Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The onset of fine weather and bright sunshine meant anglers found a different challenge in terms of style of fishing. On the top pond, Adrian Moyse landed nine fish over two visits, while Ken Bowring added four fish to an earlier limit. Regular top pond fisherman Ivor Thomas recorded the same number of fish, as did another top pond specialist Graham Ingram Evans, whose catch, taken on a Claret Shipman’s Buzzer, included a brown trout estimated at 2lb 8oz. Jeff Evans and Jeff Wilson each caught three trout with Chris Daniels landing two rainbows. Antony Vaisey included a specimen rainbow of 4lb in his catch from the swan end of the Tump. The bottom pond has seen some good returns overall with Norman Seward landing seven fish, and Billy Seward catching five. Five-fish totals also went to Barry Powell, Roger Martin and Chris Chapman. Adrian Moyse fished the golf club bank for his three fish. A six-fish catch was recorded by Cardiff member Alan Rees while Ken Pascoe, Hugh Davies, Roger Martin and Gwyn Davies all landed five trout. Gwyn caught his fish off the dam using a size 16 Shipman's Buzzer. Day ticket holder Mark Southwood caught four fish, as did Arthur Murphy. M. Ingle included a fish of 4lb in his three-fish catch with Ken Bowring and M. Brook also landing three rainbows. A brace of trout were caught by Chris Daniels, Les Murphy, John Gittins, Richard Bateman and Ian Oxley with a 2lb 8oz fish in his catch. Cardiff club members Jim Winterbottom and Fred Hooper used their day visitor tickets to each land two fish in the region of 2lb. Amongst the big fish caught this week was an excellent rainbow estimated at well over 5lb 8oz to committee member Brian Wareham. The fish was returned. Ken Pascoe took to one of the Association's boats and caught a limit using a Hare's Ear emerger pattern. Keith Higgins and his holiday guest Blake Jackson caught a limit and six rainbows respectively from the morning's boat session.
The continuation of very warm weather at the weekend resulted in challenging conditions. However Ken Bowring managed seven fish from the bush on the bottom pond. Mark Roberts fished from the pear tree side of the dam to land three rainbows with permit holder Ken Pascoe and day ticket visitor John Ball each taking a brace of fish. Boat fishermen Les Murphy caught three trout, while John Eynon and Martin Rees shared a boat session to catch five and two fish respectively. Most fish from the boats were caught on Black Buzzers. On the top pond Terry O'Connor landed four rainbows, from the Tump.
Fishing returns for April indicated that on the top pond over 300 fish were caught whilst the bottom pond provided over 1050 fish, giving a total return for the month in excess of 1350.