Fish 340 (season 1,229) Returns 54 (280) Rod average 6.2(4.4)
Another fantastic week of fishing at Grafham, with the vast majority of methods working, sees the rod average holding at 6.2. The tail end of the week has seen a huge increase in captures, with plenty of over wintered fish and huge bag numbers to boot!
The fish of the week fell to Mr O’Connor, a whopping rainbow of 4lb 7oz landed in open water on the drift, proving that the fish are well spread across the reservoir. The biggest brownie this week was landed by Mr Bharucias, a lovely fish weighing in at 3lb 8oz.
Anglers are reporting fish on the move throughout the day, with many catching on lures in the depths and plenty achieving great results on floating lines and others fishing midge tips and long leaders. The fish are still feeding heavily on the daphnia, though black and green buzzer is also a common food item and not to forget the shrimp, particularly in front of the Willows and Marlow stones.
As previously mentioned, plenty of over wintered fish are showing again, with 3lb and 4lb fish appearing regularly from most areas along the north shore line and out into the bowl and the deep water in front of the dam.
Again boat fishing seems to be the best way of catching your bag with many fishing di3s to di5s with the lure, accompanied by cats whiskers, cat boobies, blobs and Fabs.
Others have truly got stuck into the buzzer fishing, fishing midge tips and floating lines with long leaders. The fish have been up and down throughout the day with many starting deep and coming up as the day continues, with last light the fish have been right up in the surface layers. The south shore has been producing fish, though more steady than the north, though the quality and size is better. The best areas though have been the mouth of Savages, Sanctuary Bay, the Stumps, Pig Bay and Church Bay.
The banks are certainly improving with many catching fish throughout the day on a mixture of methods. Most are fishing the lure on intermediate and di3s with the sport better earlier or later in the day. The south end of the dam has been producing good fish along with the Bowl and the Willows, whilst others are doing well along the stumps and into Pig Bay. The Harbour Arms and Marlow arm are producing fish as well, due to having that little bit of extra reach on the cast.
Best Rainbow 4lb 7oz taken by Mr O’Connor
Best Brown 3lb 12oz taken by Mr G Bharucias
Best Boat Aareas North Shore Bays, The Bowl, Willows, Pig Bay, Hill Farm, Church Bay, Rainbow Point & Savages
Best Bank Areas North Shore, Pylon, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Pig Bay, South Dam & The Willows
Best Methods See report
Mid week Boat Winner Calum Murray of Banham
Anglian Water Rudder Match - 7 April
Teams performed well with some great captures and some large specimens coming to the scales. All this in spite of windy conditions which made it a very tough day. 16 anglers caught 89 fish for over 199lb for a very respectable rod average of 5.56. The top three rods were as follows:
1st Mr Lehanne and Mr Castledine 16 fish for 37lb 10oz
2nd Mr O’Connor and Mr Bonnor 16 fish for 36lb 8oz
3rd Mr Bartram and Mr Bradshaw 16 fish for 35lb 14oz
Mr O’Connor weighed in the heaviest fish at 4lb 7oz.