Wednesday, 9 July 2014

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT
The warm weather has predictably sent the trout off into deeper water and while they are feeding on Daphnia they have become quite hard to catch. Fly and spinning methods have struggled of late, however worm presented at 15-25 feet down has been producing the goods. The fish have been venturing closer to the surface in the morning’s and late evening’s to feed on the abundant supply of coarse fish fry, damsel’s, buzzer and sedges.
Andrew Sharpe from Wigan is one of the angler’s that took to the boats and found the zone where the fish were holding. Indeed Andrew presented worm at 20 feet down and landed 5 nice Brown Trout to 2lb+. John Gables from Preston also fished similar tactics to record 4 nice fish to 1lb 8oz. Anthony Peacock from Carlisle also fished worm deep from the boats around the weather buoys to land 6 brownies of similar size.
Dave Lithgoe from Southampton employed a fast sinking line and sparkler combo’ to land 3 brown’s from the boats and Peter Stapleton from Crewe fished from the boats one evening to record 3 nice brown’s to spinning tactics.
The 2014 Esthwaite Water Boat Grand Slam was contested recently and what a weekend of camaraderie we had. This multi species event was sponsored by Savagegear and saw 24 anglers (12 teams) battle it out over 2 days with worm , spin and fly tactics to target Pike, Perch and Trout. The event was won by Team ‘Top Rods’, Alias John Ashurst and Stuart Fazakerely. They managed ‘the slam with a total overall weight of 144.5 inches. In second place was team ‘Dasz Pike’, Alias Piotr Kruszewski and Marcin Malgowski with an overall length of 123 inches and in third place team ‘Lincolnshire Loser’s’, alias Johnathon Danes and Jamie Skinner submitted an overall length of 59 inches and also achieved the ‘Grand Slam’. The top 3 teams shared cash, tackle and season ticket prizes worth over £3000. What a fantastic competition this has been for us over the last couple of year’s. Anyone who wishes to fish next year’s competition should contact Dave or Alex on 015394 36541 to book your place as many of the contesting team’s have already booked for next year. What a resounding success and a big thank you to our sponsor’s Savagegear! ( SEE ATTACHED PHOTO).
We still have 1 place left for our last discounted fly fishing day of the season on Saturday 19th July. This taster session will take place a week on Saturday and only costs £10.The session starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm. All participants need is a brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses, plus a current EA licence. If you are interested in taking up flyfishing then there is no better way to start. If you would like to fill that remaining place, please contact us on 015394 36541.
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Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M

FISHERY MANAGER

Friday, 13 June 2014

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 12/6/14
Plenty of hatches now the weather’s warmed. Buzzer’s, alder’s, olives and damsels all coming off the water. Loads of daddies and bracken clocks getting blown onto the water too. Best surface action is in the mornings and late evenings. During the daytime the fish have been predictably disappearing into the depths to feed on the plentiful supply of daphnia. So for the fly angler a switch of line and tactics will pay dividends, to keep you catching throughout the day!
One angler that enjoyed a fabulous day on the boats was John Peart from Durham. John took 3 browns off the top on klinkhammer patterns , switched to a sinking line and sparkler combo’ and landed another 4 from down deep. All John’s fish were taken around the weather buoys. Simon James also had a cracking day on the fly taking 6 fish to 3lb+.
Worm anglers have been doing the best of late, fishing deep from the boats. Bryan Gray from Carlisle took 3 brownies fishing at 20 feet down around the weather buoys. Meanwhile Jim Bishop from Cheshire took 5 fish again fished deep from the boats. William Voller aged 9 from Essex managed 5 fish on similar tactics and Simon Kenner from Kendal managed 15 Brown Trout in one session on legered worm from the bank!
Best recent fish reported was an 8lb fully finned over wintered  Rainbow Trout caught on legered corn from the bank. This was a nice surprise catch for Simon Kavanagh from Dublin. Nice fish, well done that man!
We still have a few places left for the discounted tuition days on the 21st June, 6th July and the 19th July respectively. These taster fly fishing sessions cost just £10 and all you need with you is a current EA licence, a brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses, however pre booking is essential. To book your place please telephone Dave or Alex on 015394 36541.
The Pike fishing season started early on 1st June and there have been plenty of fish reported. Indeed Shaun Whittaker from Horesham took plenty of jacks, a 12 pounder and a 19 pounder  to round off another successful visit to the fishery.Steve Hinks and Darren Lord from Blackpool also landed 4 doubles to 15lb. Heath Taylor took to the boats and landed 4 to upper doubles. Also venue regular Chris Harris from Burnley trolled his lures from the boats and landed a jack, two doubles and a cracking fish of 28lb 2oz (see attached photo). The Pike fishing is now open to anglers, however it must be stressed that permitted methods are by fly and lure only.
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Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M

