“4,000 bite-sized fish doesn’t help anglers catch pike! ”
anglers catch pike!
To add to the problems, the roach fry and bigger fish haven’t moved down to the jetties off Woodford. The temperature on the last day I fished was 9 degrees Celsius, the fish I caught on the opening day on one of the Anglian Reservoirs having already been caught.
Bristol Water, who run Chew Valley Lake, ask anglers for catch returns, but so far little seems to be done with this information. Data from 2001 could show that ups and downs are a feature of water supply reservoirs. It could also be used to show that, even in a bad year, Chew offers a better chance of a personal best pike than almost anywhere else.
Finally, how about a change in permits and boat prices? The current predator ticket costs £650, entitling two anglers in a boat to two days lure and deadbait fishing, and eight days fly fishing for pike. Last season I never had the chance to do any fly piking, so a day’s fishing cost £325 between two of us. Online applications are around £150 per boat, if you manage to avoid getting killed in the rush! It is important for the running of the fishery to keep getting a decent income, otherwise the finances will cease to add up. However, with the results this October, and a lot of anglers blanking, there could be a degree of customer resistance setting in.
I honestly do not think Chew is finished, by a long way, and
I’ll only start worrying if the results do not pick up by the end of 2019/20 season!