IT has been one of the best weeks for big fish for many years at Rutland Water.
Large specimens have been caught almost every day with Geoff Allsop netting the biggest fish of the year so far - a 8lb 6½oz rainbow trout - on Sunday. Geoff, from Warsop, is no stranger to big fish at Rutland, having netted a 10lb 9oz rainbow at the reservoir back in 1984; and last week he also landed a 6lb 15½oz brown trout.
Geoff was boat fishing and it took 20 minutes to land this fantastic fish which eventually fell to one of Geoff’s black tadpoles.
Two Steves weighed in fish of almost identical weight with Steve Winston of Wales netting a 7lb 10 3/8oz rainbow on a claret hopper and Steve Buck of Leicestershire hooking a 7lb 10¼oz fish on a cruncher.
Dick Stephen of Hambleton, recorded a 6lb 15oz rainbow from the north arm, and Jim Watts a 6lb 8oz rainbow. All of these fish were in good quality bags.
The best tactics have been to fish off the boat or bank with floating midge-tip lines with nymphs, dries or small floating fry, some in conjunction with a booby to suspend the flies in the margins. Fish are feeding heavily on sticklebacks, roach fry, corixa and snails.