Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
Some rather erratic weather at Llyn Brenig this weekand although it was reasonably dry with sunny periods there was always a nagging cold wind. The water temperature is still hovering around 7 degrees C and this has tended to keep the fish fairly low in the water, particularly in the latter part of the day. However, there was evidence of fish rising during the warmer parts of the day and there were some good catches to Buzzers. The rod average was a respectable 3.9 fish. John Davies and his boat partner Brian Owen landed a ‘boat load’ of fish which included a fantastic 6lb rainbow. Les Porter from Chorley had an excellent day from the boat landing 14 fish in total. Glyn Jones from Bethesda and his boat partner also had a productive day catching 18 fish. Bank anglers also had a good week with some significant catches. G. Scholes landed nine fish off the Ring of Stones and Richard Roberts landed eight fish from the bank at Tower Bay and the Visitors Centre. The top bag goes to Phil Wood from Bala for the second week running who caught six fish for 18lb 10oz. The biggest fish of the week was recorded by David Allen from Rhyl and weighed in at an impressive 6lbs 8oz.
On Thursday the North Wales Police held a competition at Brenig and the 17 anglers caught a total of 129 fish. Top rod was Simon Davies catching 18 fish to Blobs off the dam wall. Second place went to Ian Hughes with 14 fish while third place went to Dave Morgan. The rod average for the day was a very pleasing 7.5 fish.
The Brenig ‘Monster Mash’ day will be taking place on Saturday (April 29) when fishermen will be allowed to fish near to the cages where it is expected that some really big fish will be caught. Only 10 boats will be allowed to enter and these have now all been booked. Also all the boats have now been provisionally booked for the second ‘Monster Mash’ which will be taking place on September 23.
The hotspots have been the Brenig Arm, Tower Bay, Visitors Centre, Sailing Club Bay and the dam wall. Nant Glyn shore has also held some fish. Top flies have been Buzzers with white cheeks, Zonkers, Cat’s Whiskers, Viva, Green and White Fritz, Damsel, Black Muddler, Cormorant and various Blobs and Boobies. 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
Weather conditions have had their effect on fishing during the week, with a combination of cold winds and/or bright sunshine resulting in fewer catches than usual. However, both ponds are still providing reasonable sport, with the bottom pond again producing the most fish. Boat users found fish towards the deeper areas in the middle of the pond, resulting in limits for Ken Pascoe (two), Stewart Gordon and Lee Ashcroft, while six-fish catches were recorded by Craig Bowles and Keith Higgins. Mike James caught five trout on his boat ticket, Shaun Cotterell caught five fish plus a further two while Howard Davies and Dave Smith each landed three rainbows. A brace of fish was netted by Lee Kirkwood. Around the banks, Roger Martin caught a total of eight fish from his sessions, with Ken Bowring adding 13 fish to his season's already extensive total. Dave Howells caught six trout with Mike Marsh and Keith Higgins each taking a brace. Graeme Ingram Evans caught an excellent 4lb 3oz rainbow when he fished from the Bush using a dry Black Hopper. Returns from the top pond included a three-fish catch for Alan Rees while Laurie Fry, Chris Daniels and Graeme Ingram Evans all landed two rainbows. Both ponds have received a further stocking of rainbows averaging 2lb 8oz.
At the weekend fishing continued to be challenging, with morning and afternoon sessions providing the most sport. On the top pond Stephen Snape landed four fish, while a three-fish catch went to Dean Connelly and Adrian Moyse. Norman Curtis landed two fish when he fished the Railings Bank using a pink lure, while Adrian Connor fished the same bank to land his two fish using Goldhead Black Buzzers. On the bottom pond, the Bush, Golf Course Bank and Pear Tree Bank have provided most catches. Ken Bowring landed five fish over two sessions with day ticket visitor Kevin Brooks also catching five trout. Keith Higgins and Steve Curtis netted four rainbows, with James Williams recording a three fish return. Ken Pascoe, John James and Adrian Moyse all caught a brace of rainbows. On the association's boats Martin Rees and John Eynon landed four and two fish respectively, using Diawl Bach patterns. Cardiff members Ivor Thomas and Alan Rees fished an afternoon session, with Ivor catching an eight-fish limit and Alan landing three trout. The committee of NRFFA would advise all members/day ticket holders, that a number of rainbow trout in excess of 5lb have been included in recent stockings. The committee would request that these fish be safely returned to the water for future sport unless it is the intention of the angler concerned to enter such a fish for an ‘initial’ Troutmasters badge.