Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Another good week for those that braved the cold weather with several people catching 10 or more fish on Blobs, Cat’s Whiskers and Blue-flash Damsels. An impressive 8lb rainbow was caught with a Red Diawl Bach even though the temperature hovered just above freezing. Parts of the lake had some surface ice but the aerators and the clear sunny skies soon melted it. Both banks and boats having equal success. Lovely to see new faces who haven't visited the fishery before.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
D. McNally from Blaydon returned seven fish including a 12lb rainbow to Chatton Lake using a Cat’s Whisker; Alan Clark from Tynemouth returned nine fish using Buzzers (green/orange); Scott Robertson from Hawick returned nine fish using a black lure; Phil Bilborough from Bedlington caught eight fish on a Black Fritz and a Red Squirmy; Sonia Matthews from Prudhoe kept two fish and returned eight on a Black and Orange Dancer; Julian Bales from Wooler caught nine fish on black and green flies; Trevor Wadds from Craster caught 10 fish on Blobs, Buzzers and Bloodworms; Stu Younger from Blyth and Peter Davison from New Hartley both caught 14 fish; Rob Frame from Newcastle returned nine fish; Matty Divine from Hadston returned 14 fish and commented' the fish were all a good size and very clean'; Geert van Zon from Longhorsley was delighted with a well conditioned rainbow caught from Chatton Lake on a size 16 Red Tag.
The final heat of the Fitz 'n' Flies Competition will be held at Chatton on Sunday January 29, anyone interested in taking part please contact Jim Tuck on 07985 232437 after 6pm please. The fishery will be closing at 4.30pm this week.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
There has been plenty of fish caught this week, but anglers found that making them ‘stick’ wasn’t so easy. The majority of fish are still being attracted in the top four to five feet of water. On the frosty Saturday, when the aerators kept the lakes fishable, trout did drop a little deeper. Buzzers, worms, green/white lures and small dries have all been successful. The fish of the week was safely returned by Guy Nicholson, an estimated 10-12lb rainbow on a ‘Chris Evans’ from Coe Crag. Davy Kay and Joe Beattie were also delighted to net double-figure fish. Colin Perkins from Pegswood enjoyed his short session netting eight fish on dries and Suspender Buzzers. Jim Burtle, Guy Nicholson and John Cowell from Newcastle had great sport landing 10, 15 and 14 fish on Flexi Worms, Buzzers and Fluff Cats. David Middlemast from Stanley returned 16 on Blue Diawl Bachs, Buzzers and the Beamish Killer. Cramlington angler Alec Harvey found worm patterns successful and he released 10 fish from both lakes while Lol Seddon from Stakeford returned eight on Apps’ Worms and PTNs. Joe Beattie from Dunbar quickly found the depth and the method required, landing 16 fish to 10lb from both lakes on Yellow Dancers.
Michael Graham from Newcastle enjoyed his Christmas voucher and caught 11 on Cat’ Whiskers. Morpeth anglers Ali Tait and Mark Cromar both released nine on Olive Worms and Chamois, as did Connor Metcalfe from Consett with a best of 8lb. Mick Brown from Bedlington returned 11 from Long Crag on Black Buzzers while Greg Evans from Belsay netted 12 on the ‘Chris Evans’ and Red Chamois Worms. Steve Kelley, Davy Kay, Andy Cook and Terry Blane all landed eight each on black, white and green Buzzers, green & white lures and Dawson’s Olive. Jane Johnston from Marley Hill achieved her personal best with a 4lb 12oz rainbow on a Bibio. Best flies are Chris Evans Worms, Buzzers, Yellow Dancers, dries, PTNs, Cat’s Whiskers, Chamois, Tinnies, and various other lures. The fishery is open daily 8.30am to 4pm.
On Friday February 24 there is junior fly-tying with Paul Griffin from 10am to 12.30pm. Places are limited. Any juniors interested please contact the Fishery 01665 574400.
Westlow Mere, Cheshire
For the weekending January 22, 2017 the 51 anglers caught 262 fish for a rod average of 5.1. Deeps providing best sport with good numbers of fish caught on Cat’s Whiskers and Damsels. Intermediate lines finding the fish during cold spells and late afternoon proving the best times to catch. Shallows fish are being caught on floating lines and smalll nymphs with Diawl Bachs and Cormorants producing the most fish. Two season tickets holders Brian Lutman and Doug Carter having a brown each over 4lb and taken on Elk Hair Sedge and Diawl Bachs.