Tadpole Bridge, Oxfordshire

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Tadpole Bridge, Oxfordshire

Post by LuckyLuca » Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:44 pm

I have, today been it contact with a gentleman regarding the fishing rights.
There is a little publicised club called The Tadpole Angling Club who have the rights to the stretch from the bridge to Rushey Weir.
Day tickets are available (honesty box at the bridge I believe).

Think I may have to have a little explore soon!
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Re: Tadpole Bridge, Oxfordshire

Post by BeechmereLake » Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:39 pm

Fished there quite a few years ago when Florry and Wilf ran the club and how you describe it in your post is how it was several years ago, Nice narrow and twisty part of the Thames, with some of the pegs well known for Barbel and Chub
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Re: Tadpole Bridge, Oxfordshire

Post by Firebird » Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:28 pm

Yes, some good fishing there, though been many years since I last fished along that reach.

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Re: Tadpole Bridge, Oxfordshire

Post by LuckyLuca » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:18 pm

Looks nice on google earth, has a track along the length so accessible too!
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Re: Tadpole Bridge, Oxfordshire

Post by BeechmereLake » Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:58 am

Yes you can walk up the river right to the weir pool but when I last visited the venue there were gates that were always locked, you were not permitted to drive up there either, on the odd match day cars were permitted to drive up the top but the best thing about walking it is you get to see the river and what's in it, most of the time the water is clear Spring, Summer and Autumn and you can see the fish amongst the weed.
One of the biggest problems now with the Thames is its infestation of those horrible Signal Crayfish, doesn't matter where you fish from Lechlade to the Channel in Oxford and further on feeder / leger fishing is pretty much out the window, I was actually catching them at Radcot on the stick float last year :Cursing:
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Re: Tadpole Bridge, Oxfordshire

Post by JohnL » Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:20 pm

BeechmereLake wrote:Yes you can walk up the river right to the weir pool but when I last visited the venue there were gates that were always locked, you were not permitted to drive up there either, on the odd match day cars were permitted to drive up the top but the best thing about walking it is you get to see the river and what's in it, most of the time the water is clear Spring, Summer and Autumn and you can see the fish amongst the weed.
One of the biggest problems now with the Thames is its infestation of those horrible Signal Crayfish, doesn't matter where you fish from Lechlade to the Channel in Oxford and further on feeder / leger fishing is pretty much out the window, I was actually catching them at Radcot on the stick float last year :Cursing:
The last time I fished at Buscot it was unfishable, if you put a bait on the bottom the crays were on it straight away, if you fished up in the water it was hammered by bleak.

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Re: Tadpole Bridge, Oxfordshire

Post by BeechmereLake » Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:19 pm

JohnL wrote:
BeechmereLake wrote:Yes you can walk up the river right to the weir pool but when I last visited the venue there were gates that were always locked, you were not permitted to drive up there either, on the odd match day cars were permitted to drive up the top but the best thing about walking it is you get to see the river and what's in it, most of the time the water is clear Spring, Summer and Autumn and you can see the fish amongst the weed.
One of the biggest problems now with the Thames is its infestation of those horrible Signal Crayfish, doesn't matter where you fish from Lechlade to the Channel in Oxford and further on feeder / leger fishing is pretty much out the window, I was actually catching them at Radcot on the stick float last year :Cursing:
The last time I fished at Buscot it was unfishable, if you put a bait on the bottom the crays were on it straight away, if you fished up in the water it was hammered by bleak.
Its still the same I am afraid, a mate of mine fished Kelmscot early this year and had 30 crays in a sit in of which one weighed 1.5lbs, had claws like scissors.
They really have ruined the fishing now for those who like to fish a static bait, as for the bleak? just feed hemp soon gets rid of them
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Re: Tadpole Bridge, Oxfordshire

Post by LuckyLuca » Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:12 pm

Recieve this from my new found intact at the club

Hi, for your information today's match was won from peg 37 with 15lb 8oz, which was 4 chub and roach fished 14m on the pole and feeder just in front of the bush opposite. We fished pegs 30 to 68. Also today 4 chub have come from peg 13 pleasure fishing.

I have messaged him to ask about crayfish on this stretch and will update when I hear back

PS I also have the combination for the gate if anyone needsit for vehicle access (PM Me)
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Re: Tadpole Bridge, Oxfordshire

Post by Firebird » Sun Oct 27, 2013 4:35 pm

Used to fish matches up there many years ago. Sad to hear about those ghastly signals. I remember it being very peggy.

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Re: Tadpole Bridge, Oxfordshire

Post by LuckyLuca » Sun Oct 27, 2013 4:59 pm

My contact has lead me to believe that crayfish numbers aren't overwhelming but I guess I'll have to wet a line there and see for me self.
The match report says the winner used a feeder to the far bank so perhaps has wasn't to concerned by them?
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I felt the earth beneath my feet
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