalty Fishery Report - 13th July

Despite the recent extremely hot weather the Royalty has continued to produce a string of excellent barbel and bream catches. The barbel have tended to be found where the weed growth is particularly strong, taking advantage of the shade and increased oxygen levels. The swims between the Green Gate and the Boathouse have been heavily fished all season but they continue to produce the goods, both in terms of numbers and quality. Likewise Trammels continues to offer up some cracking fish, no doubt enjoying the higher flow levels along this stretch this season. The Compound has fished really well over the last two weeks, easily out fishing the more renowned Parlour Pool with multiple catches of barbel, bream and carp reported on a regular basis. Perhaps the change in the hatch settings introduced this year on the Great Weir has made this pool more attractive to the fish. Large catches of dace, small chub and roach continue to be taken from the Pipes, Car Park and the House Pool on trotted maggot. One angler, fishing the mouth of Little Weir, took an excellent roach weighing 1lb 12oz amongst a catch of other silver fish. Walking round the fishery confirmed that the bream have now settled down after spawning and have broken up into smaller shoals which are residing at the Roadbridge, Fiddlers, Greenbanks, Watersmeet and Trammels. The carp, which went through the motions of a second spawning last week, are holding up at Watersmeet, the Great Weir, Clockhouse Stream and the Piles.

Best barbel reported on Wednesday was caught by Joe Harrop on maggots from the Mugs Hole area. This fish weighed 12lb 4oz  and is the fourth and biggest Royalty double Joe has taken this season. Richard Harris fished the Railway and used pellets to tempt a 10lb 8oz barbel during the afternoon. Keith and Colin Gooden fished the Great Weir and took two barbel weighing 8lbs apiece as well as another of 6lb, all on luncheon meat. Bert Careford came down for an evening session and took three barbel to 8lb on rolling meat from around the Pipes. He had the first two fish banked within half an hour of arriving. James Hutton, who works in Davis Tackle, used the same tactic to catch a six pounder from Fiddlers East. A catch of four barbel to 9lb 14oz was taken during the day from the Pipes but his name was not recorded.

Few fish of note were reported on Thursday but Joe Harrop once again came up with the goods, taking yet another double, this time a 10lb 8oz beauty which fell to paste ledgered in the Boathouse swim. He also caught four chub to 2lbs, a number of bream and a 2lb sea trout.

Friday saw a welcome return to form and the barbel fed well on anglers baits, particularly luncheon meat which, if you were to listen to some anglers, is supposed to be a blown bait for barbel on the Royalty! Well it didn't hamper Ray Walton who took one of 8lb 13oz from the Boathouse and another of 10lb 12oz from the Roadbridge. Nor did it get in the way of James Hutton who took barbel of 9lb 2oz and a new PB weighing 9lb 14oz from Fiddlers. Indeed luncheon meat also was the downfall of a 10lb specimen and two 'mini' barbel, taken by Les Dwight from between the Green Gate and the Boathouse.

On Saturday, Peter White took a 5lb barbel from above the Boathouse on maggots, whilst Les Dwight again got in on the action with an 8lb 8oz fish from the Gate swim. Richard Wookey rolled meat through the area above the Boathouse and captured an 8lb barbel. Plenty of very small barbel were reported including Derek Roots who took eight of them on very small pieces of luncheon meat fished hard on the bottom in the area above the Boathouse. It is so encouraging to see all these small barbel coming out from the Royalty this season. There have been days this year where more small barbel were caught than were throughout the fishery last season!

There were no catches recorded in the Bailiffs Diary for Sunday.

For much of the past fortnight the pike activity on the fishery has been extremely high as anyone who has been catching dace and roach will know. One particular fish was continually taking silver fish as they were being brought in by anglers trotting the Car Park wall. He was eventually accidently hooked by a salmon angler fishing a rapala but his teeth severed the line before he could be landed. No doubt he had developed something of preference for salmon fishermen as some four days later he decided to take a purple shrimp being fished by Peter Dexter who managed to land him despite the lack of a trace and remove the offending lure before returning the 10lb fish to the water. Greenbanks fished well in the evening with Trevor Ridley taking two fish, best weighing 11lb and Richard Wookey catching an 8lb barbel. All these fish fell to rolling meat tactics.

