The Summer Pairs boat match, organised by Mark Haycock, is on Sunday 13 August. The match starts at 10am and following the weigh in there will be a barbecue and drinks.  Call the Lodge for more information and to book a place, telephone 01480 810531.

Fish 181(season 15,590) Returns 49 (2,365) Rod average 3.7 (6.6)

Mr P Paraskeva took the best Rainbow of the week at 4lb. Well done to Dave Cove who had ten fish to his boat which was a very good effort, given the tough weather conditions this week. There have been a good number of fish caught for the time of year, although it has been a relatively quiet week.

The best methods for boat anglers are to drift in the middle of the water, with a good chance of catching fish from the area around M Buoy. The inlet (boils) as always is a sure fire way to bag a few, with a lot of fish being seen there. Using lures, snakes, tubes or boobies cast into the centre with a medium sinking line, leave it 10 seconds and then pull back. Other areas that have shown plenty of fish are the Seat, South Dam, Gaynes and Plummers. Anglers have also been catching on dries (daddies) around Savages and Rainbow Point. There are also reports of lots of fish on the top around B Buoy.

The weedbeds, open water drifting and the clearer bays are fishing well with shrimp patterns, snail patterns and lures. When the sun shines the fish will be found a little deeper, 5-10 feet down (it is worth switching to di5’s with blobs and boobies) but when it is overcast, try the surface layers of water. In terms of lines and flies, floating lines with boobies on the point, hoppers, crunchers, diawl bachs and dries (daddies). Di 5’s with boobies and diawl bachs and intermediates with lures and boobies.

On the bank the Dam is proving good early on, when the wind is in a favourable direction. The fish can be quite close in, feeding on shrimp and snails. A floating line using a hares ear, diawl bach or shrimp would be a safe bet, roughly half way towards the tower on the south side.
The shrimp are also present on the north shore, Plummers and the seat (it would be worth checking out the swims that have been opened up between the Seat and Gaynes Cove). Some fish are still fry feeding first and last light too. Other flies worth giving a try are FAB’s, boobies, fry patterns and dries. Intermediates and Di5’s with boobies (cat booby).

On the predator front a steady number of Zander have been caught from the North shore and a few Pike have been caught on Roach patterns.

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                             4lb taken by P Paraskeva.

Best boat areas                          Rainbow Point, the Dam, open water drifting particularly
west side of reservoir (M Buoy), Pylon Point,
Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Best bank areas                         South dam, Plummers and the bowl.

Best methods                             See report.

Mid week boat winner              D Tomlinson of Alvaston.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Runs to 15 August. 5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses 11, 20 & 26 August; 17,23 & 27 September and other dates throughout the season.
Mark Haycock’s Summer Pairs boat match 13 August
Lure anglers 1-2 September
Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 15 & 16 September