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Pitsford Water w/e 3/7/16

Fish week 218 (Season 6,820) Returns 60 (1,463) Rod average 3.6 (4.6)
Anglers are rising to the challenge thrown at them by changeable weather conditions. Dick Osborn, Nick Nicholson and Mark Bradbury have each caught consistently during the week.

The fishing club on Tuesday night saw several fish caught. Charlie Watts and Terry Mitchell fished together on the Small Arm, using blobs, crunchers and diawl bachs. Charlie had two fish and lost two! The majority of anglers headed down to the Sailing Club end and Barry Jones had the best bag.

Peter Proctor and John Gamon faced challenging conditions on Thursday, but nonetheless, John had four 3lb Rainbows and a 4½lb Brown (unfortunately this had been speared by a Cormorant). Pip Jeffs enjoyed “One of the best morning’s fishing ever!” with four fish caught on crunchers and many more lost. Dave Newens also had a great morning off the Gravel Bank and landed himself a 4lb 12oz Brown.

Edward Haum became a new season ticket holder and headed straight to the Sailing Club Bay on Saturday where he had a lovely 3½lb Rainbow on his first cast! Needless to say he was really thrilled and we wish him all the best for the rest of the season.

The back end of the week has produced the most fish and they have been found close in to the bank early in the morning and moving just out of touch for some bank anglers as the weather brightened up.

On Sunday Pitsford Water welcomed the England Youth Team who joined us for a training day on the boats. Many struggled to catch but it was good practice using different methods to find the fish.

The trout have begun to gorge on the shrimp and many fly patterns have proved successful including hares ears, ptn’s, invicta, small diawl bachs or brown nymphs and there have been plenty of fish showing, especially in Sailing Club Bay and off the Gravel Bank.

Dates for your diary include Pitsford’s popular Evening Summer fishing club which runs every Tuesday up to 9 August.
Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association meets at Pitsford Lodge on the second Saturday of the month with fly tying, casting tuition and friendly advice on all fishing matters.

Best Rainbow 5lb plus.

Best boat areas See report.

Best bank areas See report.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Stephen Tomalin.

Forthcoming events
Evening Summer Fishing Club – Tuesday evening
Lure fishing and fly fishing for Pike from 16 May
Beginners courses 16 & 30 July; 6,12 & 27 August and other dates throughout the season.
Mid Northants Trout Fishers Pairs Match 23 July
EFFA Match 1 September
Round 5 AMC Group 1 4 September
East Midland FF Match 11 September
Polish Lure Anglers Match 17 September
Lure Anglers Society Match 8 October
MNTF Match 9 October
 

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Re: Pitsford 10/7/16

Pitsford Water
Fish week 327 (Season 7,147) Returns 103 (1,566) Rod average 3.2(4.56)
Season ticket holder Richard Williams loves to fish nymphs from a drifting boat and on Sunday he had 16 fish in a morning session, many weighed around 3lb. However, the same tactics only yielded two fish earlier in the week. Richard’s experience is a reflection of current tactics – there is no logic to the changing feeding habits of the fish but when they are ‘on’ both bank and boats are fishing extremely well. The weather is still influencing the fishing at Pitsford. One minute fish are up in the water and feeding hard on fry, snails, shrimp and buzzer then the next minute they are down in the water totally disinterested.

Pip Jeffs fished the bank with wet flies and a floater and had his limit in no time. David Mullens who is relatively new to the sport had two nice fish on shrimp patterns.

The fish are still in the upper layers and floating or slow glass lines are all that is necessary. Crunchers, hares ears, shrimp and fabs are the best patterns.

Dates for your diary include Pitsford’s popular Evening Summer fishing club which runs every Tuesday up to 9 August.
Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association meets at Pitsford Lodge on the second Saturday of the month with fly tying, casting tuition and friendly advice on all fishing matters.

Mid week boat winner David Strudwick of Kettering.

Fish stocked 2,000.

