ANGLING: By Simon Green

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Last week seven of the newly reformed Rugby Sea angling club went to West Mersea fishing off the well known boat Razor Bill 3 skippered by Stewart Belbin.

The party had mild but very blustery day with the winds against tide only made it possible to fish in the River blackwater but the skipper got the party on to a load of fish and over 200 codling were landed.

Several of the fish were returned due to being undersized but the party managed to take some of the larger fish home for their suppers.

All the party enjoyed their first trip to West Mersea for many years especially the new members of the group captained by the old veteran Nick Carter .

Other trips have been arranged in the new year on the same boat with the same skipper in the hope they will get on the larger fish in the spring run.

On Sunday, November 9, 17 anglers from Spring Street fished the local water at Barby Banks on the island pegs. With good sunny conditions it was a day of plenty of small fish and decent size carp.

First spot was Gil Corns with 50lb 4oz, a good catch of carp and silvers on pellet.

Second was John Davis with 44lb 5oz, another good catch of carp on caster and corn.

Third was Mick Chambers with 33lb 4oz, a mix of carp and silvers on pellet and maggot.

Fourth was Phil Porter with 20 lb 5 oz, again carp and silvers on pellet and caster.

With two section winners, Pete Smy with 15lb 8oz and Gary Makin with 14lb 6oz, resulting in a combined weight of 272lb for the match.

Next match this Sunday at Peatling E Lake. Pegs are available. Call Jim on (01788) 570228 by Thursday please.

The Rugby Cement AC held their first memorial match to Henry Harvey on their new venue at Helidon Lakes. Fishing was difficult due to the previous stormy weekend prior to the contest which kept the weights low compared to the usual results.

This was won by Adrian Prentice with a catch of roach And Rudd weighing 8lb 10oz.

Runner up was old chairman Colin Mowsley with 6lb 2oz. Third went to Cos Currell with 4lb-plus

The weather was good for the match despite the previous day’s storms .

Trout Fishing

Draycote Water

On reflection it has been a week of weather extremes here at Draycote Water. Following the warmest Halloween on record with a staggering high of 22 degrees centigrade, Thursday into Friday saw torrential overnight rain and mighty SW winds sweeping down the reservoir. My windscreen first thing this morning was covered in frozen rain and the external temperature gauge hovered between 1 and 3 degrees all the way in. It was so misty for a while first thing that none of the North shore could be seen! So, for those who (quite rightly) have not yet hung up your rods for the season, remember to dress appropriately for the time of year with potentially wintery conditions to be faced. What is certain is that there are still many fine trout to be caught before we close the doors on the 2014 season on November 30.

A slowish start to the beginning of the week saw the rod average at just under three for Monday amd Tuesday. Tony and Ruth Kirk fished the bank at Toft on Monday and found fish to 3lbs+ on Minkie Boobies presented on floating lines. On Tuesday, Tony Broadway ducked and dived around the willow cutters to take a dozen on buzzer patterns. Dave Malpas showed the way in the boat with a catch of ten whilst Brian Allwood took a brown of 4lbs+ in his four fish tally off the bank. Things started to pick up by Wednesday with a jump in the rod average when 27 anglers took 131 fish for a rod average of 4.85

Boat and bank anglers alike enjoyed good sport although the bank clearly had the edge with lots of fish running close to the margins and drop offs. Tony Broadway was back again for more of the action - this time netting 16 on a buzzer & Minkie mix. Bank regular Dennis Jones once more had great sport coaxing ten to the net after resurrecting a classic pattern from the past – an Alexandra. Meanwhile, Mr Litherland & boat partner Mr Tressler went afloat using black & white Nomads to be rewarded with a 25 fish total.

Notwithstanding extremely strong SSW winds on Thursday the trout reacted with gusto & action was being experienced all across the venue. Mike Williams & friends in two boats found fry feeders in Toft and between them the four rods totalled 46! I got afloat with boat regular John Hoskins & it was great to enjoy almost non- stop action down the Farborough Bank dam & off Biggin Bay. All our fish came to floating lines & midge tips in a big wave, perhaps demonstrating that most fish are still feeding high in the water column. Kevin Rees (yet again!!) led the way on the bank fishing a FAB Blob and buzzer washing line in Toft for a total of 25. John Stanley went to the bottom of the Hensborough Bank and caught twelve on bloodworm patterns. Stan Hillman & Mick Cronin, who have both been very consistent in recent weeks, also netted a total of 25 between them from the bank. The rod average for Thursday, with 19 rods on the water, was an amazing 11.89.

Mother Nature sadly decided to slow things down on Friday following torrential overnight rain & huge winds shifting into the west. By midday the reservoir looked like the North Sea in a winter storm. Disappointed boat anglers were all off the water by early afternoon. Twelve anglers braved the elements & despite the rod average dipping to 2.75 for the day, hats off to Gordon Slack whose perseverance on the bank was rewarded with eight fine rainbows caught & released. Many were also put off by the weather forecasts on Saturday which resulted in only five boats going afloat and not a solitary angler on the bank.

