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Grafham Water


Weekending 15th October


Fish 650 (season 19,964) Returns 118 (3,320) Rod average 5.5 (6.0)

A fantastic week at Grafham Water with another healthy increase in the rod average which was 5.5 for the week and 6.0 for the season. Boat and bank anglers are enjoying great sport and many fish are being taken close in.

 

Boat angling can be a great way to fish the hard to reach bays and out of the way areas, enabling you to avoid the popular banks at this time of year. Many anglers are having the most success on floating lines using a mixture of shrimp, GRHE’s, diawl bachs, with some still on crunchers and hoppers and some talk of corixa working well too. Others are having good results fishing fast glass or slow intermediates alongside minkies, humungous, cats whiskers and blue flash damsels. It’s worth mentioning that some fish are following fry, feeding sporadically throughout the day, so cover a showing fish quickly.

 

Only two more weeks remain fishing the west bank at Grafham before Winter restrictions start from 31 October. So those that wish to fish Savages, Rainbow Point and Sanctuary Bay haven’t long left with these areas producing very good bags too.

 

Bank fishing has really kicked off with anglers taking up to 20 fish in a session, including some huge 4-5 pounders. The fish are very close in and are still falling to shrimp patterns and the red diawl bachs. The best areas seem to be around the dam although anglers prepared to take  a wander

 

are finding fish all along the north shore, Sludge bank and the Seat. Don’t forget to cast before you wade out and if you have the room cast horizontal to the bank, particularly in front of the Willows and on Sludge Bank. Please ensure that all shrimp are removed from your clothing and boots before leaving site by using the wash down facilities provided.

 

The big Brownies are showing consistently amongst the top catches this week along with a cracking Rainbow landed by a GWFFA member on Sunday. There were numerous big fish last week including lots of 4lb Rainbows. The best fish of the week was a huge Brown of over 6lb landed by an angler wishing to remain anonymous. Other big Browns included a fine specimen of 5lb 4oz recorded by Mr Konrath and two at 5lb 1oz for Clive Wilkins and Georgie Jackson. Mr Basset had a fine Brown of 4lb 8oz. Congratulations to you all for some superb fishing.

 

Please note that the winter restrictions will be coming into force from 31 October.

 

Just a reminder to season ticket holders – please ensure that your catch returns are submitted within the same week as you fished, otherwise the results do not contribute to the catch report.

Coming soon - A new competition – the Grafham Shrimp Masters.
A winter league to be fished from the bank across five dates with your three best results submitted. The six fish limit no catch and release match will be fished between 9am and 3pm with prizes for the best bag on the day and of course the top three and best fish of the league. Further information can be obtained from Grafham Fishing Lodge with no booking necessary.
Dates (all are Sundays) are as follows

12 November; 10 December, 17 December 2017

14 January , 28 January 2018

 

Best Brown                               6lb 4oz.

 

Best bank areas                       G Buoy, the Bowl, south dam, Plummers and gayness, the Seat, the Willows, Marlow Arm, the Stumps, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

 

Best boat areas                        G Buoy, the bowl, South Dam, Plummers and Gaynes, the Seat, Rainbow Point, Sanctuary Bay, Rectory Bay, Deep Water Point.

 

Mid week boat winner               Mr Phil Caress of Peterborough.

 

Forthcoming events

Predator fishing at Grafham Water
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
Lure & dead sea bait
1 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

 

Beginners courses  29 (Pike) October

Fry Feeders Match 22 October

Grafham Shrimp Masters Bank League starts 12 November

 

Grafham Fur & Feather (bank) 26 November

Grafham Water

Weekending 8th October 


Fish 705 (season 19,314) Returns 137(3,202) Rod average 5.1 (6.0)

Another busy week and word has obviously spread that Grafham is fishing very well. Grafham has hosted two competitions - the B C Hall and the final AMFC of the year.

 

Yet again there have been a lot of Browns caught which is always encouraging and a number of anglers have been bagging up this week. Excluding the matches the best Brown of the week was taken by Dennis Cooper with a 5-6lb specimen The biggest Rainbow of the week went to John Hyams with a specimen of 3lb 8oz. John took a bag of 7 fish, including a 5lb Brown. Nick Evans also had a good week, catching a 3lb 8oz Brown and releasing another of 4lb 8oz, caught on shrimp.

 

This week’s rod average of 5.1 reflects the number of fish caught from both the bank and the boats and some outstanding match fishing.

 

Boat anglers have again seen the most fish caught from the Eastern side. Specifically close in on the north shore, near the Willows and the north Dam. Success can be had drifting into the bank (avoiding bank anglers) and fishing in roughly 12 inches of water. Methods and flies are shrimp patterns, GRHE’s and holographic red diawl bachs and this can be fished in the washing line set up with a blob or booby on the point to attract. There are fry feeders off Sludge Point and Valley Creek as well, with some better fish coming from Sludge Point.

With the shrimp and fish in the margins bank fishing is good on the north shore and on the south of the Dam. The Seat and Plummers is good for wading and Plummers especially is good for providing a bit of protection from the westerly winds. Flies are much the same as for boats, using shrimp patterns and red diawl bachs on a floating line. When retrieving try letting the wind drift the line around or try a series of jerky twitches, this method is proving very effective.

 

Just a reminder to season ticket holders – please ensure that your catch returns are submitted within the same week as you fished, otherwise the results do not contribute to the catch report.

 

Please note that the winter restrictions will be coming into force from 31 October.

 

Competition news

B C Hall 5 October

Results 1
1st      Peter de Kremer     17lb 3oz

2nd     Tony Smith            15lb 3oz

3rd      Mark Searle           11lb 10oz

 

Results 2

1st      Simon Peck           20lb 6oz

2nd     Graham Pearson    16lb 15oz

3rd      Matt Willatt            11lb 13oz

 

Grafham Water continued

AMFC 7 October

Group one
Fished to a rod average of 7.2. The best fish was recorded by Chris McLeod of Invicta – 3lb 7oz. The best bag including time bonus went to John Frank of Bewl with 21lb 5oz.

1st      Bewl Bridge FC ‘A’                     6 points

2nd     Fish Hawks                               5 points

3rd      Invicta FFC ‘A’                           4 points

4th      Soldier Palmers ‘A’                    3 points

5th      Tunbridge Wells                        2 points

6th      Rutland Water FF                      1 point


Group two
This fished to a rod average of 6.9. Graham Currie fishing for Bristol caught the best fish at 4lb 3oz. The best bag was recorded by Peter Hartley of GWFFA at 23lb 10oz including time bonus.

          1st      GWFFA  ‘A’                      5 points

          2nd     H.F.A.                             4 points

          3rd      Bewl Bridge FC ’B’            3 points

          4th      EPFFA                             2 points

          5th      Bristol Reservoirs FFA      1 point

 

Group three

This fished to a rod average of 4.1. Ray Storer fishing for Invicta took the best fish at 2lb 14oz. Rob Allen of RNRMAA took the best bag including time bonus at 19lb 12oz.

          1st      Invicta FFC ‘B’                 5 points

          2nd     Soldier Palmers ‘B’           4 points

          3rd      GWFFA ‘B’                       3 points

          4th      Greylags                         2 points

          5th      RNRMAA                          1 point

 

Coming soon - A new competition – the Grafham Shrimp Masters.
A winter league to be fished from the bank across five dates with your three best results submitted. The six fish limit no catch and release match will be fished between 9am and 3pm with prizes for the best bag on the day and of course the top three and best fish of the league. Further information can be obtained from Grafham Fishing Lodge with no booking necessary.
Dates (all are Sundays) are as follows

12 November; 10 December, 17 December 2017

14 January , 28 January 2018

 

Best Rainbow                            3lb 8oz taken by Mr Hyam.

 

Best Brown                               5-6lb taken by Dennis Cooper.

 

 

 

 

Grafham Water continued

 

Best bank areas                       The Seat, south shore, south dam, Pylon, Harbour Arms, Sludge Bank, Perry Point and Deep Water point.

 

Best boat areas                        The Seat, south shore, south dam, Pylon, Harbour Arms, Sludge Bank, Perry Point and Deep Water Point.

 

Mid week boat winner               John Hyam of Stevenage.

Forthcoming events

Predator fishing at Grafham Water
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
Lure & dead sea bait
1 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

Beginners courses  14, 29 (Pike) October

Fry Feeders Match 22 October

Grafham Shrimp Masters Bank League starts 12 November

 

Grafham Fur & Feather (bank) 26 November

 

 

Grafham Water

Weekending 1st October


Fish 344 (season 18,609) Returns 75(3,065) Rod average 4.6(6.1)

Grafham Water is fishing well with a rod average of 4.6 which is set to rise with the fish feeding on shrimp. There have been a good number of Browns caught on both the bank and from boats. The best Brown of the week was caught by Dave Newens from the bank and weighed 4lb 15oz.

 

Mr Rogers had a 3lb 6oz Rainbow, with the best Rainbow of the week falling to Mr Bassett with a fish of 3lb 8oz. Phil Jordan had a good week catching 20 fish, five of which were Browns. Mr Hudson took 30 fish this week. Gareth Pearson fished twice this week and both times he and his boat partner did well, bagging up and catching 7 fish. Mr Bradbeer had 12 fish to the boat and Mr Korkiczy also had double figures.

 

Boat anglers are taking a lot of fish from the Eastern side of the reservoir. The Dam and G Buoy are still the place to be, but in at the margins of the north shore would be a good bet now that the algae is clearing. The lagoons bank is also a good place to try and is consistently producing good numbers of fish. Try fry pattern lures (minkies and zonkers) or the usual nymphs – hares ear, diawl bachs, crunchers and shrimp patterns. Alternatively you could try a fast retrieve with a tube as a sure fire way to bag up.

 

For bank anglers the dam is fishing well with good numbers of fish being taken. Shrimp patterns and diawl bachs on a floating line with a slow retrieve or near static are advised with the fish in the margins. Grafham ranger Pat Patel caught a lovely 4lb plus Brownie on this set up at the Dam.

 

The algae that has been a nuisance along the bank is shifting so more areas on the north shore will be accessible. This is great news with the fry and shrimp in at the margins.

 

The police had a match at Grafham this week with 19 anglers catching 39 fish for a rod average of 2.1. Paddy O’Grady took the best fish – a 3lb 4oz Brown.

 

Coming soon - A new competition – the Grafham Shrimp Masters.
A winter league to be fished from the bank across five dates with your three best results submitted. The six fish limit no catch and release match will be fished between 9am and 3pm with prizes for the best bag on the day and of course the top three and best fish of the league. Further information can be obtained from Grafham Fishing Lodge with no booking necessary.
Dates (all are Sundays) are as follows

12 November; 10 December, 17 December 2017

14 January , 28 January 2018

 

Best Rainbow                            3lb 8oz taken by Mr Bassett.

 

Best Brown                               4lb 15oz taken by Dave Newens.

