Toff triumphant in second week

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WEEK two of Rutland Water’s Tuesday Night Boat was won by Toff Crowther with an eight fish bag almost two pound heavier than the rest of the field.

Twelve hardy anglers competed on a cold night with a rod average of 3.75. The best fish of the night was a superb conditioned 4lb 6oz rainbow.

Winner of the opening round, Ady Naylor, was second who remains in the lead of the overall standings.

League standings after two rounds: 1st Ady Naylor 17 points; 2nd Geoff Wanless 12; 3rd Toff Crowther 11 points

Week two results: 1st Toff Crowther, 8 fish for 18lb ¼oz; 2nd Ady Naylor 7 for 16lb 4½oz; 3rd Geoff Wanless 5 for 12lb.

l ANGLERS again braved wet and windy weather later in the week, this time while fishing the John Wadham Trophy with excellent results from this three and a half hour evening bank match.

Eighteen members of Rutland Water Fly-fishers caught fish fairly widely with Peter Gover’s winning catch coming from opposite the Old Fishing Lodge on orange blobs.

The dam was also productive with the three best rainbows coming from that area of the reservoir, and as is the trend this season most fish were caught on lures.

Richard Cooper took the best rainbow at 4lb 15oz from the dam wall on a black and green lure. Junior member Graham Hayward was again among the fish with the second best rainbow, a 4lb 2oz fish.

Results: 1st Peter Gover, 7 fish for 15lb 7oz; 2nd Martin Blakeston, 5 for 12lb 14oz; 3rd Phil Brown, 5 for 12lb 5oz; 4th Richard Cooper 3 for 10lb 6oz; 5th Mick Stevens, 5 for 10lb 4oz; 6th Graham Hayward 3 for 9lb 8oz.

l DESPITE the cold weather last week, fishing at Rutland Water was hot with good numbers of fish coming out from many areas of the reservoir and boat anglers now catching down both arms away from the main basin.

This area is still producing fish despite a lot of pressure with good numbers of fish in the four to 6lb category caught along with this season’s stock fish.

Among the big fish caught was a 6lb 12oz specimen taken by Norfolk angler Bill Coppin who took the best rainbow of the week using buzzers from the bank.

Bank anglers have fared best with the mouth of Whitwell Creek down to the dam and the dam itself producing good numbers of fish with overwintered stock showing in steady numbers again.

Boat angler George Geohegan managed a 6lb brown fishing in the fire service competition last Wednesday, and Paul Shaw netted a superb 6lb 4½oz rainbow while practicing for the Vision Pairs match from the South Arm last Saturday.

Fish are feeding hard on small buzzers and bloodworm, though they seem to be missing out on the bigger varieties of buzzer that are also hatching off at the moment. Daphnia is showing in good numbers of fish, especially ones that have been caught from the main basin.

Bank anglers are catching more fish on nymphs with the bung method used to great effect while weighted lures or boobies continue to take fish. Boat tactics have included the above methods with mini-lures cormorants, boobies and blobs, with rudder anglers catching on tube flies as well.

l A PIKE fishing course takes place at the reservoir tomorrow.

Eyebrook Fishery

A MASSIVE 10lb 14oz rainbow was caught by Ralph Painter during the Barclays Bank National Boat competition this week.

Nine teams battled for top spot with eventual winners London Northern taking 24 fish for 53lb 15oz. Twenty-two anglers took part in the annual Philips Eyebrook Boat competition with 113 fish caught for an excellent rod average of five fish per angler.

Best areas on the bank are Sams Dyke, The Bell, The Hawthorns, Pollards Jump and the Willows; the Stoke Dry road is also worth a try