Forthcoming events
Evening Summer Fishing Club – Tuesday evening
Lure fishing and fly fishing for Pike from 16 May
Beginners courses 16 & 30 July; 6,12 & 27 August and other dates throughout the season.
Mid Northants Trout Fishers Pairs Match 23 July
EFFA Match 1 September
Round 5 AMC Group 1 4 September
East Midland FF Match 11 September
Polish Lure Anglers Match 17 September
Lure Anglers Society Match 8 October
MNTF Match 9 October
 

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Re: Pitsford 24/7/16

Pitsford Water
Fish week 215 (Season 11,706) Returns 78 (1,928) Rod average 2.75(6.07)
Last week’s high temperatures saw fish head into the deeper, cooler water. Although this hasn’t stopped them feeding and with the right tactics they can still be tempted – and there have been some lovely fish taken this week. David Strudwick caught and released a stunning Brown estimated between 5-6lb, the fish fell to a Brown minkie. Barry Jones caught and returned a nice Rainbow between 4-5lb.

Former England Youth International Fen Oakley had a day afloat and caught and returned over 20 fish, whilst season ticket holder Phil Jordan has continued his good run of form catching and releasing 22 fish in two visits.

On Saturday 23 July the AMFFC Group 3 match was fished in temperatures close to 30°C. This, coupled with International competition rules, saw many of the 33 anglers struggle. One angler outshone the rest to overcome the challenging conditions. Bill McIlroy showed his angling class. Fishing for Hanningfield FA, Bill was the only competitor to catch his limit, finishing by 2.40pm. Bill’s tactics were to fish static buzzers 20 feet deep along the dam frontage. This was a fantastic effort and he was a clear winner with 8 fish for 18lb 11oz. Bill’s catch also helped Hanningfield secure team victory. Dave Franklin, also of Hanningfield, took the biggest fish – a cracking Brown weighing 4lb 6oz.

Pitsford Kayak Grand Slam 6-7 August
For something completely different enter the Pitsford Kayak Grand Slam on 6-7 August. This match is set to be England’s biggest freshwater kayak fishing event of the year – with the added twist that it is lure fishing only. All you need to do is catch the biggest Pike, Perch and Trout to get the ‘slam’ (fish are measured in length). The top prize is the ultimate predator kayak, an Old Town Predator 13.
Bring your own kayak and kit. Advance registration is essential. For more details and official registration email dane@bramptonvalleytraining.co.uk

Dates for your diary include Pitsford’s popular Evening Summer fishing club which runs every Tuesday up to 9 August.
Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association meets at Pitsford Lodge on the second Saturday of the month with fly tying, casting tuition and friendly advice on all fishing matters.

Best Rainbow Estimated 4-5lb taken by Barry Jones.

Best Brown Estimated 5-6lb taken by David Strudwick.

Best boat areas Main Basin and Dam.

Best bank areas Cliffs, Stilton and Gravels.

Best methods See report.

Pitsford Water continued


Mid week boat winner Edward Haumann of Northampton.

Forthcoming events
Evening Summer Fishing Club – Tuesday evening
Lure fishing and fly fishing for Pike from 16 May
Lure fishing for trout (boat only) July & August
Beginners courses 30 July; 6,12 & 27 August; 3,16 & 21 September and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses 5 August
Pitsford Kayak Grand Slam 6-7 August
EFFA Match 1 September
Round 5 AMC Group 1 4 September
EFFA Match 8 September.
East Midland FF Match 11 September
Polish Lure Anglers Match 17 September
Lure Anglers Society Match 8 October
MNTF Match 9 October
 

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Re: Pitsford 14/8/16

Pitsford Water
Fish week 348 (Season 12,528) Returns 76 (2,133) Rod average 4.5(5.8)
August is offering up its usual challenging weather conditions. Fishing from the boat in the main basin continues to produce results for our regular anglers. Paul Hopwell had a great day at the top end of the main bowl with nine fish to the boat on a ‘Big John’ and Jamie Blaney reported a great day on Sunday with seven fish to the boat, drifting across the boils on a hopper.

The weather has been warm and depending on the sunshine fish have either gone deep or are found in the first six feet of water.

There have been shrimp found in some of the catches so hares ear patterns have proved successful. Washing line methods have also brought fish to the net using a variety of nymph patterns and small tequila blobs or boobies on the point.

