Anglers beat the weather to take some good sized fish.

Fish 145 (season 22,825) Returns 40 (3,836) Rod average 3.6 (5.95)

A very breezy week at Grafham made conditions difficult for fishing, although those that braved the conditions managed some good fish. The rod average this week is 3.6.

Brownies are showing themselves again, with regular reports of 3-4lb fish being returned, and all coming on lures. This week we have had two fantastic specimen fish caught, with Derek Bravington managing a lovely 5lb Brownie and a huge Brown landed by Lawrie Gillespie, at a fantastic 5lb 8oz – well done on taking a cracking fish.

Boat fishing was not easy with the high winds, including two days where boats were confined to the harbour. Despite this plenty of fish were caught. Boat anglers are having more success on the lure rather than the shrimp, with many saying snakes and tubes are the go to currently, followed by minkies, floating fry and other fry patterns. The vast majority of fish are up in the surface layers hunting, so stripping lures back fast will give you a better chance of catching your quarry. Areas where the shrimp numbers are high at the moment include off G Buoy bank, the Willows and the Seat, though make sure you cause disturbance whilst wading to lift the shrimp off the rocks, this will bring the fish much closer in.

The banks have certainly been much tougher, a swirling wind is to blame though hopefully over the coming week conditions will shift and become much calmer. Again those who weren’t put off by the conditions still managed to catch fish though the consensus is still that the lure is better than the shrimp, particularly floating fry and snakes. There are some good fish in the harbour again, though these are proving tough to catch currently, they are frequently spotted cruising under the pontoon.

Bank match Army/RAF versus Grafham Locals

This match fished to a 3.2 rod average. The combined Army/RAF team took 60 fish for 142lb 7oz ahead of the Grafham Locals with 41 fish for 96lb 6oz. Tony Smith was top rod with 6 fish for 16lb 2oz just ahead of Jamie Thomas in second with 6 fish for 15lb 14oz. Jamie landed the biggest fish of the match at 3lb 15oz. John Gamon took third place with six fish for 15lb 2oz.

Best Brown                            5lb 8oz taken by Lawrie Gillespie.

Best boat areas                      G Buoy, the Bowl, South Dam, Plummers and Gaynes, the Seat, Pig Bay, Recotry Bay, Deep Water Point, Hedge End, I Buoy.

Best bank areas                     G Buoy, the Bowl, South Dam, Plummers and Gaynes, the Seat, the Willows, Marlow Arm, the Stumps, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Mid week boat winner           Mr K Hobbs of Shefford.

Forthcoming events
Predator fishing at Grafham Water
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
Lure & dead sea bait to 31 January 2018
Grafham Shrimp Masters Bank League 10 & 17 December; 14 & 28 January