canoes on LB

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canoes on LB

Postby bobrich » Mon Jun 27, 2011 6:44 am

Are canoes allowed on LB, fishing yesterday evening, myself and another angler had been getting the odd tap and bite and in his case landing a fish, i lost 1 to a broken hook, but following a canoe coming up river around 20:00 not another touch between us. To be fair the canoeist did go slowly and carefully but should he have been there, could well have been coincidence but the bites stopped once he had gone through.
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Re: canoes on LB

Postby mrhaze » Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:47 am

as far as i was aware the stretch at lower benyons in considered non-navigable so canoes and boats should not be on it. if someone who knows more on this can confirm if i'm right in that belief it would be appreciated (del, alan?)

not a lot you can do if they do pop up in your swim though, except politely tell them where to go...

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Re: canoes on LB

Postby alanhughes » Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:57 pm

Difficult to stop it as I am not sure if that backwater is deemed non - navigable.
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Re: canoes on LB

Postby del shack » Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:08 pm

The short answer is;
Lower Benyons from the weir downstream to where it rejoins the canalised section at Theale river is most defenatly NON-NAVIGABLE. That means no boats, dingies, rubber rings surf boards etc etc without the landowners permission. All of which I have seen!!

As is the very top of Lower Benyons red section, Upper Benyons, Padworth Mill, beat 3b, beat 2 weir pool, the arrow head at Calcot and Whistley mill.

The long answer........well there's not enough hours in the day!!!
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Re: canoes on LB

Postby Grantml04 » Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:15 pm

Excellent info to know!

I was fishing that evening aswell, on the swim left ofthe path where the trees come all the way across to form a 'wall of snag'. (If you fish the water you will know where I mean!)
Heard a almightly crash as the bloke smashed his way through the trees. I reeled in both rods and stood gobsmacked. Got a grunt of appreciation, but not what id hoped.
Im was far too polite to question him but next time hes getting he rule book thrown at him.

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Re: canoes on LB

Postby bobrich » Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:11 am

likewise, now i know i will politely point out the rules to any stray boaters i see, thankfully its not a common occurance up to now although i did meet around 15 kayakers last year, again they were very polite and tried to minimise their passage, if thats possible with a flotilla.
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Re: canoes on LB

Postby potnoodle » Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:15 pm

The canoeists usually go through the canal section above the weir at LB, then drop into the river after the lock at the top of Theale section, Perhaps he fancied a bit of whitewater canoeing in the weirpool :shock: Thankfully it don,t happen that often :lol:

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Re: canoes on LB

Postby bobrich » Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:35 pm

He was hardcore ...he was paddling up river
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