Rutland Water opens with great catches

Rob Layton with an excellent trout caught on the opening day of the season at Rutland Water
Rob Layton with an excellent trout caught on the opening day of the season at Rutland Water
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Anglers enjoyed an excellent opening day to the season with a catch return rate of 6.84 at Rutland Water on Friday.

A lot of bag limits were taken, which was a huge achievement in freezing conditions.

The best rainbow trout recorded was caught by Lincolnshire angler Rob Holloway, who netted a superbly conditioned 6lb 12oz fish at Whitwell Creek.

This fish rewarded Rob with the Independence Day Trophy and £70 of Anglian Water Tackle vouchers.

Ice was found in some areas with one angler losing fish with ice cutting through his leader.

Both bank and boat anglers found fish with the usual early season lures accounting for most fish. However, good numbers of fish were recorded on nymphs and, more surprisingly, some were taken on dries off the banks.

Among the stock fish, there were numbers of well conditioned, over-wintered rainbows in the 3-5lb class.

The large catches continued into the second day of the season with Rob Layton, of Holcot, Northamptonshire, netting a 7lb 8oz rainbow. The fish fell to a black tadpole fished on a floating line from Sykes Lane.

Fish were also caught from the snow-capped dam right down to Barnsdale in the North Arm and to Old Hall Bay in the South Arm.

More than 19,000 fish were stocked pre-season with another delivery planned this week and, although cold weather is again forecast, the fishing has been excellent.

l Forthcoming events at Rutland Water include beginners courses on April 10,21 and 27 April.

The Alan West Memorial match takes place tomorrow and the Lexus European Individual qualifying matches on Sunday and Monday.

The first leg of the five round Anglian Water Spring Rudder Match will be held on April 20, and the reservoir hosts the Dave Hodgson Memorial May 5.