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 If you want to see John's biggest ever brown trout capture plus lots of other footage from Tasmania, then download Sky TV's Tightlines Podcast.

John and Keith Arthur discuss the coming season on Chew Valley Lake, with prospects of huge trout, plus action from the recent pike trials and lots of other matters "fishy".,20494,19916,00.html



John Synnuck's 28lb Pike

 Last Monday John Synnuck and I fished the 1st day of Chew Valley Pike Trials and landed pike of 28lbs and 21lbs 4ozs, plus 2 other doubles and a couple of cracking rainbow trout!
The weather had threatened to cancel all boats due to high winds, but thankfully Chew was fishable all week as the high gusts never materialised.  It was however, very cold and pretty windy, making drifting with lures almost impossible.  So it was reluctantly a time to sit it out with deadbaits and our first fish of the day weighed a creditable 21:04 and fell to my rod.  John soon followed that up with his PB Chew Pike that weighed exactly 28lbs.
We also had a couple of doubles and another at 7lbs with a Tag.  I checked my records and John Synnuck caught that fish with me in October and it weighed 6:12.  Then an hour later that October day, I caught it again!  Amazingly, when I was out the next day, we caught 5 more pike and one of them was that very same fish - complete with Tag!

Overwintering Trout

On the Monday, John and I boated rainbow trout of 3lbs and 5lbs - both took mackerel and were released unharmed.
The next day, my clients landed 3 cracking rainbows; 4lbs, 6:08 and 7:08.  Once again, all went back unharmed and all were extremely fat and fighting fit.

This really bodes well for the coming trout fishing season as it proves the trout are overwintering well on the rich pickings of hoglice and shrimp.

Pike again on Monday

The weather looks set to be fairly calm and a bit warmer for this 2nd set of Chew Pike Trials which begin on Monday.
I am due to be there and am expecting to fish lures on the drift.

Hardly anyone has fished lures during the 1st set of Trials, so it is possible we might find some decent pike well away from where the bait fishers are anchoring.

John Synnuck's 28lb Pike
My 21lb 4oz Pike
A full Chew Valley Lake

See John on Tight Lines tonight and Soccer AM tomorrow!

 John is tonight's guest angler on Sky Sports TV's weekly fishing programme Tight Lines, presented by Keith Arthur.
Trout fishing with John in Tasmania is the main filmed theme with plenty of discussion and action of John catching his biggest ever Brown Trout - estimated at close to 30lbs!

The forthcoming trout fishing season on Chew Valley and Blagdon Lakes is also featured, with plenty of tips and tactics to land yourself an overwintered trout.

Tune into Sky Sports 2 at 6:30pm (repeated on Sky Sports 2 and 3).

Then watch out for John's surprise appearance on Soccer AM this Saturday morning, 10:00am until 12:00am.

New Season only days away!!!!!

 The 2013 season is just a few days away when Chew Valley Lake will open for the Spring Session of Pike Trials.
Thanks to constant rain and recent snow melt, both Chew and Blagdon are still overflowing.  Due to the increased water coming into the lakes, the colour of the water is dirty near to the inlets.  Recent heavy winds have also stirred the water up, but today it is calm and most of that sediment will fine down and clear. 

The dirtiest parts of Chew are in the "out of bounds" areas and the majority of the lake is easily fishable.  What we do not want is more windy weather, so its "fingers crossed" for some settled conditions.

A few years ago I fished a Spring Trials when the whole of Chew was chocolate brown.  You could put your hand into the water and not see your finger tips - it was that coloured!  Amazingly, that was one of my best trials ever for lure fishing.  The majority of boats were doing what they normally do - anchor-up and watch floats all day.  But I watched Bob Jones and Pete Climo as they fished lures on the drift and land a couple of crackers early doors, so decided to copy their lure fishing tactic - and boy did it work!  You could'nt fish those lures fast enough as the pike were whipped into a frenzy by the vibration of the lures.

Lets hope that these trials are productive - I really enjoyed the Autumn Trials, especially when my client Peter Mersh got the best fish of those sessions at 35lbs 5ozs!
Some people were having the usual moan as it was a bit harder than usual, but hey, what do they expect?  It cant be easy all the time and Chew being full to overflowing for most of the season is something none of us have ever witnessed.

I am expecting the pike to be well spread at the moment, as there is water in some of the margins that has never reached there before!  It should be a great season for both trout and pike and I for one cannot wait to get cracking again.

Tight Lines for 2013!

Herriots in the snow
Herons Green

World Fishing Adventures DVD - OUT NOW

My brand new DVD entitled "WORLD FISHING ADVENTURES WITH JOHN HORSEY" has just been released.
The action takes place in four wonderful parts of the World; Tasmania, the Yukon, Little Cayman and Ireland.

Tasmania - without doubt my favourite destination for stillwater trout fishing on the fly.  However, until this visit, I had no idea how good the rivers were in this totally unspoilt landscape.  Under the watchful eye of top Tassie Guide Chris Bassano, I land my biggest ever wild brown trout - probably closer to 30lbs than 20lbs!

The Yukon - almost 100 miles from your closest neighbour and water so clear you can drink it straight from the lake!  We catch huge lake trout, pike and white fish using lures and flies.  This is a lake where the lake trout is the apex predator - not the pike!

Little Cayman - a true Robinson Crusoe style island situated in the Caribbean with just a handful of locals.  The human population might be small, but the fish population is vast - and they're big!  Tarpon, bonefish and jacks are just some of the species captured on fly and on film.

Ireland - Salmon fishing in Ireland is superb.  We fish the fly for salmon on the Rivers Mourne, Strule and Finn during Spring and late Summer.

The DVD costs just £10 and includes post and package.

Ordering is simple - just go to the "contact" page of this web site and request your copy.  John will then contact you personally with full details.


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Flooding affects Chew Valley

The recent spell of wet and stormy weather has had an unprecedented impact on the Chew Valley.
One person has died in the nearby village of Chew Stoke, when his 4 x 4 vehicle was washed away in floods close to the lake.

Travelling throughout the West Country has been hazardous due to the floods and all pike boats were cancelled on Chew today.

Chew Valley Lake is overflowing at an alarming rate (see pic below), adding even more water to the local River Chew.  The inlet at Herriott's Nature Reserve is flooded and dirty brown water is entering the lake in huge proportions.  Chew itself is chocolate brown in colour - not just due to the rainfall, but also due to gale force winds that stirred-up the lake's silt deposits.  It will only take a day or so of calm conditions for the sediment to settle, but with more rain and high winds forecast; the outlook is not looking good!

The final 6 day session of pike trials was due to start today.  Please ring the Fishing Lodge on 01275 332339 to check if the lake is due to be open if you have a boat this week.

Chew valley Lake spillway
Water coming into Herons Green
Herriott's Inlet

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