Boats and bank producing some quality fish, including some impressive browns.
Fish week 335 (season 25,955 ) Returns 142(8,193) Rod average 2.35 (3.16) Quality fish are coming out from many areas of the reservoir with bank and boat anglers getting to grip with late season Browns and Rainbows. Oakham angler Peter de Kremer netted a superb brace of fish with a 6lb 5¼oz Brown and a 4lb 14oz Rainbow. A couple of days later Peter then took a Rainbow of around 6lb followed by five other fish with fry patterns working well.
Paul Wild of Stamford had a brilliant day with an 8 fish limit for 26lb 6oz. Paul’s tally of fish included a 5lb 15oz Brown and a 4lb 12oz Rainbow. Other local anglers recording good fish included Paul Friend of Edith Weston who shared a boat with Ken Merridan. The pair netted 9 fish with Paul getting to grips with a 5lb 14oz Rainbow. Another angler also recording a 5lb 14oz Rainbow was Alan Jopling who took his fish with a floating line and minkie.
Graham Hayward, a junior angler from Empingham, had five fish off the bank with two fish over 3½lb.
A number of anglers have travelled down from Scotland. One of them, Ian Simpson, was delighted to catch a magnificent 6lb Rainbow whilst boat fishing last week.
David Moore fished recently and caught a superb Brownie from the Normanton shore. David says “It was getting dark and I was ready to pack up with a nice 3½lb Rainbow in the bag when this fish took just under the surface in 5 feet of water and crashed through the waves as I tightened into it. It nearly beat me with lots of long hard runs in the shallow water and weed beds before coming to the net. I was using a floating line size 12 green nymph 8 feet above a booby on the point on 8lb airflo 'sightfree' fluorocarbon.” David was delighted with this superb Brown and estimated it to be 8lb plus. One of the Rutland Wardens managed to capture the fish on camera before it was safely returned to the water.
Good numbers of Browns and Rainbows around 3-4lb are being taken daily. Bank anglers have fared best along Normanton and the dam/peninsula, East Creek to the lodge and New Zealand Point. With good numbers of grown on and overwintered fish showing. Anglers fishing around the many weedbeds will benefit the most as fish are feeding on sticklebacks, fry, corixa, snails and shrimps the best tactic for either bank or boat anglers is to keep trying as many areas as possible ie keep on the move. Fish are feeding on the good number of shrimp in the water with the North Arm Tower having the highest concentration. Keith Jones of Stamford fished this area at the weekend and caught fish as deep as 20 feet on a Di7 and humungus.
Make the most of the brown trout season before it ends on 29 October. After this time Browns need to be returned safely to the water.
Competition news Fry Bashers Saturday 15th at Grafham Water and Sunday 16th at Rutland Water. The overall result and total fish weighed in for this two day bonanza was
1st John Hood 35lb 13½oz 2nd Steve Welsh 29lb 8oz 3rd George Barron 28lb ¼oz 4th Nick Halstead 27lb 7oz 5th Andy Gourlay 27lb 3¾oz 6th Ewan Clark 26lb 13¾oz
The highest placed local angler was Mark McLeod of North Luffenham. Mark was 9th overall with a total weight of 24lb 3½oz. The best fish in the Rutland leg was Ewen Clark with a 5lb 10oz Rainbow. Whilst Kenny Thompson had a 5lb 3½oz Brown.
Best Rainbow 5lb 10oz taken by S James
Best Brown 6lb 13oz taken by Keith Jones of Glinton.
Best boat areas Around the weedbeds for bigger fish around the reservoir. The main basin and Normanton shoreline.
Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, New Zealand Point, East Creek to fishing lodge frontage, north shore of peninsula.
Best methods Bank – Dry fly, floating fry, minkies and nymphs. Boat – As for bank, include various sinking lines with cormorants, small boobies and sparklers.
Mid week boat winner D Knapp.
Forthcoming events: Mid week predator days - boat fishing for Pike and Zander - Five boats available mid week for fishing with lures over 18cm at both Rutland and Grafham. Predator boat fishing with lures and dead sea bait over 18cm (excluding lamprey) 11 October to 27 November. Beginners courses: 29 October. George Moore Memorial Trophy rudder match 22 October At this time of year the fishery is very popular so please call the fishing lodge on 01780 686441 to check for boat availability before making your journey. Beginners Pike fishing 6 November.