Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Happy New Year to all our customers. 2018 is off to an excellent start and the last 2 weeks have seen excellent fishing despite the wind and very cold temperatures. Fish are about 2 to 4 feet down and Bloodworms seem to be the fly of choice. Cat’s Whiskers and Damsels also having success. The lake is looking great, water clarity excellent and although it’s been cold, the fish are active across the lake so both bank and boats have been good. On January 28, 2018 the fishery will be closed for the TEFF Bank Match. Please see our website or Facebook for details. Next restock, mid-January.
Chattton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Great start to 2018 with fish coming to the net up to the 9lb bracket. Predominantly lures and Bloodworms working well but also Buzzers and nymphs. Callum Shipley from Blyth was delighted with his catch, returning a hard fighting 8lb rainbow he caught using a Cat’s Whisker. Neil Jefferson from Belford returned an approximate 9lb rainbow caught on a Red Bloodworm. Chatton regular David Astbury from Embleton caught his first ever tiger trout at around 4lb, also returning an 8lb brown trout and keeping a 3lb rainbow. David was using a Black Buzzer and a Cat’s Whisker. Instructor Bob Smith landed the first tiger trout of 2018 at around 4lb. The fishery will be closing at 4pm this week.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week the 24 rods caught 90 fish for an average of 3.75. It has been a cold week which has put off a lot of anglers but the fishing has been good. Fishery regular Rod Lacey of Nuneaton caught the biggest rainbow of the week at 8lb and this came to a Diawl Bach fished on a floating line from a boat on Cocks Close. Mr R. Wheat also of Nuneaton fished the bank of Cocks Close and caught 8 fish to 3lb on a Cat’s Whisker fished on a slow sinking line. Alan Mann of Solihull took a boat out on the Park Meadow pool and caught and returned a total of 12 fish to 3lb and these all fell to a Cat’s Whisker. The best areas have been the high bank and the old boat jetty corner on Cocks Close and most fish are now coming to lures such as Cat’s Whisker, Appetizer, Minkies and Black Tadpoles. The Trout Fishery is open seven days a week from 8am until dusk.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Although the weather has been mixed and changeable, anglers have still had some good sport. At the beginning of the week anglers tempted fish to the net using Buzzers and various lures but Bloodworms proved successful later in the week. One angler, whose ambition is to attract trout on dries in every month during the year, was delighted to land two fish on dries. We held another heat of the Fritz ‘n’ Flies winter competition on Saturday. The qualifiers for the final were Malcolm Robinson (1st), Rob Hall (2nd) and Brian Davis (3rd). It was a close, hard competition with 71 fish landed and a rod average of 4.7. Thanks again to Jim Tuck for organising. We are also delighted to announce that we will be hosting the Troutmasters UK Junior Final again on July 21-22, 2018.
Ali Tait from Morpeth enjoyed 2 sessions this week returning 12 and 9 fish from both lakes on Buzzers and Bloodworms. Morpeth angler Davy Kay also had 2 good sessions releasing 10 and 9 on Bloodworms and Buzzers. Jim Burtle from Newcastle netted 9 from Long Crag on Eggstacy flies. Guy Nicholson from Gosforth landed 8 on Eggstacy, Diawl Bachs and Cat’s Whiskers. Alan Morton from Newcastle used Bloodworms and Blobs to tempt 8 from Long Crag. Andy Richmond from Dreghorn had a successful week averaging 10 fish per day on various home-tied flies. Rob Frame from Newcastle returned 8 on Diawl Bachs and Buzzers on Long Crag lake. Gareth Tilly from Consett released 8 on Apps’ Bloodworms from both lakes. Malcolm Robinson from Ashington won the Fritz ‘n’ Flies with 9 fish. Rob Hall and Connor Metcalf both netted 7 fish each with lots of other anglers also landing 7.
Best flies are Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, dries, Bloodworms, Blobs, Eggstacy, Cat’s Whiskers, Black Zonkers and various lures. Fishery open daily 8.30am – 4pm.
Toft Newton Fishery, Lincolnshire
Toft start their ‘proper’ season again on February 1 but are going to open up for predator and any method fishing for 6 days: Friday January 12, then Saturday 13, Friday 19, Saturday 20, Friday 26, Saturday 27. Fishing strictly 8am to 4pm, £10 per angler, pike anglers £15 (2 rods). Fly-fishing, bait fishing, anything goes. All fish released, no keepnets, all barbless and no trebles, no live bait.