ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 20/7/11
Cooler, wet weather has improved the fishing no end. The lake is clearing well now and fish are up in the water once more. Early mornings and late evening time has seen the fish feeding hard at the surface, where hatches of olive buzzer’s, sedges and damsels have been extensive. However during the day, be prepared to fish deep again, especially if the sun comes out. Pulling tactics will score heavily on fast sinking lines, in conjunction will flies such as cats whisker’s, blobs and boobies! Finding the depth is critical when targeting the daphnia feeders!
One angler who has been very successful fishing early mornings is John Gardner from Morecambe. Over 3 visits John has fished from the boats in the North basin and taken 14 rainbows and browns to 3lb+. John fished from the boats and took all his fish on an intermediate line and gold head lime green lure. John also took a few fish deep on worm, when the fish disappeared from the surface! Good angling!
Jim ‘Dusty’ Miller is also getting into the fish taking 12 rainbows and browns, again to 3lb+, over 2 visits. Jim also took all his fish from the boats and on similar tactics to John. However all Jim’s fish were taken in the top 6 feet of water.
Visiting angler James Day from Northamptonshire, fished around the weather buoy in the North basin and took 4 rainbow’s to 4lb+ from the boats. James employed a Di-5 line and cats whisker combination!
Also visiting from Italy Federico Buccelli and Giampaolo Grimaldi took 5 rainbows between them. All the fish were taken on worm and all in the 2-3lb range, fishing 20 feet down from the boats.
Best bank fishing is off the point opposite the ticket office or the boat house stretch on the eastern bank. Indeed Stuart Law from Bala in
North Wales fished sliding float and worm off the opposite point and took 7 rainbow’s and 1 brownie. The best rainbow tipped the scales at 5lb 2oz!
The children are starting to break up from school and have been fishing with their usual enthusiasm. There has been some very nice fish taken too! James Hyde and Jamie wood from
Doncaster, fished around the cages area and deep water fishing 15 – 20 feet down with worm to take these 3 crackers [ see attached photo ].
Also Matthew Whitehead, 8 years old from
Carlisle fished similar tactics to take this cracking rainbow. [ see attached photo ].
However star of the show was 3 ¾ year old Joe Tansey, who took his first ever trout, while fishing with his dad. The fish was again on worm from the boats. Look at his face – hooked for life! [ see attached photo ]
Heat 6 of the Masterline Walker and Pure Fishing sponsored Esthwaite Water Open Pairs competition was contested last week. Four pairs fished the heat and two qualified for the final to be held on Sunday 25th September. In second place Bob Swann and Colin O’brien weighed in 3 rainbows for 6lb 10oz. In first place the reigning pairs champions from 2010, Peter Crowe and Ernie Craster weighed in 5 rainbows for 11lb 15oz. Well done to both pairs. Peter and Ernie certainly had it cracked that day, marking off 20 feet of line and fishing deep with cats whiskers. They took 5 solid fish to earn their place, once again in the grand final!
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David Coleman M.I.F.M – Fishery manager