Sport: October 1st-3rd.
The best areas from the bank are from Hollins bay just down from the fishing lodge along the bank all the way to Bens beach with trout holding all along this shore. The best areas for the boats is still up at the northern end of the lake. The bouy line has now been moved to its winter limit so the right hand side of willow peninsular along to the causeway has been the favoured area with the boat anglers. This is the area where John Sykes caught his 5 fish. John caught on a di3 sinking line and a black and green cats whisker. The best catch today was made by Bob Fitzpatrick who landed 9 fish with both rainbows and browns weighing 3lb +. Bob caught a couple of fish from Bell point before heading off to the northern shallows where he encountered a lot of action with trout following and chasing his flies. The best set up for Bob was a sink tip line and a combination of orange and pink blobs with a fast retrieve being the key to getting the trout up and at the flies. Also out on a boat today is Derek Moore who as i write has landed 5 trout. Derek has found Hartleys bank and gull island to be his best areas with black and green patterns being his best on a sinking line. Like Bob Derek has caught trout in the 3lb + weight range. Syotw Paul.
Sport: The recently flooded margins continue to produce the trout with boat anglers casting towards the shore faring much better than those fishing in deeper open water and bank anglers casting along the edge as opposed to out in front doing likewise. Dark colored patterns are still working best with black, black and green and drab olive far out scoring the more garish orange and pink. On Saturday we held the annual Stocks and shares competition in which both anglers and the fishery contributed to the prize pot which totalled £180. With the 13 anglers landing 37 trout each trout caught was worth £5 so each fish was worth catching. The best bag of 3 fish weighing 6lb 8oz went to Peter Crowe who won a greys fly line of his choice. The prize for the biggest trout went to Derek Moore with a rainbow weighing 2lb 10 oz with Derek choosing a trendy greys t shirt as his prize. Landing 6 trout and a £30 share of the prize was Neil Heath who found his fish around the saddle and the willows on the east bank and also landing 6 fish for a £30 share was Bob Fitzpatrick who caught his fish on a team of cormorants along the northern shallows and willow peninsular. Saw a big trout in the margins next to the jetty this morning making quite a commotion, this fish was on the feed with my guess being the trout was grubbing around the bottom turning over stones hunting out bullheads and stone loach which i have seen before. It is that time of year so a fry pattern would be worth a try. Syotw Paul.
Sport: The good fishing continues with some super catches recorded and many quality trout caught with many weighing between 3lb and 5lb both rainbows and brownies. Roy Duckworth and Jim Cattermole had a good mornings fishing landing 8 trout between them. Roy and Jim fished by the jetty to tempt their fish with damsel patterns, both olive and orange being the favoured colours. A floating line worked best as they found the trout high in the water. Jamie Presho continued his good form with 5 fish taken from between Bell point and Hollins bay. Jamie caught his fish on both diawl bach and blue flash damsels. Mr consistent Bob Fitzpatrick was once again amongst the trout landing 6 whilst drifting up in Newclose bay and the northern shallows. Bob found the trout very close to the shore in shallow water and caught them on nymphs and blobs on a floating line and steady f o 8 retrieve. The jetty was the best spot for Brian Parker which is where he landed his 4 fish. Brian caught on a floating line and a combo of blobs and damsel. John Legg and Craig Whittaker had a red letter day amassing a total of 18 trout between them. They drifted all along the northern shallows and in Newclose bay to take their fish with either plain black or black and green lures being the best flies. They found a di3 sinking line the most efficient as this meant they could follow the trout up and down in the water column as conditions dictated. Jimmy Cottam took a walk and headed off to fish from the bank round in Newclose bay and was rewarded with a catch of 6 trout with rainbows weighing 3lb and a super brown trout that weighed 5lb. With the fish close to the shore in the shallow, recently flooded margins a floating line was his best option where he found the trout keen to take his small orange goldhead lure. Newclose bay also caught the attention of boat angler Ricky Newbolt and is where he caught his 6 fish catch. With Ricky being in slightly deeper water he found a ssi his best line with his fish taking a liking to a hot head damsel pattern. The water level has been slowly rising over the last week but the water clarity remains good and as you can see has probably triggered the trout into feeding more that they perhaps might. This next Saturday, 22nd, we will be hosting the annual Stocks n shares competition. Anyone who has fished this comp in previous seasons will know what a great friendly affair it is. It will be fishery rules regarding flies and will be fished over the front from drifting boats. The entry fee is just £10 in the pot, the fishery will also contribute, and your fishing fees. Anglers wishing to enter can call Stocks 01200446602. Syotw Paul.
Eleven pairs entered the match today and eight of the pairs managed to catch their bag limit of 10 trout. Only one pair went back out after they had bagged, Graeme Bell and Dave Morris caught and returned a further eight fish.
22 anglers caught 97 trout giving a rod average of 4.4 fish per man. See results below:
In first Place were Bob Cooper and Colin Fitzjohn. They completed their bag at 1:05pm which gave them a good bonus and their bag included a nice brownie of 3lbs 8oz. Bob and Colin fished blobs on a fast glass along the buoy line. Great angling fellers. Well done.
In 2nd place were Greame Bell and Dave Morris who used similar tactics in Newclose Bay. They were the second boat in with a full bag just 40 minutes after Bob and Colin. Well done guys.
In third place were Ian Gaskell and Bob Fitzpatrick who brought in a heavy bag of trout caught mainly on a washing line rig. Their best patterns were a cat booby and black holo diawl bachs.
Karl Davies and Paul Davies fished the washing line and straight line diawl bachs to clinch 4th place.
The best fish after the brownie was a rainbow of 3lbs caught by Peter Andrews and Jamie Presho. They too completed their bag of ten trout on nymphs and buzzers.
It was a really good event fished in Great Spirit, and the prize winners shared a split of £500 worth of tackle prizes. Thank you to all who took part. Tight Lines Ben
The Stocks Pairs Winners: Center front: the 2018 Champions Sir Bob Cooper and Colin Fitzjohn. Center back: 2nd place Greame Bell and Dave Morris, Far Left: 3rd Place Bob Fitzpatrick and Ian Gaskell and Far Right: best Fish captors Peter Andrews and Jamie Presho. Results below:
2018 STOCKS PAIRS RESULTS