We bring you the round up of the latest fishery reports from the big waters across the UK in our weekly fishery reports.
Tel: 01283 840284
Rod average is 4.65
Best Areas: Old Man’s; Ten Acre Bay; Mary Lou’s; Dougie’s; Concrete Bowl
Best Dries: Shipman’s sugar lump; sedge Best
Lures: Cat’s Whisker; black & green lures; Montana; red bloodworm; olive tadpole
Best Nymphs/Wets: Montana; black buzzer; Diawl Bach; claret buzzer
Best Fish: 4lb 4ozs rainbow trout caught on a Montana from the bank, South Lake by Mr.Chris Izod
A week of predominantly Easterly ‘cool’ winds still produced good returns as continuing buzzer hatches dominated the trout’s menu.
However sport to dry flies was also successful especially during the afternoons. In flat calm conditions boat fishing was ‘light’ as is usual for this time of year but some determined souls who ventured out were rewarded with good returns with the most effective tactics in these conditions being floating lines and nymph patterns fished from anchored boats.
On Sunday 7th Blithfield hosted 2 bank matches – one for Alex Booth Flyfishers whose rod average, based on declarations, was 2.56. The winner was Ian Footman with a total (including time bonus) of 19lb. The other was for Derby Flyfishers whose rod average was a very creditable 5.8 with winner Clive Wilkins releasing 11 fish.
Notable returns this week include on 1st April for Season Permit holder Mr. Peter Jeffries with 10 fish caught from the South Lake banks, all on white Fritz . On the 3rd Season Permit holder Mr. John Davies reached double figures with 10 fish from the banks on claret buzzers with visiting rod Mr. Mike Smith also claiming double figures with 13 fish. On the 4th Messrs Savage and Ford once again found the fish with great tactics using Diawl Bachs & Cormorants to excellent effect with 24 fish and 17 fish respectively from the banks of the ever-productive South Lake. On the 5th visiting rods Messrs Cotterill and Wilson paired up in a boat and, using Diawl Bach & damsel patterns, recorded a boat total of 25 fish whilst on the same day visiting rod Mr. Graham England returned a total of 16 fish from the banks with Cormorant and FAB patterns proving useful. Another visiting rod, Mr. Richard Meigh, recorded a total of 10 fish from the banks on Saturday 6th as the South Lake continued to fish incredibly well.
The North Lake is currently closed to non-Season Permit holders until 1st May but the sport on the South Lake can be enjoyed by all.
A quick reminder that the Angling Office closes at 10.30am on Saturdays (as it did last year). Visiting anglers will need to see the Duty Bailiff across the Dam at the Boat House after this time.
Tel: 01490 420 463
Bank Fishing Hotspots: Tower Bay, Hafod Lom and the Visitors Centre.
Boat Fishing Hotspots: Tower Bay, Hafod Lom, the Quarry and behind Barrow Island and the Brenig Arm.
Top Flies: Tequila blob, black and green montana, cats whiskers and also fish been caught on buzzers.
Top Bag (For six fish caught) : 14lbs 0oz -Mr. P. Carrington from Holyhead.
Biggest Fish: 6lbs 0oz – Mr. P. Carrington from Holyhead.
Rod Average: 5.0 fish per angler (Including fish returned).
The rather muddled and unpredictable weather has also been reflected in the fishing with fish even being caught on the top of the water using the odd dry fly which is obviously very unusual for this time of year as you would expect the fish to be low in the water. As we know, as the conditions change then the fishing changes and the conditions have changed quite considerably over the week and as a result so have the methods of fishing. Mr. John Davies from Montgomery sounds as if he had an excellent day catching and releasing eighteen fish on a DI 3 using a Booby. Gethin Thomas from Mold also had similar success using the same method with a Tequila Blobon the dropper.
Although the size of the fish in general are down on the last few years there have been some lovely fish caught with the biggest fish of the week caught in the Brenig Arm by Mr. P. Carrington from Holyhead and tipping the scales at 6lbs 0oz. The biggest bag of the week was also recorded by Mr. Carrington with a fantastic weight of 14lbs for just four fish. The biggest bag for six fish caught was recorded by Mr. J. Moores and weighed in at 11lbs.
