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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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Did Pitsford Or Rutland Come Out On Top This Week?

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Did Pitsford Or Rutland Come Out On Top This Week?

The long awaited sunshine and heat has finally arrived, though not an anglers favourite! However it hasn't yet dampened the fishing at Anglian Waters. I spent the day on Tuesday with local angler Kevin, who is a regular to Pitsford Reservoir. The sun was blazing, and the temperatures sored to dizzy heights, yet did the fish still want to play? - yes they did ! We started fishing in what is known as the Narrows. A light Easterly wind, combined with early warmth, allowed for a steady hatch of buzzers. This dictated our set up, as we both went for...

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Lightening Doesn't Strike Twice! It Does At Grafham

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Lightening Doesn't Strike Twice! It Does At Grafham

It is often said that two days are rarely the same on our bigger waters, and that is very normally the case.      After my last visit to Grafham, and the 23 Christmas crackers that we landed, I could not wait to get back for more. Gary Humphrey was soon on the phone wanting some of the action, so the 17th/12 was on !!     After some blustery winds the day before, I was pleased to see we had somewhat calmer conditions, albeit a bright blue sky. Some anglers may think these conditions may be far from perfect,...

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Grafham Water Delivers Some Christmas Crackers

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Grafham Water Delivers Some Christmas Crackers

Grafham Water is in scintillating form at the moment, and it has to be said, the quality of fish are nothing short of brilliant. Having not been able to get there much this season due to Covid-19, I jumped at the chance to go yesterday(12/12) with fishing partner, Andy Axon. We were faced with a NW wind of approx, 8mph, increasing throughout the day to around 15mph. You would normally associate December with sinking lines, however Grafham offers sport with a difference, as fish, often big ones, head into the shallows to feast on the shrimp. Andy started on a...

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It Was All About The Ripple At Toft Newton - Or was It !

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It Was All About The Ripple At Toft Newton - Or was It !

I hold many fond memories at Toft Newton Reservoir, as this was the first water I always used to fish at the start of the season, when I was a teenager.(Some time ago now!) Last weekend was the Fur & Feather match, and it was not about numbers, but about the heaviest brace of fish at the end of the day, allowing for anglers to seek the bigger fish. As I arrived at the lake at 7.15am, I was surprised to be greeted by 8 or so cars in front of me at the gate. Toft offers a good depth...

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