Fish 515 (Season 1,421) Returns 79 (339) Rod average 6.5 (5.7)
The season is really hotting up at Grafham Water with lots of action on the boats with anglers catching their quota plus a lot of catch and release.
We would like to give a shout out to Andy Lucas and Jonathan Lawrence who had a great day at Grafham on Friday. Not only did they catch 64 fish to their boat but Andy also took the season’s best Brown to date at 5lb 8oz. There have been other boats taking similar numbers of fish. Boat anglers are accounting for more fish than the bank anglers and we think this is because the boats can fish the low water mark from the end of last season which is where the fish are feeding.
Although bank fishing is steady at the moment we are sure this will catch up once the wind changes direction and more bug life starts to hatch on the margins.
The most effective methods this week have been fishing on an intermediate Di5, black/green blobs and boobies, buzzers at 12 feet. Use a slow retrieve, a lot of fish are on the hang.
Anglian Water Rudder Match 13 April
Seven pairs fished this match with the majority of anglers recording 8 fish. Roy and Colin Bartrum secured first place with sixteen fish for 34lb 12oz, not far ahead of second placed Mr Nailer and Mr Bradshaw with 16 fish for 33lb 4oz. Roy Bartrum had the best fish of the match at 3lb 5oz.
Best Rainbow: 6lb 6oz taken by Tom Walker.
Best Brown: 5lb 8oz taken by Andy Lucas.
Best boat areas: All points and bays along the north shore.
Best bank areas: G buoy, dam, Marlow Stones and dam.
Midweek boat winner: Nick Marshall.
England Qualifier 3 May
Snowbee Floating Line 4 May
Home International 7-10 May
Invicta Pilgrimage 23 & 24 May
Beginners courses: 19 & 23 April; 5,19,26 & 31 May and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 30 April, 13 & 27 May; 4 & 11 June and other dates throughout the season.