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Fishery reports

Rutland Water Reservoir warden Paul Friend caught the biggest fish of the week a 7lb 15˝oz brown. Paul was boat fishing the bottom of the south arm and used a fast sink line with a gold/silver tube fly.Sunday brought a refreshing change to the recent hot weather with plenty of fish being caught. Anglers practicing for Monday’s Anglian Water Fulling Mill Northern final caught plenty of fish with the majority of fish being caught in the main basin. All methods are working from nymphs to boobies fished on floating/sinking lines.

Grafham Water As the temperatures fall, fishing is on the up. Four anglers from the Blackpool area had two day’s fishing and took 64 fish for 142lb 2oz, including a fine rainbow of 5lb 12oz, all on sparklers fished fairly deep behind the boat. All the fish came from the Western end of the lake. The fry feeding fish are becoming slightly easier to catch as the fry start to grow and it is worthwhile stalking these fry feeders, around the numerous weed beds in various areas of the lake.

Pitsford Water Season ticket holder Pete Dobbs of Northampton had some great fishing on Monday, he grabbed a few hours in the afternoon and bagged eight fish for 31lb 12oz. Pete caught his fish just off the dam using a floating line with a twenty foot cast and one of Bev Perkins’s holographic number two flies. There have also been reports of good catches using floating line and small size 14 hares ears and diawl bachs. Bev Perkins and Mark Cotton, both of Northampton, spent Sunday morning fishing loch style and dibbling with soldier palmers and wingless Wickhams at the dam end of the reservoir managed five rainbows for 12lb and moved plenty of other fish. Bank anglers are catching well – early or late in the day is the best time. Floating lines with hares ears and diawl bachs is the method. Best areas to try are Brixworth Bay, Pitsford Creek and the Gravels, avoiding any weed growth.

Coarse fishing Ardleigh The regular carp anglers are reporting good catches with Colin Wombwell netting a fine 22lb 8oz
linear carp. Craig Horn had two mirrors of 19lb and 14lb. The best fish captured this week was a 26lb 6oz fully-scaled
mirror landed by Des Wells who also had a 12lb common. With water levels remaining high and weed confined to the
shallows prospects look good for the summer period. Bookings are now being taken for the Charity Open in aid of Essex
Air Ambulance to be held on Saturday 27th August. This will be a two rod match with lots of prizes, a raffle and lucky peg
numbers. Breakfast rolls and drinks will be available. Names please to The Fishing Lodge 01206 230642

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