Ross-on-Wye to Symonds Yat, river very low and clear, lots of small fish making the use of bread baits difficult as dozens of small fish quickly descend on the bait. A few barbel averaging about 6lbs caught on meat and pellet baits. A person (poacher) fishing a private water near Symonds Yat under the pretext of wanting to purchase a day ticket (Have we not heard that excuse before) had a good barbel of 11-1-0 on meat bait. Rain in the hills desperately needed to give the river a big lift.
There was a slight rise in the river level of a few inches but rain badly needed. A few barbel taken on pellets, meat and boilies. Some good chub have been caught by anglers fishing meat.
Again, this river had a rise of a few inches, fishing is rather patchy but if you're lucky to drop in the right area you could have some exciting sport with perhaps twenty or more barbel, though many anglers are returning home fishless
Some good barbel and chub being caught on various baits from meat balls to gentles and casters. It's very disappointing to see lots of litter on the Reading and District water. If you see litter at your favourite fishing please take it home. Donít say 'itís not my litter'. We all need to help keep the countryside litter free.
Good fishing for chub and barbel from Ribchester downstream to the M6 motorway bridge. Pellets, meat, and boilies the top baits. With so many anglers fishing the lower river it's often a job to find a decent swim.
Some nice perch caught by anglers float fishing with gentles. Good bream caught around St Michael's area on bread flake, gentles, casters and red worms. One bream was estimated to weigh 6lbs plus.
Barbel, chub, dace and roach being caught by float and leger anglers; best barbel reported his week was a fish of 8-6-0 by Leeds anglers Joe Coleman fishing with gentles on a size 10 hook feeding with hemp
Following the torrential rains of late last week, the River Swale reached unbelievable Summer levels, especially in the Brafferton-Helperby area a couple of miles or so upstream of Myton where it joins the Ure at Swale Nab to form the Yorkshire Ouse. Club Match Secretary, Stuart Tate, quoted that the river was around 14 feet up at the week-end, with the flood approaching the Church wall. As a result, the Club ''Terry Hampton Memorial Match'' was not fished on Sunday and the members, instead, carried out a fish recovery exercise. There were very large numbers of gudgeon, roach, dace, chub and skimmer bream stranded in the field following the floodbank breaching and whilst this resulted in some deaths, a large number were returned to the river. The skimmer bream were a pleasant surprise because these are not normally encountered nor reported by anglers in this area
fish week 729 (season 39897) returns 331 (10930) rod average 2.2 (3.65)
England win! Rutland Water was proud to host the Youth Flyfishing International last Wednesday. England took the honours winning by a clear 25lb in weight, from second placed team, Scotland.
Anglian Water sponsored Charles Bowers from Pinchbeck near Spalding and Luke Shevlin from Normanton. Both Charles and Luke took a brace of fish each, helping England to victory. The England team took a very creditable 37 fish with a total weight of 75lb 9?oz. Conditions were very testing with flat, calm water and odd showers throughout the day. Fish were moving on top however, keeping anglers busy. The best areas on the day were the main basin and the south arm around Browns Island.
1st England 37 fish for 75lb 9?oz
2nd Scotland 27 fish for 50lb 4?oz
3rd Ireland 21 fish for 41lb 6?oz
4th Wales 13 fish for 25lb 13oz
Gavin Hunter (England) was top rod with eight fish, including two returned, for 15lb 8?oz. Darren Sumner (England) took best fish, a rainbow weighing 5lb 15?oz.
Fish have been moving on top this week and they have been feeding on small olive buzzers and daphnia. Best tactics have been floating and intermediate lines, with nymphs, diawl bach, hares ear and pheasant tail in small sizes. Bank anglers have had some great sport off the dam with diawl bach, fished on floating lines working its magic spell on the numerous rainbows that were moving there.best rainbow taken by Darren Sumner representing England Youth Team - 5lb 15?oz
best boat areas middle of the South Arm and the Main Basin
best bank areas the Dam, Sykes Lane, Normanton, Old Hall Point
mid week boat winner Alan Mott, visiting from Victoria, Australia best methods: Floating and intermediate lines, with nymphs, diawl bach, hares ear, pheasant tail and olive buzzer
With the cooler, more overcast weather conditions sport has been good. Local rod Dick Haynes of East Haddon, Northampton, took 19 fish on a GRHE fished from a boat on a floating line, including 3 fish over 5lb. Mark Bailett also got into double figures with a round dozen, again from a boat with a floating line and GRHE, damsels and emergers. Best catch of the week though, fell to first year beginner Mark Cotton of Northampton. Mark, who holds a starter season ticket, boated a 13lb 13oz rainbow whilst sharing a boat with local ace Bev Perkins. On only Markís second cast of the day he saw the monster rise and covered it with a size 12 diawl bach, an almost instant take and the specimen was netted within 15 minutes. Best methods have been floating lines with dries and emergers like GRHE, fished from drifting boats. Prolific weed growth has made bank fishing tricky. However local bank expert Jim Ferguson has been taking 5 or 6 fish a session.best rainbow Mark Cotton of Northampton mid week boat winner G Wakeman of Glasgow
Pitsford Water hosted the Association of Major Clubs match on Friday. It was a testing day with changeable conditions. However Gordon Bloodworth of Wood Newton, near Peterborough, took the best bag of the match. Gordon fished for Team Rutland Water Fly Fishers. His 8 fish weighed 23lb 8oz, including time bonus. They were caught on the blob with a range of sinking lines. Gordon said he used Di3, Di5 and Di7 lines to locate his limit bag.Gordonís excellent bag was not quite enough to clinch first place. The event was won by the Queen Mother Fly Fishers.
