Anglian Water fishery report 1 October 2018

Grafham Water
Fish 123 (Season 10,299) Returns 47 (2,380) Rod average  2.62 (4.33)

A good effort from our anglers saw an increase in our rod average to 2.62 for the week, although there are many anglers achieving more than this.

Areas of coloured water and some algae haven’t stopped anglers catching fish. With the fish beginning to switch on many are producing one or two fish, though fishing the right areas and keeping on the move will help you locate more readily feeding stock. Mr Roy Anderson caught a fantastic 11 fish from a boat on Thursday; some fantastic angling well deserving of plaudits.

Many anglers are reporting fish up in the surface layers of water, washing line coupled with a floating line or midge tip with traditional flies such as muddlers, diawl bach and hares ears are working well, along with the many others using fab’s, blobs and boobies for good results. Dries are working well too, particularly in a bit of wave, with the outskirts of Gaynes Cove being a hotspot currently. In coloured areas a sinking line is preferred.

The fish are mostly sitting deeper though according to the wealth of information provided from our predator anglers and their superb sonar equipment. Fish have been witnessed coming up for spells to feed before sinking back down. On the easterly side of the reservoir we are seeing large pods of fish at about 20-30 feet down whereas fish are around 10-20 feet deep on the westerly side.

With the cooler nights setting in and some recent ground frosts it is likely that the last remaining areas of algae will clear and conditions will improve ready for an autumnal fishing spectacular.

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

Competition news

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: Hedge End, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, G marker, open water drifting, Sanctuary Bay, wind lanes and drifting off west bank.

Best bank areas: Deep Water Point, G bank, Hedge End, Hill Farm.

Midweek boat winner: G Arnold.

Fish stocked:2,500.

Forthcoming events

Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019

Beginners courses: 13 & 28 October.

Fry Feeders Match 20 October (by invitation).

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

 

 

Anglian Water fishery report 24 September 2018

Grafham Water
Fish 173 (Season 10,176) Returns 84 (2,333) Rod average  2.05 (4.36)

A good effort from our anglers saw an increase in our rod average to 2.0, although there are certainly many who are achieving much better results.

Strong winds made conditions very tough this week, although that didn’t stop anglers catching fish! With the fish beginning to switch on many are catching providing you fish the right areas and keep on the move it will help you locate the feeding stock. Mr Harney gave the bank a go managing a wonderful 16 fish. Some fantastic angling well deserving of plaudits and proving that the rod average does not show the whole picture.

Again many anglers are reporting fish up in the surface layers of water. Washing line coupled with a floating line or midge tip with traditional flies such as muddlers, diawl bachs and hares ears are working, along with the many others using FABs, blobs and boobies for good results. Dries are working well too, particularly in a bit of wave, with the outskirts of Gaynes Cove being a hotspot currently.

The fish are mostly sitting deeper though according to the wealth of information provided from our predator anglers and their superb sonar equipment. These fish have been witnessed coming up for spells to feed before sinking back down. The easterly side of the reservoir is where the large pods of fish are more commonly seen at depths of about 20-30 feet along with the westerly side where fish are seen at around 10-20 feet deep.

Many of the bank anglers are catching fish this week with more and more shoreline to fish every day, but be sensible about your wading depths when in soft clay and silt. Lures are working as well as more traditional flies so make sure you have your lure box for your next visit.

 Grafham Water Championship 22 September

This match was by invitation to the higher placed teams that had just missed out on qualifying for the Anglian Water Airflo International Final (fished 2 & 3 October). A big thank you to all the teams who supported AWAI this year and good luck to those fishing in the final at Rutland next week. Some talented anglers fished at Grafham, in tough conditions, including Alun Williams of Cwm Fly Fishers and Ronnie Gilbert of Menteith Ospreys, both of whom bagged up. The best fish on the day was landed by Tom Cooper, fishing for Airflo Team Costa A, who weighed in a superb Brown of 5lb 11oz. Best bag Alun Williams, Cwm Flyfishers, 19lb 1oz.

