DATE: Sunday 22nd April
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 16 trout for Phil Burgess, 14 trout for Sam Bailey and 12 trout for Craig Barr
NOTABLE BAG: 4 torut for 11lb 4oz Neil Hodgson
BEST RNB: 10lb+ by Ryan Feber
BANK ROD AV: 2.25 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 6.75 fish per angler
Sport: What a difference 24 hrs can make gone was the warm calm conditions in its place a cold wind and rain which made the fishing a lot trickier. today saw the 1st England qualifier of the year where 24 international hopefuls took to the water to try and secure their place in the national final. it was clear from the outset that todays fishing was going to be a lot trickier than Saturdays practice day. But as always the cream rises to the top and anglers found successful methods and caught fish 1st and 2nd places were in the same boat and found di5 lines with boobies fished deep the best way to catch the fish and finished with 30 fish to the boat which was a cracking catch on a tough day in 3rd place was the ever consistent Craig Barr with 12 fish followed closely in 4th with 11 fish Isle of Man angler Geoff Thomas. In 5th and 6th with the last two qualifying places were Andy Axon and Matt Nuttall. In the main sinking lines with boobies and blobs were the top tactics on the day. Well done and best of luck to all of them in the final. On the bank Ronnie and Brian Wheale had 2 and 3 fish respectively. Also with 3 fish was Mark Diamond who caught his fish on a Pitsford pea fished on a floating line
Ryan Feber with his 10lb rainbow Trout
2018 England qualifier results
The Qualifiers from left to right: Geoff Thomas, Matt Nuttall, Craig Barr, Andy Axon and Phil Burgess. (Sam Bailey also qualified)
DATE: April Saturday 21st
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 10+ trout for a lot of anglers
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 12lbs 10oz for Paul Irwin
BEST RNB: 7lbs Matt Nuttall lots over 5lbs
BEST BROWN: 2lbs 8oz Mr ?
BANK ROD AV: 5.11 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 9.85 fish per angler
Sport: Today we had the pleasure of playing host to Keith Wood and his band of Carlisle Fly Tyers. Fifteen of them took to the water, some of them choosing to fish on the drift and some of them opted for anchoring their boats in a likely looking spot. They caught a very respectable 74 trout during their match and a few of them went again after to add a few more to the tally.
The man with the best basket was Paul Erwin who put five trout on the scales for 12lbs 8oz, he also returned five more. Good angling Paul. He won a £50 tackle voucher. Paul’s boat partner Davy McIntosh also had a good day with nine trout to his net. The caught most of their fish on a variety of damsel patterns fished off Ben’s Beach.
The best fish prize went to Derek Spri with a lovely rainbow of 5lbs 10oz. Derek won a £30 tackle voucher. See pic below)
It was great to all again fellers I look forward to next time.
Outside of the match I have little to report as everyone was practicing for the England Qualifier tomorrow. I can tell you that there were some cricket score caught today by some of the guys and I will hopefully be able reveal their winning tactics tomorrow night.
Once again there were beetles everywhere and I mean EVERYWHERE! The water is covered in them, the fish are gauging on them and it makes for fantastic sport. Amongst the beetles buzzers and olives are still hatching so the fish have a choice. I don’t think I have ever seen Stocks so productive with regards to aquatic and terrestrial insect life. It’s great to see the fish will be growing on at the moment.
We had some good catches on the shore as well to name a few:
Bruce Irvine had eight trout, the best of which was 4lbs 12oz, on orange lures fished off Bell Point.
Tom Oman had nine on olive fritz, his best fish was 6lbs and his best area was Grange Point and Des Ashcroft fished his way back from Grange Point on a half day ticket to take seven trout on cormorants.
We still have boats available for tomorrow, all we ask is that everybody fishes on the drift to that day and there is plenty of room on the shore. Tight lines Ben
Left Paul Irwin and right Derek Spri. The prize wi9nners of Carlisle Fly tyers. Well done guys.
Matt Nuttall on his first visit to Stocks with a belting 7lb rainbow.
DATE: Friday 20th April
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 13 trout for George Ashton, 10 trout for Phil Knicklewright, 9 trout Gavin Murray
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 13lb 2oz George Ashton
BEST RNB: 12lb John Sykes
BEST BROWN: n/a
BANK ROD AV: 2.00 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 5.24 fish per angler
Sport: Another glorious day here at Stocks Reservoir and the fish are still playing. Today we hosted the CSSC for their annual competition, 22 anglers took to the boats and after a full day fishing the top rod was George Ashton with 13 fish. In 2nd place with 10 fish was Phil Knicklewright and in 3rd local Angler Gavin Murray with 9. Top tactics were Dawsons Nomads and a couple of other lures fished on intermediate line tight to the banks. Other top catches were Neil Heath and Steve Ratcliffe with 13 fish to the boat and Derek Moore and Felicity Appleton with 16 fish , also with 16 fish to the boat were Jim Pickford and John Henshall tactics are a little sketchy as the anglers are being tight lipped with the upcoming England qualifier on Sunday. Season ticket Holder John Sykes was also on the boats he finished the day on 10 fish including a stunning 12lb rainbow. John drifted the east bank with a goldhead damsel fished on an SSI to take his fish.
