Fish 1,249 (Season 8,859) Returns 258 (1,412) Rod average 4.84 (6.27)
Considering the varied weather Rutland Water is fishing amazingly well. The recent serious heavy rainfall and change in wind direction from west to north east influenced conditions. The winds have now settled down. The shoreline from Sykes Lane right through to Cardiac Hill is producing great results with nymphs and buzzer patterns working well.
Rutland Water is recognised as the UK’s leading brown trout reservoir. A number of superb Browns were caught last week with many of these released. Boat anglers Neil Hodgson and John Wood returned fish around the 8lb mark recently. While Simon Edwards brought a 5lb 14½oz Brown to the scales with a bank fished specimen that fell to a hares ear pattern. This particular fish had been feeding heavily on ‘Demon’ shrimp, snails and a solitary 4 inch Perch!
Other anglers experiencing these superb fish were Paul Tweddle and David Moore. They both fished the England Eliminator on Sunday and had Browns of 4lb 14¾oz and 4lb 14½oz respectively. This match also accounted for a number of other big browns and some were returned due to the captor having already taken his one fish limit.
Sheffield anglers Roger Oliver and Martyn Herbert had three great days boat fishing, catching 127 fish in total. Martyn returned specimens of 6lb 14oz and 4lb 8oz. Roger had a couple at 4lb 10oz and 4lb 1oz. The pair had Rainbows to 4lb 14oz. Most of their fish were returned and all fell to a size 12 black buzzer. Their friends Steve Alcock, Tony Jenkins, Mick Herbert and Dave Bower also contacted plenty of fish, with browns of 4lb 1oz and 3lb 8oz.
Despite the very unsettled cold, wet and windy conditions prospects are excellent with lots of insect activity.
Rutland Water’s popular Tuesday evening boat league starts on 8 May.
England Eliminator 29 April
This match was very well supported with 81 anglers taking part. Steve Smalley won with 8 fish for 23lb 16oz including time bonus. The top six anglers were as follows
1st Steve Smalley 8 fish for 23lb 16oz
2nd Tony Curtis 8 fish for 22lb 10oz
3rd Paul Runec 8 fish for 21lb 13oz
4th Norman Rushton 8 fish for 21lb 12oz
5th Pablo Mullings 8 fish for 21lb 11oz
6th Nick Dunn 8 fish for 21lb 7oz
Best Rainbow: 4lb 14oz taken by taken by Roger Oliver.
Best Brown: 5lb 14½oz taken by Simon Edwards.
Best boat areas: Sykes Lane to Cardiac Hill; Whitwell Front, Willow Bay, the Mound.
Best bank areas: Sykes Lane all the way through to Cardiac Hill; Old Hall to Yellowstone.
Best methods: Bank – Floating lines with nymphs/buzzers.
Best methods: Boat – above the bung, mini/large lures, dries fished on various sinking lines.
Mid week boat winner: W Mackey of Bedlington.
Tuesday Evening boat league commences 8 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