Fish 281 (Season 12,102) Returns 127 (2,663) Rod average 2.21 (4.54)
The last week of Autumn and the imminent changing of the clocks saw a fall in temperatures, and with it a significant increase in the numbers of large fry-feeders in and around the weedbeds.
Boat anglers are enjoying multiple catches of big fish over 6lb. The biggest known fish of the week - a cracking 7lb 8oz brown- was taken by a bank angler who backed it up with a rainbow of 5½lb.
The majority who are targeting the weedbeds for specimen fish, are doing so by popping a suspender minkie through the surface, or by using a static floating fry approach. However, of the fish that have been taken and spooned, many have been found to be full of shrimp and snail. The ‘washing line’ method with hare’s ear on the droppers proved successful for the few that targeted these quality fish in this way.
The best areas for the big fish hunters have been Sailing Club Bay, New Zealand Point, Church Bay, Normanton Bank, Ernie’s Point, Old Hall and Hideaway Bay.
There are very good numbers of recently stocked fish out in the open water of the Main Basin, with the final 8,000 rainbows of the season having been stocked throughout October. The key open-water areas to try are in front of the fishing lodge to Church Bay, the Blues Pipes to Fantasy Island, and along the buoy line of the dam. We have seen numerous good quality over-wintered ‘bonus’ fish between 3-5lb joining these pods of recent stockies (which are generally high in the water and willing to chase bright lures), making for some exciting sport!
On Saturday we hosted the annual George Moore Memorial rudder match where only the best brace (per pair) were counted. On a very breezy day, eight pairs faced off against each other as they went in search of big fish. It was a close competition with only 1lb separating the top three pairs! The best fish of the day (6lb 1oz) contributed to the winning brace, weighing 8lb 0oz. Second place weighed in 7lb 8oz and third place had 7lb 0z.
Finally, a reminder to all that as of 31 October the winter restrictions are in place and Brown trout are out of season. All brown trout MUST be returned quickly and safely to the water, and barbless flies MUST be used for all catch and release fishing.
Fish stocked: 2,000.
Beginners Courses: 8 November and 6 December. To book please call the lodge on 01780 686441.
Fur & Feather 6 December