Anglian Water Trout Fishing July 25th

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    • Ziggy lands Rutland’s best Rainbow of the week AND scores boat league top fish for the third time this season
    A good week at Rutland for Ziggy Lesiokowski with plenty of fish and a 3lb 14½oz Rainbow

    • Something completely different
    Pitsford Kayak Grand Slam 6-7 August
    Catch the biggest Pike,Perch and Trout (measured in length) to win a top prize

    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 739 (Season 22,614) Returns 224 (4,899) Rod average 3.29 (4.61)
    One angler who overcame last week’s hot weather was Ziggy Lesiakowski. Ziggy had a great day fishing the main basin on Friday, taking seven good fish using micro blobs and a sinking line. On Tuesday he recorded the best Rainbow of the week – a lovely 3lb 14½oz specimen – which won him best fish prize in the Tuesday Night Boat League.

    The heat kept many anglers away although the returns for the week reflect a good rod average of 3.29. Boat anglers fared best in the deeper water of the main basin with the aerators receiving a lot of attention. However, drifting boats off Sykes Lane, Blue Pipes (Normanton) and the tower did best on some days. Boat anglers travelling to the bottom ends of the reservoir had limited success with early movement of fish recorded before going quiet.

    Bank anglers were scarce with one or two out during the day and evening. With the hot weather water levels have dropped very quickly exposing the many weed beds around the shoreline; compared to previous weeks wading is probably now essential.

    Competition news
    Tuesday Night Boat League – week 10
    No stopping Richard!
    Richard Cooper won the tenth week with 6 fish caught off Barnhill Creek. Richard, who fished with his dad Gary, said that there were ‘stacks’ of fish moving around Barnhill Creek. Second on the night was Ziggy Lesiakowski who had two fish, including the best fish of the night a 3lb 14½oz Rainbow. This lovely fish, Rutland’s best Rainbow of the week, won Ziggy his third top fish prize of the league. Ziggy is the only angler to win the mid week boat prize on three different occasions. In third place on Tuesday was Mick Bennett.

    The current league standings in points are
    1st Rich Cooper 67 points
    2nd Ziggy Lesiakowski 48
    3rd Keith Jones 31
    4th Adi Naylor 26
    5th Kerry Richardson 22
    6th Dave Bradshaw 21

    Prospects – there are plenty of fish in the reservoir in many areas. The water would benefit from some cooler weather conditions, along with a good breeze to clear some of the surface weed in a few areas.

    Best Rainbow 3lb 14½oz taken by Ziggy Lesiakowski.

    Best Brown 5lb 11oz taken by Alan Ayre of Spalding.

    Rutland Water continued

    Best boat areas Main basin, and fishing lodge frontage. Bottom of both arms.

    Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, Barnhill Creek to Carrot Creek.

    Best methods Bank – dries/nymphs.
    Boat – As for bank but include various sinking lines with lures, snakes and small blobs.

    Mid week boat winner T Ferns of Portsmouth.

    Forthcoming events
    Beginners courses 7,13,25 & 28 August; 11,17 & 25 September and other dates throughout the season.
    Boat handling courses 3 August
    Tuesday Night boat league
    Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability).
    Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 30 July
    Anglian Water 4 man team Loch Style 17 August
    Lexus European Team Final 18-21 August
    Predator lure fishing 1 – 30 September
    Anglian Water Rudder Match 17 September

    Grafham Water
    Fish week 356 (Season 16,142) Returns 80 (2,800) Rod average 4.45(5.77)
    This week’s warm weather has seen the fish move away from the shallow margins and out into the deeper, cooler water. The rod average is 4.45 and improving near the end of the week. Fish are still feeding on buzzers, snail and fry, although plenty of shrimp have begun to appear in stomach contents. Fishing a hare’s ear is producing fish feeding on the shrimp. Try using them on a medium figure 8 return. You may notice the shrimp in the surface areas of the water as they begin to wake up, so do change methods when observing this behaviour.

