It’s been a fantastic couple of week’s fishing at Grafham Water with both boat and bank anglers bagging up. The rod average for the season to date is 5.99.

 

Fish 675 (season 21,088) Returns 118 (3,522) Rod average 5.72 (5.99)

Some superb fish have been coming out again with Mick Facey taking the best Brown at 6lb plus. There were several other good sized Browns around 5lb with a 5lb Brown for Mr Walker, Mr Brocklebank took a 5lb Brownie and a 5lb 8oz Brown went to Mr Taylor. The biggest Rainbow was around 5lb.

Boat angling is focussed on drifting in the bays or close to the banks with floating lines and shrimp patterns. However, the fry feeders over the last week have started to show readily with floating fry and minkies being top of the list. Anglers will find that lures such as the Pitsford pea, humungous, tubes and snakes will also work well particularly when pulled through quickly. The Seat has been producing a decent number of Brown trout this week with the odd Rainbow showing too, most succumbing to a lure.

Bank fishing is producing the highest bags with one lucky day ticket angler managing a colossal 40 fish. Most anglers are fishing shrimp patterns on floating lines, catching the majority of their fish very close in. Casting horizontal to the bank is producing much better bags than fishing out into the depths. The north shore has really improved over the past couple of weeks with anglers catching from Hill Farm round to the dam with those fishing lures also producing well too. It will be worth trying some of the shallower bays over the coming week as the trout start to hunt more readily, though all bank anglers must remember to keep mobile when the fishing starts to turn off.

Competition news
Fry bashers Day one fished at Grafham

Day one of this match was fished at Grafham on Saturday 21 October. Conditions were very challenging with strong winds and exceptional gusts. Day two in similar weather was fished at Rutland on Sunday 22 October.

Day One and Day Two Overall results

1st   Cameron Neil
2nd  Wayne Jones
3rd   John Hardy

The best overall fish was a 5lb 10oz specimen Brown taken by Robbie Winram. Geoff Lawson recorded the best Rainbow at 4lb 3oz.

Please note that the winter restrictions will be in 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

Great deals from 1 November. Day boat prices reduced to only £19. Half day 4 fish permits now valid all day.

Best Rainbow                        5lb 5oz.

Best Brown                           6lb plus taken by Mick Facey.

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.

Best boat areas                     G Buoy, the Bowl, South Dam, Plummers and Gaynes, the Seat, Rectory Bay, Deep Water Point.

Mid week boat winner          Mr Richards of Rampton

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 starts 12 November
Grafham Fur & Feather (bank) 26 November