1st Queen Mother Fly Fishers 38lb 4oz
2nd Rutland Water Fly Fishers 34lb 8oz
3rd Grafham Water Fly Fishers 29lb 12oz
The best rainbow of the week went to Warren Scott of Corbridge. Warren fished with senior warden Nathan Clayton who spotted a large Rainbow rising in the aerator. Warren hooked this fish, which weighed 7lb 8oz and then returned it to the water. Warren used a Di7 shooting head and a sparkler. He is hoping to qualify in the Trout Masters fish off next year. Fish are feeding on the windward shore as Pitsford is experiencing large clouds of green daphnia. Small lures fished on an intermediate line are best for both boat and bank anglers. If possible fish facing the wind. Nymphs and dry flies are still worth a try. The banks are still very much weed free.
best rainbow 7lb 8oz taken by Warren Scott of Corbridge with a tube fly on a sinking line in the Boils best brown 5lb 12oz taken by Mr Sear of Solihull best boat areas Causeway corners, aerators best bank areas Duffers to Cliffs mid-week boat winner Alan Fletcher of Northampton
This week the fish have been switching to the fry big time with the harbour area alive with big fish. Many anglers have seen fish in the 14lb plus category under the pontoon in the harbour. Fry feeding is also happening in all other parts of the lake along with heavy feeding on snails. So anglers are constantly changing between fry patterns and snail patterns.
best boat areas G Buoy, Marlow Bay, Gaynes Cove, Savages Creek, Rainbow Point, Church Bay, Rectory Bay best bank areas The Seat, Hill Farm, Stumps, G Bank, Marlow Stones, Dam mid week boat winner: L B Cooper of Histon, Cambs.
This week saw the last of the qualifying heats for the Trout Fisherman European Open individual event. The first of these matches was on Sunday with 58 anglers competing for five places, plus a wild card draw for the biggest fish, for a place in the final at Grafham on 23 and 24 August. This is a very popular event with a top prize of a Lexus 4x4 Jeep. Match organiser John Horsey threw down the gauntlet to Craig Barr by telling him that his brother Iain had just won another qualifying heat just two days earlier. The pressure was on.
The boats made a six way split out of the harbour with no-one really knowing where anyone else was going! Craig headed for the Seat area and drifted across the middle towards K Buoy on a Di5 and 2 orange blobs and took 7 fish in the first drift. With no other boats on the same drift Craig was finished by 12.45pm, with other boats only just starting on the same drift.
Craig, from Market Deeping, achieved first place to join his brother Iain in the final. The wild card entry for the biggest fish of the day went to our very own big fish expert Dave Barker, from Hardwick, Cambridge, with a quality rainbow of 4lb 3oz.
1st Craig Barr 10 fish for 31lb 1oz
2nd Mark Haycock 10 fish for 29lb 9oz
3rd Gerry Read 10 fish for 28lb 8oz
4th Simon King 10 fish for 28lb 7oz
5th Clive Morgan 10 fish for 28lb 4oz
coarse fishing Taverham Mill Fishery
Dan Leone is now first and second on the Nash leader board with a superb Carp taken from Costessey No3 Lake on an overnighter this weekend. Gavin Buck moves up on the leader board with a 20lb 12oz Mirror Carp taken from Taverham Mills, stalking with dog biscuits during the week.
The leader board now stands at:
Dan Leone 28lb
Dan Leone 25lb 12oz
Simon Wrigglesworth 22lb 12oz
Boyd Setchel 20lb 12oz
Gavin Buck 20lb 12oz
The annual 'Always Heating' match on Saturday 11 August, organised by Shaun Plumb, proved to be a very enjoyable and productive day. Not only did the bream oblige but most anglers also managed to find some very welcome roach and perch. Shaun caught 8 bream with a good weight to finish second overall with 40lb 5oz. The winner however was Donny Ralph, fishing the Pine Point area, and landing 48lb15oz. Worm and maggot proved the winning combination. The full result was:
1st Donny Ralph 48lb 15oz
2nd Shaun Plumb 40lb 05oz
3rd Steve Gentry 24lb 08oz
4th Vic Taylor 15lb 10oz
On Sunday all boats were out pike fishing and the good sport of recent weeks continued. Rob Nunn from Colchester had 4 fish with the biggest two being 18lb and 19lb. Chris Simms landed 3 pike of 8lb, 10lb, and 14lb. A fourth boat is expected to be available from the end of the month to help meet demand. Bookings please (these boats are not self-service) on 01206 230642