Superb catches at rudder match

RUTLAND Water hosted the Spring Rudder match, the first in a series of three matches at the reservoir, on Saturday.

Good conditions led to anglers enjoying an excellent rod average of more than six with a lot of fish tipping the scales at more than 3lb.

Results: 1st Jim Watts and Martin Hearth 16 fish for 42lb 10oz; 2nd Al Owen and Graham Pearson 16 fish for 41lb 5oz; 3rd John Farnsworth and Lloyd Miller 14 fish for 41lb 3oz; 4th Rob Edmunds and Tony Beresford 16 fish for 40lb 10oz.

Tony Beresford recorded the best bag on the day with eight fish for 24lb 6oz. The biggest fish of the match went to Colan Bartram, a 5lb 3oz brown trout.

The next round takes place on June 30.

l THE England flyfishing team held a friendly competition at the reservoir on Saturday, returning a very good rod average of more than five in challenging conditions.

Drifting along the Sykes Lane bank and round Old Hall Bay area produced the majority of fish for these anglers. Several anglers weighed in 8 fish limit bags of more than 20lb with the average size of fish taken at 2½lb.

l RUTLAND Water will host the Dave Hodgson Memorial Match on Sunday, and the Bob Church Classic on Wednesday.

l THE Tuesday night boat league is due to begin next week with anglers of all abilities welcome to sign up.

It’s a great way for anglers to pick up tips and supper is available at the end of the evening’s fishing.

Anglers should book in at the Fishing Lodge by 5.30pm.

l A MASSIVE 1,163 fish were caught at the reservoir this week bringing the season’s total to 5,315 with a rod average of 4.54.

The best fish of the week fell to Graham Pearson of Houghton on the Hill and weighed in at 6lb 11oz. Graham took the superb fish as the last fish of his eight fish limit while fishing in Belgrano Bay. he used a DI7 line and black UV booby.

Both bank and boat areas have both been fishing well with excellent reports on the size and quality of the fish again this week.

Best bank areas have been Sykes Lane to the mouth of Whitwell creek, both ends of the Dam, Old Hall, Yellowstone, Spud Bay all the way along to Half Moon Spinney, Normanton Church Bay and Fantasy. Black and Green lures, nymphs and buzzers on floating lines are working well in all the areas mentioned.

The best areas for boat anglers have been in the main basin off Sykes Lane and Normanton shores, Half Moon Spinney, Old Hall Bay and Point, and Finches down the North arm.

Sinking lines with lures have proved the best tactic from the boats with some anglers reporting good sport on floating lines with buzzers or nymphs in the right conditions.

Anglers are reminded to submit their catch returns at the end of each day for day permits and each week for season ticket holders. Head Warden at the reservoir, John Seaton said: “Catch return figures are very important for the fishery and ultimately benefits you, the anglers.”

Oakham Angling Club

OAKHAM AC’s most recent match was won in atrcious conditions by Bob Burton on Sunday.

Fishing at Decoy Lakes, Whittlesey, on Horseshoe Lake, 18 anglers braved the weather conditions, with umbrellas were turned inside out and the anglers ending up very wet and very cold.

The commitment was worth it for Bob who won from peg 13 with a 52lb 14oz bag of mainly carp, caught on sweetcorn.

In second and third place were Graham and Paul Smith. Graham finished second with 50lb 15oz and Paul with 46lb 6oz. Section winners were Paul Daymond with 46lb 0oz and Colin Crisp with 40lb 3oz.