DATE: Tuesday 27th June
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 6 Trout for Graham and Gary Powers, 5 trout for Colin Gibbons
NOTABLE BAG: 5 trout for 36lb 12oz for Colin Gibbons
BEST RNB: 11lb 8oz,11lb 6oz and 9lb 8oz Colin Gibbons, 11lb 4oz Gary Powers
BANK ROD AV: 3.00 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 5.00 fish per angler
Sport: A wet n windy day here at stocks but this didn’t deter some hardy anglers and for one in particular it was definitely worth the trip, more of that later. From the bank Eugene Mole was up to take part in the NW Police Bank Championships this is an informal competition where the anglers have to legs one in June one in September where they just pick a day to come fishing and weigh what they catch. Eugene managed 2 fish for 4lb. Also on the bank Season ticket holde Jeff Day had 3 fish from Bell Point on a blob fished on a midge tip. Bob Croft was out on a boat and managed 3 fish. But top rod by a clear mile today was Colin Gibbons who landed five fish for an incredible bag weight of 36lb12oz included in this haul were fish of 9lb8oz, 1 1lb 6oz and 11lb 8oz the fish were caught at two trees and Davy Jones on and orange blob fished on a di5. The best catch also came from the boats father and son combo Graham and Gary powers that landed 12 fish to the boat including another double figure fish of 11lb 4oz for Gary their top pattern was a pearly PTN and the Causeway and Two Trees were their best areas. See you out there Pete
DATE: Monday 26th June.
REPORT AUTHOR Paul.
NOTABLE CATCHES: 8 trout for Ron Melling.
NOTABLE BAG: 3 fish weighing 12lb 4oz for Ron Melling.
BEST RNB: 7lb 12oz for Ron Melling.
BEST BROWN: 2lb.
BANK ROD AV: 1.42 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 3.33 fish per angler.
Sport: The boats had the best of the sport today with most of the trout being taken out in open water. Ron Melling had a good day landing 8 fish including the biggest of the day in the shape of a 7lb 12oz rainbow. Ron caught most of his fish on dry flies whilst drifting out from the dam and along the east bank as far as blackhouse bay. Bob Fitzpatrick was once again amongst the fish drifting up in the northern end of the lake. The best tactic for Bob was a washing line set up with black nymphs on the droppers. The trout were spread out with boats catching fish in most areas. The best areas from the bank were the dam, 2 trees and around the jetty and along Bens beach and Bell point. Ben made a good mixed stocking today of both rainbows and some very blue blues! Syotw Paul.
DATE: Sunday 25th June
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 12 trout for Mick Hogg
NOTABLE BAG: 4 fish for 15lb 13oz Mr Gardner
BEST RNB: 9lb 15oz for Mr Gardner
BANK ROD AV: 3.43 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 3.00 fish per angler
Sport: A busy day on the bank with Horwich and District Fly Fishers here for their annual competition. About half of the anglers involved headed to the dam, the others stayed on the west bank. With overcast calm conditions this morning but wind and sun forecast this afternoon the first few hours were going to be vital and the eventual winner Mick Hogg made hay while the sun didn’t shine and landed 12 trout from Grindeys Lawn. Mick caught the majority of his fish on small F flies. Also on the bank Mr Gardner had a stunning 9lb 15oz rainbow which coughed up a handful of minnows when eventually landed.
Mr Gardners 9lb 15oz rainbow
someones been eating well
DATE: Saturday June 24th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 9+ trout for Campbell Baird, Harvey Hutchinson, Phil Davies & Neil Ashworth,
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 19lbs 4oz Phil Davies
BEST RNB: 10lbs 4oz for Phil Davies
BEST BROWN: 1lb 8oz wild fish for Bob Leeds
BANK ROD AV: 3.3 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 4.2 fish per angler
Sport: It was a funny old day today, some anglers caught very well and other struggled and there was more than one way to skin a cat as well.
From the shore Phil Davies was the top rod with nine trout taken on buzzers whilst fishing on the Dam wall. Phil had a whopping bag of fish tipping the scales to 19lnbs 4oz. His bag was helped by the best of the day, a rainbow of 10lbs 4oz. Well done Phil.
On the boats Campbell Baird and Harvey Hutchinson had nineteen fish between them. They caught mainly around the Dam area but did take fish from the northern end of the reservoir as well. They found the washing line most productive.
Neil Ashworth also had nine fish from similar areas. His fish fell to boobies and blobs fished back on an ssi. Ken Hardy found wets to be best with seven good fish, five of which fell to Loch Ordies pulled through the surace on a floater.
Away from Stocks but well deserved of a mention is the Northwest CSSC and Stocks anglers George Ashton and phil coulthard. They had qualified on Stocks earlier in the season to represent the Northwest of England in the National CSSC final on Draycote Water. They fished brilliantly: George was 1st individually and Phil was 2nd, so as a pair it was a very convincing victory over a sizable field. Good angling Fellers. Look forward to seeing you both here. Tight Lines Ben
DATE: Friday 23rd June
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 35 trout to the boat for Bob Fitzpatrick and Paul Davison, 8 Trout for Campbell Baird and Harvey Hutchinson, 7 trout for A Nixon
NOTABLE BAG: 4 fish for 8lb Ian Russell
BEST RNB: 12lb by Bob Fitzpatrick
BANK ROD AV: 2.75 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 7.75 fish per angler
Sport: a rough dayb at stocks with strong winds and rain, but those that braved the conditions were repayed with a good days fishing on the Bank Anton Gysbers had 3 fish in a short session on the cracton nymph, Anton caught his fish at the corner of the dam and at the boat jetty. The boats has fared much better with Mr A Nixon taking 7 fish from Grindys lawn mainly on buzzers. Travelling anglers Campbell Baird and Harvey Hutchinson had 16 fish from all over the reservoir, catching on a multitude of lines and flies. The top boat though goes to Paul Davison and Bob Fitzpatrick who caught and released and amazing 35+ fish between them. Bob commented on the fact that that they caught fish wherever they went mainly on floating lines and mini lures. Bob also included a stunning leviathan of 12lb in his return which somehow knocked off a two pound fish he was already playing too take the same fly. Unbelievable you just couldn’t make it up. See you out there Pete