Bigwell Trout Fishery, Monmouth
This week has seen a mixed bag of weather. One day the water is like a mill pond with every fish behaving spookily and hard to get, the next it’s gusty winds from all directions and a wonderful ripple on the pools. Youngster Wilbur Leoviriyakit took casting lessons from Gary Gray then landed 2 rainbow trout on his own. Paul Barnfield, who fishes mainly with Green Spiders, pulled in a 15lb rainbow from the newly de-weeded gin pool for a personal best. One of our best catches of the week was Ethan Clark, aged 13, who caught and released a beautiful 2lb 8oz brown trout in the middle lodge pool on a GRHE. George Watkins caught 2 rainbows to take home on a Mayfly. Robin Vale caught 7, Jonathon Mayer fishing with his dad David landed 4 fish each from across all pools on Black Gnats and Egg flies. Chris Danver from Bromsgrove caught his bag limit of 10 fish including 2 blues and a tiger trout from the gin pool and lower lodge pool. Open every day from 7.30am.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Although the water temperatures are rising in both ponds due to the settled weather, it certainly hasn't had any impact on the fishing at Ynysyfro. On the boats Keith Higgins recorded 2 limits while regular partners Craig Bowles and Dave Smith also had a limit each. Also doing well were Shaun Cotterell with 6 and with Ken Pascoe 3. The bottom pond continues to provide excellent sport, especially for Ken Bowring who landed a very impressive limit of 8 on three separate days and 7 on another. Chris Daniels also landed 8 in his total of 12 from two visits while Hugh Davies and Dave Arlotte each landed 7, with Ian Hewitt and Getting Bowes both landing 6 and 3 on two visits. Martyn Williams landed 5, Luke Thomas 4 and it was 3 apiece for Wynne Jones, Keri Jones, John Burton and Martyn Rees. The top pond was more challenging but Luke Thomas added a limit to his bottom pond catch and Dave Howells also found the right method and landed 12 from two visits while Dave Arlotte added 5 and Hugh Davies 3 to their bottom pond totals, with Ivor Thomas and Peter Dent both netting 3 each.