ANGLING: Weather fails to stop top catches

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RUTLAND Water anglers are still reporting good catches despite the recent unsettled weather slowing the fishing down a little.

Bank anglers are recording fish off the peninsula and boat anglers finding fish off Lax Hill, Manton and the Main Basin with Nick Halstead and Sheena Goode among the most successful of the weekend.

Despite the persistent rain and cold on Sunday Nick and Sheena had an excellent day taking eight fish for around 28lb.

Nick, from Brighouse, Yorkshire, said: “I’ve fished Rutland many times, but this is the best day’s boat fishing I have ever had – brilliant despite the horrible weather.”

He found Corixa feeding fish were taking daddys on the point, cdc olive and brown bob’s bits on a floating line.

Other notable catches during the week included a large brown caught and released by Gordon Alleyne, and estimated to weight between 7 and 8lb.

Jim Watts of Ryhall had a 5lb 4oz brown from a boat last Wednesday, and senior warden John Seaton returned six rainbows the same day.

Newcomer Dan Pitcher of Langham caught his first trout, weighing 2lb 12oz, from Whitwell Creek. On his second visit Dan caught a fish off the Peninsula.

l MEMBERS of Rutland Water Fly Fishers and Anglian Water hosted a boat fishing session for youngsters on Saturday.

The most successful of the young anglers was Harry McEuen who had a superb 3lb 10¼oz rainbow while fishing with Brian Bonner. Harry caught two fish in total for 5lb 14½oz.

Calleb Tomalin managed three fish with Peter de Kremer, while Jesse Dean took two while sharing a boat with Dave Porter. Youngsters Arron Carnie, Josh Tomalin and Stephen Ferreira–Gomes also caught one fish each.

A fly box was presented by senior warden John Seaton to the angler catching the best fish, Harry McEuen, for his superb 3lb 10¼oz rainbow.

Thanks were expressed to everyone who volunteered to make this day a great success.

l LOOKING ahead there is a vast amount of food available for the fish with sticklebacks, fry, corixa, snails, daphnia and shrimp.

There are also good hatches of buzzers (large and small), and last week saw some really good hatches of olives.

Bank anglers are reporting good fish moving close in, not only down the North Arm, but around the Peninsula.

Anglers prepared to keep moving have had the most success, and boat anglers should try drifts along the margins round the reservoir, other than the bottom of both arms. Deep-fished flies in the open water should find fish feeding on daphnia.

l ALL boats are booked from Saturday until Wednesday for the Anglian Water Airflo International. Anglian Water’s Autumn Pairs match takes place on October 6.

The next beginners course is on October 7 with a special session for pike fishing on October 13.

For more about angling at Rutland Water and bookings call the lodge on 01780 686441.