Mini species in the South

dorsetandchub

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Hi All,


I'd love to catch bullheads and stone loach in the South (ideally, Dorset / Wilts / Somerset) - anyone know of any local venues that give a realistic chance? Very many thanks.
 

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Can't help you there, but to have a realistic chance of catching bullheads you'd want to try after dark (they're pretty much nocturnal)
Jerry
 

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The Pinn in Cowley used to be full of stone loach Jerry. One [or more] under every other stone. Perch bait par excellence according to Phil but I'd never use one now....assuming they are still there to be found.

The Colne was full of bullhead when I was a boy but rarely caught on bait...usually by net. Had some huge ones on bait from the Thames and Kennet though...absolute monsters as big as a small frog.:eek:
 
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The Pinn in Cowley used to be full of stone loach Jerry. One [or more] under every other stone. Perch bait par excellence according to Phil but I'd never use one now....assuming they are still there to be found.

The Colne was full of bullhead when I was a boy but rarely caught on bait...usually by net. Had some huge ones on bait from the Thames and Kennet though...absolute monsters as big as a small frog.:eek:
Doesn't surprise me Skippy, the local Pinn at Ruislip was alive with them and sticklebacks when i was a kid - also the Misbourne when we moved to Gerrards X.
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Misbournes gone now Boi, how can that happen?

Skipworth, just how big is a small frog, be more explicit man!!!
 

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Misbournes gone now Boi, how can that happen?

Skipworth, just how big is a small frog, be more explicit man!!!
But they were big in the Misbourne then Del, wish I'd had a decent set of scales to weigh 'em;)

The Misbourne River Action is are putting time and effort into rescuing the river. Their aim is to revive it so that it flows regularly from its source at Great Missenden to its confluence with the River Colne at Denham. Be nice if it happens.

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Misbournes gone now Boi, how can that happen?

Skipworth, just how big is a small frog, be more explicit man!!!
Bit smaller than a medium sized frog... I dunno...about the size of a squashed shrew. Nothing as big as your pb though....around 1-14 wasn't it ?

The Misbourne's had it I reckon. Dry as a nun's knickers.
 

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Dry as a nun's knickers? Pure Chaucer.....Love it.


Thanks a million for all help, I'll keep plugging away - good to have goals in life!!! Even if those goals are the size and shape of a small frog / shrew / delete as appropriate.
 

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I have caught bullheads twice on the Dorset Stour , both times when it was heavily coloured and both times when fishing the river at Wimborne. The first time I caught two in quick succession and I was fishing just below Julians Bridge.
 

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You can still catch 'Millers Thumbs' and 'stone loach' from the lea near and under the bridge at Welwyn Garden City Park but it is only a few inches deep so you'd need a kids net.
 
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