Wishing all our permit holders, landowners, farmers and friends a very happy New Year and successful 2024.
Love Our Ouse: A date for your diaries in early 2024
Stewart Allum is giving a talk on 'The fish of the Ouse' as part of the 'Love our Ouse' series of talks at the Barcombe village hall BN8 5BH on January 27th between 11am - 4pm. Admittance is free, it would be good to get a few out to support him. Once I've got a specific time slot I'll publish it here.
Conditions have been tough this early winter; the colour and sheer volume of water pushing through has made presenting a bait very difficult both for the angler and for the fish to find it! Though air temperatures have consistently been above the 10 degrees centigrade mark which seems to be the magic figure that the bream and carp switch on if you can find them.
Despite this a few pike have been caught up to the mid teens. Catches of bream are being reported on the upper and mid tidal sections to boillie / pellet and paste combinations. My winter chub fishing has failed to really get going yet with only a 2lb fish above Barcombe to report; this was very welcome as the only fish on an all day session! The best chub that has come to my attention has been a 4lb 9oz fish from the upper tidal, taken on a day where the flow had moderated a little. So, slim pickings so far this winter with a few highlights. Let's hope for some more settled weather as we push on through January.
As always we are eager to see, hear about and share any catches from OAPS waters. email: email@example.com. for a shout out on the next bankside report. I'm particularly keen to add a pike section to our coarse catches page. I'll leave you with a winter picture from a few seasons ago, Dan H and friend on a day when the bream really did have their heads down. Happy New Year and good luck. Dave H