Anglers have enjoyed a wonderful week at Rutland Water with a rod average of 10.5.

Fish 2,837 (season 4,991) Returns 270 (589)Rod average 10.5(8.47)
Rutland is buzzing! Both Browns and Rainbows are feeding heavily on the early buzzer hatches which are coming off in huge numbers, including large buzzers which are normally associated with the May/June period. All this has resulted in another great week on the reservoir with lots of fish caught. Season ticket holders Ron Oldroyd and Paul Wild had a very successful day afloat down the South Arm using buzzer tactics with 32 fish, many of which were overwintered.

Bank anglers Mick Connor and John Lee came across overwintered fish off the Peninsula last Friday evening. Amongst the overwintered fish have been Rainbows up to 4-5lb and numbers of Browns in the 4-5lb region. One fine specimen was a Brown estimated at over 6lb returned by Mark Rose whilst he was fishing in the Sportfish Team Challenge Competition on Sunday.

Simon Ashton fishes Rutland regularly. Simon writes “Just to let you know that I fished Rutland on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Both arms fished really well to black buzzers and roach fry patterns. I took some good grown on Rainbows of 3-4lb range, 4 Browns around 4lb returned as well as a lot of recently introduced fish. However two notable fish were an 18lb pike and a 5lb 8oz Brown.”

The weather was varied last week with cool northerly and easterly winds early in the week resulting in a significant number of fish moving off the dam in the late afternoon and evening. The brighter hot, cloudless conditions over the weekend made no difference to the fishing with great numbers of fish caught in the Anglers World Sportfish match see Competition News.

It’s good to see and welcome several newcomers to Rutland this season, with many catching their first ever Rutland trout. The Tuesday Night Boat League starts on 9 May. This popular event is open to everyone and it’s very straightforward to take part. Book in at the fishing lodge from 5pm onwards with boats going out at 6pm. Supper delivered by ‘Syd’s Fish and Chip Shop’ is available at an additional cost, with a free cold drink provided by Anglian Water after the weigh in. The league runs from 9 May through to the middle of August with a free midweek boat awarded to the angler with the biggest fish caught on the night each week. Each week the heaviest six bags earn points with a prize awarded at the end of the series.

Competition news
AWAI Northern heat 3 April

Rutland Water hosted a North of England heat of this popular international. There were some outstanding bags of fish and the match fished to a rod average of 11.6. The top five teams have qualified to fish in the Northern Regional Final at Rutland on 10 July.
1st    Northern Drifters                     84 fish for 192lb 15¾oz
2nd    New Angling Patriots             84 fish for 187lb 10 7/8oz
3rd    Team Vision                           83 fish for 184lb 7½lb
4th     Iain Barr Flyfishing Costa A   80 fish for 172lb 9oz
5th     Soldier Palmers A                  77 fish for 172lb 3¾oz
Tom Finney, fishing for 7th placed Iain Barr Fly Fishing Team Costa B, took the best fish at 5lb 13oz and also the best bag weighing in at 35lb 12½oz.

Anglers World Individual 8 April
Fished in excellent conditions at Rutland this match achieved a rod average of 12.05. Richard Kesek weighed in the best fish at 3lb 12oz. It was a very close finish - the top four anglers were
1st   Jim Rigby            16 fish for 36lb 7oz
2nd   Mark Redfern    16 fish for 36lb 6oz
3rd   David Hoppe     16 fish for 35lb 14oz
4th   John Hood          16 fish for 35lb 6oz

Sport Fish Team Heat 9 April
This match for teams of six anglers fished to a rod average of 15.06 with some terrific bags of fish.
1st  Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs    96 fish for 212lb 6oz
2nd  Team Vision                            92 fish for 205lb 7oz
3rd  Renegades                                83 fish for 183lb 5oz

Best Rainbow                                 4lb 2½oz taken by Lindsay Simpson.

Best Brown                                    5lb 13oz taken by Tom Finney.

Best boat areas                               Middle area of North Arm, bottom of the South Arm, Normanton/Sykes Lane.

Best bank areas                              Normanton, Sykes Lane, Yellowstone, Peninsula.

Best methods                                 Buzzers, floating line (bung), straight lining.

Fish stocked                                  2,000.

Midweek boat winner                    John Eaton of Horncastle.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 15,22 & 27 April; 7,13, 19 & 26 May and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league commences 9 May
Dave Hodgson Memorial 7 May
Bob Church Classic 14 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 20 May