Mr. Richard Hutchinson had a grand day catching six fish whilst fishing with his son Kyle. By the end of the day Kyle had yet to catch but he was determined to catch a fish and managed to catch one in the end after fishing by the corner of the.
Some excellent news on the Osprey front. This week the female Osprey was seen mating with a male bird which obviously gives us great encouragement that Brenig will hear the sound of little wings in the not too distant future.
Bristol Water Fisheries
Tel: 01275 332339
The season at Bristol Water Fisheries has just kicked off with pre-season stocking of fish as follows:
11,000 – Chew Valley Lake
7,500 – Blagdon
4,000 – Barrows
Chew opened on the 7th March with some superb fish being caught with plenty of 4lb+ fish showing. There was a really good spread of fish with anglers catching from both boat and bank. Hot spots include Woodford Bank, Herons Green, Walley and the North Shore. A variety of methods worked well although many anglers are favouring small lures fished on sink tip or intermediate lines. Fish are feeding hard on a mixture of daphnia, corixa and alder nymphs!
Good bags of fish weighing over 30lb have been caught with most anglers at least finding one or two 4lb+ fish per visit. Despite the challenging conditions, an excellent start to the season!
Rod average: 8.86 fish per angler
Average weight: 2lb 15oz
Best rainbow: 8lb 3oz Best brown trout: 5lb
Blagdon: Opens 14th March
Barrow Tanks: Barrow Tanks opened at the end of February. It was a patchy start but anglers soon found fish feeding high in the water with fish rising on many occasions. Number 2 Tank remains closed for essential maintenance work. Tanks 1 and 3 fishing well with most anglers opting for nymphs fished slowly/static. Those fishing deeper down have also done well, especially on windier days. The pipe of Number 3 Tank remains a favourite amongst our bank anglers although further down the bank towards the Bristol Corner has also fished well. Some of the famous brown trout have shown to anglers fishing deeper with Boobies and fry patterns. Big brown trout, often found patrolling the bank for sticklebacks, mean it’s always worth a cast or two close in before trying to hit the horizon with your flies.
Rod average: 4.8 fish per angler
Average weight: 1lb 8oz
Best rainbow: 4lb Best brown trout: 5lb
Tel: 01629 540478
Rod Average : The rod average for this week was 7.37 with 575 fish caught by 78 anglers.
Best Rainbow/Brown : The heaviest Rainbow was 7lb 6oz caught by Kevin Jackson. The heaviest Brown was 5lb 8oz caught by Chad Critchley.
Top Spot : The most popular spots have been around the North End, Half Moon Bay, Fish Tail Creek and Sailing Club Island.
Methods & Flies : The most successful flies were green and black lures, hot heads, buzzers, boobies, blobs and black snakes. Sinking and floating lines with a sink tip have proven popular, with a slow drift and slow retrieve being successful for many anglers.
The east side of the water has still been fishing well from Half Moon Field right down to Upperfields Bay & Millfields. There have been some excellent fish caught many weighing over 5lbs, it looks like the late season stocking followed by a mild winter has produced some excellent over wintered rainbows and browns.
Spring Open 2019 Competition
Saturday 27th April 2019 is the date for next years Spring Open Competition For more information and booking contact the fishery.
Tel: 01788 812018
Number Rods: 212
Number Trout Taken: 234
Number Trout Released: 735
Total Catch: 969
Rod Average: 4.5
A week with a mix of south east and north east winds meant it was certainly cooler than the previous week. As a result, it meant the fish didn’t feed as hard as the previous week, but the buzzer hatches still remained as impressive and at times the fishing was exceptional.
