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Grahams Pond Huntingdon
3 weeks.
This weeks sunshine has been good for the pond. The frost in the mornings have not been to good for those that like an early start. But a little later start will pay dividends by the end of the day. The main feeders still remains the pond good head of Skimmer Bream, and a few Carp.
However, the waterlilies are a good 3 weeks early, a lot of the Lilly beds are now just under the water surface. This will encourage the ponds Crusian Carp to feed. A few have been caught, but as the Lilly beds grow, this will encourage more Crusians to feed. The bluebells that grow along the hedgerows, and in the spinney are also a good 3 weeks early, and may be in flower soon.
Match report.
What a change a day makes in the weather. A cold northeasterly blow down the match length and made things uncomfortable for the 12 anglers that took part. Over the last few years the ponds 5 hr match record has been under fret on numerous occasions. And so it was again this week.
Fishing peg 7 Bob Townsend spent around 3 1/2 hrs fishing at around 12 meter's with maggots and pinkies found some Skimmers for 18lb. the rest of the time bob fished at 16 meter's for the Carp that live against the far bank. Bob got 3 fish and lost at lest 6 more, any of which may have taken John Hurlys record. As it is Bob failed this time to finish with a fine 29lb-0oz.
2nd spot went to Nick Ohlemann in peg 11. Nick fished tight to the big reed island for 5 Carp on mixed baits to finish with a very good 25lb-4oz.
3 spot went to Steve Meagan in peg 12. Steve fished maggot for a net of Rudd to finish with 7lb-0oz.
Saturday open, draw 8/30, fishing from 9/30 to 2/30.
Pleasure fishing.
Last Sunday in Carp ally with a feeder, David Hope reports a load of Carp for 27lb along with some skimmers. His wife also had a fish of 11lb-0oz. Please remember to forward your pictures, along with a report, good or bad, to me and your local tackle shop. This is so that the information you provide gets to other anglers.
Match report.
The matches at the pond are usually a close affair, and so this continued. Ian Thornton (wagon and horses) in peg 11 got of to a flyer, with a Carp on hes first put in. Then after losing 2 more, Ian added a few silver fish to finish with 10lb-0oz. Mick Hughes (spitfires) fished peg 10 against the small island for his net of skimmers, finishing with 9lb-14oz. Bob Stobart fished peg 3 for his net of Skimmers that went 9lb-4oz. And all competitors had a couple of lbs of fish in a field of 8 anglers.
Saturday open, draw 8-30, fishing from 9-30 to 2-30, �10.0 all in.
As promised last summer, work has started on planing the hanging baskets for this summer. A tank has been placed on the cobbles by peg 22. This is in readiness for the baskets, and field with water. This is so that i can check for any leaks. we also have 400 fingerling plants that will be potted on shortly.
Pleasure anglers.
That was fishing in the late winter sunshine on Thursday had a good days fishing. Those that was working poles, did best with 5 or 6 Carp landed to 9lb along with plenty of skimmers to around the pound mark. What is pleasing is all the baby bream that is coming out, insignificant now, but in a few years time, the ponds match anglers will love these.
Match report.
Saturdays match was very different than the last few weeks. Those that was pegged in the low numbers all had some fish, but was very hard work. The higher you drew, the more responsive the fish was. Pegged in 13 and no other anglers around him, Ben Townsend made the most of his good draw. Ben fished pellet for 2 Carp that went 9lb, and a load of silver fish to finish with a level 20lb-0oz. Second spot went to Tony Watling in peg 9. Tony fished pellet for a Carp, along with some silver fish to finish with 9lb-0oz. Tony also lost a Carp in the last 5 minuets that is on its way to London with his rig. 3rd spot was sheered between John Smith and Ian Thornton, and 9 fished this event.
Saturday open, draw 8/30, fishing from 9/30 to 2/30, �10.0 all in.
It has been a quiet week at the pond, but with the weather improving all the time, the fish are starting to respond. At times fish have been moving all over the pond, and very good to see it is to.
Match result. This was a very good close match. And any one of the anglers could have won this event. Nick Ohleman (fishy fun) in peg 7 used a feeder for a small Carp along with some silver fish for the win ending with 9lb-14oz. Right behind Nick was Bob Stobart (spitfires). Bob made the trip from London pay with his second spot from peg 5. Bob had 9lb- 4oz that included a small Carp, along with some silver fish. 3rd spot went to Steve Web (fishy fun). Steve finished with 8lb of silver fish. It was nice to see Tracy Florentine fishing here second match ever at the pond and done much better this week, getting 4lb of fish.
