Although I had been meaning to add a catch report during March it is quite poignant to be writing one up now as this weekend heralds a two month period since Catch & Release options were introduced here at Exe Valley Fishery.
Catch & Release News
I am happy to report that the initial trial has been a resounding success with twenty percent of anglers choosing to opt for Catch & Release only while many others have completed their limits prior to enjoying an enjoyable sporting session rather than leaving the fishery prematurely.
Catch & Release options will continue for the foreseeable future until such time that water temperatures become too high. Please check the website and facebook for details or call 01398 323008, although I anticipate that the options should be available until June 2017 at least. We are the only small stillwater fishery in the area offering such a range of flexible fishing permits and now that spring is in the air you can expect some fantastic imitative sport ... especially as there are a few wise Trout in Anchor Lake now.
Top Sport ... and some of it is top of the water!
Over the last few weeks 228 anglers have enjoyed some great sport landing 893 Trout for a very healthy average of 3.9 fish per angler. Top flies have been Damsels, especially the Blue Flash variety and Buzzers under a bung are also very successful. But as the water begins to warm and the longer days are upon us don’t be afraid to try a straightforward dry fly such as a CDC Owl. Andrew Berwick, who started fly fishing late last year, did just that and was rewarded with his first ever surface caught Trout.
Looking back through the returns as usual we have witnessed some great catches including Perry Bamonte with a 5 fish bag at 17lb plus another 5 fish released, the second time he has achieved this in as many weeks. Matt Hunt has become a regular, travelling from Torquay to fish with us having heard that C&R fishing is now available. Fishing with his pal Mr Morgan they consistently catch 15 – 20 fish between them during weekly sessions since the new options were introduced back in February.
Nick Billet from Wellington said “Great day, many thanks will be back” after his first visit, completing a limit of 8 with his 4 fish taken tipping the scales at 14lb. Buzzers under an indicator proved to be the successful tactic which also worked for Nicks mate Shaun Rowden, also landing 8 fish.
News of the changes have spread across the West Country and Peter Philips from Plymouth was another first time visitor who had a best Trout of 5lb 8oz in a bag of 4, with one safely released. He commented “Great Fishery – lovely setting, nice condition & variety of size of fish, easy back casting – will certainly be back!”
It seems a long time ago now but we hosted one of our most successful Troutmasters events ever back in late February. 16 anglers competed with Alan Riddell completing his 6 fish limit with 2 hours to spare, winning the event with a total bag of 24lb 12oz including a 2lb time bonus.
Keen competition angler Matt Kingdon took 2nd place with 6 Trout for a bag weight of 23lb 8oz. James Mockridge won the junior event that was taking place at the same time, showing several of the adults the way with a bag of 4 fish weighing 14lbs. It was to prove to be James day in more ways than one as he also landed himself a £10 prize for landing a tagged Trout as did Matt Kingdon and John Gilmore.
Lobbs Lake Update
There has been a lot of positive news to report recently regarding Anchor Lake, however you may have noticed that Lobbs Lake is currently out of action. Unfortunately we are going to change how this lake operates because our attempts last year to attract families with cheap permits (£18 for 4 fish was the most expensive and two children could share a bag limit) has not worked. Just over 100 permits were sold in total for the entire season and with fish stock amounting to nearly £2000 it is not viable to continue with these options.
At the moment we are considering our options with regard to Lobbs Lake but with Easter just around the corner it would be advisable to contact us in advance if you were hoping to enjoy some fishing with young family members.
Most Recent Double
Back to the positive and to conclude this report have a look at this fish weighing 11lbs, it was caught today by Mr Metcalfe visiting from Wales and required the rest of his family to help land it!
The long range forecast looks good, there are more Trout in Exe Valley Fishery to catch than ever before and now there is the chance to practice catch & release. Plus rest your casting arm with a well earned break at the onsite cafe! For more updates please check out the Exe Valley Facebook Page and if you have any questions or enquiries about the fishing we are available on 01398 323008
Thank you for reading, Nick.