FISHERY MANAGER

Friday, 23 May 2014

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 22/5/14

There’s plenty of activity from the fish now. The water temperatures are perfect, there are clouds of buzzer, olives and alders coming off the water and fish are free rising, especially in the evenings or on overcast days when conditions are spot on.
One angler that took advantage of the conditions was Steve Jones from Essex who presented cdc buzzers on a floating line from the boats and landed 5 nice browns to 2lb+. Also fishing imitative patterns was John Shaw from Carlisle. He fished a damsel on an intermediate line and landed his limit of 4 brown’s from the banking opposite the ticket office.
Any method anglers have been successful too of late. Peter Taylor from Oxford landed 8 brownies on spinner from the swimming pool banking. Meanwhile Steve Collins from Burnley also landed 8 fish again on spinning tactics from the boats.
Visiting angler John Coles from Canada took to the boats and landed 9 trout on float fished worm. Peter Hughes from North Wales was also successful employing float fished worm, he landed a nice brace of trout, one which tipped the scales at 5lb 2oz. However the best reported recent fish was taken off the car park banking on legered worm  by George Byron from Wigan. He landed only one fish, but what a fish it was at a shade over 10lb. Well done George and good on you for safely releasing the over wintered beastie!
If anyone would like to come to one of our flyfishing taster sessions, there are still a few places left for Saturday 7th June, Saturday 21st June, Sunday 6th July and Saturday 19th July. These days are heavily discounted at £10 per session and are ideal for anyone who would like some help with their casting. All you need is a brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses, a current Ea licence and a £10 note. Everything else is provided for you and the sessions run from 10am until 2pm. Please telephone Dave or Alex on 015394 36541 to book your place on the courses.
Don’t forget we will be open again this year from Sunday 1st June for Pike fishing with lures and fly only. We anticipate being very busy for the first couple of weeks so be sure to check on boat availability by telephoning the ticket office!
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Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M

FISHERY MANAGER

Thursday, 24 April 2014

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 24/4/14
TROUT FISHING
Spring is finally here. The water temperatures are rising and fly hatches are increasing daily, fish are starting to come to the top in numbers to take advantage of the buzzers, olives and alders that are coming off the lake at present. Trout are succumbing to all methods including fly, spinners and worm and there are good reports from bank and boat anglers alike!
First up Lee Mitchell from Huddersfield fished the banking on the last day of the Pike season. He presented legered Mackerel and was surprised when a 9lb 9oz Brown Trout took his bait. A real brute of a fish which was returned alive to the water. (SEE ATTACHED PHOTO).
Also fishing from the bank at the car park Terry Brown from Carlisle took 3 brown’s to 4lb+ on legered worming tactics. Another bank angler Gerald Purcell from Harrogate legered worm and landed 3 brown’s to 3lb+. Meanwhile Richard Sandford from Cambridge fished from the boats and landed a brace of Brown Trout, this time to float fished worm. Ian Hodges from Wigan fished legered worm from the car park to land another giant Brown Trout of 9lb 3oz (SEE ATTACHED PHOTO)
Fly anglers are also getting in on the action. Jack Greene from Liverpool fished cats whisker from the boats to take 4 brownies in conjunction with a sinking line. Meanwhile Harry Jones from North wales fished nymphs and buzzers from the boats to land 5 brown’s to 2lb on a floating line set up!
Unfortunately the next discounted tuition day on Sunday 11th May is fully booked , however there are still places left for Saturday 7th June if anyone is interested in learning to fly fish. The session starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm. The cost is only £10 and participants must phone up and book in advance. All you need is a current EA licence, a brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses. All the tackle is provided on the day!
PIKE FISHING
The last week of the Pike season threw up some nice fish once again. Steve Bosacki and Dan Fois from Huddersfield fished static deadbait from the car park to land specimens of 12lb, 20lb 2oz, 23lb and 24lb 2oz respectively. Big S club member John Ashurst fished lures from the boats and landed Pike of 8lb, 14lb and 17lb. All John’s fish were taken from the boats.
Meanwhile Hawkshead Angling Club member John Bradley from Preston had a nice brace of fish from the boats. John landed a 12 pounder on a lure and a personal best snapper of 28lb 2oz, which fell to a static herring deadbait!
The Pike fishing is now closed on Esthwaite, however we will, for this year only be opening our doors to predator anglers on 1st June. This will be strictly to day ticket anglers only and permitted methods will include lures and fly. No deadbaiting will be allowed!
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Best Regards

