Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Another brilliant week’s fishing. Conditions seemed perfect resulting in a record rod average since June last year of nine. Buzzers, Cat’s Whiskers and Squirmy Worms yielded the highest numbers of fish. John Parker caught an 8lb rainbow on Saturday using a Buzzer, while Stan Brown from Wisbech had his personal best at Blackdyke over two visits. The Troutmasters fish-off is this Saturday, April 1. Anglers to arrive between 8.30 and 9am for a 9.30am start. The fishery will be open as usual and there will be a complimentary lunch to all anglers on the day (both competitors and clients).
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A very busy week producing fantastic sport. John Robson from Ashington was the first to catch a tiger trout. He kept two rainbows and returned a 3lb and a 5lb tiger using a Green and Black Montana. Davie Parker from Wallsend was the first angler to land the Grand Slam, catching a tiger, brown, blue and rainbow trout in one session. Davie caught 18 fish using Buzzers. A 20lb rainbow returned on Friday by Davie Bilbrough from North Gosforth using a Fritz. Chris Hogson from Berwick was delighted with a 6lb tiger trout. Tony Robinson from Howtel caught 18 fish which included a double-figure fish, a 7lb brown trout and four tiger trout. Matty Divine from Hadston had his best day this year catching 18 fish, including six tigers. Paul Waddell from Galashiels caught 12 fish using Buzzers. Dougie Purves from Newcastle kept four fish and returned 10 using a Bibio. Steve Bilbrough from Cramlington caught 10 fish on a PTN and a GRHE. Peter Davison from New Hartley had two visits this week, the first he caught 18 fish using Cat’s Whiskers and Blobs and on his second visit caught 14 fish to Buzzers and lures. Stu Younger from Blyth caught 16 fish using Buzzers. Mark Nelson from Seahouses kept three fish and returned eight using Buzzers. Brian Davis from Dudley caught 18 fish including one tiger using an Antelope Nymph. Mick Moore from Stakeford kept two fish, one a 6lb 8oz rainbow on a Jelly Blob. Ken Glenton from Ashington caught 14 fish using Zonkers and Buzzers. Instructor Bob Smith landed a couple of tiger trout.
We were delighted to welcome Fishing for Heroes anglers on Saturday. Everyone had a great day with tuition from Lucy Bowden and Andy Richmond. The fishery will be closing at 7.30pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.
Foremark Reservoir, Derbyshire
Foremark has continued to fish well despite a challenging mix of weather with some frosty mornings, strong cold east/north east winds and clear and very bright afternoons. The fish are still holding close to Verdon’s Point and Flamingo Bay, however some boats are now taking some good fish around the dam wall near the car park and a few fish now showing down Carvers Arm between Sunblest Bay and Bramble Bay. Fishing on sinking or intermediate lines in the early mornings then switching to floating lines with Buzzers or the washing-line have been taking fish in the afternoons. Verdon’s Point down to the sailing club has been producing fish from the banks in the mid to late afternoons. Derby county angling club member J. Chilton bank-fished on Tuesday and landed 15 fish while P. Fitch landed 13 on Black Buzzer. Friday was a good day for season permit holder S. Wilson, taking 16 trout and a 15lb pike on a Di-7 line by the dam wall. B. Price had 10 trout to his boat and Mr Fitch was back again and took another 13 fish. A tough day on Saturday with a very bright and breezy day but C. Martin banked 12 fish. D. Dodds fished from the bank on Sunday with Damsels and Buzzers and netted nine fish while J. Woodward took 13 fish by fishing deep with a white lure.
Beginners courses take place on April 16, and May 27, 9.30am to 3.30pm, cost £65. Call the lodge for details and to book your place.
Foremark has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck.
