Why you should visit River Frome, Wareham, Dorset

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DESCRIPTION. This popular, free fishing stretch of the lower part of the River Frome is in Wareham town centre. Free fishing is available from the town bridge downstream to the Marina, with the majority of the fishing on the south bank. Free fishing is also from the car park area on the north bank, by the bridge. The length is well known for roach, with fish to 3 lb 8 oz. Also available are winter pike topping 20 lb, carp to 35 lb, perch over 4 lb, grayling to record breaking proportions of over 4 lb, dace to 1 lb and salmon, sea trout, brown trout, mullet, flounder, bass and others.

TACTICS. The two main baits for these big roach and dace are maggot or bread flake fished in the flow, using either a stick float or a feeder, depending on the conditions. Perch show in the steady swims to lobworm over chopped worm. All the now conventional tactics score for carp. Winter pike to a float fished or legered sea deadbaits.

GOOD SWIMS. Just look for the main flow for the roach and dace.

TICKETS. Free fishing. EA Rod Licence is required. Wessex byelaws. Disabled access. Toilets in the car park, and plenty of food outlets. Enquiries: 01929 550 770. Traditional Close Season.

LOCAL TACKLE SHOP. Purbeck Angling, Wareham, BH20 4LU. Tel: 01929 550 770.

LOCATION. Travelling east from Bere Regis or west from Bournemouth on the A35, take the A351 to Wareham. Pass through Sandford and follow the signs for Wareham town centre on the B3075. Go through the town centre onto South Street, and the Pay and Display car park is at the town bridge on the left alongside the Old Granary Riverside Restaurant. Cross the bridge to fish downstream on the south bank. There is another footpath access along Bestwall Road, via East Street in the town, from which you can access the downstream end of the stretch on the north bank.

SAT NAV. BH24 4LU (tackle shop across the road).

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