A mixed and highly unpredictable week for the weather! From the brightest day to the overcast spatterings of rain and wind, Grafham has seen it all the past week. There has been a recurring theme in recent weeks regarding catches. One recent example was a boat angler returning to the pontoon at the end of a day afloat having caught nothing but he was then followed ten minutes later by another boat angler with 8 fish taken in four hours. This brings to mind the rather frustrating cliche “That’s fishing for you”.
Last Tuesday’s evening boat league had a similar theme with some anglers unable to find fish; whereas another angler managed to bring over 20 Rainbows to his boat. All in one evening’s fishing. This happy angler used a surprising method for the time of year; a Di8 with lures fished by the north shore. Another boat angler using contrasting (but successful methods), enjoyed a fantastic afternoon’s sport catching a high number of good fighting fish with every sportsman’s favourite, the dry fly; proving that two very contrasting methods can be successful.
Predator fishing, based on the reports coming back to us, is looking very promising. There are a high number of double figure zander being caught which have all gone back in to the water strong and healthy to fight another day. We have also heard of two Perch over 3lb being caught near Savages at the beginning of the week.
As always we wish all of our anglers the very best of luck, please remember the rangers and everyone at the lodge are on hand to offer any help and advice that you need; always ready to supply latest method for the day. We look forward to seeing you.
Best boat areas: Wind dependent; G Buoy, the Willows, West Barn, the Seat.
Best bank areas: The dam (bowl area), the Willows, Gaynes Cove.
Mid week boat winner: D Thomas.
Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League
Open to all; boat draw approx. 5.15 with fishing commencing at 5.30pm. The evening concludes at the Wheatsheaf in Perry for refreshments.
Anglian Water Airflo International – Midland Final 22 July
WPC 17 & 18 August
Anglian Water rudder match 24 August
Scierra Pairs final 7-8 September
Grafham Water Championship 21 September
Beginners courses: 28 July; 3,9,24 & 30 August; 15,20 & 25 September and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 24 July; 6 August; 2 September and other dates throughout the season.