Sweethope Fishery Weekly Report Week ending 1st May 2017

A cool easterly airstream has not put anglers off this week and the fishery has been very well attended by clubs and by individuals. We were visited by seven anglers from the DWP on Tuesday who had a very successful day fishing the Great Lough from boats. Best performance was from John Prudhoe who took 3 fish and returned 4. The biggest fish was a rainbow, weighing in at 13lb 14oz! Another fine performance was given by John Heppell who took 3 trout and returned 9.

Regular visitor Harry Robinson of Kirkharle narrowly missed out on catching a fish, of 10lb or over for the first time in his life by taking a rainbow weighing 9lb 7oz. Still a personal best though.

On Saturday we held our heat of the Troutmasters competition which was poorly attended due to other regional and national competitions taking place at the same time. James Carr of Blyth qualified, returning 11 trout to the lake in 6 hours of fishing.

Hoy and Hope visited on Sunday and after being fortified by Chrissie’s bacon sandwiches had a great day’s sport. The competition was won by  Claud Lucan with three trout for 7lb 10 oz, the heaviest of which was 2lb 14 oz.

Statistics:

Number of fish taken: 53

Number of fish returned: 142 rainbow trout, 2 brown trout, 4 blue trout.

Number of visiting anglers: 97

Successful fly patterns: Buzzer, Goldhead Mayfly, Pitsford Pea, Dawson’s Olive, Damsel Nymph,  Hare’s Ear, Bloodworm, PTN, Cormorant, Black Spider,Sedge, Black Emerger.

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