It’s been another wonderful week at Grafham Water, beautiful weather and the buzzers continuing to hatch have resulted in a decent rod average of 7.8 (not quite as good as last week’s 13.4, but still pretty good).

Fish 1,173 (season 3,235) Returns 150 (372)Rod average 7.8(9.29)

Many anglers have had 20 plus fish this week with J Lawrence and A Lucas taking 33 fish to their boat, including a nice big Brownie. Ripon Kahlique from the BBC’s ‘The Big Fish Off’ boat fished and took a lovely Grafham Brown. We had two Rainbows recorded at 4lb 6oz this week taken by Andy Linwood and R Shaile. R W Rees took a Rainbow estimated at 4-5lb. One of the best Browns went to Mr Spall who caught a fine specimen of 3-4lb.

The bank is still just out of reach of the bank anglers, though boat anglers are producing high numbers with many saying that they have had their best days’ fishing ever this week. One beginner angler, topped his previous best of four with a bag of six fish. This week saw the West Bank and Savages open again and many were out trying to catch some over wintered fish there. Browns are also now in season.

Boat angling is still the top method for producing vast quantities of fish. Anywhere along the north shore is the place to be. If you don’t find the fish after an hour or so keep moving along and you’ll come across them at some point. Floating lines fished near static, with buzzer in areas such as the Stumps, the Willows, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm and Pylon Point will produce fish, particularly using black, black and green, or black and white patterns. Black and red buzzers, blobs and PTN’s are also suggested and intermediate lines (Di5 and Di7) fished with lures in the same areas are still producing fish. Other successful flies include cats whisker, humungus, damsels and boobies.

Bank angling has been more of a challenge this week, with some days being a little quieter than the opening few weeks. The fish have moved from the shore to roughly 150 yards out and many bank anglers have taken to the boats. Early starts or evenings are providing the best results. Lures are fishing best from the bank, particularly in white, white and green, black, and black and green colouring with fish following right up to the draw, so keep those sunglasses handy. Good areas to try include the Willows, the Dam, Plumbers, the Seat, Marlow Arm, Deep Water Point and the Stumps.

This week we welcome another member to our volunteer bailiff team as Chris Maggs joins Balkrishna (Pat) Patel in helping with work on the fishery including carrying out bank checks and offering advice. Say ‘hello’ when you see them.

The Bob Church Open will be taking place on Sunday 30 April, please contact the Fishing Lodge to book a place.

Best Rainbow                                4lb 6oz taken by R Shaile and A Linwood.

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

Best bank areas                              Willows, the Dam, Plumbers, the Seat, Marlow Arm, Deep Water Point and the Stumps.

Mid week boat winner                    David Morris of Bluntisham

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
8,13, 23 & 30 April; 21 & 25 May and other dates throughout the season.
Anglian Water Rudder Match 8 April
England Eliminator 28 April
Bob Church Open 30 April.
Anglers World Individual 13 May