The week started with a bright day with light winds from the east, making the fishing slightly trickier than it had been of late, with the boats having the lion share of the sport as the fish headed out into deeper water with the brightness of the day. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas took 10 fish with 9 on buzzers and even managed one on a dry fly. With the other 9 falling to buzzers around Farnborough Spit. Chris Howkins & Steve Owen fished around croft shoal and Lincroft point with a mix of buzzers and lures to land 24 fish during the day. Dave Atkins & Steve Owen fished around the outlet near Rainbow Corner with a team of buzzers to boat 10 fish between them.
A very different day Tuesday with cloud cover and a good westly wind in the morning which later swung into the north west. With this change in the weather the fish moved back into the margins and the bank anglers enjoyed great sport. Season ticket holders Peter Elliott & Lee Patten landed 18 and 15 each with all their fish on straight lined buzzers. They found the hotspot to be the Cornfield in the morning before moving to Lincroft in the afternoon. All water season ticket holder Paul Walker also landed 18, all of which took on Lincroft Point on buzzers and Diawl Bachs. Peter Allen fished alongside Paul, once again using buzzers to take a dozen.
Whilst only 14 anglers fished on Wednesday, and with only three boats on the water, the fish were really in full feeding mode and an overall rod average of 9 was recorded for the day! Pete Eville & Mark Lee shared a boat and located fish on drifts in the bottom of Toft & through Croft Shoal.
Increasing winds led them to moor up off Lin Croft Point where Pete caught consistently on a team of static Diawl Bachs, in sizes 12 & 14, whilst Mark twiddled a pair of mini boobies on a Di5 to catch equally well. By the end of a frantic session they had netted 25 & 17 rainbows respectively. Similarly, Draycote regular Geoff Preston found himself off Lin Croft having failed to find feeding fish off Rainbow, the Overflow or Hensborough. Although the winds were moving around the compass through the morning, he described Lin Croft as being “alive with fish” which he thought were holding approximately three feet down. Using his usual home tied damsel pattern on a slow sink line he landed 16 before coming off the water for an early lunch. Bank anglers were also enjoying hectic sport. Simon Peck stuck to the bottom of Toft by the gate car park and washing lined buzzer, muskins & crunchers in conjunction with a FAB blob to net eight. He used a midge tip in the morning session before switching to a full floater in the afternoon. Tony Smith stuck to the bank at the Swan’s Nest using the same tactics to land 14. The changing winds however heralded a squally storm which forced the guys into an early finish and brought a wintery cold front to the water for Thursday’s anglers to face.
The days extremely cold, blustery conditions were made worse by very icy cold rain which in turn set back the buzzer hatch & put the trout down. Nevertheless, fish were still caught with Simon Nichols & Rob Frame netting 14 and 12 respectively. They had come hoping to be able to fish the buzzer but the downturn in weather conditions forced them to fish dep with lure patterns for the most part to find success. Local boat anglers John Dickens & Alex Urquhart both independently managed to tempt some fish to the buzzer with catches of 6 & 7. Simon Ducie was delighted with his session on the bank in Toft using a bloodworm pattern. Having recently attended one of our tuition days he landed a fine rainbow with which to kick start his fly fishing career. On Friday the south easterly winds dropped back a little and temperatures began to rise back into double figures resulting in a better day for bank anglers. Tony Broadway fished a morning session, mainly on Lin Croft, resulting in six caught & released to buzzer patterns and a silver bar of 3lbs plus taken for the pot. Meanwhile, Dave Adkins bank fished in Rainbow Corner with a mix of lures & nymphs to also net a total of 7 rainbows.
Testament to the spread of fish population around the venue currently, Will Hunt spent the day on the bank down at the Swan’s Nest and enjoyed consistent sport on buzzers on a floating line. He ended with his four fish limit having also caught & released a further three. Paul Walley managed to fit in a short afternoon session on the Cornfield. With a mix of FAB blobs & buzzers he brought five rainbows to net. In the boats, on the second day of their mini break, Simon Nicols fished with Jim Burtle. They enjoyed good sport, ending the day with 16 & 12 respectively, but found the best of the action during the mid to late afternoon. Many of their fish were found on drifts down the Farborough Dam with damsels proving to be successful. Peter Davison fished with Rob Frame for their second day and ended in similar fashion with a total of 21 to the boat.
