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Al bags brown of the season so far

Al Owen with an 11lb 8oz brown taken at Rutland Water. (2059765)
Al Owen with an 11lb 8oz brown taken at Rutland Water. (2059765)

Another week of quality fishing at Rutland Water has seen a rod average of 5.37 topped by the best brown of the season so far at 11lb 8oz.

Rutland regular Al Owen of Cranwell ventured down the South Arm and fished deep buzzers on the midge tip to bring the fine specimen Brown to the boat.

Al ties arguably the most successful buzzer pattern on Rutland and it certainly appealed to the specimen brown.

There has been a lot of visiting anglers from Scotland this week with some here for seven days and others taking advantage of the popular three-day holiday package.

They have caught on a variety of methods including floating lines with buzzers and nymphs to Di7’s with large cats whisker lures taking a good stamp of fish.

Season ticket angler Malcom Janik has had a tremendous start to the season taking many fine limits off the bank.

He continued this form last week, taking numbers of fish from between Stocky Bay Point and Whitwell Creek on buzzers under an indicator and hummungus on an intermediate on brighter days.

Old Hall, Yellowstone, Normanton bank and Armley Wood have seen vast numbers of fish caught with straight line nymphing with buzzers, diawl bachs and crunchers on floating/midge tip lines providing a lot of sport with individuals bringing double figure numbers of fish to the boat.

Alternatively there are numbers of fish lying deeper, those who have employed sinking line tactics and lures such as cats whisker and snakes have had their fair share of fish and recorded specimen rainbows up to 5lb.

The fish have responded to the upturn in weather last week and plenty of fish are now being taken in the top four feet of water, slightly different to the week before when six foot depth seemed to be the most successful depth.

The fish are feeding hard on black and green buzzers, so along with dark nymphs such as diawl bach and crunchers is a good starting point for anyone fishing.

Stocky Bay, Normanton and the Harbour wall have been the areas to head to. Most anglers have been using buzzers and nymphs from the bank on floating lines and midge tips.

The Anglian Water Rudder match saw 20 anglers take part in the first match of the season at Rutland.

Simon Lehane and John Castledine came out on tops at the scales, weighing in 16 fish for 36lb 1oz.

Second was Mick Connor and Brian Bonner with 13 fish for 25lb 2oz and third Mick Bennett and Andy Starky with 13 fish for 24lb 1oz. Biggest fish of the match fell to the rod of Colan Bartrum with a fine 5lb 5.5oz specimen.

Rutland Water’s popular Tuesday evening boat league started last week.

This evening league is very popular and a great way to enjoy the longer evenings now that summer has finally arrived. For more information please call Rutland Lodge on 01780 686441.

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