High rod averages at Rutland and Grafham water – April 19th report 2019

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      174 anglers caught 1046 fish of which 871 were returned.

      Best Fish
      6lb 9oz Jurgis Mikalauskas, dry fly, boat
      6lb 8oz Mr Ashman, black buzzer, boat
      6lb 3oz Simon King, Finedon, damsel
      6lb 1oz Al Steels, Peterborough, damsel
      6lb 0oz Mr Ashman, black buzzer, boat
      5lb 6oz Peter Winston, Milton Keynes, olive buzzer
      5lb 4oz Pete Welch, Boston, bloodworm, boat

      Best Areas
      Bank – east or west arm, coarse bank
      Boat – west arm, dam

      We’ve had 12 days of cold NE or E winds but the fishing remains excellent for boat anglers and good for bank anglers who are prepared to fish the far end of the lake.

      Latest News and Information from week ending 14 April 2019

      • Fingers on the buzzer!!
      Excellent rod averages


      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 1,811(Season 4,803) Returns 261 (652) Rod average 6.93 (7.36)
      Anglers have been commenting on the high quality Rainbows and Browns that are being caught including many over wintered specimens.
      Despite the cold winds there have been major buzzer hatches occurring so nymphs and buzzers have been working extremely well on floating and midge tip lines, bungs have also been effective.
      Notable catches this week have been from Robbie Winram and Airflo’s Gareth Jones who ventured up the north arm on floating lines, taking 30 plus fish including many overwintered rainbows up to 4lb 8oz, mainly on nymphs and buzzers. Mick Connor managed 12 fish off the dam wall on an old pattern called a Cove Pheasant Tail. Mick remarked on the number of over wintered fish up to 4lb.
      Malcolm Janik netted 12 fish off Sykes including a 7lb Brownie which he returned. Chris Webster was boat fishing on lures when he caught a 5lb 3oz Rainbow. David Payne from Essex fished the south arm around Old Hall/green bank area and hooked a fantastic condition 5lb 4oz Rainbow. Ranger Mark McLeod and boat partner Chris Bobby managed 50 fish to the net last Friday. Roger Oliver from Sheffield managed 28 fish from the south arm/green bank area.
      Best Rainbow: 5lb 4oz taken by David Payne of Essex.

      Best bank areas: Dam, Sykes Lane, Whitwell Creek, Old Hall Point.

      Best boat areas: Fishing Lodge frontage, sailing club, bottom of the north arm.

      Midweek boat winner: Mr P Ball of Leek.

      Fish stocked: 3,450.

      Water temperature: 9 Celsius.

      Forthcoming events
      The Tuesday Night Boat League starts on 7 May.
      An enjoyable evening, open to all from 5pm with boats away at 6pm. Boat partners will be drawn from a hat. The evening concludes with a fish and chip supper and the prize for the best fish on the night is a free mid week boat.

      Anglian Water Airflo International – Northern Heat 29 April
      Davy Hodgson Memorial 5 May
      Anglian Water Rudder Match 11 May
      Airflo Invitation Match 15-19 May
      Bob Church Classic 2 June

      Beginners courses: 20,25 & 27 April; 16,25 & 29 May; 7,16 & 29 June and throughout the season.
      Boat handling courses: 29 April, 14 & 30 May; 5,10,17 & 24 June and throughout the season.

      Grafham Water
      Fish 515 (Season 1,421) Returns 79 (339) Rod average 6.5(5.7)
      The season is really hotting up at Grafham Water with lots of action on the boats with anglers catching their quota plus a lot of catch and release.
      We would like to give a shout out to Andy Lucas and Jonathan Lawrence who had a great day at Grafham on Friday. Not only did they catch 64 fish to their boat but Andy also took the season’s best Brown to date at 5lb 8oz. There have been other boats taking similar numbers of fish. Boat anglers are accounting for more fish than the bank anglers and we think this is because the boats can fish the low water mark from the end of last season which is where the fish are feeding.

      Although bank fishing is steady at the moment we are sure this will catch up once the wind changes direction and more bug life starts to hatch on the margins.