Saturday with some East in the wind there was a definite nip in the air. Despite this buzzers continued to hatch all day with some fish even moving on the top to take the emerging adults. Martyn Moore took to the water with beginner Stuart Headington with the pair boating 37 fish all in buzzers. The key was to fish them deep and slow, with a weighed buzzer on the point and a long leader with the key area being Alberts Bottom in Biggin Bay. Season ticket holder Dave Hancox enjoyed a good day’s sport boating 11 fish on a Di 5 sinking line teamed with snake from various areas. On the bank James Gillies enjoyed a good days sport landing 13 trout on a mix of Damsels & Humongous from the Swan’s nest in Toft.
Overcast conditions all day with winds from the North East Sunday meant another chilly day. On the bank Lincroft Point was the hotspot for most bank anglers who enjoyed a good days sport there. S Cierecn enjoyed great sport landing 6 fish all on blue flash damsels and buzzers. All water season ticket holder Andy Lilley also landed 6 fish from the point. Although, James Kelly, fished in Rainbow Corner using black buzzers to land 6 fish. Out on the boats Farnborough Dam proved to be a hotspot with, Greenwell Persuaders hosted a club outing with a blind pair’s competition. All members enjoyed good sport drifting down the wall with a mix of buzzers and blobs fished on midge tip lines. Keith Harding & Mick Clarke enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 17 fish all on nymphs and buzzers. The pair fished around Croft Shoal, Biggin Bay and Lincroft point in tempt the fishing using a midge tip in the morning before switching to the bung at around lunch. Sunday also saw another one of our popular beginner’s tuition day hosted by Tom Bird & Andy Miller. All participants enjoyed a great day landing not one their first fish each but many more after that. For information on upcoming dates please visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk On Sunday 14th April Draycote is hosting its popular RIO & Sage with Jim Fearn (Sage) and Simon Gawesworth (RIO) in attendance. They will be able to talk you through the latest kit and be on hand to provide casting sessions. The guiding & tuition team will be running the 1 ½ hour guided sessions, taking you out on the water to test the kit. Helping the tuition team will be Brown Bowl winner and RIO & Sage sponsored angler David Hoppe. Only a couple of boat sessions remain which can be booked by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Elinor Trout Fishery
Tel: 01832 720786
169 anglers caught 959 fish of which 779 were returned.
Best Fish: 5lb 14oz Peter Sharples, Corby, black lure, boat
Best Areas Bank – gravel bar, east arm, coarse bank
Boat – west arm, east arm, dam
Best Patterns – black or olive buzzer, olive cruncher, red diawl bach, candy or tequila fab, olive shipmans, white/green lures.
Boat anglers had the biggest bags and largest fish last week with many fish feeding in open water. The fish are stuffing themselves on mainly olive buzzers with a few black. Most are around size 14 but a few larger ones are starting to hatch. At the lodge end the boats are fishing the buzzer pupae deeper at 8-12 foot deep with good results. In the west arm the fish are much higher with washing line the preferred method.
Bank anglers covering plenty of water are finding spots where the fish are feeding in range during the day. Mr Bradbeer did a couple of circuits of Elinor on Saturday using small olive buzzers and caught 18 fish trying places that often get overlooked. As long as the wind doesn’t blow too hard the famous Elinor evening rise started last week. Shipmans or cdc buzzers did well along with crunchers. Water temperature is an ideal 9.5c and numerous anglers have commented how hard the fish are fighting.
Sunday April 7th Forester Fly Boys had 5 boats. 10 anglers caught 57 fish with buzzers, damsels, blob/fab taking most fish. Competitors killed 3 fish then catch & release. The bigger fish came on the feed later in the match and had to be returned (thankfully!)
