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Trout Fishing News

Rutland Water continues to maintain excellent sport with the highlight of the week being a double figured brown. Cambridgeshire angler Mark Searle netted a fantastic 11lb 9oz specimen last Thursday. In Mark’s words “the conditions were “very wet and cold”. Using a gold/silver tube fly on a slime line the fish was taken down the bottom of the south arm on the fourth drift of the day. Mark’s fish fell just 1˝oz short of the biggest taken this season. Elsewhere the boats are still providing plenty of sport, however the bank fishing has provided plenty of fish with big fish showing well. More and more fish are turning onto this year’s supply of fry and there are some spectacular displays of fish herding up the fry and smashing into them

Grafham Water Another great week for bank fishing, with the bank anglers, accounting for the majority of the fish. The fish are in close, in the shallow water feeding heavily on the corixa and nymphs. The main hot spot must be G-Buoy followed by Pylon Point and Deep Water Point especially in a favourable wind. When the wind allows The Seat and Sludge Bank fish well on the same tactics as on the other side. The bank fishing is still improving as the cooler nights allow the water to clear, which has brought the fish on the feed in the shallow marginal waters. With these conditions the back end fishing seems set to be second to none with the prospects of the bigger fish moving in from the deeps allowing the bank anglers to catch them if they can.

Coarse fishing Taverham Mill The lake continues to fish well with Dave Middleton having a personal best of a 26lb 9oz Mirror (season ticket holder). Simon Wrigglesworth had a couple of nights this week and had 5 carp up to 19lb 12oz. The river is just about in flood but when levels go down, we would expect the fishing to be good.

Ardleigh Twenty-five anglers from Hadleigh & District A/S fished a match recently and had a very productive day. Top weights came from the Lodge Bank with roach again showing well. Top 4 anglers were as follows: 1st Mark Snowling 21lb 10oz. 2nd Peter George 15lb 6oz 3rd Rob Andrew 13lb 5oz 4th Chris Hysett 10lb 14˝oz The pike anglers continue to enjoy perch to nearly 2lb as well as several double-figure pike. Dead sea baits are proving the best for the pike whilst jigging is accounting for most of the perch.

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