Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week March 12 – 18 the 134 anglers caught 584 fish of which 482 were returned. Water clarity gradually improving and bank fishing continues in fine form. Very few boats went out as the cold weather returned. Fish remain close to the bank with plenty being caught within 10 yards. Floating or intermediate lines are scoring with a slow retrieve. Water clarity is certainly better than a week ago emphasised by fish being caught on buzzers and nymph as well as the usual early season lures.
6lb 7oz Trevor Maycock, Northampton, Hare’s Ear
4lb 12oz Tony Blann, Wellingborough, black/green lure
4lb 11oz Tony Mitchell, Rushden, black/green lure
4lb 11oz Peter Green, Walsall, Damsel
4lb 8oz Pip Weatherington, Oundle
Best areas Dam, gravel bar, shallow bay. Best patterns black/green or white/green lure, Orange Blob, Damsel, black or brown Buzzer, Hare’s Ear.
On Sunday March 18 Elinor hosted the Southern bank fishing semi-final in freezing conditions and a -8 degree wind chill. The 23 anglers fished eight 40 minute sessions on pegs from the dam down to shallow bay. A total of 117 fish were caught and released for an excellent 5 fish rod average. Top 12 go through to the National final in May. 1. Craig Barr 12 fish, Damsel and Blobs; 2. Tom Finney; 3. Ian Watts; 4. Jed Stone; 5. Mark Harrison; 6. Steve Wiggins; 7. David Perks; 8. Ed Foster; 9. Ollie Jenkinson; 10. Brian Lillie; 11. Dave Johns; 12. Anthony Meadows.
Thrunton Long Crag Fishery, Northumberland
The unpredictable weather this week has led to anglers having to regularly adapt to the conditions. Anglers that did so managed some excellent bags, some catching fish into double-figures. The calm weather at the beginning of the week meant anglers had most success on PTN, Buzzers and Cormorants. However, at the end of the week, when the weather was at its worst, anglers found various lures very successful.
John Woodford from Alnmouth landed a total of 7 fish, 2 of them weighing in at 5lb, using PTNs; Newcastle angler Jim Burtle safely released 7 fish using a Cormorant; T. Bland from Consett returned 12 fish to Coe Crag, using a Pink Buzzer and Chamois; Jim Smith from Blyth used Buzzers to good effect releasing 5 fish to Coe Crag, during his 6 hour session; Mick Brown from Bedlington used an Army Truck Buzzer to land 7 fish; I. Patrick safely released 6 fish to Long Crag using a Green Taddy; Keith Laidler from Chester-le-Street returned 4 fish using Black Fry and lures. His best fish was a cracking 10lb brown trout;
John Woodford landed 3 fish, one weighing 5lb; junior angler, Jaime Potts from Bedlington caught a 5lb rainbow on a Yellow Dancer. Best flies are PTN, Cormorants, Buzzers, Chamois, Black Fry and various lures. Fishery hours 8.30am – 5pm.