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Grahams Pond Huntingdon
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Tel 01480351034
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Saturday 5 November 2011
Remain very good, especially those that are fishing for silver fish. I have had lots of reports of Roach up to 12 inches long, along with Rudd and Skimmers, and a few Crusians for good measure. Pellet is still getting better fish, but is now unreliable. The anglers that are fishing maggot, on light line, with small hook's, and with No 8 down or smaller are doing best with up to 60 fish in a session. Mick Hughes reports 6 Carp the best was 10lb from peg 9 on pellet, along with some silver fish.
I am moving house next week, down sizing from a 3 bed place, to 1 bed sheltered place in Godmanchester. At the moment, my broadband is with virgin, and is not available were I am moving to. Not only that, my computer is not at all well, and I am not shore if I want to replace it. Certainly, it will be a good few weeks before you here from me again, as the computer is last on the list to get done. So what I have done is give Ian your email address. At some point in time he will continue this service, but be patient with him. It will take some time for him to get the info into his computer. Ian if you remember will be taking over the pond when all the paper work is all sorted out. In the meantime, all section 1 is ready for next year, Pegs 11 to 13 took ages, but are done now. Section 2 will be done after I am settled in my new home, but that wont take very long to do.
Thank you.
For supporting the pond over the last 14 years or so. I have had a wonderful time meeting some of you, and for putting up with the stuff that you have had every week from me. Meanwhile, Ian will email you all at some point in time with his plans. However, a match program is shore to be introduce, If so, I will try and get there. And you may even be able to get a season ticket in the future. I now that there is still the paper work that both Ian and myself are waiting to be completed, but below is Ian's contact details. Again, don't worry if you don't here anything for a few weeks. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery
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.
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.
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.
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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

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