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Latest News and Information from
Week ending 27 October 2019
• Impressive 4.87 rod average for Grafham trout anglers and plenty of 20lb plus pike for predator anglers
• Specimen Browns of 7lb plus at Pitsford and Rutland
• Don’t miss out on our fur & feather matches
Ravensthorpe (boat) 3 November
Grafham (bank) 24 November
Rutland (bank) 1 December
(Pitsford’s on 9 November is fully booked)
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
Fish 495 (Season 32,739) Returns 182 (7,397) Rod average 2.71 (4.42)
It’s been a good week for quality grown on fish at Rutland Water. Specimen Browns have been reported, along with some very impressive Rainbows, despite a combination of unsettled weather and winds steadying sport a little. Fish are turning their attention to the massive abundant fry population this season; we are also seeing fish stuffing themselves with good numbers of snails.
With the biggest Brown this week recorded at 7lb 2oz there are reports of bigger Browns returned and going into double figures for both bank and boat anglers.
Rainbows of just under 6lb were recorded by one bank angler who took a brace of fish for 10lb 9oz. These big fish are widely spread from the bottom and middle of the South Arm, fishing lodge frontage to Fantasy Island, Whitwell Point (far side on the map) to the Monument, with some superb specimens.
George Moore Memorial Trophy (rudder) 26 October
This match was fished in very wet, cold conditions but still produced some excellent fish. Prizes were awarded for the best brace of fish and won by a brace weighing a very creditable 13lb 0oz, comprising Browns of 7lb 2oz and 5lb 14½oz caught from the South Arm. The best Rainbow in the match weighed 4lb 8oz.
Prospects look very good for specimen fish, again settled weather would be a nice option, but there’s never been a better time for that ‘fish of a lifetime’ at Rutland. Demand for boats is very high. This coming weekend Rutland will be hosting the ‘Zander Masters’; please call the fishing lodge to check for boat availability. Tackle shop opening hours are 8am to 4pm to the end of October and 8am to 2pm from 1 November.
Don’t miss Rutland’s Fur and Feather bank match on Sunday 2 December. Call 01780 686441 for details.
Best Rainbow – 5lb 14oz.
Best Brown – 7lb 2oz.
Best boat areas – Main basin, New Zealand Point, fishing lodge frontage, Yellowstone, Normanton to Fantasy Island.
Best bank areas – Sykes Lane to Whitwell front, fishing lodge frontage, Normanton to the Dam.
Best bank methods – Fry patterns (large and small), nymphs.
Best boat methods – as for bank but include various sinking lines, tubes, snakes and blobs etc.
Rutland Water continued
Anglian Water Rudder Match 16 November
Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 1 December
Beginners courses: 2 & 10 November; 8 December; 4 January 2020.
Boat handling courses: 30 October; 4 November.
Fish 712 (Season 14,478) Returns 146(3,283) Rod average 4.87 (4.41)
Grafham continues to fish extremely well with top quality fish being brought to the net, despite the mixed weather we have seen over the past week. The weekly rod average stands at an impressive 4.87 with reports of fin perfect fish putting on a real fight.
The week started off well and anglers were constantly rewarded with fantastic fish from both the bank and boat. Bank anglers have noticed that the dam has slowed down slightly as it seems the fish have moved more towards the shore, this has been evident with the increasing number of fish being caught by the willows on the north bank, Plummers car park and also west bank just outside the Harbour. Some fantastic fish have come from G buoy stone jetty with anglers reporting arm ache from the strength of the fish!
The size of the fish coming out continues to impress anglers with a large proportion of fish regularly weighing in at over 3lb. Fry, shrimp patterns and snakes have seen some of the best results this week.
Grafham is the place to be right now for predator anglers. The rising water levels and the unprecedented number of fry have combined to attract the toothy critters. Also the zander have started to bite again having been a bit slow recently maybe the rising water level by the tower has helped stir them into feeding?
The pike in Grafham continue to be hard fought for, yet they are being caught regularly and good fish up to 20lb are being reported every week. Grafham is well worth a visit for the big fish, although not easy to catch it’s well worth the effort when you get to look a massive hard earned pike in the unblinking eye.
Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 24 November
Beginners courses: 1 & 9 November; 7 December; 5 January 2020.
Boat handling courses: 5 November.
Fish 217 (Season 15,250) Returns 64(2,966) Rod average 3.4 (5.1)
Challenging weather aside; Pitsford Water has generally fished well from both bank and boat this week with a rod average of 3.4. The largest Brown reported this week was 7lb 6oz and taken by a season ticket holder.
Bank anglers are opting to fish washing line tactics to target the shrimp feeders and finding that in addition to diawls, hare’s ears and shrimp patterns, a lot of fish are coming to the fab on the point. Indeed, shop manager Neil enjoyed a fantastic, short hour long after work session. Opting to fish simple washing line tactics around the Gravels he had well over ten bites and netted four Rainbows. All of the Rainbows were 3lb plus and all four fell to the fab on the point. Due to the direction of the wind for most of the week many bank anglers have been fishing the Gravels right up to Rigbys and catching well.
Boat anglers have also reported several fish falling to blobs/fabs and boobies, fishing two nymphs between a couple of ‘attractors’ on something like a Di3 has worked well for many this week, particularly when extending the drift from tight to the bank out into open water. Besides this, boats have also been getting close to the banks targeting the shrimp feeders on nymphs or fishing lures on sinking lines to target the large resident Browns. With the Browns anglers are opting for snakes and humungous on a sinking line, such as a Di3 or Di5.
Best Bank Areas – Gravels, Sermons, Rigby’s
Best Boat areas – Pines, Sailing club bank/Bay/Frontage, Narrows.
Best Brown: 7lb 6oz.
Anglian Water Fur & Feather (boat) 9 November (fully booked)
Beginners courses: 3 & 8 November.
Boat handling courses: 6 November.
The 1st October saw the start of lure and dead sea bait predator fishing at Ravensthorpe. A few jack pike ate coming out with a 17lb pike caught on the lure.
Put a date in your diary – Ravensthorpe’s Fur and Feather boat match will take place on Sunday 3rd November. Please call the lodge on 01604 770875 to book a boat.
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