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Old 20-03-2011, 07:49 AM
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Bright Sunshine was never going to be conducive for a great days fishing from the bank. Fished around G bouy area and then moved to Gaynes Cove, nothing, not pull and all the other bank anglers were reporting the same.

I could however see that the boats were doing very well about 150 yrds off the bank, so the fish had obviously moved in to the deeper water with the sunshine.

The water levels are very low which was a surprise, means you have to wade out a fair way and it also meant I've discovered the leak in my waders looked like I'd pi$$ed myself when I took them off
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Does anyone have any recent info? I hope to get out there soon to wet the first line of the season
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What of the shrimp explosion ?? , is it as bad as people feared? are the little buggers still everywhere , or has it calmed a bit.
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What of the shrimp explosion ?? , is it as bad as people feared? are the little buggers still everywhere , or has it calmed a bit.
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Didn't see any at all, although I was in a boat so no potential for them to stick to me as they have a habit of donig whilst wading. Having said that I think I would have seen a few if they were in the numbers they were at times last year. I was pleased to see a decent buzzer hatch coming off at times though so they haven't munched their way through everything over the winter at least.
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I've been on Grafham twice now....

Fishing was pretty easy and I caught a lot of fish in the 2 – 3lb class (Hedge End, The Seat and Lodge Frontage) lot of fish to lures fished deep

The most notable thing was there was hardly any overwintered fish caught (by myself or anyone else) I spoke to John Mees about it and he agreed…..about 5 or 6 overwintered fish had been caught all day on opening day !

The fish are all stuffed to the gills with Daphnia; which is a good sign as they’ll soon put on condition and weight……they also have a few shrimps in them although not in the numbers as last year (yet)

I fished a floater and hare’s ear patterns in the afternoon…in an attempt to catch an overwintered shrimp feeder…..unfortunantly it was just 4 stockies that were caught.

Pulled out some weed from and looked in it...yes there are a few shrimps...but not in the numbers found last year....

Then again it's not a scientific study is is...a few random clumps of weed !

I think we'll see a bigger impact in june......when it warms up.
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What of the shrimp explosion ?? , is it as bad as people feared? are the little buggers still everywhere , or has it calmed a bit.
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Well you can pretty much guarantee that it will start to become an issue now that its open season on the concrete bowl.
Boat owners took the flak for the introduction of this invasive but you can bet your bottom dollar that irresponsible anglers who do not disinfect their kit will also share the responsibility for its spread this season.
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Fished for the first time ever on Sunday 27th from the Bank in overcast and cool weather - nothing - not a tweek - though I'm not nearly a world class caster so couldn't get any depth of water. Another bank fisher had nothing and didn't see anything else caught from the bank. I think the boats were doing okay though only a little way out. I'll save up for a boat ticket for next time
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I fished Grafham on sunday3rd April, fished both north and south shores, and never saw a fish move! Tried most flies, damsels, ptn, buzzers on a floating line at various depths as did my boat partner. Changed to a small gold head hare's ear on the point, and lost something big in Savages, and eventually had one good rainbow , about 3.5 lbs. on south shore on the gold head hare's ear. It was absolutely full of tiny immature shrimp . green in colour but not to be confused with daphnia. The trout was magnificent, a great shape, very silver, and fought a strongly for a good 10 minutes..
I wonder to what extent the killer shrimp problem will continue at this water. Normally on a good day like this there would have been fish rising to the buzzers we saw.
I can only hope for better days, but would like to hear from others who have fished here recently.
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Fished yesterday, Weds 6th in boat. Strong winds and sunny....not normally good. Went over to Hedge End, Deepwater Point, G bank...no fish, but very uncomfortable in large waves.

Went over to quieter west bank and anchored. We had 40 fish to the boat by mid afternoon, saw many other rods bending.

Fish deep down but possibly not feeding (although full of daphnia and buzzers when spooned) coming to various marabou tailed lures but few to nymphs or buzzers.

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Peter. do you think many of the fish you caught were o/wintered.

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