DATE: Wednesday August 28th to Sunday September 1st
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 14 fish for Neil Heath, 9 for Andy Cooper & 8 for Derek Moore
BEST RNB: 7lbs for Steve Bland (loads of 3lb+ fish)
BEST BROWN: 2lbs Neil Heath
BEST BAG: 3 trout for 8lbs 5oz Derek Moore
WEEKLY ROD AV: 2.85 fish per angler
Sport: We have had very changeable conditions at Stocks over the past few days. It has been windy every day and we have had everything from heavy rain to bright sunshine. So, its not been ideal, but despite this, we have seen some great catches.
Neil Heath fished for three days leading up to the blind pairs match on Saturday. Neil caught 27 trout up to 5lbs and had a couple of cracking wild brownies. He fished mainly dries around the margins landing them within feet of the shoreline. He caught on black daddies amongst others and some of his best areas were The Spillway to Halstead’s Hike, Newclose and Hollins. Good angling Neil.
On Wednesday Steve Bland had a good half day with seven trout up to 7lbs. Steve fished sunburst blobs on an intermediate line along the northern shallows and around willow island.
On Friday Richard Wincer took five fish on diawl bachs from around the jetty area over a short session.
Geoff Whithead, also on a 5-hour ticket, had four fish, and several other chances, all on dries fished from the Alders on the east bank. He returned again today along with fishing buddy John Thomlinson to tempt another six between them, this time from Grindy’s Lawn. The fish were of a good stamp too, around the 3lb mark.
Yesterday (Saturday 31st) we held a friendly blind pairs match. 15 anglers took to the boats, each fishing alongside their buddies. They had to take their first three fish, and then they were awarded a further 2lbs for each fish they returned thereafter.
Andy Cooper was into fish from the start, but he lost his first six fish playing them, and one was a double! He soon started landing them though and finished the day nine and the honour of being top rod. Andy used a 15ft ghost tip line with a blob booby and a hot head damsel, he drifted down the bank from Hollins Bay to Barn Quarry, along Hartley’s Bank and down Ben’s Beach.
(Incidentally the double figure rainbow that he lost was one of three lost yesterday, there seems to be a few hanging around the jetty area, and another was lost by John Dickinson when it snapped his leader at Grindy’s lawn.)
Derek Moore was also on fire. He took eight fish all taken on dries. Not bad going considering the wind, rain and sunshine! Sat in the pointy end was Felicity Appleton, she caught two fish and one was tagged winning her a £100 tackle voucher.
The full results and a photo of the all the prize winners are shown below.
Today is another windy mixed sunshine and showers day. We only have four bank anglers on, at lunchtime they had had sixteen fish between them. The best areas are around the jetty and at Grindy’s Lawn.
On the whole the fish are tight in to the shore all along the newly flooded ground.
The best dries: Davy Mcphail’s detached body hopper black, Half Hogs, black midas and foam daddies
The best lures: Sunburst blobs, hothead damsels and orange tadpoles.
The best nymphs: flashback diawl bachs.
Tight lines Ben