Heaviest 3 fish bag:
1. Ian Ashby 5lb 12oz
2. Colin Forrester 5lb 10oz
3. Paul Mortimer 5lb 9oz
1. Paul Mortimer 12
2. Mike Edwards 10
3. Scott Bowman 9
Sunday May 5th Geordie Mountford Boat Pairs Open to everyone. A memorial match to commemorate a superb flytyer and all round top bloke. You fish with your partner. 12 fish limit for the boat. 9am – 4pm. Entry fee including fishing permits £70 per pair. Richard Winser has kindly supplied a stunning trophy for the winners along with medals for the top 3 pairs. Tackle prizes will also be on offer. Come and fish a friendly competition at peak buzzer time!
Sunday May 19th Elinor is holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs. Entry forms available at Elinor or www.scierrapairs.co.uk One in four pairs will qualify for the Grafham final on September 8th
Next Stocking April 12th
Tel: 01536 770 264
Email: see website
Number Rods: 163
Number Trout Taken: 273
Number Trout Released: 1452
Total Catch: 1725
Weekly Rod Average: 10.6
Typical early April weather, colder, frost some mornings, windy at times, wintery showers, the windier conditions & the weatherman’s talk of wintery showers (the wind we had wintery showers we didn’t) kept the rod numbers down which was a shame as the fish decided not to take any notice of the weather forecast & went on the feed resulting in a rod average some days exceeding 10 fish per person!
Boat & bank anglers caught with the boats enjoying the best of the sport with fish being taken from a various areas around the reservoir, in particular off the netted bank, robbos & the willows.
Monday Shaun Marriott caught 10 off the bank as did S Skowlkowski, from the boats J Taylor caught 14. Tuesday and another cold windy day but that didn’t spoil the fishing with all water members K Kee & Steve Robinson catching 23 between them off the bank in front of the chestnut on buzzers & blobs, from the boats C Shreeve & Dixie Baxter shared a boat catching 23 & 21 trout on diawls & fabs, Bas Burnham fished buzzers for his 14 trout. Sport continued into Wednesday with R Swinfield fishing off the bank in front of the chestnut using hares ears & buzzers for his catch of 29 trout, Ian Jobe & C Moore shared their regular Wednesday boat & caught 29 fish between them with All Water member Ed Douglass getting well into double figures for his first Eyebrook visit of the season
Thursday & the reservoir had come alive with S Owens police match averaging 16.75 fish per person, all water member Ged Odonoghue & boat partner S Coe used intermediate lines with buzzer, blobs & fabs to record their catch of 35 trout
Friday & the bank anglers found the fish eager to take crunchers, buzzers & diawls with S Normington catching 15 off the bank with Roger Charles catching 12 off the bank for his visit. Belgian anglers Geert Janssens & Christian Jadoulle practicing for the Scierra pairs were finding plenty of fish coming to the net.
Saturday we held a heat of the Scierra pairs with 9 pairs taking to the water with 8 of the pairs catching their 12 fish boat limit by 2pm congratulations to Adrian Humphries & Will Kerr for winning the Eyebrook heat. Eyebrook member M Farrel decided to take to the boat having with his partner C Mans fishing buzzer & blobs to record their catch of 31 trout. Neil Shilton & Shaun Higgins took to their float tubes with Neil catching 18 trout & Shaun catching 9. Baz Burnham returned for his second trip of the week and wasn’t disappointed as he caught 11 trout for this visit
Sunday excellent days fishing with the All Abilities Group enjoying an excellent days fishing with everyone in the group catching with many getting well into double figures with the willows & Stoke dry the areas that fished well for them. Vince Aronica opted to fish the bank heading for the end of the dam wall in front of Harrisons, a slow morning picked up into the afternoon with Vince recording 11 trout
Areas that fished were, Harrisons Corner, netted bank, Robbos, willows, platform, chestnut with Stoke Dry starting to produce. Floating, Intermediate or midge tip lines with buzzer, cruncher, hares ear, damsel, fab & blob they all required to be fished very slow or static with the indicator well worth a go.
Tel: 01480 810531
Fish 505 (Season 1,421)
Returns 63 (260)
Rod average 8.0 (5.47)
As predicted Grafham has exploded into life this week as the trout turned on to the big buzzer hatches.
