Grafham anglers recorded an overall rod average of 4.6 last week.

Fish 511(season 10,967)Returns 111(1,525) Rod average 4.6(7.19)
Anglers have reported some colossal Rainbows and Browns following, hooked and lost, particularly around the bays. These fish are likely herding the predator fry. Look for the fry spooking and cast into the melee, this may give you an opportunity to land one of the rare Grafham beasts, or one of our huge perch. If you do target these fish make sure to be fishing strong lines!

Boat fishing has been the best method as the fish moved into deeper water.

Many fish are being taken on the lure on di7’s and di5’s with higher success rates the faster the lure is pulled. Effective flies have included black and white snakes, tubes, humungus, damsels and cats whiskers. Others are having success fishing static with midge tips or floating line using a washing line with nymphs and buzzers. Generally fish are feeding on very small green buzzer. There are a few anglers having increasing success on dry flies or immerging fly, particularly into the evening, making it well worth popping in later in the day. Hot areas for the boats are currently off the south dam near A buoy, Plummers, Pig Bay, Rectory Bay and Pylon Point.

Bank fishing is much more successful early in the day or late in the day. Many fish are coming to intermediate lines, using lures. Trying the harder to reach areas may increase your chance of a fish, though it’s imperative to avoid areas with algal blooms. The fish are moving off and around the seat about 20-30 yards out and the harbour arms in the evening can produce fantastic sport. Those fishing the dam could try fishing red and green buzzer patterns, casting into the wind and letting them arc around. The fish can work very close to the dam wall so be cautious with your re-cast.

Competition news
Mark Haycock organised a fish with your boat partner Pairs Match on 27 May. The match was great fun and included a barbecue. A couple of cracking fish were landed and the best fish was a fantastic 4lb 9oz specimen caught by Mr Janssens. With another lovely fin perfect fish of 4lb 1oz taken by Mr Bizzell.

1st Mr Rosuson and Mr Hubbard 16 fish for 39lb 4oz
2nd Mr Lehane and Mr Bizzell 16 fish for 37lb 9oz
3rd Mr Janssens and Mr Jadoulle 14 fish for 30lb 9oz

Invicta Annual Pilgrimage
This was a tough match fished in hot conditions but with some good results. The top three anglers were
1st   Mr George Brown 4 fish plus tb 18lb
2nd  Mr Mick Facey 4 fish plus tb 15lb
3rd  Mr Bill Patrick 4 fish plus tb 14lb

Best Rainbow               4lb 9oz taken by Mr Janssens

Best Brown                   4lb 1oz taken by Mr Bizzell.

Best boat areas             Perry Point, South Dam, Gaynes Cove, the Seat, Sailing Club Bay, G Buoy, the Willows, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Best bank areas            North and south dam, Plummers, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Pylon Point, Harbour Arms, Perry Point, the Seat.

Best methods                See report.

Mid week boat winner   David Willis of Hitchin.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league
in conjunction with Invicta
Runs to 15 August. 5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses 4, 10, 17 & 29 June; 2,8,21,28 & 30 July and other dates throughout the season.
EFFA ProAm 15 June 01480 810531
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon
AWAI Southern Final 17 July
AWAI Midland Final 24 July