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River Thames [Ham - Pertersham]

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Specific details

Day Ticket Prices Free fishing.
Species Present Roach Dace, Bream, Perch, Barbel, Carp
Venue Facilities Car parking at Ham and River Lane.
Best Baits Maggot, caster, worm.
Getting There / Directions From the A307 take the turning into River Lane at Petersham or Ham Common Road at Ham and go to the end and park.
Opening Times Close season applies from 15 March to 15 June


The stretch of the River Thames from Ham to Pertersham Meadow used to offer some of the finest river coarse fishing in the South East of England. Massive bags of roach and dace were commonplace.

Despite the decline in fishing due to adverse clean water policies, this stretch of the Thames is still one of the most challenging and rewarding river venues anywhere.

Approximately 80yds at its widest with depths varying between 5-7ft, the best time to fish this stretch of the Thames is five hours after high tide at London Bridge during the simmer months and four hours in the winter. Although the dace are no longer present in the numbers they used to be, the river still provides some excellent roach fishing as well as holding some superb bream [to 7lb], perch [to 3lb], the odd barbel [to 7lb] and some big specimen carp.

Tactics that work well are groundbait feeder, waggler, long pole and whips. Best baits are maggot, hemp, worm and caster. Expect to get through 3-4 pints of maggots and hemp and 3-6 kilos of groundbait for the bream. Top spots are around Hammertons Ferry [upstream of River Lane] and downstream at the bottom of Petersham Meadow.

* No bans in force
* Free Fishing
* The banks at this stretch are very steep - take care ascending and descending the banks.


Petersham meadows

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