We haven’t seen many anglers on the bank this week, but those that headed for the Gravels down to Rigby’s mostly all caught in the early morning, including Mark Hawtin and Mark Bradbury who both took fish on Hares Ear patterns.

The Pitsford Fishing Club league was won by Charlie Watts and he was presented with a cup and gold medal. Thanks to Geraldine Harris who organised a great barbecue to finish a perfect evening’s fishing.

Kenneth Sanderson reported catching a 12lb 11oz Pike in very good condition.

Our hearts are heavy this week with the sad passing of Mick Stevens who spent most of his life fishing and helping many along the way, particularly the England Youth. Our thoughts go to his family at this very sad time. Mick’s friends will miss seeing him on the bank and the team at Pitsford Fishing Lodge will miss having a cup of tea and a catch up with him.

Dates for your diary
Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association meets at Pitsford Lodge on the second Saturday of the month with fly tying, casting tuition and friendly advice on all fishing matters.

Best Rainbow 5lb plus

Best boat areas Sailing Club Bay, Pitsford Creek, Flats, Holly Bush, Gravels, Dam.

Best bank Gravels, Sermans, Rigby’s Point.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Phil Jordan of Milton Keynes.


Fish stocked 2,000

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Forthcoming events
Lure fishing and fly fishing for Pike from 16 May
Lure fishing for trout (boat only) July & August
Beginners courses 27 August; 3,16 & 21 September and other dates throughout the season.
EFFA Match 1 September
Round 5 AMC Group 1 4 September
EFFA Match 8 September.
East Midland FF Match 11 September
Polish Lure Anglers Match 17 September
Lure Anglers Society Match 8 October
MNTF Match 9 October
 

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Re: Pitsford 9/10/16

Pitsford Water

Fish week 76 (Season 14,179) Returns 42 (2,634) Rod average 1.8(5.3)
The week has ended on a great note for our bank anglers with the trout going crazy for shrimp patterns – stripped back through the weed!

Season ticket holder Mark Bradbury and day ticket angler David Chappell from Bedfordshire, both had fabulous Brownies weighing the top end of 4lb. Mark returned his to see another day, but also had Rainbows off the Cliffs and David took his from the boat.

Boat anglers have enjoyed some good sport. At the beginning of the week Mick White report a good day on the rudder, drifting across Duffers using a small blob with a white tail fly pattern – he had plenty of offers and follows.

Off the bank Mick Foster took a fish on a shrimp pattern and Martin Bailey had three off Stilton Point on a hopper and reported there were plenty of fish moving and they were up in the water.

The week has seen the trout close in to the margins and feeding on shrimp. Our anglers are all enjoying catching from the bank in most areas dependent on the wind direction. Phil Jordan had an amazing morning and rang in to report 10 fish to the net and four lost by lunchtime.

Lure Anglers Society Match

19 Boats set sail to take part in the Lure Angling Society Annual Pike Cup. It was quite a challenging day with the largest pike caught around the 18lb mark.

Best Rainbow 5lb plus.

Best Brown 5lb plus.

Best boat areas Main basin, Narrows.

Best bank areas Gravels, Stone Barn Bay, Cliffs, Duffers, Stilton.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Mr Paul Hutt of Oakley, Bedfordshire.

Forthcoming events

Lure fishing and fly fishing for Pike to 31 January 2017
Pike fishing with lure & dead sea bait 1 October to 31 January 2017 (subject to boat availability)
Beginners course 23 October.
Mid Northants Fly Fishers 15 October – meet at the Lodge for fly tying, casting tuition and friendly advice on all fishing matters.
Anglian Water Fur & Feather (boat) 12 November
 

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Re: Pitsford w/e 12 March 2017

Fish 271 Returns 62 Rod average 4.4
Pitsford has got rid of its hangover from Storm Doris which caused the water to colour up. The last couple of days have seen a dramatic change in the fishing with the water coming to life. There have been large numbers of fish caught from most areas by both bank and boat anglers.

Some notable boat catches include the Gillespie Brothers from Newmarket who had a great day on the boat with over 40 fish between them and Graham Pearson and Gavin Layton who boat fished in Stone Barn and had over 20 fish each.

