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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.
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.
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