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    Week ending 20 April 2014

    • Mick’s mighty Rutland Rainbow is best of the season
    9lb 6 7/8oz specimen for Mick Herbert of Sheffield

    • Grafham Water rod average of 7.15

    • Evening boat leagues start soon…..
    Grafham Thursday 1 May
    Rutland Tuesday 6 May
    Pitsford Tuesday 13 May

    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 1,485 (season 7,163) Returns 308 (1,141) Rod average 4.82 (6.27)

    A superb week’s fishing at Rutland Water with plenty of fish being caught including both the season’s best Rainbow and the best Brown to date. Sheffield angler Mick Herbert boat fished nymphs to net a very solid looking 9lb 7oz Rainbow that fell to a size 14 buzzer. The best Brown fell to Toff Crowther from Oakham. Toff boat fished and managed a 7lb 8oz specimen, he also caught two more overwintered fish, both Rainbows and over the 4lb mark.

    Overwintered fish are showing with fish varying from torpedo shaped Rainbows around the 2lb plus mark to Browns of 3lb and up. Mr M Stead from Mexborough in South Yorkshire had a good three day’s boat fishing which included a 5lb Brown amongst the fish he recorded.

    Nymph anglers are in their element at the moment with really massive hatches of buzzer virtually every day, yet again the sizes are small but with signs that medium to large ones are beginning to come off. Not many fish are moving on top yet with last week’s easterly winds being cold the fish had their heads down. Lure anglers are also catching well with Daphnia feeding fish. Also on the menu are corixa and the odd Roach/Perch. There are no signs of fish feeding on the shrimp in the reservoir yet, possibly things will happen when the aerators are switched on.

    Another 5,500 fish were stocked last week around many areas of the reservoir bringing the total to 26,500 for the season, of which 3,000 are Browns.
    Best Rainbow 9lb 6 7/8oz taken by Mick Herbert of Sheffield.

    Best Brown 7lb 8oz taken by Toff Crowther of Oakham.

    Best boat areas Dickinsons, Barnsdale Creek, Old Hall, Church Bay, Sykes to Whitwell.

    Best bank areas Old Hall to Dam (Fantasy), Sykes front to Stockie Bay, Yellowstone to Hinmans.

    Best methods See report.

    Mid week boat winner John Innes of Sleaford.

    Fish stocked 5,500.

    Forthcoming events
    Beginners courses:26 April; 3,10,24 & 31 May and other dates throughout the season.
    Anglian Water Airflo International – Northern Heat 27 April
    Tuesday Night Boat League This year’s boat league commences on Tuesday 6 May and runs through to the 15 August – a total of 15 weeks. Anglers meet at the Fishing Lodge between 5.15 and 5.45 p.m. with the draw for boat partners taking place at approx. 5.55pm. The match starts at 6pm.

    Grafham Water
    Fish week 1,895 (season 6,342) Returns 265 (907) Rod average 7.15 (6.99)

    Grafham Water has continued to fish well with a rod average of 7.15 and good sport for both bank and boat anglers.

    Bank anglers have had some amazing sport with reports of catches of 25 plus fish caught and released from a number of areas on the reservoir, notably Hill Farm, Deep Water Point, G Buoy, North Dam, Harbour, Seat and Gaynes Cove. The most successful methods for the bank anglers over the past week have been to fish black and olive buzzers on a floating line. Gold ribbed hares ear, diawl bachs and pheasant tail nymphs have also produced good catch rates.

    Boat anglers are enjoying equally good sport with many reporting catching and releasing in excess of 25 fish. The vast majority of boat anglers have also found that black and olive buzzers fished static on a floating line has been the most successful method. Crunchers, diawl bachs, gold ribbed hares ears and flash back nymphs have also been very effective. The most prolific boat areas have been the margins of the reservoir with Hill Farm, Hedge End, Church Bay, Deep Water Point, Arthurs Cove, G Buoy, Willows, Valley Creek and Gaynes Cove all producing good consistent sport.

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    Competition news
    Bob Church Open (Frank Cutler Memorial Trophy) 19 April
    24 anglers took part in this competition catching 184 trout for a rod bending average of 7.67 fish per angler.

    The competition was fished to an 8 fish limit plus time bonus. The main method on the day was to fish static black and olive buzzers on a floating line from mainly the north shore and Dam. Peter Egleton caught the best fish at 6lb 4 1/8oz.

    1st D Angell 8 fish for 31lb 3½oz
    2nd B Lillie 8 fish for 30lb 3oz
    3rd R Edmunds 8 fish for 29lb 9½oz

    Best Rainbow 6lb 9oz taken by Kevin Kingstone Miles of Thetford.

    Best Brown 5lb taken by Mr Frazer.

    Best boat areas Hill Farm, Hedge End, Deep Water Point, Arthurs Cove, G Buoy, Willows, Dam, Valley Creek, Gaynes Cove.
    Best bank areas Harbour, Seat, Gaynes Cove, Hill Farm, Deep Water Point, G Buoy, North Dam.

    Best methods See report.

    Mid week boat winner Richard Slater of Kettering.

    Fish stocked 2,000

    Forthcoming events
    Beginners courses:27 April; 4,18,25 & 29 May and other dates throughout the season.

    GWFFA vs EDFA 27 April 01480 810531
    Evening boat league starts Thursday 13 May
    Lexus European Individual Qualifier 3 May – 01761 490367
    Lexus European Team Qualifier 4 May – 01761 490367

    Pitsford Water
    Fish week 506(season 3,047) Returns 110 (762) Rod average 4.6(3.9)

    Anglers are enjoying very good sport at Pitsford Water both from the bank and from the boat. The Small Half is also fishing very well from the boats. Static black buzzers have been the best method, with diawl bachs and crunchers also doing well from a drifting boat. The best bank spots have been Duffers, Bog Bay, Stilton Point, The Cliffs and Sailing Club Bank. Some large Browns of 5lb plus have been caught and returned to grow even larger.

    Don’t forget that there will be a boat league at Pitsford on Tuesday evenings starting on 13 May.

    Best Brown 4lb 7oz.
    Best boat areas Brixworth Bay, Small Half, Pines.

    Best bank areas Sailing Club, Pines.
    Best methods Floating lines, buzzers under the bung.

    Mid week boat winner Peter Holman of Wolverton

    Fish stocked 1,000.

    Tuesday 13 May sees the start of the Tuesday Night Boat League at Pitsford Water. Fishing will be from 6pm with a weekly prize for a free boat and the overall winner of the league receiving tackle vouchers.

    Forthcoming events
    Beginners courses: 25 April; 8,11,17 & 30 May and other dates throughout the season.

    Ravensthorpe Reservoir
    Fish week 862 (season 4,985) Returns 115 (567) Rod average 7.4(8.7)

    Ravensthorpe continues to be in top form. David Brady, a regular visitor to Ravensthorpe, took a boat out on Tuesday and had over 30 fish to the boat. David fished a floating line with buzzers keeping them static.

    Mick Griffin fished last Friday and also had 30 fish to the boat again fishing floating line and buzzers.

    The bank fishing is also going well. John Smith has been catching steadily, switching between the Platforms and the Dam, again floating lines and buzzers.

    Best Rainbow 6lb 6oz taken by K Harney.

    Best boat areas Between Boils and Platforms 13 and 14. Island, Coton Car Park.

    Best bank areas Platforms 1-12.

    Best methods Floating lines and buzzers.

    Mid week boat winner R Jordan of Lutterworth.

    Fish stocked 500.

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