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Fontburn Reservoir Weekly Report

01 July 2018

by Trout Fishing UK
Fishery: Fontburn Reservoir Size: 87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)

Sat Nav: NE61 4PL

Weekending: 01 July 2018

Number of anglers - week 128
Number of trout taken - week 252
Number of trout returned - week 1
Total number of trout caught - week 253
Rod average - week 1.92
Best trout - week 6lb
Number of fish re-stocked this week 400
Total number of anglers to date
2,024
Total number of fish caught to date
7,177
Number of tagged fish caught to date 10
Largest trout of the season so far 6lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average 3.65

Catch of the week:
Ashley Shinn made hay on Monday when he opted to fish into an easterly breeze in the south shore bay. He was rewarded with five superb trout. He really made his mark however, when weighing in his best fish. A truly outstanding Fontburn reared specimen which pushed the scales to the 6lb mark.

Memorable moment of the week:

Arid conditions with extremely high temperatures made for a genuine challenge as the week progressed. Steven Nixon and his boys; Tom and Jack, were wondering whether their efforts would be rewarded after toiling in the heat on the north shore Friday. They needn’t have worried, as with one of their last casts their efforts were rewarded. Not only did they claim a superb 3lb rainbow trout, but one with an all important tag. £200 better off and delighted with their day in the sun, the Nixon family showed exactly how well persistence can pay off. Great stuff!
  • Best areas and flies Fly angers continued to report interest and strong takes around all parts of the reservoir with the Dam Wall and the south shore bay proving to be relative hot spots throughout the week. It was the turn of spiders and buzzers this week with the odd Zulu thrown into the mix as the flies of choice.
  • Best areas and baits/lures: Bait angers who sought out deeper, cooler water reported the best returns. As such the mid section and point of the north shore along with the Valve Tower end of the Dam Wall were popular locations. Longer casts in the south shore bay also proved successful. Spinning wrought positive results and those favouring ledger rigs and bright Powerbait varieties recorded more consistent sport.
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