Anglian Waters report 26/04/02
The best fish of the week fell to Richard Wightman from Mill Lane, Usk. Richard took a corking 9lb 5oz rainbow on a floating line and black buzzer. Gold season ticket holder Pete Bills from Papplewick, Nottingham, a Rutland Water regular, took a super 6lb 4oz brown while fishing the main basin. Local match angler Martin Introna of Worksop put his practice for the Bob Church competition to good use by taking a superb 5lb 4oz rainbow. On a recent beginners course Dennis Kerr, of Peterborough, used his new skills to take a lovely over-wintered 3lb 5oz rainbow. There have been tremendous buzzer hatches during the week with a good number of over wintered fish taken, especially for boat anglers fishing the bottom of the south arm.
The biggest fish of the week fell to boat angler Julian Davies, of Northampton, who was getting in some practice for the Mid Northants Fly Fishers match at the weekend. Julian took the fine 7lb 10oz Rainbow from a boat at the Coton End on an orange lure and nymphs, along with 10 other fish.
With good hatches of midge and pond olives tempting fish, anglers have had a busy week. GRHE and Sawyer type PTNs make good pond olive imitations. Superglue or epoxy buzzers are spot on for the midge, try size 14 to 12. Floating lines are all that is needed
Grafham is in outstanding form. Anglers are reporting great fishing with a number of quality over-wintered fish. The fish are willing to feed during the brighter weather in the deeper water but move in during the late evening or at first light to feed on the high numbers of hatching buzzers. The boat anglers are saying that the fish have moved out from the shores and are lying in the deeper water about 400-500 yards off shore during the day and in bright weather but are moving in closer to the shore in the evening as the sun starts to fade. The predominant method seems to be floating lines with long leaders and red or olive buzzers fished deep and slow. Some boat anglers are catching on dark olive coloured dries and emergers along the north shore.
Coarse fishing - Taverham Mill Fishery
The recent bright sunshine has encouraged anglers to the banks in large numbers.
Both Carp and tench are falling to all anglers. Best fish of the weekend went to Anglian Water warden Mark Wiles who banked a tremendous mirror of 21lb 14oz. Warden Simon Wrigglesworth took a mirror of 20lb 6oz. Season permit holder Graham Beckerton of Taverham landed a fish of 21lb 8oz, part of a monster haul of 4 carp and numerous tench to 5lb. Biggest tench of the weekend went to Mark Fry of Beccles who landed a fine specimen of 7lb followed closely by Mark Shearing of Felthorpe with a fish of 6lb 10oz. All anglers had tench to 5lb plus with a few ‘babies’ weighing between 3 and 4lb for good measure.
Again fine weather brought anglers to the banks. No 1 lake was back on form with its quality roach and no 2 is still giving up plenty of bream to 10lb.
Ardleigh has been fishing exceptionally well over the last two weeks with plenty of big bags of bream. The fish tend to be in the shallower water especially down the A12 end. David Elder and four other anglers have all reported bags of well over 100lb. There has also been a large number of carp showing in the same area, with season permit holder Jonathan Coote landing a 23lb mirror. At Lodge Lane Paul Southgate went one better with a 24lb mirror. It is also pleasing to report several good tench with the largest tipping the scales at 7?lb. This was taken by Mr Taylor from Holbrook fishing the far end of the reservoir at Wick Lane. Boats will be available again from 1 May but anglers are reminded that the pike close season re-opens 1 June.