 

 

 

 

Grafham Water continued

 

Best boat areas                        Rainbow Point, the Dam, open water drifting, particularly west side of reservoir (M Buoy), the Seat, in front of harbour, west bank and Hill Farm.

 

Best bank areas                       The Seat, south shore, south dam, pylon, harbour arms, sludge bank, Perry Point and Deep Water Point.

 

Mid week boat winner               Gareth Pearson of Thorpe Willoughby, North Yorkshire.

 

Fish stocked                             2,000.

 

Forthcoming events

Predator fishing at Grafham Water
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
Lure & dead sea bait
1 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

Beginners courses  6 (Pike), 14,  29 (Pike) October

B C Hall 5 October

AMFC 7 October

Fry Feeders Match 22 October

Grafham Shrimp Masters Bank League starts 12 November

Grafham Fur & Feather (bank) 26 November

 

 

Grafham Water

Weekending 24th September
Fish 326 (season 18,265) Returns 80(2,990) Rod average 4.0 (6.1)

Another good week at Grafham for both boat and bank anglers.  Some of the most notable catches this week included a 4lb 7oz Brown for Mr W Mounce and a 4lb Rainbow for Mr M Hammond. There have been reports of a number of Browns being caught on both the banks and in the boats.

 

There is some algae around which can make areas unfishable, depending on the wind conditions. That said the fishing is good with a rod average of 4 for the week and many anglers catching their limits, or very close to it.

 

Boat angling this week has seen G Buoy and towards the Dam really come on. Although the fishing can be a bit up and down depending on the conditions. There have been reports of there being plenty of fry out in the water, so this is something to bear in mind when going out. Those fish that are being spooned are being found to be packed full of shrimp, so fishing on the margins would be a safe bet (where this does not clash with bank anglers). Between the Seat and Plummers has also proved a profitable spot this week, with some big fish coming out. Diawl bachs, crunchers and shrimp patterns are still proving effective, as well as fry patterns.

 

Where the banks are accessible they are fishing well, with the shrimp coming into the margins. Many anglers are catching quite a few off the Dam, with double figures regularly being reported.

 

Coming soon - A new competition – the Grafham Shrimp Masters.
A winter league to be fished from the bank across five dates with your three best results submitted. The six fish limit no catch and release match will be fished between 9am and 3pm with prizes for the best bag on the day and of course the top three and best fish of the league. Further information can be obtained from Grafham Fishing Lodge with no booking necessary.
Dates (all are Sundays) are as follows

12 November; 10 December, 17 December 2017

14 January , 28 January 2018

 

 

Competition news

GWFFA 3rd boat match Sunday 17th September 2017 at Grafham9 GWFFA club members fished the 3rd and final boat club match of the year. Boat pair Charlie Abrahams and Mark Brinkman headed down towards the Sludge Bank drifting the area close to the bank. Charlie had 8 fish on a floating line using hoppers and netted a brown of 4lb 4oz and a 4lb rainbow. The fish were full of shrimp. Charlie also returned another 3lb plus brown. Others opted for drifting out in the lake pulling blobs and fabs. 51 fish were caught for a rod average of 5.7.

1st Charlie Abraham         8 fish for 21lb 6oz.
2nd Mark Brinkman           8 fish for 16lb 15oz.
2nd Chris Bobby               8 fish for 16lb 15 oz.

 

 

Best Rainbow                            4lb – Mr M Hammond and Charlie Abrahams

 

Best Brown                               4lb 7oz taken by W Mounce.

 

Best boat areas                        Rainbow Point, the Dam, open water drifting particularly west side of reservoir (M Buoy), the Seat, in front of harbour, west bank and Hill Farm.

 

Best bank areas                       The Seat, south shore, south dam, Pylon, Harbour Arms, Sludge Bank, Perry Point, and Deep Water Point.

 

Mid week boat winner                John Leldon of Haynes, Bedfordshire.

 

Forthcoming events

Predator fishing at Grafham Water
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
Lure fishing
1 – 30 September

Lure & dead sea bait 1 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

Beginners courses  1 (Pike),6 (Pike), 14,  29 (Pike) October

B C Hall 5 October

AMFC 7 October

Fry Feeders Match 22 October

Grafham Shrimp Masters Bank League starts 12 November

 

Grafham Fur & Feather (bank) 26 November

 Grafham Water

Weekending 17th September 

Fish 983 (season 17,939) Returns 142 (2,910) Rod average 6.9(6.16)

This week’s rod average is a fantastic 6.9. With the unseasonal conditions putting the trout in a feeding mood whether you are on the bank or fishing from a boat a limit can be achieved, although fishing styles will vary.

 

Some good fish have been taken this week including a 4lb Rainbow taken by Mr Speller. Steve Battle also managed a 4lb 2oz Rainbow along with a 4lb 13oz Brown. The best fish of the week was a cracking 5lb Brown taken by Mr Shaw.

 

Boat angling this week has been mainly on the westerly side of the reservoir with the greatest success being found in and around the trolling area. This would suggest that any algal bloom has finally cleared from the area, with fish returning in numbers, hungry for your flies. More luck is to be had pulling with blobs, fabs and boobies on intermediate lines with the fish more likely to take on a medium fast retrieve. However, there have been a number of reports of good dry fly fishing in the ripple, not forgetting we are in the daddies season, with crunchers and hoppers still taking fish too. A return in form for the bankside drifting is seeing many taking fish on shrimp imitations, though please be cautious of bank anglers during your drift.

 

Some great form for the banks this week has seen fish produced from most areas of the reservoir, caught on dries, shrimp and lures. Most are fishing midge tips or floating lines and can be located on the dam, Willows, G Buoy, bank, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm and the Stumps. Though try those harder to reach areas for a surprise or two like Pig Bay or off  Hedge End. Many bank anglers are reporting fish taken at their feet so ensure you cast before you start to wade.

 

Competition news

Grafham Water Championship

The highlight of the week was the Grafham Water Championship. This match is open to the best teams from the Regional Finals that didn’t win a place to fish in the Anglian Water Airflo International final at Rutland Water.

 

78 anglers representing thirteen teams came forward to fish for a generous cash prize along with tackle prizes. The conditions on the day were perfect (if a little blustery) with overcast skies, decent ripple and a little rain. The anglers did not fail to take advantage of the conditions and all headed straight out into the open water on the west side of the reservoir and began drifting towards the dam. There were 12 limits of 14 fish with over 50% of the anglers managing at least 7 fish on the day.A huge number of fish were landed for a colossal rod average of 9 for the day.

 

Some good fish came to the scales with Si Morris of Greylags FFC taking a cracking Rainbow of 3lb 12oz, although he was just beaten to the biggest fish of the day with David Kemp of Perth RASC taking a 4lb Brown.  The best bag fell to Anthony Cartwright fishing for FNF Nymphomaniacs with a huge bag weighing 32lb 11oz.

 

Grafham Water continued

 

The Nymphomaniacs won by a generous margin. The Shamrogues from Eire took second place – an outstanding performance as this is their first year fishing the AWAI. Northern Drifters were only a few pounds behind in third place.

 

          1st      FNF Nymphomaniacs       82 fish for 180lb 1oz

          2nd     The Shamrogues             71 fish for 149lb 1oz

          3rd      Northern Drifters             60 fish for 125lb 14oz

          4th      Alba Orvis                       58 fish for 119lb 7oz

          5th      Soldier Palmers A            57 fish for 116lb 9oz

          6th      Tartan Tyers                    57 fish for 116lb 9oz

          7th      Weald of Kent                 58 fish for 115lb 14oz

          8th      Greenwell Persauders      55 fish for 112lb 15oz

          9th      Bewl Chingley Chompers 48 fish for 97lb 6oz

          10th    Greylags FFC                   46 fish for 93lb 9oz

          11th    Team Vision                    43 fish for 91lb 9oz

          12th    Perth RASC                     34 fish for 69lb 3oz

          13th    Team Foxons                  33 fish for 66lb 12oz

 

Coming soon - A new competition – the Grafham Shrimp Masters.
A winter league to be fished from the bank across five dates with your three best results submitted. The six fish limit no catch and release match will be fished between 9am and 3pm with prizes for the best bag on the day and of course the top three and best fish of the league. Further information can be obtained from Grafham Fishing Lodge with no booking necessary.
Dates (all are Sundays) are as follows

12 November; 10 December, 17 December 2017

14 January, 28 January 2018

 

Best Rainbow                            4lb 2oz taken by Steve Battle.

 

Best Brown                               5lb taken by Mr Shaw.

 

Best boat areas                        Rainbow Point, the Dam, open water drifting, particularly west side of reservoir (M Buoy), the Seat, in front of harbour, west bank and Hill Farm.

 

Best bank areas                       The Seat, south shore, south dam, Pylon, harbour arms, Sludge Bank, Perry Point and Deep Water Point.

 

Mid week boat winner                Mr Homer of Coventry.

 

 

 

 Grafham Water

Weekending 3rd September 

Fish 252 (season 16,713) Returns 59(2,698) Rod average 4.3(6.19)

A fantastic start to September with Grafham’s rod average at 4.3 and the fish are more mobile and can be found in most areas of the reservoir.

 

Some cracking fish have been landed this week with one fish pushing the season’s best Rainbow and another over 5lb. The best Rainbow of the week was a superb specimen of 6lb 4oz landed off the dam on a diawl bach by Mr Blakeston.  Mr Hazell managed a lovely 5lb Rainbow. Steve Battle’s fantastic form continues and he took 17 fish to the boat on olive damsels, with most over the 3lb mark.  Steve has kindly offered to share his advice for the week – his fly of choice is the damsel and his ‘hot spot’ would be around ‘S’ buoy.

 

Boat angling has produced the majority of fish this week with many falling to surface flies and floating lines. Crunchers, hoppers, diawl bachs, nymphs and dries seem to be producing the larger bags, with lures steadily catching up. Shrimp fishing is beginning slowly, particularly near the Willows and the

 

bowl of the dam, though some of the holes in the weed are well worth fishing off Sanctuary Bay and Hill Farm. Areas along the south shore are beginning to fish much better, including in front of the harbour and along to Perry Point with good fish being around the Seat, Sludge Bank and Gaynes Cove.

 

Bank angling is beginning to pick up now the algal bloom has moved away from the west side of the reservoir with good bags being caught from the dam, Gaynes Cove, the Willows, Marlow Arm, G Buoy and Pylon Point. Other areas fishing well include the Seat and Sailing Club Bay. These areas are much better fished early or late in the day when the water is cooler. Floating lines along with FAB’s, hoppers, diawl bach and shrimp are the more common flies on show at the moment, although don’t forget the fry patterns either.

 

Competition news

John Watts competition
The challenging conditions made this a very close and exciting match. Eleven teams from across the country fished.

1st      New Haylie FF        17 fish; best four fish 36lb 3oz

2nd     Swale                    11 fish; best four fish 23lb 12oz

3rd      North Kent             11 fish; best four fish 21lb 10oz

 

Predator fishing
James Aris writes “I'd just like to say a big thank you from myself and the lads from SHUK and the Perch Hunters Club for looking after us on our annual get together. Day one produced quite a few decent perch to our members and some nice zander to myself, day two proved tougher but still perch were caught in good numbers. Our members dream of having a British Record holder among our ranks whether it be a roach or bream, perch or pike.”

