Having started the Fishery off in 1973 I have some wonderful memories that it has given me.
It always took some time for anglers who were new to the water to get to grips with it. The Hampshire Avon was always known to be a fairly difficult river, but the results were outstanding when things came together.
Many, many is the time that I told a fresh face that they WOULD achieve a Personal Best on this fishery! It gave me great satisfaction when their smiling face was telling me that it had happened!
The Breamore Estate fishery was almost exclusively reserved for salmon fishing until we aquired the rights in 1988. The coarse fishing had remained largely untapped so the fish had really not seen baits or been hooked. I think that this made the fishing more difficult at first but fish were coming to the net and experienced anglers were not used to catching fish that fought so hard.
There was 'expert' opinion that large barbel were not in these reaches of the Avon. It always amused me to read these ramblings as I knew it was not accurate.
We had never had many specialised barbel anglers in our membership so , although the water was known to support a good head of barbel, traditional long trotting methods were only producing a handful each season. When the word got around that there was an interesting 'new water' available we attracted a few dedicated barbel anglers and things really started to happen! All of a sudden I recorded forty three barbel in the diary, and the following year over sixty, and this on a fishery with a low membership and very lightly fished.
Each year the toal was raised, -the peak was one hundred and forty three in the log with over thirty being double figure fish to thirteen and a half pounds.
The Estate waters, which are ongoing, have been producing bigger and bigger barbel in the most recent seasons with fish starting to push the sixteen pound barrier. I have absolutely NO doubt that this water ranks with ANY on the Avon and , - it will continue to be kept lightly fished by a small membership.
What about the chub fishing ? The Avon chub were infacted with a parasite hosted by the fresh water shrimp for many years. Back in the fifties thro' to the eighties they were mostly thin and underweight, a shadow of what they should have been. A four pound fish was a 'good one' and a five pounder was rare. What a change nowadays as fish of five pounds are landed fairly frequently, six and seven pounders are grassed every year.
I say again, " You WILL get a PB on this fishery "