1st      Cwm Fly Fishers             23 fish for 47lb 13oz

2nd     Menteith Ospreys           20 fish for 43lb 12oz

3rd      Alba Orvis                      19 fish for 40lb 8oz

4th      Airflo Team Costa A        16 fish for 35lb 5oz

5th      Bewl Chingley Chompers12 fish for 27lb 9oz

6th      Airflo Team Costa B        13 fish for 26lb 13oz

7th      The Whakapapas            12 fish for 23lb 6oz

8th      Welsh Wizards                10 fish for 20lb 9oz

9th      Orvis Team Rutland        9 fish for 17lb 15oz

10th    Pedader Glas                 7 fish for 14lb 1oz

11th    Greenwell Persuaders     6 fish for 13lb 10oz

Best Brown 5lb 11oz taken by Tom Cooper.

Best boat areas Hedge End, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, G marker, open water drifting, Sanctuary Bay, wind lanes and drifting off west bank.

Best bank areas Deep Water Point, G bank, Hedge End, Hill Farm.

Midweek boat winner  Mick White.

Fish stocked 2,500.

Forthcoming events

Predator lure fishing 1-30 September

Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019

BC Hall 4 October

Beginners courses: 26 September; 5,13 & 28 October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anglian Water fishery report 17 September 2018

Grafham Water
Fish 86 (season 10,003) Returns 48 (2,249) Rod average 1.79 (4.45)

It’s been a fantastic week at Grafham. First we hosted the Inter Service on Monday and Tuesday – this was a great success despite some challenging weather conditions. This was closely followed by anglers preparing for the Angling Trust’s English National Final which we are delighted to be hosting this year. Full results will be published next week.

We have seen some good results this week with Mr Deacon managing a colossal 18 fish in a day. This was a sterling effort and way above the last few weeks’ rod average. Others fishing well include Dennis Cooper, landing 8 fish, and David Portman who landed a cracking rainbow of 3lb 8oz – the best of the week – well done David.

Anglers are reporting fish up in the surface layers of water, particularly when the conditions are overcast, with most finding success on the washing line coupled with a floating line or midge tip. Traditional flies such as muddlers, diawl bach and hares ears are the most effective patterns.

Boat fishing is mainly up in the water, though some will still be catching deep on a di5 or an 8 coupled with a lure. Those fishing up in the water on diawl bachs are suggesting a very slow retrieve whilst those on sinking lines are pulling as fast as they can! There are a lot of coarse fish fry on the move currently, particularly perch, so do try a pattern with a bit of black and green over the coming days. Drifting will catch you more fish than on the anchor at the moment, so if you are unsure on the techniques, feel free to ask a ranger for set up advice or guidance of best areas to trial.

Bank fishing is improving too with the fish beginning to follow the shrimp into the shallow water. Wading will certainly increase your chances of bagging up, fishing the edge of the coloured water where the visibility is better. The north shore has shown some good results this week, when using shrimp or hares ear. If you are bank fishing you will need to be active during the middle of the day, looking for feeding fish, although you can set out your stall for the morning and evenings still.

Best boat areas:Hedge End, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, G marker, open water drifting, Sanctuary Bay, wind lanes and drifting off West bank.

Best bank areas:Deep Water Point, G bank, Hedge End, Hill Farm.

Midweek boat winner:  Steve Moss of Peterborough.

Forthcoming events

Predator lure fishing1-30 September

Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019

Grafham Water Championship by invitation 22 September

BC Hall 4 October

Beginners courses 22 & 26 September; 5,13 & 28

Anglian Water fishery report 10 September 2018

Grafham Water
Fish 400 (season 9,917) Returns 107 (2,201) Rod average  3.73 (4.51)

The fish have certainly begun to switch on at Grafham this week with some anglers returning their limit and much more!

Some good results this week, with Mr Deacon managing a colossal 18 fish in a day – this was a sterling effort and way above the last few weeks’ rod average, well done. Others fishing well include Dennis Cooper, who landed 8 fish and David Portman, who recorded a cracking rainbow of 3lb 8oz – the best fish of the week.

Anglers are reporting fish up in the surface layers of water, particularly when the conditions are overcast, with most finding success on the washing line coupled with a floating line or midge tip. Muddlers, diawl bach and hares ears are the more common flies anglers are using, although lures on an intermediate line, particularly snakes, are seeing good results too.

Boat fishing is mainly up in the water although some will still be catching deep on a di5 or an 8 coupled with a lure. Those fishing up in the water on diawl bachs are opting for a very slow retrieve, whilst those on sinking lines are pulling as fast as they can. There are a lot of coarse fish fry on the move at the moment, particularly perch, so do try a pattern with a bit of black and green over the coming days. Drifting will catch you more fish than on the anchor at the moment, so if you are unsure on the techniques, feel free to approach a ranger for set up advice or guidance of best areas to target.

