8lb 13oz brown trout from Rutland – Anglian Water trout fishing news Oct 2nd

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      Latest News and Information from Anglian Water Trout Fisheries

      Week ending 29 September 2019

      • 8lb 13oz specimen is best recorded Brown of the week at Rutland Water

      • 6lb plus Rainbow and 6lb Rainbow for Dave Strudwick at Pitsford


      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

      Rutland Water
      Fish 254 (Season 28,041) Returns 89 (6,207) Rod average 2.85 (4.51)
      Following last weekend’s drastic improvement in conditions, the trout have responded well and we have seen some excellent sport this week. Reports of big Browns are still coming in steadily, many between the 3-6lb mark. Ian Robinson has taken the best recorded Brown of the week with a lump tipping the scales at 8lb 13oz.

      Many anglers have still been targeting the weed beds down the south arm, particularly between Gibbets Gorse and New Zealand Point, where good numbers of quality Rainbows have been coming out for the past few weeks.

      Season ticket holder Mick Connor has been out several times this week, making the most of the exciting sport, with consistent catches on floating fry and suspender minkies. On Saturday Mick and boat partner Colin Best, braved the high winds and anchored up off the weed beds towards New Zealand Point. They brought seven superb Rainbows back to the lodge, weighing up to 3¾lb, all of with full tails and even fuller bellies – absolutely stuffed with snails.

      The most notable change in the last week is the appearance of large numbers of fish in the open water. These shoals have been residing in 30 plus feet of water for most of the summer, until the upper layers became cool enough to encourage them to more accessible depths.

      Rudder anglers have been the first to lock on to these fish, using Di5 lines when the wind is up, and Di3’s in a more gentle breeze. Leicestershire angler Roland McKendrick continued his good form from last week with a lovely bag of Rainbows from several different areas of the South Arm and the Main Basin.

      Local guides Rob Waddington and Mick Brooksby went out with their clients on Saturday and also had good sport on the rudder, finding well mended fish in the South Arm and out in front of the lodge.

      The predator fishing has been a bit of a mixed bag this week. A few anglers finding huge shoals of hard feeding Zander have had astonishing catches, with reports of 100 plus fish to the boat. However, others have struggled to find these shoals and have been working very hard to get a dozen fish to the boat.

      Two anglers went out on Thursday targeting Perch, and although the majority they caught were smaller than the lures they were using, they managed to come back with smiles on their faces after one landed a solid Perch just under 3lb; while his boat partner had one in the region of 3½lb. As we all know the Pike anglers are a secretive bunch, however, throughout the week we have heard of anglers having multiple catches of mid double fish from the bottom of both arms and near the Sailing Club.

      Rutland Water continued

      Best Brown: 8lb 13oz taken by Ian Robinson.

      Mid week boat winner: Alan Musgrove of Royston.

      Forthcoming events
      Anglian Water Airflo International Final 7-9 October
      Anglian Water Autumn Pairs Rudder & non rudder 12 October
      Fry Feeders Match 20 October.
      George Moore Memorial Trophy (rudder) 26 October
      Anglian Water Rudder Match 16 November
      Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 1 December

      Beginners courses: 4,13,18 & 26 October;2 & 10 November; 8 December; 4 January 2020.
      Boat handling courses: 16,21 & 30 October; 4 November.

      Grafham Water
      Fish 297 (Season 12,160) Returns 85 (2,829) Rod average 3.49 (4.29)
      Grafham continues to fish well for both trout and predator anglers.

      The bank anglers are making the most of the low water conditions which allows anglers to fish without the worry of the back cast catching in vegetation. Which bank area to fish will be dictated by the prevailing wind – in Southerly or South Westerly winds – the Lodge bank, the Seat, Plummers and the south end of the Dam have all fished well. In Northerly and North Easterly winds – the Willows, G Point, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point have all produced fish and for the evening angler the exposed road at Hill Farm has produced some better fish. If in doubt head for the Dam which has been consistent over the last couple of weeks. Congratulations to Dam regular Rolly Hudson who has banked 61 fish in the last fortnight. Shrimp patterns, Red Diawl Bachs, Hares Ear and Daddies (the shop
      window is covered in them) continue to be the most successful flies, but watch out for the better fish turning on to fry patterns as well.

