Anglian Water Trout Fishing November 24th, 2021

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        Week ending 21 November 2021

        • Make sure you pre-enter Grafham and Rutland Fur & Feather matches
        28 November Grafham 01480 810531 (bank)
        5 December Rutland 01780 686441 (bank)

        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 118 (Season 36,437) Returns 56 (6,668) Rod average week 2.1 (5.46)
        Rutland continues to fish well with boat anglers seeing the most sport. Fish have been caught high in the water using floating to intermediate lines and mainly lure patterns such as humungus, minkies, snakes, tubes and popper fry patterns. Most of the boat action has been outside the harbour down to the church with a few boat anglers trying areas in the North Arm such as Armley to Carrot Creek and round to Barn Hill and Barnsdale.
        Although Browns are out of season, fish circa 8lb have been seen.
        Bank anglers have mainly been fishing along the peninsula especially towards the tip such as Armley round to Barnhill and are using the same tactics as the boat anglers where weed levels allow.
        A word of warning for bank anglers; due to the current low water levels, please take extra care when walking towards the water and in the shallows due to thick mud. Use wading staffs or landing net handles.
        Anglers are reminded of the winter restrictions now in force. If in doubt please ask a member of staff or search Anglian Water Fisheries on Facebook to view a detailed map showing the out of bounds areas (posted 30 October).
        Please observe boat in times which are currently 4pm. Many anglers are returning late.

        Rutland Fur & Feather bank match 5 December.
        Pre-payment required for entry; £8 entry plus fishing fees £25 for non members. Entrants to bring a table prize on the day. Please call Rutland Lodge on 01780 686441 between 8am and 2pm to register and pay entry ahead of the date. Match times 9am to 3pm. Sign in from 8am at the lodge and drop off your table prize.

        Prizes up for grabs for best bag and biggest fish including fantastic Christmas hampers.

        Tackle shop hours – Our Lodges are open 8am to 2pm daily.

        Grafham Water
        Fish 116 Returns 32 Rod average 3.6
        Fishing at Grafham this week has followed along similar lines to last week with the trout hugging the shoreline so boat and bank tactics are very similar.
        There are times when the trout are concentrated in quite tight areas; for instance this weekend’s boat match seemed to be concentrated off the Willows at the north end of the Dam and bank anglers are getting action over short periods as a pod of fish moves down the bank. The tactics remain the same with a washing line accounting for most of the fish with a FAB on the point counting for a large number of fish (there are blooms of daphnia about) and diawl bach, hares ear or shrimp patterns down the line.
        There are also trout being taken on snakes of various colour and length. Just ring the changes until you find the right colour/length for the day. Zonkers, minkies and most fry patterns are also worth a try.
        Best areas remain the Willows, ‘G’, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point and Hedge End in any northerly winds and Perry Point, The Seat and Plummer in a southerly.
        A word of caution for bank anglers – you can only wade up to THIGH depth not up to your waist. If you are up to your waist you are probably standing where you should be casting and have just spooked all the fish around you anyway! Please also observe the winter restrictions; at this time of year the west end of the lake is out of bounds; as is Gaynes Cove. There are maps in the fishing lodge if you are unsure.
        Predator boat bookings continue to be strong with boats concentrating around the north tower area, along the pipe, at ‘G’ and the bowl of the Dam.
        Grafham Fur & Feather bank match 28 November.
        Pre-payment required for entry; £8 entry plus fishing fees £25 for non members. Please call Grafham Lodge on 01480 810531 between 8am and 2pm to register and pay entry ahead of the date. Match times 9am to 3pm. Sign in from 8am at the lodge. Although there are no table prizes this year at Grafham, prizes up for grabs include some fantastic Christmas hampers. Anglers can also enter Shrimpmasters and fish both competitions concurrently.

        Shrimpmasters 2021
        Grafham Annual Winter Bank League
        The first match in this popular series was fished on Sunday 14 November. The next round will be fished on Sunday 28 November and is combined with Grafham Fur & Feather.
        6 rounds in total with points awarded for each round and the winner based on the best 5 results.
        Remaining matches: November 28; December 12 and 28 and January 9 and 16.
        These dates are all Sundays with the exception of Tuesday 28 December.
        Registration will be outside the lodge between 08.00 and 08.30. There is an entry fee of £1 payable before fishing each day with optional pool £9 for each round. Fishing commences at 9am and concludes at 3pm, weighing in before 3.30pm.
        Rules are kill your first 6 trout, no catch and release or sorting, then cease fishing and weigh in. Points are awarded as follows: 1st = 10 points, 2nd = 9 points etc down to 8th place for 3 points. All others weighing in are awarded two points and blankers get one point for attending. On the last day a trophy and Anglian Water tackle voucher will be awarded to the overall winner based on their best five results.

        Pitsford Water
        Fish 27 (Season 9,979) Returns 8 (1,834) Rod average week 3.4(5.4)
        The bank fishing at Pitsford remains steady with some good fish coming to flies fished in the margins, in particular shrimp and snail patterns, with fry patterns also producing. Some fish have been reported at Gorse and on Bog Bay and Duffers.
        The boat fishing remains fairly slow, we are hearing of Browns in most areas with several nice fish up to around 6-7lb being caught and released on various methods.
        Expect the fish to be still in the margins for the next few weeks as the weed clears and exposes food in the form of shrimp, corixa and fry. Floating or tip lines fished with imitative patterns will catch the better fish.

        Please note throughout November the lodges will be open 8am-2pm

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