Bank anglers also had a great week. Chris White fished buzzers on the Gravels and included a 5lb Brown in his catch (all fish were returned). Alan Worley had a great session, catching 22 and releasing them. Pete Watson had a good morning with 12 fish on buzzers, while C Kilner reported catching over 20. Richard Williams had over 30 fish on Sunday morning on buzzers. The overall rod average for the week is a healthy 4.3 which rose to 12 at the end of the week!

It has been noticeable that there have been several overwintered specimens reported, with many of these in the 4-5lb range. Although small lures and blobs/fabs are working, the mild conditions have allowed the buzzers to make an appearance and floating lines and teams of buzzers and diawl bachs have taken the best bags.

Fish stocked 1500.

Mid week boat winner Mark Bradbury
 

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Re: Pitsford 26 March

Pitsford Water
Fish 157 (season 1034) Returns 42 (167)Rod average 3.7 (7.0)
Mr M Seaman reported catching a Brown of 8lb. Rob Layton had a good couple of sessions from the bank, catching 19 fish.

David Brady and his boat partner John Archer had a cracking day on Tuesday, boating 78 fish on buzzer tactics in the Stone Barn area. David was back again the following day to fish solo and had more sport on buzzers.

Changing conditions this week saw mixed results for bank anglers. There were some good catches earlier in the week, while others struggled towards the end. One un-named day permit angler had 28 fish.

Buzzers, blobs and washing line methods are still reaping results. North Farm Bay, Stone Barn and the Cliffs are producing good results.

Forthcoming events
Anglian Water rudder match 6 May.
Beginners courses 2,9 & 21 April; 11,14 & 20 May and other dates throughout the season.
 

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Re: Pitsford - 2nd April 2017

Pitsford Water
Fish 415 (season 1,449) Returns 101 (268) Rod average 4.1(5.4)

We have seen some of the biggest buzzer hatches in memory this week at Pitsford. At times the water surface has been a thick carpet of shucks. Needless to say the fish have been gorging on this plentiful food supply. Interestingly the bank fishing has been hit and miss with the fish sometimes seeming to be holding 50-75 yards off the shore. This has helped those who have ventured out in the boats and they have reaped the rewards with some awesome catches.

Richard Williams had his usual Sunday morning boat and had over 30 fish, fishing buzzers and diawls on a washing line. Gavin Layton and Graham Pearson had an equally good morning catching lots of fish around the 3-3½lb mark on diawls.

Edgar Slotins has enjoyed a good couple of days from the bank, catching and returning 32 fish in two trips. Graham Hutchings had one of his best ever evenings’ fishing on the Northfields shore, losing count of the fish he caught and released. Best areas for both bank and boat anglers have been Stone Barn, Gravels, Northfields Shore and Cliffs.

The East Midlands FlyFishers held a bank match on Sunday. This was well supported with 14 anglers catching 79 fish for a rod average of 5.6. Top rod was Aiden Graves. Aiden took 17 fish, weighing in 8 fish for 22lb 3oz – the best bag of the match. Aiden’s heaviest fish weighed 4lb 4oz and was the top fish of the match. Duncan Graves (Aiden’s father) took second place with 8 fish for 18lb 12oz.

Best boat areas See report.

Best bank areas See report.

Mid week boat winner Robert Garrett of Higham Ferrers

Forthcoming events
Anglian Water rudder match 6 May.
Beginners courses 9 & 21 April; 11,14 & 20 May and other dates throughout the season.
 

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Re: Pitsford 9th April 2017

Pitsford Water
Fish 608 (season 2057) Returns 97 (365)Rod average 6.2(5.6)

Anglers have enjoyed another cracking week at Pitsford Water with a rod average of 6.2 for the week. This is thanks to the continuing huge buzzer hatches, we are seeing some of the large black buzzers coming off now and the fish are continuing to gorge on them. As with last week, bank sport can be tricky during the middle of the day as the fish move out of reach. This has benefitted boat anglers who have enjoyed the best of the action.

Invicta FFC paid a visit last Tuesday for one of their boat league matches. 20 Anglers fished with 14 catching their limit. Most anglers caught on buzzer and diawl bachs. The best areas were Pig Stream, