Club Champion 2018

12lb 10oz brown trout caught by Chris Bobby October 2018

Congratulations to GWFFA 2018 club & boat champion Chris Bobby, pictured here with the largest brown trout caught at Rutland Water this season.

The boat championship is decided over two events, with Chris coming in 1st & 2nd place respectively.

The club championship is a combination of results from both bank and boat competitions and displays a remarkably consistent approach to both events.

To cap it all, Chris went on to catch this magnificent 12lb 10oz brown trout from Rutland Water during the second day of the annual Fry Bashers event.

Anglian Water fishery report 19 November 2018

Grafham Water

Despite the challenging low water levels at Grafham, anglers have still seen some good results. Boat anglers have been using a temporary pontoon to access the boats as the harbour is now dry. Please remember to bring wellington boots or waders as it is a little muddy accessing the pontoon.

Bank anglers have enjoyed some good sport particularly from the north shore, the Seat and the north end of the dam. Anglers have had good results with Gold headed daddies, hares ears, small black lures and shrimp. The fish are close into the margins and access is good as the water is low. However, please be careful when wading as there are hazards under the water which you may not be able to see and areas of soft mud, so please make sure you use a bank stick. Lifejackets may also be advisable if fishing alone.

Competition news
Bookings are now being taken for the Fur and Feather bank match on 25th November. This is taking place on the same day as the Shrimpmasters and anglers have the option of fishing both matches simultaneously if they wish. To book onto the Fur and Feather for a chance to win one of three fantastic Christmas hampers please telephone the lodge.

Forthcoming event
Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
Grafham Water Fur & Feather (bank) 25 November
Shrimpmasters bank league: Sundays 25 November; 2 and 16 December; 6 and 20 January.

Anglian Water fishery report 12 November 2018

Fish 122 (Season 12,161) Returns 46 (2,810) Rod average 2.66 (4.32)

There is still some good sport at Grafham from the bank and boat. The rod average is currently 2.66 although we are likely to see an improvement over the coming week. Anglers are reporting good catch rates in recent days with a number of tactics working well; fishing static on a floating line with shrimp and diawl bachs and lure fishing on intermediate lines may give you a better chance.

The bank fishing is still sporadic though keeping mobile and fishing areas with gravel, stone or structure will help you catch your bag. Again, it’s been a case of more fish early or late in the day, though we recommend trying some quieter, out of the way spots for a surprise or two. Waders are a must currently and a prod stick is recommended.

Boat fishing has been good in the usual spots along the north shore although many are missing out on some good sport off Sludge Point, the Seat, in front of the sailing Club, Perry Point and out past the boom. south dam, G marker and Deep Water Point have been popular, though Hill Farm and out from Church Cove may be worth a visit.

Boat harbour at Grafham
Due to the receding water all boat anglers will require at the very least wellingtons or waders. The pontoon is no longer accessible so please ask in the shop or a ranger for directions to temporary measures. This sadly means the wheelie boat is unavailable until further notice. Boat times may vary from those specified so we can get everybody in safely. Rangers will be around to assist you on and off the boats and we advise contacting the duty warden before you return to the shore. Please do not leave any boats unattended. Thank you for your patience.

Competition news
Grafham’s popular Fur and Feather bank match will be fished on Sunday 25 November. For more information or to book a place please call the lodge on 0480 810531. The Shrimpmasters is back! Join us for this sociable bank league on six Sundays, starting in November and finishing in January. Be sure to practice your shrimp shuffle for this one!
Best boat areas: G marker, dam, drifting near structures.
Best bank areas: Dam, pylon, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Mander bank, G marker.

Midweek boat winner: Paul Stevens.

Forthcoming events
Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
Grafham Water Fur & Feather (bank) 25 November
Shrimpmasters bank league: Sundays 25 November; 2 and 16 December; 6 and 20 January.

Anglian Water fishery report 29 October 2018

Grafham Water

Fish 464 (Season 11,978) Returns 66 (2,729) Rod average 7.03 (4.38)

Grafham switched on in earnest this week, particularly for the bank anglers, culminating in the Hinckley Shield fished on Sunday to a six fish limit, when 54 anglers caught 254 fish.

The north shore has come to life with shrimp feeders close in to the shore. Notable hot areas have been the Willows, G marker, Coves Bay and Deep Water Point. The ‘Grafham shuffle’ is working well to stir up the shrimp. Best methods have been GRHE’s and small fry patterns.

