Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Good catches have been recorded on both ponds, following the top up stocking of last week. On the top pond Gwyn Davies and Dean Morgan both returned limits with Gwyn taking his fish near the outlet using a Hare's Ear nymph and adding a further limit from the Railings Bank using Black Buzzers. Meanwhile Dean fished the Railings Bank adjacent to the inlet to land his limit, again using Black Buzzers. Richard Bateman followed his good start to the season, which included a 6lb 4oz fish from the bottom pond, with an eight fish total from the top pond. Other notable returns were recorded by Dave Howells, Keith Higgins and Dave Woods with four fish plus a brace of rainbows being caught by Ken Pascoe, Steve Mitchell, Richard Bowles, Kevin Pinkney, Del Haines, Dean Walker and Steve Curtis, with the latter including a brown trout close to 3lb in his return. Dave Howells then added a further five fish from the top pond, with Cardiff member Keith Higgins catching four more fish prior to a boat session later in the week. The bottom pond continues to provide some excellent sport, with Ken Bowring returning at least two limits and Ken Pascoe, Roger Martin and Ben Powell all landing six fish. Hugh Davies and Keith Higgins each caught five trout with a four fish catch being recorded by John Grey and committee members Brian Wareham and John Mcindo. Among those day ticket and permit holders catching three rainbows were John Eynon, Les Murphy, Adrian Connor, James Williams, Colin Jones, Gwyn Davies and Lee Ashcroft. Steve Mitchell landed four fish over two visits with Gwyn Davies catching a further three fish from the dam using a weighted Hare's Ear nymph. A brace of fish were landed by Chris Daniels, Bernard Stephens, Gareth Neale and N. Burge. Boat fishermen Keith Higgins had two limits. Shaun Cotterell, Ken Pascoe, Cowbridge members Craig Bowles and Dave Smith each had a limit, plus Cardiff day ticket holder Bob Bradley with a four fish return. They all benefited from being able to follow shoals of trout mainly off Farmhouse and Pipe Bay. The same areas of the bottom pond also proved most productive for bank anglers during the week along with some fish off the dam, plus the Boat Bank fishing well in the evenings. Black Buzzers and Bloodworm patterns are still proving very effective, whilst the occasional warmer days have seen fish being caught with Hare's Ear nymphs and Shuttlecock Buzzers, fished on a floating line.
The weekend saw the majority of fish caught from the bottom pond with Gareth Neale landing seven rainbows. Six fish were recorded by Mike Brake and Martin Rees, five rainbows by John Eynon and four landed by Terry O'Connor. Three fish were caught by James Williams and a further brace by day ticket visitors, Steve Curtis and John Ball. Permit holder John Morgan also returned two trout. On the top pond Chris Daniels landed three fish with a further two being caught by regular Richard Bateman.