DATE: Wednesday May 31st
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 8 trout for Richard Wincer and Ken Whiteside
NOTABLE BAG: 2 fish for 15lbs 8oz for Richard Wincer
BEST RNB: 15lbs (est) Alban Horrocks, 13lbs Richard Wincer, 9lbs 10oz Ian Creighton, 8lbs for Jim Creighton & 7lbs 14oz for Derek Moore
BANK ROD AV: 4.3 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 3.0 fish per angler
Sport: It was another BIG fish day on Stocks with several anglers either landing specimen trout or losing them.
The first of the day was caught by Alban Horrocks whilst he was boat fishing near the spillway. It took a Dawson’s Olive nomad and ran him on a merry dance. It took twenty minutes to land and after a quick snap on his phone it was released back to the water. Alban estimated it to be 15lbs+ and he’s no stranger to big fish.
The second was caught by Jim Creighton who stripped a black booby to send out ‘noise’ through the water, not bad tactic in bright conditions. Jim Line went tight and he knew he was into something heavy. The fish went for the depths but Jim was patient and a cracking 8lb rainbow came to the net.
The next one was from the shore. Richard Wincer had got four in his bag from Bell Point when a monster rolled over his foam daddy. He knew as he struck into it that it was a serious fish. It motored off for part unknown and put up a brilliant and tiring 20 minute battle before he could finally steer it into the shallows. You can see why it put up such a fight from the picture below….look at that tail! On a dry as well! Good angling Richard.
Derek Moore was at it again, out with the mid-week drifters. Derek put another good fish in the bag, a rainbow of 7lbs 14oz. Pictured below. Derek won a £20 tackle voucher for being the Drifter with the best brace.
To finish off the big fish day, Ian Creighton wasn’t going to let his son Jim have all the glory bagging a big rainbow for himself. Ian’s fish weighed 9lbs 10oz.
We did see some good catches too even though it was very bright. From the shore Ken Whiteside took eight trout on a half day ticket. Ken caught them on a white and orange UDF. He said that he had to watch his line as some of the takes were very gentle. Good Angling Ken.
Richard Wincer also finished on eight trout, all caught on dries off bell Point.
Out on the boats Bob Fitzpatrick took seven trout to 4lbs on a sink tip line and a booby /diawl bach combination.
A totally different Ken Whiteside had six fish in half a day this afternoon, whilst drifting over Haigh’s Hollow. I thought this was impressive as Ken fished over a period when the sun was very high in the sky and most anglers had felt the fishing had gone harder. Ken used claret hoppers twiddled back on a floating line. Well done Ken.
Derek Moore added another five trout to his big one giving him a final tally of six. I think Derek was on dries. Tight Lines Ben
DATE: Wednesday May 31st