Cwm Hedd Lakes, Gwent
Although the wet and windy weekend didn't tempt many anglers out, there was some great fishing to be had for those who braved the conditions. Chris Wady and Steve Parsons each brought seven rainbows to the bank, each using a White Fritz. Jay Williams, Richard Walter and Tim Silk had a soaking in torrential rain, but stuck it out to net eight rainbows between them. On Sunday Mike James landed nine fish, one on a Damsel and the rest on a Blue Damsel with a straggle-fritz body. It was five fish for Gordon Smith and seven for Wales international angler Paul Osborn, while Callum and Matt Russell brought six fish to the net. Hywel Lewis caught two fish, and an hour in the rain also brought two for Wales international angler Kieron Jenkins. Thursday's sunshine made anglers work hard, and a number returned to the lodge with dry nets. Luke Thomas reached his limit, taking one and returning 10. It was five each for Keith Higgins and Roy Western, three for Martin Williams and one for Bernie Davies. In rough weather on Wednesday when most stayed home, Ken Pascoe netted 10 fish while it was five for Welsh International Sally Ann Iles. Ken returned on Saturday to bring in another four.
The second heat of the Welsh Bank Team trials will take place at Cwm Hedd this Sunday February 28. Approximately eight platforms will be allocated to competitors, but there will still be room for day ticket anglers.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
NRFFA members enjoyed a well-attended social evening at Risca RFC with most members taking the opportunity to renew annual memberships and to take out season permits. The preseason activities will continue with a work party at the reservoir on Saturday February 27 from 10am onwards. Stocking officer Steve Kean will be supervising the first season stockings for both ponds, prior to the beginning of the season. Rainbow trout will be stocked to an average weight of 2lb-plus, while more brown trout will be added to the top pond. The season proper will commence on Saturday March 5 from 7am onwards with the weekend being reserved for members. General day tickets priced at £8 for members and £12 for visitors will be available from Monday March 7. This price will cover an eight fish catch and release limit for each pond and the usual two fish kill allowance. Membership renewals and purchase of season permits can still be made via an SAE application to Phil Harper, Membership Secretary, and Colin Jones, Fisheries Treasurer. Prices and contact details are available on the Association website www.nrffa.co.uk