DATE: Friday April 12th to Wednesday April 17th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 30 fish for Tony Dryden, 29 trout for David Manning
BEST BAG OF 5: 16lbs 12oz for Keith Charnock
BEST RNB: 9lbs 1oz for James Birtwistle
BEST BROWN: 10lbs+ for Peter Crowe
WEEKLY ROD AV: 5.51 fish per angler
Sport: Please watch the video for a full report on the fishing.
Gavin Murray and Stuart Halford won the Merseyside CSSC heat on Saturday with 15 fish between them. Well done fellers.
James Birtwistle caught this cracking 9lb rainbow whilst bank fishing near the jetty,
DATE: Saturday April 6th to Thursday April 11th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 25 trout for Andy Campbell and for John Brown
BEST BAG: 5 Fish for 16lbs 1oz for Dermot Speight
BEST RNB: 7lbs for Ian Riddicks, 6lbs 3oz Dermot Speight.
BEST BLUE: Several @ 2lbs
WEEKLY ROD AV: 7.92 fish per angler
Sport: Well Stocks has been on fire over the last six days. The sport at the weekend was simply brilliant, especially from the boats, but we did see some great catches from the shore as well.
Saturday 6th: The top boat was Shaun Ramshaw and Adam Collinson who landed 23 trout between them. Their best areas were Ben’s Beach and The Causeway, but their methods differed between the two locations. At the Causeway they used Di5 lines and two boobies with a slow retrieve and down Ben’s Beach it was intermediate lines casting hothead lures into the margins. Good angling fellers.
Also out on a boat was John Sykes, he fished the washing line around Willow Island to tempt seventeen trout. He found the fish high in the water and in the mood to feed, and this hasn’t changed all week!
Steve Bland had 10 rainbows including a tagged trout that won him a Full day five fish ticket. Steve fished buzzers along the Northern shallows.
Neil Heath and Gary Martin had nine to their boat, but I am not sure what they were using.
Ben Fox also fished the washing and took 11 trout in total from all over the reservoir. The trout are really spread out now with all the usual hot spots producing quality catches.
On the shore Darren Barlow and his son Daniel were fishing between Hollins and the jetty. They had ten trout between them, but that’s not the full story. Daniel took one of his dad’s home tied lures then beat him 8-2 on it! And he landed a cracking 4lb rainbow (see pic below) Well done Daniel!
The top rod on the shore was Sean Dodd who took 13 rainbows on a black n gold humongous. Sean caught his between Barn Quarry and Hollins Bay.
Peter Searle had seven nice fish including a tagged trout that won him a £50 tackle Voucher. He caught all his fish along Ben’s Beach on a green pea. Ben’s beach has remained a hotspot all week.
Sunday April 7th: Today we had the first heat of the RIO 4s and what cracking day it was. Each team of four were split into two pairs. Each pair fished together in the same boat to try and complete a bag of 10 trout. On completion of their bag they then returned to the jetty and they received a bonus weight based on their time of completion. They were then ranked in order. For the first time ever, ever all 10 pairs completed the bag of ten fish.
The first pair in taking just 1hr and 10 minutes were Andy Campbell and John Brown. They drifted from the Jetty area into Hollins fast roly polying a fast glass with blobs and a lure on the point. They could see the trout bow waving after their flies and had three double hook ups! After losing a few as well the finished, had a quick brew then took their method around the reservoir to build a cricket score. Great angling guys.
Andy and John’s team mates were the next pair in at 12:50 using a very similar method. However, the table was upset when Steve Bland and Dermot Speight later returned from the northern shallows with a heavy bag of fished. Helped by a 6lb 3oz rainbow caught by Dermot. Even though it was capped at 5lbs, difference in weight was more than enough to make up for the smaller time bonus’s and it was them that took top spot. Well done fellers. The full results are below.
It was a busy day on Stocks and yet the rod average was 10.91 on the boats and 6.00 on the bank. Trout seemed to be everywhere!
Monday, Tuesday 8th & Wednesday the 9th: A stiff easterly wind dominated the scene, and this made the fishing trickier. The top boat on Monday was Mark Tyndall and Canada Neil who had eleven trout between them. Their best area was the gate at the spillway, an area that proved productive for other anglers too.
Interestingly even though it was bright and windy Terry Farrell still took six fish from right near the surface. Three on a floating black beetle and three on black cormorant. He caught at the Alders and along Hartley’s bank.
The top rod on the shore was Russell Fergusson who fished near the jetty with bobbies on a sinking line to get under the wave. Russell had 10 fish up to 3lbs 8oz.
It was great to see Ian Riddicks and the boys back again, making use of holiday let above the lodge. They had all caught well on Sunday and Monday with fish up to 7lbs, but the wind on Tuesday proved too much, so they opted for the more sheltered Bank House instead.
In fact, only one angler ventured out into the wind on Tuesday. Mark Diamond fished along the Alders with an orange snake to tempt nine good fish up to 4lbs.
On Wednesday 10th the conditions were changeable, but they had improved considerably. The wind did pick up at times and then died down again. Derek Moore and Felicity Appleton drifted in various places around the reservoir and caught fish everywhere they went. Their hot spot though was along Ben’s Beach. They used intermediate lines with booby blobs and hothead lures with a fast roly poly retrieve and ended up with thirty trout between them.
