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.
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