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Royalty Fishery Report - October 2011

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Royalty Fishery Report - October 2011

Guest Author Dave Basher

With October came the start of the Pike fishing season on the Royalty, that is however not to detract from the still awesome Barbel and perch angling which continued with the particularly mild weather we have had this winter.

Local lad Ken Thompson was one of the first to capitalise on the Pike fishing with a lovely brace of 16lb and 20lb 12oz, Ken fished live baited Dace for his brace of Pike and made a special thank you to regular Royalty pike fishing fixture Shaun Miller for pointing him in the right direction, (if only Shaun could catch a twenty lol)

Ken Thompson with a 20lb 12oz beauty of a pike

Speaking of Shaun Miller he was very quickly off the mark himself with the Pike, although at 19lb 12oz he might be forgiven for thinking he would never again break that magical 20lb barrio. Shaun‘s method was the same live baiting tactics although secret squirrel that he is he failed to report where he landed his fabulous specimen.


Colin Dibley from Ascot had a nice brace of Pike after a roving day on the Royalty his fish weighed 13lb and 18lb 10oz and were caught on live baits.

Improve your course fishing magazine came down to the Royalty for a day’s Pike fishing and although they didn’t manage any monsters, they did bag 7 Pike on their day with the best going 13lb they caught in the Top weir compound and Trammels and recon they can get a reasonable feature out of their day.. Good work guys. Local anger Christina Wilkins spent the day chasing the Royalty's predators and was rewarded with a 3lb 8oz perch and a 7lb pike in the unseasonably warm weather.

Christina-Wilkins-7lbs Christina-Wilkins-3lb-8oz

Thomas Jones made the journey from Bath for a days’ Pickerel Shark fishing and managed a few Jacks, 2 nice doubles and a stunning 20lb 5oz from Barlins which is a seldom fished area of the fishery nowadays. Thomas caught his fish on a mixture of live and dead baits and was so happy with his Royalty experience that he returned a few days later to bag an even bigger Pike at 22lb 4oz though this time his sardine dead bait was snaffled in the mouth of the little weir. Great angling!

Local angler John Chestney from Burton ventured to the Royalty for a day Pike fishing and chose to fish the piles with paternostered Dace and though he caught 5 pike to just over double figures his real reward was an absolutely awesome Perch of 3lb 9oz.

Another cracking Pike was caught by George Cornwell in the Railway pool and weighed in at just a smidgen over 21lb. Even Royalty supremo Jason Lewis ventured out for a slice of the action and caught himself a nice pike of 17lb although if any of you have ever met Jason then you will realise he probably made it look about 4lb in the photos ha...

George Cornwell with a cracking 21lb 12oz pike

There were some lovely bags of dace, roach, chub and bream caught in the Barlins and Johnson’s area of the fishery. Colin Wineman from Liphook had 8 Bream between 4lb and 7lb 2oz feeder fishing maggot and caster but the bags of Dace and Roach were mainly caught on trotted maggot.

As I said the Perch fishing remained excellent through October.

Nigel Steel from Hertfordshire had 4 cracking fish all over 2lb with 2 over the magic 3lb barrier the best weighing in at 3lb 2oz. What a super days sport for Nigel who fished live baited small dace and minnows below the road bridge for his best ever bag of Perch,

Royalty river keeper Romey had a lovely Perch of 2lb8oz himself when he managed to find an hour or so to fish small live bait in the Boat house pool.

Another great bag of Perch came from Johnsons and was caught by Romsey based John Sherry. John fished a mixture of Worm and live bait for a 5 fish haul to a cracking top weight of 3lb 6oz again a brilliant days sport.

Local angler Bill Ridley also capitalised on the great Perch action and fished worm from the Pallet swim for a stonking fish of 3lb 10oz which was a personal best for him, and then a few days later Bill followed up with another of 3lb 8oz, two superb specimens,

Jeff Carter with a cracking 3lb 1oz perch

There was of course plenty of Barbel caught through October as well with a lot of fish in the 5 to 9lb bracket landed all over the fishery and a few nice doubles cropping up as well.

Brian Jones from Bournemouth had a nice brace from the Pallet swim, the biggest weighing 10lb 8oz, and David Messer from Brighton fished meat just above the road bridge and also managed a nice brace, the biggest of his was just an ounce under 10lb.

Mr Rubble from Bournemouth had an amazing Barbel of 13lb 4oz from Waters meet using a method feeder; this was also a new Personal best for him after a lot of trying. Awesome.

The biggest Barbel reported in October was caught by Trevor Ridley from the Railway pool and weighed in at 15lb 1oz. Unfortunately that is the only information available on this incredible mid season Barbel , but I think you will agree that this is a fabulous fish for October.

Trevor Ridley with his new PB weighing an impressive 15lb 1oz

Dave Basher

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