Tuesday 26 March 2013

2013 Opening Day and After

Friday 15th March 2013 was opening day at Burrator and, as is traditional, it was a competition day. The weather was not our friend. It was bitterly cold, very windy, as the day wore on, it rained 'cats & dogs' as well. From the reports coming back it would seem that only five members turned out, the rest having more sense. The intrepid fivesome were new members Jon Perry and Pat Powers, together with Tony McCoy, Mike Duckett and Peter Macconnell. Only two of us caught.

There were other anglers about and we met up with Alan Behan one of the volunteer bailiffs and he had landed three or four rainbows. As to our competition it was won by Jon Perry who had his limit bag of five rainbows for 9lb 11oz. Runner up was Tony McCoy with a single fish of 2lb 10z. Mike, Peter and Pat were the ones who failed to land a fish.

Deep wading and casting into the wind was needed
Jon with his 'limit'
Alan Behan ready with the net
Whilst Opening Day was something of a washout for most of us the following few days proved more reliable. Reports came in of several limit bags taken on Sunday 17th of March and Pat Powers reports that on the following Wednesday he had his five fish limit for a total weight of 14lbs. This is a very good bag indeed, with an average weight of 2lbs 12oz per fish. Peter Macconnell fished on Tuesday and had a limit bag in two and a half hours with several fish lost; some almost at the net. By comparison, his bag weighed only 7lb 2oz.
Since last weekend the weather has become very cold with strong easterly winds, so only the most hardy souls will have been making the effort to get out. However, early catches suggest that once the weather settles down we should be in for some good fishing.
An early season limit
Pat plays and lands a fish on a bitterly cold day

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