Week ending 5 March 2017
• Fantastic start to new season at Grafham Water
• 12 is the magic number at Ravensthorpe with a rod average of 12 plus a 12lb Rainbow safely returned
• Rutland Water opens Friday 10 March
Rutland Water 01780 686441; Grafham Water 01480 810531;
Pitsford, Ravensthorpe & Hollowell 01604 781350,
Taverham Mills Fishery 01603 861014; Alton Water 01473 589105
Recreation Dept Anglian Water 01572 653021
The new season at Grafham Water got off to a great start at the weekend with many anglers taking their limits and bagging up. Bank fishing is very popular. Julian Millard took the New Lodge Trophy for the best fish with a fine Rainbow of 3lb 3oz. A Brown of around 6lb was caught from the boats and was returned safely to the water. The best area is around G Buoy.
Grafham match dates include the Anglian Water Spring Rudder Match on 8 April and the England Eliminator on 28 April.
Beginners courses 8,19 & 24 March;1,8,13, 23 & 30 April; 21 & 25 May and other dates throughout the season.
Anglian Water Rudder Match 8 April
England Eliminator 28 April
Anglers World Individual 13 May
Fish 938 Returns 78 Rod average 12.0
Anglers have enjoyed superb fishing during the first full week of the season at Ravensthorpe with a rod average of 12. The best fish of the week was estimated at 12lb plus.
Last Monday both the bank and boat fished well with Keith Bowen boating 16 fish. The Platforms produced for Kevin Daykin, Rob Layton, Mark Bradbury and Chris White. Chris caught and released a 12lb plus specimen fish. Lures worked well, including Pitsford Pea, orange blob and grey minkies have produced most fish but as the week progressed more fish have been caught on buzzers, diawl bachs and p.t.n’s.
Boat fishing is best between 50-100 metres from the bank, along Mongers and Blythe Island. Bank fishing has been best from Platforms 3-8 but the Dam has also fished well in a favourable wind. Alan Duffin has once again enjoyed success with the buzzer producing many fish including specimens of 5lb 2oz and 6lb 3oz.
Best Rainbow 12lb approx, returned by Chris White.
Best boat areas Mongers, Tall Willows, the Island.
Best bank areas Mongers Bank, the Dam, the Domes.
Best methods See report.
Mid week boat winner John Smith.
Fish stocked 3,090
Rutland Water’s opens on Friday 10 March – marking the 40th season of trout fishing at this prestigious venue.
Beginners courses 12,16 and 30 March; 5,15,22 & 27 April; 7,13, 19 & 26 May and other dates throughout the season.
Independence Day Trophy (best fish) 1 April
Anglian Water Airflo International Northern heat 3 April
Anglers World Individual 8 April
Sport Fish Team Heat 9 April
Tuesday Night boat league commences in May
Dave Hodgson Memorial 7 May
Bob Church Classic 14 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 20 May