Thanks to everyone who has supplied us with information about their catches on the Rother this season, it appears that most of us are experiencing a better season this year in terms of both the quantity and the variety of fish we are catching.
Amongst the anglers who are doing particularly well is Steve Warner who reported almost a month ago that he was having his best season ever with the following a summary of his eight visits up to that time.
Steve had caught 62 chub between 1lb 8oz and 4lb 2oz, the majority of his chub were over 3lb and he netted fifteen of them in one session alone from only one swim together with a PB Barbel of 10lb 5oz. Steve has also caught a pike of 5lb, 5 bream to 6lb exactly, 2 other Barbel of 5lb 9oz and 6lb 2oz, a few minnows, 100 plus gudgeon, 100 plus dace to 8oz, a few roach and a few perch, the biggest about 12oz and also what he is convinced was a small barbel which is great news for the future of the Rother. Please keep the reports coming in, they are important to us.
The Lower Rother has again shown that all parts of the river are now producing quality fish. Recent news of a very large carp on the adjoining downstream stretch as well as very good chub, barbel and bream from our own Coates Castle stretch leave very little doubt that good quality specimens inhabit the lower stretches of the Rother.
Below is a picture of a superb 13lbs 8oz barbel caught recently by Mike Kitchener from the lower reaches of our Rother fishery.