ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 28/2/12
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 (see attached picture)
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 ( see attached photo) and Mark Billington from Sedbergh fished with an Esthwaite guide and took a cracking 24lb 8oz fish (see attached photo).
Don’t forget the Pike season runs until the end of March, please telephone the fishery in advance to reserve your boat, tightlines!
David Coleman M.I.F.M