David Coleman M.I.F.M – FISHERY MANAGER

Friday, 21 March 2014

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT 21/3/14
TROUT FISHING
The first couple of weeks of the trout season has produced some absolutely stunning fish. All methods have produced and catches have been good from both the boats and the bank!
First up is Stuart Law from Wigan. He fished from the car park banking with legered worm and took his limit of trout in the space of 3 hours. Also fishing legered worm Tom Robertson from Manchester landed 3 brownies, the best fish tipping the scales at 5lb+ from the boathouse banking on the Eastern shore.
Manchester based angler and Hawkshead Angling Club member Andrew Hoyle fished a small mepps spinner, on an ultra light weight set up from his kayak and landed an absolute stonking grown on over wintered fish of 9lb 9oz (see attached photo).
Mike Davis from Lytham landed and safely released a large Brown Trout of 5lb+ while on a guided Pike session. Mike landed the brute which took a bluey deadbait intended for Pike from the boats in the car park area of the lake!
The first heat of the Esthwaite 2014 Pairs competition was won by Ernie Craster and Peter Crowe with a cracking Brown Trout of 7lb 8oz, which was taken on an intermediate line and Cats Whisker combo’. Reigning Esthwaite pairs champions Bob Swann and Colin O’Brien finished the competition in second place and both pairs now qualify for the final in September. If anyone would like to fish any of the 5 remaining heats, please contact the Dave or Alex at the fishery on 015394 36541.
Expect sport over the next few weeks to be exceptional. If its anything like it was last year then there will be a few happy anglers landing potential personal best Brown Trout, even a few double figure specimens are on the cards!
PIKE FISHING
Once again there has been a good few Pike reported recently! First up John Mcgreggor from Peebles landed 2 doubles from the banking on static deadbait. John took a 12 and a 15 pounder in quick succession to round off a memorable day.
Meanwhile Martin Shaw from West Lothian landed a 12 a 13 and a 17 pounder from the car park banking. Hawkshead Angling club member John Bradley  fished from the boats and landed a 9, a 13 and a 17 pounder on static deads’. Also Dave Roscoe from Bury landed a 14 pounder on similar tactics.
Bob Fitzpatrick from Warrington only had 1 run during his day bank session and that was a 20 pounder which fell to a freelined Sprat. Also Stuart Walsh from Manchester employed one of the Esthwaite guides and landed a personal best of 19lb+ from the boats. This one took a legered herring.
Having an exceptional winter campaign H.A.C member Fonz Howard from Preston fished from the shore and landed a 19lb 6oz and a 17lb 12oz  Pike. Both fish fell to herring tails presented in the margins (see attached photo).
With just over another week to go of Esthwaite’s winter Pike season its now or never for all you specimen Pike hunters. The fishing can be testing in March as the heavily gravid big females prepare to spawn, but there’s never a better time of year to land a PB and who knows a 30 pounder could have your name written on it, so come and get it, you have got to be in it to win it, so they say!!
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M

