|Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery |
Contact Telephone: 015394 36541
Day Ticket - £28
Half Day - £22
Boat for 1 - £41.50
Boat for 2 - £48.00
Season: All Year Round
Top Patterns: Cats whisker, Minkie, Zonker, Floating fry
Top Lines: Intermediate, Di-3
Best Areas: Ticket office frontage, weather buoys and Grubhole
ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 17/11/11
The water clarity is now better than it has been since May and fish are feeding well, despite the falling temperatures. Hatches of small buzzer are evident and fish are feeding on the surface, albeit delicately. The fry have been the trout’s main target as they shoal tightly ready for the onset of winter and the best tactics have been the sinking line and fry pattern approach!
One such angler to employ these successful back end tactics is season ticket holder Jim Miller who used a Di-3 line in conjunction with cats whiskers from the boats to take 4 rainbows to 3lb+. Also Tom Nelson from Consett took a nice 4lb rainbow on similar tactics from the boats, plus 4 other back up fish. (see attached picture).
Worm and spin anglers have been doing consistently well also. Andrew Coates, who usually is a seasoned competition fly angler fished from the bank off the boathouse stretch with son Zac and took 3 rainbows to 3lb on worm.
Another bank angler Dave Bell a Hawkshead Angling Club member fished just outside the ticket office and caught 4 nice rainbows on legered worm.
Meanwhile season ticket rod John Gardner also fished worm, but this time from a boat and recorded 2 rainbows and 1 cracking over wintered brownie of 3lb+.
Richard Maddox from Barrow in Furness fished spinner from the boats to record 5 rainbows to 4lb 5oz ( see attached picture)
PIKE AND COARSE FISHING
The pike fishing continues to be good with many reports of double figure fish falling to deadbaits and lures. The fish are still mainly getting reported from the shallower spots on the lake, however this should change with the onset of winter as fish seek out the deeper stretches and follow the bait fish.
Grant Pearce from Darlington had a session to remember taking 3 double figure pike to 22lb on lures and static deadbaits from the boats.
Also Peter Johnson from Hexham took a 21lb snapper and 2 jacks on static deadbaits from the banking off the car park.
Prospects for the pike fishing over the forthcoming weeks looks promising as the biggest fish always show themselves between December and March!
Also on good form at present is the coarse fishing. Shaun Barrett and John Pearson from Leigh in Lancashire caught 30lb+ of Roach and Perch, some of which were over the 2lb mark on swim feeder and maggot from the popular and productive boathouse banking. Remember the coarse fishing permits to fish for the Roach and Perch are only £10 per day, however this price is not applicable to the Pike fishing.
For up to the minute information telephone 015394 36541 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. For all other information log onto www.hawksheadtrout.com.
David Coleman M.I.F.M
KAYAKERS STRUGGLE TO MAKE THE SLAM
Eighteen contestants battled it out on the 30th October for the inaugural Esthwaite Water Kayaking Grand Slam competition. The competition consisted of a practice day on the 29th October and the general format for the event was to include catching three predatory species from the lake, Trout, Perch and Pike. The winner of the grand slam being the longest combined length of all the target species, with fishery rules of fly, spin and worm being applicable. The competition was open to all kayak anglers and was run jointly with the Angling Trust and Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery.
Unfortunately the Cumbrian fishing mecca was not on its usual form and the fishing was tough. Although Trout and Pike were caught, it was the Perch that were proving to be elusive on the day, so on the big day itself, no one actually completed the grand slam. However there were some excellent prizes won and in third place Danny Williams caught 3 fish for a total length of 19 inches. In second place Andy Hoyle caught 2 fish for a total length of 39.5 inches and the winner, Simon Everett caught 2 fish for a total length of 46.5 inches.
Ant Glascoe from Savagear presented the prizes, after all the contestants enjoyed a pie and a pint at the end of a tough day. As well as Savagear, our thanks go out to the co sponsors which included Glasgow Angling Centre, Okuma, Baitbox and Coarse Angling Today magazine. All in all this was a fantastic competition which gave the kayaking community the chance to meet like minded anglers and enjoy the superb camaraderie which was experienced over the whole weekend. The event is now firmly established in the fisheries event calendar and anyone wishing to fish next years event should contact the fishery on 015394 36541. Details will also be on our website in the new year, please log onto www.hawksheadtrout.com.
David Coleman M.I.F.M
SEASONED VETERANS SCOOP ESTHWAITE PAIRS TITLE
The final of the Masterline Walker and Shakespeare sponsored Open Pairs 2011 competition was contested on Sunday. In a hard fought match where near perfect conditions prevailed, 24 of the North of England’s most experienced competition fly anglers battled it out to be crowned 2011 Esthwaite Pairs Champions. In total 65 fish were weighed in for a total of 109lb 4oz. In third place Adam Larbalestier and Ben Bayliss weighed in 8 fish for 12lb 15oz. In second place John Henshall and Mike Laycock weighed in 8 fish for 14lb 1oz. However the overall winner’s were Tom Nelson and Jon Henderson who stormed the field and weighed in 9 rainbows for 14lb 13oz.
The biggest fish of the day was taken by Esthwaite Peregrine and England international Alistair Beaumont, in the form of a 3lb 6oz rainbow. Alistair and the top three pairs shared the £3500 worth of cash, tackle and season ticket prizes.
The final day dawned overcast, similar to the practice day, with several boats locating the fish and choosing the best methods to employ. Winning tactics on the big day were Di-5 line fished in conjunction with blobs and damsels, however a good number of contestants chose to fish intermediates and fast glass lines as the fish were close to the surface.
The presentation was conducted by angling legend Bob Church, who’s presence alone was enough to inspire some fantastic camaraderie throughout the prize giving and buffet at the end of the day.
Our thanks go out to the sponsors of the competition, namely Masterline Walker and Shakespeare for all their support and for the fabulous prizes donated!
If anyone would like to fish the qualifying heats for 2012, please log onto our website at www.hawksheadtrout.com for all the information you need.
David Coleman M.I.F.M