Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Sadly, not a great weeks fishing with numbers in the low single digits which was frustrating for many as fish were definitely rising. The changeable weather and wind patterns definitely haven't helped. Let’s hope this week fairs better. We are looking forward to the Troutmasters fish-off on April 15, 2018. Many of you would have received letters already and a few have confirmed attendance. We will contact you early April to confirm but are happy so many can make it so far. All updates on our website www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Another great week of sport. Josh Piper from Morpeth enjoyed a free fishing session using his full loyalty card and caught 10 fish including a 10lb rainbow and 6lb tiger trout on a black lure. John Barns from Morpeth caught 8 fish using a black and green lure. Ken Glenton from Ashington caught 8 fish on a Cat’s Whisker and Bloodworm. Davie Parker from Wallsent caught 9 fish on a Buzzer. George Lumsden from Amble returned 6 fish including an 8lb rainbow using black lures and Bloodworms. A great catch by Chatton Ladies Angling Club member Caroline Brown landing a 3lb 4oz rainbow on a PTN. Member Dawn Dixon caught two fish, Marion Matthhewson and Instructor Paul Little also caught fish. The next Chatton Ladies Angling Club day is on Saturday March 17. New members welcome. Young Jack (aged 11) from Doncaster caught his first ever trout weighing 5lb on his own tied Orange Bloodworm. Matty Divine from Hadston tempted a 6lb rainbow caught on a zonker.
Chatton trout fishery will be fully booked on Saturday and Sunday February 24-25 due to the Fritz 'n' Flies final - apologies for any inconvenience this may cause to our regular anglers. The fishery will be closing at 5pm this week.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
A busy week with anglers catching quality fish and a rod average of 5.2. For the week February 12 – 18 the 169 anglers caught 879 fish of which 703 were returned
8lb 2oz David Broome, black/green lure
8lb 1oz Rob Keeber, Leicester, white/green lure
7lb 3oz Andrew Lebish, Linton, Pitsford Pea
6lb 0oz Clive Doutre, Letchworth, Red Apps, boat
5lb 7oz David Robus, Wellingborough, Pitsford Pea
5lb 4oz Paul Dunstan, Towcwster, black lure, float tube
5lb 2oz Brian Hollidge, Wansford, black/green lure
5lb 2oz Anthony Meadows, Newcastle, Red Apps
5lb 2oz Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden, black/green
5lb 1oz Barry Chillingworth, Northampton, Damsel, boat
5lb 0oz Matt Harris, Cambridge, Damsel Booby, boat
Anglers enjoyed a good week with many of the best catches coming from the bank. On milder or dull days most fish are being caught 2 - 4 foot down. In colder conditions it’s worth trying a little deeper at 6ft with the usual lures or a Black Buzzzer. As well as the usual early season hotspot on the dam there are plenty of other areas fishing well. The whole of the lodge bank has produced fish. Some fry feeders have been spotted in the creek. Best bank areas - dam, boat bay, gravel bar, shallow bay, lagoon, creek. Boat - dam, shallow bay, west arm. Best patterns black/green or white/green lures, Damsel, Bloodworm, Black Buzzer, Hare’s Ear
Double stocking this week!
On Saturday February 17, 7 brave members of the British Float Tube Association took to the water (and ice!) and did extremely well to catch 56 fish. Lures fished on sinkers and intermediates did the damage.
1. Dave Carrie, 6 fish 15lb 3oz
2. Gary Cragg, 6 fish 14lb 3oz
3. Tony Parker, 6 fish 13lb 6oz
4. Brian Heald, 5 fish 13lb 13oz
5. Andre Russell, 6 fish 13lb 0oz
6. Steve Frakes, 6 fish 12lb 1oz
7. Ric Dunnett, 6 fish 10lb 8oz
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
There have been some good bags this week despite the cold wintery weather. The anglers who braved the conditions had some excellent sport. Lures have proved very successful this week when fished very slowly on an intermediate line. Paul Pratt from Chester-Le-Street safely released 7 on Coe Crag using a Pink Bloodworm having a ‘great day’. Cramlington angler Alec Harvey returned 8 fish including a blue brownie using Buzzers, Zonkers and Blobs. Willie Emery from Newbiggin released 12 fish using various lures. Sean Wheatley safely returned 10 to Long Crag using Eggstasy. Simon Guthrie from Cramlington safely released 7 to Long Crag using a Black and Green Blob. Jimmy Drew from Wallsend returned 16 fish in his 6 hour session, he caught them on a Olive Zonker and a Black Bunny. Ray Wood from West Woodburn safely returned 8 fish using Apps’ Worms. Ashington angler Ken Glenton returned 7 to Coe Crag using a Chamois. Les Dimsmore safely released 5 to Coe Crag during his 6 hour session on a Mini Cats Whisker. Newbiggin angler John Metcalf had a’ good day’ safely releasing 7 fish using Buzzers and a Yellow Dancer. Ali Tait from Morpeth returned 11 fish to Long Crag using Bloodworms. Davy Kay from Morpeth used various lures to land 8 fish from Long Crag. Rob Hall from Morpeth enjoyed two sessions landing 10 and 7 to 12lb-plus on a Black Bunny Leech and Chamois Worms. Craig Crompton from Chester-le-Street released 10 from Long Crag on various lures. G. Hughes from Stanley had ‘a brilliant day’ returning 10 from both lakes. Gordon Swain from Dipton used a Devine Dancer to land 8 from both lakes. Best flies have been Buzzers, Zonkers, Apps’, Blobs, Yellow Dancers, Cat’s Whiskers, Bloodworms and Chamois. Fishery open daily 8.30am – 5pm.