Former Oakham Town Crier hooks best rainbow at Rutland Water

Richard Slater EMN-140511-134117001
Richard Slater EMN-140511-134117001
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Some big fish have been caught again this week at Rutland Water, with both browns and rainbows over 6lb reported.

The brown trout season ended last Wednesday, however, Leicester angler and season ticket holder Wol Holynski managed a very late boat caught 6lb 2oz specimen which happens to be Holynski’s personal best.

The best rainbow this week fell to former Oakham town crier, Lewis Carlin.

Carlin had a 6lb 12oz specimen whilst bank fishing off the Normanton bank using a floating line and pheasant tail.

Keith Jones, season ticket holder from Wittering, had four nice rainbows up to 4½lb off the bank at Whitwell using a small floating fry right close into the shoreline. Simon Ashton from Bourne managed eight rainbows whilst boat fishing the main basin last Friday. Ashton used a tube fly on a sinking line, covering lots of water during the day.

Another late feature at the moment is although the fry feeding frenzy has been low key this year there are suddenly a lot of fish showing interest out in the deeper water, with masses of gulls giving away the location of fish chasing vast shoals of roach/perch fry to the surface.

Senior warden John Seaton and Paul Friend and Mick Connor all experienced this exciting aspect last week and they found that a slow retrieve was the best option as the fish came up. All you need to do is keep your eyes open and head to where the biggest concentration of birds and fish are showing.

New for this season will be boat fishing at Rutland all the way through to January 2015. We will have a maximum of ten boats on the water from December through to January.

Bank prospects – mobility can be the key to catching fish off the bank at this time of the year. Rather than staying in the same spot all day travel light ie minimum tackle and always try not to go wading out first thing as there have been a few areas where the fish are tight into the margins.

With the winter restrictions now in place there is less water to fish for boat anglers. The advice is to seek out the old weedbeds around the peninsula, Sailing Club and Old Hall.

etc, but as already mentioned keep a look out for bird and fish activity indicating fry feeders in the pen water.