Good news for all you top-of-the-water fans. The Wimbleball trout have been wnticed to the surface by this lovely weather and the amount of buzzers hatching at the moment.
On 24th March 9 of the 10 boats out were occupied by regular Wimbleball anglers who, normally quite rightly, fish lures on sinking lines until the weather and hatches bring the fish up in mid-April. The 10th boat was occupied by a couple of visiting gentlemen who thought that the weather would have brought the fish up, even though it was only the second day of the warm sunny conditions.
The morning was all about the lures. The bright sun meant that the fish were deep. However this was short lived and by lunch time the warming margins had brought the fish to within a few yards of the bank and they were taking buzzers with alacrity – only the only people that were aware of the fact were the two chaps in boat 10 fishing their floating and intermediate lines with Diawl Bachs and buzzers on the end. Enough fish were still taking the lures to keep the others occupied and it wasn’t until late afternoon when someone saw the rod of one them in a permenant state of “arch” that everyone cottoned on. By then the visitors had both caught their 7 and returned a further ten each!
It just goes to show that we can get too set in our ways, and it often pays to fish according to the conditions and not just according to the water we are on.
Having said all that – the lure boys still did ok and one of them caught a double bag limit without changing his black tadpole/humungus combination all day; so it cuts both ways.