Fish 1,005 (season 2,473) Returns 162 (449) Rod average 6.2 (5.5)
Rutland Water has fished well all week despite the varied conditions, with a mixture of seriously heavy showers and sunshine. Fish are being contacted from as far as Dickensons Bay, Barnsdale Creek and Whitwell on the north shore, with the Dam, then from Normanton all the way through to Gibbets Gorse in the south arm.
Multiple numbers of fish are being reported with anglers using a variety of methods from floating lines off the bank with lure/nymph combinations. Boat anglers are using medium/fast sinking lines with a mixture of large and small lures doing well at the moment.
Fly life is just starting to happen in the shape of very small buzzer hatches especially last Thursday and Friday when temperatures started to rise.
Overwintered fish are showing and Toff Crowther has again been in contact with some big browns along with his friend Graham Hayward who managed a big Brown of 7lb plus fish off the shoreline this week.
Leicester Mike Duxbury returned a Rainbow estimated around 5lb plus, while Jim Watts netted a Rainbow of 4lb 1oz and Malcolm Janik a specimen of 3lb 11oz. These were all caught off the shoreline.
With the reservoir fishing very well there are a few areas to actually avoid, with all the recent heavy rain and the reservoir being topped up there is a lot of coloured water, the bottom of the South Arm, Manton Bay for instance is very coloured at the moment, so the North Arm is a much better proposition to investigate.
Over the Easter period we welcomed father and son Simon and Elliot Guthrie back to Rutland. The duo had some great days in the boats with plenty of fish, including a number of over wintered fish with Browns up to 5lb plus in their haul.
Best Rainbow 4lb 1oz taken by Jim Watts of Ryhall.
Best Brown 7lb 5oz taken by Toff Crowther, Oakham.
Mid Week Boat Winner John Lee of Bourne.
South East Police Region held their day last Wednesday with excellent results. 20 Anglers recorded 92 fish. Top team was Sussex A consisting of Roy Blackman, Steve Fowler, Bob Casey, Brian Bracon with 32 fish for 60lb 11½oz. Runners Up were Kent A who weighed in for 51lb 14oz.The best fish was caught by Thames Valley Police member Paddy O’Grady with a cracking 3lb 14oz overwintered Rainbow. Steve Fowler of Sussex A had the best bag at 17lb 3oz.
Army Spring Match. The AAAF(G) Spring Match is an open and friendly event fished at Rutland 4-6 April. Open to any serving or retired member of the British Army (including reservists) and designed to accommodate anglers of all abilities and to encourage participation in the sport. Competitors were faced with two totally different days of competition and were rewarded with some good sport.
Individual Serving Champion (over 2 days) was Capt Jamie Thomas, with a consistent performance that earned him the top spot. He weighed in 20lb 11oz on Day 1 and 29lb 5oz on Day 2 to give him a combined weight of 50lb, a great display of angling over the two days. Second place and top Associate Champion was Jock Kettles who enjoyed a late flurry on day one to put himself in contention, an opportunity he capitalised on. Jock recorded 29lb 1oz on day one and 15lb 14oz on day two giving him 44lb 15oz, just edging Ben Worley and Derek Gibson into joint third place with combined weights of 44lb 11oz.
AWAI Northern Heat: 16 April
EFFA (by invitation): 17 April
England Eliminator: 29 April
Tuesday Evening boat league commences in May
Anglian Water Rudder match: 12 May
Airflo Invitation Match: 17 – 20 May
Anglian Water Floating Line Competition: 26 May
Bob Church Classic: 3 June
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match: 23 June
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