Carsington anglers head back onto the water

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With almost a full compliment of boats out for opening weekend, the anglers braved the windy conditions and enjoyed a great start to the 2014 season at Carsington Fishery.

The north westerly conditions gave shelter to the north end around the osprey towers and brown ale bay where many boats caught bags of six fish and more.

The rod average for this first weekend was 5.8 with 263 fish caught by 45 anglers.

The heaviest rainbow this week was 3lbs 8oz caught on a orange fritz off the sailing club island by Richard Thomas.

The heaviest brown this week was 1lb 8oz caught on a green and black tadpole by Tower bank by Ed Seeley.

The most successful areas have been at the Shiningford Creek, Osprey towers, Brown ale bay, Halfmoon Field, Watersports island and Sailing club island.

The most successful patterns are cats whisker, black & green fritz, orange fritz, hot head damsel, Montana, orange blob, black & green lures and black buzzers.

Most fish have been caught on sinking lines.

Most anglers fished at anchor as drifting was quite difficult with the strong wind conditions.

After the success of the venue’s Open competitions last season, the date for the 2014 spring competition will be Saturda, April 12.

The entry fee will be £60 per boat which will be for two people.

Registration can be done online at www.carsingtonwater.com