Rods at the ready

Blue Trout

Anglers could reel in something different from their average catch at Bewl Water in Lamberhurst, as the reservoir releases 10 blue trout into its waters.

The latest restocking of the fish took place at Hook Straight, and those lucky enough to catch one will win an eight-trout fishing ticket and boat hire for one.

The species, which can range from light to dark blue in colour, is a genetic mutation of both the brown and rainbow trout and is often stocked in various lakes, reservoirs, and trout fisheries for sports purposes.

Head Ranger Daniel Baker said: “The competition has created a lot of excitement among our fishing community. Blue trout are known to be exceptionally hard fighting, so this will be the ultimate angling challenge.”

To claim their winnings, anglers will need to take a picture of their prized catch and show a ranger on duty.

“So far only one blue trout has been caught, so there’s still plenty of opportunities for our fishermen to put their skills to the test,” Daniel continued.

The reservoir is open every day from 8am to 5pm and encourages both pros and those new to fishing to try any method, fly or kayak fishing – a new activity Bewl Water launched last month.

Fishing permits and boat hire at Bewl cost from £25-£50 and can be booked at:

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