On the bank things have been a little slower but Friday regular Anton Gysbers had 3 fish on the Cracton nymph in a short 3hr session. Also on the bank Pete Murphy had 5 fish on a mixture of tactics. If you have tried to book a boat for tomorrow and been told they were all booked nows your chance we have had a couple of cancellations so give us a ring on 01200446602 there are a few boats available. See you out there Pete
CSSC winer George Ashton with 2nd and 3rd place Phil Knicklewright and Gavin Murray
Full results from the CSSC competition
DATE: Thursday 19th April.
REPORT AUTHOR Paul.
NOTABLE CATCHES: Plenty see below.
NOTABLE BAG: 2 fish weighing 9lb 8oz for Dave Coupe.
BEST RNB: 10lb for Steve Bland.
BEST BROWN: Na.
BANK ROD AV: 4.27 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 7.50 fish per angler.
Sport: There were lots of good catches made today with a good number of rainbows landed over the 5lb mark. On the bank today and taking the best catch from the shore was Keith Landless with a credible 12 trout. Keith fished in Hollins bay and next to the jetty and caught all his fish on buzzers. Graham Rigby landed 5 fish all taken on small black flies fished on a floating line. Tony Taylor caught his 7 fish from Bell point with cormorants on either a floating or slow sinking line his best tactic. Also landing 7 trout was Brian Parker who fished several spots along the bank. A cats whisker on a floating line took his fish. Rudolph fished the shore at Hartleys to catch his 7 fish. Rudolph fished a floating line with all his fish falling for the same fly, a red holo diawl bach. Out on a boat was Bob Fitzpatrick and Steve Bland who landed 10 fish between them including a stocks double for Steve. They drifted all over taking fish from several areas and on different tactics. Ricky Newbolt caught the majority of his 10 fish from the Eaking shallows area in Newclose bay. The best tactic for Ricky was a damsel on a floating line. Peter Andrews and Andrew Bentley had a super day afloat landing 15 trout between them. They both caught washing lining black buzzers with gull island and Currys cast being the best 2 spots. Norman Forshaw caught his 8 fish up in the northern shallows. Geoff Thomas amassed a 16 fish catch in just 5hrs. Geoff caught all over the lake and caught on several different flies and tactics. There was a tagged trout caught yesterday by Derek Moore. Derek caught this fish from Grange point and claimed a very handy £50 tackle voucher. There were loads of buzzers hatching off today and a spectacular number of beetles which the trout were keen to rise to. Syotw Paul.
DATE: Wednesday April 18th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 30 trout for Andy Galbraith, 20 fish for Ben Fox & for Sam Bailey
NOTABLE BAG: 6 fish for 13lbs 8oz David McAbe & Joan Linsey
BEST RNB: 8lbs David Manning
BEST BROWN: N/a
BANK ROD AV: 10.60 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 7.71 fish per angler
Sport: There were some fantastic scores today. Top rod was Andy Galbraith who landed thirty trout on buzzers, whilst bank fishing near Hollins Hurdle in Hollins Bay. Good angling Andy.
Roy Duckworth also caught really well in the jetty area. Roy fished a floater and a midge tip line with a damsel pattern to successfully bring eighteen trout to the net. Roy’s catch included nine fish of 3lbs or more! Well done Roy!
Eddie Baines found a sink tip line to pretty useful as well, using it in conjunction with a cat’s whisker to catch sixteen rainbows to 3lbs. Once again Eddie found Hollins Bay most productive. Both Eddie and Roy were just on half day tickets.
Out on the boats there were some great catches too. Sam Bailey arrived late morning and took a half day boat. Sam fished all over the reservoir and ended up in Hollins to catch a total of twenty fish. Not sure what Sam was though sorry.
The same could be said for Ben Fox who fished a variety of flies and tactics to catch the exact same amount as Sam. He too caught from all over the reservoir.
David Manning fished around Willow Island with washing lined buzzers on both floating and intermediate lines with little success. So he rang the changes and opted for a hot head damsel. It turned out to be an inspired choice as he ended up with thirteen rainbows, the best of which was a cracking 8lb fish. As well as Willow Island David also caught at Gull and at Curry’s.
Derek Moore and Felicity Appleton had fifteen trout between them to 4lbs. The too found lures to be fishing well all along the west bank.
David McAbe and Joan Linsey had seven fish between them. Joan also had a lovely 4lb fish. They caught on cormorants, buzzers and diawls fished on a floating line off Hartley’s Bank.
Fishing way up the west bank at Eaking Shallows were travelling anglers Alan Hall and Geoff Stanley. They had thirteen trout between them fishing fast glass lines with zonkers and blobs. They used a varied retrieve, had action in lots of other spots too and lost a fair few. They both had fish to around the 5lb mark. Tight Lines Ben