Fishing at Chew Valley Chris Hartley lands a monster as lake offers up good catches

YORKSHIRE fly fisher, Chris Hartley hooked into this superbly conditioned rainbow trout while boat fishing at Chew Valley Lake’s Heron’s Green Bay.

The monster fell for a size 14 Diawl Bach, which was part of a washing line set up fished on a Rio Midge Tip line. Hartley also included a 6-1-0 rainbow trout in his eight-fish limit catch.

  1. Chris Hartley lands monster Rainbow Trout

Other big fish caught last week included a 9-2-0 rainbow trout by Chew regular Tony Gourlay, while Tony Ling weighed in an eight-fish limit catch consisting of four seven pounders, and four others weighing in the 5 to 6lb class.

Chew Valley Lake catch returns show that 312 anglers caught 1,980 fish at an average weight of 2-14-0. At Blagdon, 241 rods killed 1,024 fish at an average weight of 2-11-0, while 61 Barrow Tank anglers caught 185 fish averaging 1-12-0.

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The total catch to date from all waters is a massive 17,220 fish.

Pete Bartlett and Mark Broomsgrove clinched victory in the overall and silverfish category, respectively, after knocking up a perfect set of 40 points in the Acorn Carp Fishery ‘Pole Only’ Series, fished at Kingston Seymour.

The runner-up was Tom Thick, who beat Mike Nicholls on weight after both contestants finished the five-match series with an equal 37 points.

Acorn Fishery was in top form for the final round, with the top three anglers all hitting the 100lb mark. Local rod Brian Slipper beat Pete Bartlett to the top spot by just 12oz.

Slipper poled pellet both long and short off Bridge Peg 33 for 112-15-0 of mostly carp, while the new champ poled the same bait shallow at peg 9 for a similar 112-3-0.

Result. Overall: 1, Brian Slipper (Sensas Thyers) 112-15-0, Bridge peg 33; 2, Pete Bartlett (Frampton RBL AC) 112-3-0, peg 9; 3, Lewis Jones (Sensas Thyers) 108-14-0, peg 23; 4, Tony Rixon (Mosella Avon Angling Bristol) 99-15-0, peg 1; 5= Tim Ford (Preston Innovations Thatchers) peg 8, and Tom Thick (Thatchers Tackle) peg 18, both 87-2-0. Silverfish: 1, Paul Faiers (Sensas Thyers) 39-4-0, peg A3. 2= Glen Calvert (Veals) peg 30, and Russ Peck (Somerset ) peg A8, both 21-4-0; 4, Dave Poole (Somerset) 17-10-0, peg A1.

Final league. Overall: 1, Pete Bartlett (Frampton RBL AC) 40 points (Total weight 374-4-0); 2, Tom Thick (Thatchers Tackle) 37pts (Tw 358-0-1); 3, Mike Nichols (Silverfox) 37pts (Tw 264-8-0); 4, Lance Tucker (Sensas Thyers) 35pts, (Tw 226-13-0); 5, Tim Ford (Preston Innovations Thatchers) 34pts (Tw 277-9-0); 6, Lewis Jones (Sensas Thyers) 33pts, (Tw 365-14-0). Silverfish: 1, Mark Broomsgrove (Sensas Thyers) 40 points (Total weight 89-0-0); 2, John Bradford (Avon Angling Bristol) 39pts (Tw 59-2-0); 3, Paul Faiers (Sensas Thyers) 36pts (Tw 80-8-0); 4, Glenn Calvert (Veals) 36pts (Tw 71-12-0); 5, Chris Fox (Avon Angling Bristol) 35pts (50-13-0); 6, Kev Perry (Sensas Thyers) 34pts (Tw 35-3-0).

Mike Chapman, pictured, scraped home by the weight of one fish to win the South West Disabled and Over-50s AC Sunday match, fished on Plantation Fishery’s Horseshoe Lake at Kingston Seymour.

He poled paste and later luncheon meat into the lakeside margins of peg eight to tempt an 11-carp catch totalling 52-2-0.

Charlie Barnes topped the silvers list with a 5-7-0 mixed bag taken from the lakeside margins of peg 13 with maggot.

Result. Overall: 1, Mike Chapman 52-2-0, peg 8; 2, Colin Dyer 49-10-0, peg 7; 3, Andy Shields 30-13-0, peg 19; 4, Harry Muir 30-12-0, peg 12; 5, Bob Smith 30-10-0, peg 15; 6, Ray Bazeley 26-8-0, peg 22. Silverfish: 1, Charlie Barnes 5-7-0, peg 13.

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