DATE: Friday March 31st
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 12 fish for Neil Ashworth
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 10lb 8oz Jim Baron
BEST FISH: Several at 3lb
BANK ROD AV: 5.83 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 2.63 fish per angler
Sport: changeable conditions today didn’t seem to slow down the fast improving fishing. Jim Baron caught 7 fish in a short 3hr session from Hollins bay finding a min cats whisker fished on an intermediate to the fishes liking. Also on the bank Jeff Day had 6 fish from Bell point on black lures fished on a slow sinker but top rod today Neil Ashworth had 12 fish from all along the western shore from Newclose Bay all the way back to Hollins Bay. Neil found Cormorants to be his top pattern. On the Boats Sean and Liam Gaskell had 4 fish in a short session drifting close into the banks. Friday Regulars Peter Andrews and Andrew Bentley had 11 fish to the boat with Andrew just out catching peter with 6 fish they fished the Northern shallows and found a Pitsford Pea and cormorants their top Patterns. The wind has dropped away this evening and there are a few fish moving. See you out there Pete
DATE: Thursday March 30th.
REPORT AUTHOR Paul.
NOTABLE CATCHES: See below.
NOTABLE BAG: 2 fish weighing 10lb for Glen Keithley.
BEST FISH: 7lb 8oz rainbow for Glen Keithley.
BANK ROD AV: 7.00 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 8.00 fish per angler.
Sport: Chris Webster had a good days fishing landing 8 trout up to 3lb 8oz and also had a lot of other action. Chris fished along the bank from 2 trees to Bens beach with a cast, retrieve, step and cast approach being the key to his success. An intermediate line worked for Chris with snakes, Montana, crippled dry midge and black Pennell all being effective. Also landing 8 fish was Mick Greenhalgh with Hollins bay being his best area. Mick tempted his fish on a floating line with cormorants and Dawsons olive. Landing 5 trout including the biggest of the day, a 7lb 8oz rainbow was Glen Keithley who too found fish in Hollins bay. The ever effective green pea was his best pattern fished on a floating line. Ian Gaskell and Bob Fitzpatrick had a great day afloat whilst drifting all over the lake. They found trout in most areas and like Chris found a variety of flies and lines working well. Syotw Paul.
DATE: Wednesday March 29th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 10+ fish for Tony Taylor
BEST RAINBOW: 3lb 8oz Tony Taylor
BEST BROWN: 2lbs 8oz (overwintered) Steve Bland
BANK ROD AV: 6.00 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 3.50 fish per angler
Sport: It was mild today with persistent light showers and a south-westerly breeze. The reservoir continued to fish well. Tony Taylor was the only full day ticket on the shore with all other angers opting for half day three fish tickets. Almost everyone left with a bag of fish, however no one got amongst them quite like Tony. He used a midge tip line and a black cormorant with a silver tinsel rib to tempt all twenty of his fish. He ties his cormorant with a black fur wing instead of marabou so that they last longer. The first twelve of his fish came from Hollins Bay this morning, and then he took another eight from Bell Point. He got smashed twice as well.
Derek Fitchie and Peter Marshall had eleven trout between them over a short session this morning. They fished Montana nymphs along Hartley’s bank on floating lines.
Out on the boats Bernard McBride found success over open water on dries. We don’t usually see this sort of action until much later into the season! He took five trout all on dries over Haigh’s Hollow and out from Curry’s Cast. Tight Lines Ben
DATE: Tuesday March 28th
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 14 fish for Richie Kelly, 12 fish for Tony Taylor 11 fish for Bob Fitzpatrick
NOTABLE BAG: 4 fish for 11lb 11oz Terry Farrell
BEST FISH: Several at 3lb
BANK ROD AV: 6.80 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 6.80 fish per angler
Sport: The conditions today were near perfect, good cloud cover light winds and warm conditions this afternoon and it certainly looks like the fish agreed with good catches coming from the boat and bank. On the bank Dave Coup had 7 fish from Bell Point and Hollins Bay. Terry Farrell had 9 fish from the Alders and the Dam on an orange booby fished on a mid intermediate. But stocks regular Tony Taylor was once again in amongst the fish with 12, Tony caught his fish from Hollins Bay and Bell Point on an intermediate line fishing his “TT hair wing Cormorant” Tony commented on the fact he had several more pulls and lost fish even having a double hook up, saying a lot of the fish were taken on the drop as the line tightened in the breeze.
On the boats this were just as hectic with Bob Fitzpatrick catching 11 fish from Newclose Bay and the Northern Shallows with a Green Pea and a Diawl bach being his top flies fished on a floating line. Top rod goes to Richie Kelly who caught 14 fish but was tight lipped about where and with what he caught them on as he has a competition on Saturday with the civil service. All this has too mean that stocks has woken up and the fish are definitely on the feed, which is great news so get yourself up and test that tackle with some of our hard fighting fish.
See you out there Pete
DATE: Monday March 27th.
REPORT AUTHOR Paul.
NOTABLE CATCHES: 14 fish for Mark Tyndall – 15 fish for Ricky Newbolt.
NOTABLE BAG: n/a.
BEST FISH: Several weighing 3lb.
BANK ROD AV: 2.40 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 7.00 fish per angler.
Sport: There were some good catches recorded today with the Jetty area and Hollins bay being the two hot areas. Out on the boats were Mark Tyndall and Ricky Newbolt who both found trout in Hollins bay. Mark landed 14 fish on his di 3 sinking line and various black lures. Ricky landed 15 fish, this time on an intermediate line and a combination of cats whisker lures and a sunburst damsel. Fishing from a boat and landing 7 fish were Lee Mylroie and Jamie Hogg. They found Grindy lawn their best spot with black and red buzzers on sink tip lines accounting for the majority of their fish. Philip Broadhurst fished from the bank at Bell point where he landed 4 fish. Philips best pattern was a black and green Montana fished slowly on a floating line. Pete and Jane are still fishing and have landed 6 between them in Hollins bay so the boat averages could be even higher. Syotw. Paul.