Advanced notice.
Again this year we have excepted the challenge from Cromwell lake. The ponds date is the last Thursday in May, with a 8/30 draw. Fishery rules apply. If you would like to fish for the pond, just email me back please.
The Plumb-it Challenge 2012.
There is still time before the draw to enter your team of 5 anglers. This is a fun event, and should not be missed.
Saturday open, draw 8/30, fishing from 9/30 to 2/30, �10.0 all in.
Well now that the better weather is hear, and hopefully to stay, i expect to see you all fishing. Try and report what you catch, not just to me, but to your tackle shop as well. Remember this information is passed on to other anglers so that they can decide were they intend to go fishing. As you are all aware, i have been fishing in Thailand, and my mate Terry Kelly did a wonderful job as a guide. I do have some picture's for you, but i have to learn how to send them on this new computer, so this may take a few days to sort out.
Match report.
Well the first match of the year was fished on Saturday. For the first hour conditions was perfect, then the wind got up, this made working a poll very hard, so most of the competitors changed to rod and reel. Steve Webb (fishy Fun) was in peg 6 and fished a long poll tight to the water crest for 3 Carp and 4 Skimmers to finish with 17lb-2oz. 2nd spot went to team mate Bob Nickles in peg 1. Bob had a few bits and a Carp for 5lb-10oz. 3rd place went to Jim worlding in peg 3, Jim catch was mostly small skimmers, 8 fished and one angler blanked.
Saturday open match, draw 8/30 fishing from 9/30 until 2/30. �10.0 all in.
As most of you now,Terry and myself have travailed half way around the world together fishing. 2 years ago Terry moved to Thailand, and around Christmas this year i got a invitation to go and visit him and get some fishing time as well. Here is a picture of the rig that we will be using, sorry about the tape, but it will give you an idea of what we will be fishing with. line was 25lb and a not less not was used to Tye the hook. Feed was 2 buckets of bread crumb made by putting bread into a blender, and lightly dampened down and the feeder loaded. Terry then cast this lot 70 yards out into the lake. This was done ever 5 minutes. In the mean time i set up a wagler rod with 4lb line and fished bread on the hook. To be continued.
Thailand continued
So there was terry lobing out a whacking great feeder, filled with bread crumbs. This he did every 5 minuets, and i was just plumbing up a wagler rod with 4lb line. Then i got the first shock of the day. A lizard the size of a dog came out of the jungle and had a drink right next to me. And i just froze, trust me, this is just something that you just see on the TV. When the lizard finally went i started fishing. A size 16 hook with a tiny Peace of flake as bait, and a tiny ball of crumb for feed. My first fish looked like a sea bream in shape and it had spins sticking out every were. This was shaken of the hook and it went back into the lake. My next bite and all hell broke lose. I hit this fish that went of at a huge rate of knots. I was up of my back side and legging it along the bank, just trying to hang on. When is say i had no control over this fish, i would not be telling any lies. This fish did just what it wanted to do. After about what seemed for ever, i started to get the upper hand. Terry came and picked up the landing net and stood there. That's when i told Terry to put it down and go away, i did not want to tempt fate. It was another 15 minuets later that the fish was ready to be netted. I don't no how long it took, but the 4lb line did me prowed, and it took about maybe an hour from start to finish to sort this fish.
The pictures are the same fish, one shows the length, the other the width. I don't now what it went as it bottomed out 30lb scales.
To be continued.

Thailand continued
By the time that i got this fish into the net, Terry after about 2 hrs of feeding got some fish worked up into a feeding frenzy. The wagler rod went away, and out came a 2lb test rod. A bait runner reel was fitted, line was 25lb BS. Bait was a tiny Peace of bread, the hooks was a size 12. The reel spool's was screwed down tight. The rig was cast into the feeding frenzy and put into free spool, as soon as the line was running out, the reel was knocked into gear. both hands was on the rod, and it was a case of hanging on and get some line back when possible. We fished for about 5 hrs and i had 7 of these fish. Terry had one that must have been close to 70lb, and at times the lines was tangled with hooked fish. Over my 4 week trip, we went back to this lake, and it was the same as my first time. Get the fish feeding, then hang on. I did fish 2 other places, and had plenty of fish, but it was nothing like the above. The rest of the time i spent going to different places. I went in February and every day was 30 deg c, i may try December next time.

Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery
The fantastic sport that has been experienced throughout March continues and with the warm weather for the time of year, the buzzer hatches have been immense. Rising fish has been commonplace, even in bright sunlight and overcast days have been electric for top of the water and emerger fishing. The nymph fishing has also been good, especially on days when a cool wind is blowing and there are little signs of surface activity.
Best areas include Weather Bay, Swimming Pool and the boathouse stretch in the North basin. Whereas the ticket office frontage, Strickland bay and 4 tree bay have been the hot spots in the South basin.
The superb catch returns continue to flood in. Ian Singleton and Bill Ethrington from Barrow had a superb day in Weather Bay from the boats, taking 11 rainbows and 1 Brown Trout, all on the fly!
Season ticket holder Richard Maddox took 4 rainbows and 2 browns all on fly from the boats in the North basin. Meanwhile John Gardner took 4 rainbows on similar tactics.
Venue regular Jim Miller from Keswick fished cats whisker and Montana nymphs to record 6 rainbows to 3lb 3oz from the boats and on a subsequent visit Jim took a 4lb 8oz over wintered rainbow to similar tactics.
Peregrine Team Esthwaite member Adam Larbeleistier experienced a superb practice session on the lake. Fishing from a boat and employing the washing line tactics in conjunction with nymphs and buzzers fished just sub surface, Adam recorded 20+ fish!
Meanwhile Malcolm Robson a HAC member from Morecambe fished cats whisker on a slow sink line to record 10 rainbows in 2 visits to the fishery, again fishing from the boats!
The Troutmasters fish off at Esthwaite Water was won by Mike Laycock who weighed in 6 trout for a total weight of 14lb 12 oz and in second place England Youth squad member John Macintosh weighed in 6 fish for 12lb 4oz. Mike now gets to represent the fishery at the Trout Masters final to be held on Grafham Water in May. Good luck Mike, give em hell!
Also the annual Chaplows fun match was contested last week and the day was full of the usual leg pulling and general camaraderie. The winner of the match was Phil Hawkins who weighed in his 3 trout for 5lb 5oz. In second place Ryan Morris weighed in 3 trout for 4lb 13oz and in third place Arthur Laughton weighed in 3 trout for 3lb 11oz.
The warm weather has slowed the Pike fishing some what as they get ready for spawning, however resident Esthwaite guide Alex Barton took a fine conditioned 26 pounder which fell to a lure in the car park area of the lake.
Also another guided trip ended in Mrs Jane Shirley from Bedfordshire who took a fine brace of Pike with Esthwaite guide Dave Coleman. Jane landed a 16 pounder on a lure and followed this up with a mint 23 pounder on deadbait to finish off.
The Pike season here on Esthwaite is closed after the end of March and will resume on October 1st. Anyone interested in fishing the venue for the 2012/13 winter season should contact the fishery on 015394 36541 or email us at
What a fantastic start to the season we have had here at Esthwaite, with many good reports of double figure bags, and all methods producing the fish and some spring like weather to cap it all off, can't be bad! The lake received its first stocking on the 1st March and right from the word go, the fishing was excellent. Hawkshead Angling Club member Jamie Timmins enjoyed an epic session, landing 30+ trout from the ticket office banking, mostly Rainbows on worm and spinning tactics, however he accounted for a beautiful over wintered specimen Brown Trout of 4lb+, which was released safely. Also bank fishing David Telford from Bootle landed 8 rainbows to 2lb+ on legered worm. Cameron Johnson aged 13 from Leigh in Lancashire fished worm and sweetcorn from the car park and took another over wintered Brown Trout of 5lb. Meanwhile season ticket holder Joe Reynolds from Barrow landed 8 rainbows on spinning tactics. Mike Japp from Blackpool also fished the spinner and landed a rainbow of 4lb 6oz.
Fly anglers have also been doing well. Richard Maddox from Barrow boat fished the North basin and took 5 rainbows on sinking line and appetiser lures. Fishing similar tactics John Gardner from Morecambe also took 5 rainbows on cats whiskers and orange fritz combos.
While practicing for the open pairs heat, HAC member Bob Swann took 20 rainbows from the boats over 2 days. Bob employed a variety of lures and nymphs on a sinking line. Meanwhile Jon Henderson, also on a practice day landed 12 rainbows and a 10lb Pike on similar tactics!