 

Coming soon - A new competition – the Grafham Shrimp Masters.
A winter league to be fished from the bank across five dates with your three best results submitted. The six fish limit no catch and release match will be fished between 9am and 3pm with prizes for the best bag on the day and of course the top three and best fish of the league. Further information can be obtained from Grafham Fishing Lodge with no booking necessary.
Dates (all are Sundays) are as follows

12 November

10 December

17 December

14 January 2018

28 January

 

Best Rainbow                            6lb 4oz taken by Mr Blakeston.

 

Best boat areas                        Rainbow Point, the dam, open water drifting, particularly west side of reservoir (M Buoy), Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Grafham Water continued

 

Best bank areas                       The Seat, south shore, south dam, Pylon and Deep Water Point.

 

Mid week boat winner                Nick Wright of Northampton.

 

Fish stocked                             2,000.

 

Forthcoming events

Predator fishing at Grafham Water
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
Lure fishing
1 – 30 September

Lure & dead sea bait 1 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

Beginners courses 17,23 & 27 September; 1 (Pike),6 (Pike), 14,  29 (Pike) October


Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 15 & 16 September

 Grafham Water

Weekending 27th August 

Fish 322 (season 16,461) Returns 117(2,639) Rod average 2.76(6.23)

It has been another good week with larger fish being caught with plenty of fish between 3 and 4lb plus coming to the scales. Some of this week’s highlights include a huge 5lb 8oz Brown taken by Trevor Harvey. This was a cracking fish and the largest specimen of the week by just an ounce with Steve Battle again recording a big Brown of 5lb 7oz. Steve took a total of ten fish with his bag including four Rainbows over 4lb and five over 3lb – a total weight of more than 37lb. Some fantastic angling proving that even when conditions aren’t ideal the near impossible can be achieved.

 

The hot sunny conditions last weekend made fishing difficult, but this should change as cooler weather (and some rain) is now forecast. Anglers fishing the clear water are finding feeding fish.

 

Boat angling has been the go to method due to some algal growth in the margins. Some good results have been achieved fishing nymphs and diawl bachs, though a return to form for lure fishing has to be mentioned. Most anglers are fishing floating lines, some with midge tips, using a washing line method and retrieving very slowly. Others are using intermediate and fast intermediate, pulling snakes, tubes and lures. You will find fish under the algae in many areas, though your chances are greatly improved if you fish where the clear water is.  Good boat areas this week include the Seat, Savages, Rainbow Point and Sanctuary Bay, open water drifting towards G Buoy and fishing off the aerator and the Boils.

 

Bank angling has certainly been challenging over the past few days with the wind blowing the algae into the bays and up against the dam. Though fish are still there to be caught, particularly early in the day. The south shore including the Seat, Sailing Club Bay, the Sludge Bank and Plummers are being fished very rarely although there are some great fish to be had from these areas. We suggest anglers travel light with waders and keep moving till you spot the fish, this can be a very rewarding way to fish Grafham at this time of year.

 

 

 

 

 

Grafham Water continued

 

Competition news
GWFFA v’s RWFF  The John Maitland Trophy
A big thank you to Martin Brocklebank of GWFFA for his account and the results of the match.
“28 GWFFA and RWFF club members fished their annual competition on Sunday 20 August to remember John Maitland from RWFF. This year’s event was held at Grafham Water. Fishing proved quite difficult due to the changeable weather over the previous few days and bright sunshine in the morning. Some anglers caught on midge tip lines using attractors and various nymphs. The match was fished with a 5 fish bag and 5 fish C&R. top rod on the day was Chris McLeod of RWFF who fished from B Buoy to Deep Water Point catching 10 fish. RWFF came out on top - well done to Rutland. Following the match a presentation meal was held at the Grafham Lodge. The clubs would like to thank Mrs Jan Maitland for providing a lovely prize for the winner.”

1st RWFF 98lb 7oz.
2nd GWFF 85lb 30z.

Individual
       1st Chris McLeod RWFF 10 fish for 20lb 5oz
       2nd Steve Jones GWFF 10 fish for 19lb 3oz
       3rd Norman Rushton GWFFA 8 fish for 14lb 14oz.

Stan Suddick of GWFFA took the best fish -  a rainbow of 3lb 13oz.

89 fish were caught giving a rod average of 3.17.

Coming soon - A new competition – the Grafham Shrimp Masters.
A winter league to be fished from the bank across five dates with your three best results submitted. The six fish limit no catch and release match will be fished between 9am and 3pm with prizes for the best bag on the day and of course the top three and best fish of the league. Further information can be obtained from Grafham Fishing Lodge with no booking necessary.
Dates (all are Sundays) are as follows

12 November

10 December

17 December

14 January 2018

28 January

 

Best Rainbow                            4lb 10oz taken by Steve Battle.

 

Best Brown                               5lb 8oz taken by Trevor Harvey.

 

Best boat areas                        Rainbow Point, the Dam, open water drifting particularly west side of reservoir (M Buoy), Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Grafham Water continued

 

Best bank areas                       The Seat, south shore, south dam, Pylon and Deep Water Point.

 

Mid week boat winner                Michael Love of Bedford.

 

Fish stocked                             2,000.

 

Forthcoming events

Predator fishing at Grafham Water
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
Lure fishing
1 – 30 September

Lure & dead sea bait 1 October 2017 to 31 January 2018
Beginners courses
17,23 & 27 September; 1 (Pike),6 (Pike), 14,  29 (Pike) October

Lure anglers 1-2 September
Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 15 & 16 September

 Grafham Water

Weekending 20th August 

Fish 301 (season 16,139) Returns 70 (2,522) Rod average 4.3(6.4)

What a difference a week makes! Anglers have experienced some great fishing at Grafham Water this week. Steve Battle claimed the best bag of the week at over 34lb – one of the best bags of 8 fish we have seen for some time. Steve accounted for both the best Rainbow of the week (5lb 1oz) and the best Brown at 5lb 3oz. Other noteworthy fish in his bag included two 4lb 10oz Rainbows, one of 4lb 6oz and two other fish of 4lb and 4lb 6oz.

 

It’s been one of those magical weeks in regards to larger specimens being caught. Nearly half the fish landed have been close to, if not over, the 3lb mark with many larger fish causing arm aching sport. Amongst those catching notable fish was Will Warine who caught a cracking 4lb Rainbow. Andrew Cox, a regular visitor to Grafham, often finds himself amongst the big fish, and this week he recorded a 4lb 10oz Rainbow.

 

Boat anglers are finding fish in open water, particularly in the middle of the day, with most achieving good results on floating lines. This week the red bodied diawl bachs and ptn’s have proved very popular amongst the anglers with good fish also coming to crunchers and hoppers on the overcast days. Shrimp activity has vastly increased in front of the visitor centre, Willows and on the bowl of the dam so it’s worth bringing a pattern or two with you for these areas. Fish are also steadily coming off the north shore, though we suggest the mouth of the bays as a much more likely spot for a fish.

 

Bank anglers found it a bit tougher early in the week, but conditions improved as the week went on. We have worked on re-opening access along the Willows on the north shore and also from Sludge Point to the Seat with a number of access points for wading, and in some areas back cast room too. There are fish to be caught in these locations as it’s been left alone for a good while and could be harbouring a few of our brownies, making the walk there worthwhile. The vast majority of bank anglers are using shrimp patterns to catch their bag, though it’s worth fishing fry patterns and snail too, not forgetting the nymphs and diawl bachs. Floating lines are the more common option, particularly along the dam.

 

Competition news

Mark Haycock Grafham Pairs Match

This was a great match and fished to a rod average of 5.6. Thank you for the continued support of the pairs matches.

Congratulations to the top rods who were Mr Lehane and Mr Bizzel, with a combined total of 16 fish for 36lb 13oz. In second place were Tom Finney and Mr Cooper with 16 fish for 34lb 7oz. Third place went to Mr Beaumont and Mr Hall with 16 fish for a cracking 32lb 15oz.

 

 

 

Grafham Water continued

 

Predator fishing

It’s been a good week on the predator front with Pike, Perch and Zander all showing themselves in a multitude of locations. The north tower and the trench are probably the best areas to start your day with many reports suggesting the action is better earlier rather than later in the day. John

Moore had a lovely pike this week caught on the fly, weighing in at a fantastic 20lb 8oz, so well done John a cracking fish.

 

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10; Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

Great news for our senior anglers
'Senior Tuesday' plus 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Coming soon - A new competition – the Grafham Shrimp Masters.
A winter league to be fished from the bank across five dates with your three best results submitted. The six fish limit no catch and release match will be fished between 9am and 3pm with prizes for the best bag on the day and of course the top three and best fish of the league. Further information can be obtained from Grafham Fishing Lodge with no booking necessary.
Dates (all are Sundays) are as follows

12 November

10 December

17 December

14 January 2018

28 January

 

Best Rainbow                            5lb 1oz taken by Steve Battle.

 

Best Brown                               5lb 3oz taken by Steve Battle.

 

Best boat areas                        Rainbow Point, the Dam, open water drifting, particularly west side of reservoir (m buoy), Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

 

Best bank areas                       Dam, Plummers and north shore.

 

Mid week boat winner                Michael Love of Bedford.

 

Fish stocked                             2,000.

 

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
26 August; 17,23 & 27 September; 1 (Pike),6 (Pike), 14,  29 (Pike) October

Lure anglers 1-2 September
Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 15 & 16 September

 

Grafham Water

Weekending 13th August
Fish 248 (season 15,838) Returns 87 (2,452) Rod average 2.8 (6.4)

The predator fishing at Grafham has been outstanding with Gary Edmonds landing a Pike of 37lb 2oz. Trout anglers have also had a great week with the biggest Rainbow weighing in at 6lb.

 

Tom Finney caught the best Rainbow of the week whilst practicing for Mark Haycock’s Pairs match. Tom landed a fantastic specimen Rainbow of 6lb.

 

Boat anglers are finding fish in the open water.  These can be targeted up or down in the water using a mixture of dries, lures, nymphs and diawl bachs depending on the current conditions. There are also good fish to take around the weedbeds, particularly on the west bank and north shore, with large specimens being found hunting amongst and on the outskirts of weedbeds. Top of the menu are snail and shrimp, though some will also be found fry feeding. Boat anglers should target the clearer areas of the reservoir without algal blooms which currently are the north shore, west shore and middle.

 

Bank anglers are finding fish on the Dam, Plummers, Hill Farm, Deep Water Point, Marlow Arm and the North shore bays. The dam is fishing very close in so it’s worth casting along the wall to start your retrieve with shrimp being the main food source, otherwise shrimp, snail, diawl bachs and ptn’s are working well from most other places.

