Grafham win awardTHE Wheelyboat Trust, which promotes better angling opportunities for disabled anglers throughout the UK, has given its annual Alan Faulkner Memorial award to Grafham Water for providing outstanding service, facilities and opportunities to disabled anglers.
The award is sponsored by Suzuki Marine and was presented at the CLA Game Fair at Belvoir Castle last week.
The action at Grafham Water over the past week was difficult at times but as the temperatures dropped sport picked up. The fry feeding fish are becoming slightly easier to catch as the fry start to grow and it is worthwhile stalking these fry feeders around the numerous weed beds in various areas of the lake.
Reservoir warden Paul Friend caught the biggest fish of the week at Rutland Water, a 7lb 15oz brown.
Friend was boat fishing the bottom of the south arm and used a fast sink line with a gold/silver tube fly.
Sport has been good with the majority of fish being caught in the main basin. All methods are working from nymphs to boobies fished on floating and sinking lines.
Stamford rod John Wotherspoon recently took the biggest fish of the season at Rutland Water, a fine 11lb 6oz specimen.
A delighted Wotherspoon said: ”It is my personal best in 23 years of trying, but well worth the wait.
”As soon as I hooked the fish I knew it was a good one. At first I thought it was around 7lb or 8lb. It went on two very long runs, taking all my fly line before being netted. It was only then that I realised it was a lot bigger that I first thought.”
It is still the deep water area that is producing all the action at Ringstead Grange with nymphs and dry flies best.