DORSET STOUR,

LONGHAM, BOURNEMOUTH, DORSET

Anglers Mail - - 2. 1. 4. 3. -

DE­SCRIP­TION: a short length of clas­sic low­land river of­fers great sport. This free fish­ing stretch in­volves walk­ing across a field to gain ac­cess, and fish­ing from un­even banks, but the re­wards can be spec­tac­u­lar. Many of the fish reach spec­i­men size; these in­clude pike and carp to 20 lb, bar­bel to 15 lb, a few bream to 8 lb, lots of chub to 7 lb, with perch and roach to 3 lb.

TAC­TICS: loose­feed­ing plenty of mag­gots be­fore cast­ing a float rig or feeder to far bank branches is one of the best ways of catch­ing chub here. Depths are around 4-6 ft deep, and casts across are no more than 20 m. Us­ing a wag­gler or big stick float, for im­proved con­trol, will bring re­sults. If feeder fish­ing, a block-end filled with mag­gots, in con­junc­tion with a short and strong, bolt rig-style hook length, is the best at­tack. Add an ar­ti­fi­cial mag­got if small fish are a nui­sance. As the weather cools, rov­ing a few likely swims af­ter bait­ing with bread mash will bring good roach along­side chub. For bar­bel, bait in the faster flows with pel­lets and then fish a banded, 8 mm pel­let wrapped in a stiff paste on a run­ning leger rig. Rolling meat through on a weighted hook rig can be suc­cess­ful on qui­eter days, but this is a pop­u­lar stretch so can be busy. Hemp and tares can bring nice roach nets on light stick float tackle. Set the float shal­low to run above any weed and keep trick­ling a pinch of bait in ev­ery cast. A large spoon or plug worked along each mar­gin will be a good way to net a pike. Oth­er­wise, leger a small dead­bait close to likely spots, with the bait popped-up to im­part some move­ment. A soft, grub lure on a light jig head will work for perch be­neath the bridge. For carp or bream, fish corn on a ground­bait-loaded Method feeder, just be­low the bridge and around the is­land. The tail end of the is­land is the best bet dur­ing strong flows. TICK­ETS: free fish­ing. Food out­lets, shops and sev­eral pubs nearby.

GOOD SWIMS: those with good pace and cover, or just be­low the weir.

LO­CAL TACKLE SHOP: Bournemouth Fish­ing

Lodge, 904 Wim­borne Road, Mo­or­down, Bournemouth, BH9 2DW. Tel: 01202 514345. LO­CA­TION: from Bournemouth, head to­wards Fern­down on the A348. Cross Bear Cross round­about, head­ing to­wards Longham, and con­tinue for 600 yards. Park­ing is just be­fore Longham Bridge, on the left, in a lay-by near shops. Cross the road care­fully, to ac­cess the fish­ery through a gate on the op­po­site side of the road. BH11 9LQ.

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