Frank lands a cracker

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A CRACKING 6lb 8oz rainbow was the biggest catch of the week at Rutland Water.

Frank Cotter of Widmerpool, Nottingham, was the lucky angler and caught the fish using a floating fry.

He said: “My boat partner and I came in for lunch, not having caught anything. We had a chat with Rutland warden Nigel Savage who suggested anchoring up at the sailing club and fishing floating line with a floating fry.

“Nigel’s advice worked and I caught a 6lb 8oz beauty – a personal best,”

The average size of fish remains high and Steve Crowder took a 6lb 2¾oz rainbow while boat fishing in the North Arm and Trevor Harvey took a 6lb 6oz fish.

During a short session on the Sykes Lane bank, Exton’s Jamie Weston caught a fine 5lb 4oz specimen that fell to a suspender minkie. This fish had been feeding on Perch fry – some of them more 4 inches long. Meanwhile Jim Watts and Mike Barratt caught eight fish with three weighing more than 4lb using minkies and blobs.

l Numbers of Zander are being recorded with individual boats taking up to 10-15 fish with the best weighing 6lb. No Pike were reported last week.

Predator boat fishing also ends on Sunday.

l BOAT fishing ends on Sunday but bank fishing continues until December 31. Four fish (half day permits) are now valid all day until 31 December 31.

l ANGLIAN Water’s Winter tackle sale continues until Sunday. The Fur and Feather match takes place on Sunday, December 4.