Anglian Water Trout Fishing November 27th, 2017

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    Rutland Water
    Fish (season 43,609) Returns (9,008) Rod average (4.93)
    The harbour wall and harbour itself have seen some tremendous sport this week with anglers recording double figures of fish in a session. Fry patterns have been the mainstay of flies used on a variety of lines from floaters to di5. A couple of anglers also had sport using nymphs in the form of small diawl bachs on floating lines.

    Quality rainbows up to 3½lb have been taken along with specimen browns. Just a quick reminder that although you can’t help what takes your fly, Brown trout are out of season and must be carefully returned straight away.

    Bank areas have been Barnhill Creek, Old Hall and Armley Wood to Carrot Creek. There are large numbers of corixa present in the dying weed beds so don’t ignore the good old gold ribbed hares ear or maybe even a silver Invicta. Some anglers taking the stealthy approach in the margins have recorded fish very close to the bank to dries and suspender hares ear. Standing back from the water’s edge and creating minimal disturbance is the key to this style of fishing. Whitwell Creek has also produced a few fish with reports of good numbers of fish seen. The change of wind direction this week will bring Whitwell in to play and also other popular areas such as Stockie Bay and Yellowstone will be well worth a look.

    On the boats rudder anglers have had good sport doing long drifts in the main basin using tube flies and snakes, a wet cell 2 or di3 have been the go to lines. Loch style anglers have had good sport along the Normanton bank and also across at Sykes Lane – a fast glass and fry patterns such as minkies, snakes and humungus being a good starting point.

    Don’t forget to book a place to fish in Rutland Water’s popular Fur and Feather on 3 December. Please call the lodge on 01780 686441 for more information.

    Forthcoming events
    Predator fishing at Rutland Water – Pike, Zander and Perch only
    Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
    Lure and dead sea bait to 31 January 2018
    Rutland Fur & Feather (bank) 3 December

    Grafham Water
    Fish 145 (season 22,825) Returns 40 (3,836) Rod average 3.6 (5.95)
    A very breezy week at Grafham made conditions difficult for fishing, although those that braved the conditions managed some good fish. The rod average this week is 3.6.

    Brownies are showing themselves again, with regular reports of 3-4lb fish being returned, and all coming on lures. This week we have had two fantastic specimen fish caught, with Derek Bravington managing a lovely 5lb Brownie and a huge Brown landed by Lawrie Gillespie, at a fantastic 5lb 8oz – well done on taking a cracking fish.

    Boat fishing was not easy with the high winds, including two days where boats were confined to the harbour. Despite this plenty of fish were caught. Boat anglers are having more success on the lure rather than the shrimp, with many saying snakes and tubes are the go to currently, followed by minkies, floating fry and other fry patterns. The vast majority of fish are up in the surface layers hunting, so stripping lures back fast will give you a better chance of catching your quarry. Areas where the shrimp numbers are high at the moment include off G Buoy bank, the Willows and the Seat, though make sure you cause disturbance whilst wading to lift the shrimp off the rocks, this will bring the fish much closer in.

    The banks have certainly been much tougher, a swirling wind is to blame though hopefully over the coming week conditions will shift and become much calmer. Again those who weren’t put off by the conditions still managed to catch fish though the consensus is still that the lure is better than the shrimp, particularly floating fry and snakes. There are some good fish in the harbour again, though these are proving tough to catch currently, they are frequently spotted cruising under the pontoon.

    Bank match Army/RAF versus Grafham Locals
    This match fished to a 3.2 rod average. The combined Army/RAF team took 60 fish for 142lb 7oz ahead of the Grafham Locals with 41 fish for 96lb 6oz. Tony Smith was top rod with 6 fish for 16lb 2oz just ahead of Jamie Thomas in second with 6 fish for 15lb 14oz. Jamie landed the biggest fish of the match at 3lb 15oz. John Gamon took third place with six fish for 15lb 2oz.

    Best Brown 5lb 8oz taken by Lawrie Gillespie.

    Best boat areas G Buoy, the Bowl, South Dam, Plummers and Gaynes, the Seat, Pig Bay, Recotry Bay, Deep Water Point, Hedge End, I Buoy.

    Best bank areas G Buoy, the Bowl, South Dam, Plummers and Gaynes, the Seat, the Willows, Marlow Arm, the Stumps, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

    Mid week boat winner Mr K Hobbs of Shefford.
    Grafham Water continued

    Forthcoming events
    Predator fishing at Grafham Water
    Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
    Lure & dead sea bait to 31 January 2018
    Grafham Shrimp Masters Bank League 10 & 17 December; 14 & 28 January

    Ravensthorpe Reservoir
    Most boat anglers at Ravensthorpe this week have been targeting Pike with a few specimens taken up to 20lb, mostly on dead baits.

    Alan Duffin fished twice this week from the bank and had seven trout, he fished floating or intermediate lines, with minkies and lures. The best fish of the week was a 3lb Rainbow taken by Anthony Day from a boat last Thursday.

    Best Rainbow 3lb taken by Anthony Day.

    Best boat areas In front of lodge.

    Best bank areas In front of lodge

    The boat fishing season at Ravensthorpe concludes on Thursday 30 November. Bank fishing for trout continues until 31 December.

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