Bill Hethrington, a season ticket holder from Barrow landed 5 rainbows while fishing from the boats. All Bill's fish were taken on cats whisker and orange fritz, fished on a sinking line. Also Ian Ferguson from Brampton took 8 rainbows to 2lb+ on Dawsons olives fished from the boats!
Stephen Fletcher from Consett boat fished the North basin and landed another grown on Brown Trout which was safely returned and must have been 5lb+. Stephen caught the brownie on fly and landed 4 other rainbows too.
The Peregrine team Esthwaite lads fished the venue last weekend and landed 26 rainbows and 2 brownies between them. All of them boat fished and took fish on early season favourites such as black and green damsels and boobies fished in conjunction with sinking lines!
Our open day on Sunday 11th March was a blast. Heat 1 of the 2012 Open Pairs competition was contested with 16 anglers landing 64 rainbows for a total weight of 109lb 1oz. In second place Bob Swann and Colin O'brien weighed in 12 fish for 22lb 2oz and in first place Mike Frith and Mike Henshall weighed in 12 fish for 23lb 6oz, including the time bonus. Both pairs now go through to the final in September. Also on open day James Atkinson and John Macintosh from the England Youth Flyfishing team conducted a fantastic fly tying demonstration which kept everybody amused in the tackle shop. Our discounted fly fishing tuition session was well attended with our resident instructor Ian Jones giving participants all the help they needed to get started. There were many people who just popped down for the craic and the camaraderie was fantastic, as was the weather which stayed mild and spring like for a change!
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Sponsored by Shakespeare and open to all fly anglers. This new individual angler, boat competition will take place on Sunday 20th May. The entry fee for the event is �32.50 per person. The competition will run from 10am until 5pm and will be fished to Esthwaite Water competition rules. Boat partners will be allocated on the day.
Come and fish this friendly event, there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs and a chance to be crowned Esthwaite Water Individual champion 2012.
Entry forms are available from the fishery. Telephone ? 015394 36541. Full details will be sent out with entry forms.
The cold weather, has now been replaced with spring like temperatures and the trout have been moving near the surface and taking the odd buzzer. Catches have been slow still, however there have been a few nice fish taken.
Hawkshead Angling Club member Dave Bell landed a nice brace of Brown Trout, that were successfully released on legered worm from the ticket office banking. Dave?s best fish was a cracking 3lb+ fish.
Meanwhile John Brown from Lancaster fly fished fry patterns from the boats and took 3 nice rainbows to 4lb from the South basin.
The lake will receive its first stocking of the year on March 1st, so expect sport to pick up no end. The mild winter has had a positive effect on the over wintering stock and so prospects for March are looking very good indeed.
Our open day will take place on Sunday March 11th. The day will include heat 1 of Esthwaite Pairs competition. There will be a discounted tuition session running from 10am until 2pm. The cost for this is �10 per person, anyone is welcome, just remember to bring a hat and a pair of sunglasses. Each participant will need an EA licence, which will need to be purchased in advance of the day. There will be a fly tying demonstration, conducted by the England Youth squad members and you can learn how to tie that hot Esthwaite pattern. Also special offers on fishing tackle and complimentary food and drink will be available, as well as general camaraderie. Feel free to come and chat to our friendly staff, everyone is welcome. Please contact the fishery for further details!
The Pike fishing has been on top form since the thaw and static deadbaits have reigned supreme for the majority of anglers visiting the fishery.
Chris Oakes from Lincoln experienced the best session, taking 5 Pike to 28lb on sea deadbaits from the boats.
Meanwhile Mark Jones from Colwyn Bay employed the guiding service available at Esthwaite and took 2 Pike to 20lb 8oz, again on static deadbaits from the boats.
Peter Bragg from Whitehaven took a 22lb fish on Mackerel deadbait.
Chris Harris lure fished and landed a 20lb 8oz fish, again from the boats!
Paul White from Carlisle used smelt to land a 21 pounder.
H.A.C member Dave Roscoe took a 19lb 4oz fish to similar tactics. Meanwhile Ian Spence from Barnard Castle fished a static deadbait and landed a 21 pounder.
James Goodall from Grasmere took a 25lb 10 oz fish to legered mackerel and Mark Billington from Sedbergh fished with an Esthwaite guide and took a cracking 24lb 8oz fish.
Don't forget the Pike season runs until the end of March, please telephone the fishery in advance to reserve your boat, tightlines!

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