DATE: Thursday March 31st.
REPORT AUTHOR Paul.
NOTABLE CATCHES: See below.
NOTABLE BAG: Mostly sport tickets.
BEST RAINBOW: Several weighing 3lb 8oz.
BEST BROWN: 1lb wild brownie for Jim Pickford.
BEST BLUE: Several weighing 3lb 8oz.
BANK ROD AV: 2.06 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 3.68 fish per angler.
Sport: A nice spring day feeling warm for the most part. There were some good catches made with the boats around willow island having the best sport. Fishing the bank and landing 6 fish was Ken Whiteside. Ken fished a black and green udf fly on a floating line with Bens beach being his best spot. Both landing 5 trout from the bank today were Keith Landless and Dave Banks. Both anglers found buzzers fished in Hollins bay effective. Fishing from a boat were Jim Pickford and Ray Sanders who caught 14 fish between them. They caught the majority of their fish in the willows and along the northern shallows with olive being the predominant colour in their flies. Landing 17 fish from willow island was David Manning. David fished a washing line set up on an intermediate line catching on buzzers in the morning then on an olive booby this afternoon. There were several osprey sightings today on the lake and i saw a swallow no too far away, the earliest i have seen one, hopefully this is a good sign. Syotw.
DATE: Tuesday & Wednesday March 29th & 30th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 12 fish for Tony Taylor
BEST RAINBOW: 10 -11lbs for Ben Dobson/ Luca Sutton
BEST BLUE: 2lbs+ Tony Taylor
Sport: Just a quick report tonight. The weather kept most of the anglers away over the last two days so it has been quiet at the fishery. Luca Sutton (aged 12) and I took a boat out yesterday afternoon for a few hours. We tried a few areas but the most productive area was around Willow Island and the Northern Shallows. We had four to boat including a double figure rainbow, we had the chance of a few more and dropped one at the net. We caught on both a fast glass and a Di5 line on black blobs and doubles. The best retrieve was a steady / slow draw.
Today Tony Taylor had a very productive session whilst fishing along Hartley’s Bank, around Bell Point and on Ben’s Beach. He used his sinking line and two booby method to catch twelve trout (that’s 23 in his two visits this week). His best pattern was a yellow eyed straggle fritz cats booby. He figures of eights slowly whilst the line sinks down then mixes his retrieve along the bottom between short strips and a figure of eight.
Round at Two Trees Dave Hitchen took four nice trout on an intermediate line and black n green patterns. He tried other colours but it was black n green they wanted. Tight Lines Ben
Sport: The weather wasn’t too bad this morning but it got wet and cold this afternoon. The best catch today went to bank angler Tony Taylor with an 11 fish haul. Tony found fish on Bens beach and Hartleys bank with boobys on a sinking line being his best tactic. The boats caught a few fish around willow island and the northern shallows but the relative shelter of Hollins bay was the best spot for boat anglers with both boobys and lures on sinking lines being best. Syotw. Paul.
DATE: Sunday March 27th.
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 15 fish for Ian Greenwood 13 fish for Ben Dobson and John Hood
NOTABLE BAG: 4 fish for 10lb 6oz for Sandy Robertson
BEST RAINBOW: 8lb for Willy Simpson
BEST BLUE: Several at 3lb
BANK ROD AV: 2.56 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 6.81 fish per angler
Sport: Today saw the running of the 2016 greys pair this is a competition where one angler fishes the bank the other the boat. 16 pairs competed in this years competition in less than favourable weather conditions. At the end of the day the 32 anglers caught 162 fish giving an overall average of 5.06 fish per angler although surprisingly the boats out fished the bank by quite a margin. On the bank the top rod went to Andrew Scott with 8 fish. Andrew caught his fish from Newclose bay by fishing a 200m stretch of bank in Newclose Bay with different flies every time around. Next was Ernie Croston with 4 fish and also on 4 fish (but a little smaller) was current troutmaster champion Stevie Cochrane. On the boats top honours went to Ian Greenwood who caught 15 fish from the Northern Shallows. Ian was fishing 2 weighted lures on a sinking line. Both John Hood and our very own Ben Dobson both had 13 fish, again taken on sinking lines with various lure. So at the end of the day when all the scores were totted up this is how the standings went: click on the link below to see all the results:
Greys Pairs Result Sheet 2016xlsx
1st Andrew Scott & Fred Bainbridge winning a Greys GR70 comp special rod each
The 2016 GREYS PAIRS CAMPIONS: Fred Bainbridge and Andrew Scott. Good angling fellers.
2nd Marion Jones & Stevie Cochrane winning a Greys GTS500 reel each
(Sorry no Pic)
3rd Ian Greenwood & Brian Thomas winning a Greys Platinum Drogue each
Ian Greenwood and Brian Thomas were third. Ian also won the Nigel Haigh Trophy for Top Individual on the day.
4th Ben Dobson & Gary Martin winning a pair of polarised sunglasses each
Ben Dobson and Gary Martin were fourth over all.
Willie Simpson won a Greys Platinum Fly Line for bringing the best fish to the scales. A rainbow of 8lbs
The Nigel Haigh trophy which is presented every year in this competition goes to Ian Greenwood with 15 fish good angling Ian. In fact good angling to everyone who entered. See you out there Pete
DATE: Saturday March 26th.
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 14 fish for Andy Cooper & Paul Davison
NOTABLE BAG: N/A
BEST RAINBOW: 13lbs 1oz for Andy Cooper
BEST BROWN: 8oz wildie
BEST BLUE: 3lbs 8oz Andy Cooper & Rick Nuttall
BANK ROD AV: 2 fish per man?
BOAT ROD AV: 5.75 fish per man
Sport: It’s hard to tell how the bank fished today as only three fished it and two left whilst I was at the boats. I can tell you that Gary Martin caught two on a half day ticket and his bag included a nice 3lb blue.
From the3 boats we had some good scores on a variety of lines from sink tips to fast sinkers. Andy Cooper and Rick Nuttall had twenty two trout to their boat including the nice 13lb rainbow pictured below. They caught on a variety of lures on sink tip lines.
I am not sure of their methods but Ian Greenwood and Paul Davison also caught twenty two trout. As they were practising for tomorrow they kept their tactics quiet. On the whole Stocks fished well though in windy conditions. Tight Lines Ben
Andy Cooper caught this 13lb rainbow on an olive nomad near Willow Island
Earlier this week Graham Child caught this stunning double figure rainbow on a size 14 black buzzer whilst bank fishing in Nerwclose Bay.