Pitsford Water week ending 27 September

1 year ago

Fish 339 (Season 7,011) Returns 65 (1,174) Rod average 5.2 (5.97)


Alongside a rod average of 5.2 for the week te big talkng point at Pitsford i sthe quality of the fish. The best Rainbow of the week is also the season's best so far at 7lb 14oz. This was part of a great day's fishing along with a nice Brown and a further 7 fish caught and released on the same return.

Topping the list of big Browns was a stunning fish of 10lb 2oz caught and released by Toff Crowther. Toff had another 6lb plus fish on his next drift. Season ticket holder George Hackett had his best ever trout, a nice Brown of 7lb 1oz.On Sunday two of our season ticket holders boat fished using sunk lines and mini minkies and mini humungus lures to tempt 20 fish to the boat with several 4lb plus Rainbows.

Fish are now firmly on the feed and can be caught on a variety of methods from fry patterns to shrimp and snail.

The banks are producing with fish in the margins and being caught within two rod lengths of the water’s edge.

Boat anglers are now reporting fish in all areas of the water with the narrows being very productive.

Launch of ‘Bob Church MBE’ wheelyboat
We were delighted to launch the ‘Bob Church MBE’ wheelyboat at Pitsford last week. This brand-new specially designed Coulam 16 is named after local angling legend Bob Church MBE, and has been generously funded by Bob’s family, friends and many of his admirers. 

On the competition scene Bob’s medal tally included team gold medals at the world fly fishing championships in 1987 and 1988 and European team gold in 1990, as well as individual medals. He started life as a coarse angler and enjoyed fishing for Pike and Zander, along with trout, across all of Anglian Water’s reservoirs with Pitsford being his ‘home’ water.

Bob had a long association with a number of charities and was involved with the Bob Church Open and the Bob Church Classic hosted by Anglian Water. He helped countless anglers over the years – sharing his knowledge and passion for his sport. Despite ill health and the onset of Parkinsons Disease Bob continued to fish, relying on the old Mk II Wheelyboat at Pitsford to get out fishing on the water he so loved.

A small, socially distanced group of six including Bob’s widow Jeanette and representatives from The Wheelyboat Trust and Anglian Water gathered at Pitsford on 21 September. The new boat was launched in style with a bottle of bubbly, and Andy Beadsley (Director of The Wheelyboat Trust) was the first disabled angler to take to the water. Anglian Water’s Head of Parks & Conservation, Jake Williams, said "Bob Church was a huge part of the angling family at the reservoir and was well respected by everyone. We hope many more people with limited mobility will be able to use the boat to gain access to the water as a lasting legacy to Bob's passion and love for the sport."

Best Rainbow: 7lb 14oz

Best Brown: 10lb 2oz

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