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Bonkers On Zonka's At Rutland !

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Bonkers On Zonka's At Rutland !

A back to back visit to Rutland, as so many times it can, showed once more how you can have a serious love hate relationship with the place - Like it or Loathe it, its sheer size brings the best out of "fishing" and puts you the angler, to the test ! On Friday I shared a boat with a Phil Calvert, and our mission was to locate, and catch a Rutland "biggie" hopefully a brown. At this time of year, with so much fry in the water, the bigger fish certainly become more active, thus more vulnerable to capture....

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Wind, Sun, Tequila & 25 Fish ! Not A Rutland Aerator In Sight.

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Wind, Sun, Tequila & 25 Fish ! Not A Rutland Aerator In Sight.

We all know this time of year can be tough going at times. The waters warm, the sun shines, and flat calms can be a regular occurrence - though this year the wind has been more of an issue, and yesterday was no different !! Sunny spells, 16mph winds, and already warming waters, and rumours of the fishing being tricky at times. With all this in mind we remained upbeat, and set off on floating lines and nymph set ups - UV Crunchers. We opted to get out of the wind and joined 3 other boats already in the Sailing...

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2 Hot Tips For Fishing Rutland 'NOW'

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2 Hot Tips For Fishing Rutland 'NOW'

Rutland has now opened for 2022, and with all the excitement, many have been left scratching their heads after a tougher day at the office that had been expected. Why could this be? Living on Rutland's door step, I am fully aware that the water levels have risen in excess of 30' in the last few weeks. History tells me that this in itself plays a huge part in fish location, and that more often than not, they will sit on the edge of where the baron land ends - now, way out of reach of even the best of...

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Lad Verses Dad - Who Won The Bragging Rights??

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Lad Verses Dad - Who Won The Bragging Rights??

It is not that often I get to go out fishing with my dad, however we we determined to have a great day on Rutland together. Rutland is still only showing glimpses of its normal potential for this time of year, however saying that, if you know where to look, there are some superb fish to be caught ! This last few weeks I have being focussing on fishing the weed beds, and today was no different. Despite the introduction of plenty of stock fish this last few weeks, nothing can beat a grown on Rutland Rainbow or Brown, so...

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Rutland Continues Its Rich Form Fishing Buzzers

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Rutland Continues Its Rich Form Fishing Buzzers

"My best day's buzzer fishing ever" claimed Alan Telford. Read on to find out why.... As we meandered  eagerly along the pontoon, I told Alan it was a floating line only day; his response was one of joy. Buzzers, buzzers buzzers! We headed to Hideaway Bay in search of a Rutland biggie. An hour in, and we had managed just the one fish, fishing buzzers on our floating lines. My instincts were telling me the fish were not playing, so we decided to move on to hunt out the seemingly elusive fish that we knew were there.   The next stop...

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