DATE: Tuesday April 30th
REPORT AUTHOR Dan
NOTABLE CATCH: 32 fish for Derek Moore
NOTABLE BAG 5 fish weighing 11lbs 4oz for George Taylor
BEST RAINBOW: 4lbs for John Sykes
BEST BROWN: 2lb Ray Bird
BEST BLUE: 3lbs for John Sykes
BANK ROD AV: 9.1 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 13.4 fish per angler
Stocks has been electric today with both the bank and the boats seeing some serious fish being caught! It has been a mild spring day with intermittent sunshine and a slight breeze creating a ripple on the surface ideal for us fishermen. Here’s how it all went. I’m giving everyone who caught fish a quick mention seeing as no one blanked today.
Ron Daniels came fishing today only for a few hours mid day and caught 3 fish but lost many more. He was fishing on a floating line with dry flies, hoppers to be precise. Great stuff Ron glad to take a report from someone fishing dries this season!
Frank Thomson saw 4 fish today between the two trees and barn quarry. He caught on a floating line using a dawsons olive. His best fish was a 3lb rainbow.
Mick Counsell caught 5 fish in total today in Hollins and from Bens Beach. Mick caught on a green/black montana on a floating line.
Stuart Gardiner caught 7 fish from Hollins Bay and Barn Quarry today. Stuart was also using a montana but saw fish on a cats whisker too.
Alex Hitchen netted 8 fish safely today from Barn Quarry, his best a 3lb rainbow. Alex was using a montana but I don’t know what line he fished with.
John Duff also had 8 fish from the bank today. Johns 3 fish bag weighed 9lb. He caught his fish using a double viva booby on his point with a watsons bumble on the dropper fished on a floating line and with a long leader. His hot spots were Hollins, Bens Beach and Bell Point.
George Taylor had a good days sport in Hollins Bay catching 12 fish in total, his 5 fish bag weighing 11lbs 4oz. George caught on twinkle nymphs fished on a floater with a slow retrieve. He mentioned they were taking it on the static also. Nice work George!
David Speak was by far the top rod today from the bank seeing a whopping 26 fish in total, with his 3 fish bag weighing 6lb. He caught all day on a cats whisker and was fishing to the right of the jetty in Hollins Bay. Great result!
Alan Daniels, one of our regular weekly bank anglers took to the boat today as a treat for his birthday ( I like this idea) Alan caught 4 fish in the northern shallows and was using a green/white cats whisker fished on a floating line. Glad you had a good time on the boat Alan!
Simon Challenger saw 4 fish also from the boat today and he too was fishing using a cats whisker. I think he was fishing off Bell Point.
John Ashworth caught 5 fish off the boat today using olive damsels.
Andrew Brown also had 5 fish to the boat today , his best a 3lb 8oz rainbow. He was also fishing off Bell Point and using a cats whisker.
John Sykes had a great days fishing in the Northern Shallows seeing 17 fish in total. When it was overcast he was hitting them on a cats booby and diawlbachs and when the sun was out he caught on a damsel nymph all of which were fished using a slow intermediate line. Great stuff and a thorough report slip thank you.
Andy Hulls also had 17 fish today, his personal best today. He caught with buzzers on the dropper and a booby on the point fishing a washing line method in the northern shallows. Nice work Andy!
Ray Bird (nee Rare Bird) pipped his boat partner Andy to the finish today with a cracking 23 fish to his end of the boat. He also caught with buzzers on the dropper and a cut down booby on the point. Ray used a midge tip line. Good angling and a personal best at Stocks for you too I believe!
Hats off to Derek Moore today however…… Derek has fished Stocks this season and caught massive amounts of fish thus far, a great pioneer and ambassador to the term ‘rod average’ and today he also achieved his own personal best at Stocks with a staggering 32 fish to the boat and with lots and lots of hook ups… Derek saw at least 18 fish on a dawsons olive booby and caught the remaining 14 or so using a mixture of red/black buzzers and cormorants. He had fish take his point fly, his top dropper and also his middle one evenly throughout the day. He saw his first 7 fish quickly in Newclose before moving out towards willow island and the northern shallows. To quote Dereks final words before leaving he said… ‘for a days fishing you just can’t beat it. Awesome’! Say no more, I think today’s results speak for themselves, long may it continue….