The heat wave we are experiencing is taking its toll as the fish have gone deep. Despite this, at times the lake has fished well, especially in the evenings, as fish have moved to the surface once the sun has gone down.
On Saturday we hosted the Rio Pairs match, with winners Iain Barr and Ed foster catching 13 fish for an impressive 36lb, with the biggest weighing exactly 5lb ! The match was fished to international rules only, and made that little bit more difficult by the use of floating lines only, not to mention the 32 degrees heat !!!!! Second place was won by two visitors from Belgium, Albert and Tony who bagged 6 fish for 18lb, and 3rd place was won by Peter Elliot and Lee Pattern also with 6 fish.
Bank fishing has been tricky as the water round the margins has now been heated by the hot sun and very little breeze. The evenings and early morning have been the best times from the bank.
The boats have had the best of the sport. The aerators are full of fish and those who are prepared to fish over them for any length of time have done well. Leicester’s Dave Pacey, a newcomer to the sport, landed 16 fish from the aerators last night, in a 4 hour session. Toft Shallows has produced some good catches recently too.
The pontoon area is now surrounded by thousands of fry, many up to 6” long. One angler reported seeing a fish well into double figures hanging around !
Best lines have been floaters, midge tips and sinking lines.
Best flies – black or olive buzzers, owl buzzers, diawl bachs, hares ears, fab blobs, orange blobs and boobies.
Best areas – Tower bank, toft shallows, rainbow corner, the aerators.
£1000 CASH PRIZE BOAT PAIRS MATCH – FLOATING LINE ONLY, ANY SIZED FLY. £25 ENTRY PP + FISHING FEES. SPACES STILL LEFT. Fish with your partner.
Lexus Individual 27th & 28th of July – the last chance to make the International final at Chew. There will be good qualifying odds for both these days !!
To book any of the competitions please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018
Number of rods 230
Number of fish taken 375
Number of fish returned 291
Rod average 2.8
Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com