Good bags of fish with a rod average of 4.7 and some superb specimens at Grafham Water

 

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

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