Anglian Water Trout Fishing, November 27th 2018

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      Latest News and Information from week ending 25 November 2018

      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
      Rutland has been in excellent form this week. A reported 30lb plus Pike was caught in the middle of the south arm, not a bad haul you might say, but the angler in question was only using light tackle as he was only targeting Perch and Zander, so fair play to him for being able to land and successfully return it.

      Retail team leader Neil Atkins and Ranger Nigel Savage fished Whitwell Creek on Saturday and both had notable Brownies on floating fry. Nigel’s fish weighed an estimated 7lb 6oz while Neil’s was not far off double figures.

      Mick Connor was also fishing the same stretch albeit further round towards Sykes Lane/Stockie Bay. Mick was also fishing floating fry when a lazy take from another estimated double figure brownie took the fly off the top. Mick was unsure if it connected, or was even a fish, until it took off (as he only saw the wake at the last second from the corner of his eye), but Mick’s barbless hook slipped off and the fish left to fight another day.

      ‘Big Dave’ Porter had a cracking day having bagged up near the dam with boat partner Steve Crowder, fish were pulling throughout the day. The pair found midge tip and hoppers worked well.

      As the winter months progress we will be reducing the fleet to 20 boats so it is advisable to book your boat well in advance.

      Coming up is Rutland’s popular Fur and Feather bank match on 2 December. Up for grabs are Christmas hampers, raffle prizes and vouchers. Call the lodge for more information on 01780 686441 between 8am and 2pm to book a place. Please remember to bring a table prize for the raffle on the day.

      Winter restrictions Winter restrictions now apply and certain bank areas are closed to fishing ie Sailing Club onwards and left of the transformer all the way round to Dickensons Bay. Any Brown Trout hooked must be quickly unhooked and returned alive immediately.
      During November our fishing lodges will be open 8am to 2pm 7 days a week.
      Forthcoming events
      Rutland Water Fur & Feather (bank) 2 December.

      Grafham Water
      Some good fishing is on offer at Grafham, anglers are catching more fish with improving conditions and the rod average is 2.73.

      A few good fish have been coming out this week including 4lb and 5lb brownies for Mr Gilks. Another angler achieving good results was Steve Cracknell who landed a 4lb plus Rainbow. Many anglers are using a wide range of tactics to catch their fish with most picking up a couple or more throughout the day. Switching tactics is important, particularly if you have fish moving in front of you. You will find spells throughout the day where the sport will be tough, although this is usually when a surprise turns up so keep at it

      The bank fishing has been steadily improving with plenty of shrimp around drawing the fish closer to the banks. Although fishing floating lines with static shrimp is working well, many of the anglers are finding much better responses fishing lures on faster retrieves. There are many areas that are being relatively unfished on the bank, try somewhere you haven’t fished before and find the gravely substrate for much better chances. The water is still receding at Grafham so take extra care wading into soft silt or mud, take a prod stick, ask a ranger for advice and let somebody know where you are.

      Boat anglers are still enjoying some good fishing, particularly on the north shore where fish can be just out of casting range. If you are worried about getting down to the boats the rangers will be happy to assist with your equipment, so ask in the shop or a ranger and we will do everything we can to get you out on the water. You must bring your lure rod at the moment for good results with most varieties working well.

      Due to the receding water levels all boat anglers will require at the very least wellingtons or waders. The pontoon is no longer accessible so please ask in the shop or a ranger for directions to temporary measures. This sadly means the wheelyboat is unavailable until further notice. Boat times may vary from specified so we can get everybody in safely. Rangers will be around to assist you on and off the boats and we advise contacting the duty warden before you return to the shore. Please do not leave any boats unattended. Thank you.

      Best Rainbow: 4lb taken by Steve Cracknell.

      Best Brown: 5lb taken by Mr Gilks.

      Best boat areas: G marker, dam, drifting near structures.

      Best bank areas: Dam, Pylon, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Mander bank, G marker, Marlow bank.

      Midweek boat winner: Steve Middleton of Holywell.

      Competition news
      Grafham’s fur and feather was fished on Sunday 25 November. Some great Christmas hampers were on offer along with some excellent fishing. It was a lovely day – thank you to all that turned out for the match with some cracking performances from everyone who fished. Chris Mcleod was the overall and well deserved winner with 6 fish to the bag; the only limit of the day so well done. A rod average of just over 2 was recorded.

      1st Chris Mcleod 13lb 5oz bag (best fish 2lb 11oz)
      2nd Charlie Abrahams 10lb 8oz bag (best fish 2lb 15oz)
      3rd David Moore 9lb bag (best fish 2lb 13oz)
      Chris Bobby took the biggest fish at 3lb 3oz.

      Forthcoming events
      Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019

      Shrimpmasters bank league: Sundays 2 and 16 December; 6 and 20 January.

      Pitsford Water
      Fish 177 (Season 12,707) Returns 73 (2,756) Rod average 2.4 (4.6)
      The headline of the week at Pitsford has to be season ticket holder Phil Jordan who landed a 14lb Brown trout whilst pike fishing. In fact Phil had four good Browns of 14lb, 9½lb, 9lb and 6lb. He also had a 4lb Rainbow.

      Overall the fishing has slowed a little but the fish are all quality with Rainbows averaging nearly 3lb plus and fighting fit. Morning sessions off the bank can be productive with shrimp feeders aplenty. Best areas are Pitsford Creek, Gravels, Stone Barn.

      Boat anglers should try the slightly deeper water for the fry feeders as lots of fish are showing 75 yards off the Cliffs and Sailing Club bank.

      Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association will be hosting an open taster session on Saturday 1 December 1-4pm.

      Mid week boat winner: Mark Talbot.
      During November our fishing lodges will be open 8am to 2pm 7 days a week.
      Forthcoming events
      Mid-Northants Trout Fishers Association will be holding a taster/introduction session at Pitsford Water on 1 December 1-4pm.
      Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
      Predator Lure fishing 16 May to 31 January 2019

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