Bigwell Trout Fishery, Monmouth
Much improved weather this week reminding us that spring really is just around the corner. A couple of lovely sunny days livened up the fish. Daniel Davis caught his 4 fish on his home-tied Blob, Rob Britten took 3 on catch and kill on his home-tied small Yellow Damsel. Brian Fisher caught his 4 fish on a Chamois fly, while Philip Jarvis had 6 on his small Yellow Buzzer. Father and son James and Kevin Williams from Cwmbran took 6 mostly on Egg flies and Cat’s Whiskers. Brothers Mathew and Martin Small took 4 fish on their catch and kill tickets mainly on Green Damsels. Andrew Jones took 6 from the gin pool also on catch and kill. Tim Harris from Bristol took 4 rainbows and released 1 brown trout all from the gin pool on Egg flies and Blue-flash Damsel. Because of the changeable weather conditions Tony Jones was able to fish in a number of different ways, including a small Black Gnat fished on the surface which encouraged numerous fish to rise. He hooked 2 but lost them. Changing tactics and fishing at mid-level on a sight bob and a small Black Buzzer he was very successful catching 3 fish in the lower lodge pool, while a White Egg fly also produced a number of takes. George Rickman caught 4 fish on Egg flies, small Buzzers and Green Damsels. Mark Grayson from Cardiff had a great day catching his bag limit including a tiger on Cat’s Whiskers and Green Damsels from across all pools. Dai Thomas from Crickhowell caught 3 rainbows on his Yellow Egg fly in the lower lodge pool. A visitor from Perth, John Johnson caught 12 fish over 2 days including 1 brown trout 1 blue trout and 2 tiger trout. Popular flies this week have been Cat’s Whisker, Green Damsels, Yellow Egg flies, Blobs, Buzzers, Chamois, small Gnats and Orange Blobs. Open every day from 7.30am.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Both ponds continue to fish well with returns from the bottom pond slightly better than those for the top pond. For the top pond Steve Snape and Ken Bowring both took limits while the majority of other anglers recorded a 3-fish catch. These included Shaun Cotterell, Dave Howells, Bernard Stephens, Steve Curtis, Ivor Thomas, Stewart Gordon and Huw Johns. Norman Curtis, Bryn Burgess, Barry Jones and Dave Scott all netted a brace of fish, with Richard Bateman including a specimen rainbow of 4lb 2oz in his return. Most catches came from the Railings Bank, although the Wood Bank and the Tump are seeing fish caught. A number of the above then continued to the bottom pond to add to their returns. Stewart Gordon led the way with a catch and release limit, with Shaun Cotterell and Ken Bowring each netting 7 rainbows. Alan Rees caught 8 fish from 2 visits, with fisheries treasurer Colin Jones adding another 6 fish to his season's catch. Bryn Burgess landed 5 bottom pond rainbows including a fish of 3lb 8oz, with day ticket holder Andy Hofrock also netting 5 trout. Martyn Williams landed 4 fish, matched by day ticket visitor Gethin Jones. Another day ticket visitor Gerald Davies landed 3 fish, as did permit holder Bernard Stephens. Dave Howells, Roy Jones, Dave Woods, Keith Higgins, Phil Morgan, Ivor Thomas and Barry Powell each caught 2 fish, while a boat session resulted in Ken Pascoe catching 5 trout and Roy Mealing returning with 4 fish. Green/Black Buzzers and plain Black Buzzers provided the majority of catches.
Following a midweek stocking, the quality of fishing improved even more, with numerous limits being recorded for both ponds. Six limits were landed from the bottom pond including those of Adrian Moyse, Ken Pascoe, Ken Bowring, Dave Slocombe, Paul Elsworthy and Dave Reynolds. Day ticket visitor Derek Hiscock landed 7 trout, while 2-fish returns went to Martin Lewis, Ian Hewitt and Martin Rees. Lures including Damsel Nymphs and Blobs plus occasional Buzzers proved most effective on the bottom pond. On the top pond, Adrian Moyse added a further limit to his day's return with day ticket holder Jeff Wilson also netting 8 fish. General treasurer Gwyn Davies enjoyed a good morning on the top pond reaching a limit for rainbow trout when he fished around the outlet with weighted Buzzers, and also landed 3 brown trout, all in excess of 1lb and representing the development of fingerling browns from the beginning of the previous season. Regular permit holder Keith Higgins also recorded a limit, with Paul Ellsworthy and Dave Reynolds each landing 5 trout to add to their bottom pond catch. Head bailiff John Mcindo and long serving committee member Brian Wareham caught 4 and 2 fish respectively when they fished the Railings Bank.
At the weekend, the top pond results include Keith Higgins and Roy Jones both landing 12 fish from 2 visits with a limit for Roy. Ken Bowring added another 6 fish to his top pond total with day ticket member Gareth Williams landing 7 trout. Stewart Gordon netted 6 fish, alongside day ticket visitors Dean Morgan and Gethin Bowes catching 5 fish each. Martin Rees fished the pond to land 4 fish, with 3 rainbows being caught by Bob Bradley. Adrian Moyse, Ivor Thomas and visitor B. Taylor all landed 2 trout. Buzzers again accounted for most fish caught, with the Railings Bank, particularly the outlet end, producing most good returns. On the bottom pond, Ken Bowring's persistence brought yet another limit, while Stewart Gordon added 7 trout to his top pond return. Ken Pascoe, Sally Ann Iles and visitor Luke Thomas all caught 6 fish, while Alan Rees and Andy Hofrock, fishing on a members' day ticket, both netted 5 rainbows. Day ticket visitor Lloyd Johns caught 4 trout with Phil Morgan also landing 4 fish over two sessions. Bernard Stephens used his permit to catch 3 trout, as did Alan Brann, while Keith Higgins, Dave Slocombe, Bob Bradley and Colin Jones all recorded 2-fish returns. Having caught 7 fish via the top pond, Gareth Williams added the same total from a bottom pond boat session. The banks either side of Pipe Bay, and the bay itself saw most fish caught, with Buzzers again being the most effective flies.