    Popular boat areas this week have been Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the Dam, Willows the Middle (drifting), the Seat and west bank within the weed beds. A few boat anglers have been bagging up at the Boils. Successful methods include tubes on intermediate lines, Di7’s and Di8’s with buzzers and floating lines (washing line style) with buzzers or diawl bachs (fishing long leaders). When on the floating line it’s worth fishing relatively static, though tweaking the line every so often encourages takes.
    Grafham Water continued

    Although the bank fishing is steady during the day you can expect some action first thing and later in the day. Plenty of fish have been seen feeding around the harbour arms after 8pm, with some larger fish being reported. The Dam has again been the most popular spot and is certainly a good area to fish a hare’s ear for shrimp feeding fish. Other areas worth a try include wading from the Seat and Plummers Car Park.

    The predator fishing is picking up. Some Zander have started to come out more regularly. Ranger Mark Haycock fished at the Seat on an orange blob to produce a lovely double figure fish. Not for the first time this week a Zander has taken lures in the surface layers of the water. Orange lures seem to be the key for Zander. Some large Pike have also been tempted to follow this week, particularly around the weed beds, however, no reports so far of any being landed.

    Competition news
    AWAI Southern final 18 July
    1st BRFFA Drifters 43 fish for 98lb 15oz
    2nd Weald of Kent 33 fish for 76lb 10oz
    3rd Blagdon FlyFishers Bristol Water 33 fish for 76lb
    4th The Whakapapas 27 fish for 60lb 1oz
    5th BRFFA Emergers 28 fish for 59lb 11oz
    6th Bewl Chompers 14 fish for 30lb.
    Mark Stevens fishing for Blagdon Fly Fishers Bristol Water landed the best fish at 4lb 5oz. Lloyd Pallett of BRFFA Drifter had the best bag at 29lb 5oz.
    The top three teams have qualified for the International Final at Rutland Water. Fourth and fifth placed teams qualify to fish at the Grafham Water Championship on 1 October.

    GWFFA Casting Skills Coaching/ Boat Fishing Skills
    Saturday 27 August 1.30pm at Grafham Water Fishing Lodge

    Grafham Water Fly Fishers (GWFFA) is hosting a free skills refresher afternoon on Saturday 27 August at the Grafham Water Fishing Lodge. In addition to GWFFA members the club would welcome interest from previous Anglian Water Beginners course attendees who would like to refresh their skills, and members of the public who are interested in taking up the sport.

    It’s a great opportunity for those new to the sport to learn the basics of how to cast. Improvers can enjoy coaching on casting style and technique. Mark Brinkman of GWFFA says “We will also have a selection of rod sizes, weights and line styles for you to try your hand with. Different casting styles are often needed to get the best out of the rods and lines. If you have your own tackle please bring it as we can complete a line/balance check for you. It is also good to try out new techniques on the equipment you normally use”.

    Grafham Water continued

    In addition to the above there may be an opportunity to go out with an experienced GWFFA member for an afternoon’s boat fishing skills coaching. This though will be on a limited basis and dependant upon demand. There will be a small charge of £5.00 as towards the cost.

    As GWFFA wishes to give personal tuition in small groups the numbers are limited.
    Please book your place by emailing [email protected] with you name, contact details and if possible give an idea of the skills coaching you would like. Confirmation of your reserved place will be emailed to you.

    Best Rainbow 4lb 8oz taken by John Martin.

    Best boat areas West Bank, Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the Dam, Willows, B Buoy to G Buoy (drifting) and the Seat.

    Best bank areas Deep Water and Pylon Points, the Seat and north and south Dam.

    Best methods See report.

    Mid week boat winner Mr Rennocks of Kettering,.

    Fish stocked 2,200.

