ANGLING: Simon Green’s column

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This week’s trout fishing round-up

Graham Water opened for bank and boat fishing for the new 2011 season on Friday 18 March.

The banks were the busiest they have been on opening day for a number of years.

The North shore was lined with anglers reporting catches all the way along from the bowl of the Dam right through to the Stumps as well as off the Seat area.

The fine weather, mild temperatures, and the prospect of some good fishing drew anglers from far and wide. Bank anglers enjoyed early success with G buoy area reporting the best catches. The most popular methods were floating lines and a black and green gold head on the point and buzzers on the croppers with a 50/50 split between the flies.

As the morning drew on the fish moved out more in the clear water conditions, within range of the boats. John Allen of Welling borough had a beautiful Brown of around 8½lb which he returned from the point at G buoy on a gold head Montana.

Best Rainbow 6lb 8oz taken by Dave Summers of Leicester.

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

Best bank areas - Willows, G buoy, Deep Water and Pylon Point.

Call the fishing lodge on 01480 810531 for more information.

Pitsford Water

Anglers are enjoying a great start to the season at Pits ford Water with a rod average of 4.94. As usual bank areas have seen excellent sport with boat anglers also taking bag limits.

Black and green lures on di5 or fast intermediate lines have been the order of the day for many but in coloured water bright lures have also worked well.

Buzzers on floating lines have begun to take some nice fish in the evenings.

Nigel Wood head took a lovely 10lb 4oz fish this week with others netting fish up to 7lb 4oz. Some nice over wintered rainbows in the 3-4lb bracket also turned up.

Mid North ants Fly fishers held their annual early season bank match at Pits ford Water on Sunday.

21 Anglers fished catching 95 fish giving a rod average of 4.5. The best fish was caught by Richard Slater of Northampton. Mick Eyes won the match with an 8 fish limit, weighing 21lb 5oz, this included a Rainbow weighing 8lb 6oz. Mick O’Farrell took second place with 8 fish weighing 18lb 2oz. Richard Slater took third place with 7 fish for 17lb 6oz. Lots of the fish were caught during the match around the Bog Bay to Stilt on Point area.

Best boat areas - Bog Bay, North Farm Bay, Stone Barn.

Best bank areas - Stilt on Point to No fish Point, North fields Shore, Stone Barn and the Pines.

Anglers have enjoyed another excellent week at Ravensthorpe Reservoir.

Peter Collins caught and released a 7lb Rainbow and released 8 others whilst fishing from the platforms with floating line and dial backs. Mick Osgood caught the best fish of the week - a 9lb 6oz Rainbow from Platform 12 with floating line and black lure. Gordon Green had a good brace with fish of 8lb 14oz and a 7lb Rainbow on intermediate line and black and green lure off the Platforms.

Trevor and David Hesitate had 36 fish to the boat - the best went to 8lb on a floating line and kelly green line, black and green lures and buzzers from the Cotton end. There are also plenty of over wintered fish around.

Best Rainbow - 9lb 6oz taken by Mick Osgood.

Best boat areas - Cotton car park/Causeway Island Best bank areas - Platforms 1-12.

Best methods Bank - Best during the afternoon. Damsel nymphs and black and green lures on intermediate lines.

Boat - some fish taken off the top to small black hoppers, but mostly buzzers and dial backs fished on intermediate and DJ 3 lines.

At Eleanor Trout fishery the trout are feeding heavily with good hatches of small black buzzers on most days especially at the warmer calmer end of the lakes method has been a team of s12 or s14 buzzers fished either straight line or under an indicator. Most fish being taken 18” - 3ft Townsend damsels on a floater have also taken good bags including the biggest rainbow of the season so far of 12lb 5oz caught from the west arm pylon pantheon the wind is not too strong there are plenty of fish rising but they are difficult to tempt on driest and bank anglers having equally good sport on most days with fish well spread around the lake.