Bank fishing is improving too with the fish beginning to follow the shrimp into the shallow water. Wading will certainly increase your chances of bagging up, fishing the edge of the coloured water where the visibility is better. Grafham ranger Stuart, hooked plenty from Deep Water Point during the week, reporting shrimp or hares ears are the way to go. If you are bank fishing you will need to be active during the middle of the day, looking for feeding fish, although you can set out your stall for the mornings and evenings still!

Competition news

Grafham hosted the EFFA versus the Army/Navy this week with 50 anglers battling it out. It was a close match won by the Army/Navy team. The EFFA caught 101 fish for 202lb and the Army/Navy netted 117 fish for 230lb.

Best Rainbow: 3lb 8oz taken by David Portman.

Best boat areas: Hedge End, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, G marker, open water drifting, Sanctuary Bay, wind lanes and drifting off west bank.

Best bank areas:The dam, Deep Water Point, G bank, Hedge End, Hill Farm.
Midweek boat winner:
  Steve Moss of Peterborough.

Forthcoming events

Predator lure fishing 1-30 September

Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019

English National 15 & 16 September

Grafham Water Championship by invitation 22 September

BC Hall 4 October

Beginners courses 22 & 26 September; 5,13 & 28 October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pitsford Water

Fish 632 (season 7,324) Returns 112 (1,633) Rod average  5.6 (4.5)
Pitsford has had another excellent week with 112 rods catching 632 fish for a rod average of 5.6.

 

The best Brown of the week was a fish of 6lb 4oz caught by Mr Burdett, although it was closely followed by an estimated 6lb plus fish caught and released by Bob Aves and a 5lb 8oz specimen caught by Anthony Day. The best reported Rainbow weighed 4lb 8oz and was taken by Kent police officer Mark Edgeson-Wright who was fishing in a match.

 

As the water cools the fish are leaving the main basin and can be caught through the narrows. ‘C’ Buoy drifts down to ‘T’ buoy are productive with lots of good fish in the top three feet.

 

Floating and midge tip lines are working best with teams of flies including orange blobs and fabs and boobies, along with hoppers, dabblers and small dark nymphs. Fish are feeding round the margins on shrimp and small green snails and the bank is beginning to fish well. Dean Shilton caught eleven on the cliffs during an afternoon session, catching on a daddy and black and peacock spider.

 

Dave Jarvis had his customary three day holiday package and spent all three days at Pitsford catching and releasing over 30 fish up to 4lb.

 

Flies fished right in the surface are accounting for most fish with dries working well in favourable conditions. On Sunday in very blustery conditions Mick O’Farrell and his son David still managed thirty fish to the boat. Mick fished dries while David fished a ghost tip.

 

Best Rainbow: 4lb 8oz taken by Mark Edgeson-Wright.

Best Brown: 6lb 4oz taken by Mr Burdett

Midweek boat winner:John Archer

 

Forthcoming events
Mid-Northants Trout Fishers Association
offer taster/introduction sessions at Pitsford Water once a month

Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019

Predator Lure fishing 16 May to 31 January 2019
Beginners courses:
12, 21 & 29 September; 6, 12 & 21 October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Fish 228 (season 4,399) Returns 27 (832) Rod average 8.4 (5.2)

Anglers have enjoyed a big improvement in sport this week with plenty of hard fighting Rainbows being caught.

The best methods have been drifting across the main bowl using floating or midge tip lines. FAB on the point, diawl bachs, crunchers, buzzers or small nymphs or dries, hoppers, dabblers or small daddies.

 

Mick and John Spencer had a good day on Thursday with 17 fish to the boat, using FAB on the point and buzzers.

 

Invicta Fly Fishers had a fantastic day on Sunday with 18 anglers catching 177 fish for an average of 9.8 per rod. Top rod was Joan Russell with 22 fish, Gary How had 21 fish and David Moore had 20. David caught all his fish on dries. A really good day was had by all.

Best Rainbow:
3lb.

 

Best boat areas: Main bowl.

Best bank areas:
  Dam.

