Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Over the last couple of weeks 80 rods caught 323 fish for an average of 4.03. The fishing was generally good through the last week of 2017 although rods numbers were reduced because of the cooler weather during the week. Both boat and bank anglers were scoring well with the far end of Cocks Close from the old boat jetty to the platforms along the high bank the best area. The largest fish was a 12lb 8oz rainbow caught by Mark Goldney of Nuneaton who was fishing from the bank of Cocks Close. Mark took it on a Cat’s Whisker fished on an intermediate line. Rod Lacey of Nuneaton caught and released an estimated 10lb fish from a boat on Cocks Close and this fell to a Black Buzzer fished on a floating line. Dave Bratby of Birmingham fished the bank of Cocks Close and caught and released 10 fish to 5lb using small Damsels and black nymphs fished on a floating line. The Trout Fishery is open seven days a week from 8am until dusk.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
There has been some good sport over the festive period despite the variable and extreme weather conditions. Both lakes have fished well, especially during the stormier, snowy weather. During the cold snap with little wind anglers have had to be patient and creative to attract fish. The aerators have kept the ice at bay and anglers have been able to fish every day. Bloodworms and Buzzers have been the most productive, but with fish still rising at times PTNs and CDCs have also attracted fish. Anglers have reported some larger fish are now showing with some achieving personal bests. Paul Cranston landed a 12lb blue and Neil Schofield netted a 7lb brown. Colin Smith achieved his personal best with a rainbow over 10lb. Josh Piper from Morpeth used Apps’ Bloodworms and lures to net 11 and 6 fish from both lakes; Jim Burtle from Newcastle enjoyed 3 trips, returning 26 fish in total on Cormorants and Eggstacy Blobs; Matty Devine from Hadston netted 20 on 2 occasions from both lakes on lures, Bloodworms and Diawl Bachs; Wille Emery from Newbiggin released 19 over two sessions on lures and Buzzers from Long Crag; Mick Brown from Bedlington also returned 19 from both lakes on a Bunny Leech and Buzzers; A. Harewood had a ‘brilliant day’ on Diawl Bachs and Bloodworms returning 9; Darren Frame and Darren Slaughter also had ‘a great day’ landing 9 and 8 from Long Crag; Jamie Scott from Alnwick netted 9 and 6 from both lakes on White Bloodworms; Tommy and Mike Mark from Brampton had ‘excellent fishing’ releasing 8 and 11 on Mittens and Bloodworms; Jim Lumsden from Cramlington returned 14 from Long Crag on olive and black and green lures; Brian Groom from Morpeth had ‘an excellent day’ on Diawl Bachs and Hare’s Ears returning 16 from both lakes; Steve Kelley from Alnwick used Buzzers to land 16 from both lakes describing his day as ‘fantastic’; Ali Tait from Morpeth returned 20 from Long Crag on various flies; Rob Frame from West Denton landed 12 on lures; Rodney Burn from Blyth returned 10 from Long Crag lake on Pink and Olive Bloodworms.
On Saturday January 6 Thrunton will be holding another heat of the Fritz ‘n’ Flies competition on Long Crag lake. Long Crag lake will be closed on that day. Apologies to all our regular anglers. Fishery is open daily 8.30am to 4pm.