Date: Saturday 19th September 2009
Report Author: Pete
Best Catch: 8 fish by Dave Flitcroft
Heaviest Bag: 5 fish for 11lb 6oz by Dave Flitcroft
Best Rainbow: Several at 3lb
Best Brownie: Several at 2lb 8oz
Bank Rod Av: 2.18 fish per angler
Boat Rod Av: 2.77 fish per angler
Sport: Warm settled overcast conditions looked perfect for a good days fishing. A good turnout at stocks today with several anglers returning good catches. On the bank stocks regular Mark Wilson had a cracking days sport returning 6 trout all on a black shipman’s buzzer mark also commented on the fact that he could have had 3 times as many fish with the amount of pulls and nips he had. Top rod on the bank Goes to Dave Flitcroft with 8 fish. Dave fished all the way from Ben s Beach to the Jetty and had fish all the way along. He found a small black lure fished very slowly on a floating line the best method. Out on the boats top angler today was Gary Allen with 6 fish on a half-day ticket. Gary had all his fish from around Willow Island on a booby fished on the washing line technique. The Weather looks settled again tomorrow so the great sports were having recently should continue. See you in the lodge Pete
Date: Thursday 17th September
Report Author: Matthew
Best Catch: 14 fish for John Sutton
Heaviest Bag: 5 fish for 10lb 4oz Mike Croston
Best Rainbow: 5lb 8oz John Sutton
Best Brownie: 2lb Mike Croston
Bank Rod Av: 3.00 fish per angler
Boat Rod Av: 3.00 fish per angler
Sport: A cracking day for drifting with a steady breeze holding the boat tight in to the margins. John Sutton got himself to the east bank were he had 14 fish in a half day session. John Hooked and lost a further 10 fish, he found that two orange blobs pulled on an intermediate did the trick. John commented on the quality of the 5lb 8oz rainbow he caught and that all the fish came from tight in to the margins. Good angling John! Regulars Karl and John found the fish on the drift too with 8 in a short session. They made contact with some cracking brownies up by the dam with a little Zulu doing the damage on a floater. Often when the fish are in the margins you will have more success approaching them from the boat, if you were to wade from the shore you would spook the fish whereas from the boat you can drop your flies right into the banking from 20 plus yards away.
Mike Croston had a good day from the bank were he tempted 8 fish from Bell Point. Mike used a team of black hoppers on a floater.
Things are looking great for the weekend.
Tight lines Matthew.
Date: Sunday13th September
Report Author: Ben
Best Catch: 10 fish by Graham Bell
Heaviest Bag: 3 fish for 14lbs 14oz Ryan Mathews
Best Rainbow: 10lb 0oz by Ryan Mathews
Best Brownie: 2lbs 8oz Graham Bell
Bank Rod Av: 2.5 fish per man
Boat Rod Av: 2.8 fish per man
Sport: Today we held the Autumn Sweep, which saw 22 anglers take to the water to fish it out for a prize pot of £385.00. The conditions weren’t brilliant for fishing as it was very bright for most of the day. But almost all the competitors caught fish and between them they caught 67 trout to 10lbs, which gave an average of just over 3 trout per person. At the top of the pile was Graham Bell who is carrying on a run of success on Stocks. Graham fished an intermediate line with a white Minkie booby and a lime green blob to take 10 fish. Most of them were from Hollins but he took a few from Gull Island. In 2nd place was Richard Hood who concentrated his efforts over the Northern Shallows. He fished a combination of nymphs and lures and caught on both to end with a final tally of 7. In 3rd place was Nick Thornborrow who pipped his boat partner Pete Navin on weight to take the final cash prize. Nick and Pete fished both the Islands with orange UV tadpoles and finished the day with 12 trout between them. The best fish went to 14-year-old Ryan Mathews as well as winning cracking reel Ryan has become the latest member of the Stocks Doubles club with a 10lb rainbow. Good angling! (photos to Follow)Tight Lines Ben
Best Catch: 9 fish by Mr Ferguson
Heaviest Bag: 5 fish for 11lb 12oz Dave Flitcroft
Best Rainbow: 4lb 8oz Jim Neeson
Best Brownie: N/a
Bank Rod Av: 3.9 fish per angler
Boat Rod Av: 1.75 fish per angler
Sport: With more glorious weather today the bright conditions made things a little trickier around the middle if the day. The bank out fished the boats today with several good bags coming to the scales, Dave flitcroft had a cracking days fishing all along the west bank using small black and green lures he weighed in a five fish limit of 11lb 12oz nice fishing Dave! Also on the bank were friends Mr Ferguson and Dave Sherriff, they both had a good days fishing dave had five cracking trout on a buzzer but his mate Mr Ferguson had the top catch of the day with a very impressive 9 fish all falling to the black nomad. On the boats the angling was a little bit tougher But Ian Horton and Anthony Thompson had a great four-hour stint landing 2 fish each from Hollins bay on lures. Also on a half-day ticket was regular Lee Cowking he fished red Diawl Bachs in the Northern Shallows to take 3 fish. The top rod on the boats however was the ever-consistent Peter Andrews who had seven fish on cat’s whisker lures from Gull Island. The lovely weather looks set to continue for a few days yet so what better way to spend a great afternoon than out on a boat. See you in the lodge Pete.
Date: Monday 10th September.
Report Author: Paul.
Best Catch: 12 fish for Jim Baron.
Heaviest Bag: 5 fish weighing 13lb 3oz for Jim Baron.
Best Rainbow: Several weighing 3lb.
Best Brownie: 1lb 5oz for Eric Massie.
Bank Rod Av: 4.00 fish per angler.
Boat Rod Av: 2.28 fish per angler.
Sport: What smashing weather we had again today, just like summer! There were some good catches recorded today with the best sport falling to the bank anglers. Jim Baron took top catch today with a credible 12 fish. Jim caught all his fish from the two trees area with an olive cats whisker fished on a floating line or an olive booby fished on a fast sinking line both being effective tactics for Jim. Also in amongst the trout today was Ray Entwistle who caught a total of 8 fish. Ray caught his fish from the ever productive Bell point with a home tied fritz lure being the best pattern for Ray. With the water at full level as it is early in the season, the trout are now tight to the margins as this is where most of their food is, those successful boat anglers are taking their fish in the shallow, newly flooded areas, worth remembering when boat fishing. See you on the water Paul.