Anglian Water Trout Fishing October 16th, 2017

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    • Anglian Water Fur & Feather matches
    These are always popular and great fun – call the lodges now to enter

    Ravensthorpe (boat) 5 November (01604 770875)

    Pitsford Water (boat) 11 November (01604 781350)

    Grafham Water (bank) 26 November (01480 810531)

    Rutland Water (bank) 3 December (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 538(season 41,814) Returns 159(8,351) Rod average 3.38 (5.0)
    Another outstanding week at Rutland Water, particularly for big Browns with superb specimens being landed daily.

    The best fish of the week was taken by Richard Maryniak who fished with boat partner Mike Skipper last Friday. Richard landed a superb Brown of 8lb 6oz, this was a personal best and fell to a minkie.

    Toff Crowther of Oakham has enjoyed a fantastic season with nearly 20 fish over 5lb to date. Toff’s best fish this week weighed 6lb 8oz.

    John Micklam netted a 6lb 10oz fish whilst sharing a boat with Frank Humphrey. The pair, based in Sussex, enjoyed a few days boat fishing whilst on holiday. Frank chipped in with a 4lb 12½oz fish caught on the same day.

    Simon Smith recently took a personal best fish of around 4½ – 5lb. Simon fished alongside Simon Caldy and the pair were guided by Nigel Savage.

    John Riley caught a personal best Brown from Rutland estimated at around the 4lb mark.

    Fry patterns are accounting for the majority of fish which are mostly being taken close in to the shoreline. Last year’s Rainbows on the whole are opting to stay out in the open water where there is very little food available. Rudder boats have picked up fish as have broad (loch style) boats fishing mini lures, nymph combinations.

    Despite another 2,000 Rainbows stocked around the shoreline bank fishing is rather slow with anglers reluctant to give it a go. Boat anglers are accounting for the lion’s share of the sport.

    Prospects for Brown trout fishing are superb with big fish showing well. There is plenty of food around the shoreline, particularly Roach, Perch and Sticklebacks. The cooler weather forecasted should bring the Rainbows closer in to feed.

    Sunday 22 October is the Fry Feeders match and all boats are booked.
    Please note that there is a high demand for boats at this time of year – booking is essential. Please call the fishing lodge on 01780 686441.

    Best Rainbow 3lb 8oz.

    Best Brown 8lb 6oz taken by Richard Maryniak

    Best methods Bank – Fry patterns, nymphs.
    Boat – as for bank but include midge tips, intermediate lines (loch style), fast sink lines for rudder boats.

    Rutland Water continued

    Best boat areas Open water for Rainbows in general. Closer in to shoreline for the bigger fish (Browns).

    Best bank areas Sailing Club to New Zealand Point, on the Peninsula, Normanton (keep on the move)..

    Mid week boat winner Mr J Creasley of Shepshed.

    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 6 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

    Beginners courses 21 & 28 October.

    Fry Feeders Match 22 October – all boats booked.
    George Moore Memorial Trophy (Rudder) 28 October
    Rutland Fur & Feather (bank) 3 December

    Grafham Water
    Fish 650 (season 19,964) Returns 118 (3,320) Rod average 5.5 (6.0)
    A fantastic week at Grafham Water with another healthy increase in the rod average which was 5.5 for the week and 6.0 for the season. Boat and bank anglers are enjoying great sport and many fish are being taken close in.

    Boat angling can be a great way to fish the hard to reach bays and out of the way areas, enabling you to avoid the popular banks at this time of year. Many anglers are having the most success on floating lines using a mixture of shrimp, GRHE’s, diawl bachs, with some still on crunchers and hoppers and some talk of corixa working well too. Others are having good results fishing fast glass or slow intermediates alongside minkies, humungous, cats whiskers and blue flash damsels. It’s worth mentioning that some fish are following fry, feeding sporadically throughout the day, so cover a showing fish quickly.

    Only two more weeks remain fishing the west bank at Grafham before Winter restrictions start from 31 October. So those that wish to fish Savages, Rainbow Point and Sanctuary Bay haven’t long left with these areas producing very good bags too.

    Bank fishing has really kicked off with anglers taking up to 20 fish in a session, including some huge 4-5 pounders. The fish are very close in and are still falling to shrimp patterns and the red diawl bachs. The best areas seem to be around the dam although anglers prepared to take a wander
    Grafham Water continued

    are finding fish all along the north shore, Sludge bank and the Seat. Don’t forget to cast before you wade out and if you have the room cast horizontal to the bank, particularly in front of the Willows and on Sludge Bank. Please ensure that all shrimp are removed from your clothing and boots before leaving site by using the wash down facilities provided.

    The big Brownies are showing consistently amongst the top catches this week along with a cracking Rainbow landed by a GWFFA member on Sunday. There were numerous big fish last week including lots of 4lb Rainbows. The best fish of the week was a huge Brown of over 6lb landed by an angler wishing to remain anonymous. Other big Browns included a fine specimen of 5lb 4oz recorded by Mr Konrath and two at 5lb 1oz for Clive Wilkins and Georgie Jackson. Mr Basset had a fine Brown of 4lb 8oz. Congratulations to you all for some superb fishing.

