ANGLING: by Simon Green

Simon Green
Simon Green

News from the local scene

Draycote weekly update 15/09/2013

After the dip in form last week, Draycote bounced back this week, after some cooler weather , with some great catches, both from the bank and the boat. Seven browns between 6 and 10lb were recorded this week! Mr J. Pointing when fishing from a boat landed two browns estimated between 8-10lb on a big orange fritz lure. Paul Beasley landed 4 browns over 6lb with the biggest weighing 7lb 10, and Mr J Sleeth also netted a brown of 10lb. All these fish were safely returned.

Daddy longlegs have featured heavily on the catch returns this week, as the fresher winds have blown them onto the water on a frequent basis. Mike Williams and his patner fished daddies all day and between them boated 30 fish ! The fish have remained high in the water and are frequently found cruising through the wind lanes feeding on small buzzers and midge stuck in the film.

The best areas from a boat have been Toft Shallows, G and F buoys, Rainbow Corner and the Cornfileds area, though fish are now well spread throughout the whole lake.

The bank has started to produce some good bags this week, with season ticket holders John Dews and Tony Broadway netting 10 apiece from Lincroft point.

The best flies for the week have been Daddy longlegs, both on the surface and fished wet, crunchers, red nemos, hares ears, small black buzzers, sedge patterns, cormorants, blobs and boobies.

Sunday October the 13th is our £1000 boat pairs match. Fish with your partner to reservoir rules. Entry fee £25.00 plus fishing fees. (Prize fund is subject to number of entrants)

Sunday 24th of November is our Christmas fur and feather match – this is fished from a boat, and boat numbers will be limited to 18, so booking early is strongly advised !! All entrants to bring a small prize so every angler wins something. Fantastic Christmas hampers will go to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. FREE ENTRY. Normal fishing fees apply on the day

Number of rods 224 Fish killed 441 Fish returned 452 Rod average 3.9

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 7.45pm

Part Day Boats 8.30am – 2.00pm / 2.00pm – 7.45pm

Last 4 Hour 3.45pm – 7.45pm

All anglers offsite by 8.00pm

Rutland Water

Fish week 420 (35,728 season) Returns 151 (7,913) Rod average 2.78 (4.51)

The best fish of the week fell to Mike Burnside who weighed in a Rainbow at exactly 6lb. Mike is a regular visitor to Rutland Water, travelling all the way down from County Durham for a number of seasons. The best Brown came from the South Arm weedbeds weighed around 5lb and was returned safely to the water.

Season ticket holders Stuart Ross and Mike Conway had a good day on the rudder on Tuesday with no less than 15 fish to the boat. With good numbers of daddy long legs falling on to the water someareas have seen fishing looking up with dry fly tactics working. Roy Taylor from Oakham recorded six fish mid week on small c.d.c’s to 3lb 10oz. Roy went out again on the Friday and this time had more success with the dry fly.

Tactics for boat anglers have varied with some choosing to fish around the aeration systems with mini lures and nymphs whilst other have opted to fish around the weedbeds and the open water of both arms using nymphs, dries and fry patterns to good effect.

Although bank anglers are low in numbers they report fish finally showing around the shoreline, with good sized Browns showing close in. Please be advised that water levels are low and wading may be necessary.

Best Rainbow6lb Taken by Mike Burnside of Aycliffe, County Durham.

Best Brown5lb plus returned safely to the water

Best methodsBank – floating line with fry patterns and nymphs and dries.

Boat – mini lures, gold/silver tubes, dries and nymphs

Best boat areasThe middle and bottom of the South Arm, the Main Basin

Bottom of the North Arm

Best bank areasSykes Lane, Normanton, New Zealand Point.

Pitsford Water

Fish week 300 (11,252 season) Returns 99(3,316) Rod average 3.0 (3.3)

Despite recent challenging weather conditions anglers have enjoyed some good fishing with a rod average of 3.0. There have been hundreds of fish showing on some evenings particularly in the Narrows and Main Basin.

Last Monday the Association of Major Clubs fished a Group Two match with 5 teams of six anglers on the water from 10am to 6pm. The top team on the day was Queen Mother Fly Fishers with 33 fish for 53lb 12oz. Second place went to Invicta FFC with 27 fish for 48lb 3oz. Tunbridge Wells FF took third place with 26 fish for 47lb 7oz.

A special mention must go to Tony Kirkham of Queen Mother. Tony fished a team of crunchers and green buzzers to bag up by 1.20pm. He then gave his flies to boat partner Keith Lawrence who promptly bagged up on them and pipped Tony to top rod. The match produced a very healthy rod average of 4.17. Tony also commented that he had never seen so many fish rising.

The best areas at the moment are the Narrows, Main Basin and Dam for the boats. Reports are coming in that the weed is now receding allowing for fishing from the bank. Best methods are floating lines with dries or buzzers and nymphs.

Best Rainbow Estimated 4-5lb.

Best methods See report.

Best boat areas Dam, Main Basin, Narrows.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Fish week 458 (season 7,829) Returns 70 (1,606) Rod average 6.5 (4.8)

Anglers have enjoyed another great week’s sport at Ravensthorpe with a rod average of 6.5. Drifting boat in the main basin is the best method, fishing the wets or dries. Washing line tactics with blobs, diawl bachs or GRHE are also accounting for some good catches.

Local angler Charlie Watts had 22 fish on Thursday on red diawl bachs and blobs. Mr McIntosh had the best fish of the week – a superb Rainbow of 6lb 12oz. Again a red diawl bach was the fly to use.

Best Rainbow 6lb 12oz taken by Mr McIntosh.

Best methods Washing line, diawl bachs and crunchers/dries.

Best boat areas Main Bowl.

Mid week boat winner Stuart Payne of Northampton.

Forthcoming events

Pike fishing from boats with lures and dead sea bait over 18cm (excludes lamprey)

7 October to 1 December 2013 and 15-23 February 2014.

Before I sign off this week I would like to thank everyone for their well wishes and Facebook posts wishing me well for the future in my new business.

Tight Lines

Simon