 

Many fish are starting to be caught on dry flies by bank and boat anglers alike, from Gaynes Cove all the way to the weedbeds on the west bank.

 

Daddies are popular, particularly the yellow backed daddies with crunchers and hoppers working well in the surface film.

 

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10; Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

Grafham Water continued

 

Great news for our senior anglers
'Senior Tuesday' plus 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.
Last chance to grab a bargain in our tackle shop Summer sale
Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.

Predator fishing

Huge congratulations to Gary Edmonds who took the fish of a lifetime when he landed a colossal 37lb 2oz specimen Pike. Gary landed this fish on his own fly and it was a personal best. The challenge is set for the rest of the season and we haven’t even got the lures and dead baits out yet!

 

Many predator anglers are catching a few during the day. The north tower has a good few zander and perch being caught with many others found along the pipeline and some very large perch and zander being spotted in the bays of the north shore. Pike are also starting to show themselves with a number of upper doubles coming out.

 

Coming soon - A new competition – the Grafham Shrimp Masters.
A winter league to be fished from the bank across five dates with your three best results submitted. The six fish limit no catch and release match will be fished between 9am and 3pm with prizes for the best bag on the day and of course the top three and best fish of the league. Further information can be obtained from Grafham Fishing Lodge with no booking necessary.
Dates (all are Sundays) are as follows

12 November

10 December

17 December

14 January 2018

28 January

 

Best Rainbow                            6lb taken by Tom Finney.

 

Best Brown                               4lb taken by Tony Diansew.

 

Best boat areas                        Rainbow Point, the Dam, open water drifting particularly west side of reservoir (M buoy), Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

 

Best bank areas                       South dam, Plummers and the bowl.

 

Mid week boat winner                Mr McGonigle of Surrey.

 

 

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
20 & 26 August; 17,23 & 27 September; 1 (Pike),6 (Pike), 14,  29 (Pike) October 

Grafham Water

Weekending 7th August
Fish181(season 15,590) Returns 49 (2,365) Rod average 3.7 (6.6)

Mr P Paraskeva took the best Rainbow of the week at 4lb.  Well done to Dave Cove who  had ten fish to his boat which was a very good effort, given the tough weather conditions this week. There have been a good number of fish caught for the time of year, although it has been a relatively quiet week.

 

The best methods for boat anglers are to drift in the middle of the water, with a good chance of catching fish from the area around M Buoy. The inlet (boils) as always is a sure fire way to bag a few, with a lot of fish being seen there. Using lures, snakes, tubes or boobies cast into the centre with a medium sinking line, leave it 10 seconds and then pull back. Other areas that have shown plenty of fish are the Seat, South Dam, Gaynes and Plummers. Anglers have also been catching on dries (daddies) around Savages and Rainbow Point. There are also reports of lots of fish on the top around B Buoy.

 

The weedbeds, open water drifting and the clearer bays are fishing well with shrimp patterns, snail patterns and lures. When the sun shines the fish will be found a little deeper, 5-10 feet down (it is worth switching to di5’s with blobs and boobies) but when it is overcast, try the surface layers of water. In terms of lines and flies, floating lines with boobies on the point, hoppers, crunchers, diawl bachs and dries (daddies). Di 5’s with boobies and diawl bachs and intermediates with lures and boobies.

 

On the bank the Dam is proving good early on, when the wind is in a favourable direction. The fish can be quite close in, feeding on shrimp and snails. A floating line using a hares ear, diawl bach or shrimp would be a safe bet, roughly half way towards the tower on the south side.

The shrimp are also present on the north shore, Plummers and the seat (it would be worth checking out the swims that have been opened up between the Seat and Gaynes Cove). Some fish are still fry feeding first and last light too. Other flies worth giving a try are FAB’s, boobies, fry patterns and dries. Intermediates and Di5’s with boobies (cat booby).

 

On the predator front a steady number of Zander have been caught from the North shore and a few Pike have been caught on Roach patterns.

 

Great news for our senior anglers
In addition to our popular 'Senior Tuesday' we are now adding a 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Summer sale at our tackle shops
Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.

Grafham Water continued

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10

Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

 

Best Rainbow                            4lb taken by P Paraskeva.

 

Best boat areas                        Rainbow Point, the Dam, open water drifting particularly west side of reservoir (M Buoy), Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

 

Best bank areas                       South dam, Plummers and the bowl.

 

Best methods                           See report.


Mid week boat winner                D Tomlinson of Alvaston.

 

 

Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta

Runs to 15 August.  5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses
11, 20 & 26 August; 17,23 & 27 September and other dates throughout the season.
Mark Haycock’s Summer Pairs boat match 13 August
Lure anglers 1-2 September
Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 15 & 16 September

 

 

 

Weekending 27th July 

Fish 472 (season 14,509) Returns 99 (2,316) Rod average 4.76 (6.3)

Anglers have enjoyed some good sport this week, including a fantastic Midlands final in the Anglian Water Airflo International.

 

Some good fish have come out this week with far too many 3lb plus fish to mention.  Some of the best include Lee Henfrey’s 4lb 2oz Rainbow caught in the AWAI Midlands Final. This was a cracking fish.  The biggest Brown of the week was a fantastic 5lb specimen taken by Andy Linwood.  Conditions look good for a few fish breaking the 6lb mark this coming week.

 

The best areas for boat fishing continue to be the weedbeds, open water drifting and the clearer bays fishing well with shrimp patterns, snail patterns and lures.  In the overcast conditions fish can be found in the surface layers of water, with many seen moving over the last few days.  When the sun shines it is worth switching to di5’s with blobs and boobies which could see you head home with your limit.  The boils and aerators are starting to attract more fish so as always it’s worth a try on your next visit, with other hotspots including Gaynes Cove and G Buoy.

 

Bank anglers are taking big hauls of fish from the Dam.  Fish are feeding readily on shrimp and snail on the dam with anglers keeping the flies relatively static and letting the wind do the rest.  Diawl bachs are worth trying and some fish are still fry feeding first and last light.  Other spots worth a shot include Perry Point, the Harbour Arms, the Seat and Plummers bank.

 

With the shrimp returning to the margins it’s worth mentioning the wash down facilities all anglers have to use at the end of the session. It's essential that all individual invertebrates are removed from clothing and kit to reduce the chances of shrimp transferral.

 

Competition news

Anglian Water Airflo International Midlands Final Monday 24 July
The top three teams in this match qualified for the International Final at Rutland in early October. The fourth and fifth placed teams will be invited to fish in the Grafham Water Championship in September. This was one of the most closely contested AWAI matches ever with just one ounce separating third and fourth placed teams.  The day was windy and conditions tough, however a rod average of 6.62 speaks for itself.

 

1st      Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs           45 fish for 95lb 2oz

2nd     Elinor                                                42 fish for 92lb 8oz

3rd     The Renegades                                42 fish for 89lb 9oz

4th      Draycote Rio Masters                          42 fish for 89lb 8oz

5th      Greylags FFC                                      38 fish for 71lb

6th      Greenwell Persuaders                         33 fish for 71lb 7oz

7th      Musketeers                                        36 fish for 71lb 4oz

 

Best fish Lee Henfrey of Draycote Rio Masters 4lb 2oz

Best bag Cameron Neil of The Renegades 30lb 0oz

Grafham Water continued

 

Great news for our senior anglers
 In addition to our popular 'Senior Tuesday' we are now adding a 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Summer sale at our tackle shops
Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.
Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10

Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

 

Best Rainbow                            4lb 2oz taken by Lee Henfrey.

 

Best Brown                               5lb taken by Andy Linwood.

 

Best boat areas                        Rainbow Point, the Dam, open water drifting, particularly west side of reservoir (M Buoy), Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

 

Best bank areas                       Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, South Dam, Plummers and the Bowl.

 

Best methods                           See report.


Mid week boat winner                Mr Young of Stanwick.

 

Fish stocked                             1,000.

 

Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta

Runs to 15 August.  5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses
 5,11,20 & 26 August; 17,23 & 27 September and other dates throughout the season.
Mark Haycock’s Summer Pairs boat match 13 August
Lure anglers 1-2 September
Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 15 & 16 September

 Grafham Water
Weekending 16th July
Fish 289(season 13,290) Returns 61 (2,077) Rod average 4.7 (6.4)
A great week of overcast conditions with another lift in the sport at Grafham Water, including some great hauls and big fish. The rod average stands at a fantastic 4.7 for this time of year and could stay high over the coming weeks.

Good captures this week include those of Mr Tompkins who managed a fantastic 5lb Rainbow on his day out, though was beaten to fish of the week by Mr McGuire who landed a 6lb 10oz rainbow along with a 3lb 10oz brown. Some cracking fish are still to be had out there with a vast number of upper singles being seen regularly around the weed beds, and even mention of some doubles too.  

Boat anglers continue to concentrate their efforts just off of the weed beds, drifting into open water and predominantly on the west side of the fishery, including the west bank, Rainbow Point and the mouth of Savages. Hill Farm, Pylon Point and Rectory Bay have improved drastically in the past week with more fish entering the bays hunting shrimp. Dries have been working well in the wave with sedge and daddies being the more popular fly amongst the anglers, though many are fishing washing lines with boobies on the point and shrimp or GRHE’s on the droppers.

Many anglers are finding bank fishing tougher as the weed growth increases, though this can be a blessing to those stalking bigger specimens in the holes and down the side of the beds. Those after an easier retrieve could always try fishing from the Stumps down to Pylon Point as the weed growth is less prolific in this area. With the shrimp returning at an ever increasing rate to the banks, areas such as the Seat, Sailing Club Bay, the Willows and Sludge Point are looking much better and should produce a pull or two. The Dam has been tough so far this summer and is currently coloured up, once the colour drops out we expect the sport to improve drastically, so bring your waders in case conditions are not ideal and have a go off the bank instead.

With the shrimp returning to the margins it’s worth mentioning the wash down facilities all anglers have to use at the end of the session. It's essential that all individual invertebrates are removed from clothing and kit to reduce the chances of shrimp transferral.

Great news for our senior anglers
 In addition to our popular 'Senior Tuesday' we are now adding a 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.
Summer sale at our tackle shops
Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.
Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!
Sunset Boat £10
Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10
Offer available from 4.30pm
Grafham Water continued

Best Rainbow            6lb 10oz taken by Mr McGuire.

Best Brown                3lb 10oz taken by Mr McGuire.

Best boat areas    Rainbow Point, the Seat, the Dam. Open water drifting, particularly west side of reservoir, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Best bank areas    Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, north dam and the bowl.

Best methods            See report.

Mid week boat winner        John Timothy.

Fish stocked                2,000.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Runs to 15 August.  5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses  21,28 & 30 July; 5,11,20 & 26 August; 17,23 & 27 September and other dates throughout the season.
AWAI Midland Final 24 July
Mark Haycock’s Summer Pairs boat match 13 August
Lure anglers 1-2 September
Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 15 & 16 September

 

 

Grafham Water
Weekending 9th July
Fish 408(season 13,001) Returns 114 (2,016) Rod average 3.58 (6.44)
Some fantastic fishing is available at Grafham as the fish start to feed more readily.  Shrimp, snail and fry are the more common food items and all are found in or along the side of the weedbeds.  The rod average stands at a respectable 3.58.

