The Zone competition that was due to be held this weekend has been postponed to a future date. I will publish new date soon. Cheers Ben
DATE: March 2nd -March 14th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 18 fish for Andy Cooper, 12 fish for Rick Nuttall & 11 fish for Colin Fitzjohn
BEST RNB: 7lb Colin Fitzjohn & 6lbs Colin Fitzjohn
BEST BROWN: N/a
ROD AV: 4.0 fish per man
Sport: My apologies for the lack of the reports for the last 11 days, but the extremely wet and windy conditions have kept almost everyone away. Paul and I have been getting plenty of bailing practice in though!!
It looks as though good weather is due to return at the beginning of next week, so here is a summary of the last ten days or so.
Towards the beginning of March, just before the weather turned, Andy Cooper and Rick Nuttall had a cracking day from the boat down at the Northern Shallows. They landed 32 trout between them on Dawson’s olive nomads and cats whiskers fished on long sink tips. They had rainbows up to 5lbs and found that a slow steady retrieve produced the most action.
On the same day Pete Greenalgh took five rainbows to 3lbs on at black n green fritz fished in Hollins Bay.
Then the weather changed, and angler numbers dropped off sharply. We have only had a handful of boats out over the last ten days as many days it hasn’t been safe to let them out. Those that did venture out only managed short sessions.
Duncan Watson had six fish from Phil’s Flats on a black and green gold head and John Sykes managed a good half day during a lull in the wind. John took six fish on boobies fished on Di5 sinking line. He caught fish along the Northern Shallows to the Causeway.
On Sunday we saw the Nomads take out 5 boats between them. No sooner had they got out and fishing when the conditions deteriorated into a blizzard with high winds. All of them were back on the jetty by lunch time and they decided admit defeat and to try again when the weather improves. I think their top angler was Steve Gildart with four fish, which is not bad considering.
On the shore, a few anglers have ventured out on the better days with varying degrees of success.
On the 9th it was great to see Myfanwy from Wales with his fishing buddies. He was top rod in tough conditions with six fish all caught on an orange fritz nomad. Well done Myfanwy.
One angler that deserves a mention is Colin Fitzjohn. Colin has visited Stocks three time this week and fished despite the wind and rain. Over his three visits he caught nine, eleven and nine trout respectively and today, amongst his nine fish catch were a 7lb rainbow and a 6lb rainbow. Colin has caught all his fish washing lining diawl bachs on a floater with either a booby on the point or a buoyant dry. Colin cast out down in Hollins Bay, stripped back a couple of times to get rid of any slack, then retrieved as slowly as he possibly could. Good angling Colin
It looks as though the good weather is due to return on Monday, so I am sure the angler numbers and regular reports will be back to normal. Tight Lines Ben
DATE: Monday February 25th to Friday March 1st
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 17 trout for Ryan Mathews
BEST RNB: 11lbs 8oz & 10lbs 8oz for Peter Andrews
BEST BROWN: 6lbs+ for Graham Steele
ROD AV: 4.5 fish per angler
Sport: The fantastic weather continued throughout this week. From Monday to Wednesday saw a frosty start followed by glorious sunshine, and on Thursday was slightly milder and overcast. We have had no wind to speak of.
We saw periods on each day where the trout really played ball, and patches where they seemed to switch off. But every day there was some good sport to be had and some great catches.
On Monday John Sykes and Chris Webster headed out on a boat. They fished behind Willow Island with Di5 sinkers and black boobies to bring twenty trout net between them.
On Tuesday it was a cold start to begin with and the fishing was quiet at first. However there is always someone who finds a way, and today it was Geoff Court. Geoff anchored his boat 30 yards off Willow Island and instead off casting back towards the trees he cast out towards Gull and Newclose. Geoff was probably fishing in about 20-25ft of water. He cast out an SSI with a pink and silver humongous and twiddled it all the way home. He netted nine trout and missed a few more. This was a good catch on a tricky morning and he was off the water at lunchtime.
Later in the afternoon the trout came up in the water and more were caught. Ricki Newbolt took five from behind Willow Island including a fish of 7lbs and another of 4lbs.
On Wednesday Gary Allen and Peter Taylor had a belting day on buzzers and nymphs, netting 21 trout between them. They too fished over the Northern Shallows and landed rainbows to 5lbs 8oz.
On the shore Keith Landless had 14 rainbows on a half day ticket fishing a tadpole on a floater near the jetty and Mick Glancey tempted 10 from the same area on Cats. He too used a floating line.
Thursday saw the first cloud cover and the boat anglers caught well right across the northern end of the reservoir.
Graham Steele and Stuart Gordon caught 17 fish from around Willow Island on black n green lures. Their best line of attack was an SSi and a slow retrieve. Graham landed a 6lb brownie that had led him on a merry dance and refused to come up. See pic below. Good to see you fellers.
Ryan Mathews and Daniel Bowman were also fishing nearby. They were drifting into Phil’s Flats from about 100 yards out. Ryan was stroking back a Fast glass with a Dawson’s nomad and a cut throat cat combination. He was probably fishing at a similar depth to Graham and Stuart. Ryan and Daniel finished the day with 23 fish in their boat. Good angling fellers.
On a half day ticket and on the other side of Willow Island were Jim Hunter and Eddie Clarke. Jim had also discovered the killer combination of an SSi and a slow retrieve. He twiddled back a black and green tadpole with cormorants on the droppers. He landed 13 trout to 4lbs and his first trout was tagged! He later pulled out a £50 tackle voucher from the lucky dip and he and Eddie used it too refilled their fly boxes . Eddie didn’t have an SSi and struggled to replicate what Jim was doing but he caught three good fish of his own on a different method.
The conditions are similar today and we’re seeing more good catches. Peter Andrew had 8 fish this morning from various spots around the northern end of the reservoir. He caught all 8 fish on a hot head damsel, and he landed two double figure rainbows! The first weighed 10lbs 8oz and the second 11lbs 8oz! Well done Peter that’s a good start to your season.
Drifting the same areas were Mike Henshall and Jim Pickford. Mike stayed on buzzers and diawl bachs fished on a floater to tempt 10 rainbows, Jim stuck with Lures and caught another three.
Colin Fitzjohn was top rod with 11 trout, and he lost almost as many. Colin fished along the bottom in Phil’s flats with blobs and various other lures. Good angling Colin. His boat partner Tony Newman took another 4 on a similar method.
Neil Heath and Gwyneth Mooney had 13 to their boat whilst using a mix of lures and lines along the Northern Shallows.
Gary Martin also had a good day with 8 rainbows that fell to pink blobs and black snakes, Stuart Halford added another 4 to the tally.
There was a lot of fish rising today, out in open water as well. I am not sure whether these are stocked fish or overwintered fish. Tight Lines Ben