Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Decent results continue for both boat and bank anglers. Bloodworm, small Damsel, small black or olive Buzzers, Red Diawl Bach, wet Hop-pers and white/green lures all doing well and fish are still being caught in the top two foot. Colder conditions expected this week so we will see how the trout respond. The annual Fur and Feather event is on Sun-day December 16. This is always a well-attended, fun event so reserve your space, £25 for a full day’s fishing plus a hot 2-course lunch (£10 non-refundable deposit required). Bring something to the table for the Christmas raffle. Contact the fishery on 07525 730447 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book. All information is on our website and Facebook. Next restock beginning of December.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Fish have been in the deeper water this week. Intermediate lines or floating lines with sink tips working well with Bunny Leeches, black and green lures, Cat’s Whiskers and Bloodworms. John Cowell from Bed-lington returned 9 fish on lures, returning a double figured brown trout. Rob Hall from Morpeth caught 14 fish, returning an 8lb rainbow and a 10lb 9oz brown trout, commenting on a great day. Dave Card-well from Darlington kept 4 fish weighing 19lb 9oz, one fish weighing 12lb 4oz caught on a Bloodworm. The last two heats of Fritz 'n' Flies competition have been cancelled, therefore the heat at Chatton Trout Fishery on Sunday December 2 will not be going ahead, apologies to the anglers due to take part in this heat. Fishery closing at 4pm this week including Saturday. Gift vouchers available at the fishery.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week November 12 – 18 the 196 anglers caught 849 fish of which 638 were returned. Best fish 7lb Mr Crofts, Coventry, Pitsford Pea; 6lb 4oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, boat; 6lb 1oz Peter Howlett, Pe-terborough; 6lb Brian Cooper, white/green lure, boat; 6lb Mr Lehrer, boat; 5lb 9oz Neville Silver, boat; 5lb 8oz Bill Stewart, Corby, white/green lure; 5lb 8oz Mr Raby, Apps’ Bloodworm, boat; 5lb 4oz Eric Wright, Woodford, Hopper; 5lb 3oz Mike Edwards, Nether Heyford, Minkie Booby; 5lb 3oz Brian Carter, Peterborough; 5lb 2oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, Black Snake; 5lb 2oz Pete Jinks, Peterborough;
5lb 1oz Peter Earle, boat. Best bank areas are boat bay, dam and Brookside. Best boat areas boat bay and dam. Best patterns are Bloodworm, small Damsel, small black or olive Buzzer, Red Diawl Bach, wet Hopper, white/green lure, Pitsford Pea, black, olive or pink Snakes.
Fishing remains best at the lodge end of the lake despite plenty of fish-ing pressure. Some fish are feeding on fry but the majority are eating small buzzers. In cloudy conditions you need to concentrate on the top two feet. However 4 to 5 foot seems to be the zone when the sun is out.
More so than usual last week you needed to be in the right area with the correct method. A couple of boats blanked last week whereas the top boat managed 42 fish. Regular visitor, Andy Lane from North Lon-don anchored off the dam and caught on Bloodworm, small Buzzers and also dries to top score. Justin Gardiner switched depth and flies to take 35 anchored off boat bay. Daddies, FAB and Buzzers were his best patterns. Now the clocks have gone back half day tickets are valid 7am - 2pm or midday until dark.
Forthcoming competition, Saturday December 29: The perfect excuse to get some fresh air between Christmas and New Year. C&R bank competition £45 entry fee includes fishing. £700 first prize! Full details on Iain Barr Facebook or at the fishery on 01832 720786.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Anglers are still recording some decent bags despite some unsettled autumnal weather. Both lakes have been producing some good sized fish with one at 16lb recorded and safely returned on Coe Crag. Thurnton also held a Fritz 'n' Flies Heat on Sunday, where 21 anglers landed 61 fish making a rod average of 3. Single qualifiers: 1st Ryan Mathews with 6 fish from 4 pegs; 2nd Jaime Potts also with 6 fish from 4 pegs; 3rd Jaime Scott also with 6 fish from 4 pegs; 4th John Metcalf with 5 fish from 4 pegs. Pairs qualifiers: 1st John Pringle and Malcolm Robinson; 2nd David Mordue and Tommy Stephenson.
Top flies this week have been Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, Popper Hoppers, Bloodworms, Cat’s Whiskers, Damsels, PTNs and Yellow Dancers. Bill Bonas from Chopwell released 3 fish off Long Crag and 7 off Coe Crag, one at 9lb, using Bunny Leech and Eggstacy Worms. Bryan Ion from Blaydon released 16 on Long Crag using Damsels. Stew Ritson also from Blaydon returned 8 to Long Crag on Damsels. Regular Matty Devine returned 20 using lures and Diawl Bachs, best fish 7lb and he lost a good brown at the net. Matty released another 8 during a second visit also on Diawls. Gavin Hall from Stannington released 5 and kept 2 (4.10lb) using Sedge on Coe Crag. Brian Lavery from Linton had 3 off Long Crag and 3 including one at 16lb off Coe Crag. Ponteland angler Duncan Passmore released 5 on Long Crag using PTN. Paul Sands from Cramlington safely released 9 fish between both lakes using Cat’s Whiskers, over his two visits. Steve Short and Keith Mortimer had a good day landing 19 fish between both lakes, Steve netting 13 on White Nomads and Buzzers, Keith 6 on Yellow Dancers. Jim Lumsden from Cramlington, on his first visit since April, returned 12 fish to Long Crag including 2 browns at 4-5lb. Jim said ‘Great day, good to be back’. Father and son Steve and Mick Kelley released 18 between both lakes, Steve 7 on Buzzers and dries, Mick 11 on Popper Hoppers. James Carr from Blyth returned 7 to Long Crag on Apps’ Bloodworms. Ashington angler Ken Glenton released 14 on Long Crag using Cats and dries. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington netted 7 using Diawl Bach on Long Crag. Jack Metcalf from Newbiggin safely released 15 fish to Coe Crag using Eggstacy Worms. Mick Brown from Bedlington released 20 on Long Crag with Black Mirage Buzzers. John Metcalf re-leased 9 on Long Crag using Blobs. Fishery open daily 8.30am to 4pm.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk