Rutland Water week ending 7 April

7 months ago

Fish 2,121 (Season 2,992) Returns 190 (391) Rod average 11.16 (7.65)

The week started with winter restrictions being lifted and browns back in season and closed with a fantastic rod average of 11.16 for the week! 

The Independence Day Trophy was up for grabs on the 1 April with a fine brown of 7lb falling to the rod of Graham Hayward taken from the North Arm. This narrowly pipped Gary Cooper’s fine 6lb 4oz brown from the harbour wall taken in the morning.

Toff Crowther and Tony Tibbert recorded a bumper session down the North Arm with 27 fish falling to the pair on lure tactics fished deep. Ash Davis recorded a 6lb 3oz brown from the boat at the weekend and Tom Finney took a spectacular brace including a 6lb13oz brown plus a 26lb pike falling to black humungus! Rick Varley and Danny Peet shared their first boat of the season at Rutland and recorded 40 fish to the boat, including some fine overwintered specimens from the North Arm.

Iain Barr took to the boat on Saturday and fed back some fantastic fishing from his session!

“Rutland was simply outstanding yesterday and I have to go and do it all again today!! Iain Barr Heavy Reservoir Buzzers and Rutland Crunchers doing plenty of damage along with the usual early season Lures on the Di lines.….. Fish were almost everywhere we went and I could have even caught on dries as we found pods feeding on small black buzzers off the surface!! Some belting over wintered plump rainbows too!! Simply amazing and lost count but boat total pushing 50.”

Sport has been consistent all week for anglers with bank anglers catching consistently from the point of Stockie Bay towards Whitwell Creek, Fantasy Island and between the sailing club and New Zealand Point. From the boats favourite areas have been the Church to East Creek, Blue Pipes to Fantasy, K buoy at Hambleton Wood and Dickensons Bay down the North Arm. A good starting point has been DI5 with blobs and boobies early in the day with the cool overnight temperatures of last week. Once the day warms slightly a change to buzzers either straight lined or under the bung has provided some fantastic fishing. As expected buzzers fished on midge tip/floating lines are coming to the fore with good hatches starting to show. In general the rainbows are not far down in the water column, especially when the buzzers are coming off. Prospects look good for the coming week with settled weather forecast – get on the buzzers!

Boat handling courses: 29 April, 14 & 30 May; 5,10,17 & 24 June and throughout the season.

Fishing Stats

Best Rainbow: 5lb 2oz taken by Chris Bates.

Best Brown: 7lb taken by Graham Haywood.

Midweek boat winner: Tony Ward.

Fish stocked: 500.

Water temperature: 9 degrees Celsius.

Forthcoming events

Anglian Water Airflo International – Northern Heat 29 April

Davy Hodgson Memorial 5 May

Anglian Water Rudder Match 11 May

Airflo Invitation Match 15-19 May

Bob Church Classic 2 June

Beginners courses: 14,20,25 & 27 April; 16,25 & 29 May; 7,16 & 29 June and throughout the season.

Boat handling courses: 29 April, 14 & 30 May; 5,10,17 & 24 June and throughout the season.

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