Saturday, 30 November 2013

The Parlour Pool

Wide awake at just after three o'clock this morning,no other river in this country can do that to me ahead of a days fishing.I love the Hampshire Avon,it is in my eyes the most supreme of rivers in the UK.

We arrived just in time for me to take a couple of quick photo's prior to our days Pike trip in the Parlour Pool.

Sunrise over Pipes.

Watersmeet.
Gruff and I had made the trip down from Surrey,also tagging along was Coops who had traveled down the night before from Worcester.The day started well,Coops with his first cast,using a lure was in straight away and was rewarded with a Pike of 10.15.Now I cannot put a photo up of Coops owing to the nature of his job(no not a male escort),but he tends to travel to the middle east a fair bit.And anymore than that information could cause problems.Well done that man!

It looked like it would be a good day,but I  left the lads to it after an hour.The levels below the main sluice were to low for my liking,two anglers can fish the deeper water with no problems but three is an angler to many.Here is Gruff doing a good likeness of a garden gnome trying to snatch a few live baits.






Gruff and Coops no doubt slandering the world.
I moved and fished from the little weir,all the way down the back water until it meets the main river again and drew a blank.Jumping swims every half an hour the dead baits went unmolested.I used lures with no joy,grabbed the whip to try and catch some live baits,but was minnowed out as we all were.Why can you never catch Roach and Dace when you need them for bait?I fished bloody hard too and could not raise a fish.








Just after 15.30 I saw a Pike strike out at prey fish under this tree,a good depth here of around six feet.So I gently flicked the bait under it and waited and waited until I could not see the float.And then joined the boys back in the parlour while we packed up after half an hour in the dark.



Was I disappointed,yes a little but I also know what a ball breaker of a river this can be.Sure I prefer the water above Christchurch,Hale Park being one of my favorites.Two friends have tickets for the Longford Estate,no guest tickets here though,but at well over five hundred pound per season I guess they can keep it how they want.

Gruff and I did think of getting a Ringwood permit the other season.But it takes around two hours each way,so in truth you have to be practical about these things.So it leaves the Royalty or Britford for the day ticket angler.Fisherman will always be drawn to this river,time and time again,sure blanks seem to out weigh the good days.And it is not the river it was,are any these days?The Roach that the late John Searl caught from the boom swim,on the cinder path are but a moment in time,a cherished memory for the  angler in question and looked at by me with awe.I was looking at those photos again last night,in his book A Brush with the Avon and I took a moment to walk up and stand in that swim today.You see with me,when you fish the Avon,your not only fishing,but your walking in the foot steps of the greats of our sport.You can day dream and just smile and count your blessings,to be on such a historic water way.It is in my eyes how Carp anglers view Redmire Pool.

Na,it's not such a kick in the nuts,that no other fish graced the bank for us three today.Because next time,it may be the fish of your dreams and that is the thing that pulls you back,always will.

Footnote:-Coops your fish does not now count,as no lures or spinning are permitted in the Parlour Pool,so you sir are a fraud.Also if anyone is fishing the Parlour soon,watch out for Seagulls as Gruff had a belting run today,that left his trace up a tree.Yep you two wondered while I slipped away for some peace and quiet.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Monty D



12 comments:

  1. As always, great to catch up with you and the gruffalo. The fishery should post the rules a bit clearer imho I certainly didn't see it and dislike breaking them (unlike others we know). Still it was good to be out in great company. Till next time.

    Coops

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    1. Found it mate,it was in the spam box.Christ knows where you are posting from?

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  2. Another tough day, thought they might feed today as they weren't midweek.

    Can't wait to get back there though!

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    1. Brian,

      I think Coops may have had the only Pike of the day,the bailiff came around in the afternoon and told us only one other angler was on the fishery.

      Very strange to be that quiet angler wise at the weekend.Like you I'm looking forward to getting back over Christmas hopefully.

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  3. Can't beat the Hants Avon. Passion for Angling and all that first inspired me. I also live two hours away (80 miles from Ringwood but crap road links) and bought a CAC ticket for a couple of seasons but I just couldn't justify it in the end. I often fish 1 hour away from home so I thought what harm is an extra hour on the road? Well after a while it just seemed like madness! Fuel costs, 4 hours on the road for a days fishing and another blank ended up not making much sense! Somerley was a complete ball breaker. Stunning surroundings, gorgeous river, amazing fish to be caught. But bloody difficult.

    There is definitely "something about the place" though and always enjoy reading about it so thanks for the blog.

    Bit worried about the lack of anglers though. Another blogger mentioned he practically had the whole place to himself a few days ago. Obviously it's nice if you're fishing it but can't be good for the future of the fishery. What is going on? Is it just the carpisisation of angling? Do people now demand 40-60lb of fish all year round? A cafe on site and a 30 yard walk to their peg?

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    1. Talking to a local angler who was walking his dog along the cinder path,he told me the fishery is busier in the week as opposed to weekends.

      Perhaps it's the "Christmas Shopping" syndrome.

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    2. Makes sense. Everyone thinks it will be busy so no one bothers going! I sometimes fish a day ticket that is often busier midweek than on a Sunday for the same reason. Don't forget Bisterne. Open August and September and last 2 weeks of the season.

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    3. Bisterne can be very weedy though,so your taking a chance.Anyway enough of this I need to catch a train to Selhurst Park,for our game away to Palace.If anyone watches on Sky it is not one for the purist I'm sure;-0

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  4. Two blanks and a poached fish - ah well, it could have been raining as well :o)

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  5. We didn't poach it In the end Mr B, it was simply fried I butter.

    Coops

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