It was another good week at Rutland Water with 2,061 fish recorded, including 450 that were returned, giving a rod average for the week of 4.12. Among those fish returned were a number of overwintered Browns from both bank and boat.
Norfolk angler Bill Coppin, who is no stranger to big fish over the years at Rutland, returned two browns one estimated around the 6/7lb mark and another between 4/5 lb whilst bank fishing off the Normanton Bank.
Along the shoreline the “Blue pipes” down to Fantasy Island on the Normanton bank was the place to be for most of the week with numbers of fish including many around the 2lb mark being caught.
Boat anglers have opted for the main basin for mainly grown on fighting fit stock fish with some boats hanging around the aerators. Drifting boats have fished along the Normanton bank, and Whitwell to the corner of Sykes Lane.
The few boats that ventured up the arms, found perseverance was rewarded with quality fish. Season ticket holder Mick Connor, of Oakham, had the top of the North Arm all to himself. Mick only had five takes (missing one of them) in a half day session but the other four stuck and were quality fish in the shape of 3 browns between 3½ up to an estimated 5lb, and a 3½lb rainbow. All of Mick’s fish fell to a Diawl bach fished on a floating line.
Season ticket holder Ron Oldroyd of Empingham took a boat out and he too caught quality fish down the arms with a number of rainbows around the 3lb mark and one around 5lb.
Fish are feeding well on daphnia, buzzers, shrimp and pin fry, (which considering their short life are growing very quickly), some big enough already for the ever watchful Terns flying overhead.
Another 2,000 rainbows were stocked last week, with yet another 2,000 stocked this Monday, bringing the total for the season to: 48,200.
There is plenty of food available with hard fighting trout to be found in many areas.
Pinfry feeding is going on around the shoreline though in smaller pockets than usual. With patience they are catchable; small hares ear, or dries are worth a go. Some anglers have witnessed good hatches of sedge late afternoon/evening along with caenis in some areas, also minuscule in size, but heavy hatches of really small buzzers on settled evenings.
In the Tuesday Night Boat League Hilary Tomlinson won the sixth week of competition with an excellent haul of five rainbows for the evening.
It was put to the anglers whether to fish the aerators for the evening, with the majority opting to give them a miss.
Second on the night was the ever reliable Rich Cooper, with Mick Bennett coming third. Best fish and boat winner on week six was Paul Wild, with a 2lb 13½ oz rainbow.
Rich Cooper tops the league with 39 points followed by Keith Jones, then Kerry Richardson.