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has anyone out there fished the river lea at broxbourne last season? fished it last year only caught a handful of roach on tares, no chub around. Couldnt fish the bottom - too many crayfish

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andy's spot on,

 

fish the waggler,fish at mid depth(adjust as and when ie if they are going for it shallow up a bit), and feed alot of maggot with single maggot hookbait fish light but not too light. when you get a few decent sized chub feeding on maggots the crays will stay well away beleive me , fish to the far bank, trees or boats are the features to look for, trees that edge out over the water are best, as food will drop from these, in summer the chub can be all over the place or up in carthagena wier, best to give it a go fom sept onwards, thats not to say there arent any about at the mo. and dont forget theres tench,bream,good perch, big carp even the odd barbel to be had. best of luck

 

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I fished there just before the end of last season when all I could catch believe it or not was tench, all caught on red maggot in conjunction with a small blockend feeder, at that time of the year crayfish were not a problem but as the water warms up that might not be the case although my overall experience on the Lea last season at all venues was that there did not seem to be as many crayfish as previous years. If they are there the feeder is a no no as it just encourages them with the loose feed so it might be worth using the bomb with larger baits. There are some massive chub along the stretch and as previously stated waggler to the far bank is always worth a try or a small crayfish with a size 2 up its a**e, oh no sorry you are not allowed to do that are you.

 

Anywhere upstream from "Crown" pub is worth a try and obviously any far bank feature is a bonus although the trees have been cut back severely over the past few years. I took the tench about 200 yards upstream from the pub where there are sometimes some boats moored against the other bank.

 

One word of warning, at weekends the local rowing club are up and down like the proverbial's knickers so legering can be a bit awkward.

 

Have not been there so far this season so would be interested to know how you get on, if you require anymore info let me know.

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I fish the Navigational Canal quite a bit although not as far up as Broxbourne, Enfield is about the furthest out of London that I get. In the stretches that I fish there are lots of crayfish at the moment but it's not so bad that it's impossible to fish bottom. I'd expect to catch one or two per 6 hour session if you are fishing bottom. I hope this helps.

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andy's spot on,

 

fish the waggler,fish at mid depth(adjust as and when ie if they are going for it shallow up a bit), and feed alot of maggot with single maggot hookbait fish light but not too light. when you get a few decent sized chub feeding on maggots the crays will stay well away beleive me , fish to the far bank, trees or boats are the features to look for, trees that edge out over the water are best, as food will drop from these, in summer the chub can be all over the place or up in carthagena wier, best to give it a go fom sept onwards, thats not to say there arent any about at the mo. and dont forget theres tench,bream,good perch, big carp even the odd barbel to be had. best of luck

 

how ya doing jigotai!?

 

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The Chub are still fairly elusive around Broxbourne but still go to super sizes. So if you catch one, it's likely to be a goodun. They still spend most of the summer sitting up in the sill at Carthegena Weir Pool in the no fishing zone. The Crays are still a total pain and so fishing off bottom is a good option unless you are after the big Bream that roam around the Lea and then it's a case of ledgering and excepting that crays will be playing about with your baits. Never had a Bream off bottom from the Lea and so ledger for them with worm and maggot and then switch over to boilies in armomesh once the Crasy turn up.

 

The Lea is a funny old water, some days full of small Chub, Roach, Dace and then other days it's hard to buy a bite on the float. Most sections hold lots of Gudgeon, Ruff and small Perch with some real clonkers of resident Perch in a few spots. So it's really a case of what sort of fishing you like to do. Float and pole fishing are very popular with those happy for a mixed leisure session but boilie and bolt rigs are used by many to fish for the Chub/Bream as it's the best way to keep a bait on the bottom that will resist the attention of Crays.

 

I have not fished the Lea yet this season and am undecided as to whether to just take a winter ticket or full season one. However if fishing in the Summer, I would opt for an armo meshed bait ledgered on one rod and a waggler or stick float off bottom on another.

