Fish 425 (Season 13,253) Returns 73 (3,034) Rod average 5.8 (4.3)
Grafham Water continues to fish exceptionally well with a rod average of 5.8 for the week. The quality of sport is excellent for both bank and boat anglers.
The bank anglers have been catching on the shrimp and fry feeders close in at G buoy and all the way along to the Willows. Gaynes and Plummer all the way along and onto the south end of the Dam have also fished well when the North shore has not been too coloured after high winds. The rain has coloured the water making visibility less clear than it has been. Shrimp patterns and hares ear patterns are working very well and for those after some bigger fish snakes and humungus have produced pulled fast on a sink tip or glass line. One of our regular anglers who likes to target the big browns had a wonderful fish of 6½lb.
The boat anglers have been concentrated along the north shore particularly drifting on to G buoy from whatever wind direction there is that day. It has been hard work as the winds have been strong and often different to the direction forecast. Despite this anglers have been catching regularly. There are some fish around the mouth of Savages and in Gaynes Cove for those wishing to avoid the busier drifts around G Buoy. Washing line with Fab’s and boobies at either end with the nymphs of your choice on the droppers, particularly crunchers and cormorants, have been popular with many of the regulars. Pulling a sunken daddy on a midge tip has also done very well.
The predator fishing at Grafham is second to none! We are getting consistent reports of 3lb plus Perch being taken with some people catching over 10 fish over 3lb in one session. Also the zander are being caught regularly and not always where you might expect, many having been caught in shallower water than expected. The pike fishing has steadied a little; the past few weeks they have seen all the different lures you can imagine thrown at them. The positive catches seem to be by the anglers targeting the Perch, perhaps it might be worth trying a smaller lure fished as close to the bottom as possible?
Fry Feeders Match 19 October
Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 24 November
Beginners courses: 27 October; 1 & 9 November; 7 December; 5 January 2020.
Boat handling courses: 22 & 29 October; 5 November.