      The most effective methods this week have been fishing on an intermediate Di5, black/green blobs and boobies, buzzers at 12 feet. Use a slow retrieve, a lot of fish are on the hang.

      Competition news
      Anglian Water Rudder Match 13 April
      Seven pairs fished this match with the majority of anglers recording 8 fish. Roy and Colin Bartrum secured first place with sixteen fish for 34lb 12oz, not far ahead of second placed Mr Nailer and Mr Bradshaw with 16 fish for 33lb 4oz. Roy Bartrum had the best fish of the match at 3lb 5oz.

      Best Rainbow: 6lb 6oz taken by Tom Walker.

      Best Brown: 5lb 8oz taken by Andy Lucas.

      Best boat areas: All points and bays along the north shore.

      Best bank areas: G buoy, dam, Marlow Stones and dam.

      Midweek boat winner: Nick Marshall.

      Forthcoming events
      England Qualifier 3 May
      Snowbee Floating Line 4 May
      Home International 7-10 May
      Invicta Pilgrimage 23 & 24 May

      Beginners courses: 19 & 23 April; 5,19,26 & 31 May and other dates throughout the season.
      Boat handling courses: 30 April, 13 & 27 May; 4 & 11 June and other dates throughout the season.

      Ravensthorpe Reservoir
      Fish 219 (Season 4,139) Returns 49 (469) Rod average 4.4(8.8)
      Another good week at Ravensthorpe despite the cold conditions and East wind. Best methods have been floating line and buzzers, black and olive the best colours, small damsels or hares ears are also catching fish.
      Mr Revell and his boat partner enjoyed three days fishing catching over 70 fish to the boat. Ray Yarnwell and boat partner Martin had 18 fish on Tuesday on a nemo buzzer and floating line. Alan Duffin had another good week from the bank catching 18 fish in two visits, most fish being caught on black buzzer.

      Best Rainbow: 5lb 1oz taken by Dean Stone.

      Best boat areas: Front of lodge, Coton End.

      Best bank areas: Dam.

      Midweek boat winner: J Day.

      Pitsford Water
      Fish 806 (Season 3,807) Returns 117 (615) Rod average 6.9 (6.2)
      Pitsford is returning to its early season form and on Sunday anglers recorded a rod average of 10.9 for the day. Fish up to 5lb plus are coming up to dries and buzzers. Despite the cold easterly wind last week the weather was settled and the rod average for the week was 6.9 and improving every day with the fish feeding on buzzers fished deep and slow.

      Boats have out fished the bank and fish have been taken in the Small Half for the first time this season. Alisdair Weir had some cracking fish with three 3lb plus Rainbows and a Brown of 4lb with some fish returned. Dominic de Souza had ten fish with the washing line on a midge tip.
      Colin Gallagher had a couple of 3lb Rainbows, one of 3lb 8oz and a Brown of 3lb 8oz with several others returned. Stan Hillman had a good morning from the bank catching and releasing 14. On Sunday Charlie Watts and boat partner Mr Lea had 25 on buzzers. Mick O’Farrell and Richard Slater found fish willing to come up for dries and had over twenty fish.

      The best areas are Duffers, Bog Bay, Pitsford Creek, Stilton and the Cliffs with the Small Half worth a look.

      A thousand cracking condition Browns were stocked last week and are reportedly well spread and being caught from all areas. Another 2,000 fish are due to be stocked this week, so the fishing should stay in top form with better weather forecast for the coming week.

      Best Brown: 4lb taken by Alisdair Weir.

      Best boat areas: Pitsford Creek, Brixworth Bay, Stone Barn.

      Best bank areas: Duffers, Bog Bay, Stilton, Cliffs.

      Midweek boat winner: M Brinkman.

      Fish stocked: 1,000.

      Forthcoming events

      Beginners courses: 2 and 18 May and other dates throughout the season.
      Boat handling courses: 1,15 & 28 May and other dates throughout the season.

      Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association
      Hosts monthly open sessions 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
      4 May, 1 June, 6 July, 3 August, 7 September and 5 October.

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