“4,000 bite-sized fish doesn’t help an­glers catch pike! ”

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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!

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