ANGLING: Simon’s trout fishing round-up

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Where’s best this week?

It has been another good week at Ringstead Grange with numerous limits being .

The Best method is buzzers on a floating line with a slow figure of eight retrieve

The Best Fish of the week was a superb Rainbow of 8lb 2oz to Mick Hill of Ilford on a black buzzer.

The Best Areas were :-

Bank - lodge bank

Boat - anchored off sand bank

The Best Patterns included black buzzer, small damsel and cats whiskers.

At Rutland Water anglers have enjoyed an excellent start to the season with a rod average on opening day of 6.08. Fish were taken in most areas with a number of over wintered fish showing. Rods were soon bending with bank anglers at the bottom of Whitwell Creek having brisk sport with early limits. As usual all manner of flies and methods were being used from lures to nymphs.

The best fish recorded on opening day fell to Stowmarket angler Allen Hardy. Allen travelled from Suffolk to net a superb 7lb 6oz Brown whilst boat fishing the South Arm. The fish fell to a green nymph on a sinking line. Rutland Water Senior Warden John Seaton presented Allen with the Independence Day Trophy and Anglian Water gift vouchers. Other anglers in contention for the prize for best opening day fish were Andy Williamson with a 6lb 1oz Rainbow, taken on a floating line and diawl bach, and Uppingham’s Ken Merriden with a 5lb 5½oz Brown. Both of these fine specimens were caught in the South Arm.

Peter Blythe who travelled down from Northumberland was delighted with the start to the season. “We caught fish everywhere we went in the boat. Congratulations to Anglian Water and the fishing staff for a great start.” Other anglers making an annual pilgrimage to fish Opening Day at Rutland Water were John Sturge and George Iafrate of Kent. The pair recorded 40 fish in three days with Rainbows to 5lb 5½oz. Lindsay Barrie made the trip down from Scotland to take 8 superb fish including two Browns of 5lb 2oz and 5lb. Nearer to home Mr G Horsley from Sileby in Leicestershire had three fish over 3lb in his eight fish limit.

At this time of year the fishery is very popular so please call the fishing lodge on 01780 686441 to check for boat availability before making your journey.

Forthcoming events:

Beginners courses Trout Fishing - 9, 13 and 30 April; 6,14 and 28 May and other dates throughout the season.

Beginners course - Pike fishing - 17 April.

Grafham Water has once again continued to fish well for both bank and boat anglers. The biggest Rainbow of the week weighed 5lb and was caught by local angler C Faulkner of Keysoe. The biggest brown of the week was caught by Leicester angler Robert Wallinger. Robert caught a superb over wintered brown of 4lb 2oz on a silver tube drifting near to G buoy.

Bank anglers have had some excellent fishing this week mainly from Hill Farm, Plummer Park, the Seat and the Lodge Bank. The main method adopted by the bank anglers has been floating or intermediate lines with Montanas, diawl bachs, damsel nymphs and black or olive buzzers fished very slowly.

Boat anglers have also had some excellent sport this week mainly on fast to medium sink lines with montanas, diawl bachs, orange or pink blobs, bloodworm, black or olive buzzers and cats whisker boobies fished slowly. The most productive areas for the boat anglers this week have been Hill Farm, Hedge End, G Buoy, Willows, Pylon Point and the western end of the reservoir.

Mick Stevens recorded the best Rainbow of the week at 5lb 8oz from Pitsford Water. Mick used an orange pea on a floating line fished off the Gorse bank and also took 5 other Rainbows. Mick said the fish had been feeding on snail.

Bank anglers continue to enjoy the majority of the sport. Although Leicester rudder angler Chris James took a fine brace of Brown trout home, weighing 5lb 8oz and 4lb 2oz. he returned two larger Browns. Chris said “Although it was windy the fish wanted the retrieve pulled very fast.”

The top bank spots are North Farm Bay, Gravels, the Pines and Rigbys. Best boat areas are North Farm Bay, Bog Bay, Brixworth Bay and the Small Half.

500 Brown trout were stocked this week.

Please ensure that no more than a brace of Browns is taken as part of your bag limit.

The Small Half is now open and well worth a try, it will be stocked later this week.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir continues in excellent form with superb sport and fish moving up in the water feeding on buzzers.

The shallow waters close to the Guilsborough shore and the Coton Causeway are the areas to fish. The best method is floating line, long leaders with bloodworm, black and red buzzer and damsels fished almost static from an anchored boat. The best time to fish is between noon and 4pm with fish responding to small black and green lures fished slowly in mid water on slow sink lines.

Season ticket holder Ian Botterill, of Wootton, Northampton, caught two cracking fish. After netting a 6½lb Rainbow Ian caught and released another Rainbow of 9¾lb – a personal best. Both fish came to a gold head hares ear. Matt Harris and A Lane recorded the best catch of the week to a boat with 57 fish.