Fly-only pike fishing is now available. All pike fishing must be pre-booked and you must also have a suitable unhooking mat, the correct size landing net, long forceps, all flies must be attached to a wire trace. All flies to be four inch or longer in length. All pike to be returned.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 46 rods caught 200 fish for an average of 4.35 fish per rod. The fishery is still in good form with some excellent fish being caught. The best fish of the week was a 13lb rainbow caught and returned by Andrew Moulder of Dorridge who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. Small Damsels fished on a floating line was his successful tactic which accounted for another 11 fish. Paul Flanner of Kemsay also caught and returned a dozen fish including an 8lb-plus rainbow. These all fell to a Lime-green Buzzer fished on a floating line. Tom Dixon of Coleshill had an 8lb fish which was the best of a seven fish catch, all coming to Suspender Buzzers while fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. Dave Bratby of Birmingham fished from the bank of Cocks Close and caught and returned 10 fish to 4lb using small Black Buzzers drifted round in the wind. Mr W. McCall of Saddleworth caught eight fish including a 5lb 5oz blue trout using small Damsels from the bank of Cocks Close. Top flies have been Damsel, Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Hopper, Suspender Buzzer and Cat’s Whisker. The best areas have been the wires bank and the lodge corner on Cocks Close. The Fishery is open from 8am until 8pm.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Both lakes have fished very well this week even during the wild weather at the start. It was lovely to see some more settled conditions at the end of the week with anglers having great success on buzzers, either with or without indicators. Plenty fish showing on the surface with a few being taken on dries.
New Hartley angler Ian Richardson had a “brilliant day”, releasing 14 fish back to Long Crag on Buzzers and Fritz. Terry Wood returned six to Long Crag and 10 to Coe Crag on PTNs. Mick Watson from Forrest Hall had an excellent day returning 10 to Coe Crag, keeping two on Bloodworm. Keen angler 13-year-old Harrison Douds achieved his personal best with a 4lb 10oz rainbow, as did Tony Rowley with an 8lb brown. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington returned 16 fish from both lakes on Buzzers and Bloodworms. Willie Emery from Newbiggin enjoyed two sessions, releasing 16 and 14 fish catches on Buzzers and Apps’ Worms. Bedlington anglers Ross Charleton and Mick Brown netted 15 and 20 fish on Buzzers, while angling friends Brian Davis and Tom Youngs released 20 and 10 to 9lb from both lakes on nymphs, dries and Bloodworms. Cramlington anglers Alec Harvey, Jim Lumsden and Ken Ward returned 15, 12 and 10 on Diawl Bachs and Nomads. Paul Embleton and Darren Storey found Zonkers to be effective, releasing 16 and 13. Morpeth anglers Ross Cameron and John Williams were successful on Diawl Bachs and Buzzers landing 13 and 12 fish. Brian Lavery, Ray Wood and Steve Elliot returned 10 each from both lakes on Pink Bloodworms, Yellow Dancers and Buzzers with Steve netting a personal best 4lb brown. Kevin Dinning and Ron Forsyth both drifted Buzzers and released nine fish each. Davy Kay returned 17 on various flies from both lakes. John Whitehall, Richard Lee and Jim Burtle safely returned 10 each on black and blue Buzzers, Hare’s Ear and Diawl Bachs. Glenn Appleby from Peterlee landed 20 on Buzzers and Worms while Si Nichols returned 14 on Diawl Bachs and Blobs. Father and son, Mick and Lee Masterman had “fantastic sport” on Worms and Damsels returning nine and 13 to 8lb from both lakes.
Best flies are Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, PTNs, Hare’s Ears, Bloodworms, Nomads, Yellow Dancer, Damsels, Cat’s Whiskers, and various dries.
The Troutmasters fish-off for both the seniors and juniors will be held on Sunday April 2 starting at 9am on Coe Crag lake. Registration from 8.15am. Long Crag lake will be available to our regular anglers during the competition.
The Junior Easter programme is on the website with sessions on April 12 and 19. Places are limited so please contact the Fishery.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending March 24 the 61 rods caught 431 trout for a rod average of 7.07. The fish switched on this week, and, as in previous weeks, most methods have accounted for plenty of fish. The washing-line with a couple of nymphs and a small Booby or FAB on the point accounted for the highest percentage as it so regularly does. Plenty of fish rising have meant dries have also been a great method and those prepared to sit it out have enjoyed some wonderful surface action, Andy's small Olive Shuttlecock pattern from last year has been a good bet. For boat bookings and any other information please call the fishery office on 01673 878453.