I was there Saturday morning, same result.Fished Throop (beat 2) for the first time on sunday after moving down to Bournemouth for a new job. The river looked immaculate carrying a touch of colour, conditions were perfect, mild and still. Long and short was a complete blank! Only one fellow I spoke to had caught anything (3lber)...which was surprising considering what I would consider to be ideal chub conditions. I trotted with red and white maggot, 2lb bottom and a sz 20, heavy loosefeeding...any tips?
To be honest Mark I did think I was fishing pretty well, we all have those days where everything we touch turns to muck, but this wasn't one of those. I carefully fed each swim for 10-15 minutes before trotting through and generally had my hook bait either in or on the edge of my loose feed (wherever range dictated that I didn't need the catapult...which makes that very hard). I am inclined to blame the temperature pointed out earlier...although that is also because it makes me feel better!George, how do you feed,those Stour fish are not stupid and you need to get things exactly right if the water is clear.Your loose feed has to go in first and the hookbait has to be in the cloud of freebies all the way down the swim.They can also be very light sensitive in winter and you might have to be in a good swim for the last hour of the day to get fish.
Looked at the weather forecast on Monday...discounted anything after Wednesday, you must be mad!...Although it may put the flounder over in Poole on the feed...dammit I've just talked myself into freezing myself half to death Thursday night.I'm probably there friday.
Minus 1 wind chill. Probably crackers according to reports.
Maggots and bread. Fishing with hope!