Festive Fishing Fun, Damsels & Doubles

It’s New Year Eve so I will be brief!  Since 27th Dec 73 anglers have visited catching 224 Trout for a rod average of 3.1A variety of tactics are working although Damsels seem to be attracting the larger fish.

Colin Oram used a small Olive Classic FM to tempt this full tailed 14lb 8oz Rainbow, using 7lb leader and battled for 15 minutes before finally being able to net his prize fish.

 Best fish of the week goes to Colin Oram from near Bath - 14lb 8oz on a Goldhead Olive Classic FM 

Best fish of the week goes to Colin Oram from near Bath - 14lb 8oz on a Goldhead Olive Classic FM 

Returning a couple of days later Colin also bagged himself one of our tagged fish winning himself £10 along with 8 other lucky winners so far which means there are still 4 prize winning fish swimming around Anchor Lake.

 New Years Eve 2016 - there are still 4 tagged Trout in  Anchor Lake  waiting to be caught!

New Years Eve 2016 - there are still 4 tagged Trout in Anchor Lake waiting to be caught!

With the lakes so busy we have been regularly restocking but a fish was landed today by Don Mansell which has been roaming Anchor for some time.  Pulling the scales down to excatly 10lb Don said “This is one of the hardest fighting, best looking Trout I have ever caught”, playing the double for 20 minutes on a 5 weight.  The successful fly was a Blue Flash Damsel which accounted for four of Dons five fish limit which weighed in at 25lb 8oz, his last took a dry fly ... in December!

 A five fish 25lb 8oz bag for a very happy Don Mansell - caught using Blue Flash Damsels with the excpetion of one which took a dry fly.

A five fish 25lb 8oz bag for a very happy Don Mansell - caught using Blue Flash Damsels with the excpetion of one which took a dry fly.

The favourable weather conditions have certainly inspired plenty of anglers to wet a line this week and although not everyone can go home with a jumbo Trout there have been some excellent bags, including Colin Orams second day 5 fish limit of 19lb 8oz including a best of 6lb 4oz, Jesse Dominguez5 fish weighing 17lbs, Fran Eastwood 5 fish weighing 17lb and Simon Autton 5 Fish weighing 18lb 8oz including another double of 10lb 8oz (apologies Simon that I wasn’t there to photograph!)

Generally floating fly lines have worked very well, even during the cold mornings although the best of the sport seems to be from 10am onwards.  Perry Bamonte stuck to Buzzers on a floater, while others caught quickly on lures, taking his time over his limit but catching them using a really enjoyable tactic.

As for 2016 I am not going to regurgitate every moment month by month, but it goes without saying that one of the highlights was Mike Websters record Exe Valley Brown Trout below which weighed 14lb 10oz, caught using a Goldhead Hares Ear.  Take a look at this link for the full story.

 Mike Websters record Brown Trout caught in April 2016 weighing 14lb 10oz

Mike Websters record Brown Trout caught in April 2016 weighing 14lb 10oz

Not so good was the local road closure for nearly two months which kicked off 2016 followed by the sweed which lead to a further closure of around 6 weeks.  None of this is very good for business and we will try even harder in 2017 to remain open.

We also hope to offer more events such as the recent fly fishing experience held here just before Christmas and look out in the near future for news of some special limited number catch & release dates to kick off 2017.

Well although there is always more news it is the time for family and a few beers so I will sign off although we are open throughout New Years Day and beyond if you need to work off a hang over or make use of an extended holiday next week!

Thanks to all who have supported the fishery once again during 2016 and we hope you will visit again during the season to come.

Happy New Year & Best Fishes,

Nick

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