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The Dairy House news letter

Firstly I have to thank our “Riverworks” team (Elliot and Eddie) for doing an outstanding job on those river beats that we manage particularly the Dorchester Fishing Club, I know they have been putting in a lot of hours there.

Secondly Andrea and Liberty (not forgetting all our family and friends),who have been working very hard long days on our new riverworks base the Dairy House, decorating, setting up the office and importantly making it our new home, along with the help and support of Elliot and Eddie sorting out the workshops and the Dairy House Annexe.

The Dairy House Fishery, a mile and a half of the River Frome in a stunning location is proving to be a great success (you only have to read the comments in the fishing hut book), we have only been open for around six weeks but already the fishing has been outstanding, beautiful beats and a great fishing hut to have lunch by, while watching rising fish in the adjacent hatch pool.

This is one of the few day ticket beats in the country where there is a genuine chance of catching a Grayling of over four pounds on the fly, and to equal this wild Brown Trout to just over three pounds have been caught and released.

To book fishing with us take a look at our exclusive chalkstream page and get in touch either by telephone or e mail, To the Fish as we say………

Watch this space as they say; we will be adding more beats to our fishing portfolio in the near future……..

The Dairy House Annexe – Very soon, (again watch this space) you will be able to come and stay with us in the annexe, our comfortable self catering accommodation, as a base for your family fishing holidays or visits to Dorset.

We are looking to offer as much fishing as possible from your accommodation.

  • Exclusive chalkstream fishing right on your doorstep, available with optional guiding or tuition.
  • Other day ticket beats available through us in the area including the famous Dorchester Fishing Club.
  • Guided Bass fishing along the stunning Jurassic coast.
  • We can even offer our visitors the use of an exclusive coarse fishery with a fishing hut.

Ticking all the right boxes…..

We all dream about fishing, and for many of us it can become an obsession, reaching out to those far flung destinations, and tales of huge fish, for me and all our visitors at it has to be the tropics and in this case the Florida Keys, a cracking boat, stunning location, shorts and loads of sun cream……

A 20lb Cuda.....

I have been fishing out here now for, I think seven years and when Rodney (owner) asked me to do some guiding for him last year it was like a dream come true, I have fished for Tarpon for around ten years and I can tell you catching and releasing your first one will stay with you for ever, in fact the first tarpon I was lucky enough to get on film was with Rodney, trust me it changes your life…and your bank balance!!!! 

A Bull on a spinning rod...

A Bull on a spinning rod....

Now to be guiding and watching the look on peoples faces when they hook up, and sometimes get to release a Tarpon is nothing short of the ultimate……I am one of the very, very lucky few to go through the full circle…..

We even had Tarpon 20 miles in the Gulf

My third party left earlier today and I have to say all the groups have been fantastic company, good fun, good anglers, and did get to tick a few boxes in their fishing dreams…

A nice ending.....

Lee, Kevin, Arron and Jake left today, (a seriously nice bunch) great fun all week, lots of fish, food and cold beers on the dock as we cleaned the boat down and laughed about our day……

On with the domestics, cleaning the villa, and the boat, a day off and here we go again, next party in Friday……….

As we all say “TO THE FISH”………….

What a day……

I made all the guys fresh coffee at 3am and we chatted about the day to come, and after a run down to seven mile bridge with the aid of radar we were fishing for Tarpon shortly after 4am, Lee was hooked up within twenty minutes and after a fight of over an hour, through three sets of concrete in the dark and two miles later we were all buzzing at the release of a stunning Tarpon of around 150lbs…..

Then after it got light we headed 14 miles north to a Shark mark and wore ourselves out with continuous sport releasing endless Sharks to over 180lbs, returning back to our base for cold beers and great food……What a day…..

Lee playing a 150lb Tarpon in the dark.....Not for the faint harted......

This is why we fish in Florida

Yesterday we had Sting Rays to around eighty pounds, Sharks, we went off shore and Lee got seriously beaten up by a fish into the hundreds of pounds on a jig, this was after jumping a couple of Tarpon as it got light…..

I loose track of time as we start our days at 3am, to be fair they tend to blur a little, early this morning we jumped no less than five Tarpon, two of them were huge, the latter Arron played well only to have it throw the hook close to the boat…….But after breakfast we had some frantic sport out in the bay with Grouper to over the magical 100 pound mark…..

At one stage we had sharks just behind the chum bag, and picked them off one by one, upto around two hundred pounds….Happy days!

Making dreams come true……

This coming week

The forecast is absolutely stunning for this coming week, and I have a party of four arriving later tonight for a weeks fishing, if all goes to plan we should be hunting down monster Amberjack first thing tomorrow, and I can sense the Tarpon getting nervous….Bring it on!!!

Back at base, preparing for our next adventures.