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Fishery News

Rutland Water Cold weather did not stop Ashley Davis and his son, Tom, from Evington, Leicester, from fishing Whitwell Creek last week. Between them they managed 16 fish for 42lb. They took their fish on fry patterns. Stamford’s John Wotherspoon and Peterborough’s Brian Flack had their last day’s boat fishing on Friday and managed to haul 16 rainbows up to 4lb whilst rudder fishing along the Normanton bank. Boat fishing at Rutland Water has now finished but the banks are still well worth a visit. The Fur and Feather is next Sunday 5 December. Best rainbow 5lb 5oz taken by B Chapman of Austrey near Coventry Best bank areas Whitwell Creek, Sykes Lane, East Creek and the Fishing lodge area. Best methods use fry patterns, nymphs are still catching some fish. Keep on the move.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir concluded its boat fishing with some impressive catches. Frazer Duffy of Daventry took 22 rainbows on Monday and 17 on Saturday. Black and pink minkies on a di3 line proved successful with most fish taking ‘on the drop’ or with a figure of eight retrieve in 10-15 feet of water. Malcolm Eade of Luton caught his personal best rainbow of 9lb from a boat anchored off the Island. Malcolm used a black lure on a sinking line. Top bank man was Tim Sparkes of Northamtpon with a 6lb fish from platform 3. Best rainbow 9lb taken by Malcolm Eade of Luton Best bank areas dam and new platforms

Pitsford Water Pitsford’s Fur and Feather was well supported with the best turn out ever of 52 anglers despite the cold, wet weather. Anglers were spread out all the way from the Causeway to the sailing club. Local man Mark Haycock who works for well known Northampton angler Bob Church, was the star of the show again! Mark’s Pitsford victory made it three in a row, having won the Fur and Feather matches at both Ravensthorpe and Grafham. He managed to catch four fish whilst fishing off the pines battling into a cold northerly wind. His bag weighed 13lb 1oz. Mark not only caught the best bag he also captured the best rainbow of 4lb 12oz. The only angler to catch his six fish was season permit holder Mick Stevens who fished off a point on the north shore. Mick used a new fritz lure to bag up and take second spot. Rob Edmunds was in the prizes again, he had three fish weighing 7lb 15oz to put him in third spot. Christmas hampers were given to sixth place and also a prize for best fish. Sausage and mash was served at the White Swan in Holcot, this was really appreciated after a day out in the cold.

Coarse fishing Reports

River Kennet low and clear water temperature 42 degrees F Some nice perch being caught on gentles Reg one of the bailiffs on the Wasing fishery had a brace of two pounders float fishing gentles. Some good chub to 5-7-0 on pellet. Barbel on pellet boilies and meat. Brimpton weir pool worth a visit but be prepared to lose some gear. Platforms fishing well with several barbel being caught Mike Osborne had chub and barbel on pellet baits.

River Ribble Its been tough over the past few days, low and clear, water temperature 41 degrees F at Grindleton Bridge. A few chub on pellets, dace on trotted gentles. In the higher reaches some nice grayling being caught by both fly and bait anglers. Rain needed before fishing improves.

Lancashire Calder Some good roach to 1-10-0 on breadflake, chub to 3lbs on luncheon meat. anglers fishing caster and swim feeder also catching chub, two barbel about 5lbs on meat bait to Blackburn anglere.

Ardleigh Reservoir It’s been a tremendous week for season permit holder Andrew Watson who has become the second person this season to smash the fishery carp record. During recent night sessions on the western arm of the reservoir Andrew had fish of 15lb, 26lb, 35lb and the new record, a superb mirror of 37lb. It can only be a matter of time before the 40lb barrier is broken!

Over 5000 home produced prime fish, mainly roach, have just been introduced into the main reservoir and it didn’t take long for anglers to report some great catches. David Rollings had 58lb of roach, perch and skimmers, whilst father Andy had a bag in excess of 25lb. The best sport has been from the A12 end with another father and son team, John and Luke Popplewell catching over 80 roach, perch and skimmers. Further stockings are anticipated over the next few weeks.

Taverham We held our first pike match on Taverham Mill Lake on Sunday. 21 anglers competed in the 6 hour match. Winner was M Edwards taking 4 pike to 20lb 6oz. Runners up were J Fenwick with 8lb 13oz and N Pottle with 6lb. On the Carp front Matthew Playford managed to get a common carp of 14lb 9oz.

Martin James Fishing