Latest News and Information from week ending 3 June 2012
•Grafham Water hosts Midlands heat of Anglian Water Airflo International
11 teams battle for a place in the Midlands Final
•Fantastic rod average of 5.0 at Pitsford Water
Fish week 641 (Season 7,196) Returns 128 (1,790) Rod average 5.0(4.02)
Pitsford Water continues to fish well with a fantastic rod average of 5. Many anglers are reporting catches of up to 30 fish. Dave Newing and a group of five friends fished Pitsford this week catching a total of 187 fish on buzzers and nymphs. The best fish of the week was a Rainbow of 9lb 7oz taken by season ticket holder Paul Hopwell whilst fishing from the bank on small nymphs.
The best methods have been floating line, buzzer, (black or olive), damsels or diawl bachs. When buzzers have not been working small lures or blobs have also been taking on intermediate or slow sinking lines. On overcast days. The best bank fish has been in overcast conditions or in late evening. Boat fishing has continued to be good regardless of the weather – so come and give Pitsford a go!
Best Rainbow 9lb 7oz taken by Mr Hopwell.
Best Brown 4lb 4oz taken by B Bultitude.
Best boat areas Small half, dam, Brixworth Bay.
Bank areas Gorse Bank, Sailing Club bank.
Best methods See report.
Mid week boat winner Mr French of Northampton.
Fish stocked 1,250
Beginners courses 16, 22 & 30 June; 11,21 & 28 July and dates throughout the season.
Alex Booth Charity Match 28 June – contact Rob Dobson 07809 172721.
Fish week 2,300 (season 14,543) Returns 517 (3,471) Rod average 4.44 (4.18)
Anglers are enjoying phenomenal sport at Rutland Water with 2,300 fish caught giving a rod average of 4.44 for the week.
Ian Robertson netted the best fish of the week with a 6lb 11½oz Rainbow which fell to a tube fly whilst fishing in Manton Bay last Friday. Other notable catches included a superb 5lb 10oz Rainbow for Mr E Evans of Pwllheli.
Boat anglers are finding fish in most areas. Bank anglers are netting fish off Normanton, Sykes Lane, the Dam, Old Hall and the Finches bank.
Most methods seem to be working with floating lines (straight lining) and nymphs fished under the bung for both bank and boat anglers. The lure pullers are taking fish on mini lures ‘blobs’, cormorants and tube flies fished on various sinking lines.
Fish have been taken fairly deep during the day with bank anglers staying on late making the most of the opportunity to cast at rising fish in the last 1½ hours of the day, depending on weather conditions. Fish are feeding on daphnia and a variety of middle of the range buzzers, and towards the end of the week we were seeing some of the bigger fish feeding on snails.
A reminder that Rutland Water will be hosting a floating line competition on Saturday 9 June. Please contact the fishing lodge on 01780 686441 for more information.
Tuesday Night Boat League – week 4
The fourth week of the league saw a fourth different winner and there are only 7 points dividing the top four in the league! This week’s winner was Richard Cooper of Empingham. Richard managed seven nice conditioned Rainbows weighing 18lb 2½oz during a superb evening’s fishing with all 18 anglers taking fish for a total of 57 in less than 3½ hours. Geoff Wanless took the best fish on the night a cracking 5lb 4½oz Rainbow taken from Manton Bay.
1st Richard Cooper 7 fish for 18lb 2½oz
2nd Geoff Wanless 5 fish for 15lb 4¾oz
3rd Keith Jones 4 fish for 12lb 10½oz
Standings in the league so far are –
1st Ady Naylor 24 points
2nd Keith Jones 22 points
3rd Geoff Wanless 21 points
4th Richard Cooper 17 points
5th Toff Crowther 13 points
6th Mick Bennett 7 points
Best Rainbow 6lb 11½oz taken by Ian Robertson of North Wales.
Best boat areas Bottom of both arms and the main basin. Fish are feeding on daphnia and small buzzers.
Best bank areas Sykes Lane to the Dam. The dam, Normanton, New Zealand Point, Old Hall Bay.
Rutland Water continued
Best methods Bank – floating line with nymphs/ weighted lures.
Boat – As for bank and include mini lures, tubes etc.
Mid week boat winner R Grice of Warrington
Fish stocked 2,000.
Beginners courses 6,17, 23 and 29 June; 8,15,22 & 29 July and dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night Boat League commenced 8 May.
Anglian Water Floating line match 9 June
Mid-summer Rudder Match (leg 2 of 3) 30 June
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 21 July
Rutland Water Fly Fishers Youth Flyfishing Day 22 July
Fish week 811 (season 9,361) Returns 216(2,265) Rod average 3.7 (4.13)
Fishing has been a mixed bag with the variable weather conditions. Most of the fish are now coming to the nymphs such as diawl bachs and crunchers fished on a floating line or midge tip. The main areas are the North shore with the hot spots being the Willows, Deep Water Point and Hedge End.
Grafham Water hosted the Midlands heat of the Anglian Water Airflo International last Saturday with 11 teams doing battle for 6 places in the Midlands Final. Most anglers headed towards the north shore armed with either floaters or midge tips and nymphs. The winning team – Elinor put up a fantastic performance to weigh in 47 fish for 108lb 12 1/8oz. The six teams going through to the Midlands final are
1st Elinor 47 fish for 108lb 12 1/8oz
2nd Soldier Palmers 37 fish for 89lb 5½oz
3rd GWFFA Red 31 fish for 80lb 1¾oz
4th Kent & Sussex Flyfishers 33 fish for 78lb 7½oz
5th Rio Masters 31 fish for 68lb 9¼oz
6th Sonik Sports Pitsford Pirates 31 fish for 62lb 2½oz
Best Rainbow 6lb 4oz taken by Mr Seward.
Best Brown 4lb.
Best boat areas Hedge End, Deep Water Point, Willows.
Best bank areas Hill Farm, Marlow Stones, North Dam.
Grafham Water continued
Best methods See report.
Mid week boat winner Mr A Taylor.
Fish stocked 2,000
Beginners courses 9,21 and 24 June; 1, 20, 25 & 29 July and dates throughout the season.
Pike Beginers course 14 July
England eliminator round 2 17 June
Pro Am Wednesday 20 June.
Major Leagues Group 1 30 June
Floating Line Inter Club Match 28 July.
Fish week 300 (season 4,971) Returns 80 (892) Rod average 3.75(5.5)
Anglers have enjoyed another week of good sport at Ravensthorpe. The best fish of the week was a lovely Rainbow of 6lb taken by season ticket holder Keith Hickman of Brixworth.
Most fish are being caught on small buzzers or nymphs fished on a floating or intermediate line. A bloodworm on the point is also worth trying. Slow sinking lines with blobs or small lures or a damsel nymph have also been catching fish. Bank fishing has also been good using buzzers or nymphs, either at the dam or wading in front of the area between Platforms 4 and 5.
Best Rainbow 6lb taken by Keith Hickman of Brixworth.
Best boat areas Catwalk Corner, Island, Ravensthorpe bank.
Bank areas Dam and wading in front of platforms 4 and 5.
Best methods See report.
Mid week boat winner J Spencer of Duston.
Fish stocked 375