Some top catches this week including a cracking 4lb Rainbow for Hannah Winser.  However, the best Rainbow of the week was caught by Adrian Look who landed a superb 5lb specimen.  Some good Browns are still showing themselves with Bill Wiltshire landing a lovely 4lb 8oz Brown.  The biggest fish of the week was a colossal 5lb 8oz Brown caught by Barry Sheddon. 

Boat angling continues to see anglers concentrating their fishing just off the weed beds and drifting into open water.  Areas such as Hill Farm, West Bank, Pylon Point and Rectory Bay have started to fish better as the shrimp become more active. It’s worth starting over towards Rainbow Point and drifting towards M Buoy through to F Buoy, particularly on the westerly winds.  Bobs, boobies, snakes and tubes are catching well, though some fish are still being tempted to buzzer and diawl back deep down.  The majority of fish however, are still being taken in the first 5 feet of water with successful lines being floating, midge tips and slow glass.  Dries are also being taken readily, particularly in open water you may even see the damsels being supped up in the bigger weedbeds, so bear this in mind for your next trip.

The banks are fishing much the same as the boats (make sure you bring your waders with you).  Shrimp are likely to be the best flies to use over the coming weeks, along with fry imitations, though do not ignore the use of lures and dries.  Snails are also worth a go at this time of year, particularly as they drift from weed bed to weed bed looking for habitat and food.  The trout will take this opportunity to fill up on them so try letting your snail patterns drift on the current from one bed to the next, you may be surprised.

With the shrimp returning to the margins please remember the importance of using the wash down facilities at the end of all sessions.  It’s essential that all anglers ensure that all equipment and clothing is checked, cleaned and dried.

Great news for our senior anglers
 In addition to our popular 'Senior Tuesday' we are now adding a 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.
Summer sale at our tackle shops
Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.
Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!
Sunset Boat £10
Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10
Offer available from 4.30pm
Grafham Water continued

Competition news
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon
24 anglers fished this match in tough conditions to land a total of 64 fish. 
1st    Yvonne Webb & Ron Gent            12 fish for 28lb 10oz
2nd    Martin Webster & Phil Sorensen        14 fish for 25lb 7oz
3rd    Alice Davies & Enid Edwards        11 fish for 21lb 11oz.

Best Rainbow            5lb taken by Barry Sheddon.

Best Brown                5lb 8oz taken by Adrian Lock.

Best boat areas    Rainbow Point, the Seat, the Dam, open water drifting (particularly west side of the reservoir), Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Best bank areas    Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, North Dam and the bowl.

Best methods            See report.

Mid week boat winner        Hannah Winser of Perry.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Runs to 15 August.  5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses  21,28 & 30 July; 5,11,20 & 26 August; 17,23 & 27 September and other dates throughout the season.
Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July
AWAI Southern Final 17 July
AWAI Midland Final 24 July
Mark Haycock’s Summer Pairs boat match 13 August
Lure anglers 1-2 September
Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 15 & 16 September

 Grafham Water
Weekending 2 July
Fish 265(season 12,593) Returns 66 (1,902) Rod average 4.0(6.62)
Some good conditions at Grafham Water this week have brought fish up in the water allowing most anglers a better chance of catching their bag and this is reflected in the rod average which is a very respectable 4.0.
 
The best method for boat anglers is to start fishing 200-300 yards off the bank, drifting towards it or fishing close in and drifting away.  Many fish are still within the top five feet of water and can be targeted with a variety of lines or styles.  The fast glass has been working well when conditions have been overcast, along with floating lines. In bright sunshine anglers are opting for midge tips, intermediates and Di 3’s and 5’s.  Pulling has worked well this week, especially with blobs, fabs and boobies.  Some anglers are still doing particularly well on dry flies and nymphs.  Although the buzzer fishing is tailing off, they are still being found, although these are very small indeed, other food items include pin fry, snail and shrimp.
 
Bank angling has picked up and is best at either end of the day.  Large specimens are frequently seen in the channels amongst the weed with most feeding on pin fry or shrimp.  The majority of shore caught fish are full of shrimp so it’s time to dust off your waders and dig out GRHE’s.  Good shrimping areas include around any weedy areas, rocky areas and the dam.  Plummers, Pylon, Deep Water Point and off the Willows can be hot spots on the right day and are well worth a go.  When retrieving shrimp patterns try pausing and letting the fly drop straight down to tempt more cautious fish into taking.  This mimics the movement of migrating shrimp and can be very effective.
 
There have been a few predators showing this week, particularly around Savages and hidden amongst the weedbeds, although it’s the Seat where solitary big zander are again showing.  Mr Lehane fished a tube very successfully and managed a fantastic 17lb fish.  This specimen was an absolute corker and it was a huge achievement to take a fish like this on a fly rod.  Grafham Zander are in a league of their own and are potential record breakers.
 
With the shrimp returning to the margins please remember the importance of using the wash down facilities at the end of all sessions.  It’s essential that all anglers ensure that all equipment and clothing is checked, cleaned and dried.
 
Summer sale at our tackle shops
Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.
Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!
Sunset Boat £10
Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10
Offer available from 4.30pm
 
 
 
 
Grafham Water continued
 
Competition news
GWFFA boat match 2 July
Martin Brocklebank writes “16 GWFFA club members fished this match for a rod average of 4.8, finding plenty of fish, particularly at the west end of the lake.  A cloudy morning saw fish feeding on the surface on tiny buzzer and some snail.  Anglers used floating lines and various blobs and fabs.  Some nice quality fish were caught just off the weedbeds, with lots of fish caught around the 3lb mark.  Top rod was Steve Jones who fished blobs and fabs.  
The best Rainbow of the match was a fine specimen of 3lb 13oz caught by John Vincent and the best Brown was caught by Peter Hartley, weighing 3lb 10oz”.
 
    1st    Steve Jones         8 fish for 18lb 1oz
    2nd    Chris Bobby        8 fish for 17lb 11oz
    3rd    Charlie Abrahams    8 fish for 17lb 4oz
 
Martin also has a tip for anglers trying to keep their catch fresh during the hot weather.  “Fill a couple of empty ice cream containers with water and freeze.  Pop these inside a cold box and they can be used as ice blocks.  When you catch a fish put it in the cool box along with a scoop or two of lake water and this will keep your hard caught fish in top condition until you get it home to the fridge or freezer.”
 
Best Rainbow            3lb 4oz taken by John Vincent.
 
Best Brown                5lb 7oz taken by Mr Socha.
 
Best boat areas    Rainbow Point, the Seat, the Dam, open water drifting particularly west side of the reservoir, Pylon Point, Dee Water Point, Hill Farm.
 
Best bank areas    Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, South Dam and the bowl.
 
Best methods            See report.

Mid week boat winner        Bill Vincent of Girton.
 
Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Runs to 15 August.  5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses   8,21,28 & 30 July; 5,11,20 & 26 August and other dates throughout the season.
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon
Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July
AWAI Southern Final 17 July
AWAI Midland Final 24 July

 

 

 Grafham Water

Weekending 18th June
Fish 495 (season 12,063) Returns 89(1,762) Rod average 5.56 (6.84)
It has been rather a hot week at Grafham, although this didn’t seem to put off the fish or the anglers.  The rod average stands at a cracking 5.56.
 
Some good Rainbows have been landed this week with reports of some 5lb specimens seen fry feeding amongst the weed beds.  Mr S Summers had a good day out and managed a Rainbow of 3lb 8oz.  Mr K Stapley broke the 4lb mark with one fish and took another specimen of 3lb 8oz.  The biggest fish of the week were a 4lb Rainbow and a 4lb 8oz Brown both taken by Mr Timothy on a short session.
 
Boat fishing is certainly the best way to catch your bag, particularly as the fish have begun moving out into the cooler water.  Early boats may find the fish close to the shore lines in the morning, although by 10 o’clock they would have moved out as it gets too hot.  The best methods currently for boat fishing included sinking lines with blobs, boobies, snakes and tubes, with flies like the Rutland Sparkler and Cormorant fishing well.  Anglers will start to find more fish around the aerators and the boils, although please do not anchor up in these areas.
 
Bank fishing is much more successful early in the day or late in the day, much the same as last week.  The fish have  switched on to the pin fry and are very visible when they are on the feed, larger specimens are being spotted feeding amongst the weed beds throughout the day and can be targeted in the right locations.  The best areas are anywhere where you can target deeper water with intermediate lines and lures, though it may be time to start trying shrimp patterns along the dam and rocky areas.
 
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
This match was fished in considerable heat and the anglers produced a fantastic rod average of 6.4.  The best bag was taken by Paul Haskey fishing for Team Elinor.  The top five teams going through to the Midlands final are
    1st    The Renegades            50 fish for 103lb 14oz
    2nd    Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs    49 fish for 101lb 4oz
    3rd    Draycote Rio Masters        42 fish for 86lb 15oz
    4th    Musketeers                39 fish for 82lb 6oz
    5th    Elinor                    36 fish for 80lb 1oz
 
 
Best Rainbow            4lb taken by K Stapley
 
Best Brown                4lb 8oz taken by J Timothy
 
Best boat areas    Perry Point, Gaynes Cove, The Seat, Sailing Club Bay, G Buoy, open water, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.
 
Best bank areas    North and South Dam, Plummers, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Pylon Point, Harbour Arms, Perry Point, the Seat.
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Best methods            See report.

Mid week boat winner        K Stapley of Bourne.
 
Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Runs to 15 August.  5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses   29 June; 2,8,21,28 & 30 July; 5,11,20 & 26 August and other dates throughout the season.
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon
Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July
AWAI Southern Final 17 July
AWAI Midland Final 24 July

 

 

Grafham Water
Weekending 11th June

Fish 213 (season 11,568) Returns 59(1,673) Rod average 3.6 (6.91)
Despite the tough weather conditions we have seen a few over wintered fish caught at Grafham with good reports of Rainbows over 3lb and large brownies.  Mr Garratt managed a good Rainbow of 3½lb.  Pitsford Ranger Bob Aves took a fantastic 6lb Brown at Grafham – returning the fish for another day.  It was a superb specimen taken on one of the toughest days of the season so far.
 
The recent strong winds have made conditions difficult for both bank and boat anglers – in spite of this the rod average for the week was a very respectable 3.6.
 
Throughout the week fish have been up and down and feeding sporadically for short spells before seemingly disappearing again.  As the weather has
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calmed down the fishing has improved with anglers managing limits and more.  The best methods are currently di5’s and di7’s fished with blobs,
boobies and snakes, particularly in open water with a fast retrieve.  Some anglers are having success fishing buzzer on a midge tip with a figure of eight retrieve and many others are succeeding on fast pulled lures.
 
