Fish 193 (Season 16,850) Returns 61 (3,795) Rod average 3.2 (4.44)
The trout fishing at Grafham has been good again this week with a slightly lower rod average. However, this is not a true reflection of the sport available as some anglers are reporting catching lots of fish while others are struggling. The moral being if you locate the fish a bumper day is still on the cards.
Boat anglers who are prepared to do long drifts are more likely to find fish than those who anchor up and wait hopefully for fish to arrive. Bank anglers who travel light and fan cast a spot, then move 10 yards and fan cast again will also find more fish. There are fish at G mark, Deep Water Point, Pylon Point, the Willows and all points along the North shore when the wind is in a favourable direction (Northerly). Alternatively, the lodge bank, the Seat and Plummers fishes well in a Southerly. So a lot of water to explore for those prepared to wander.
For the boat anglers the Dam area and G mark are producing fish as well as the Seat area. Again remember to drift and cover the area for the best chance. The best method for boat and bank continues to be snakelets of various colours with Barred Olive the most popular in the last couple of weeks. Try varying your speed of retrieve as some days they want it roly poly and some days it’s a slow figure of eight. Also vary your depth from floating line down to Di3.
For the predator anglers Grafham continues to be the in form venue if boat bookings are anything to go by. A quick reminder that we go down to only 10 boats on the water in January, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Not a lot has changed since last week with water continuing to rise slowly and the temperatures dropping the predators will be in the deeper water. However, despite this, some very large perch to over 4lb were caught last week by trout anglers quite close in on snake lures, so don’t ignore the margins.
Day boat prices are now reduced for the winter – the Winter boat is available from 9am to sunset £21, single man £15.
Tackle shop opening hours are 8am to 1pm from 1 December.
Grafham Shrimpmasters bank series 22 December; 12 January.
Beginners course: 5 January 2020.