On Tuesday Mike Page was out with local River Guide Ray Walton and he managed to take a beautiful barbel weighing 12lb 12oz from Trammels on rolling meat. Apparently the meat was actually going over the top of a weedbed when the barbel took it in full view of both Ray and Mike. An unnamed angler took a barbel of 8lbs from Greenbanks as well as six bream on pellet. Vic Bennett fished the top of Trammels and caught 30 chub with the best weighing 5lb 8oz. Finally Mike Spurden, better known to locals as the "Undertaker", took eighteen perch to 2lbs from the Piles.

The "Undertaker" was on top form the next day when he fished the Gate Swim using pellets which resulted in a catch of three barbel, best 10lb 12oz and eleven good sized bream. Other fish recorded were James Hutton with a four pounder from Fiddlers East on rolling meat and Richard Wookey with one of the largest 3lb 14oz chub I have ever seen. This fish was totally spawned out and looking at its length it must surely push 7lb when back to its top weight.

Thursday saw Joe Harrop top what has already been a great season from him when he caught a wonderful 13lb 2oz barbel from the White Stile on paste. No question Joe will ensure that his guests at the Royalty View Guest House get the best possible advice when they stay with him, just look at his record this year on the Royalty. Another cracking fish was taken on the same day by Paul Brett  who caught a 12lb 2oz barbel from the Pipes on luncheon meat, along with a 7lb 4oz barbel and a 5lb bream. He also lost seven pike that grabbed a selection of chub, dace and, in one instance ledgered breadflake. Barry Gerwood had an excellent days sport in the Gate swim catching five barbel to 8lb 2oz on pellet. There were plenty of other smaller fish to 5lbs were taken from various swims around the fishery. The pike were incredibly active as already mentioned,  with one angler hooking eleven. All sorts of baits were taken from bread to luncheon meat and pellets with the pike probably attacking small silver fish that were nibbling the bait.

Two barbel were reported on Friday, Barry Gerwood took a lovely 11lb 2oz barbel from the Gate swim on pellet and Joe Harrop caught one of 9lb 6oz from Fiddlers West.

Over the weekend the biggest barbel captured went to Mick Spurden who used paste to tempt an 11lb 8oz beauty from above the Boathouse. Jason Smith fished Trammels with luncheon meat to catch a 6lb 10oz barbel and Barry Abbot used the same tactics in the same area to tempt a similar sized barbel weighing 7lb 4oz. Royalty regular Les Dwight took a 6lb barbel on meat and Joe Harrop returned to the Boathouse where he tempted a 7lb barbel on an unrecorded bait. Fishing the same area resulted in Hugh Goldsmith catching a nice 7lb barbel on a boilie.

Monday saw an 11lb 4oz barbel taken from Jacks Corner in the Compound by J Newton who was fishing with pellet. James Hutton bettered his PB for the second time this season with a lovely 10lb 12oz barbel which fell to rolling meat on Trammels. Ken Jeffery had a nice 7lb 9oz barbel from the Pallet swim on luncheon meat. Various other barbel to 8lb were taken from the Railway, Greenbanks and the Gate swim but further details were not recorded. An interesting double double was recorded by Alan Wight from the Pipes where he caught a 10lb 4oz barbel and a 10lb carp, both on pellet.

Long term readers of the Royalty reports may remember the name Hazel Wright from last year when she caught  a superb early season barbel  of 13lb 2oz. Well just to prove it was no fluke she fished the Compound yesterday and took three barbel weighing 11lb 8oz, 10lb and 8lb 8oz, in the process beating her husband who only managed a brace of six pounders. All their fish took luncheon meat and were taken from the East bank of the Compound. Best fish of the day was a cracking 12lb 8oz barbel caught by Mick Spurden from the Pipes on pellet, whilst Ken Jeffery got in on the action again this time taking a brace of 4lb chub with the biggest weighing 4lb 9oz.