Boat anglers have been copying the bank anglers, close in with shrimp and fry patterns. Depending on the wind direction drift in to, or along the shore close in as the shrimp feeders are only 15-30 feet from the bank. Look to fish the clear water on the edge of any cloudy mud washed areas as the trout are patrolling the edge of the coloured water mopping up the shrimp. Don’t forget to give the bank anglers 50 metres when fishing these areas.

Hinckley Shield results

Nine teams of six anglers fished this annual match with all the anglers fishing the north shore. Out of 54 anglers, 31 caught their six fish limit. Invicta A narrowly pipped Elinor to take the top spot by just a few ounces, giving them victory for the second consecutive year. Keith Gilchrist, fishing for the winning team, was top rod weighing in for 15lb 11oz including the best fish of the match at 5lb 10oz.

We are delighted to announce the return of the Shrimpmasters! Join us for this sociable bank league on six Sundays, starting in November and finishing in January. Be sure to practice your shrimp shuffle for this one!

Best boat areas: Rainbow Point, Stumps, Sanctuary Bay, G marker, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Hedge End, Willows, Dam, the Seat, Sludge Point.
Best bank areas: G bank, Hill Farm, Deep Water Point, Hedge End, Pylon, the Stumps, the Seat, the Dam.

Forthcoming events

Fly fishing for Pike to 31 January 2019
Grafham Water Fur & Feather (bank) 25 November
Shrimpmasters bank league: Sundays 11 and 25 November; 2 and 16 December; 6 and 20 January.

Season Best brown trout from Rutland

Congratulations to GWFFA past chairman Chris Bobby on the capture of a season best brown trout weighing 12lb 10oz from Rutland Water, caught on the second day of the annual “Fry Bashers” competition.

The fish was taken on a black snake fly on an intermediate line from the bottom of the south arm and it is believed that Chris is having the fish set up.

Well done Chris!

 

Anglian Water fishery report 22 October 2018

Grafham Water
Fish 864 (Season 11,514) Returns 176 (2,663) Rod average 4.91(4.28)

Grafham has turned the corner with the rod average set to climb steadily as more fish come on the feed. We do still have pockets of algal bloom so anglers should look to fish in clear water to find feeding fish.

Fry Feeders Match 20 October (by invitation).

Grafham Water hosted day one of the Fry Bashers Meet (day two was at Rutland). The biggest fish on day one at Grafham went to Henry Russell at 3lb 7oz. Henry went on to win the match overall with another good performance on day two at Rutland recording 15 fish for 31lb 3oz across the two days. Day one saw Nick Halstead leading at the halfway point with 8 fish. Sadly for Nick, day two at Rutland didn’t go to plan and he took 34thplace overall.

Bank anglers should look to fish the upwind shore with fish being caught close in – as little as two feet of water so approach cautiously and don’t be tempted to wade in until you have fished the margin. In light winds the down wind shore may be fishable if you can wade past any algae. The best bank areas in a southerly wind are Mander car park, Plummers car park, the south end of the dam and the Seat. In a northerly head for any of the points on the north shore – particularly G buoy and the Willows.

GRHE’s, shrimps and diawl bachs continue to take fish with a FAB on the point as an attractor, also daddy long legs and minkies are taking fish.

For the boat anglers, again seek clearer water and fish similar tactics on floating lines and sink tips. Alternatively a Di3 with blobs, humungus or snakes stroked back are working well and will pick out the bigger fish. Best areas have been the south end of the dam, in front of the Seat and Sailing Club, the Stumps, Valley Creek to the nature reserve and all points along the north shore.

Predator anglers continue to enjoy good fishing at Grafham, reporting pike to the high doubles/low 20’s and plenty of perch in the 3lb plus bracket. Zanders up to double figures have been reported too.

We are looking forward to the return of the Shrimpmasters! Join us for this sociable bank league on six Sundays, starting in November and finishing in January. Be sure to practice your shrimp shuffle for this one!

Throughout October our fishing lodges are open daily 8am-4pm.

Best boat areas: Rainbow Point, Stumps, Sanctuary Bay, G marker, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Hedge End, Willows, dam, the Seat, Sludge Point.

Best bank areas: G bank, Hill Farm, Deep Water Point, Hedge End, Pylon, the Stumps, the Seat, the dam.

Midweek boat winner: David Hardwick.

Forthcoming events

Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
Beginners courses
: 28 October.

Grafham Water Fur & Feather (bank) 25 November
Shrimpmasters bank league: 
Sundays 11 and 25 November; 2 and 16 December; 6 and 20 January