Anglian Water Trout Fishing August 17th, 2021

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        • 2021 Tuesday night boat league winners crowned at Grafham and Rutland

        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 278 (Season 28,478) Returns 76 (4,446) Rod average 3.65 (6.4)
        We saw a vast improvement in fishing with some good bags of fish being caught last week. Fish are being caught on floating fry and popper minks over the weed beds from both the boat and bank; these reports show that the fish are starting to move out of open water and back in towards the banks. The boils have continued to provide good sport with a good number of bag limits coming from in and around the general area of the aerators.
        Anglers fishing Normanton bank have caught well drifting open water with washing lines and lures. Other areas that have produced fish have been buoy 14, Barnhill Creek, The Sailing Club Bay, Sykes Lane, the dam wall and New Zealand Point. The largest fish of the week was a 13lb brown trout taken and safely returned on a fry pattern alongside other grown on fish. High winds have benefitted our rudder anglers this week with many catching good bags of fish. Two of our regular boat anglers finished early on Mon 16th with each taking their limit before 1pm.
        We should see some great fishing within the next couple of weeks as more fish turn to the weed beds for food as well as some heavy stocking as we go into September and the cooler months to ensure a bumper Autumn and Winter.
        Tuesday Night Boat League
        The final match of the league was fished last week and went right ‘down to the wire’. Going into the final day four anglers were in with a chance of taking the title. We had 11 anglers fishing on the night all of whom voted for “No fishing the boils” before going out.
        19 fish were caught overall, with the last 1½ hours or so frustratingly difficult with flat calm conditions, making things even more testing.
        Rik Cooper won the final evening with the best bag, Vince Sparrow won the boat prize for the best fish, second on the night though was Dave Currie, earning seven points.
        It was those points however that were enough to seal the title for Dave, taking the plaudits as everybody congratulated him on becoming the 2021 champion!
        Final top six places in the league
        Dave Currie 68 points
        Rik Cooper 62
        Gary Cooper 52
        Keith Jones 50
        Mick Bennett 48
        Vince Sparrow 32
        Overall in the thirteen weeks of the league, there were eight different winners of the “best fish” boat prize. Many thanks to all that supported and took part this season, look forward to seeing you again next year

        Grafham Water
        Fish week 402 Returns 107 Rod average 3.75
        Boat fishing at Grafham this week has been good. The inlet and the boils have produced good bags to lures, blobs and fabs cast into the centre of the boil or inlet and left to swing out. The slick downwind of the inlet across to the Willows on south west winds has fish topping that will take crunchers diawl bach, pheasant tail or muskins fished washing line style. Other boat areas that fished well are Deep Water Point – again with washing line tactics and all along the front of the dam 75-100 yards out with a small lure on a slow glass line. One angler had over 20 trout to this tactic earlier this week. There are some better trout coming out in the evening in front of the aqua park near G buoy after the bathers have gone home.
        The south end of the dam remains the best spot for bank anglers using the same methods as bank anglers. Alternatively some fish have been taken in the evening wading off the lodge bank and the harbour continues to produce fish once the boats are in and the light levels drop. The predator anglers have reported numbers of zander and perch in 8-10 feet of water close to the banks along the north shore where the fry are in abundance among the weedbeds.
        Grafham Tuesday Evening boat League
        This very popular series ended with a teenager taking Top Rod, catching 6 fish on all of his best 10 evenings, an amazing performance.
        The runner-up took just one fish less with 55 fish taking third.
        A total of 253 rods took part in the 13 evenings involving 47 different anglers of whom 38 were Invicta FFC members.
        The catch and release series recorded 587 trout an average of 2.2 trout per angler.
        Thanks to the team at Invicta FFC for organising, AW Grafham staff for letting us stay out until sunset and the Wheatsheaf in Perry for refreshing us.
        Best Rainbow: 5lb 2oz.
        Best Brown: 5lb 6oz.

        Fish week 56 (Season 4,706) Returns 23 (670) Rod average 2.4 (7.0)
        The fishing at Ravensthorpe continues to improve. Washing line tactics seem to be bringing the best results, with small nymphs and diawl bachs are taking most fish.
        The water remains very warm which is probably contributing to lethargic fish feeding, which of course is typical for this time of year.
        Best boat areas: Lodge bank.

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