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. 

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