Mike Page with 12lb 12oz of fighting fit barbel        The same fish being returned by Ray Walton who was guiding Mike

Geoff Booth with his 9lb 8oz barbel                                                    Geoff again, this time with a lovely 11lb 1oz specimen

Joe Harrop with his 11lb 2oz barbel                                                    Leanne Jaynes with one of her many doubles, this one going 10lb 14oz

Another double for Leanne at 11lb 2oz                                                ............and another at 11lb 8oz

Ray Walton with a superb, but spawned out 13lb 8oz beauty        Paul Brett with his 10lb 2oz Pipes fish

 

Royalty Fishery Report - 28th June

The new season started on June 16th with a packed fishery and hot sunny weather. Anglers were queuing up outside the shop from just after 5am to ensure they got the swim of their choice. Adding to the sense of organised chaos was a camera crew from SKY down to film Dean Macey, the British Decathlete, fishing for barbel with local expert Ray Walton. After three months of undisturbed peace from anglers the fish were quick to respond by retiring from the heat and disturbance under the nearest weed beds! Best barbel on opening day was caught by Graham Rowing from above the Boathouse on maggots and weighed 13lb exactly. He also managed a second weighing 5lb 13oz from the same swim later in the day. Warren Thornhill fished boilies in the Compound to take a nice barbel of 7lb and Steve Bowen took one of the same weight from the Pipes on pellet. Plenty of large catches of bream were reported from all over the fishery with Tony Worsford capturing four to 7lb 8oz from the Road bridge and Mick Spanswick taking six to 7lbs from the same area. On a general note plenty of silver fish were caught from all over the fishery with chub, dace, roach and perch falling to trotted maggot and worm.

On Friday Leanne Jaynes returned to the fishery hoping to continue last seasons run of success but even she was surprised at how well she did, taking three barbel from above the Road bridge weighing 11lb 2oz, 11lb 8oz and a fantastic specimen of 14lb 10oz, all on boilies. Morgan Banks captured a lovely 22lb 8oz mirror carp from the Parlour, one of three doubles he took during his stay. He also reported losing some big barbel in the heavy weed at the tail of the main pool. Graham Rowing repeated his success of the previous day taking a nine pounder from above the Boathouse, again on maggots. Michael Drinkwater fished with boilies in Jacks Corner and tempted a barbel of 4lbs along with a 17lb 4oz mirror carp. A number of small barbel weighing around a pound were reported by a number of anglers fishing between the Green Gate and the Boathouse.

Over the weekend Wes Adams landed a 9lb barbel from the Green Gate and lost another the following cast. Both fish took luncheon meat. Mr J Huntley had a great day in the Compound catching a 23lb mirror carp, a 9lb 12oz barbel, chub to 5lb 12oz and bream to 5lb 8oz. Leanne captured a smaller barbel weighing 7lb, again boilies fished above the Road bridge was the successful method. Geoff Booth fished with boilies in the swim directly below Mugs Hole and took two barbel weighing 11lb 1oz and 9lb 8oz. A 9lb barbel was reported from the Pipes but no further information was recorded. Local angler Richard Wookey, taking time off from hammering the Royalty barbel, spotted a few good chub above the shallows near the Boathouse and managed to capture two of them on freelined bread flake weighing 5lb 11oz and 3lb 10oz.

On Monday there were far fewer anglers on the fishery and those who fished had to contend with water that was 70 degrees F. This set the barbel off on a second round of spawning and they were visible over a wide area of the fishery. Despite this the odd barbel was caught with the best falling, once again, to Leanne Jaynes at 10lb 14oz from Mugs Hole. Joe Harrop took time out from running the Royalty View Guest House with his wife Tina to catch an excellent 11lb 8oz barbel. Unfortunately no further details were recorded in the Bailiffs Log. Likewise the name of the angler who caught a 5lb chub on maggot from the House Pool went unrecorded. CAC Club Chairman Andy Johnson caught an 8lb 4oz barbel from the Compound on luncheon meat.

