Fish 1,249 (Season 36,609) Returns 345 (7,333) Rod average 3.62 (4.99)
The recent changeable conditions haven’t deterred our anglers. Malcolm Janik from Spilsby netted six cracking Rainbows in excellent condition weighing 2½lb – 3lb. Malcolm took these fish last Thursday, all falling to rudder tactics from the Sailing Club area to Normanton church frontage. Similar methods worked for father and son Martin and Richard Hearth who teamed up last Friday taking nine fish. Richard netted Browns between 3lb and 5lb 10oz with two 3lb plus Rainbows in the bag.
Not many anglers use the ‘dapping method’ – a long rod with a floss blowline, however, Nottinghamshire angler Adrian Baggerly has been using this method for the last few weeks to great effect. Last week Adrian had a superb 4½lb Rainbow whilst drifting in front of the fishing lodge harbour mouth. Normally fishing a ‘bushy’ fly to this method, Adrian used a ‘pink snake’ to lure his fish.
Graham Hayward fished with good friend Toff Crowther and the pair was again on the specimen trail on a very unsettled day. Graham came up trumps returning a super 6½lb – 7lb plus Brownie. Graham and Toff were among a number of anglers reporting follows with fish refusing to take flies.
Floating fry, minkies, snakes and humungus are getting results. On floating lines; dries, suspender minkies and floating fry are working.
Bigger specimen fish are feeding on large fry ie perch and roach. Look for areas where the gulls are in good numbers as this is a good indicator that the trout are close by. The gulls are picking up distressed/dying fry with some really big Browns (and some nice Rainbows) feeding on Perch up to 4 inches long.
As of Thursday 1 November certain bank areas will be closed to fishing ie Sailing Club onwards and left of the transformer all the way round to Dickensons Bay.
Also from 1 November no Brown trout to be taken, any hooked must be quickly unhooked and returned alive immediately.
George Moore Memorial Trophy
Fourteen hardy souls braved the elements on Saturday competing in the George Moore Memorial match. The competitors were faced with a strong and cold NNW wind and driving rain at times! This match is fished to best brace. Out in front with 11lb 2¼oz were Pete Fleming and boat partner Mr Hill. They recorded a spectacular 7lb 13¼oz Brown to take first place and best fish. Simon Lehane and John Castledine were second with a brace for 7lb 9oz and Dave Porter and Colin Best were third for 6lb 10oz. Everyone was a winner on the day for sticking it out in such poor conditions.
Midweek boat winner: G Homer of Coventry.
Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
Anglian Water Rudder match 17 November
Rutland Water Fur & Feather (bank) 2 December.