Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
Brenig had a reality check this week with cooler air and cloudy, rain-filled skies. Conditions kept the fish a few feet below the surface but with a rod average of 4.1 the lake is obviously fishing well. A Di-3 or Di-5 line would be the preferred method with lures although there have been some good catches using Buzzers. Shaun Ellis had a good day in Tower Bay catching nine fish on Buzzers. Mr Peers, from Anglesey, landed 17 fish and commented that he’d had “a day to remember”. Jim Walker and boat partner Ian Walker enjoyed “another day in paradise” after landing 21 fish between them. Regular fisherman Jock landed the biggest fish of the week, a fine 5lb 12oz rainbow. Phil Wood, who recorded the biggest bag of the week at 23lb 2oz, also caught a really lovely 5lb 4oz rainbow. Adam Howarth recorded a bag weight of 16lb 4oz for six fish, and Ivor Jones from Llanrwst had a catch of 15lb. It was regular fisherman Ivor’s and his son Mark’s first visit to the Brenig this year and it was good to welcome them back.
The Brenig ‘Monster Mash’ day will be taking place on April 29 when anglers will be allowed to fish near to the cages and it is expected that some really big fish will be caught. There’s only one more boat available so if you are interested then please contact the Visitor’s Centre as soon as possible. There will be another opportunity on September 23 but again there are only four more boats available.
The hotspots this week have been Tower Bay, Visitors Centre, Water Sports Bay and for the boats along the dam wall. The Brenig Arm and Tower Bay have also been quite productive for both boat and bank fishermen. Top flies have been Buzzers, Cat’s Whiskers, Viva, Green and White Fritz, Damsel, Cormorant and various Blobs and Boobies.
The early part of the season has gone really well so far with some really good quality, hard-fighting fish being caught and with the number of fishermen coming to the Brenig significantly up on last year.
The main gates will be shutting at 7.30pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 6.45pm.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Both ponds fished well over the week with good catches regularly recorded. On the top pond, Dave Howells landed seven fish, as did new member Dave Kane who fished the Horses' Bank with a goldhead green and black lure. Dave Woods and Kevin Pinkney each caught five trout. Mark Roberts landed four while Keith Higgins registered a three-fish return. Numerous members and day ticket holders caught two fish including Jeff Evans, who had earlier landed three rainbows, Mark Southwood, Colin Jones, Dave Arlotte, Norman Curtis, John Mcindo and Huw Davies. Cardiff member Ivor Thomas also found fish to add to an earlier catch on the bottom pond. The bottom pond again provided catch and release limits from the bank for Ken Bowring and Roger Martin, while boat fishermen Keith Higgins, Howard Davies, Stewart Gordon, Paul Ellsworthy and Ken Pascoe all landed eight trout. Ken caught a further five fish from a combined boat /bank session. Other boat anglers finding fish included Richard Williams and Gareth Williams with five and two fish respectively, plus Bob Bradley and Steve Cotterill catching four rainbows. Back on the banks, Adrian Moyse and Martin Rees caught five rainbows, with four fish returns being recorded by Dave Howells and Phil Harper. Kevin Pinkney, Mike Marsh and Roger Harry all caught three trout while two-fish catches were made by Mark Roberts, Terry O'Connor, Dave Price, Alun Paul, Gareth West, Roy Mealing and Colin Jones who added a further two fish from an evening session. Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, PTNs, Damsels and Blobs accounted for most fish caught.
The weekend saw the bottom pond produce the better catch returns of the two ponds, with Adrian Moyse taking a limit from the dam and Pipe Bay with a damsel nymph fished on an intermediate line. Association president Martin Williams fished Pear Tree Bank to land a good catch of six rainbows, while Dave Howells caught three fish and Keith Higgins, John Mcindo and day ticket holder Roy Jones each landed two trout. Boat fishermen able to locate fish towards the middle of the bottom pond included Paul Ellsworthy with a seven fish catch and Martin Rees with six fish, fishing alongside alongside John Eynon who also found fish. Colin Poole used his boat ticket to land four trout. Cardiff permit holders Alan Rees and Ivor Thomas shared a boat with Alan catching four rainbows using an intermediate line and a combination of Black PTNs and a Dawson’s Olive while Ivor Thomas landed a good 2lb-plus fish. A second Cardiff boat pairing of Fred Davies and Dean Connolly produced a two fish catch for Fred and fish for Dean. The top pond proved more challenging with Norman Curtis managing one rainbow on a pink lure when he fished the Road Bank near the outlet, while Adrian Connor caught his fish from the same bank but near the inlet using a Goldhead Black Buzzer. The first Troutmasters badges of the season so far have been awarded to Ken Bowring for his 3lb 5oz rainbow caught using a Damsel Nymph, and to Jeff Wilson for a 3lb 3oz rainbow landed on a Montana.