Fish 1,853 (season 23,076) Returns 454 (3793) Rod average 4.08 (6.08)
Toff Crowther and Graham Hayward had a cracking day’s boat fishing at the bottom end of the South Arm last Saturday, taking an incredible 33 fish, with virtually all of these caught on dry fly, yellow owels and hares ear cdc’s. Toff also took a Brown estimated at 5lb plus.
Boat anglers are reporting lots of fish on the surface but they are proving hard to tempt. Fish are feeding on a wide variety of food including pin fry, shrimp, buzzers and daphnia.
Fish are being found from New Zealand Point via Gibbets Gorse to Manton and are feeding hard on the pin fry, moving close to the bank – but even more fish are to be found in the open water in the wind lanes. Fish can be caught on dries and cdc patterns on the floater and also on glass slow sinking lines, getting the fish to follow then slowing things down. They are still hard to tempt from the dry.
Fish have been caught on a variety of lines at the Dam ranging from slow sinking lines on overcast days to Di8’s in brighter conditions. They are still taking buzzers fished deep.
On the bank Old Hall, Stockie Bay and Whitwell Creek are all fishing well with local angler Richard Hearth having 11 nice Rainbows to 3lb in Whitwell Creek on small lures and nymphs. He then called into Burley Reaches on his way home to catch two pin fry feeding fish – these were both over 4lb - not bad going for his first bank outing of the season.
Tuesday Night boat League week 5
Richard Cooper won week 5 with 8 fish for 9lb ¾oz just ahead of Keith Jones in second place with 5 fish for 9lb ¼oz. Chris Evans took third place with 4 fish for 7lb 6oz. Adi Humphries took the best fish on the night with a 3lb ¾ specimen to win a free boat voucher.
Current league standings
1st Keith Jones 45 points
2nd Rich Cooper 35 points
Joint third place Chris Evans and Graham Hayward with 15 points
Scierra Pairs 10 June
The match was won by Rick Cooper and Graham Hayward who were back early to weigh in at 13.30 for a good time bonus. The top four pairs were:
1st Rick Cooper & Graham Hayward 16 fish for 38lb 15/16oz
2nd Paul Runec & Ben Race 16 fish for 32lb 8/16oz
3rd Jimmy Bond & Shaun Hanlon 11 fish for 20lb 5/16oz
4th Mick Mclintic & Pat Mclintic 9 fish for 17lb 1/16oz
Best Brown: 5lb (returned).
Best boat areas: Fish are showing in many areas - bottom of south arm, Gibbets Gorse, Old Hall etc, main basin, Sykes Lane/Normanton.
Best bank areas: Normanton, Sykes Lane, the Dam, Old Hall, Green Bank, Cardiac Hill, Dickensons.
Best methods: Bank – nymphs, hares ear, crunchers, damsels. Dries – red, orange, hares ear.
Boat: as for bank but include various sinking lines with mini lures and tube flies.
Mid week boat winner: P J Skillen.
Fish stocked: 2,000.
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Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
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WaterAid 13 September
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