DATE: Saturday May 21st
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 15 fish for Shaun Ramshaw
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 15lbs 4oz for Chris Skerratt
BEST RAINBOW: 4lbs for Andy Pollard
BEST BROWN: 6lbs 10oz for Chris Skerratt
BEST BLUE: 5lbs for Chris Ramshaw
BANK ROD AV: 3.50 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 4.06 fish per angler
Sport: Once again it was a pleasure to play host to Stuart Halford and his annual Mal de Mer competition, which is an extremely relaxed affair, more a gathering of friends. However this season there was a clear winner! Chris Skerratt had a cracking day fishing small boobies and wets to build up a great bag of five that tipped the scales to 15lbs 4oz. His bag included a brownie of 6lbs 10oz.
The top rod on the boats was Shaun Ramshaw who fished two boobies on a fast glass to tempt 15 trout. His best area was the Northern Shallows where he caught eleven fish up to 5lbs. Good angling Shaun.
On the shore Colin Riley got off to a great start when his first trout to the net had red tag in its dorsal fin. Colin claimed the bounty of £100 in tackle. Colin caught four more trout on boobies twitched across the surface on a floater.
There were other good catches today but some of the anglers were keeping their cards close to their chests. Tight Lines Ben
Ted Paszynski presenting the Mal de Mer trophy to Chris Skerratt for his great bag of fish.
Chris Skerrat used size 14 booies and black pennels to catch a great bag of trout that included this brown of 6lb 10oz, Good angling Chris
Colin Riley caught another tagged fish today winning him a £100 tackle voucher.
DATE: Friday May 20th .
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 12 fish Peter Andrews 10 fish Anton Gysbers
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish 20lbs Will Shelton
BEST RAINBOW: 10lb 5os Will Shelton
BEST BROWN: 2lb 8oz John Fletcher
BEST BLUE: 4lb Will Shelton
BANK ROD AV: 4.25 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 5.67 fish per angler
Sport: Anton Gysbers was out on the bank today and found his flashback Diawl Bachs to the fishes liking taking 10 fish from Barns Quarry and Hartleys, also on the bank John Fletcher took 4 fish on a floating line from the jetty area. On the boats Paul was out with regulars Will and Rob Shelton who had 11 fish on Diawl Bachs, Boobies and Cormorants this included a 10lb 5oz rainbow(see pic) and a 4lb blue both caught by young will top angling guys. Stocks regular peter Andrews was also out on a boat and caught and released 12 fish from the Northern Shallows, Peter was fishing buzzers and most took his “Munchkin” buzzer on the top dropper. See you out there Pete
Will Shelton 10lb 5oz Rainbow
DATE: Thursday May 19th .
REPORT AUTHOR Paul.
NOTABLE CATCHES: 26 fish for Felicity Appleton and Derek Moore.
NOTABLE BAG: 3 fish weighing 7lb 13 oz for Mike Westacott.
BEST RAINBOW: 3lb 8oz for Derek Moore.
BEST BROWN: 2lb 8oz for Derek Moore.
BEST BLUE: Several weighing 3lb.
BANK ROD AV: 3.00 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 4.40 fish per angler
Sport: The boats had the best of the sport today with most anglers catching a few but all said they had loads of pulls and were hooking and losing a lot of fish. There was an exception though, Felicity Appleton and Derek Moore had a super day with both anglers landing 10+ trout. They found their fish in Hollins bay and Bell point. After trying different tactics in the morning a switch to di3 and fast glass sinking lines brought success. Their best flies were various shades of blob and cats whisker booby with their fish being caught tight into the margins in shallow water. Syotw.
DATE: Wednesday May 18th .
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 12 fish John Sykes
NOTABLE BAG: 3 fish for 8lb John Sykes
BEST RAINBOW: 3lb Bob Fitzpatrick
BEST BROWN: Several around 2lb
BEST BLUE: 4lb Tony Newman
BANK ROD AV: 0 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 6.00 fish per angler
Sport: Today was once again Mid Week Drifters time. This week we had twelve anglers taking to the water in our friendly group which is steadily growing and becoming a very popular event todays anglers caught 75 fish between them with George Ashton, Bob Fitzpatrick, Sean Gaskell and Derek Moore all into double figures but top rod today was John Sykes with 12 fish. John also won the heaviest bag prize of a fly line with a 3 fish bag weighing exactly 8lb, john spend most of the day on buzzers in the Northern Shallows but plenty of fish were caught around newclose and the bouy line as well. We had yet another tagged fish caught today Tony Newman bagged himself a full day 5 fish ticket for his tag. See you out there Peter
DATE: Tuesday May 17th .
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 20 fish Paul Bebb and Rowland Webster
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 13lb Roland Webster
BEST RAINBOW: 4lb Tim Taylor
BEST BROWN: 1lb wildie by Keith Hilton
BEST BLUE: 3lb Paul Bebb
BANK ROD AV: 1.75 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 6.83 per angler
Sport:Today has definitely been a day for the boat anglers. Keith Hilton Fished Diawl Bachs on a midge tip in the Causeway to finish the day with 7 fish. Stocks regular Bob Fitzpatrick was once in among the fish with 8 fish taken from all over the reservoir on dries and nymphs. Top boat though goes to Paul Bebb and Roland Webster who had a cracking 20 fish to the boat from the buoy line area fishing boobys, cormorants and wets on a floating line and even had a few on dries good angling guys!! On the bank things were a little trickier with Mr. Ward being top rod with 4 fish, he caught his fish using a washing line method with boobies and buzzers. We did have another tagged fish from the bank Tim Taylor wins himself a full day 5 fish ticket well done Tim. See you out there Pete
DATE: Monday May 16th .
REPORT AUTHOR Paul.
NOTABLE CATCHES: See below.
