Rutland Water
fish week 157 (season 47159) returns 110(14464) rod average 1.42 (3.26)

Season ticket holders John Wotherspoon from Stamford and Peterborough's Brian Flack had a cracking day last Friday with ten fish up to 4lb, as did Cleethorpe anglers Ray Garrod and Jim McNally who recorded twelve fish. Ten year old Ben Farnsworth and his father John went out with senior warden John Seaton and recorded five fish, with Ben taking two fish, the best weighing 2lb 10oz.

Season ticket holder Simon Smith, from Glaston, had a superb conditioned 4lb 2oz Rainbow with 'a tail like a shovel', taken off Stockie Bay. Plenty of rainbows up to 6lb are being taken both from the bank and the boat. Boat anglers have caught around the Sailing Club to the Fishing Lodge area.

Bank anglers have caught well along the fishing lodge to East Creek and Sykes Lane to Whitwell Creek to the Mound. Fish are feeding heavily on fry, but buzzers have taken fish mainly on calm days. Prospects look excellent with plenty of fish about, including big ones, and feeding very well. best methods: bank anglers are using floating lines with fry patterns, minkies, floating fry, suspender minkies, humungus, cats whisker, black buzzer, diawl bach, pheasant tail. Boat anglers are using similar methods including anything from intermediate to Di 7 depending on weather conditions and gold and silver sparklers.

Best boat areas: New Zealand point to the Sailing Club, East Creek to Fishing Lodge Sykes Lane and Normanton.
Best bank areas: East Creek to the Church Bay. Sykes Lane to Whitwell Creek frontage to the mound, Barnhill Creek, Carrot Creek.

Competition news: The Winter Bank league runs until 23 November so why not come along next Saturday and have a go. Fishing is from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm - register at the lodge from 8.30 am

Forthcoming events: Fur & Feather - Sunday 1 December Ticket only - available from the fishing lodge until 24 November. Don't miss this event. Christmas hampers to be won, plus prize for all from the 'table'. Christmas meal follows match. Telephone 01780 686441 now to get your ticket

Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Fish week 260 (season 10898) returns 46 (2453) rod average 5.6 (4.44)

Fair weather, fabulous fishing, fine food - all of these combined to make Ravensthorpe's annual Fur and Feather a fantastic day. 26 rods competed, bringing 112 fish to the scales (average 4.3). Most falling to sunk line and lure tactics with white and grey minkies the best patterns. There were plenty of fish near the causeway in the morning but a better average size of fish was to be found near the island

1st Peter Firth (Cambridge) 4 fish for 23lb 5*oz
2nd Tim Neal 6 fish for 23lb 2*o
3rd Rob Edmunds 6 fish for 19lb 4oz
4th Lee Henfrey 6 fish for 14lb 8oz

Boat number 13 proved lucky for Peter Firth who won the match and the Ravensthorpe Shield for the heaviest fish with a superb specimen weighing 14lb *oz. All competitors agreed that this was the finest looking fish they had seen. It was probably part of Ravensthorpe's pre season stocking from February. On any other day Tim Neal's 11lb 5oz Rainbow would have secured the shield. The booby prize went to Graden Smith (sharing boat number 13), mainly for displaying enormous patience with his boat partner Peter Firth for a) taking 1* hours to land his winning 14lb fish and b) for the subsequent photo shoot which left Graden only a couple of hours fishing time.

The annual sweep was won again by 'Mystique' Mick Griffin. The first four rods in the match won Christmas hampers with all other competitors receiving a prize. Well done to junior rod Michael Andrew who beat half of the field with 5 fish for 10lb 8oz. The prize giving and post match meal were held at the Chequers, Ravensthorpe. Bank fishing has now improved with most weed beds gone. The bank clearance work allows for improved access and from now until the end of December bank fishing can be very productive with Ravensthorpe open to bank anglers until 31 December. Boat fishing finishes on 17 November.

Pitsford Water
Fish week 269 (season 14351) returns 96(5180) rod average 2.8 (2.7)

Pitsford is on excellent form with big fish and large bags being taken from all over the reservoir. With last Sunday's gales water clarity has declined thus pushing fish close in to the margins. Fish are feeding on daphnia, corixa and hog louse, within a few feet of the bank. Many anglers walked away with 6 fish limit bags. Desborough's trio of John Castledine, John Fletcher, and Bob Aves were among the best bags. Londoner Dave Jarvis, staying with his sister in Northampton, took 6 fish for over 16lb from a boat. Dave returned 4 other rainbows and 2 browns between 4lb - 5lb. The best rainbow of the week weighed 7lb 3oz and was taken by Tony McDonald of Smeeton Westerby, Leics. The best brown was caught by Nathan Midgley of Northampton. This fish weighed 6lb plus. Please note that all browns must now be returned. Boat fishing will continue 7 days a week until the end of November 9am - 4pm. This includes both trout and pike fishing.

Competition news: Brian Lloyd won last week's Winter Bank league match with 3 fish for 9lb 4oz. Brian also took the best fish at 4lb 9oz. He fished a floating line with hare's ear off Sermans.

Forthcoming events: Winter bank League - continues 10 and 17 November, 1 December. Fishing 9am to 1pm (register at the lodge from 8.30am). Top overall weight and best fish over the 4 weeks win Christmas hampers. Fur and Feather - Sunday 24 November. Ticket only - available from the fishing lodge until 17 November. Don't miss this event. Christmas hampers to be won, plus prize for all from the table. Followed by hot meal at the White Swan, Holcot. Telephone 01604 781350 now to get your ticket.

Grafham Water Sunday 27 October, the day of the great storm, was a memorable day for Robert Allen. Undeterred by the gale force winds and struggling to cast against the elements Robert took a 6lb 1oz brown. The fish took a black meanie at first light on an intermediate line figure eight retrieve. Robert reports that "the wind was so strong I could hardly cast! It's my first 5lb plus trout from Grafham so I'm overjoyed that I've now caught 5lb plus brownies from all four Anglian Waters. Many thanks to all the staff at Anglian Water for another superb season.

Grafham continues to fish well with bank and boat anglers all taking fish on either small nymph patterns e.g. Diawl Bachs and corixa or fry patterns such as minkies from the areas around g buoy, Plummers, the Seat as well as the Harbour Arms, with some good quality fish weighing around 4-5lb. Boats are still available for pike and trout fishing until 1 December.

Forthcoming events 8 December Fur and Feather - only a few places remaining. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Coarse fishing
Ardleigh
The pike fishing has now really taken off with all boats successfully landing fish. Top of the list is regular Mick Scutter with six fish caught mid-week. The best three weighing in at 20lb, 18lb and 14lb. Mark Bullman also landed one of 14lb. The mild weather has also given a boost to the carp fishing. Chris Bundock from Colchester landed a common from Harveys Farm Bank which weighed 17.5lb. Whilst youngster Mark Garrard from Ardleigh also had a common from Noahs Ark of 11lb. Good mixed bags of roach, rudd and perch particularly from the Pine Point area, should make the forthcoming matches interesting and close competitions. Finally the recent beginner sessions once again proved popular and successful with all youngsters catching a wide variety of fish. The special mid-week offer of a boat and permit for just 15 for an individual or 20 for two anglers will continue until Christmas. Boats should be booked on 01206 230642