Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Given the freezing weather, unsurprisingly, fishing has been slow this week and, on some days, impossible. The lake was partially frozen but some anglers braved the conditions and nearly all caught in the low single digits. Buzzers, Snakes, Damsels and Bloodworms seemed to be the best methods. Temperatures set to be better this week and as of now, the lake is completely fishable with no ice. Updating Facebook page and website with daily reports to keep news current. The TEFF bank match is on February 24, looking forward to seeing some sea-soned anglers at this event. Blackdyke’s Troutmasters fish-off is on April 7 so please do let them know if you will be attending. Next restock will be mid-February.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Elinor opens for the 2019 season this Saturday February 9 at 7am. All prices remain the same as 2018. Prospects are the best for four years with no flooding. The water level is less than a foot off full and gin clear. The preseason stocking of 1550 fish included a good proportion of 4lb+ specimens. There is no need to book for bank fishing but it’s best to book boats, especially from April onwards. Hoping you enjoy a memorable season.
Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
After the ice last week preventing fishing, this week, the lakes are open 7 days a week. Sport has been mixed with some anglers getting good catches of 10 fish and others getting 1 or 2. Best methods are nymphs, especially Diawl Bachs, either two on a cast freelined, or fished under an indicator. In windier conditions an intermediate line with a Cat’s Whisker, or Minkie is working well. The fish are high in the water so the best sinking line is an intermediate. Last week saw the Angling Trust England Qualifier fished at Press Manor and 14 anglers braved 50mph winds to fish for a day with good catches. Some anglers travelled from Northumberland and others as far South as Essex, in order to com-pete.
Results: 1st Richard Haines 15 fish 21 points; 2nd Jim Burtle 12 fish 19 points; 3rd Mark Harrison 11 fish 16 points. The tactics ranged from in-dicators with nymphs to lures on medium sinking lines, through to one angler catching fish on dries. The total number of trout caught was 99 at an average of 7 trout per angler, with every angler catching. For fur-ther updates visit www.pressmanorfishinglakes.com
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Continuous cold winds, some hard frosts and heavy snow haven't made it easy for the anglers this week, however the colder conditions have allowed some of the larger fish to be slightly more active. The aerators have continued to keep both Long Crag and Coe Crag mostly ice free. The heavy snow that arrived at the end of the week caused some disruption, making it unsafe for anglers to fish. Various lures and nymphs have proved successful. Jordan Lisle had a 'cold' 6-hour ses-sion, safely releasing 6 fish to Long Crag using a Pink Blob. J. Riddicks from Maybole had a 'great day' landing 6 fish from Coe Crag using a Green Fritz. Cramlington angler, Alec Harvey also had a productive 6 hours, landing 8 fish between both lakes using Apps’ Worms. Mick Brown from Bedlington used Buzzers to safely release 5 fish to Long Crag. Matty Devine from Hadston landed 16 fish between both lakes using Diawl Bachs and a Devine Dancer. Matty's best fish was estimat-ed at 10lb. J. Harrison used a Cormorant to safely release 4 fish to Coe Crag having a 'good day'. Newbiggin angler, Willie Emery landed 4 fish from Coe Crag using Apps’ Worms. Best flies are Apps’ Worms, Blobs, Buzzers, Cormorants, Diawl Bachs and various lures.
Long Crag will be closed on February 16 for a TEFF Fundraising Com-petition. To book a place please contact the Fishery on 01665 574400. Coe Crag will remain open as usual. Apologies for any inconvenience to our regular anglers. Fishery open daily 8.30am to 4pm.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk