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      geepster
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      Latest News and Information from

      Week ending 25 April 2021

      • 10lb Rainbow at Pitsford and great rod averages across our waters

      • Popular evening boat leagues return to Rutland and Grafham
      Starting Tuesday 11 May

      http://www.anglianwaterparks.co.uk

      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 week 1,583 (Season 5,809) Returns 194 (574) Rod average 8.15(10.1)
      Another fantastic week’s sport at Rutland Water for both bank and boat anglers! Buzzers fished washing line style, straight lined or under the indicator have accounted for the majority of catches this week. The week’s best Rainbow was recorded at 5lb 3oz and numbers of quality grown on browns returned to 7lb.

      Once again the North Arm has provided the most consistent sport with Barnsdale steep bank, Dickensons and Burley all holding plenty of fish. Yellowstone, Gibbets Gorse, Old Hall Bay, Green Bank and Hideaway Bay have been the areas to head to down the South arm.

      The relatively light winds and reasonable temperatures have in general brought the fish higher in the water column. Floating lines or midge tips have been the choice of many with the afore mentioned washing line set up incorporating a FAB on the point and buzzers up the cast. There have been days when the fish have been lying deeper and that is worth bearing in mind whilst there have also been days where the presentation 10-12 foot has been required.

      Bank anglers continue to have good sport especially in the evening when good rises are occurring. Old Hall, Green Bank, the Mound and the dam have all been favourable areas with buzzers, diawl bach and dries such as a Shipmans coming into their own during the evening session. Prospects look good for the week ahead with another 2,000 rainbows being introduced to ensure the fine sport continues.

      Our lodges are now open in a Covid secure manner for tackle sales. Boat bookings can now be made over the phone and we will take your name and phone number and payment will be taken at the lodge on the day you fish. Customers can also now leave boat booking requests on the answer phone.
      Whilst in and around the lodges please observe queueing mechanisms and signage and remember whilst onsite to follow the latest government Covid guidelines.

      Fish stocked: 4,500.

      Forthcoming events
      Evening boat league commences 11 May – please ask at the lodge for more details
      Anglian Water Rudder Match 8 May
      Lake Challenge (Predator) 19 & 20 June
      Airflo Invitation Match 26 & 27 June

      Grafham Water
      Fish week 1,193 Returns 195 Rod average 6.1
      With a total of 1,193 fish caught this week there can be no doubt that Grafham is producing outstanding sport. The boat anglers have been catching fish from various areas across the reservoir in warm and bright sunny conditions. The Seat and Gaynes Cove were producing high numbers of fish. A 5lb Rainbow was spooned and the stomach contained half a dozen little perch fry. One angler anchored up at 2pm and only stopped when his ‘arm ached from catching too many fish!’
      One happy angler wrote an account of his successful day at Grafham “Hi there, I caught a beautiful 5lb 6oz Brown from G buoy. This was the best of 9 fish I caught on a blustery day. Two of the rainbows were almost 4lb. I’m happy to say that the brown went back safely, it was stunning and fin perfect caught on a Di 5 with a small black snake with a neon lime green head. All fish wanted to chase! A great day and excellent fish!”

      It’s great to hear about your catches or tales so please do share these with our rangers who will be more than happy to include your experiences in our weekly reports.

      The bank anglers have been catching well from the harbour arms, using lures moved fast or if you prefer the traditional methods on a small green buzzer fished static has been very effective on both the south and north shores.

      Please remember the team at Grafham are here to help so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

      Our lodges are now open in a Covid secure manner for tackle sales. Boat bookings can now be made over the phone and we will take your name and phone number and payment will be taken at the lodge on the day you fish. Customers can also now leave boat booking requests on the answer phone.
      Whilst in and around the lodges please observe queueing mechanisms and signage and remember whilst onsite to follow the latest government Covid guidelines.

      Forthcoming events
      Evening boat league commences 11 May – please ask at the lodge for more details
      Invicta Pilgrimage 27 & 28 May
      Scierra Pairs heat 30 May
      Perchmania 12 & 13 June
      Anglian Water Airflo International – Grafham heat 19 June.

      Pitsford Water
      Fish week 868 (Season 1,636) Returns 138 (253) Rod average 6.3 (6.4)
      It has been a cracking week on Pitsford with the milder weather improving catches for bank anglers and the boat anglers continuing to have the lion’s share of the fish. Although the best fish of the week; a fine 10lb Rainbow, was caught from the bank. This superb fish, along with another at 4lb 4oz, was caught on an intermediate line and black snake. Another bank angler caught 22 fish, releasing 14.

      One of the best days enjoyed this week was one of our the boat anglers who had terrific sport catching 38 fish, with most being released.

      Pitsford Water hosted a couple of club friendly matches recently with the Mid Northants Fly Fishers fishing for the Bruce Richardson Trophy. 22 anglers caught and released 153 fish, using a measuring system to avoid a weigh in. The top rod had four fish measuring 1890mm. Included in this was a stunning rainbow estimated at around 7lb. The longest recorded fish was another rainbow measuring 595mm.

      The Foresters Fly Boys also held a club outing with 15 anglers taking to the water. They caught 110 fish, releasing 70. The best fish were a Rainbow of 6lb 4oz and a Brown of 5lb 4oz.

      The best methods this week are intermediate lines with olive or black lures or floating or midge tip lines with buzzers on long leaders.

      Fish are well spread across the lake but the best boat areas are Sailing Club, Pitsford Creek and the dam.

      Our lodges are now open in a Covid secure manner for tackle sales. Boat bookings can now be made over the phone and we will take your name and phone number and payment will be taken at the lodge on the day you fish. Customers can also now leave boat booking requests on the answer phone. Whilst in and around the lodges please observe queueing mechanisms and signage and remember whilst onsite to follow the latest government Covid guidelines.

      Best Rainbow: 10lb.

      Best Brown: Several 5-6lb.

      Fish stocked: 2,000

      Ravensthorpe
      Fish week 541 Returns 60 Rod average 11
      Ravensthorpe continues to fish well all over with a rod average of 11. Loads of fish are being caught down the Coton End and Domes with several double figured fish recorded and safely returned.

      The best bank area is the Dam with fish being caught on buzzers, blobs and lures.

      Best boat areas: Coton End, Domes.

      Best bank areas: Dam.

      Fish stocked: 700.

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