Fish 431 Returns 85 Rod average 5.0
This week at Grafham has been all about the Dam for both boat and bank anglers. The overall rod average is 5 which reflects the level of sport which is excellent especially in the south corner and around A buoy.
The bank anglers have been enjoying a field day with numerous reports of 20 plus fish in a session. Even on the very windy days at the back end of the week – those brave enough to venture out and punch a line out off the Dam wall were well rewarded. The fish have been cruising along very close in, so it is vitally important to sit down and keep a low profile so as not to spook the fish. Anglers have been targeting passing fish in the clear water by dropping a shrimp pattern or a diawl bach in front of them and watching the takes. Even with the wind blowing onto the Dam and the water being a bit more coloured the fish are still close in and feeding
With the wind coming from the south and south west over the last week the north shore has been left unfished so if the wind turns to the north look to fish G, Deep Water and Coves Point as these areas had a good rest.
The boat anglers have had it good too in the area of the Dam, with the best drifts along Plummer bank to A buoy along to the south corner. The real hot spots for the boats have been in the wind lanes down wind of the Boils with lots of double figure bags. Washing line continues to be the method of choice with red diawl bach doing a lot of the damage on the droppers. The boils themselves are also producing to small black lures pulled on anything from a fast glass down to a Di5. As ever G Point continues to be productive.
Over the weekend of 15th and 16th August Grafham Water hosted the World Predator Classic England Qualifier. As always this was a spectacular event even with additional Covid-19 controls in place to keep everyone safe. The fishing proved to be challenging mainly due to the weather conditions in the lead up to the event. The hot weather increased the water temperature resulting in the sensible decision to remove the fishing for pike during the competition. After the first day on the water everything was still to play for, there were no clear leaders meaning everyone was still in with a good chance on the Sunday. On Sunday there were some good sized perch being caught, plenty of 4lbers and some good zander.
The weather again proved challenging and the competition ended slightly earlier than expected due to an almighty storm which brought the anglers in and also flooded the Visitor Centre and Cycle Shop! Despite the storm spirits were high and an outdoor, socially distanced results and prize giving ceremony took place outside the Fishing Lodge.
Please refer to the following link for a full breakdown of the results for both boat and kayak anglers http://www.worldpredatorclassic.com/england-qualifier-participants/
Congratulations to those who qualified and will be representing England in the World Predator Classic in Holland. We look forward to welcoming everyone again next year!
Anglian Water is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a qualifier of the NEW Angling Trust Style Autumn Series at Grafham Water on Sunday 20th September. This is an exciting new competition where there will be cash prizes on offer for the top four anglers on the day. This is an individual, 3 fish retained then catch and release match where you will be paired with another angler in the boat.
Beginners Courses: 29 August; 13,18 & 24 September and other dates throughout the season. Please call lodge on 01480 810531.
Predator lure fishing 1-30 September.
Angling Trust Autumn series qualifier Sunday 20 September.