Grafham Water week ending 22 April

6 months ago

Fish 671 (season 1,229) Returns 120 (280) Rod average 5.6 (4.4)

A great effort from the anglers this week, in changeable conditions, has seen another rise in the rod average to 5.6! Whether you are on the bank or on the boat everyone has a very decent chance at catching their bag.

We have seen some cracking results this week with good quantities of over wintered fish and better numbers too. Fish of the week fell to Gordon English, a huge 6lb 2oz brownie, an absolute beast of a fish.

Other outstanding fish included a lovely 5lb Rainbow taken by Mr Roland. Mr Pipe managed another big rainbow of 4lb 4oz, a quality fish. Some large brownies have been showing themselves with Mr Brocklebank landing a nice specimen at over 5lb. Mr Spall also landed a cracking brownie, not quite fish of the week, though a lovely specimen all the same weighing in at 5lb 8oz, off the bank on a mini snake

Again the fish seem to be up and down in the water column throughout the day so you need to be prepared on your trip. The general consensus between the anglers is that the fish are on the move and closer in than last week. Many are feeding on buzzer and daphnia, though the odd overwintered fish is turning up full of shrimp too.

Drifting is certainly the best way to enjoy a day on a boat currently, particularly with the recent westerly winds. We suggest drifting along the mouths and into the bays along the north shore to produce the best sport using floating lines and fishing the buzzer. Though this is not to say the lure is not working, many are still catching well on the lure, particularly cats whiskers, with intermediate lines and Di3-di5 working well. Some are finding that at times of the day the washing line is picking out some good fish, though try a weightless hare’s ear on a dropper for some good results.


The banks are fishing a lot better with fish being caught along the dam and many of the bays and points on the north shore. Brownies are feeding close in at the seat too and the harbour has seen an influx of specimen fish, particularly in the deeper water. Try early or late in the day for more rapid sport though the quieter areas of the reservoir will fish throughout the day.

Competition news

Snowbee Floating Line 14 April

Nineteen teams fished this match for a rod average of 3.51. The best bag including time bonus totalled 23lb 9oz and went to Graham Bodsworth, fishing for Invicta Z. Alex Urquhart, fishing for Greenwell Persuaders caught the best fish at 4lb 4oz.

Top four teams as follows (weights include time bonus)

1st   ReelMen 21 fish for 44lb 15oz

2nd  Invicta Blue 29 fish for  43lb 12oz

3rd  Tunbridge Wells Blue18 fish for 42lb

4th  Grafham Water FFA 17 fish for 40lb 5oz

Weekly Stats

Best Rainbow: 5lb taken by Mr Roland.

Best Brown: 6lb 2oz taken by Mr English.

Best boat areas: North shore bays, the bowl, Willows, Pig Bay, Hill Farm, Church Bay, Rainbow Point and Savages.

Best bank areas: north shore, Pylon, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Pig Bay, South dam and the Willows, Harbour Arms.

Best methods: See report.

Mid week boat winner: David Spall of Perry.

Fish stocked: 2,200.

Forthcoming events

Floating Line (by invitation) 5 May

Scierra Pairs 12 May

Invicta Pilgrimage (invitation) 24 & 25 May

EFFA ProAm 14 June

AWAI Midland heat 16 June

AWAI Southern final 9 July

AWAI Midland final 23 July

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