603 (season 1,468) Returns 117 (287) Rod average 5.15 (5.11)
Jim Foster fished a rather wet Good Friday and recorded 8 rainbows, a nice brown around the 4lb mark and a pike to top the day off! Ranger Mark MacLeod took to the boat on Saturday with Graham Willis, they recorded 31 rainbows to the boat with the best going 4lb, all released to fight another day. Di7 40 plus and boobies/FABS scoring for the pair who fished Normanton frontage, East Creek and Sykes Lane.
There are good numbers of overwintered rainbows showing in amongst this year’s stock fish which is encouraging for when the buzzers start coming off.
Off the bank Whitwell Creek, Sykes Lane beach, Normanton bank (church – fantasy), East Creek and Old Hall and The Finches have seen tremendous sport and many limit bags. Boat anglers are taking fish from Dickinsons Bay, Normanton Bank, Sykes Lane, East Creek, Hambleton Wood, Halfmoon Spinney – Spud bay have all seen large numbers of fish taken.
In general last week fish remained lower in the water column so sinking lines (di5/di7) from the boats were the most consistent with combinations of boobies, blobs and cormorants taking the majority of fish. Floaters and intermediates were employed from the bank where it is easier to allow the flies to sink to the desired depth, black and green tadpoles, cats whisker and blobs being the most consistent patterns off the bank. With the temperatures looking better this week this should encourage more fish into the upper layers with buzzers starting to come off on those milder days.
April the 1st saw all winter restrictions lifted and browns back in season.
4,500 stockfish were stocked last week at different points round the peninsula bringing this years total to 23,550 so far.
Don’t forget Senior anglers can take advantage of discounted boats on Tuesdays - £20 per boat; Single man £14.
Best Rainbow 4lb 12½oz taken by Russell Robertson
Best Brown 6lb 2 7/8oz taken by Pablo Mullings
Mid week Boat Winner N Tompkins of Plymouth
Fish Stocked 4,700
Independence Day Trophy - 1 April
The Independence Day Trophy was fished on 1st. Open to both boat and bank anglers, it is awarded for the largest fish weighed in at the lodge on the day. Pablo Mullings landed a specimen brown of 6lb 2oz to win the prize with 2 rainbows over 4lb also weighed in. Congratulations to Pablo, good angling.