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Anglian Water Fishery Report

Rutland Water Father and son Bev and Stuart Chapman, from Austrey near Atherstone , Warwickshire, boat fished last Friday recording eleven fish averaging 2lb. Fishing out from Gibbets gorse the pair had intended to fish nymphs, however after a couple of hours with nothing to show for their efforts they changed to fishing deep with a di7 line with gold and silver tubes.

Gordon Bramwell, fishing in the Tuesday Night boat league, managed six fish on nymphs off Gibbets Gorse. This was in spite of an early finish brought on by a thunder storm.Bank anglers are finding the best fishing off the dam with Langham’s Phil Brown taking four good fish over 3lb using a dry/nymph combination. Hoping to repeat the same the next day Phil found fresh stock fish had moved in. Daniel Jackman fished off the harbour wall and had a great session with twelve fish using a floating line and black tadpole fished buzzer style.Although it is warm the water clarity is excellent, but fish are reluctant to feed, despite the plentiful supply of daphnia, pin fry and sedges (in the evening)

Best boat areas Manton Bay, New Zealand Point, Gibbets Gorse, Normanton, Bunds wall Best bank areas fishing lodge frontage, Normanton, New Zealand Point Best methods floating lines with nymphs, diawl bachs hares ear, pheasant tail dries. Boat anglers are also using fast sink lines with various lures.

Grafham Water has seen the start of serious pin fry feeding this week, large numbers of fish have been hitting into the abundant shoals of fry around the margins and in the harbour. Many of the anglers have been practicing for the AWFMI during the week so the methods being used are a closely guarded secret! The non match anglers have been catching using fry patterns and nymphs on floating lines also, dries fished blind have accounted for fish in the mouth of savages and off July bank. Find the fry and the trout won’t be far behind.

The banks have picked up with fish being caught off the harbour arms and along the seat again, the fish have all been full of fry. Larry Swann, of Conington, Peterborough, caught a great bag of fish trolling tubes on a Di7 in the space of two hours. The total weight of the bag was 8 fish for 27lb 7oz with the best, a brown, weighing 7lb 11oz and another weighing 5lb 6oz. The six rainbows weighed a total of 14lb 6oz. Best brown 7lb 11oz taken by Larry Swann Best boat areas North shore, Savages, boils, along the dam and outside the harbour Best bank areas harbour arms, seat Best methods floating lines, nymphs and fry patterns

Coarse fishing Ardleigh It's been another very good week for some of our season permit holders. Steve Taylor landed 2 mirrors of 13lb and 22lb from the Lodge Bank while Paul Southgate also had 2 mirrors, this time from the Western Arm, weighing 15lb 13oz and 20lb 6oz. John Gant also fished the Lodge Bank and as well as having over a dozen bream, landed 3 carp. These were a 9lb common, a fully-scaled mirror of 19lb and a lovely 27lb leather. There have been some good mixed bags taken on the Butterfly Lake but it's unusual to hear of an eel being caught, especially the 5lb specimen bagged by Ian Clarke. The pike anglers are still finding sport a bit of a challenge but Mick Scutter netted 4 fish to 11lb while lure fishing from a boat.

Martin James Fishing