Some good fish are beginning to come off the Harbour arms again, particularly into the evenings with most methods working well.  Other areas fishing well have been the south side of the dam, Plummers and along the south shore line.  Once the wind has subsided the north shore will be a lot easier to fish and we expect to see a few shrimp around in the rockier bays, so don’t forget your shrimp patterns.  Some anglers have begun to spot this year’s coarse fry in the margins so look out for fry feeding fish in the coming weeks.  Most fish from the bank are falling to lures, with the black humungous being the fly of choice for many, however recent success on buzzer and diawl bach is hard to ignore.
 
Best Rainbow            3lb 8oz taken by Mr K Garratt
 
Best Brown                6lb taken by Bob Aves.
 
Best boat areas    Perry Point, south dam, Gaynes Cove, the Seat, Sailing Club Bay, West Bank, Rainbow Point, drifting in open water.
 
Best bank areas    South dam, Plummers, Harbour Arms, Perry Point, the Seat.
 
Best methods    See report.

Mid week boat winner        Mr K Garratt of Saffron Walden.
 
Fish stocked                1,000.
 
Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Runs to 15 August.  5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses   17 & 29 June; 2,8,21,28 & 30 July and other dates throughout the season.
EFFA ProAm 15 June 01480 810531
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon
AWAI Southern Final 17 July
AWAI Midland Final 24 July

 

 

Grafham Water
Weekending 4th July

Fish 388 (season 11,355)Returns 89 (1,614) Rod average 4.35 (7.04)
The largest fish of the week was a fine Brown of just over 5lb landed by David Bishop. The rod average is currently around 4.35, set to rise with the change in the weather forecast in the next few days.  The zander fry are now showing and it’s worth bringing fry patterns in case they decide to swim past you.  There will always be a few trout after these, a well worked pattern will not be refused and could produce a couple of lovely over wintered fish before the fry move on.
 
Boat fishing is the most successful method as most of the fish have moved off shore and are out in the deeper, cooler water, although there is some action close in. Many anglers are catching on crunchers, hoppers, nymphs, diawl bachs and even floating shrimp, particularly out in the open water, fished on floating lines.  Other methods working include pulling on di5’s and di3’s using blobs, boobies and lures.  With the strong winds forecast this week it’s going to be tough on floating lines so bring backup! Good areas to target include around the aeration tower and drifting in front of Hill Farm and Sanctuary Bay.
 
Bank fishing has certainly toughened up, though reports for the week have so far been good, with captures on the rise.  The fish are predominantly coming early or late in the day with many anglers fishing dry flies, nymphs, hoppers, crunchers and lures.  Some good fish are coming off the dam and the harbour arms, with both always worth a go.
 
Best Brown                5lb taken by David Bishop.
 
Best boat areas    Perry Point, South Dam, Gaynes Cove, the Seat, Sailing Club Bay, G Buoy, the Willows, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.
 
Best bank areas    North and south Dam, Plummers, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Pylon Point, Harbour Arms, Perry Point, the Seat.
 
Best methods    See report.

Mid week boat winner        Chris Bugg of Milton.
 
Fish stocked                1,000
 
Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Beginners courses   10, 17 & 29 June; 2,8,21,28 & 30 July and other dates throughout the season.
EFFA ProAm 15 June 01480 810531
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon
AWAI Southern Final 17 July
AWAI Midland Final 24 July

 

 

 

Grafham Water
Fish 511(season 10,967)Returns 111(1,525) Rod average 4.6(7.19)
Grafham anglers  recorded an overall rod average of 4.6 last week.
Boat fishing has been the best method as the fish moved into deeper water.
 
Many fish are being taken on the lure on di7’s and di5’s with higher success rates the faster the lure is pulled.  Effective flies have included black and white snakes, tubes, humungus, damsels and cats whiskers.  Others are having success fishing static with midge tips or floating line using a washing line with nymphs and buzzers. Generally fish are feeding on very small green buzzer.  There are a few anglers having increasing success on dry flies or immerging fly, particularly into the evening, making it well worth popping in later in the day.  Hot areas for the boats are currently off the south dam near A buoy, Plummers, Pig Bay, Rectory Bay and Pylon Point.
 
Bank fishing is much more successful early in the day or late in the day.  Many fish are coming to intermediate lines, using lures.  Trying the harder to reach areas may increase your chance of a fish, though it’s imperative to
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avoid areas with algal blooms.  The fish are moving off and around the seat about 20-30 yards out and the harbour arms in the evening can produce fantastic sport.  Those fishing the dam could try fishing red and green buzzer patterns, casting into the wind and letting them arc around.  The fish can work very close to the dam wall so be cautious with your re-cast.
 
Anglers have reported some colossal Rainbows and Browns following, hooked and lost, particularly around the bays.  These fish are likely herding the predator fry.  Look for the fry spooking and cast into the melee, this may give you an opportunity to land one of the rare Grafham beasts, or one of our huge perch.  If you do target these fish make sure to be fishing strong lines!  
 
Competition news
Mark Haycock organised a fish with your boat partner Pairs Match on 27 May.  The match was great fun and included a barbecue.  A couple of cracking fish were landed and the best fish was a fantastic 4lb 9oz specimen caught by Mr Janssens.  With another lovely fin perfect fish of 4lb 1oz taken by Mr Bizzell.


    1st    Mr Rosuson and Mr Hubbard        16 fish for 39lb 4oz
    2nd    Mr Lehane and Mr Bizzell            16 fish for 37lb 9oz
    3rd    Mr Janssens and Mr Jadoulle        14 fish for 30lb 9oz
 
Invicta Annual Pilgrimage
This was a tough match fished in hot conditions but with some good results.  The top three anglers were
    1st    Mr George Brown        4 fish plus tb        18lb
    2nd    Mr Mick Facey        4 fish plus tb        15lb
    3rd    Mr Bill Patrick        4 fish plus tb        14lb
 
Best Rainbow            4lb 9oz taken by Mr Janssens
 
Best Brown                4lb 1oz taken by Mr Bizzell.
 
Best boat areas    Perry Point, South Dam, Gaynes Cove, the Seat, Sailing Club Bay, G Buoy, the Willows, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.
 
Best bank areas    North and south dam, Plummers, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Pylon Point, Harbour Arms, Perry Point, the Seat.
 
Best methods    See report.

Mid week boat winner        David Willis of Hitchin.
 
 
 
Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Runs to 15 August.  5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses   4, 10, 17 & 29 June; 2,8,21,28 & 30 July and other dates throughout the season.
EFFA ProAm 15 June 01480 810531
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon
AWAI Southern Final 17 July
AWAI Midland Final 24 July

 

 

Grafham Water
Weekending 14th May
Fish 882 (season 11,106) Returns 172 (1,281) Rod average 5.1 (8.67)
Anglers have taken some excellent fish at Grafham Water this week. Steve Battle of Bedford managed a cracking haul of 31 fish.  Well done to Keith Gilchrist and Simon Lehane who both caught 15 fish apiece.  Simon landed the biggest Brown of the week an impressive 7lb.  The biggest Rainbow of the week fell to Ziggy Lesiakowski who caught a lovely specimen of 6lb 4oz near to the Seat with a cruncher on a floating line.

This week the rod average has risen slightly and we have also seen a big change in the movement of fish with over wintered specimens being found in more open water. With the recent changeable weather gauging the depth of fish has been difficult.  At some times of the day fish are being caught on the surface and at others found at a depth of up to 12 feet.

In calm conditions buzzers and crunchers are still proving effective from the boat.  Although in the more unsettled windy weather it is well worth trying blobs and cats whisker boobies on an intermediate.  With the fish in more open water now long drifts are proving very effective.  Although fish are still coming out all along the north shore and there have also been reports of nice fish coming out at the Seat.

For bank anglers, buzzers are still the fly of choice, however diawl bachs and crunchers will also do the job.  Good numbers of fish are coming out at Deep Water Point, Pylon Point and the bank near G Buoy.  The Seat has also been fishing well and is a less challenging fish when the wind is in the south west.

Competition news
Grafham Water hosted  both the Anglers World Individual (13 May) and the Sport Fish Team Heat (14 May).  It was a cracking two days with plenty of fish caught.  The individual match was won by Mathew Griffiths with a bag of 16 fish. Congratulations to RAF Fish Hawks who won the team match with 37 fish for a total weight of 78lb 11oz. 

Mark Haycock is organising a fish with your boat partner Pairs Match on 27 May.  Entry is £60 per pair plus fishing costs.  Entry includes a barbecue and drinks.  The match will be fished to relaxed international rules with no anchoring and no time bonus.  Registration is from 8am at the fishing lodge.  Match time 10am to 5pm.  Please call the fishing lodge on 01480 810531 for more information and to book.

Best Rainbow            6lb 4oz taken by Ziggy Lesiakowski.

Best Brown                7lb taken by Simon Lehane.

Best boat areas    Stumps, the Willows, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm and Pylon Point and Open Water, M Buoy.

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Best bank areas    The Seat, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, bank near to G Buoy.

Best methods    See report.

Mid week boat winner        Mr B Tranter.

Fish stocked                2,600.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Starts 16 May and runs to 15 August.  5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses  21 & 25 May; 4, 10, 17 & 29 June; 2,8,21,28 & 30 July and other dates throughout the season.
Mark Haycock’s Fish with your boat Partner Pairs Match 27 May
EFFA ProAm 15 June 01480 810531
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon
AWAI Southern Final 17 July
AWAI Midland Final 24 July
 

 

 

 

 

Grafham Water
Fish 477(season 10,224) Returns 98 (1,109)Rod average 4.86 (9.22)
Tough weather conditions impacted the rod average this week. Although locating the fish can be a challenge, once you have found them bagging up can be easily achieved.

Good fish coming out this week included four Rainbows for Mr Skipsey. Hilary Tomlinson is in fantastic form, managing a superb Brown of 5lb 3oz which was the biggest fish in the GWFFA boat match and Grafham’s best fish of the week.

With the stronger winds boat fishing has become tough with anglers struggling to present flies, particularly buzzer, leaving most fishing lures.  Successful anglers have targeted fish in the surface layers of the water using floating lines, lures, blobs and boobies.  Others have been successful by hanging a washing line with buzzer and nymph propped up by a booby or a blob.  However, it is worth noting that the fish can be tempted more readily when you are twitching them back.  Some anglers are fishing dries with varying success, though currently the smaller patterns are more successful.

Bank fishing can be a little sporadic with most doing better into the evening.  Some anglers are finding spells of slow fishing before catching their bag in the final half hour.  It’s worth trying to find the fish before you cast. Taking a roving approach will produce many more fish than trying to hold out in one spot.  The strong northerlies have made it difficult to fish the south shore this week although the south and north end of the dam are perfect areas to try letting a washing line of buzzer drift around on the wind.  The fish are still very close in so it’s important to cast before you start wading.

Competition news
GWFFA boat match
    1st     Mr Abrahams    8 fish for 16lb 11oz
    2nd    Steve Jones        8 fish for 15lb 14oz
    3rd    Andy Linwood    6 fish for 14lb 7oz
Hilary Tomlinson took the best fish of the match a superb 5lb 3oz Brownie.

