Fish 301 (Season 25,110) Returns 109 (5,239) Rod average 2.76 (4.79)
Last week’s settled weather provided a real upturn in sport for anglers during the first half of the week; particularly around Browns Island down the south arm and in and around the weed beds in Manton, round Lax Hill and Cattle Trough bay.
Resident fish round the weedbeds have been responding to nymphs fished almost static. Retail team member Dave Summers and Nick Dunn recorded 10 fish to the boat from the weedbeds. Initially starting on dries the cloud cover soon dissipated and they changed to small nymphs. These fish are feeding naturally and taking advantage of the huge variety of food the weed beds hold. Fry, corixa, snails and shrimp are all on the menu for these fish and they will pick off a well presented suggestive pattern such as a small rough hares ear.
Manton Bay, Browns Island, and New Zealand Point to the sailing club have all produced this week. Also featuring has been Yellowstone Point, and open water in front of the sailing club, in particular 18-19 buoy. The main basin continued to produce in and around the boils but also between the boils and the Normanton Bank. Fish Di3 or a fast glass depending on wind strength, with FABs and cormorants proving a successful combination.
The second half of the week saw temperatures rise into the 30’s and the wind drop which made for challenging conditions. Anglers reported fish moving, but difficult to catch in some areas, they also mentioned that water clarity is very good. Simply avoid the windward shorelines of the reservoir in general. This year’s fry are slowly starting to feature; it has been a good year for them and they are around 3” long already, with huge numbers of roach and perch starting to congregate in the margins. Fish have been seen chasing/feeding on them sporadically but this is a great sign for the coming weeks as water starts to cool.
Tuesday Night Boat League
Results on the night
16 anglers went out recording 25 fish. Top rod on the night was Adi Naylor with four fish weighing 10lb 4oz, Adi’s bag also contained the best fish of the evening, a 4lb 4oz rainbow, winning Adi yet another free mid week boat.
Second was Vince Sparrow, with three rainbows weighing 7lb 8 1/8oz, and third, Sean Hillaby with two nice fish weighing 7lb 6½oz.
The overall winner of the boat league has not been decided yet, with it literally going down to the very last evening on Tuesday 27th with four people still in contention.
Rich Cooper has his nose in the lead with 69 points. However, any one of the other three contenders; Chris Evans and Vince Sparrow with 58 points each, and Keith Jones with 57 points, can win. So it’s all to play for on the final evening with ten points awarded to first place, plus five points for catching the biggest fish of the night. Rich has to be in the top three at least on the night to secure league victory, so no pressure!
Mid week boat winner: Mr C Bates.
Fish stocked: 2,000.
Please book boats in advance as demand is high. All boats are booked 1 and 2 September. From 5-13 September our boat numbers will be reduced to 48 as some of our fleet heads to Grafham.
Rutland will be hosting the Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team event (fished to International rules) on Saturday 31 August – to enter please call 01780 686441 for more information. This will also be practice day for the England Ladies National Final which takes place on Sunday 1 September.
Lure fishing at Rutland commences on 1 September (continues to 30 September).
Anglian Water Lochstyle 4 man team match 31 August
England Ladies 31 August & 1 September.
Anglian Water Rudder Match 14 September.
WaterAid competition 19 September
Anglian Water Airflo International Final 7-9 October
Anglian Water Autumn Pairs Rudder & non rudder 12 October
Beginners courses: 8,14,22 & 24 September; 4,13,18 & 26 October and throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 3 September; 16,21 & 30 October and throughout the season.