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3 Grafham Water Browns for 19.5lb - How Did I do that?

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3 Grafham Water Browns for 19.5lb - How Did I do that?

Grafham Water has recently hit peak form, though on my last two visits within 7 days it certainly seems to have put it brakes on, however what has become noticeable is, I have seen some big browns moving, but not latched onto one, until now !! It was a pretty blustery day with a fresh SSW wind, gusting up to 35mph, so seeking shelter was a priority. Luckily one of the  current hot spots, the sailing club to Sludge Point, was pretty sheltered, for the first 4oyds at least, before you caught the wind. As we motored to the area,...

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3 Must Fish Boat Spots On Rutland Now !

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3 Must Fish Boat Spots On Rutland Now !

Everyone wants to catch that 'special' fish when setting out for a days fishing. I will be revealing right now, 3 spots worth a visit when out on a boat at Rutland this next few weeks. Yesterday I had the pleasure of sharing my second day out with Martin. Our mission was to catch a back end 'Rutland biggie'.  If you are planning to go out on Rutland over this next month, don't expect to fill the boat, as it just isn't like that, 4-5 fish would be a good catch. However, the quality of fish, would probably far out...

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Horror !! 1 Cast From A Blank !

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Horror !! 1 Cast From A Blank !

Having fished Rutland for over 37 years, It is fair to say I have witnessed many of its mood swings, however its current mood is on a different scale, although there are ways to nick a few, if you are in the know! From hero to almost zero in a week - how can that be? I shared a boat with Shaun Jones just 10 days ago. The weather was what we anglers would describe as perfect, overcast, and light winds, though the sun did eventually break through. We headed to the dam wall, and was met with the odd...

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Rutland & Pitsford Delivers Quality Fish On Dries

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Rutland & Pitsford  Delivers Quality Fish On Dries

The days of 30 fish + to the boat are fast diminishing, as normal reservoir fishing resumes at our biggest waters. The pre-season stocks are now well spread out across the water, and added stocks, with the warmer water in the margins are now, in most cases, moving right out into deeper water.  The fish are now feeding naturally on the abundant food sources, buzzers, shrimp, daphnia, pin fry, snails etc. There is a lot here for the fish to feed on, so the pulling of lures is naturally less effective, as a more natural fly approach is needed to...

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16 Fish Average At Rutland !

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16 Fish Average At Rutland !

As the UK basked in its first high temperatures of the year, many anglers may wait for that next "perfect day's conditions" to venture out again. My first day out recently was with Peter Scholes, based in Lancashire. Peter has never really got to grips with Rutland on previous visits, and wanted to see how I approach this huge expanse of water. The warm weather bought out the midges, and this just had to get the fish on the move, and it did. Peter and I headed to the Old Hall Bay, where, as predicted, we were met with rising...

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