Tuesday was just as hot but this didn't stop Joe Harrop from taking an 11lb 2oz barbel and another of 4lb 8oz from the Point on paste. Leanne Jaynes carried on where she had left off the previous week taking barbel of 7lb, 11lb and 12lb, all from below Mugs Hole on boilies. Ken McCann fished Telegraphs, a surprisingly unpopular section of the fishery, and was rewarded with a 5lb barbel. Jason Sawyer caught two mirror carp weighing 26lb 3oz and 16lb along with a 12lb koi carp from the Clockhouse Stream on floating crust. He also managed to catch bream to 6lb from the mouth of the Clockhouse on boilies.

The fishery was strangely quiet on Wednesday as most local anglers were at the funeral of Royalty Bailiff and former CAC Chairman, John Miller. Reported fish on the day included a double figure barbel taken by Roy Beasley from the Pipes on maggot. Richard Wookey tempted a 7lb barbel from the top end of Trammels on rolled meat and Ian Clarkson took another of 6lb 8oz from Watersmeet on a boilie.

The next day the air temperature finally dropped to make the fishing more comfortable for the anglers even if the water temperature remained high at 70 degrees F. Alan Clarkson fished Watersmeet using 10mm boilies and tempted a 8lb 8oz barbel. Mr Duval caught a 6lb barbel and Mr Warner an 8lb 8oz barbel, both fish coming from above the Boathouse and falling to halibut pellet. Joe Harrop and Leanne Jaynes were both fishing around Mugs Hole and Joe was rewarded with a 9lb whilst Leanne managed yet another double at 10lbs - her seventh in a week from the Royalty! Kristian Ramsier fished a boilie on Trammels and tempted a beauty of a barbel weighing 11lb 6oz and James McArthur used the same bait above the Road bridge on the East bank to catch a 10lb specimen.

Over the weekend Andy Johnson took a 20lb carp from the White Stile on a boilie whilst 13 year old Charlie Bennett, who was out with local river guide Ray Walton, caught his first ever barbel weighing 7lbs. Charlie, despite living in Oxford, is something of a regular on the Royalty and we were all really pleased for him as he has put in so many hours trying for his first barbel. Richard Wookey caught a 4lb barbel from the Nursery on halibut pellet having forsaken his usual rolling tactics for the evening. It was noted that 18 small barbel  to 1lb 8oz were reported over the weekend, which is really positive news for the future. Last season virtually none of this size were caught at all.

Best barbel on Monday was caught by Joe Harrop on paste, his third eleven pounder this season. Ian Fagan captured a brace of barbel from the Pipes and Richard Wookey had another 4lb 8oz barbel, this time on the tried and tested rolling meat. Stuart Holden had a nice bag of fish from Trammels comprising six bream and a 7lb barbel.

On Tuesday young Josh Hunt visited the Royalty for a day's fishing tuition with River Guide Richard Wookey. He managed to catch seven different species during the day with the pick of the catch being a 2lb 3oz perch and a 4lb 14oz bream. Not bad for a first attempt, especially as he was using a centrepin for the first time. At the other end of the experience scale, Guy Robb was on the fishery and took four barbel in all with the best going 8lb 6oz. Mr Vickery fished the Pipes and caught two barbel, best 7lb, both on halibut pellet.

Leanne Jaynes with 14lb 10oz of fighting barbel                                            Graham Rowing with his opening day 13lb barbel

Richard Wookey and his bread caught 5lb 11oz chub                        Charlie Bennett with his first ever barbel weighing 7lbs.

                           

Josh Hunt with his 2lb 3oz perch                                                            Josh again, this time with a 4lb 14oz bream

Important Announcement

Please note that Davis Tackle will be closed on Wednesday 22nd June from 10:00hrs to 12:00hrs as a mark of respect to John Miller, former Christchurch Angling Club Chairman and Royalty Fishery bailiff, whose funeral will take place at 10:30am at Christchurch Priory. 