Grafham’s Tuesday Night Boat League will be up and running again this year in conjunction with Invicta. Starting on 16 May and finishing on 15 August there will be 14 weeks of evening boat fishing (every Tuesday - 5.30pm start – 10pm finish). The retail shop will also be open for an extra 30 minutes for anglers wanting to purchase any tackle.



Mark Haycock is organising a fish with your boat partner Pairs Match on 27 May.  Entry is £60 per pair plus fishing costs.  Entry includes a barbecue and drinks.  The match will be fished to relaxed international rules with no anchoring and no time bonus.  Registration is from 8am at the fishing lodge.  Match time 10am to 5pm.  Please call the fishing lodge on 01480 810531 for more information and to book.

Best Rainbow            4lb plus taken by A Skipsey.

Best Brown                5lb 1oz taken by Hilary Tomlinson.

Best boat areas    The Stumps, Hill Farm, Pig Bay, Rainbow Point, G Buoy, the Bowl, the Willows.

Best bank areas    The Bowl, Marlow Arm, Hill Farm, Deep Water Point.

Best methods    See report.

Mid week boat winner        Mr S Middleton.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Starts 16 May and runs to 15 August.  5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses  21 & 25 May; 4, 10, 17 & 29 June and other dates throughout the season.
Anglers World Individual 13 May John Horsey
Sport Fish Team Heat 14 May John Horsey
Mark Haycock’s Fish with your boat Partner Pairs Match 27 May
EFFA ProAm 15 June 01480 810531
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon

Grafham Water

Weekending 30th April
Fish 1,065 (season 9,747) Returns 160 (1,011) Rod average 6.66 (9.64)
It has been a busy week at Grafham Water with many taking the opportunity to fish over the bank holiday weekend, which has brought us a very respectable rod average of 6.66 in tougher conditions.

The best Rainbow of the week was a lovely 4lb 9oz specimen landed by Ian Warren. Other good fish included a fine 3lb 8oz Rainbow for Mr S Pimblett which was matched by Mr French who also managed a 3lb 8oz rainbow. Other rainbows showing themselves included a 3lb 9oz specimen landed by Mr M Matthews. Well done to everyone for some cracking angling.

There has been one fantastic Brownie caught this week, returned and estimated at a whopping 8-9lbs landed by no other than Grafham ranger Mark Haycock.  A very well done to you Mark, setting the bar high, good luck to all those trying to beat it!

The fish have begun to become pre-occupied on the buzzer, meaning that takes are not as vigorous as they have been recently. Many fish are being caught on the hang or up in the water as they search out the emerging insects, though be wary, when the sun is shining the fish are more likely to be found closer to the bottom so make sure you have your midge tips with you and use longer leaders.

Boat fishing is particularly successful for all those buzzer and nymph fishing with the added ability to hunt the fish taking dry flies in open water. Though there are plenty of feeding fish in the deeper water the margins are starting to produce some fantastic results with shrimp showing much more commonly in the stomach contents. Some very good fish are being landed across the reservoir with hot spots being Marlow area, the Willows and south dam, though with conditions changing, showing easterly winds for the rest of the week, areas such as Savages, Rainbow Point and West Bank may well be the best areas to start.         

Bank fishing is much improved from recent weeks as the fish have moved much closer in. You’ll tend to find better lure fishing on the banks than the boats with an intermediate line being popular amongst the anglers. Top flies as usual would seem to be cats whisker, cat boobies, weighted and un-weighted humungous (black or white) and not to forget the Pitsford Pea. Those fishing the dam are finding varying success using buzzer and nymph, with some anglers producing well over 10 fish in short sessions. Good areas include anywhere along the north shore, Plummers, the Seat and Harbour arms.

Grafham’s Tuesday Night Boat League will be up and running again this year in conjunction with Ivicta. Starting on 16th May and finishing on 15th August there will be 14 weeks of evening boat fishing (every Tuesday - 5.30pm start – 10pm finish). The retail shop will also be open for an extra 30 minutes for any anglers wanting to purchase any tackle.
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Competition news
England Qualifier


62 anglers fished this match.  The top ten anglers are as follows.

1st    Tom Davies         8 fish for 22lb 8oz
2nd    John Hancock     8 fish for 21lb 14oz
3rd    Neil Cohen        8 fish for 21lb 7oz
4th    Craig Smith        8 fish for 21lb 5oz
5th    Norman Rushton     8 fish for 20lb 11oz
6th    Pablo Mullings     8 fish for 20lb 10oz
7th    Bradley Gifford     8 fish for 20lb 7oz
8th    Neil Hodgson     8 fish for 20lb 3oz (biggest fish 3lb 1oz)
9th    Chris McLeod     8 fish for 20lb 3oz (biggest fish 2lb 4oz)
10th    David Franklin     8 fish for 19lb 15oz

Best Rainbow            4lb 9oz taken by Ian Warren.

Best boat areas    The Stumps, mouth of Savages, Hill Farm, Pig Bay, Rainbow Point, G Buoy, the Bowl.

Best bank areas    Perry Point, Plummers, the Bowl, Harbour
Arms, Marlow Arm, Hill Farm, Deep Water Point.

Best methods    See report.

Mid week boat winner        Eddie Gumm.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league with Invicta starts 16 May
Beginners courses 21 & 25 May; 4, 10, 17 & 29 June and other dates throughout the season.
Anglers World Individual 13 May John Horsey
Sport Fish Team Heat 14 May John Horsey
EFFA ProAm 15 June 01480 810531
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon

 

 

 

Grafham Water
Weekending 23rd April
Fish 1,338 (season 8,682) Returns 191 (849)Rod average 7.0(10.2)
Anglers have enjoyed another cracking week at Grafham Water with a rod average of 7 and many anglers are catching their bag limits.

The buzzer hatches at Grafham have been incredible this week and buzzers are the best method for catching your bag.  Black with orange cheeked have been deadly fished on washing line as well as on straight droppers, on both floating line and midge tip.  Olive buzzers and diawl bachs have been very effective and on calmer days bung fishing has also been very successful.

Boat anglers are achieving great results fishing all along the North shore, both drifting and anchoring.  Large numbers of fish are being caught in Pig Bay, Hedge End, Church Bay and Deep Water Point.  Towards the end of the day it is also worth heading up into Savages, or just off Mander Car Park where the fish have been switching on in those last couple of hours.  Fish are being caught at various depths, from surface to 12 feet down.

The bank has been a bit tougher although there are still plenty of fish to be had.  With the Stone Jetty at Marlow fishing very well, also the north end of the Dam, the Harbour Arms and the bank west of G Buoy fishing extremely well.

Once again we have had reports of fantastic fishing from anglers.  Some of these names will be very familiar – Steve Jones continues to have a fantastic season catching 59 fish over two days.  Chris Bobby is also in excellent form, landing the best fish of the week, this time a 5lb 15oz Brown caught in the floating line match which was fished last Saturday.  Other great bags came from William Crawford, who also caught a 5lb Brownie, and Stan Studdick who had a stupendous day catching 26 fish.

Competition news
Snowbee Floating Line match organised by Invicta.
18 teams of four anglers supported this match, catching 397 fish for a rod average of 5.5.  Well done to Paul Mitchell who took top rod with a bag weight of 22lb 4oz, including time bonus.  Congratulations to Greenwell Persuaders who won the match.

On Friday 28 April Grafham will host the Angling Trust England National final qualifier.  This promises to be an exciting day with the finals being held at Rutland Water on 2 and 3 September.  The Bob Church Open will be fished at Grafham on 30 April – some places still available – please call 01480 810531 to find out more.

Grafham’s Tuesday Night Boat League will run again this year in conjunction with INVICTA. Starting on 16th May and finishing on 15th August there will be 14 weeks of evening boat fishing (every Tuesday - 5.30pm start – 10pm finish). The retail shop will also be open for an extra 30 minutes for any anglers wanting to purchase any tackle.


Best Rainbow    5lb taken by Mr Turner.

Best Brown    5lb 15oz taken by Chris Bobby.

Best boat areas    Pig Bay, Hedge End, Deep Water Point and Church Bay.

Best bank areas    Harbour Arms, Stone Jetty, North of the Dam and the bank West of G Buoy.

Best methods    See report.

Mid week boat winner        Joe McGuire.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Starts 16 May and runs to 15 August.  5.30 pm start – 10pm finish

Beginners courses 30 April; 21 & 25 May; 4, 10, 17 & 29 June and other dates throughout the season.
England Eliminator 28 April 01480 810531
Bob Church Open 30 April 01480 810531
Anglers World Individual 13 May John Horsey
Sport Fish Team Heat 14 May John Horsey
EFFA ProAm 15 June 01480 810531
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon

 

 

 

 

 Grafham Water
Weekending 16th April

Fish 1326(season 7344) Returns 129 (658)Rod average 10.3(11.16)
Fishing has excelled again at Grafham Water with the rod average increasing to a massive 10.3. Despite changeable weather fish behaviour has followed a similar pattern to previous weeks, with fish moving up and down in the water column depending on the strength of sunlight.

There have been some fantastic bags and outstanding fish this week and apologies to any anglers not mentioned.  Andy Gumm took a cracking 4lb plus Rainbow, one of many he took on the day.  There have been vast amounts of over wintered fish coming out this season to an array of methods with some surprises along the way too.  Chris Bobby got a surprise at the tail end of the week taking a cracking 6lb 1oz Rainbow on a black buzzer.  This superb specimen was the best Rainbow of the week.  Andy Cox has again managed a colossal fish from the bank – this time it was an 8lb specimen – the best Brown of the week and the best of the season to date.  Some of the anglers having great results fishing catch and release include Mr B Taylor who netted 27 fish, Mr M Smith who netted 28 fish, K Hughs 29 fish, C McCully 30 fish, S Middleton 33 fish.  Topping the bags this week with a whopping 54 is Mr P Jordan.  Congratulations to all of our anglers on some fantastic results and some cracking fish.

Boat fishing remains the best method for catching limits with huge numbers of fish falling to many anglers.  Most fishing this week, due to the wind, has been on the west and north shores, particularly in areas such as the Stumps and Hill Farm.  The weed beds are harbouring brownies along the west bank particularly close to Mander Car Park with many fish hunting buzzer and snail. The buzzer hatch has been particularly impressive seeing the majority of anglers swapping their lures and sinking lines to floating or midge tip lines with long leaders.


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The most successful anglers are fishing leaders 15-20 feet with washing lined buzzer and diawl bachs.  Lures are still catching, though there are plenty of missed bites currently, particularly on faster retrieves, cutting down the tails or using snakes with a slow retrieve has proved more successful.

Bank fishing has been a little tougher this week, especially in the strong winds, though many can still have a good day when on the move.  Areas such as Plummers car park and Perry Point, which had more protection from the wind, are consistently producing good numbers.  The fish are being seen more often in the shallows, which is promising for the week ahead.  Buzzers are also the go to method for the banks, fished on a tight line and drifting in the wind can be deadly.