    Please note that the winter restrictions will be coming into force from 31 October.

    Just a reminder to season ticket holders – please ensure that your catch returns are submitted within the same week as you fished, otherwise the results do not contribute to the catch report.

    Coming soon – A new competition – the Grafham Shrimp Masters.
    A winter league to be fished from the bank across five dates with your three best results submitted. The six fish limit no catch and release match will be fished between 9am and 3pm with prizes for the best bag on the day and of course the top three and best fish of the league. Further information can be obtained from Grafham Fishing Lodge with no booking necessary.
    Dates (all are Sundays) are as follows
    12 November; 10 December, 17 December 2017
    14 January , 28 January 2018

    Best Brown 6lb 4oz.

    Best bank areas G Buoy, the Bowl, south dam, Plummers and gayness, the Seat, the Willows, Marlow Arm, the Stumps, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

    Best boat areas G Buoy, the bowl, South Dam, Plummers and Gaynes, the Seat, Rainbow Point, Sanctuary Bay, Rectory Bay, Deep Water Point.

    Mid week boat winner Mr Phil Caress of Peterborough.

    Forthcoming events
    Predator fishing at Grafham Water
    Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
    Lure & dead sea bait 1 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

    Grafham Water continued

    Beginners courses 29 (Pike) October
    Fry Feeders Match 22 October
    Grafham Shrimp Masters Bank League starts 12 November
    Grafham Fur & Feather (bank) 26 November

    Pitsford Water
    Fish 339 (season 10,875) Returns 98(2,405) Rod average 3.5(4.5)
    Lots of good fish have been coming to the net this week at Pitsford Water and it would seem that they are ‘on the fry’.

    G Foulkes enjoyed a good boat session, returning six fish including a Brown estimated at 5lb. The Simpson Party, on a holiday package, reported that they had returned a Brown around the 6lb mark. George Hackett caught his obligatory Brown whilst fishing the Small Half. George’s fish weighed 6lb 1oz. Alex Pearce had his best Brown from Pitsford with a nice fish of 4lb 8oz and caught another over 3lb in his four fish limit.

    Competition news
    On Tuesday 10 October Pitsford Water hosted the annual match between Anglian Water staff and the Environment Agency. Fished to an eight fish kill limit, 43 anglers caught 142 fish for a rod average of 3.3. Top rod was Grafham Ranger Mark Haycock. Mark recorded 8 fish for 18lb 5oz. Top rod for the EA was Darren Trumper with 8 fish for 17lb 12oz. The best fish was a Brown of 4lb 5oz taken by Dave Rowe of Anglian Water.

    The best areas for bank anglers are still the Gravels, Cliffs and Rigbys. Boat anglers are starting to find fish off the Causeway, Rigbys and through the Narrows.

    Sunk lines and fry patterns are now working well, as are tubes and snakes.

    Best Rainbow Estimated at 6lb, caught and safely returned by Grant Gibson.

    Best Brown 6lb 1oz taken by George Hackett.

    Mid week boat winner John Clarke of Winwick.

    Forthcoming events
    Predator fishing at Pitsford Water
    Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
    Lure fishing to 31 January 2018
    Lure & dead sea bait 6 October 2017 – 31 January 2018
    Beginners course 22 October.
    Pitsford Fur & Feather (boat) 11 November

    Ravensthorpe Reservoir
    Fish 274 (season 10,000) Returns 63 (1,885) Rod average 4.3(5.3)
    It’s been a mixed week at Ravensthorpe with improved results from Wednesday onwards. Alan Duffin took five fish from Platform 4 on blobs.
    Frazer Duffy and Mick Clark brought 10 fish to their boat on Thursday and Dave Naylor and his boat partner fished on Friday, taking 13 fish on dries on the drift. Doug Whibley also took 8 fish on the buzzer. On Saturday Mark Benstead managed 13 fish in the morning on minkies by the Island and Hank Needham caught by the lodge.

    Ravensthorpe hosted the Mick Griffin Fur and Feather on Sunday with anglers having a very enjoyable day’s fishing in pleasant conditions. The match fished well with 73 fish caught for a three fish average. Top spot went to Chris Young and Roger Kerrison with 8 fish for 18lb 12oz. Second place went to match organiser, Mick Griffin partnered with Derek Martin with a bag weight of 17lb 3oz. Mitch Brown and Martin Nelson were third weighing in for 16lb 14oz. Martin also took the biggest fish with a 4lb Rainbow.

    The Anglian Water Ravensthorpe Fur and Feather will be fished on Sunday 5 November. Please call the lodge on 01604 770875 for more information.

    Best Rainbow 4lb taken by Martin Nelson.

    Best boat areas Mongers, Island to Catwalk, main basin.

    Best bank areas Mongers and Dam.

    Best methods See report.

    Mid week boat winner Mr Hussey.

    Predator fishing at Ravensthorpe
    Predator fishing on the fly to 30 November 2017
    Lure & dead sea bait 1 October 2017 to 30 November 2017

    Forthcoming events
    Ravensthorpe Fur & Feather (boat) 5 November
    Followed by a meal at The Chequers. Please call the fishing lodge on 01604 770875 to book a place.

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