July 31, 2012

Salmon and barbel update 31st July 2012 Wyebank and Courtfield

The river has been at a perfect level between 1ft4″ and now 6″ over the past week. We have seen significant numbers of salmon and grilse on both Wyebank and Courtfield and already salmon on Courtfield are settling down and difficult to catch. Rudi had two salmon last Thursday on Wyebank including a grilse of 5lb and a slightly larger fish of 6-7lb which may have been a 2SW small summer fish and I had two on Wyebank the day before of 8lb and 14lb.

The barbel fishing has become slower with the drop in water and still difficult fishing conditions but is now settling in towards a rhythm of fish early morning and again good sport after 5pm. Double figure fish have become elusive, the odd ones are being caught, but it is fish in the 9-10lb bracket which are being caught in good numbers. A very large double was lost through a line break at no 5 swim a few days ago, from the star spot towards the opposite bank in front of the hole in the willow bush.

Chub catches continue to be a good support for a days fishing enjoyment with plenty of lovely chub in the 4-5lb class. If the barbel fishing is slow the rewards for some dedicated chub fishing can be fantastic. The 6 pounders are there in Courtfield and a 7 pounder is annually on the cards. There is no reason why there might not be an 8 pounder lurking somewhere. These are top ranking specimen fish.

Everywhere is now fishable at last. The boat pool and swims below are very underfished and hold fantastic promise. One local fisherman regularly had barbel to 12 and 13lbs along here. My advice for August is to make the best of the fishery and do not just plump for the same swims which are most fished, sometimes  out of convenience. Take a copy of the where to fish guide with you.

What the forecast unsettled month of August will do to the river only time will tell. At the moment my guess is that we may not see the below summer levels that we have been so used to the last few years. This will make the fishing more challenging especially on Wyebank. However the quality fish are there with doubles to be caught just as on Courtfield, so persevere and when the water is low enough give all the pools a good working over. Keep the groud bait going in – remember the Wye is teeming with small fry which empty those swim feeders pretty quick.

July 23, 2012

The River Wye is down at last and fantastic barbel catches.

As at this morning Monday 23rd July the river Wye at Wyebank and Courtfield is at 2ft and should be 1ft 6″ tomorrow. It is starting to clear at last. We have had five continuous weeks of high and coloured water. The salmon fishing has been at a standstill. However significant numbers of salmon have been seen passing through with one very good run of fish seen at the end of the first week week of July.

Barbel catches have continued steadily despite the fluctuating river levels with some superb catches. Last week Andrew Sands fishing under Kenny Parson’s guidance caught 16 barbel on Tuesday and 14 on Wednesday, best fish bang on 10lbs, while his friend Paul had lots of barbel to 9.5lbs. They both also caught lots of chub to 4lbs plus. The catches have been mainly from the top swims of Leggs Meadow, where at times the banks have been very slippery and treacherous. However the swims are now all accessible and the banks dry and firm at last.

There are plenty of vacancies for bookings on both Courtfield and Wyebank in August and now is the time to make that booking for what promises to be some spectacular barbel fishing once the river is down to summer level, which should be in a week or so from now. A superb barbel of 11lbs 12oz was caught from Wyebank and fish over 10lbs from Wyebank and Courtfield, with 10lbs 12oz the largest so far from Courtfield. Get on the water early is my advice, certainly before 6 am if you can and also fish to beyond dusk.

Salmon fishing could take off again any day so watch the reports and go to the Lower Wye Fishing facebook page for daily updates.

nb. Please note i shall be away throughout August but Rudi will be around when he can.

July 4, 2012

Excellent barbel results from Wyebank and Courtfield in first two weeks of the 2012 season

The barbel and chub fishing has been slow to excellent. I should say that the up and down water conditions have created variety and some difficulties, but on the whole a very good first fortnight. Judging by the WUF feedback, both Courtfield and Wyebank have led the way with larger specimens of barbel.

263 barbel have been accounted for between the 16th and 30th June from 48 fishermen giving an average catch  of 6 barbel per fisherman.

Specimens have included 8 barbel over 10lbs. Best fish 11.75lbs from Wyebank and 10.75lbs from Courtfield. (2011 season’s best fish were 13.5lbs from Wyebank, 12.5lbs from Courtfield.) At least 10 fish between 9lbs and 9lbs 14oz were also caught in June. 26 barbel or approximately 7.75% of the total catch have been over 9lbs.

At least 150 Chub to 4lb have been caught in good numbers also. A small number of good eels have been caught, which is good news.