Report Author: Matthew
Best Catch: 10 fish for Keith Hilton
Heaviest Bag: 5 fish weighing 14lb 13oz Stuart Bolton
Best Rainbow: 8lb 130z George Smith
Best Brownie: 8lb for Colin South
Bank Rod Av: 1.7 trout per angler
Boat Rod Av: 2.6 trout per angler
Sport: Today we held the Fire services Lancashire open, it’s a fantastically attended day and a real pleasure having them annually. 38 anglers set to the water netting 86 trout between them giving them an average of 2.2 per rod.
You may look at that a think its a little lower of an average than we are currently used to, however today has been a some what tricky day that left quite a few anglers scratching their heads!!
Never the less some excellent sport was had all around with so many fish just coming unstuck at the net! The number of anglers who have told me the same story is simply mind boggling! The fish just wouldn’t stick!! I’m sure that had the number of dropped fish counted that average would be more like 5, I kid you not!! Over all team winners for the fire service were Partner’s Simon Herdley and Stuart Bolton who weighed in 13 fish for 28lb 15oz a cracking result on any day. Both guys’s found a fast retrieve was key moving loads of fish from Gull Island with cat’s whisker patterns. 2nd place went to Ken and Elliot Horrocks who weighed in 25lb 5oz. Once again they found a fast retrieve key with their fish falling for Dawson’s Olives from the northern Shallows. As it happens Young Elliot finished first individually over all with 7 cracking fish. They also ran a prize for the biggest fish that was won by George Smith who is pictured below with a super rainbow of 8lb 13oz!
Running their own smaller competition were the CSSC who mustered some super catches between the 6 of them! First place went to Keith Hilton who landed 10 fish. Ken finished top rod on the day finding the fish keen to chase sun burst blobs along Phil’s flats. Not far behind was George Ashton with 8 fish, George however found that Buzzers were the real temptation!
The bank did fish a little tricky too however Bill Orrell tempted the fin perfect rainbow pictured below, a little smaller than Bill’s usual quarry!! None the less a lovely fish rightly deserving a mention.
Colin South had the must stunning Brownie from Ben’s beach just tipping the scales at 8lb, Colin returned the fish to fight another day.
Although the averages are down a little those who got it right really got it right! The fish are starting to move and indeed chase I think it may be time to dust of the intermediate and get pulling!!
Tight lines Matthew.
Report Author: Matthew