Royalty Report - 28th June 2011
Subject: Royalty Report - 28th June 2011
Send date: 2011-07-01 18:20:56
Issue #: 35





Royalty Fishery Report - 28th June 2011

Since last weeks report the weather has calmed down with regards to the wind and rain and anglers have been able to once again focus on their fishing rather than keeping dry and comfortable. The river has survived the first week’s onslaught and is settling down nicely. Clearly the barbel were still interested in spawning and a number of anglers were treated to watching some real beauties working the gravel especially down from Harrigans where the barbel have been very active. Having said that Mr Gould made a trip down from Gloucester and fished just below this area in the Railway and picked up an 8lb 15oz barbel on pellet. Whilst plenty of barbel were being landed from certain areas of the fishery, in other areas anglers were struggling even to get a bite. Certainly the smaller barbel were more willing to play ball and several anglers had managed to catch up to five barbel in a session. There were several catches of this size from the Compound although several anglers amassed similar size catches from Nelsons and down through Trammels. A typical example of these catches was landed by Jeff Edisbury of Bright*n who fished pellet over hemp and caster to land barbel of 2lb, 5lb, 6lb and 7lb 15oz.  

Jeff AKA Fat Controller dwarfs a beautiful 8lb barbel, making it appear about 2lbs max against such a man mountain. Jeff Edisbury and another classic looking Hampshire Avon barbel Barry is seen here explaining to Jeff that, in fact, most barbel are actually born larger than that!

To be fair to Jeff, and much as it grieves me to have to report this, he did actually manage to fluke a 12lb 8oz from the Pipes on another session which he shared with PJ Martin who also landed a nice double weighing 11lb 8oz.

Jeff-Edisbury-12-8 P-J-Martin-11-8

On the other hand, to be unfair to Jeff, I thought you might enjoy a couple of candid shots of the infamous ‘Jeffers’. In the first one you can see the deadly effect on Jeff as Throop bailiff Brian Willson proves his mastery of the ancient Essex Martial Art of whinging someone to death. Seconds from death, Jeff was luckily pulled to safety by Cat who fortunately suffers from a degree of hearing loss which saved her from suffering a similar fate.

Black Belt Whinger Brian Willson shows off his skills, honed to perfection from over sixty years practice, as Jeff slumps into a stupor.

 In the second picture Barry Garwood displays his best enigmatic smile as he stands amazed having watched a peckish Jeff consume an unexpecting Cat in a single gulp. Distressing as this picture undoubtedly is with Jeff’s hugely distended stomach bulging fit to burst you will no doubt be relieved to know that shortly after that picture was taken, Jeff belched loudly and, to everyone’s relief, out popped the lovely Cat looking none the worse for the experience. Happy days!

Pregnant Jeff 

Back to the point of this report, another multiple catch was by Mr Thomason from Dorchester who fished meat in the Cattle Drink to tempt barbel of 5lb 10oz, 3lb 15oz and 9lb 6oz. Thomas from Bridgewater has a good mixed bag from Trammels which included bream to 5lb 8oz, roach to 1lb 3oz, dace to 12oz and a 6lb 8oz barbel, all fish falling to feeder fished maggot baits. Alongside him Mr Price landed eight quality bream from 4 - 6lb 8oz, again feeder fished maggot was the successful tactic. Mike Drinkwater fished opening day in the Compound and landed three barbel to 9lb 7oz, chub to 2lb and a brace of bream that were over 5lb apiece.


Mike Drinkwater with an opening day 9lb 7oz barbel 

Mr Sheppard, also from Dorchester, fished Watersmeet and landed a brace of barbel weighing 8lb 8oz and 7lb 15oz along with a brace of chub weighing 5lb 40z and 4lb 1oz. Successful tactic was ledgering with a PVA bag of mixed pellet. The Pipes have also thrown up a number of better barbel but, considering the number of anglers who have targeted this area, it has not really performed as well as last year. There are numbers of barbel and chub showing on Fiddlers and several large barbel have been seen drifting around from Mugs Hole and down to the Point. Two large barbel were reported lost from this area in quick succession, in one case the hook pulled out and in the other the hook was straightened.


The biggest barbel reported weighed 13lb 3oz and was one of three barbel taken by Darrel Hughes and along with these he also landed chub to 5lb, five bream to 7lb, roach to 12oz and a 10oz dace! Not a bad days sport there. He also enjoyed another day on the Royalty where he used similar tactics to land barbel of 7lb and 7lb 9oz along with bream to 5lbs.

Darrel Hughes with the best barbel of the opening period on the Royalty at 13lb 3oz

Phil Crossley was delighted to land a new PB from below the Falls when he latched into this beautiful specimen weighing 12lb 8oz. Congratulations Phil, you look well chuffed with that fish!

