Second place finish secures boat league title for Cooper

Flash Attack Sharks.  This team, captained by Craig Barr, won a very competitive match at Rutland Water on 13 August.  From left to right Carl Malpass, Craig Barr, Mark Harrison and Andy Taylor EMN-140819-140419001
Flash Attack Sharks. This team, captained by Craig Barr, won a very competitive match at Rutland Water on 13 August. From left to right Carl Malpass, Craig Barr, Mark Harrison and Andy Taylor EMN-140819-140419001

Throughout the hot summer period Rutland Water has fished well and last week was no exception with 180 rod returns recording an outstanding 1,055 fish, giving an average of 5.86.

Yet again it’s been a week of boats catching the vast majority. However, a few more rods have given the banks a go and have caught fish.

The best fish of the week was taken by Bill Marshall who returned a brown estimated between 5 and 6lb last Saturday.

The best rainbow weighed 4lb 12oz and was taken by A Munro of Kettering.

Anglers looking for a quick limit have boat fished the main basin around the aerators and have also taken fish along the Normanton bank to Fantasy Island, while others used ‘W’ Buoy as a starting point to catch fish steadily.

Boat anglers venturing up to the top of the South Arm were rewarded with fewer limits but bigger fish. These specimens are feeding around the weed beds close in averaging 3lb in weight. Dries, fry patterns, and nymphs all working very well. Among those anglers catching in this area were Peter de Kremer and Nigel Norton.

Using dries throughout the day last Saturday the pair had around ten quality Rainbows. Another angler reported losing a brown estimated around the 8lb mark in the weed beds up the under fished North Arm.

Flash Attack Sharks team captained by Craig Barr, won a very competitive match at Rutland Water on Wednesday last week.

The team of Carl Malpass, Mark Harrison and Andy Taylor between them took 30 fish for 61lb 12 5/8oz. Harrison was top rod of the match with an eight fish limit for 19lb 15 5/8oz, including the best fish of the match a rainbow of 3lb 10¼oz.

The final evening of the Tuesday Night Boat League series was fished in a very strong westerly wind with boats excluded from the Main Basin.

Anglers headed up the South Arm. Keith Jones won with six fish weighing 15lb 8oz – his bag included the best fish of the match a 4lb 3oz rainbow, second was Rich Cooper with four fish for 8lb and third was Mick Bennett with four fish for 7lb 11oz.

The overall winner of the 2014 Tuesday Night Boat League was Richard Cooper who won in convincing style, to retain his 2013 title, with 94 points, 26 points more than his nearest rival Mick Bennett.

Richard was presented with a £50 tackle voucher by Rutland Warden Nigel Savage.

The biggest fish of the series weighed in at 5lb 8½oz and this was a brown caught by Keith Jones during week nine. Keith won a £10 tackle voucher.

The total number of rods fishing the boat league this season was 175, managing 512 fish for a rod average of just under three.