NOTABLE BAG: 3 fish weighing 13lb 8oz for Calvin Westwell.
BEST RAINBOW: Several weighing 3lb 8oz.
BEST BROWN: 7lb 4oz for Calvin Westwell- 7lb for Mark Thomas.
BEST BLUE: 4lb 8oz for John Carruthers.
BANK ROD AV: 1.20 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 5.66 fish per angler.
Sport: There were some good catches recorded again today with the boats up in the northern end of the lake seeing the best of the sport with many anglers saying they had loads of follows without the fish taking the flies. Landing 13 trout from the northern shallows today was John Carruthers with rainbows and blues weighing up to 4lb 8oz. John caught his fish on black fritz lures and a black and white booby fished static on an intermediate line. Tony Taylor landed his 11 fish whilst drifting around Currys cast and the willows on the east bank (Fairbanks). His best tactic was cats and orange boobys on a di3 sinking line. Landing 17 fish in just a few hours was James Nixon. James caught all his trout along the bouy line with boobys on a di3 before switching to dabblers and wets on a floating line as the fish moved higher in the water. There were a couple of big brown trout caught today with Calvin Westwell landing a belting 7lb 4oz fish. Calvin caught his brownie from Grindys lawn on a green tadpole on a sink tip line. Mark Thomas also landed a brown trout of 7lb, his fish was taken along the bouy line. Syotw.
DATE: Sunday May 10th .
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 10+ trout for Mike James, Steve Martin, Jim Fish, Neil Pickup, Andy Cliffe, Fred Montain and Shaun Gaskell.
NOTABLE BAG: 5 trout for 12lbs 8oz Fred Montain
BEST RAINBOW: 9lbs for Neil Pickup
BEST BROWN: 3lbs 8oz for Russell Doleman
BEST BLUE: Several at 3lbs
BANK ROD AV: 3.33 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 6.20 fish per angler
Sport: What a strange day! If I had taken the rod average on the boat at 3pm it would have been about 2 fish per man but then the top end, especially the Causeway turned on and some anglers came in with cricket scores!
Neil Pick up on his first visit to Stocks drifted across the causeway to take 17 trout on a white minkies booby not bad going for a half day ticket!
Fishing in the same area Mike James and Jim Fish tempted 40 to their boat on daddies and blobs. Andy Cliff used a similar tactic to take 18 fish over the course of the day.
The top rod on the shore was Russell Doleman with 7 trout all caught on a damsel.
Also a big well done to Kacie Campbell who caught her first trout today. See picture below. Tight lines Ben
Kacie Campbell aged 7 with her first trout caught on the fly. Kacie cvaught on a black buzzer. One to watch for the future. Good angling!
DATE: Friday May 13th .
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 16 fish Mr Barnes and 13 fish Rob Finney
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 11lb 8oz Rob Finney
BEST RAINBOW: 8lb Ian Clarkson
BEST BROWN: Several at 2lb
BEST BLUE: Several at 4lb
BANK ROD AV: 3.75 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 6.53 fish per angler
Sport: Friday the 13th is supposed to be unlucky not at stocks though. Ian Clarkson finished his days fishing with a stunning 8lb rainbow pic below) from two trees on an olive buzzer, also on the buzzers Richard Lewis has 6 fish from Barn Quarry this time it was black that did the trick. The buzzers were working on the boats as well with Rob Finney catching 13 fish mainly in Hollins Bay. Again in Hollins boat partners Mr Barnes and Mr Williams finished a good days fishing with 26 fish to the boats again on buzzers with quite a few fish in the 4lb class. Ricky Newbolt managed 10 fish from all over the reservoir with the infamous stocks cat booby accounting for most of the fish. The wind changes overnight tonight coming round to a northwestly and dropping off just in time for the weekend there are still a few boats left for Sunday if you want to get in on the awesome fishing of late, just phone the lodge to book one. Tight lines Pete
Ian Clarkson 8lb Rainbow caught on an olive buzzer at Two Trees
DATE: Thursday May 12th .
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 13 fish for Bob Fitzpatrick
NOTABLE BAG: 2 fish for 8lb 8oz Mick Glancey
BEST RAINBOW: 9lb for Paul Lynch
BEST BROWN: 5lb for Gary Corbett
BEST BLUE: 4lb 8oz Mick Glancey
BANK ROD AV: 2.44 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 4.86 fish per angler
Sport: “Bright n Breezy never easy” as the saying up here goes and some did find todays conditions tricky but stocks regular Mick Glancey walked all the way to Newclose turned around and walked back then fish the jetty area to take 6 fish all on a Yellow Dancer including a lovely 5lb 8oz rainbow on the greys half n half line. Just outcatching Mick with 7 fish and top rod on the bank was Gary Corbett who strolled round to the Spillway and used his black fritz on an intermediate line to great effect with two over wintered wild browns of around 5lb one pictured below the other released to fight another day. Out on the Boats Stocks residents Bob Fitzpatrick and Derek Moore were once again in amongst the fish with 23 to the boat bob was loch styling traditional wets whereas Derek was fishing dries and nymphs both on floating lines. With more cloud cover and lighter winds forecast for the weekend the fishing is gonna be awesome so book a boat now to avoid disappointment. One last bit of new paul lynch was fishing buzzers in Newclose bay late on last night when he hooked in to a 9lb 8oz leviathan (pictured below) I believe the fish led him a merry dance before finally being subdued and brought to the net. ZSee you out there Pete
Gary Corbett caught this 5lb over wintered brown trout whilst bank fishing near the spillway. He reurned another just like it and five other blues and rainbows. Not bad for half a dat. Gary fished a black fritz on an intemediate line.
Paul Lynch caught this 9lb rainbow on a black buzzer last night, whilst boat fishing over Newclose Bay