Wedneswday August 5th -Saturday August 9th

DATE:                                    Wednesday August 5th Saturday August 9th
REPORT AUTHOR                Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:           6 trout for Steve Bland, Tony Taylor
NOTABLE BAG:                    Five fish for 12lbs Derek Moore & Felicity Appleton
BEST RNB:                             4lbs Antoon Gysbers
BEST BROWN:                      2lbs 2oz Derek Moore
BANK ROD AV:                     2.5 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:                     1.6 fish per angler
Sport: We have had a lot of water down over the last few days and the reservoir level has risen around 6 or 7 feet in height. Although this has made the fishing tough, there are still trout being caught.
On Wednesday Tony Taylor had six rainbows and browns stripping boobies back on a Di3 line whilst fishing near Bell Point.
Steve Radcliffe had four rainbows to his boat on both dries and on cats fished on a Di3.
Thursday and Friday were very quiet on the fishery but one notable bag was caught by Antoon Gysbers who fish for just 2hrs. He also used cats on a sinking line and caught two rainbows that tipped the scales to 7lbs. Not bad considering the water level had risen over a meter over night.
The level has continued to rise ever since and this made for a tricky pairs competition today.
It was late notice and so a small but quality field set out to try and catch and eight fish limit.With prizes going to the top three pairs.
In first place was Derek Moore and Felicity Appleton who caught five trout for 12lbs and their bag included two good rainbows, one of 3lbs 5oz and another of 3lbs 7oz. There used a variety of tactics including dries and pulling lures through the margins. Their best area was along the east shore near the Alders. They both received a £70 Tackle Voucher.
In Second place was Steve Bland and James who caught seven trout between them but as some of their fish were returned wild brownies they were pipped on weight. Steve used dries including orange culs and daddies. They both received a new fly line of their choice.
In third place, and donning a new pair of shades each, were Neil Heath and Steve Radcliffe with four trout to their boat. Good angling everyone.
Outside the match Colin Riley deserves a mention. He only fished the afternoon and took three good rainbows. He caught two from the Alders and Spillway area and one from Willow Island.
He confirmed the key point. When the water level rises like it just has, you have to cast right into the edges. You call pull 3lb rainbows out of 6 inches of water! He caught on a black Hopper and a sparkler. Tight lines Ben