Grafham Water week ending 23 June

3 years ago

Fish 829 (Season 7,815) Returns 209 (1,558) Rod average 3.96 (5.0)

Grafham Water has had a very busy week with the majority of boats being booked each day. Anglers came from far and wide, birthdays were celebrated and matches contended, all in fierce competition.

Bank fishing has been patchy this week, but the dam is still producing. The wind is always a factor so have a look at the direction and think where the fish are likely to be.

With an eye on the forecast for the coming week we recommend fishing the south bank, trying areas such as the Seat, Perry Point and drifting into Valley Creek.


Competition news

EFFA ProAm 20 June
The EFFA Pro Am on Thursday saw 18 boats take to the water, carrying 36 very enthusiastic and knowledgeable anglers. The majority of boats headed straight to Gaynes Cove where there was an abundance of quality ‘overwintered’ fish. Tempting them just below the surface with a FAB on the top dropper, then two hares ears and a booby on the point proved the killer combination; especially with a very long hang at the end of the retrieve.

The Professionals won with the results as follows

The Professionals
119 fish for a total weight of 274lb 12oz and a rod average of 7.44

          1st      Keith Jones            27lb 10oz
          2nd     Sean Hanlon         27lb 6oz
 3rd      John Hardy            26lb 12oz
 4th      Graham Pearson    25lb 12oz

The Amateurs
92 fish for 213lb 7oz and a rod average of 5.75

          1st      Steve Otteridge     28lb 8oz
2nd     Gary How              27lb 7oz
3rd      Keith Gilchrist        21lb 14oz
4th      Peter Hartley         17lb


Anglian Water Airflo International Midland Heat 22 June

This eagerly anticipated match saw four teams of 6 anglers battling it out for a place in the International Final. Because of a change in wind direction the fish had moved and the method was a little more challenging. The winners were the Finatics with 29 fish for an impressive 65lb 7oz. Top rod was Cameron Neil with a weight of 27lb 12oz. Peter Hartley took the best fish of the day – a superb Rainbow of 3lb 14oz.

Fishing Stats

Best boat areas: Wind dependent – the Seat, the West bank.

Best bank areas: The dam (bowl area), the Harbour Arms (early morning and late evening).

Mid week boat winner: Barry Tayler.


Forthcoming events

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 – Southern Final 8 July
Anglian Water Airflo International – Midland Final 22 July

WPC 17&18 August

Anglian Water rudder match 24 August

Beginners courses: 30 June;6,19 & 28 July; 3,9,24 & 30 August and other dates throughout the season.

Boat handling courses: 2 & 24 July; 6 August and other dates throughout the season.

Fishing, walking, cycling, water sports

Our water parks not only bring vital water resources for the region, but they also provide a fantastic day out for all the family.

Whether you're looking for an action-packed day on the water, a spot of fishing to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, or simply want to enjoy a relaxing walk in beautiful surroundings, look no further than our fabulous water parks.