Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Buzzer madness this week with fish rising all over the lake. Banks and boats having equal success. Saturday April 1 sees the Troutmasters fish-off but the lake will be open for business as usual. Very pleased with the excellent feedback from anglers about the fishery and it’s great to welcome new anglers from the region who either hadn't been before or hadn't visited for a long time. Fishery can host corporate events and small groups including lunch for a great day out.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A fantastic week of sport with some hard-fighting blue trout and brown trout coming to the net. Tiger trout are also being stocked. Jim Tuck from Ashington returned an approx 8lb blue. He caught 18 fish in total. John Cowell from Ashington caught 11 fish using anything pink! Robert Hedley from Guidepost kept five fish and returned four using a Bunny Leech and Diawl Bach. Peter Davison from New Hartley caught 18 fish on Buzzers. Malcolm McKenzie from Cramlington returned 10 fish using a Black Fritz and Orange Zonker. Stew Younger from Blyth caught 13 fish. Ken Glenton from Ashington caught nine fish on dries and Buzzers. Chatton Ladies Angling Club had a great day on Saturday with most of the ladies catching fish. Head coach Paul Little and instructor Dawn Dixon gave casting tuition and a demonstration on using life vests. The next Chatton Ladies Angling Club get together is on Saturday March 22. Fishery closing at 6.30pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.
Foremark Reservoir, Derbyshire
Foremark has continued with some fabulous early season sport, during the last week over 1300 trout were caught! On Monday the Sailing Club Bay and Flamingo Bay were the areas to be with plenty of fish eager to take Damsels and black and green lures. Tuesday was a lovely spring day with a slightly overcast day with a light warm breeze, the banks fished well all day but the afternoon was superb with the last four-hour permit being popular and productive. Derby County Angling Club members netted 19 fish on Damsels in the morning and buzzers on a floating line in the afternoon. The weather on Wednesday was very bright and calm, almost like summer, with the temperature going to 17 degrees. This did slow the fishing down during the middle part of the day but as the sun became lower in the sky Flamingo Bay and Verdons Point came to life. The boats fished better than the banks during the day, being able to access deeper water. Mr T. Cook and his boat partner Mr C. Cook took 28 fish between them on intermediate lines near Flamingo Bay. Mr D. Hussey fished from the bank on Thursday and netted 25 fish on a Pittsford Pea while Mr P. Harding and Mr J. Perry took 40 fish to their boat. By Friday the banks and the boats fished well again with Damsels doing the business. Buzzers produced the better results on Saturday again round Verdons Point and Flamingo Bay. Derby County Angling Club members Mr P. Webb And Mr C. Wilkins enjoyed their Sunday’s fishing netting over 40 fish between them from the banks. Mr G. Moody also netted 24 trout and his fishing partner won the bragging rights by netting more than 30 fish.
Sunday Foremark Fly Fishers held a joint bank and boat match with 13 rods catching a total of 104 fish for a match average of eight. Six rods fishing from a boat and seven fishing from the bank, the bank produced the more consistent better weights with the overall winner being Dave Steer with a weight of 16lb 11oz for eight fish, he also caught the biggest fish at 3lb 8oz.
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
Dates for your diary: Beginners courses March 25, April 16, and May 27, 9.30am to 3.30pm, £65, call the lodge for details and to book your place.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 68 rods caught 282 fish for an average of 4.14 fish per rod. Another good week with plenty of fish coming out to a variety of tactics. Lots of fish around the 4lb mark with the odd special fish being caught. The biggest fish of the week was a 12lb 10oz rainbow caught by Ian Reeve of Rugby who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. He tempted it with a Cat’s Whisker fished on an intermediate line which accounted for another at 7lb 2oz in an 11 fish catch. Terry Holder of Leicester had an 7lb fish in a five fish limit taken from the bank of Cocks Close and these fell to a Kennick Killer Nymph fished on a floating line. Paul Fleeman of Redditch fished catch and release from a boat on Cocks Close and caught 15 fish including specimens to 6lb and these all came to Bloodworm or Montana Nymph fished on a floating line. On the Park Meadow pool Graham Hewitt of Solihull fished Damsel Nymphs to catch seven fish to 4lb and Harold Pritchett of Atherstone used a similar fly to tempt a five fish limit with fish to nearly 4lb. Top patterns have been Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole, Black Buzzer, Bloodworm, Goldhead Damsel and GRHE. The best areas have been the road bank and the old boat jetty corner on Cocks Close with the wind pushing the fish down towards that end of the pool. On Park Meadow the fish are moving round on mass with the dam wall and the far side from the boat jetty the best areas.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Some lovely spring days have rewarded anglers with some cracking bags this week. Both lakes fishing well with lots of fish just subsurface. The weekend forecast was not as bad as expected and on Saturday there were significant rises on both lakes all day. Sunday saw some good bags of fish returned especially from those anglers fishing into the wind. Bloodworm, Buzzers, Black Cruncher, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Cat’s Whisker, Shipman’s and CdCs the top patterns.
John Metcalf from Newbiggin had his ‘best ever day’ releasing 16 fish to 9lb on Long Crag on Buzzer and Bloodworm; Mick Watson from Forrest Hall caught 12 fish, keeping two at 6lb 8oz and 5lb; Jim Lumsden fished into the wind and caught 10 fish on Cats and Afghans; Longframlington angler Trevor Wadds had 14 to the net on Blob, Buzzers and Bloodworms; Brian Groom from Morpeth returned 14 on Black Crunchers; Willie Emery from Newbiggin had 16 quality fish from Long Crag lake on Apps Bloodworm; Buzzers and Damsels worked well for Ken Glenton of Ashington who released 16 fish to Coe Crag; Alan Morton from Gosforth safely released 20 fish back to both lakes on Blobs; Newcastle angler Jim Burtle released 16 on Buzzer and Bloodworm; Rob Hall had a great day on Cat’s Whiskers releasing 14 from both lakes; Peter Appelby of Peterlee had a successful day on Bloodworms, bringing 20 fish to the net; Lee Masterman from Newcastle had 11 to the net on Shipmans; Washington angler Tom Jones had his “best ever Thrunton day” with 13 fish released to Long Crag on Yellow and Black Buzzers; junior angler Jonathon Lister was delighted to beat his dad catching well on his home-tied Hare’s Ear; regular anglers Ali Tait, Simon Nichols and Guy Nicholson enjoyed their Sunday session all releasing 20, best fish from Ali at 10lb 3oz. They used a variety of flies including Zonker, Buzzers, Worms and Tinnies.
The Junior Spring/ Summer programme is now on the Thrunton website – bookings being taken for the Easter sessions now. Limited places available as groups kept small. The Troutmasters fish-off for both the Seniors and Juniors will be held on Sunday April 2, starting at 9am. Registration from 8.15am. Long Crag lake will be available to our regular anglers on this day.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending March 17 the 77 rods caught 285 trout for a rod average of 3.7. Some breezy cooler weather should help maintain a good rod average. The appearance of some early season buzzers has ensured sport can be had on most methods from nymphs through to dries and lures with the washing-line again being the best method. Small Black Buzzers or Crunchers with a Green and White Booby on a floating line appear to have the edge, a midge-tip or slow glass line being useful in windier weather. If it stays cooler, as always don't stay in one spot too long, a move of 15-20 yards every 15-20 minutes until you find the fish is strongly advised.