      Boat fishing has been concentrated at the Dam end of the water with both Gaynes Cove, across Plummers to the south end of the Dam and G Buoy;
      and all points along the North shore producing. Again the best areas are dictated by the prevailing wind direction with the low water meaning the breaking waves will create a mud slick on the down wind shore; a good tip is to fish into clean water. There have been a lot of fish out in the middle between B and G buoys.

      Grafham Water continued

      The best method is the washing line with booby on the point and shrimp, Diawl Bach, Cruncher, Muskins or Cormorant up the line. As an alternative put a Daddy on the point and fish it wet or a Hares Ear Booby as there are some snail feeders about as well.

      Predator fishing continues to be very good with good Pike, Perch and Zander being reported. The North Tower to T Buoy and from outside the nature reserve to Hedge End seem to be the most consistent areas.

      On Wednesdays only, we will be opening Grafham’s pontoon at 6.30am for all our anglers who are happy to make an early start. This is available for pre-booked and pre paid boats only (both trout and predator). Please be sure to call or visit the tackle shop well in advance to secure a place as this is proving extremely popular and places are limited. This arrangement is available on consecutive Wednesdays ending on Wednesday 9 October. For more details contact Grafham Water Fishing Lodge on 01480 810531.

      Mid week boat winner: M Campbell of Over.

      Fish stocked: 1,000.

      Forthcoming events
      B C Hall 3 October
      Fry Feeders Match 19 October
      Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 24 November
      Beginners courses: 6,12 & 27 October; 1 & 9 November; 7 December; 5 January 2020.
      Boat handling courses: 22 & 29 October; 5 November.

      Pitsford Water
      Fish 556 (Season 14,150) Returns 131 (2,712) Rod average 4.2(5.2)
      The fishing has been fantastic again this week with both boat and bank anglers catching well with some really good quality fish being caught.

      Pitsford’s big Browns are now feeding and there is the chance of a quality back end fish. There have been three 6lb specimens reported this week with another couple of bigger fish hooked and lost.

      Dave Strudwick had a memorable morning on Saturday, fishing from the bank along Sermons and Rigbys. He had 17 fish; 6 Brown trout with two estimated at 6lb and 11 Rainbows with one of these around 6lb.

      Other fish of note were a Brown of 5lb caught by Terry Barley and another 5lb fish to Bob Sherwood.

      The boat fishing has been on excellent form too with lots of fish in the main basin and into the Narrows. Floating or midge tip lines and FAB’s or small boobies teamed with diawls or crunchers have accounted for lots of fish.

      Another 1,000 big fish were stocked this week taking the total so far this season to 27,500.

      Best Rainbow: Estimated at 6lb by Dave Strudwick.

      Best Brown: 6lb taken by Dave Strudwick.

      Mid week boat winner: Stephen White.

      Fish stocked: 1,000.

      Forthcoming events
      Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association 5 October
      A monthly open session for beginners at Pitsford where fully trained instructors are on hand to offer advice on fly casting, fly tying and water craft. Non members welcome. All sessions are 2-5pm
      Anglian Water Fur & Feather (boat) 9 November
      Beginners courses: 5 & 11 October; 3 & 8 November.
      Boat handling courses: 15,23 & 28 October & 6 November.

      Ravensthorpe Water
      Put a date in your diary – Ravensthorpe’s Fur and Feather boat match will take place on Sunday 3rd November. Please call the lodge on 01604 770875 to book a boat.

      Best Rainbow: 3lb 2oz taken by Gary Gillespie of Newmarket.

      Best boat areas: Main Bowl.

      Best bank areas: Dam.

      Midweek boat winner: D Moss of Thame.

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