    Forthcoming events
    Beginners courses 29 & 31July; 14 & 21 August; 4,18 & 28 September and other dates throughout the season.
    Boat handling courses 28 July & 9 August
    Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability)
    AWAI Midland Final 25 July
    Predator lure fishing 1 – 30 September
    Lure Anglers 1 September
    Lure Anglers 4 September
    EYFA Youth National 11 September
    Troutmasters Final 19 September (no bank or boat fishing available for non competitors
    Lure Anglers 25 September

    Pitsford Water
    Fish week 215 (Season 11,706) Returns 78 (1,928) Rod average 2.75(6.07)
    Last week’s high temperatures saw fish head into the deeper, cooler water. Although this hasn’t stopped them feeding and with the right tactics they can still be tempted – and there have been some lovely fish taken this week. David Strudwick caught and released a stunning Brown estimated between 5-6lb, the fish fell to a Brown minkie. Barry Jones caught and returned a nice Rainbow between 4-5lb.

    Former England Youth International Fen Oakley had a day afloat and caught and returned over 20 fish, whilst season ticket holder Phil Jordan has continued his good run of form catching and releasing 22 fish in two visits.

    On Saturday 23 July the AMFFC Group 3 match was fished in temperatures close to 30°C. This, coupled with International competition rules, saw many of the 33 anglers struggle. One angler outshone the rest to overcome the challenging conditions. Bill McIlroy showed his angling class. Fishing for Hanningfield FA, Bill was the only competitor to catch his limit, finishing by 2.40pm. Bill’s tactics were to fish static buzzers 20 feet deep along the dam frontage. This was a fantastic effort and he was a clear winner with 8 fish for 18lb 11oz. Bill’s catch also helped Hanningfield secure team victory. Dave Franklin, also of Hanningfield, took the biggest fish – a cracking Brown weighing 4lb 6oz.

    Pitsford Kayak Grand Slam 6-7 August
    For something completely different enter the Pitsford Kayak Grand Slam on 6-7 August. This match is set to be England’s biggest freshwater kayak fishing event of the year – with the added twist that it is lure fishing only. All you need to do is catch the biggest Pike, Perch and Trout to get the ‘slam’ (fish are measured in length). The top prize is the ultimate predator kayak, an Old Town Predator 13.
    Bring your own kayak and kit. Advance registration is essential. For more details and official registration email [email protected]

    Dates for your diary include Pitsford’s popular Evening Summer fishing club which runs every Tuesday up to 9 August.
    Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association meets at Pitsford Lodge on the second Saturday of the month with fly tying, casting tuition and friendly advice on all fishing matters.

    Best Rainbow Estimated 4-5lb taken by Barry Jones.

    Best Brown Estimated 5-6lb taken by David Strudwick.

    Best boat areas Main Basin and Dam.

    Best bank areas Cliffs, Stilton and Gravels.

    Best methods See report.

    Pitsford Water continued

    Mid week boat winner Edward Haumann of Northampton.

    Forthcoming events
    Evening Summer Fishing Club – Tuesday evening
    Lure fishing and fly fishing for Pike from 16 May
    Lure fishing for trout (boat only) July & August
    Beginners courses 30 July; 6,12 & 27 August; 3,16 & 21 September and other dates throughout the season.
    Boat handling courses 5 August
    Pitsford Kayak Grand Slam 6-7 August
    EFFA Match 1 September
    Round 5 AMC Group 1 4 September
    EFFA Match 8 September.
    East Midland FF Match 11 September
    Polish Lure Anglers Match 17 September
    Lure Anglers Society Match 8 October
    MNTF Match 9 October

    Ravensthorpe Reservoir
    Fish week 143(Season 9,440) Returns 46 (1,235) Rod average 3.1(7.6)
    It’s been a mixed week at Ravensthorpe with the hot weather putting the fish down in deeper water. But in cloud cover and breezy conditions the fish have been up in the water and taking dries.

    Boat anglers anchored along the weed beds or drifting across the Main Bowl, using floating line with dries are taking plenty of fish. Crunchers and diawl bachs have also been working when the fish haven’t been taking dries.

    The Dam and Platforms 4 and 5 are producing the odd fish with floating line with dries or small nymphs and damsel being the best methods.

    Best Rainbow 4lb taken by James Brown of Long Buckby.

    Best boat areas Main Bowl, along weed beds.

    Best bank areas Dam, Platforms 4 and 5.

    Best methods See report.

    Mid week boat winner Warren Parlour of Leicester.

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