We bring you the round up of the latest fishery reports from the big waters across the UK in our weekly fishery reports.
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Dries are still the main line of attack at Blithfield with Hoppers and Shipman’s in red or claret working well. Minkie’s are also worth a try, targeting any fry feeding fish along the dam wall. However, Blobs fished quickly on sinking lines in the first few feet of water have fished well taking big bags of fish with Yousef Dar and Simon Caddy bringing an amazing 60 fish to their boat! Best drifts are out in the middle of the South Lake, the entrance to Ten Acre Bay, drifts into Watery Lane and Rainbow Corner when allowed. Rod average has increased to 2.30.
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The cooler weather brought a change in fortunes with the rod average now at 3.0 fish per angler, with the average for the recent Anglian Water match held last weekend being 5.9. This match also brought the biggest fish of the week to the scales- a magnificent 4lb 2oz rainbow to Merion Jones. The competition was won by the Welsh Hawks with FNF Nymphomaniacs in second. Top rod was Russell Owen with 16 fish. Hafod Lom Woods and the Coves were the top spots on match day. Earlier in the week Tower Bay and the Dam Wall fished well with fish also at Nant Glyn and the Ring of Stones.
Top flies have been Boobys and Blobs with Cormorants featuring. For those who enjoy fishing dries sedges and Hopper patterns have done well.
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The rod average has remained just under three fish per angler this week with no reports of any blanks! 28 anglers fished this last week catching 82 fish with the heaviest rainbow caught by William Denton at 4lb 8oz and the biggest brownie at 3lb caught by Shirley Sheppard. The popular areas have been around buoys 3,4 and 8 the main basin, Fish Tail Creek and Millfields. The fish are still deep with Di7 being the best line fished with either white, coral or olive Boobys. Snakes and Minkies are also worth a try.
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The fishing remains stubbornly challenging (although slightly better than last week). The number of rods for the week has remained low with anglers mostly recording only a single fish. Some anglers continue to buck the trend and have some reasonable sport. Thornton member Chris Sayer took two fish on Wednesday as did season ticket holder, Mr Reid on Thursday, Colin Froggatt and Chris Gardner had five to their boat on Saturday whilst on Sunday Messer’s Hunt and Thompson, both Thornton members caught three on Booby’s fished at depth. The aerators are still the fishing main spot for fish.
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Boat fishing has been productive to a number of methods with some anglers being successful fishing deep on Di7 or Di8 lines around the North Tower – this has produced some nice browns the biggest estimated at around 6lb. It has also produced some large perch and a number of zander. A similar approach has worked at the Tower by the Dam. The Aerators continue to hold fish especially on the hot, bright days.
Alternatively, some anglers continue to do well with a Washing Line with a Booby or FAB on the point and a selection of nymph offerings; this has been successful along the dam, in the boils as well as out in open water, particularly in the wind lanes. If you are out after, or on, a windy day try shrimp patterns and Hare’s Ear out in the open water as the wave action washes the shrimp out of their hiding places into the open water.
Bank fishing in the past week has again centred around the Dam with some good catches reported to anglers prepared to take a roving approach. The shrimp feeders are beginning to show well to Hare’s Ear’s and red Diawl Bachs; these are both working well in addition to shrimp patterns. The north and south ends of the dam have some better fry feeding fish patrolling the edges of the weed beds.
Early morning and evening sessions are still proving to be the most productive.
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The fish have continued to come up the water column so fishing either on the surface or just below the surface seems to be the best way to catch using dries such as Yellow Owls, Grunters or Double Deckers. Skinny Cormorants, Diawl Bachs, Candy Booby and Damsels are the flies that are working. Fish are getting caught in Rookery, Burn Mouth in Cage Bay, Malling Shore to Stable Point and also the Heronry.
The last heat of the 2018 Scottish Club Championships saw 10 teams catch 168 trout with Change FF AC “B” coming first with 18 fish. Top rod that night was Wullie Leach with nine trout.
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The rod average for the week on Pitsford is an impressive 6.1 with lots of fish being caught from the boats in the Main Bowl. Clive Wilkins from Derbyshire caught and released 18 fish on Diawl Bachs. Mark Bradbury had 15 fish on Hare’s ear patterns with Phil Jordan returning 21.
Mick O’Farrell fished Pitsford on Sunday and enjoyed fantastic sport taking 23 fish and he reported rising over 80 fish all across the Main Basin. Mick took all of his fish on dries; Hoppers, Daddies and Bibios. All were good-sized specimens in great condition.
There is a large concentration of good fish all the way from the Dam down to the Cliffs with fish showing in the cooling conditions.
Floating lines and teams of nymphs are working well but fish will also be caught on sunk lines with lures.
The bank is not producing very consistent sport but this should change as the weather improves.
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Another challenging week at Ravensthorpe with signs that conditions are improving.
Anglers are taking one or two fish from the boats. One of the most notable catches of the week went to Mr Coleman who had nine trout and six small pike to his boat.
Tactics have been very varied with no two days being the same. Some examples are floating line and black/green lure, black buzzers and red Diawl Bachs.
On Sunday 12 August Ravensthorpe hosted the Mick Griffin invitational match with a few fish caught in challenging conditions.
Best areas have been the Boils and Main Basin.
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A mixed week at (5th Aug) Rutland Water with some boat anglers catching plenty of fish and others finding it more challenging.
The main area for boat fishing is the Main Basin, in and around the Aerators. Anglers are catching with a mixture of various lures, some on nymphs fished on various sinking lines.
Toff Crowther and Graham Hayward continue to have a fantastic season, with the pair amassing 37 fish last Thursday. Toff and Graham ventured down the bottom of the South Arm for a few hours netting a 4lb plus brown and a 3lb 8oz rainbow, but then moved on to the Main Basin where they caught the rest of their fish. Graham also had two other 8 fish limits on Tuesday and Friday respectively.
Guide Nick Dunn and his boat partner caught 13 fish last Thursday in the main basin. Graham Measures from Oakham managed 6 fish on Saturday, fishing the rudder throughout the aerators.
Six anglers from Wales visited Rutland on Saturday as part of a three-day holiday boat package and bagged 60 fish between them throughout the day. The group call themselves “The six boys from Clywedog” (the name of their local trout water in mid Wales).
Bank anglers are finding it tough at the moment but we are forecast cooler, showery conditions which could bring fish back within reach.
4,000 stockfish were released last week (into deeper water due to the hot conditions), some of these fish were caught around the aerators last week.