The main event at Rutland Water last week was the autumn pairs held on Saturday. Fishery Manager Jon Marshall said "It was an excellent competition with plenty of fish in perfect condition, 36 anglers caught 111 trout. Rutland Water warden Nigel Savage took five fish for 15lb 4?oz, the two best fish (rainbows) weighed 3lb 12oz apiece. When this competition was established a few years ago it was called the 'Bailiffs Pairs' and it was the fishery staff and instructors*, who came away with quite a few of the prizes on the day!"

Non rudder section

1st Dave Doherty* & Lindsay Barrie 9 fish for 20lb 13oz

2nd Nigel Savage* & John Seaton* 5 fish for 15lb 4?oz

3rd Bill Presgrave & John Eaton 8 fish for 13lb 15?oz

4th Mark Haycock & Dave Haycock 7 fish for 12lb ?oz

Rudder section

1st Phil Brown* & Mark Turner * 16 fish for 30lb 1?oz

2nd Mike Barratt & John Mees* 9 fish for 15lb ?oz

3rd Nathan Clayton* & Warren Scott 7 fish for 13lb 2<=oz

4th Chris Healey & Alan Beech 6 fish for 11lb 13oz

Nigel Savage took the biggest rainbow of the match (3lb 12oz) and MarkTurner took the biggest brown (2lb 9oz). Fisheries manager Jon Marshall and Senior Warden John Seaton presented the prizes, including a range of tackle. A bottle of whisky went to the captors of the best rainbow and brown. The best rainbow of the week (4lb 8oz) fell to K Hodgkinson of Nottingham. The biggest fish are around the shoreline, feeding heavily on fry with roach to two inches and perch up to four inches. best rainbow 4lb 8oz taken by K Hodgkinson of Nottingham best boat areas Gibbets Gorse, yellowstone, East Creek, Fishing Lodge frontage, Sykes Lane, New Zealand point, Armley Wood to the bank areas Fishing Lodge to East Creek, Whitwell Front, Barnhill Creek, New Zealand point, Normanton, Old Hall, Green Bank best methods Bank anglers - floating line with minkies, floating fry, suspender minkies, black tadpole, diawl bach, hares ear, black buzzer. Boat anglers - similar methods to bank anglers but with gold and silver sparklers on sinking lines.

Grafham Water
The quality fishing at Grafham Water continues with anglers consistently catching fish in the 3-4lb bracket. This quality shone through in the results of the second annual rudder match held on Sunday with 33 anglers braving near torrential rain, along with flat calm conditions - the worst conditions for rudder fishing! The best brace in each bag counted. Junior angler Joel Bilner, 11, beat the adults to take the best brown, a cracking 3lb 2oz specimen. Rutland angler Ken Meriden partnered Anglian Water's senior warden at Rutland John Seaton into first place and Ken's pristine rainbow of 4lb 10oz was the biggest fish of the day.

1st Ken Meriden and John Seaton 7lb 12?oz

2nd Clive Morgan and Simon King 7lb 2oz

3rd Phil Tomlin and Jim Watt 6lb 8oz

4th Joel Bilner and Mark Andrews 6lb 7oz

best rainbow 5b 1oz taken by Mike Sexton of London on a minkie from L Buoy
best brown 4lb 12oz taken by Michael Love of Bedford from Savages on a fry pattern
best boat areas: Gaynes cove, Plummers, front of lodge and L and H buoys, Seat and Sludge Bank.
best bank areas: Gaynes Cove, Plummers, front of lodge and L and H buoys, Seat and Sludge Bank mid-week boat winner: Steve Marshall of Royston, Herts

best methods Floating and intermediate lines with corixa, Minkies, fry patterns, and Diawl Bachs. Fast sinking lines with tubes.

forthcoming events 27 October Open Lure pike fishing championship 2nd

November winter bank league 8 December Fur and Feather - only a few places

remaining. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Pitsford Water
Two 6lb 8oz Browns beat a 6lb rainbow into third place

An excellent week at Pitsford, the two best fish were browns of 6lb 8oz. One fell to Pete Eales of Smeeton Westerby, and the other was returned to the water by David Marchant of Northampton. Both anglers used white lures and sinking lines from a boat. The best Rainbow was taken by season ticket holder Colin Faulkner, of Moulton, Northampton, who caught a 6lb rainbow on a black buzzer and floating line from the bank on Duffers Reach.