The boat anglers have been enjoying the majority of the sport with reports of angling partners having 40 plus fish to the boat. A lot of the fish are coming to small black buzzers fished deep at 10 to 20 feet down, but on some of the brighter days they were only a couple of feet down off Pylon and Deep Water points. Alternatively the other successful methods are di3 or di5 pulling tequila blobs and woofta boobies and as ever at this time of year Black and Green snakes and Pitsford peas continue to catch. All the points and bays along the north shore are producing fish, but don’t forget that Savages Creek and the west bank are now open to fish so there is a lot of water that has received no angling pressure and so may produce some better overwintered fish.
The bank anglers are not having as much fun as the boat anglers with fish holding out on the old low water mark during the middle of the day. The successful bank anglers are catching early and late in the day. Things may pick up with the buzzer hatches this week. The most productive areas continue be G Point the Willows and the Dam (particularly the bowl) and the stones at Marlow.
Fifteen anglers fished The Anglers World Match on Saturday, catching 120 fish for a rod average of 8. Congratulations to the winner Charlie Abrahams.
Best Rainbow: 4lb taken by Helen Chalmers.
Best boat areas: All Points and bays along North shore.
Best bank areas: G Buoy, Dam, Marlow Stones.
Midweek boat winner: Eddie Gumm
Anglian Water Rudder Match 13 April
England Qualifier 3 May
Snowbee Floating Line 4 May
Home International 7-10 May
Invicta Pilgrimage 23 & 24 May
Beginners courses: 11,19 & 23 April; 5,19,26 & 31 May and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 30 April, 13 & 27 May; 4 & 11 June and other dates throughout the season.
Lake of Menteith
Tel: 01480 810531
Water temperature at 6ft, 9C. Secchi disk clarity 2.4m
The cold east wind for the past week has seen most anglers hugging the east shore or in Sandy Bay and having good sport. A good drift to catch some of the bigger fish is starting at Katies Brea and drifting across to Chicken Leg Bay. Method’s vary from straight lining buzzers to pulling blobs.
Notable Catches; Mr Raeburn 10 fish, SPRA West12 boats 100 fish, Mr Lock and Mr Webster 21 fish, David Bradshaw 8 fish, Priory AC 5 boats 170 fish, Clydesdale bank (7 Boats) 99 fish, Rainbow warrior’s (3 boats) 43 fish. Mr Harvey 9 fish including 3 brownies Peter Batchelor and Gary Hamilton 30+ fish.
Tel: 01604 781350
Fish 267 (Season 3,001)
Returns 59 (498)
Rod average 4.5 (5.9)
Pitsford Water has slowed a little with the colder north easterly wind. The rod average for the week is still a very reasonable 4.5.
The fish are still taking buzzer but have been feeding deep. The exception to this has been first thing in the morning or late on in the day when dries have taken some lovely fish once the wind has dropped.
There have been plenty of nice fish coming to the net; best brown of the week a nice 5lb plus specimen and a rainbow to 4½lb.
On Monday Invicta FFC held a Carr Cup boat match where 30 anglers caught 211 fish for an impressive rod average of 7. Alan Briggs was top rod and had a lovely 5lb 1oz Brown after he had caught and killed his four fish, so it was photographed and returned. Chris McLeod was second, with Dave Summers third. Dave had the best Rainbow with a fish of 3lb 8oz. David Moore also caught and returned a Brown of 5lb plus in the match.
Most fish were caught on buzzer patterns fished either straight lined or under a bung with lots of fish off Duffers and Bog Bay.
Best areas for both boat and bank: Duffers, Bog Bay, Cliffs, Brixworth Bay
Best Rainbow: 4lb 8oz taken by Bob Aves.
Best Brown: 5lb 1oz taken by Alan Briggs.
Midweek boat winner: Jerry Gordon of Leics.
Beginners courses: 16 April; 2 and 18 May and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 1,15 & 28 May and other dates throughout the season.
Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association
Hosts monthly open sessions for beginners at Pitsford where fully trained instructors are on hand to offer advice on fly casting, fly tying and water craft. Non members welcome. All sessions are 2-5pm 4 May, 1 June, 6 July, 3 August, 7 September and 5 October.
