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Sevenoaks Fishery 01446 622236 THE Cowbridge and District Anglers annual competition was held at the fishery on a day when the high wind made fishing difficult; but there was a close finish as Cardiff member Ken Bowring took the trophy by a one ounce margin with three rainbows weighing 4lb 14oz.

Llanharry fly fisherman John Worgan netted seven rainbows averaging 3lb when he used buzzers to fish catch and release and buzzers also put four rainbows weighing 11.25lb into Steve Morris's bag.

Nigel Davies, from Tonyrefail, landed three rainbows between 3lb and 4lb while two over that weight fell to Pencoed anglers Chris Cox and Alan James.

Dave Suter was in the area from Stratford upon Avon and bagged a 6lb brace to take back to Shakespeare country; the three caught by Ed Torres, from nearby Ystradowen, weighed 8lb and Tonteg angler Paul Davies caught three for 9.5lb.

Nantmoel Reservoir 07866 428744 THE Aberdare AA 2-Fish Competition was won by Matthew Penny with a brace turning the scales to 5lb 15oz while Dai Roberts came in second with 5lb 1oz.

Ralph Connors hooked and released eight rainbows to 2.75lb when he paid a visit and Chris Jones hooked half a dozen on small lures.

Jason Williams returned six while both Max Williams and Wayne James caught five.

Ynysyfro Reservoir 01633 838250 THERE'S some rod bending action ahead following the latest stocking that included rainbows between 3lb and 8lb and that makes the PS12 day ticket look even better value as day ticket visitors Dean Morgan and Mark Roberts would confirm after both reached the eight fish catch and release limit on the top pond.

Regular visitor and Newport Reservoir Fly Fishing Association member Ken Bowring again took top and bottom pond limits on the two days he fished while dry fly specialist Gwyn Davies caught seven rainbows and one brown trout on a shuttlecock buzzer.

Terry O'Connor and Geoff Evans netted seven and six rainbows when they cast from the tump and hedge bank and O'Connor also caught five on a visit to the bottom pond.

Ian Hewitt, Ivor Thomas, Steve Kean and Dave Longford all bagged a top pond brace; three fish were caught by Steve Howells, Bernard Stephens, Dave Woods, Fred Kent and Bernie Davies while four fish fell to the rods of Kevin Pinkney, Adrian Moyse and Jeff Wilson.

Keith Higgins and Shaun Cotterell totalled a dozen rainbows in two boat sessions on the bottom pond; Lee Kirkwood boated six and five rainbows to 2lb came aboard Bob Bradley's boat.

Ken Pascoe and Bernie Davies caught their eight fish from the bank while Beddau fly fisherman Dave Howells banked five and then three in two visits.

Roger Martin, from Taffs Well, netted a 3lb 10oz rainbow that fell to a black buzzer; Head Bailiff John Mcindo banked a 3lb 5oz fish at sunset and Roy March topped the big fish list with his 5.25lb rainbow.

Newport Reservoir Association Chairman Adrian Connor and dry fly ace Graham Ingram Evans included rainbows to 2.5lb in the fish caught on midge patterns and the Association's Membership Secretary Phil Harper and committee member Brian Wareham caught their fish on damsel nymphs, cat's whisker and Diawl Bach flies in after tea sessions.

Alan Rees, from Cardiff, and day ticket angler Steve Thomas both caught four fish from the bottom pond; both Dean Connolly and Steve Howells banked three and nine came Joel Craig's way in two visits. Cwm Hedd Lakes 01633 896854 or 07813 143034 SUMMER opening times at the Bassaleg fishery are Wednesday to Saturday from 8am to sunset with last admission 5pm and 8am to 5pm on Sunday with entry closing at 2pm.

The fishery is also open until 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday.

More stock fish have gone into the main lake and Lodge Pond and among them were two tagged trout, recognisable by the blue dye on the underside.

The last tagged fish, worth PS75,was caught by Alan Glen.

Graham Davies is a regular visitor; but his latest day at the lake was one to remember as he landed and returned a 10lb 1oz rainbow and then hooked a 5lb 11oz fish on his next cast.

Another big rainbow over 9lb was landed by Lee Ashcroft.

Wales fly fishing internationals Kieron Jenkins and Luke Thomas have been catching well on dry flies and Kieron also coached Dan McGhee and helped him hook his first Cwm Hedd rainbow on an orange blob fished with a strike indicator.

Dave Sidaway, Doug Sanders and Bernard Riella all caught on bloodworm nymphs during their first day at the fishery and Huw Johns switched from rivers to casting 30 yards out in the lake and catching on fry pattern flies.

Ken Bowring and Roger Martin each retained one fish and returned 14 between them using grey midge pupa and buzzers and Gareth West caught his rainbows on a Shipmans buzzer.

Ken Pascoe fooled his five fish with a grey nymph; Mountain Ash fly fisherman Lee Davies caught on a blob while buzzers were responsible for the three caught by James Hawley and Luke Taylor and a damsel nymph for those caught by Shane Malson, Richard Mills and Howard Barrell.

Ravensnest Fishery 01291 689564 KEN Edwards, from Brecon, just about managed to fit the 13lb rainbow trout he caught into his landing net after it took a cat's whisker lure.

It was one of 10 caught and returned and his brother Ken returned the same number including two 8lb rainbows.

Jasper VanDalen, 14-years-old and from near the Tintern fishery, also caught 10 rainbows and his best weighed 8lb.

A bloodworm nymph brought Paul Bicknell 16 rainbows and 15 for Alan Davies while Phil and Andrew Davies both returned 13 that came after gold head nymphs and Anthony Jones and Lee Parfitt returned a dozen.

Dean Davies and Tormen Milaenovic both returned 10 trout; Lee Evans and his 12-year-old nephew Connor O'Leary shared a six fish catch and Stephanie Powell went away with a 5.5lb rainbow brace.

John Bray, Tom Weed and his son Chris all had four fish 8.5lb bags and Tony Baker's three weighed 6.5lb.

Bigwell Fly Fishery 01600 772904 ROB Lewis reached the 10 fish catch and release limit by catching a 10lb rainbow on a fritz lure.

A 3lb rainbow was the best of the 10 returned by Mike Dobbs; Lyn Harris's 10 took buzzers and Simon Kershaw hooked 10 using an egg fly.

Glen Thorn cast a cat's whisker for his 10 and the same fly produced the same number for Bob Harris and Rob Houls.

A 10.5lb rainbow was the best of 10 returned by Ray Winnall and fish weighing 9.5lb were landed by Bassant Subba and Edward Graham.

Andy Jones, Mick Smith and Graham Barnet all clocked up 10 fish catch and release scores using buzzers while it was a cat's whisker lure for Martin Jones and Ricky Smith as they reached that figure.

Roger Howells went home with six rainbows weighing 11.5lb in his bag and Jack Webb had a freezer full as he went away with 13 fish between 1.5lb and 2.5lb.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 1, 2015
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