Best Rainbow    6lb 1oz taken by Chris Bobby.

Best Brown    8lb taken by Andy Cox.

Best boat areas    The Stumps, mouth of Savages, Hill Farm, Pig Bay, Mander Car Park and Perry Point.

Best bank areas    Perry Point, Mander Car Park, Plummers, the Bowl, Harbour arms, Marlow Arm, Hill Farm.

Best methods    See report.

Mid week boat winner        Simon Hill of Luton.

Fish stocked                2,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 23 & 30 April; 21 & 25 May; 4, 10, 17 & 29 June and other dates throughout the season.
England Eliminator 28 April 01480 810531
Bob Church Open 30 April 01480 810531
Anglers World Individual 13 May John Horsey
Sport Fish Team Heat 14 May John Horsey
EFFA ProAm 15 June 01480 810531
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon

 

 

 

Grafham Water
Weekending 9th April
Fish 1,457 (season 4,692) Returns 157 (529)Rod average 9.3(7.3)

The wonderful weather and superb fishing is still continuing at Grafham. The rod average is up from 7.4 to 9.3 this week, with an amazing total of 1,457 fish caught.

This week we have seen the biggest Rainbow of the season so far with Yvonne Webb weighing in a fine specimen of 6lb 13oz caught at Savages. The best Brown of the week went to Mr D Lyall who took a lovely 5lb 11oz Brownie off the Harbour Arm. There are a number of notable catches this week. Congratulations to Steve Jones who landed 48 fish on Sunday 2nd April. Steve is having a superb season so far with consistently high numbers of fish being caught. Norman Rushton has also continued his great fishing with another bag over 20, recording 24 fish this time. Other mentions and congratulations go to Martin Brocklebank who had 20 (including 2 Brownies), D. Harwick, also 20 and finally to Chris Mully who had a superb day on the 7th catching 30 Rainbows and 8 Browns.

The bank is still a challenge but fish are being caught, however boat anglers are still producing the highest numbers of fish caught.
Brownies have been in season all this week and it is nice to see a few big ones coming out. Many have tried fishing the recently re-opened Savages and West Bank and a number have had good fortunes, especially at Savages.

Boat angling is producing the best results at the moment with a number of anglers catching in excess of 20 fish. Anywhere along the north shore is proving profitable and it is worth moving up and down to find the fish. Savages is a good spot for catching over wintered fish. Martin Webster and Matt Harris fished there on Tuesday and caught many fish 4lb and up (on Buzzers).



Although it may seem a little early in the season, Shrimp patterns are working well for catching overwintered fish. But floating lines, fished near static, with buzzers have still provided many fish this week.   Anything black, black and green, or black and white patterns. Black and Red Buzzers, Blobs and intermediate lines (Di5 and Di7’s) fished with lures in the same areas are still producing fish. Other successful flies include cats whisker, humongous, damsels and boobies.

Bank angling is still more of a challenge this week. The fish have moved from the shore to roughly 150 yards out. When the wind permits, the harbour arms and Marlow Stones are showing good results.

GWFFA had their first Bank Match of the season and their valuable feedback can be seen below:
“After a very cold and bright start fish were caught quickly at various places round the lake. The Sailing Club bay and the Seat fished well early with fish coming to buzzer patterns. Steve Jones had a decent bag from this area. Once the sun got up the fish moved further out from the bank. The dam was definitely the top spot. Andy Linwood fished a single green buzzer in the bowl and took eight good fish. Martin Brocklebank also fished green buzzer on a floating line at the South end of the dam for a tidy bag. 12 anglers caught 82 fish for a rod average of 6.8.”
1st    Andy Linwood        8 fish for 17lb 1oz
    2nd    Martin Brocklebank        8 fish for 16lb 2oz
    3rd    Steve Jones            8 fish for 15lb 15oz
Lures are fishing best from the bank particularly in white, white and green, black and black and green colouring with fish following right up to the draw so keep those sunglasses handy. Good areas to try include the willows, the dam, plumbers, the seat, Marlow arm, deep water point and the stumps.

Thank you to all that have submitted your catch returns this week. The information is valuable to us and to other fisherman so please continue to do this and a gentle reminder to those who may forget, thank you.
This week we can also welcome another member to our Ranger team, Ross Lane.

The Bob Church Open will be taking place on Sunday the 30th April so contact the Fishing Lodge to book a place.
Good luck and tight lines for all at Grafham for the coming week.


Last Tuesday Martin Webster fished alongside Matt Harris.  Martin writes “Our best fish weighed in at 4lb 3oz, along with some super fish that Matt Harris and I caught on buzzers on Tuesday. We fished in Savages and all the fish were of a similar (great!) quality, appearing to be over wintered rather than from this year's stocking. Thanks for another cracking day at Grafham!”

The Bob Church Open will be taking place on Sunday 30 April, please contact the Fishing Lodge to book a place.

Best boat areas    6lb 13oz caught by Yvonne Webb.


Best Brown    5lb 11oz taken by D Lyall.


Best bank areas    Stumps, the Willows, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm and Pylon Point.


Best methods    See report.

Mid week boat winner        A Bayford of St Neots.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 13, 23 & 30 April; 21 & 25 May and other dates throughout the season.
England Eliminator 28 April
Bob Church Open 30 April.
Anglers World Individual 13 May

 

 

Grafham Water
Weekending 2nd April
Fish 1,173 (season 3,235) Returns 150 (372)Rod average 7.8(9.29)
It’s been another wonderful week at Grafham Water, beautiful weather and the buzzers continuing to hatch have resulted in a decent rod average of 7.8 (not quite as good as last week’s 13.4, but still pretty good).

Many anglers have had 20 plus fish this week with J Lawrence and A Lucas taking 33 fish to their boat, including a nice big Brownie.  Ripon Kahlique from the BBC’s ‘The Big Fish Off’ boat fished and took a lovely Grafham Brown.  We had two Rainbows recorded at 4lb 6oz this week taken by Andy Linwood and R Shaile.  R W Rees took a Rainbow estimated at 4-5lb.  One of the best Browns went to Mr Spall who caught a fine specimen of 3-4lb.

The bank is still just out of reach of the bank anglers, though boat anglers are producing high numbers with many saying that they have had their best days’ fishing ever this week.  One beginner angler, topped his previous best of four with a bag of six fish.  This week saw the West Bank and Savages open again and many were out trying to catch some over wintered fish there.  Browns are also now in season.

Boat angling is still the top method for producing vast quantities of fish.  Anywhere along the north shore is the place to be.  If you don’t find the fish after an hour or so keep moving along and you’ll come across them at some point.  Floating lines fished near static, with buzzer in areas such as the Stumps, the Willows, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm and Pylon Point will produce fish, particularly using black, black and green, or black and white patterns.  Black and red buzzers, blobs and PTN’s are also suggested and intermediate lines (Di5 and Di7) fished with lures in the same areas are still producing fish.  Other successful flies include cats whisker, humungus, damsels and boobies.



Bank angling has been more of a challenge this week, with some days being a little quieter than the opening few weeks.  The fish have moved from the shore to roughly 150 yards out and many bank anglers have taken to the boats.  Early starts or evenings are providing the best results.  Lures are fishing best from the bank, particularly in white, white and green, black, and black and green colouring with fish following right up to the draw, so keep those sunglasses handy.  Good areas to try include the Willows, the Dam, Plumbers, the Seat, Marlow Arm, Deep Water Point and the Stumps.

This week we welcome another member to our volunteer bailiff team as Chris Maggs joins Balkrishna (Pat) Patel in helping with work on the fishery including carrying out bank checks and offering advice.  Say ‘hello’ when you see them.

The Bob Church Open will be taking place on Sunday 30 April, please contact the Fishing Lodge to book a place.

Best Rainbow    4lb 6oz taken by R Shaile and  A Linwood

Best boat areas    Stumps, the Willows, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm and Pylon Point.

Best bank areas    Willows, the Dam, Plumbers, the Seat, Marlow Arm, Deep Water Point and the Stumps.

Mid week boat winner        David Morris of Bluntisham

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 8,13, 23 & 30 April; 21 & 25 May and other dates throughout the season.
Anglian Water Rudder Match 8 April
England Eliminator 28 April
Bob Church Open 30 April.
Anglers World Individual 13 May

 

 

 Grafham Water

Weekending 26th March
Fish 1153 (season 2062) Returns 86 (222)Rod average 13.40(9.29)
It’s been spectacular at Grafham water this week, wonderful weather and a buzzer bonanza has produced a rod average of 13.4! The majority of sport is just out of reach of the bank anglers, though boat anglers are producing high numbers.

A number of massive hauls this week surprised even some of our most experienced anglers seeing them finish the session early for a well deserved cup of tea! Here are a few of the many fantastic sessions and captures amongst the highlights this week.  Our apologies to anyone that we have accidently missed mentioning.

It’s a pleasure to mention and congratulate the Blazey’s for one of, if not, the best haul over the last year. John Blazey managed a staggering 53 plus fish to the boat in a fantastic session backed up by Mike Blazey who also managed 32 plus fish. That’s a whopping 85 or more fish for the pair on their latest outing, well done gentlemen! Two other notable bags were recorded by Mr N Norton and Mr William Kingston who both managed 23 fish each. Don Bowyer managed a couple of cracking rainbows one at 3lb 8oz and the other at 3lb 2oz, which was a great result for the session, followed by Dave Dyson with his lovely 3lb 5oz Rainbow and finally Anthony Bevan who landed not only a 3lb 4oz fish but also the midweek boat winner prize.

Boat angling is currently the top method for producing vast quantities of fish with many anglers struggling to decipher whether lures or buzzers are fishing better. The north shore is the place to be and much more comfortable considering the easterly winds we have been experiencing. Floating lines, fished near static, with buzzer in areas such as the Stumps, the Willows, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm and Pylon Point will produce you fish particularly using black, black and green, or black and white patterns. Intermediate lines, Di5 and Di7’s, fished with lures in the same areas are also producing fish with successful flies being cats whisker, humongous, damsels, boobies and blobs.

Bank angling has toughened up this week though good bags are still achievable. Many are finding better sport earlier or later in the day with a lull around midday. Lures are fishing best from the bank particularly in white, white and green, black and black and green colouring with fish following right up to the draw so keep those sunglasses handy. Good areas to try include the Willows, the Dam, Plummers, the Seat, Marlow Arm, Deep Water Point and the Stumps.

Best boat areas    Stumps, the Willows, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm and Pylon Point.

Best bank areas    Willows, the Dam, Plummers, the Seat, Marlow Arm, Deep Water Point and the Stumps.
Grafham Water continued

Mid week boat winner        Anthony Bevan of Sudbrooke.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 1,8,13, 23 & 30 April; 21 & 25 May and other dates throughout the season.
Anglian Water Rudder Match 8 April
England Eliminator 28 April
Anglers World Individual 13 May

Last Updated on Monday, 16 October 2017 17:58