This year we decided to go to Eyebrook reservoir for our annual weekend away and competition. The venue was chosen not only for the facilities available at the venue but also because we had secured good accomodation close by to cater for the whole group. Thanks to Ken and Pete a good deal was struck at the Premier Inn which covered accomodation and all food.
Some fished on the Friday from bank and boat although conditions were not good with a northerly wind and cool cloudy conditions. Fish were caught however and things boded well for a decent day on the Saturday. As it was the commemoration of the Dam Busters weekend we were treated to a low level fly past of a Lancaster bomber with Chris Evans the DJ on board. We could clearly see the pilot it was that low – a fantastic sight. Tony Woods managed a quick snap as it left the area.
During the evening we gathered in the bar at the hotel and discussed tactics over a glass or two as you can see below.
On the day of the competition the wind had changed to a westerly but it was still quite breezy and cool. The trout had shifted overnight as they are prone to do and competitors set off to various points to find them. It was a more challenging day for most with catches down to a moderate level and the fish inclining to take a little further down than the previous day. Peter Major landed on a large concentration of fish and plugged away all day to amass a total of 28 mostly to Damsel nymphs on a floating line. Well done Pete an excellent effort. As usual our day was a load of fun, much mickey taking and plenty of effort. Here you see a few of the competitors unwinding near the Lodge after the weigh in.
We organised a group dinner for the evening to present the trophy. The winner was decided on the weight of the best 3 fish on the day. Fittingly this went to Peter Major as you might expect as he caught so many! It must be mentioned that Julia North came second – a great result on her first boat trip and with which she was delighted. Here you can see Pete receiving his shield from Ken Nutting with the Chairman keeping an eye on proceedings.
We also celebrated the birthday of one of our members – Ken Giles. Now Ken wants me to keep his actual age secret and I will but, suffice to say he is 79 next year. Just shows you that fishing can keep you young and healthy. Here you see him blowing out the candles on his birthday cake.
Some of the group stayed on to fish on Sunday also but only from the bank as all boats were booked. The day proved hard as the wind had changed around to the North again and the trout had their heads down.
Many many thanks to Ken and Pete for organising this excellent and throughly enjoyable weekend. The staff at Eyebrook were superb and helpful and welcoming in every way. The extremely well stocked tackle shop did a fair bit of trade too I believe.