Horam Manor Fishery Report

The warmer weather seems to have encouraged the larger carp to feed from several of the waters. Charles Zeitlin from Heathfield stalked the Lagoon with a fly rod and tempted a 10 1/2 lb Mirror using an imitation dog biscuit- a first for the fishery! Trevor Rooney from Eastbourne ledgered pepperoni in Banky Fork catching a 13lb 6oz Mirror followed by a 10lb 8oz Common. Chris Akehurst also from Eastbourne fished the Great pond for a hectic morning catching on every bait He tried resulting in a 60lb bag including a 3lb 2oz Tench and a 1lb Rudd along with lots of carp to 7lb. Barney Emmett from Tunbridge fished Coney with Boilies and lob worm to catch a 14lb Mirror and a 10lb Common.

Anglian Waters Fishery Report:

Rutland Water An amazing 800 people fished Rutland Water last weekend, the 25th anniversary of the start of fishing at what has become the most famous still-water trout fishery in Europe.

Sponsored by Anglian Water and ‘Trout Fisherman’ magazine, 250 anglers fished from boats, 350 from the banks and another 200 beginners enjoyed free fly casting tuition with local experts.

The £5,000 prize fish didn’t get caught but two of the £100 tagged fish were caught by John Henshall from Stockport and Cyril Procter from Carnforth, Cumbria, both fishing from boats near Normanton Church on Sunday.

There were prizes galore over the weekend with £100 tackle vouchers for the biggest fish going to Michael Loy of Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, David Tod of Peakirk and Geoff Scane of Orton Waterville. The catch return draw of £100 in tackle vouchers was won by Nicholas Smith.

Best fish by a beginner, on Sunday, was a 2lb rainbow trout from 9 year old Tom Joyce from Bakersfield, Nottingham, his first ever trout and winning him a range of fishing tackle. Matthew Newton of Scopwick, Lincoln took Saturday’s Junior prize.

Recreation manager from Anglian Water, David Moore said ‘This was a great weekend for everyone, we had anglers from the Isle of Man, Perth, Newcastle, Merseyside and Brighton travelling here to fish the reservoir on this special occasion. Even more rewarding were all the local people of all ages who came to learn about the sport and have their first try at casting a fly or catching their first fish.

Big thanks go to Lawrence Ball of River Gwash Trout Farm Ltd, who kindly sponsored the absolutely superb prize fish of 25lb. There is a reward of £250 in tackle vouchers for the capture of this big fish before the 30 June.

Fishery Manager Jon Marshall was even more excited about the charity auction he had organised on Saturday evening. ‘With the professional skills of Jeff Dale our local auctioneer the event raised £3,000 for Rutland Accident Care Scheme, County Air Ambulance and Water Aid thanks to the generosity of many local people and businesses associated with the reservoir and Rutland Water Fly Fishers.’

Ravensthorpe Reservoir:
‘Magnificent’ was the word Rob Shuter used to describe his 12lb 13oz rainbow on Sunday. Twice the giant fish took line and bagging before giving in. Rob and brother John from Leicester fished self tied size 12 black p.t.n. nymphs on floating lines from a boat behind the island.

Mr Brankin Frisby of Illston, boated a 5lb 14oz overwintered rainbow from the Coton End shallows. A size 14 green olive emerger on a floating line accounted for this and 19 other hard fighting rainbows taken during the day.

Float tuber L Hodgson of Wellingborough braved the elements on Thursday to take 21 rainbows to 3lb, floating line with damsel and GRHE doing the business.

Prolific hatches of olives at the Coton End and the south shore have produced superb top of the water sport for many anglers. Light winds and intermittent sunshine giving the best hatching conditions to those hungry rainbows for some exciting action.

Pitsford Water: Best fish this week was a 4lb 12oz rainbow taken from a boat by Pete Stevens of Milton Keynes. Best brown trout weighing 3lb 8oz was caught by Mr P Orpin of Corby.

Higham Ferrers FFA had a boat match on Saturday 4 May with 14 anglers weighing in 70 fish, best of which was a 3lb 1oz rainbow. The winner was Mr M Turner with 6 fish for 12lb 12oz.

The ladies have also been among the fish, with Gina Slater of Milton Keynes catching 6 for 12lb 6oz from the bank on a green thorax pheasant tail.

Best method; Buzzers and or small nymphs such as hares ear, diawl bach,
pheasant tail on a floating line and a long leader, pulled very slowly or just drifting round in the wind. The fish are not very deep (about one foot down).

Grafham Water
Derek Lloyd and his young protégé Peter Proctor had a great 4 hour session from a boat landing 16 fish all on a floating line and nymphs from G Buoy area with the catch weighing in at 32lb 10oz. The second annual Invicta Catch and Release match was held on Sunday in strong winds. Grafham Water’s seasonal warden Alan Taylor took 15 fish and won for the second time.

Best rainbow 5lb 10oz taken by Graham Thompson of Cardiff in Gaynes Cove on a fast sinking line

Best bank areas ; Hill Farm, the Stumps, Bowl of the Dam, South End of the Dam - best boat areas Hedge End, Hill Farm, Bowl of Dam, the Seat, Gaynes Cove, the Stumps and G buoy. best methods Floating lines with long leaders and buzzers or slime lines and nymphs or fast sinkers with a variety of different coloured lures.

Ladies ‘have a go’ fly fishing Saturday 6 July - a day especially for
the Ladies. This is your turn to have a go at fly fishing on your very
own day. Learn to beat your partner at his own game. Don’t be shy book yourself a place – telephone Grafham Water Fishing Lodge on 01480 810531

Coarse fishing Ardleigh

Tench are now showing very well with excellent numbers of 4 - 6 lb. fish. Ian Rawlinson had a 5.5lb fish from Wick Lane. Congratulations to 4 year old Danny Brackpool who caught a superb 4 lb tench from Lodge Lane North.

Feeder fishing is accounting for most fish as it is the most popular method. However it is well worth waggler fishing the shallower water. Red maggot remains a consistent bait but sweetcorn is likely to become more effective as the water warms up. The bream fishing has become a little more difficult this week with the colder nights but there have still been some good bags to be had around Wick Lane.

The pike anglers are advised to book early for the start of the season beginning 1st June. Match organisers are able to take advantage of half-price pegs for May and June. Further details available on 01206 230642

Boats returned to the water on 1st May so do book early to avoid disappointment on 01206 230642.