Date: Sunday 29th August
Report Author: Pete
Best Catch: 7 fish by Mark Tyndall
Heaviest Bag: 5 fish weighing 13lb Mark Tyndall
Best Rainbow: 3lb Stuart Whalley
Best Brownie: 2lb 8oz Mick Ashcroft
Bank Rod Av: 3.00 trout per angler
Boat Rod Av: 1.44 trout per angler
Sport: Today we held the final heat of the stocks pairs with the chance of a place in the final with £1500 cash up for grabs. all the Pairs took to the water in less than perfect conditions. We had high winds and sparse cloud cover and as they say bright and breezy never easy! Luckily though the winds did ease in the afternoon and first boat to the 10 fish limit was Ian Greenwood and Mark Tyndall, because of the bright conditions they opted for a Di5 line with boobies to take the majority of their fish. Most of the fish were caught from Barn Quarry out to Bell Point
At the end of the day when all the anglers had weighed in the qualifiers results were
1st Ian Greenwood — Mark tyndall
2nd Paul Bebb — Bob Fitzpatrick
3rd Steven Lind — Steve Bland
4th Terry Wilson – Tony Taylor
5th Gordon Swain – Ralf Hymer
6th Jim Tuck – Tracey Davison
and with a wild card entry of the biggest fish was Ray Bentham and Brian Adams
All these anglers get the chance to fish in the final on the 19th September for the £1000 cash first prize. Well done to all that qualified. See you in the lodge Pete
Date: August 21st to August 28th
Report Author: Ben
Best Catch: 15 trout for Gordon Swaine
Heaviest Bag: 4 trout for 11lbs 12oz to Bob Levey
Best Rainbow: 7lbs Gordon Swaine
Best Brownie: 12lbs Mike Hobman
Best Blue: 4lbs Gordon Swaine
Bank Rod Av: 3.52 trout per man
Sport: The water has cooled down slightly over the past week and the fishing has livened up. We have seen many good catches the top three were Gordon Swaine from Stanley in County Durham with 14 trout, David Harrison from St Annes with 11 trout and Norman Chapman with 12 trout. Included in Gordon’s 14 fish haul were rainbows to 7lb, blues to 4lbs and browns to 5lbs. He caught this great bag of fish whilst competing in the Aiflo Classic on Saturday 28th. His best methods were bloodworms and yellow eggs under a bung. David Harrison was not competition fishing when he caught his 11 trout. David moved around the lake with a small white buzzer presented under a bung. Norman caught his 12 on buzzers, eggs and small black nymphs fished static.
We saw two more big browns caught and both were safely returned to fight another day. The first weighed 9lbs and was caught by Mr F Murray from Chorley on a Black JC Diawl Back whilst fishing from the island. The second was caught from the same area by Mike Hobman this was a cracking fish of 12lbs and fell to an egg fly fished static.
As previously mentioned on Saturday we hosted a heat of the Airflo Classic. Only one of the three teams competing could go through to the final. That team was The Midgeliners from the Northeast who between them caught 16 trout. Three individuals also qualified in first place was Barry Hutchinson with 7 trout. He caught most of his fish white n green tinnys (tin head eggs). In second place was Mike Hobman with 6 trout and in third place was Graham Bell who also landed 6 fish.
Although I have mentioned eggs quite a lot there are many other methods working well. Other great methods were dries, of which daddies, klinks and CdCs produced great catches and another was traditonal wets with Bibios and Kate McClarens scoring well. Tight Lines Ben
Date: Saturday 28th August
Report Author: Pete
Best Catch: 10 fish Robert Bradley
Heaviest Bag: 5 fish weighing 14lb by Steve |Jennings
Best Rainbow: 5lb By Steve Jennings
Best Brownie: 4 lb by Robert Bradley
Bank Rod Av: 4.50 trout per angler
Boat Rod Av: 1.75 trout per angler
Sport: With Strong winds and intermittent heavy showers interspersed with bright sunshine made the angling a little challenging to day. Out on the boats the anglers were keeping tactics very close to their chests with the final heat of the Stocks Pairs tomorrow. I can tell you however the fish were tight in the margins and looking up for their food. Neil Hodgson and Peter Crowe had a good days practice returning 11 fine trout to the boat. Regular Ryan Feber also had a good days fishing returning 4 fish but missing just as many with acrobatic splashy takes that just wouldn’t hook up.
On the bank the angling was a little easier with several anglers getting a full 5 fish limit. Steve Jennings had 5 fish from Two Trees and Barns Quarry. Steve found that because of the strong winds hampering his cast he had to wade and the cast parallel with the bank and found the fish keen to chase his Black and Green Mini Cats Whisker. Also on the bank with todays top catch of 10 fish was Robert Bradley Again Bell Point back to the Jetty was the hotspot and Robert took all his fish on a black lure.
With the wind easing overnight the outlook for tomorrow is really promising. See you in the lodge Pete.
Date: Friday 27th August
Report Author: Matthew
Best Catch: 6 fish for Frank Hartley
Heaviest Bag: 3 fish for 8lb 12oz Glenn Wooler
Best Rainbow: Several for 2lb 8oz
Best Brownie: Frank Hartley 3lb 8oz
Bank Rod Av: 2.00
Boat Rod Av: 2.00
Sport: A changeable day saw the wind change direction throughout the day with sunny spells making things tricky indeed. Frank Hartley fished from a boat at Curry’s cast and bell point. Frank found the fish keen to take the dries in the morning and had them chasing boobies on a di 3 in the afternoon.
Frank commented on how well it seems to be fishing considering the unfavourable conditions.
From the shore a similar story, however Brendan Ginty had the fish coming to the dries all day. If the fish stopped short on the rise Brendan fished them back just sub surface. Hoppers and Hawthorns seemed to be the business! David Reece had some good sport too with 5 fish coming to little black spiders.
Not a bad day at all to be fair and the conditions are looking good for the weekend.
Tight lines Matthew
Date: Monday 26th August.
Report Author: Paul.
Best Catch: 13 fish for Tony Dryden.
Heaviest Bag: 4 fish weighing 8lb 8oz for Steve Horrocks.
Best Rainbow: Several weighing 3lb.
Best Brownie: Several weighing 2lb.
Bank Rod Av: 2.00 fish per angler.
Boat Rod Av: 4.00 fish per angler.
Sport: Despite the bright and breezy conditions there were some good catches recorded today, especially from the boats. The best catch of the day went to Tony Dryden who landed 13 fish. Tony caught his fish in Newclose bay and found various traditional wet fly patterns effective with a steady retrieve on a floating line being best. Steve Horrocks landed 7 fine trout from several spots around the reservoir with an orange cats whisker doing the trick for Steve. It was a shame it was so bright and windy as i am sure had we seen overcast conditions these catches would have been even higher. We will see what conditions are like tomorrow. See you on the water Paul.