Ben Fox and Kieran Donaghy had fifteen between them drifting the Northern shallows and Willow Island with Di5 lines and blobs.
Kieran’s dad Phil had a good session on the shore taking 7 trout up to 4lbs along Hartley’s, all took a gold headed damsel.
Also on the shore: Ken Whiteside had 15 rainbows along Ben’s Beach fishing his home tied UDF pattern and Keith Landless landed nine including a nice brownie on a tadpole fished from Bell Point.
Today Thursday April 11th: This has been the nicest day on the week and surprisingly we were quite quiet. Just a few boats out and few bank anglers. The top boat was Steve Bland and Bob Fitzpatrick. Steve fished buzzers under the bung and bob washing lined diawl backs just under the surface. They both caught well and ended up with 23 trout between them. Not bad for a half day ticket! They commented that trout were rising everywhere, this is something I have heard a lot this week and it was something said by our top bank angler today. Matt Turner fished along Hartley’s bank and around Bell Point. He caught on a variety of patterns and said that the key was to fish high in the water. His best method was washing lining diawls on a floater and he ended up with 23 trout to the net. Well done Matt.
Stocks is on fire at the moment. Find the right depth and retrieve and you are away. Tight Lines Ben
Daniel Barlow borrowed his dad’s pattern and caught 8 trout. The best was a 4lb rainbow. Good angling Daniel
DATE: Saturday March 30th to Thursday April 4th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 14 trout for Duncan Watson
BEST RNB: 10lbs for Duncan Watson
BEST BROWN: 5lbs Mr ?
WEEKLY ROD AV: 5.34 fish per angler
Sport: The fishing has continued to very good and at times the trout have been feeding off the top right across the reservoir.
On Saturday we held our ‘Trout Masters Fish Off’ and a small, but quality field, fished a pegged match around Bell Point. The winner will represent the fishery in the grand final held later in the year. Taking top honours was Graham Bell who landed seven rainbows for a total weight of 15lbs 8oz. Graham used a tadpole and cormorants to build his bag. Good angling Graham and good luck in the final.
Running a close second and still suffering from loseyfishyitus was Andy Cooper with five trout for 9lbs 8oz.
Out the boats some of the anglers were really getting amongst the fish. Duncan Watson used a combination of orange peas, dabblers and cormorants to tempt 14 trout. Duncan caught at Curry’s Cast, Gull Island and along the Northern Shallows and his catch included a rainbow of 10lbs+ (see pic) and another of around 7lbs.
Neil Ashworth landed 12 rainbows on black blobs he concentrated his efforts around Willow Island and the Northern Shallows.
Ian Eckersley fished a similar area to take ten rainbows on cat’s whiskers.
Paul Davison and Berny Mayor had 18 rainbows between them using a combination blobs, dabblers and cat’s lures.
The good sport continued into Sunday as well.
Farther and son team Ian and Liam Gaskell had 21 to their boat fishing various lures over the Northern Shallows.
Derek Moore and Felicity Appleton had 19 fish between them on very similar tactics, and Gary Martin and Neil Heath put 13 in their boat from Gull Island and Newclose. They found black lures, damsels and blobs most effective.
The weather then took a bit of a turn with colder air temperatures and an easterly breeze. It reduced the number of anglers visiting the fishery but it hasn’t had a negative effect on the fishing and we have seen good catches each day this week.
On Monday Simon Dodd took six fish on a half day ticket from Newclose on a Dawson’s Olive and, also on a half day ticket but on the shore, Peter Biscomb took seven fish on a viva from Bell Point and Hartley’s Bank.
On Tuesday we just had a handful of anglers on the bank all on half day tickets Brian Thomas, James Byrne and Mike Towey all had four trout mainly on black goldheads or boobies.
Wednesday saw the return of the boat anglers. I drove through snow to get to Stocks and was really surprised to see trout rising down near the jetty. But it wasn’t just there, a massive hatch of small black chironomids with grey wings was occurring all over the reservoir and the were loads of trout feeding on them. If is wasn’t for the lack of leaves on the trees and the cold breeze, you would have thought it was June! Six anglers took to the boats, they all fished a 6 hour session and were off the water by 4pm. They had 39 trout between them. The most successful boat was Derek Moore and Felicity Appleton who used a variety of lures to catch 22 trout between them from all over the Northern end of the reservoir. Well done guys.
We had just one bank angler on Wednesday. Ken Whiteside fished around Bell Point and Hartley’s Bank on a 5-hour ticket to land a total of twelve fish. A of which took his home tied UDF pattern. |Ken commented that he had lots of interest as well.
Today (Thursday) has been by far the windiest day of the week. The forecast kept all but the hardiest of anglers away. Lee Torley however was not perturbed he steered his boat north and headed out for a half day session. He was rewarded too with eight fish to the net. He fished FABs over Phil’s Flats to build his bag. Well done Lee. Andy Hargreaves also battled the windy conditions at Bell Point to tempt two nice rainbows. Tight Lines Ben
Top three in the Trout Masters Fish Off. From left to right: 3rd Neil Deakin, 1st Graham Bell, 2nd Andy Cooper
Duncan Watson caught this cracking rainbow from the Northern Shallows.