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17/09/2019 at 2:57 pm #314606
Latest News and Information from Week ending 15 September 2019
• Wednesday wake up call for Grafham anglers
Starting on Wednesday 18 September we will open Grafham’s gates at 6.30am for
both trout and predator anglers
Pre-booking and pre-payment is essential. Please call the fishing lodge on 01480 810531 to book.
This offer is available on Wednesdays only and continues to 9 October.
• Latest match action and results from our waters
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 434(Season 27,429) Returns 186 (5,994) Rod average 2.33(4.57)
After the challenging fishing of the last couple of weeks here at Rutland the sleeping giant is now waking up! The week started with practice sessions for the inter services match, with the RAF, Army and Navy taking part. Information from the practice was that the fishing was improving every day, this culminated in match day fishing a rod average of 3.1 for the match. Pods of fish were found in open water from Old Hall to Normanton Church. On match day most of the fleet went into the south arm and the Army boats seemed to be catching at a steady rate. Little did they know that an RAF angler was further down wind bagging up; ultimately this made the difference. The RAF pipped the Army by a 10lb margin, with the Navy in third. (RAF 103lb, Army 93lb, RN 68lb) Top rod on the day was Dave Eames (RAF) with 12 fish, a superb display of angling. Dave fished a Di3 with FAB’s and cormorants in the middle, concentrating his efforts from Half Moon Spinney across the water from the lodge to Normanton Church in open water. Well done Dave Eames and the RAF Fish Hawks, good angling!
Both bank and boat anglers are catching more consistently over the past week with fry certainly on the menu for both rainbows and browns. Rutland’s famous browns are once again starting to show with a number in the 5-7lb class reported and released. A floating fry, minkie/minkie booby or suspender minkie have all taken fry feeding fish this week from bank and boat. A top tip is if you see a flock of seagulls ‘bombing’ into the water, get over there and fish fry patterns for some explosive but often short lived sport.
There are also quality rainbows falling to these tactics with many over 3lb. Mick Connor took a superbly conditioned 4lb 12oz rainbow along with a quality brown and other rainbows during a session on the boat on Friday. Mick set his stall out to the edges of various weed beds in the South arm with minkies and commented that he had some form of interest in most of the areas he tried.
There are also large pods of fish sitting in open water, particularly in the middle of the South arm and in front of the lodge to Normanton Church. A fast glass or Di3 is a good starting point here, with the fish in the top 3 feet of water. The buoys themselves seem to be concentrating fish in a lot of cases, worth remembering when setting drifts to get close to them. Z buoy and 18-19 buoy (in front of the sailing club) are also holding fish but these are holding deeper with a Di5 or 7 a better option.
Bank anglers have reported sport from Old Hall, Barnhill Creek and Blue pipes down the Normanton bank with fry patterns being a favourite choice.
A further 2,000 rainbows were stocked last week, with 8,500 stocked in the last 4 weeks. Prospects look good for the week ahead with light winds forecast, a great time to target those quality fish round the weed beds!
Best Rainbow: 4lb 12oz taken by Mick Connor.
Mid week boat winner: John Miller of Edinburgh.
Fish stocked: 2,000.
Please book boats in advance as demand is high throughout September.
Lure fishing for pike, zander and perch only at Rutland commenced on 1 September (continues to 30 September).
WaterAid competition 19 September
Anglian Water Airflo International Final 7-9 October
Anglian Water Autumn Pairs Rudder & non rudder 12 October
Fry Feeders Match 20 October.
George Moore Memorial Trophy (rudder) 26 October
Anglian Water Rudder Match 16 November
Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 1 December
Beginners courses: 22 & 24 September; 4,13,18 & 26 October;2 & 10 November; 8 December; 4 January 2020.
Boat handling courses: 16,21 & 30 October; 4 November.
Fish 322 (Season 11,863) Returns 89(2,744) Rod average 3.61 (4.32)
The trout fishing at Grafham has been of a high standard this week. However, it has been dependent on favourable weather conditions. The greatest challenge came at the beginning of the week, with both boat and bank anglers struggling with the hot, bright and calm conditions that are unusual for Grafham, particularly at this time of year. However, when the wind allows bank anglers have been catching consistently close in at Gaynes Cove and the Willows, using the ubiquitous shrimp pattern to great effect. Deep Water Point has been fishing well along with G marker when the wind has been in the north, again this has been most effective when using the shrimp patterns
In a change to recent weeks the dam has turned and become rather inconsistent with reports that it is brilliant one day and extremely hard the next. Evening bank fishing has been good from the car park area at Mander by the fishing lodge, again with the shrimp patterns.