Tel: 01604 781350
Fish 794 (Season 3,920)
Returns 83 (420)
Rod average 9.5 (9.3)
Despite the changeable weather conditions Ravensthorpe continues to fish well. Rob Edmunds had three days at Ravensthorpe this week targeting the big fish. He was successful with Rainbow trout of 16lb, 13lb, 12lb 10oz and 8lb. Rob had a total of 45 fish over the three days.
Mid Northants held their floating line match on Sunday with 24 anglers landing a total of 146 fish for a rod average of 6.0.
Richard Webb won with a bag weight of 8lb 5oz which included a lovely 5lb Rainbow. Hank Needham took second spot with a bag weight of 7lb 7oz which included a 5lb Rainbow. Third place went to Ashley Cooper with a total weight of 5lb 7oz.
Best Rainbow: 16lb taken by Rob Edmunds.
Best boat areas: Front of lodge, Coton Car Park.
Best bank areas: Dam, Platforms 4-6.
Midweek boat winner: John Fletcher.
Tel: 01780 686441
Fish 2,121 (Season 2,992)
Returns 190 (391)
Rod average 11.16 (7.65)
The week started with winter restrictions being lifted and browns back in season and closed with a fantastic rod average of 11.16 for the week!
The Independence Day Trophy was up for grabs on the 1 April with a fine brown of 7lb falling to the rod of Graham Hayward taken from the North Arm. This narrowly pipped Gary Cooper’s fine 6lb 4oz brown from the harbour wall taken in the morning.
Toff Crowther and Tony Tibbert recorded a bumper session down the North Arm with 27 fish falling to the pair on lure tactics fished deep. Ash Davis recorded a 6lb 3oz brown from the boat at the weekend and Tom Finney took a spectacular brace including a 6lb13oz brown plus a 26lb pike falling to black humungus! Rick Varley and Danny Peet shared their first boat of the season at Rutland and recorded 40 fish to the boat, including some fine overwintered specimens from the North Arm.
Iain Barr took to the boat on Saturday and fed back some fantastic fishing from his session!
“The MECCA is on fire!! Rutland was simply outstanding yesterday and I have to go and do it all again today!! Iain Barr Heavy Reservoir Buzzers and Rutland Crunchers doing plenty of damage along with the usual early season Lures on the Di lines.….. Fish were almost everywhere we went and I could have even caught on dries as we found pods feeding on small black buzzers off the surface!! Some belting over wintered plump rainbows too!! Simply amazing and lost count but boat total pushing 50.”
Sport has been consistent all week for anglers with bank anglers catching consistently from the point of Stockie Bay towards Whitwell Creek, Fantasy Island and between the sailing club and New Zealand Point. From the boats favourite areas have been the Church to East Creek, Blue Pipes to Fantasy, K buoy at Hambleton Wood and Dickensons Bay down the North Arm. A good starting point has been DI5 with blobs and boobies early in the day with the cool overnight temperatures of last week. Once the day warms slightly a change to buzzers either straight lined or under the bung has provided some fantastic fishing. As expected buzzers fished on midge tip/floating lines are coming to the fore with good hatches starting to show. In general the rainbows are not far down in the water column, especially when the buzzers are coming off. Prospects look good for the coming week with settled weather forecast – get on the buzzers!
Best Rainbow: 5lb 2oz taken by Chris Bates.
Best Brown: 7lb taken by Graham Haywood.
Midweek boat winner: Tony Ward.
Fish stocked: 500.
Water temperature: 9 degrees Celsius.
Anglian Water Airflo International – Northern Heat 29 April
Davy Hodgson Memorial 5 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 11 May
Airflo Invitation Match 15-19 May
Bob Church Classic 2 June
Beginners courses: 14,20,25 & 27 April; 16,25 & 29 May; 7,16 & 29 June and throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 29 April, 14 & 30 May; 5,10,17 & 24 June and throughout the season.