DATE: Sunday February 22nd
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 30+ John Mair, Martin McCafferty, Steven McVean
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 18lbs 8oz for Rob Godlington
BEST RAINBOW: 9lbs 8oz for Robert Godlington, & 9lbs(est) for John Mair
BANK ROD AV: 18.14 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 12.57 fish per angler
Sport: The weather kept all but the hardiest of anglers away today. We did have 15 boats out this morning but most of them were back in by 1pm as there was a cold wind with sleet and rain. As some angler left early I only had 16 boat returns handed in so that is what I based the boat rod average on. It has to be said when it came to being hardy the Scots had us well and truly beaten with six of them staying to the very end, although Andrew Fairweather and his fishing partner also stuck in there. He was rewarded too with 26 trout on orange taddies fished with a mixed retrieve on a Di3. Like most good catches today he was in the relative shelter of Hollins Bay.
Martin Mcafferty and Steven McVean were the top boat. They had a cricket score on Damsels, also fished on Di3 lines.
We had some great catches on the bank as well. John Mair was top individual rod from both bank and boat. John used a black fritz on a slime line to great effect and his bag included a 9lb rainbow (pictured below).
John Ross used the same line with a snake to catch 25 trout and his best area was in the deep channel of Hollins where the stream runs in.
Robert Godlington fished on the bank opposite to catch the best fish of the day, a rainbow of 9lbs 8oz. Welldone fellas you deserved your fish today.
Let hope the weather warms up a little. Tight Lines Ben
Robert Godlington with a well earned 9lb 8oz rainbow
John Mair with 9lb rainbow, part of his bumper catch.
DATE: Saturday February 21st
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 30+ trout for: Bank: Stephen Lind, John Muir, Dave Robson, John Ross, Kevin Graham, Darren Bell, Gary Towers, Thomas Graham, Chris Gibbons, Steven Robinson, Mark Jackson, Jamie Hogg, Laurence Phelan & Paul Miller. Boats: Nick Halstead, Andy Cooper, Rick Nuttall, John Ball & Steve Gildart.
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 20lbs 0oz for Gary Towers
BEST RAINBOW: 6lbs for John Ross x2, & Graham Ashworth
BEST BROWN: 20lbs 8oz for Stephen Lind NEW FISHERY RECORD
BANK ROD AV: 18.39 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 18.01 fish per angler
Sport: Wow! What an opening day! If I was to write about all the good catches today I would never get home, so sorry if you don’t get a mention. I will try and mention the very best catches and methods.
I have to start with Stephen Lind not only did he beat the fishery record with a 20lb 8oz brownie (returned) but he was also one of the top rods and won a new GREYS outfit worth £300!! That was worth getting up for.
Stephen caught the huge brownie on a black nomad from Hollins Bay on a fast glass line and 5 weight rod. It put up a great fight that was videoed by his friend so hopefully we will get to publish that soon. I have been warned it contains some strong language!
In the afternoon Steve switched to a team of buzzers on a floater and continued catching well until dusk. Good Angling!!
Nearby John Ross caught extremely well on a black snake fished on an intermediate line with a slow retrieve.
Mark Jackson caught a lot of fish on a cats fished on a floater as did Darren Bell and Jamie Hogg using a very similar method.
John Muir stacked up a great tally on black fritz on an intermediate line and Peter Miller was one of biggest catchers today using an ssi line and black n green taddies.
Gary Towers had the best bag weight with five fish for 20lbs, he was also one of the day’s best rods but i am not sure of his methods.
The bank fish extremely well from Davy Jones, Hollins Bay, Two Trees, Barn Quarry, Hartley’s, Bell Point, Ben’s Beach and Grindy’s Lawn. But there were also respectable numbers taken from Newclose and The Alders.
From the boats, the wind kept most people away from the Northern Shallows as the Southern end was much more sheltered. Although one boat did stick it out up there, Gareth Tilly and Peter Mathews had 23 to the boat at the Causeway on Green Peas and Tequila blobs fished on Di3 lines with a mixed retrieve.
Nick Halstead and John Barrow fished off Grindy’s lawn with olive nomads to loads of fish to 5lbs. The found intermediate lines most effective. Steve Gildart and Nick Waddington used similar tactics in the same area, also to great effect.
Andy Cooper and Rick Nuttall had a cricket score off Kettlewells fishing Di5 lines, cats Whiskers and dabblers.
We had 5 tagged trout caught today (photos to follow) as mentioned Stephen Lind won a GREYS outfit, Austin Short won a £100 Tackle voucher, Steve Robinson and Alex McEwen won £50 tackle vouchers and Chris Gibbons won a free full day five fish ticket.
What a great day!
There are some big rainbows out there somewhere, although lots of people got snapped today. Hopefully someone will land one tomorrow. Tight Lines Ben
Stephen Lind with this incredable brownie of 20lbs 8oz a new fishery record.
To get our 20th anniversary season off to a flying start we have released some monster specimen brownies into Stocks Reservoir. Pictured below are a couple of them. Unfortunately we didn’t get a picture of the biggest fish but they were over 20lbs!
One of the these huge specimen fish has been sponsored by HARDY GREYS and its capture will earn you a new GREYS GR50 fly rod of your choice and the new GTS700 reel to match. We will load on a Greys Platinum floating line and backing to complete a great outfit.
More big prizes will soon be revealed. These prize brownies are over and above our usual tagged fish that on capture will earn you anything from a free days fishing to £50 and £100 tackle vouchers and our star prize of £500 cash! Please note that brownies do have to be returned until they come into season March 15t.h. If a tagged brownie is caught prior to this date, the tag may be removed and brought up to the lodge.
On top of all these tagged fish we will award a Wychwood Fly rod and reel to the angler who weighs in the best bag of trout over the opening weekend.
Over the next week 4000 quality trout will be released into the reservoir ready for our open day next Saturday February 21st.
We look forward to seeing you. Tight Lines from all at Stocks
Ps. we still have a few boats available on the opening Sunday. To book a boat, call us on: 01200 446602.
One of the huge browies going into Stocks today.
Another cracking brownie gointo the reservoir ready for our opening day next Saturday 21st