The long anticipated opening day of the fishing season finally arrived at Llyn Brenig on Saturday. The sun was out in all its glory and memories of last year’s freezing conditions were a dim and distant memory. There was a buzz of excitement around the jetty as the fishermen arrived early, eager once more to hear the sound of the reel as the line races off the spool and the sight and feel of the
bending rod as the fish snaps onto the line. The water temperature stands at 5 degrees C which is quite warm for this time of year and, with the generally mild winter that we have had, reports from the fish farmers are very positive about the fish stocks for this season with some excellent fishing in prospect.
Overall the fishing over the weekend was very good with the bank fishermen doing particularly well on the Saturday and the boat fishermen having a good day on the Sunday.
The fish were lying quite deep and seemed to move further off the shore on Sunday. Generally a DI 5 was the main line used off the boats.
The rod average over the weekend was 4.5 fish per angler which includes returned fish. There were some very nice over wintered fish caught as well as some good stocked fish. The biggest fish was a 3lb 12 oz rainbow caught by Mr. S. Whaley from Holywell using a Montana. The biggest bag of the week was 14 lbs 2 oz and was caught by Mr Stuart Shaw from St Asaph. May I remind fishermen that we would be grateful if all of you could give in your catch returns as we can only base our statistics on the evidence that we have. Mr. Richardson from Connahs Quay appeared to have had a bad day but in the spirit of one of our big screen icons he wrote ‘Nil return- but I’ll be back!’ We look forward to seeing him again soon!
The reputation of the ‘fighting fish of the Brenig’ was enhanced once more over the weekend when Mr. Cahill wrote in to tell us the story of his friend ‘Pirate Fred’ who thought that he had caught a 6 pounder only to find to his dismay that after a long struggle and finally landing his adversary that his monster fish wasn’t 6 lbs but only 3 lbs. Definitely a case of fighting above your weight!
The hot spots over the weekend were concentrated on the western side of the lake on Saturday particularly Sailing Club Bay and the Brenig Arm for both bank and boat fishermen whereas Sunday saw the Eastern side of the lake seeing more activity especially Hafod Lom woods with Nan Glyn shore being more productive than on the Saturday.
Top flies have been gold head, orange fritz, olive damsels, olive boobies, coral boobies, diawl bachs, cormorants and cats whiskers.