The best boat areas are again Gaynes Cove along Plummers past A buoy and across to G mark. With the predominantly west winds a drift from the aeration tower across to Hedge End has also been producing. Washing line is the most consistent method with the tequila fab or blobs on the point with two diawl bachs up the line. Craig Barr did well on Saturday during flat, calm conditions utilising this method, bringing 10 good fish to the boat.
2019 Youth International – Grafham Water 15 September
Congratulations to Harrison Douds the winner of the 2019 Youth International at Grafham Water.
Despite the bright and breezy conditions Grafham fished well with the young anglers catching 80 trout for a rod average of four fish. There were 12 fish caught over 50cm.
The competition was full catch and release, fished over two sessions with the boatmen measuring each fish caught.
Harrison Douds had 10 trout for a length of 478.9cm giving him 4 place points and first place.
Runner-Up was Isaac Slack who caught 8 trout for 368.8cm and 6 place points. Third was Albert Coales who caught 7 trout for 321.8cm and 8 place points.
Albert also took the prize for the longest fish with a superb trout of 55.5cm
Well done to all those young anglers who took part. The event was sponsored by Greys and supported by Anglian Water and Invicta FF.
Predator angling is in full swing, perch fishing has been fantastic for those who are willing to stick it out by the north tower. Two 4lb perch were caught by the same angler in the week along with an 8lb zander. Many zander have been caught during windy weather using cast and retrieve methods, but remember to use barbless hooks as they have a tendency to swallow any size lure right to the back of the throat. There have been many reports of decent sized Pike being caught not just by the tower; we have had two separate reports of decent pike over 20lb being taken along the north shore towards Pylon Point. We must emphasise the need to use barbless hooks for these wonderful fish to look after them to keep a healthy stock for us to catch.
Commencing 18 September, and on Wednesdays only, we will be opening the pontoon at 6.30am for all our anglers who are happy to make an early start. This is available for pre-booked and pre paid boats (both trout and predator) only. Please be sure to call or visit the tackle shop well in advance to secure a place as this is proving extremely popular and places are limited. This arrangement is available on four consecutive Wednesdays ending on Wednesday 9 October. For more details contact Grafham Water Fishing Lodge on 01480 810531.
Fish stocked: 1,000.
Grafham Water Championship 21 September
B C Hall 3 October
Fry Feeders Match 19 October
Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 24 November
Beginners courses: 20 & 25 September; 6,12 & 27 October; 1 & 9 November; 7 December; 5 January 2020.
Boat handling courses: 22 & 29 October; 5 November.
Fish 457 (Season 13,146) Returns 107 (2,467) Rod average 4.3(5.3)
Both boat and bank fishing have been excellent this week with a rod average of 4.3 and plenty of top quality fish coming out.
The Brown trout are appearing in good numbers now giving anglers the chance of that ‘special’ fish. Topping the list this week was a fish estimated at 8lb. Caught and released by Gavin Friell who was fishing from the bank at Sailing Club. Gavin caught another Brown around 5lb as well as five Rainbows.
Colin Marriott of the Alex Booth Fly Fishers had a nice Brown of 4lb 8oz.
On Sunday fishing guide Tom Finney went targeting the Browns and was rewarded with a fine 6lb 9oz specimen. Other notable catches included Dan Tilley from Ashford who boat fished catching eleven fish with his six fish killed weighing 21lb 15oz with Rainbows of 5lb 1oz, 4lb 4oz and 4lb 2oz.Terry Barley bank fished catching his six fish limit, including Rainbows of 4lb and 3lb.
East Midlands FFC held a club match where 18 anglers caught 42 fish. Top rod was Ray Storer with 9 fish. Top boat pair was Mick Facey and Mike Carr with ten fish.
Alex Booth Fly Fishers held a day match and top rod was Ian Footman with his four fish weighing a very impressive 12lb 12oz. Best fish was a Brown of 4lb 8oz caught by Colin Marriott.
The best areas are the Narrows and Main Basin with shrimp patterns and diawl bachs or crunchers on floating or tip lines.
Best Rainbow: 5lb 1oz taken by Dan Tilley
Best Brown: 8lb taken by Gavin Friell.
Mid week boat winner: R Ellis of Northants.
Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association 5 October
A monthly open session for beginners at Pitsford where fully trained instructors are on hand to offer advice on fly casting, fly tying and water craft. Non members welcome. All sessions are 2-5pm
Charity match in aid of Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis 22 September Contact Charlie Watts on 07854173232 for more information.
Anglian Water Fur & Feather (boat) 9 November
Beginners courses: 21 September; 5 & 11 October; 3 & 8 November.
Boat handling courses: 15,23 & 28 October & 6 November.
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