Fish 370 Returns 144 Rod average 2.6
Grafham continues to provide some excellent sport not only for the trout fishermen but with the start of the predator season, keen specimen hunters were chomping at the bit, looking to achieve personal bests on the big pike, perch and zander lurking below the murky depths of Grafham.
50 boats went out first thing on Tuesday 1 September, unfortunately conditions were far from perfect, very light winds and bright blue sky, perfect for cricket but a real struggle for those pursuing their chosen quarry. However, those in the know managed to land some decent sized pike up to nearly 30lb. Two enormous perch both weighing well over 4lb were reported with photos supporting the claims. The zander, a firm favourite with many Grafham anglers were very elusive, but later in the week two decent fish were landed weighing 8 and 12lb.
Trout fishing continues to be very popular with no let up through the historically quieter months. The dam being favourite for the bank fishermen, producing good sport early in the mornings and then again in the evenings. Two days of very bright sunshine pushed the fish out once the sun got up, only to fall into the range of the boat anglers who regimentally patrolled the ‘boils’ picking them off at will.
Very few Brown trout are showing at the moment, but judging by the amount of fry in the harbour and the big balls of bait fish showing on the finders, it will only be a matter of time before the Brown action starts.
The north shore has been very dirty this week with the blue/green algae being present, spoiling any opportunity for the bank anglers wishing to wade.
The majority of trout have been taken on floating lines and the best sport is to be had using popper fry across the top pulling with short, sharp bursts. There has also been some dry fly fun as well particularly at the mouth of Savages Creek and from the West bank.
2,000 quality Rainbows were stocked on Wednesday, all in the region of 2lb. They will soon pile on the weight, gorging themselves on the abundance of killer shrimps and fry; so pick up the phone, book a boat, buy a permit and have the time of your life
Beginners Courses: 13,18 & 24 September; 4,11,15,24 & 30 October; 6 November and 5 December. To book please call the lodge on 01480 810531.
Predator lure fishing 1-30 September.
Angling Trust Autumn match Sunday 20 September. 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.
Fry Bashers 17 October
Fur & Feather 22 November.