Anglian Water Trout Fishing November 7th, 2016

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    Week ending 6 November 2016
    Winter boat prices now apply
    Plus half day permits now valid all day
    Every cloud has a silver lining – cold weather boosts Grafham’s rod average to 6.6!
    Don’t miss out on our fantastic Fur & Feather matches

    Pitsford Water (boat) 12 November call 01604 781350
    Grafham Water (bank) 27 November call 01480 810531
    Rutland Water (bank) 4 December call 01780 686441

    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 466(Season 35,375) Returns 150 (8,437) Rod average 3.10 (4.21)

    Rutland Water anglers recorded some excellent quality fish this week.  Dan Pitcher of Langham began trout fishing around two seasons ago.  He caught a Rainbow of just under 6lb a couple of months ago then last Saturday he notched up another big rainbow. Dan’s latest specimen fish was a personal best, beating his previous best fish by just ¼oz.  Working the shoreline off the bank, Dan latched into a stunning 6lb 2¼oz specimen which gave him a thrilling battle.  This fish fell to a suspender minkie on a floating line.  Dan also had another three fish on the day to add to the three he had caught earlier in the week.

    Gloucester anglers Fred Etheridge and Phil Creed took a boat out last Friday and had an excellent session with six fish; five of these were over 3lb, including a nice brownie.  The pair boat fished along the weedbeds off the peninsula using minkies for all their fish.  Fred and Phil were delighted with the quality of the fish and the excellent experience they had fishing with Anglian Water.

    Prospects for bank anglers are good with the benefit of being mobile and able to cover lots of water, rather than staying put.  Boat anglers are finding fish close in around the submerged weedbeds.  There are good numbers of Rainbows out in the open water.  2,000 more fish were stocked last week.

    Predator anglers are finding Zander in good number and a few Pike.  Guide Andy Lush reported Zander up to 6½lb. A few Perch are showing up and averaging 1½ – 2lb. The weather was settled early last week but deteriorated towards the week end when temperatures fell with a strong wind chill on Saturday and heavy rain on Sunday.

    Best Rainbow                           6lb 2¼oz taken by Dan Pitcher of Langham.
    Best Brown                               6lb 6oz taken by Keith Jones (returned).

    Best boat areas                        Spud Bay, Sailing Club, Main Basin, Barnsdale to Armley Wood, Finches, Carrot Creek.

    Best bank areas                       Peninsula, Old Hall, Yellowstone, Armley Wood, Finches, Normanton, Sykes Lane, Old Disabled Bay.

    Best methods                          Bank – Fry patterns, nymphs and dries.
    Boat – As for bank, and include various lures, large/small on sinking lines.

    Fish stocked                            2,000.


    Forthcoming events

    Great price reductions on Predator ranges at our tackle shops

    Pike fishing with lure and dead sea bait 6 October to 31 January 2017
    Please remember that Browns are now out of season and winter restrictions are also in place.

    Rutland Water Fur & Feather (bank) 4 December


    Grafham Water
    Fish 551(Season24,458)  Returns 83(4,275)  Rod average 6.6(5.72)

    Plenty of good sized fish are coming out of Grafham Water with over 60 in the 3-4lb range this week.  Two fish in particular stood out – Joe McGuire returned a fantastic Brown of 5lb safely to the water and A Gill caught a 6lb Rainbow. Some specimen Browns are often seen or lost by anglers fishing snakes and tubes drifting through open water, for those boat fishing it’s always worth a go for the chance of a very large fish.

    Winter is upon us with cold northerly winds and we’ve also experienced icy rain and sleet – improving the fishing for a weekly rod average of 6.6!  The trout are very active, hunting in the shorelines for fry and shrimp to feed on.

    Though conditions have been tough for boat fishing we have seen some good sport.  Generally fishing close in around rocky bays has been the most productive, though there are pods of fish in open water that are partial to tubes, snakes and sparkler boobies.  The best line to use at the moment is a floating line, with minkies, boobies, hares ears (gold headed too), humungous and Montanas.  The hot spots are sill the north shore with Hill Farm, Rectory Bay, Farm Bay, Church Hill Bay, the Seat, Sludge Point, the Dam, Sanctuary Bay, G Buoy and Deep Water Point being the most popular.

    Bank fishing can be prolific with many anglers catching regularly throughout the day, particularly when wading out.  It’s important to remember that casting your chosen swim before you begin wading can tempt a few fish before getting your boots wet, even in a foot of water.  Once the fish move out we advocate wading and shuffling to disturb the shrimp.  Shrimp patterns and GRHE are the best flies to use for fish in the margins.

    Some good predators have begun to show up again as we settle into the cold snap.  It was great to receive a report from Mr Prentice of the decent sized Zander of 13lb 2oz that he caught.

    Grafham Water continued

    Now that a lot more anglers are wading we would like to reiterate the wash down procedures.  It is absolutely essential you wash down after your session finishes and we suggest fully drying all your equipment after use to help stop the spread of the non native killer shrimp.  Thank you to everyone for their co-operation.


    Best Rainbow                           6lb taken by A Gill.

    Best Brown                              5lb taken by Joe McGuire.
    Best boat areas                        Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the Dam, B Buoy to G Buoy (drifting) and the Seat, Deep Water Point.

    Best bank areas                       North and South Dam, Plummers, Mander car park and Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Pylon Point.
    Best methods                           See report.

    Mid week boat winner               J Prentice of Denham.
    Forthcoming events
    Great price reductions on Predator ranges at our tackle shops

    Fly fishing for Pike to 31 January 2017 (subject to boat availability)

    Pike fishing with lure & dead sea bait 1 October to 31 January 2017 (subject to boat availability)

    Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 27 November




    Ravensthorpe Reservoir

    Fish week 108 (Season 11,341) Returns 32 (1,850) Rod average 3.3 (6.1)

    Anglers have enjoyed some good sport at Ravensthorpe this week from both the bank and the boats.  With the colder weather fish are mainly being caught on lures but crunchers and diawl bachs have also been working.

    Terry Bayes and Ashley Cooper had 20 fish to their boat last Thursday on crunchers.  Regular angler Alan Duffin had another good week fishing from the bank, catching and releasing 15 fish in two trips, mainly catching with minkies.

    Ravensthorpe hosted the annual Fur and Feather match on Sunday.  Despite the cold conditions most anglers caught fish and the hot meal served by the Chequers was a warm end to a successful day.

    1st      Richard Cooper & Keith Jones             8 fish for 17lb 12oz

    2nd     Terry Bayes & Ashley Cooper              8 fish for 16lb 10oz

    3rd      Richard Slater & Karen Slater              7 fish for 13lb 13oz

    Best Rainbow                           3lb 1oz.

    Best boat areas                        In front of Platforms 4,5 and 6, Catwalk Corner.

    Best bank                                 Platforms 4,5 and 6 and Dam.

    Best methods                          See report.

    Mid week boat winner               Mr Copson of Spratton.
    Forthcoming events
    Pike fishing lure & dead sea bait 1 October to 30 November
    Anglian Water Fur & Feather (boat) 6 November.  Followed by meal at the Chequers.  Please call fishing lodge on 01604 770875 to book a place.

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