Fish 1,350 (Season 7,800) Returns 168 (1,068) Rod average 8.03 (7.3)
The weather this week has ranged from flat calm and high temperatures up to 24C to 30mph winds and temperatures down to 6C.
The hot weather certainly helped with buzzer hatches with anglers reporting fish gorging themselves. The best buzzer fishing was in the north arm around Dickenson’s Bay round to Cardiac Hill, although it was quality over quantity. If numbers were what you were after then the south was where you needed to go, favourite spots such as New Zealand Point, Old Hall and Yellowstone currying favour.
Now the weather has cooled and is not so bright, boats are venturing further in to the south arm to find fish; Hideaway Bay is now holding fish. The aforementioned spots such as Yellowstone, Dickensons Bay and Church Bay are fishing well.
Despite the cooler weather, buzzer hatches are still occurring so tactics include the bung on floating lines or small FAB’s on fast glass lines.
With Saturday’s wind writing off any boat fishing, much to the dismay of those holiday package anglers practicing for the Northern Heat of the AWAI on Monday, many anglers opted to go off the bank mainly taking shelter from the punishing westerly winds. Barnhill Creek, Sailing Club Bay and Whitwell Creek were the best spots.
On Thursday we hosted the EPFFA competition (Police), fished to a 4 fish kill and 8 release, the top 16 anglers qualify. Our very own Mark Mathieson (Pitsford retail assistant) came a creditable 4th with 4 killed and 7 released for a total weight of 24lb 8oz. The best bag went to Neil Attwood who managed his 4k and 8R with a time bonus giving a bag weight of 31lb 7oz. Best fish fell to Dave Clarke with a decent 3lb 12oz fish. The match is a qualifier for the Police Federation Home International Team. Each nation hosts the competition with England’s turn this September at Rutland. 14 anglers are in the team with 2 reserves.
Rutland hosted the northern Heat of the AWAI on Monday 29 April – the results will be in next week’s report.
The Tuesday Night Boat League starts on 7 May.
An enjoyable evening, open to all from 5pm with boats away at 6pm. Boat partners will be drawn from a hat. The evening concludes with a fish and chip supper and the prize for the best fish on the night is a free mid week boat.
Mid week boat winner: G Warrener of Huntingdon.
Davy Hodgson Memorial 5 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 11 May
Airflo Invitation Match 15-19 May
Bob Church Classic 2 June
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 15 June
Beginners courses: 16,25 & 29 May; 7,16 & 29 June and throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 14 & 30 May; 5,10,17 & 24 June and throughout the season.