A fantastic week’s fishing at Ravensthorpe Water with a realistic rod average of 6.6 and some superb quality rainbows being netted.

Fish 555 (season 5699) Returns 84 (670)Rod average 6.6 (8.5)

The resident fish at Ravensthorpe are up and hard on the buzzer with consistent hatches producing some real silver specimens to the right tactics.

Fishing from an anchored boat with teams of Black Buzzer or Diawl Bach on a washing line set up will produce, particularly at the Coton end of the reservoir. Better fish are coming to those boats on the drift fishing emergers or dries. Bobs Bits, Shipmans and Crippled Midge in size 12 or 14 are well worth a try.

This week has also seen some tremendous hatches of Pond Olive which the fish are really homing in on. Fishing smaller Olive Snatcher can account for these better fish but be prepared for a challenge when trying to hook one of the big resident brownies which have come out of the woodwork to feed on this elegant upwinged species.

Bank fishing at Ravensthorpe is still very much on, with fish cruising and feeding no more than a rod length out on overcast days. A stealthy approach is required here.

On Saturday Ravensthorpe hosted the venue’s Troutmasters bank fish off. It wasn’t long before the winning bag was brought to the scales. Ashley Cooper won the match with a brace of fish for 15lb 1oz with a 6lb time bonus for a combined weight of 21lb 1oz. Ravensthorpe regular Mick Griffin narrowly missed out coming in second with a combined two fish bag of 18lb 1oz including time bonus and Paul James took a rainbow of 7lb 11oz to take third place.

Also caught on Saturday was a fish of 8lb 5oz for Ian Pym.
There are a good head of fish at the moment in the 6lb to 11lb bracket so if you fancy a go at a personal best it’s well worth a try. The best fish killed this week was an 8lb 6oz rainbow for Roger Miller and Frazer Duffy junior released a fish estimated at 10lb.