FISHERY MANAGER

Thursday, 27 February 2014

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 26/2/14
TROUT FISHING
The first stocking will take place on March 2nd. However our open day will be held on Sunday 16th March. The day will include heat 1 of the Esthwaite Pairs 2014 competition, discounted tuition and general camaraderie.
There will be a fly tying demonstration offering practical tips and you can learn what patterns are best at the fishery.
Also special offers on fishing tackle will be available on the day, so anglers can ‘try before they buy’. There will also be complimentary food and drink. Feel free to come and chat to our friendly staff, everyone is welcome. Contact the fishery for further detail.
PIKE AND COARSE
Fonz Howard has been on top form recently landing a cracking 23lb 4oz fish to static deadbait from the bank in the North basin (see attached photo). He then followed this capture up with a 12lb 2oz and a 19lb 6oz Pike the following trip.  Meanwhile Big S club member Dave Roscow fished 2 days from the boats and landed a 10, a 12 a 17 and a 21 pounder, all on static deadbaits.
Ashley Hockham and Ian Bland from Ulverston fished just lures and landed 6 Pike upto double figures from the boats. Meanwhile Geoff Birtwistle took a good conditioned 16 pounder on static deadbait from the boats. Also employing static deadbaits Nigel Parker from Harrogate landed a 9, a 12 and a 19lb predator from the car park banking.
Big S club member Steve Hincks from Blackpool took a 12 pounder on deadbait and a specimen Brown Trout of 9lb 8oz on a Pike lure, which was safely returned! Graham Atkinson from Milnthorpe fished static dead’s from the bank and took a brace of doubles including a 12 and a 15 pounder. Steve Hill fished from the boats and landed 4 Pike to 16lb on herring deadbaits and James Howe from Preston took his PB Pike of 20lb exactly from the car park banking on Mackerel deadbait! Don’t forget we are still open for Pike fishing until 31st March.
The general coarse fishing has been good with mild overcast days providing ideal conditions and bags of 20-30lb have been commonplace. Indeed Joe Pennington from Bury fished feeder tactics off the boathouse swim and reported non stop action with mixed bags of Roach, Perch and hybrids. Tickets cost just £10 and we are open for Coarse fishing until 14th March!
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Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M

FISHERY MANAGER

Thursday, 23 January 2014

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT
TROUT FISHING
The first stocking will take place on March 1st. However our open day will be held on Sunday 16th March. The day will include heat 1 of the Esthwaite Pairs 2014 competition, discounted tuition and general camaraderie.
There will be a fly tying demonstration offering practical tips and you can learn what patterns are best at the fishery.
Also special offers on fishing tackle will be available on the day, so anglers can ‘try before they buy’. There will also be complimentary food and drink. Feel free to come and chat to our friendly staff, everyone is welcome. Contact the fishery for further details.
PIKE FISHING
Once again the Pike fishing has been on top form with plenty of sport reported from both boat and bank. First up is Big S club member John Ashurst from Wigan who landed 5 Pike last weekend, all falling to static deadbait and the haul from the boats included 2 x 17 pounders! Also day ticket angler Mark Willan from Keswick fished a morning session from the boats and landed a brace of Pike up to mid doubles, one on a lure and one on a trolled deadbait set up. Also fishing from the boats John Platt from Co Durham landed a brace of twenties, weighing in at 20lb 6oz and 21lb respectively. Both fish fell to static deads’.
The bank fishing for Pike has been good, in fact the car park swim has been on fire! Big S club member Joe O’Rouke from Liverpool has taken fish of 18lb, 19lb 8oz and a cracker at 20lb 2oz (see attached photo ). Again deadbaits did the trick! Big S club member Darren Lord got in on the action from the same swim with a 16 pounder. Stuart Seed from Preston landed a 17lb 8oz fish. Chris Carney from Carlisle managed a 19 pounder and Kevin O’Rouke landed a cracking brace at 15lb 4oz and 19lb 7oz.
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David Coleman M.I.F.M – FISHERY MANAGER