Sunday morning started flat & foggy but it was soon burnt off. Although the morning was really too bright some cloud eventually developed & sport picked up. Fish were bashing fry hard down the Farborough Bank dam & a couple of boats had fun on floating fry patterns. Meanwhile sport became manic in Toft where season rod Dave Adkins fished mainly green & black lures from the bank. He described his session as his best ever, stopping only after hitting a figure of forty fish to the net!

Best flies. Crunchers, Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, especially fished as a “washing Line” –– Minkie Boobies & various floating fry patterns

Best bank areas. Biggin Bay, Lin Croft, The Cornfield & Toft (Lodge side).

Best boat areas Toft, Farborough Bank & Spit, Biggin Bay to Lin Croft Point and the Cornfield.

Rutland Water

Fish week 302 (season 40,018) Returns 178 (9,850) Rod average1.69 (4.13)

Rudder champions Dave Porter and Steve Crowder paired up again last Saturday, with Steve releasing a 4½lb Brown virtually straight away. The pair had a total of six fish throughout the day including another Brown. They reported a lot of fish moving out in the deep water with the gulls giving away their presence.

Regular boat partners Martin Hearth and Jim Watts had eight Rainbows to the boat with four or five others coming off at the net. They enjoyed their best sport in the afternoon. Mick Connor had three days of taking three or four fish a day, each time catching a mixture of Rainbows and Browns.

It has been a fairly quiet week with very few bank anglers about with fish coming off the Normanton bank, Whitwell and the Peninsula. Those fishing from boats found fish off the headland between the point of Barn Hill and Carrot Creek. Anglers were drawn to these areas by the amount of bird activity giving away the Rainbows and Browns feeding in the water below them. Fish are also being caught from the middle of the North Arm and the main basin. Rainbows have been averaging between 2 and 4lb, with numbers of out of season Browns ranging from 2½ up to 6lb being caught and safely released.

Winter boat demand

There will be a maximum of ten predator/trout boats available (weather permitting) from December all the way through to 31 January 2015. For all bookings and further details phone the lodge on 01780 686441.

Grafham Water

Fish week 373(season 26,341) Returns 98 (6,182) Rod average3.8 (4.26)

Anglers are enjoying some excellent winter fishing at Grafham Water with a rod average of 3.8.

Bank anglers have had a great week’s sport mainly from the south shore along Plummer Bank, south and bowl of the Dam, Seat, Sludge Bank and also G Buoy and Marlow Bay (when the wind has been favourable to fish there). The best bank methods have been to fish a floating line with minkies, GRHE, shrimp patterns, diawl bachs and pheasant tail nymphs.

Boat anglers have enjoyed a good week with the most popular methods being intermediate/di 3 lines with tubes, minkies, cormorants, diawl bachs, GRHE and crunchers. The most prolific boat areas have been the Seat, Sludge Bank, Gaynes Cove, A,Q and G Buoys, Pylon and Deep Water Points.

The Brown trout season ended on 29 October, any Browns caught must be returned safely to the water. Winter restrictions at Grafham commenced on 1 November along the western end of the reservoir. Details in the tackle shop or from our wardens. The tackle shop is open daily during November 8a.m. to 2p.m.

Pitsford Water

The fish at Pitsford are staying deep and are not keen to feed – so conditions have been challenging. Anglers fishing deep and slow have had the greatest success.

Pitsford Fur & Feather (boat) 9 November

31 Anglers took part in this popular friendly match. Top rod was Rich Cooper with five fish for 8lb 4oz, closely followed by Simon Lehane who had five fish for 8lb 2oz. Hanningfield’s Gary Morris took third place with five fish for 8lb. The best fish on the day was a Rainbow of 3lb 3oz taken by Stuart Payne.

The best areas are the Main bowl to the Causeway and the Narrows.

Anglers are reminded that the Brown trout season ended on 29 October. Any Browns taken must be returned safely to the water.

Predator fishing - Lure and dead sea bait from 1 October (subject to boat availability)

Lure fishing for predators, boat only, to 31 January (subject to boat availability)

Elinor Trout Fishery

Over at Elinor Trout fishery it was a cracking week for both boat and bank anglers. Most fish continue to be caught on or near the surface with a variety of methods. On windy days lures will work but in calmer conditions the fish can be tricky when feeding on very small black buzzers when an imitative approach is needed.

Water clarity is superb and the fish are fighting fit. Along with buzzers the main food source at the moment is daphnia, corixa and immature damsels.

In all the 128 anglers caught 669 fish of which 391 were returned.

28 fish over 4lb

Best Fish

Rainbow

9lb 12oz Gavin Cairns, Newmarket, minkie, boat

9lb 0oz Boris, Stanion, black minkie

8lb 4oz Gary Howe, Bedford, cats whisker

8lb 0oz John Caldwell, St Ives, grhe

5lb 9oz George Brock, Corby, yellow dancer

5lb 8oz Dave Miles, Wellingborough, orange blob, boat

Brown

4lb 6oz Gordon Macvinish, ginger bits, boat

4lb 0oz Matt Harris, Cambridge, wet hopper

4lb 0oz Brian Carter, Peterborough, grhe

Best Areas

Bank - brookside, dam, boat bay

Boat - anchored off dam, brookside bay, west arm

Best Patterns

wet or dry black hopper, small black buzzer, red diawl bach, red cruncher, grhe, small damsel, white/green lures

Tight Lines

Simon