Monthly Archives: March 2019

Stocks: March 23rd to March 29th

DATE: March 23rd to March 29th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 20 Trout for Matt Turner & 17 trout for Paul Davison
BEST RNB: 9lbs for Bob Fitzpatrick
WEEKLY ROD AV: 3.93 fish per angler
Sport: Stocks is back firing on full cylinders again, but the week didn’t start out like that. At the beginning of the week there some colour in the water and the fish were not really playing ball, but as the week has gone on the catches have increased significantly and yesterday the rod average climbed to 6.8 fish per angler. The top rods were Peter Andrews and Andrew Bentley who landed 30 trout between them. They caught most of their fish from the Northern Shallow near the causeway. They used floating lines with damsels and cormorants and a slow figure of eight retrieve.
At the other end of the shallows at Phil’s Flats Paul Davison had 17 trout his boat. He caught on dabblers amongst other things.
Neil Heath moved around various spots including Curry’s Cast, Gull Island, Newclose and Willow Island to catch 9 good rainbows. Neil used a variety of lures fished on a floating line.
From the shore Keith Landless made good a half day ticket with 14 trout to the net. Keith fished a floating line with a tadpole on the point and buzzers on the droppers and caught well on both patterns.
There were several good catches throughout the week, but to name a few: Paul Miller had nine fish from bell point on an SSi line with two boobies twiddled in. He caught most of them on the hang or the lift.
David Manning had five rainbows up to 8lbs in weight from Hollins Bay on various lures.
Ian Drizedale and Craig Wishart had 14 to their boat whilst fishing over the Northern Shallows. Their best pattern was a cat booby fished on a sinking line and twiddled in slowly.
However, the biggest catch of the week went to Matt Turner who fished from the shore from the jetty to Hollins. Matt fished a floating line with blobs and a variety of point flies to tempt 20 trout. Good angling Matt. Tight Lines Ben

Stocks update. Thursday 28th

Stocks is currently fishing well. The trout are tight into the margins. There are few different lines of attack at the moment. Floating lines with orange or cats gold headed lures. SSI lines with blobs and boobies twiddled back slowly, or faster sinking lines fishing Fabs and boobies nearer the bottom in the shallow margins. We are getting some nice fish caught on nymphs too, Bob Fitzpatrick had a cracking 9lb rainbow today. A much more detailed report will follow shortly. Tight lines Ben

Bank House Fly Fishery: Trout Masters Fish Off

Congratulations to David Neilson who has beaten a strong field of anglers to win the Trout Masters Fish Off at Bank House Fly Fishery. He will now represent Bank House as our champion in the grand final, which will be held later in the year.

David was on fire today landing a total of 23 trout! He switched between two methods to build this great catch. The first was striping back red apps worms with a varied retrieve, and the second was his own dyed chamois fished under the bung. He caught fish off every single peg. The other anglers in the match could generate takes but couldn’t match David’s conversion rate. David found that striking to side, rather than upwards proved to be more successful. Good angling David.

In second place was Iain Scott with 11 trout, Iain used a pink and yellow bunny leech and a black ’n’ red buzzer. Well done Iain

In third place and suffering from a bout of loseyfishyitus was Andy Cooper. Andy had a frustrating morning but came on a late surge to catch 8 trout on his last four pegs. Andy’s catch included a nice fish of 6lbs.

Paul Snieth had five fish on similar methods to David, Richard Moore had three on buzzers.

Kieran Donaghy won the youth section using a white worm and he also lost a clonker at the net. Good luck in the final Kieran Tight Lines Ben

From left to right: Richard Moore, Keiran Donaghy, David Nielsen, Andy Cooper, Iain Scott and Paul Sneith

From left to right: Richard Moore, Keiran Donaghy, David Nielsen, Andy Cooper, Iain Scott and Paul Sneith

March 15th to March 22nd

March 15th to March 22nd

Report Author: Ben

Best Catch: 19 fish for Neil Ashworth

Best Bag: 5 fish for 10lbs for Neil Ashworth

Best Rainbow: 7lb for Neil Heath & 5lbs for Ian Jackson

Best Brown: wild fish up to 1lb

Rod Average: 4.50 fish per angler.

Sport: Friday the 15th was quiet at Stocks with strong winds keeping most anglers away. However a couple of hardy souls, namely Andy Harrison and Russell Fergusson braved the weather and headed down to the jetty area determined to wet a line. They were rewarded too. They kicked off with nymphs with little success, then switched to Di3 line and black boobies. They counted the line down to 10, then slowly retrieved the flies home. Andy landed six fish up to 4lbs and Russell had two. Well done fellers.

Saturday was unbelievably wet and windy and a deluge of water came through the reservoir. Hats off to Duncan Watson who did his impression of lieutenant Dan from forest Gump. Unfortunately for Duncan the storm didn’t bring him riches, with no fish, he helped me bail all the boats instead. Cheers Duncan. 

Sunday 17th was a better day, reservoir was now coloured due to the amount of water brought by Saturday ‘s storm. We only had three anglers on the boats and the fishing was really tricky. Neil Heath landed one rainbow from Newclose, but it was a good one and tipped the scales to 7lbs. Karl Davis also had a fish on a Cats at the Dam.

Everyday since, the colour has been dropping out of the water and the clarity and catches increased together. The first half of the week was hard going from both boat and bank. However during this period Gavin Murray managed 3 fish on two days in a row, using various lures fished near to the Jetty. Also Paul Miller took two fish from Bell Point one of which was tagged and won him a £100 tackle voucher. Good Angling Paul.

By Thursday 21st things were picking up and a fresh stocking also helped to lift the sport. Ricky Newbolt had four fish to his boat from the Alders, however, it was in Hollins Bay where the best catches were caught. Matt Turner had 13 rainbows to Hollins to two trees. Matt used a small white lure on a floater. Ian Jackson had 11 fish on a bloodworm pattern fished on a nudge tip line. His best fish was a nice rainbow of 5lbs. Steve Mountain had 9 fish from the jetty area on a Cats variant, and Colin had 6 fish on a humongous from the same area.

The good sport carried on into Friday too. Martin Friend had eight fish on a black lure, once again fished on a floater. Stuart Halford had 11 trout using an SSI lune and an orange blob and Colin Fitzjohn had 12 fish from the jetty area on small lures.

Out on the boats Neil Heath had 9 trout on sparklers and Alexandra. Neil fished mainly in Hollins. The top catch however came to Neil Ashworth and Frank Bond who had 27 trout to their boat. Their best pattern was a black n gold humongous. Good Angling fellers. Tight lines Ben