Midweek boat winner:Joan Russell

 

Fish stocked: 1,000

Anglian Water fishery report 3 September

Grafham Water
Fish 362 (season 9,517) Returns 179 (2,094) Rod average 2.02 (4.54)

Grafham Water hosted the Scierra Pairs Final on 26 August. Congratulations to Bill McIlroy and Michael Loy who are now 2018 Scierra Pairs Champions.

A variety of methods have been used out on the boats from dries to pulling snakes and blobs on a di5. The usual areas have been fishing well but there have also been good results for fishing the wind lanes.

We have stocked 2,900 fish this week with more deliveries to come. The fish stocked have been of a high standard with many stockies weighing in at 2½lb to 3lb which is great for this time of year. These have been stocked from our harbour and are now growing fat on Grafham shrimp.

The dam has been fishing really well for bank anglers who have been able to get to the fish as they still remain deep with an average water temperature of 17 degrees Celsius.

We saw a successful start to the new predator season at Grafham on 1 September with lots of boats out on the water.

Grafham Water is proud to announce that on 30th and 31st March 2019 we will be hosting Perchmania. This fantastic new competition run by the organisers of the World Predator Classic and Zandermania is sure to deliver some specimen perch, possibly to record size. Teams of two will compete over two days to catch their ten longest Perch. The main prize will be for the individual who catches the longest Perch. More information and bookings can be made via the Perchmania facebook page.

Best Rainbow: 3lb 2oz taken by Mr Walker.

Best boat areas: Aeration tower, aerators, the bowl, open water drifting, mouth of Savages, mouth of Gaynes Cove, South dam, wind lanes.

Best bank areas:  The dam, The Willows, Deep Water Point, G bank, Marlow Arm

Midweek boat winner:  Mr Walker of Bury St Edmunds.

Fish stocked:2,900

Forthcoming events

Predator lure fishing1-30 September

Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019

English National 15 & 16 September

Grafham Water Championship by invitation 22 September

BC Hall 4 October

Beginners courses 22 & 26 September; 5,13 & 28 October

Anglian Water fishery report 28 August

Grafham Water
Fish 87 (season 9,155) Returns 46 (1,917) Rod average 1.89 (4.77)

The rod average for the week stands at a respectable 1.89, however, many anglers reported bigger bags of fish towards the end of the week with the fish starting to turn on to the feed.

Boat fishing has been the way forward with the wind making it tough for bank anglers at times. Many anglers are concentrating their efforts along the north shore, using shrimp patterns and diawl bachs, although many of the fish have been caught drifting in open water on hover or glass lines coupled with blobs and boobies. Though the conditions have been generally bright, the fish have still been up in the water, with dry fly fishing working early or late, then swapping to wets for late morning and early afternoon. The coming week will see more settled weather and lower winds, which should see a good feeding response from the fish, particularly in the clear water.

Bank fishing has been tougher due to the windy conditions, although that has not stopped the avid bank anglers trying their luck! Fish have been coming out steadily, though every now and again an angler is in the right place at the right time, fishing the right style. Well done to Mr Humphrey who was one of those anglers this week; he managed a cracking six fish one day and a wonderful 15 fish two days later. Although many anglers are fishing shrimp patterns and diawl bachs there are a number of fry around the dam wall, particularly perch, so do bring some lures and an intermediate line to have a go for the fry feeders. G bank has produced a few too, particularly early and late in the day.

Finally, a note to season ticket holders – please ensure that you submit your catch returns within the two week time period specified. The return numbers and catch rates are extremely important so that we can establish an accurate and recent catch report which in turn will help the fishery to improve. We understand that it’s not always practical to drop your returns off, so please use the freepost address which can be found in your season permit book.

Thank you.

Best Rainbow: 3lb 2oz taken by Malcolm Foreman.

Best boat areas: Aeration tower, aerators, the bowl, open water drifting, mouth of savages, mouth of Gaynes Cove, south dam.
Best bank areas:
 The dam, the Willows, Deep Water Point, G bank, Marlow Arm.
Mid week boat winner:
  Graham Swift of Huntingdon.

Forthcoming events

Predator lure fishing 1-30 September

Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019

Lure Anglers 1& 2 September

English National 15 & 16 September

Grafham Water Championship by invitatio22 September

BC Hall4 October

Beginners course1, 22 & 26 September; 5,13 & 28 October