Grafham Water week ending 9 December
Although the water level at Grafham has begun to rise slowly (refill of the reservoir has now commenced), the current low water level gives us the opportunity to repair minor concrete damage on the dam face. A week’s work is envisaged with our specialist contractor using a natural cement to repair minor damage. None of the work will impact on the dam structure and is just local repair while water levels are low.
This week bank anglers have had success with various approaches. Floating lines with a washing line set up with either a small booby or fab on the point and two small flies on the droppers. Try the usual suspects, GRHE, Diawl Bach or Cormorant. Fish them very slowly or just let them drift round in the wind. Alternatively if you want to keep warm try a slow intermediate with a snakelet on the point and a fab up the line. Or a di5 to Di8 with a single booby on a short leader twitched across the bottom. The best bank areas continue to be the dam around to the Willows and G marker.
Please remember to take extra care when wading and consider using a wading stick to check the depth and gloopyness of the mud and war a life jacket if fishing alone.
With the water level so low we only have 6 boats available at the moment. These are mostly being used by predator anglers who continue to find fish feeding around the two towers. Trout boat anglers are catching fish using similar methods as the bank fishers with snakelets and fabs taking most of the fish. The best areas are south end of the Dam, the Willows and all the points off the North shore.
David Moore sent us a report on the recent Shrimpmasters match.
The 3rd round of Shrimpmasters was fished by 15 rods on a mild, but very windy day which made the south shore and the dam the only easily fishable banks. Richard Slater and Charlie Abrahams both moved from Plummers to the middle of the dam to take 5 and 4 fish respectively while Sean Hanlon moved to near the Seat also taking 4 fish.
Richard was the winner with 10lb 11oz including the best fish of the day at 3lb-6oz followed by Sean 7lb 14oz and Charlie 6lb 12oz.
The top 3 shared £96 in pools prizes and the rod average was 1.3
Charlie Abrahams leads the table after the first 3 rounds ahead of Mark Matthieson then Dayood Sheik and Steve Cracknell in 3rd equal.
The next round is on Sunday 16th December, signing in after 8am and fishing 9am until 3pm.
Shrimpmasters bank league: Sundays 16 December; 6 and 20 January.