Trout fishing round-up from the Anglian region
It’s been an excellent week for big fish at Rutland Water. The best Rainbow of the season fell to Gordon Anthony of Whittlesey, Peterborough, on Saturday, October 29. The fish took the scales round to 7lb 13oz and fell to an orange lure fished on a floating line from the Normanton shore.
Paul Gilbert from Billinghay, Lincolnshire caught four fish for 17lb 5 ¾oz whilst boat fishing in the South Arm, the best fish was a 5lb 8¾oz Brown. Paul also recorded a 5lb 2oz Rainbow. The successful tactics were fry patterns with a nymph on a dropper.
Mike Barret and Graham Pearson weighed in 16 fish for 46lb 12¾oz taking their fish from the North Arm with the majority of their catch falling to tubes fished on a Di5 line. One of our junior anglers, Graham Hayward is continuing his good form and took three fish including a 4lb 10oz Rainbow from the Fantasy area of the Normanton bank.
Many anglers are weighing in fish around the 4-5lb mark with minkies, floating fry and nymphs accounting for a lot of them. The best areas to fish are the weed beds in the North Arm, Barnhill, Spud Bay, Hinmans and Yellowstone. The south end of the dam is also producing some very good bags.
Predator anglers have reported some good catches over the last week or so in the North and South Arms with Zander up to 7lb recorded.
Don’t forget the winter restrictions are now in force and all Browns must be returned safely to the water. At this time of year a reduced number of boats are available so boat anglers are advised to book in advance.
November reductions: Four fish (half day permits) will be valid all day from 1 November until 31 December £15 (Rainbows only).
Boat prices reduced in November – fish all day from 9am for £17.
Mid-week predator days - boat fishing for Pike and Zander - Five boats available mid-week for fishing with lures over 18cm at both Rutland and Grafham.
Predator boat fishing with lures and dead sea bait over 18cm (excluding lamprey) to November 27.
Beginners Pike fishing November 6.
The Brown trout season has now ended and all Browns need to be returned safely to the
Grafham Water continues to fish well for both boat and bank anglers with over a third of the fish caught weighing over 3lb. Bank anglers have had plenty of success by fishing floating lines with shrimp patterns, crunchers, GRHE, diawl bachs and minkies. The most productive areas for the bank anglers have been the Dam (south and bowl), Gaynes Cove, Perry Point, G Buoy, Hill Farm, Pylon Point and Deep Water Point.
Boat anglers have also had a good week’s fishing with the main method being floating lines with minkies, vivas, crunchers, shrimp patterns, claret hoppers and cats whiskers. The best boat areas this week have been G Buoy, Dam, Gaynes Cove, Rectory Bay and Hill Farm
Four fish (half day permits) will be valid all day from 1 November until 31 December £15 (Rainbows only).
Boat prices reduced in November – fish all day from9am for £17
Bank angler Alan Nichols fished the Gravel Bank at Pitsford Water and tied on something meaty for the time of year – a minky booby! He certainly made the right choice as he landed a Rainbow of 8lb 8oz – the best fish of the week.
Boat anglers are taking a few fish on the rudder and other drifting methods. Although numbers of fish are slowly reducing the quality gets better. We still have a few places left to fish in Pitsford Water’s Fur and Feather on 13 November.
Fish week 93 (season 11,564) Returns 31 (2,685) Rod average 3.0 (4.3)
With the continuing mild weather fish have been active in the top two feet of water and there have been reports of some surface sport to dries and traditional wet fly fishing. However, a number of anglers have chosen to fish with slow sinking lines and lures (minkies etc) and have had some cracking sport with excellent conditioned fish in the 2-4lb range. We have been told of anglers losing big fish due to them running through the weedbeds and snapping leaders. A good piece of advice is to use at least 8lb B.S leader material and only fish one fly, especially when lure fishing.
Regular Ravensthorpe angler Doug Whibley caught and released a fine Brown of at least 4½lb which took a size 12 Dunkeld on a floating line while fishing a team of traditional flies.
The Brown trout season has now ended and all Browns need to be returned safely to the water.