Favourite methods are white lures on slow to medium sinkers, or for the rudder men, tube flies on medium or fast sinkers. The flies need to be moved fairly fast, both to interest the fish and to keep them at the correct feeding depth which seems to be 2-4 feet. The fish are still feeding heavily on the prolific green daphnia. Best boat area by far is the Narrows.

Best methods for bank anglers are small lures on intermediate and slow sinkers, or small buzzers on floaters. The best bank area generally, wind permitting, has been the Stone Barn rainbow: 6lb taken by season ticket holder Colin Faulkner best brown two 6lb 8oz browns one taken by Peter Eales of Smeeton Westerby, Leics, and the other taken by David Marchant of Northampton

best boat areas: the Narrows
best bank areas: Stone Barn
mid-week boat winner: Mr M Felgate of Watford Brian Mead, of Bozeat, won the Sunday morning boat league match on 13 October. Brian took two fish for 4lb 2oz. Martin Watson from Tyneside won the match on 20 October with three fish for 8lb 13oz, which included the best fish of the morning at 3lb 10oz.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir
Ravensthorpe has rocketed to success this week with a rod average of 8.56. "Incredible sport - it was a fish a chuck", commented Tony Lee and Ken Matcham who took top spot at the weekend. They boated 35 fish to 8lb on orange fritz and HiD 3's in the main bowl. Ken took the best rainbow of the week weighing 8lb. Dick Haynes, of East Haddon, Northampton, enjoyed super sport taking 13 fish on Saturday and 24 on Sunday. Dick fished the Coton shallows with his now famous and very successful 'half a chicken lure'. Dick's best rainbow weighed 6lb 2oz and his best brown 4lb 1oz.
Other notable catches included Neil Freeman and Dave Adams who fished black frogs and orange fritz on slimes to take their 34 fish in a morning session on Sunday. In contrast Graden Smith (Chatteris) and John Caldwell (St Ives) tempted their 25 fish on orange cheeked P.T.N's and buzzer patterns.
best rainbow:8lb taken by Ken Matcham of Kettering with orange fritz on a Hi D3
best brown 4lb taken by Dick Haynes of East Haddon
best boat areas: all areas
best bank areas: Domes mid-week boat winner: Dick Haynes of East Haddon

Forthcoming events annual Fur and Feather on November 3rd is now fully subscribed. Anglers who have booked to fish this competition are asked to telephone the lodge on 01604 770875 to confirm their place.

Coarse fishing: Ardleigh
With the bream fishing coming to an end attention has now switched to the pike. Both boat and bank anglers have enjoyed good numbers of pike although no real 'biggies' have been reported this week. Stephen Smith landed three fish from the boats, all under 10lb, but Clive Baldwin had three fish ranging from 8 - 12lb from the bank. Alan Baker managed to land a 10lb specimen from the bank at Noahs Ark using deadbait. Non predator anglers have had a good run of roach and perch for several weeks now, making the matches very close affairs with most anglers in with a chance and very few blanks. Several fish over the lb mark have added interest to the matches. There are still a few places for the youngsters 'learn to fish' day on Saturday 26 October. Cost is just 5 including bait and tackle. Further details on 01206 230642

Barnsfold Water Chipping Lancashire
Fishing is now picking up after the cold weather anglers catching on buzzers and lures Cats whiskers, also black and green fritz. Jackie Wilson had 14 fish to 5lbs, James Johnson had the best fish of the week at 8lbs 2 ounces on a small black/green fritz Bob Cooper had 6 fish including a nice triploid further details telephone 01995 61583