Although the weather has been generally mild over the last few weeks, the fishing has been a bit tricky at times. Surface activity has been minimal, despite sporadic hatches of small buzzers and sedges. Best results have been encountered employing sinking lines and fry patterns such as cats whiskers, zonkers, minkies and floating fry.
The fish have been close to the surface and worm fished 8feet deep has also been producing the goods, along with spinners. Boat fishing has once again been the best approach, however the banking opposite the ticket office and the boathouse stretch on the Eastern bank have also been throwing up a few fish. Recent catch returns have included some very nice fish caught indeed.
Season ticket holder Jim Miller from Keswick has taken five trout on his last two visits. Fishing worm and fly (booby fished on an intermediate line) from the boats, Jim has taken four rainbows to over 4lb, and a corker of a Brown Trout at approximately 5lb which was returned to the water safely.
Bob Bradley from Grange Over Sands had a day to remember taking a beautiful grown on Brown Trout of 5lb 12oz, plus five rainbows to float fished worm, from the boats.
Another season rod that has been getting in on the action is Bill Shortall from Southport who took a nice brace of fish on worm from the boats. Bills best fish was a fine 4lb+ rainbow.
Venue regular Richard Maddox, from Barrow in Furness had a belting rainbow on worm from the boats. Richard landed and weighed the fish at 7lb 3oz. He then put it back into the water to wash it and it shot off before he could get a good grip of it. Richard has now put a bigger priest on his Christmas list
Providing the mild weather continues, prospects are looking good for the forthcoming weeks.
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