Catches smash through 7,000 mark

Stamford's George Bates
Stamford's George Bates
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THE season total now stands at 7,134 at Rutland Water where 1,819 fish were caught last week.

Anglers are reporting fantastic sport at Rutland with numerous over-wintered fish and at least four weighing more than 6lb last week.

The best fish of the week was caught by Malcolm Harrison, who netted a superb 6lb 12oz rainbow on Wednesday while fishing the Postland Peasants boat competition.

Brown trout featured this week with Phil Brown of Empingham netting a 6lb 4oz specimen and North Luffenham angler Cameron Neil taking a brown of 6lb 1oz. Both of these fish were taken off the bank.

Thirteen-year-old Graham Hayward from Empingham continues to improve his personal best and netted a stunning 5lb 4½oz Brown.

Martin Hearth of Hambleton has had a great start to the season with many limits off the bank with at least three eight fish limits in excess of 20lb, one of which came off last week. Martin used a weighted lure on a floating line. l THE David Hodgson Memorial Match, fished by 47 anglers was won by Paul Shaw. The rod average was 4.53 and Mike Lowe took the heaviest fish at 5lb 3oz. His total bag of just three fish weighed in at 22lb 3oz for second place overall.

Results: 1st Paul Shaw, 8 fish for 28lb 15oz; 2nd Mike Low, 3 for 22lb 3oz; 3rd Thomas Davies, 8 for 21lb 14oz; 4th Steve Cullen 8 for 21lb 7oz; 5th Graham Willis, 8 for 20lb 15oz; 6th Ronnie Gent 8 fish for 20lb 5oz.

l ALTHOUGH not known as a “baggin’ up” water, Haddon Lodge Fishery continues to attract 15 Deeping AC regulars to the fortnightly sweepstakes held on the venue.

Stamford’s George Bates taking top honours again last Sunday with an 18lbs 10ozs pellet caught catch from the lakes peg seven.

Martin Harwood fished similar tactics from peg 12 for a second place weight of 15lbs 7ozs. Lee Annis took third place with 12lbs 7ozs from peg thirteen.

l ALAN Wiggins won Oakham Angling Club’s match at Shearsby Fisheries on Sunday.

While the weather was a lot more favourable than in previous weeks, the match still proved to be difficult with the fish far from co-operative.

Wiggins won off peg 2 with 46lb 7oz. Second for the second week running was Graham Smith who took 32lb 10oz from peg 10, and third was top small fish angler, Claude Wardle with 30lb 13oz.

The club will hold a committee meeting at the Griff Inn on Monday.