ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 9/10/14
After one of the driest periods experienced in a long time we, at last, have had some much needed rainfall here in the Lake District. Water temperatures are cooling nicely and there is a general improvement across the board with some good sport reported!
Neil Hurst from Tewksbury fished from the boats in the North basin and reported 3 nice autumn brownies to 2lb 12oz, who were preoccupied with fry feeding and fell to a combination of sparkler and cormorants on a Di-3 line. Also employing fry patterns, this time on an intermediate line, Pat M’lusley from Paisley in Scotland fished from the boats and landed 4 browns and a rainbow. All Pat’s fish came from the boathouse area of the lake! Also North East based angler Peter Crowe landed 6 nice brownies, again from the boats on an intermediate line and traditional wet fly combo’ from the boats.
The 2014 Esthwaite Pairs competition, held at the end of September was won by Ernie Craster and Peter Crowe. They landed 6 Brown Trout for 6lb 6oz. In second place Mike Frith and Clive Parry managed just 1 fish for 14oz. Winning tactics used by Peter and Ernie were traditional wets in conjunction with an intermediate line. Just like their practice day. Well done to both pairs who won some fantastic prizes that were up for grabs! (see attached photo)
The start of the winter Pike season has got off to a flyer, with good numbers of fish reported on moving baits. Lures, fly and trolled deadbait’s are all fishing well. The static deadbait approach is still quite slow at present, however expect that situation to change as the cold weather sets in!
Big s club members Steve Hincks and Darren Lord from Blackpool had a great first couple of days fishing lures and fly from the boats. They landed in excess of a dozen Pike, well into double figures employing these ‘gun and run’ tactics.
The best reported fish so far was a cracking 24lb 4oz beauty taken by John Parks from Preston on a float trolled sardine.Roy Cunliffe from Bradford fished trolled bluey from the boats and took a fine conditioned 15 pounder. Meanwhile Alex Roberts from Wigan caught a 12 pounder on a lure, again from the boats!
Bank anglers employing static deadbaits have found it tough though. The water temperatures are still very high for the time of year and the fish seem to be up for moving baits at the moment. However one angler that did manage a mid double was Calvin O’Hara from Southport. The Big s club member fished a half Mackerel to take his only fish of the day!
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David Coleman M.I.F.M