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Big Fish Column: Significant downpours from Hurricane Lorenzo helps get the rivers in great shape

It was another week of mixed results around the local angling scene last week but it is beginning to look good for the rest of the month.

Hurricane Lorenzo

October into early November has always been my favourite time in the angling calendar and with the tail end of Hurricane Lorenzo delivering several significant downpours during the past week the rivers are beginning to look in great shape, or at least they are looking ahead.

Of course in the short term, a significant input of cold water has had a negative impact on local still and flowing waters alike and those fishing last week mostly struggled to achieve consistent results although the first pike of the season were recorded and our top local trout fishery opened its doors on 1st October, following its summer shut down.


October pike

October is traditionally the start of the pike fishing season and the top result of the week was reported by Maidenhead‘s Terry Davies who banked a super brace of ‘snappers‘ scaling 14lb 4oz and 15lb 8oz from one of the Twyford gravel pits.

Terry legered small mackerel baits on straight running lead rigs to account for the fish, which both came within a 20 minute feeding spell before 7am. Terry brought both fish to the bank safely with 15lb main line and barbless treble hooks on 30lb wire.


The trout are back!

The cooler months always produce the very best of the fishing at the Sportfish Game Fishing Centre and the venue got off to a real flyer when it opened for the winter season last week and even those fishers who braved the torrential rain storms on opening day were rewarded with some terrific results.

Early returns saw catches of up to ten fish with an average weight of around the 5lb mark with damsels and mini lures on sink tips producing particularly well.

I‘ll bring you the first full week’s catch returns in the column next week but ahead of that, if you want to learn how to fly fish, remember that the Game Fishing Centre is opening its doors to beginners of all ages on Saturday 19th October.


Learn to trout fish

Starting at 11am (which will give you plenty of time to watch England‘s Rugby Cup quarter final…) there will be a short introduction from top fly angler Charles Jardine, Entomology with the Environment Agency, basic fly tying with Jonny Muir, an introduction to fly casting with the Sportfish instructors, lunch and a session fishing the venue‘s Kingfisher Pond, where you WILL, catch a trout that the team will clean and vacuum pack to take home.

Places are strictly limited and may be booked on a first come, first served basis by telephoning the Game Fishing Centre on 0118 930 3860.


The week ahead

More rain is forecast but the rivers should be fining down nicely and sport, on the flowing waters at least, should be very good for the rest of the month on the back of it.

Any anglers wishing to report catches may contact me at


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