Phil Crossley with his new PB barbel at 12lb 8oz.

Chris Allport dragged himself away from his beloved Throop to fish Telegraphs on the Royalty and he managed winkle out a barbel of 8lb 4oz on pellet from this underfished area of the Fishery. Another angler with a link to the fishing world down here who was successful was Brad Evan’s of Royalty View fame who fished the Gate Swim with pellet to tempt an 8lb barbel.


One angler who had a few great sessions on the Fishery last season and was looking forward to continuing this good run was John Bishop of Stourbridge. Well the rain put paid to that and John struggled for a single six pounder this trip. Typical Royalty behaviour in my experience! Regular readers will recognise the Garwood name as they come down each season around this time and generally land some good fish. Unfortunately circumstances got in the way and this season only Barry was able to make it down. Still he did manage to land eleven barbel to 8lb 4oz during his stay with up to five individual fish in a single session. Another angler with an excellent record with the Royalty barbel is Ahmed Salem who landed yet another double at 11lb 2oz on static pellet and then on a subsequent return trip landed a brace of 9lb 14oz and 12lb 5oz.

Ahmed Salem with a 9lb 14oz barbel Ahmed Salem with an 11lb 2oz taken at last knockings
Ahmed and a fish that was just shy of a double at 9lb15oz Finally the best of the bunch at 12lb 5oz

Other reports we have received include Ron Brook using rolling meat to tempt a 9lb 14oz barbel from Harrigans, Mike Spurden landing a brace of barbel from above the Gate, Mr Hawes landing a brace from the Compound weighing 9lb 8oz and 8lb 6oz. Ken Thompson landed a brace weighing 10lb 3oz and 5lbs exactly from below Edwards whilst Joe Stanley banked a barbel of 7lb 11oz from near Mugs Hole. Paul Devereux fished Harrigans and landed a hard scrapping 7lb 8oz barbel. Luke Guarguaglini sent in picture of barbel that both him and two of his friends Kevin Hewitson and Sam Pask landed on rolling meat between the Pipes & the Railway. Kevin's first ever Barbel was approx 4lb 8oz whilst Sam's fish, first on rolling meat method was around the same size. Luke apparently took the 8lb fish from Sam's swim whilst he was on the 'Chip run'!

luke Guarguaglini with an 8lb snaffled from Sam's swim! Kevin Hewitson with his first ever barbel weighing 4lb 8oz Sam Pask with his first barbel caught rolling meat at 4lb 8oz

Paul Yates had two barbel out in an evening weighing 9lb 6oz & 5lb from the Pipes swim on pellets. Interestingly he believes that the 9lb 6oz barbel was  the same barbel he caught last Sunday from the same swim at 9lb 8oz.

Paul Yates with a 9lb 8oz barbel from the Pipes Possibly the same barbel from the same swim but this time weighing 9lb 6oz

Rob Thomas started fishing just above Harrigans using boilies & pellet, before adopting a roving approach and landing some bream up to 5lb near Trammels. Rob told us that he ended up moving back to his starting point as he'd seen some nice barbel there in the morning & thought as the light faded he stood a chance. On his second cast after yet another bream had a barbel which he weighed at 4lb 11oz but reported that it looked bigger more like a 6lb fish which fought like a demon.

Rob Thomas with one for the future, a hard scrapping fin perfect 4lb 8oz barbel

It was a great pleasure to meet Paul Wright who was after his first barbel for, I believe around 30 years, and we were all really pleased when he managed to bank barbel of 7lb 6oz and 7lb 1oz. Well done from all of us in the shop Paul.

Paul Wright with his first barbel for around 30 years!

Sean Miller, having landed his first double figure barbel of the season in the first week at 11lb 11oz turned back to his first love of predator fishing and managed to land this fantastically marked 3lb 9oz perch.

Sean Miller shows off his beautifully coloured 3lb 9oz perch.

There have also been plenty of other perch reported although without much in the way of details. Also apparently a brace of double figure carp to over 20lbs were reported on a social networking site but I have no details myself.


To conclude there have also been good bags of bream to over 100lbs from the mouth of the Little Weir and down by the Roadbridge and those anglers who enjoy fishing from them have had a field day. Likewise good sport has been had on the float for roach to 1lb 8oz and dace to 12oz. The only problem appears to be that once you work a swim up and start to catch in numbers, the pike move in and somewhat mess things up!


All in all a quite encouraging report for the start of the season with a reasonable number of fish coming out. Indeed I know of a couple of cracking catches yesterday that I will put into next weeks report!




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