For anyone requiring a ticket for the Royaty Fishery please ensure that you visit the shop between 07:30am and 10:00am or between 12:00pm and 1:00pm. Normal opening hours, which are 07:30am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm, will be resumed on Thursday. Thank you for your understanding.

Royalty Fishery - 2005/06 Season Preview

Welcome to the first report for the new fishing season. After three months of rest from coarse fishing, the Royalty is ready and waiting for the start of the season. Water clarity has been excellent and barbel have been showing all over the fishery. With little disturbance they have been showing close into the bank in shallow runs between the streamer weed beds as well as in the deeper pools. Shoals of barbel numbering up to seventy individual fish have been reported by the salmon anglers at the tail of the Great Weir and throughout Edwards. Smaller shoals have also taken up residence behind the two new groins on Trammels and good numbers of barbel are also drifting below Watersmeet and down to the Pipes. Larger fish have been spotted around the Boat House and House Pool as well as both above and below the Road Bridge.

The carp are congregated around the Clockhouse Stream although individuals have also been seen moving off the Piles, around the mouth of Little Weir and in the Parlour. Some of them appeared to have spawned but it wasn't as obvious as in previous years so there may well be another spawning if we have a spell of hot weather.

The bream were congregated to spawn in a huge shoal that stretched from the mouth of the Clockhouse Stream to below the Road Bridge but over the last few days this shoal has broken up and they have begun to spread throughout the fishery.

The roach continue to increase in both numbers and size and it is encouraging to observe more and more small shoals of this species as you walk around the fishery. The Mill Stream has had shoals of roach with individuals up to three quarters of a pound for the last few weeks as has the Cinder Path.

Chub and dace are again appearing in good numbers and the assumption is that they have moved back up from the Clay Pool and Harbour as they were almost totally absent up until a month ago. The small shoal of resident very large chub in the Railway have, after being highly visible for most of the close season, done a vanishing trick and have recently either moved on or regained their usual shyness. The largest of this shoal would certainly match the size of the huge chub that Throop threw up last season, although there are simply not the same quantity of big chub in the Royalty at the moment.

Last years increase in perch has been maintained and they are to be found on the edge of most slacks around the fishery, but particularly off the Piles, around the Pipes and beneath the Road Bridge.

Levels are low for the time of year and weed growth has subsequently been particularly good, having the benefit of holding back the water and compensating for the reduced flows. Careful swim clearing has been undertaked in certain areas of the fishery and this should benefit visiting anglers.

The game season has been fairly successful this season with 34 salmon reported to date. Sea trout sport has been fairly slow but there have been several good fish reported, including fish of 1lb 8oz, 3lb 8oz, 4lb and 5lb taken by Brian Goulding, a six pounder caught by Mr R Wareham and a fantastic 11lb specimen taken by Tony Timms.

Sadly I have to finish with the sad news that the Royalty Fishery and Christchurch Angling Club has lost a great friend and supporter with the passing away of John Miller. This was a huge shock to us all and the current Club Chairman, Andy Johnson, has penned the following obituary to one of lifes true gentlemen.

John Miller

It is with the great sadness that I have to report the passing away of John Miller, on Saturday last, the 11th of June 2005.

He will be missed by everyone who knew him as one of lifeís Gentlemen, always polite, kind, considerate, and ready to listen to anybody with something to say and to impart help and wisdom when asked or required. He was above all a loving husband and father.

His support for the Christchurch Angling Club is legendary. He was a committee member for over 30 years and helped guide dozens, if not hundreds, of junior members in the early years. He unstintingly gave of his time and knowledge to the benefit of the club and was later to hold the post of Chairman. He will also be remembered by countless anglers who fish the Royalty Fishery as the Tuesday duty bailiff, always willing to guide and advise those whose first or repeat visit it was.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences at this time are with his wife, Avril, and all her family.

Andy Johnson CAC Chairman.

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