Stephen

 

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Zander, Pike, Bream, Roach, Tench, Perch, Rudd, Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Eel, Grayling, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

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Pike, Zander, Bream, Roach, Eel, Tench, Rudd, Perch, Common Carp, Koi Carp, Brown Goldfish, Grayling, Brown Trout, Chub, Roosterfish, Dorado, Black Grouper, Barracuda, Mangrove Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Tarpon, Red Snapper

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Zander, Pike, Perch, Chub, Ruff, Gudgeon, Dace, Minnow, Wels Catfish, Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp, Roach, Bream, Eel, Rudd, Tench, Arapaima, Mekong Catfish, Sawai Catfish, Marbled Tiger Catfish, Amazon Redtail Catfish, Thai Redtail Catfish, Batrachian Walking Catfish, Siamese Carp, Rohu, Julliens Golden Prize Carp, Giant Gourami, Java Barb, Red Tailed Tin Foil Barb, Nile Tilapia, Black Pacu, Red Bellied Pacu, Alligator Gar
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Zander, Tench, Bream, Chub, Barbel, Roach, Rudd, Grayling, Brown Trout, Salmon Parr, Minnow, Pike, Eel, Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp, Koi Carp, Crucian Carp, F1 Carp, Blue Orfe, Ide, Goldfish, Brown Goldfish, Comet Goldfish, Golden Tench, Golden Rudd, Perch, Gudgeon, Ruff, Bleak, Dace, Sergeant Major, French Grunt, Yellow Tail Snapper, Tom Tate Grunt, Clown Wrasse, Slippery Dick Wrasse, Doctor Fish, Graysby, Dusky Squirrel Fish, Longspine Squirrel Fish, Stripped Croaker, Leather Jack, Emerald Parrot Fish, Red Tail Parrot Fish, White Grunt, Bone Fish
Species Caught 2010
Zander, Pike, Perch, Eel, Tench, Bream, Roach, Rudd, Mirror Carp, Common Carp, Crucian Carp, Siamese Carp, Asian Redtail Catfish, Sawai Catfish, Rohu, Amazon Redtail Catfish, Pacu, Long Tom, Moon Wrasse, Sergeant Major, Green Damsel, Tomtate Grunt, Sea Chub, Yellowtail Surgeon, Black Damsel, Blue Dot Grouper, Checkered Sea Perch, Java Rabbitfish, One Spot Snapper, Snubnose Rudderfish
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Barramundi, Spotted Sorubim Catfish, Wallago Leeri Catfish, Wallago Attu Catfish, Amazon Redtail Catfish, Mrigul, Siamese Carp, Java Barb, Tarpon, Wahoo, Barracuda, Skipjack Tuna, Bonito, Yellow Eye Rockfish, Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Black Fin Snapper, Dog Snapper, Yellow Tail Snapper, Marble Grouper, Black Fin Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Mutton Snapper, Redhind Grouper, Saddle Grouper, Schoolmaster, Coral Trout, Bar Jack, Pike, Zander, Perch, Tench, Bream, Roach, Rudd, Common Carp, Golden Tench, Wels Catfish
Species Caught 2008
Dorado, Wahoo, Barracuda, Bonito, Black Fin Tuna, Long Tom, Sergeant Major, Red Snapper, Black Damsel, Queen Trigga Fish, Red Grouper, Redhind Grouper, Rainbow Wrasse, Grey Trigger Fish, Ehrenbergs Snapper, Malabar Grouper, Lunar Fusiler, Two Tone Wrasse, Starry Dragonet, Convict Surgeonfish, Moonbeam Dwarf Angelfish,Bridled Monocle Bream, Redlined Triggerfish, Cero Mackeral, Rainbow Runner
Species Caught 2007
Arapaima, Alligator Gar, Mekong Catfish, Spotted Sorubim Catfish, Pacu, Siamese Carp, Barracuda, Black Fin Tuna, Queen Trigger Fish, Red Snapper, Yellow Tail Snapper, Honeycomb Grouper, Red Grouper, Schoolmaster, Cubera Snapper, Black Grouper, Albacore, Ballyhoo, Coney, Yellowfin Goatfish, Lattice Spinecheek

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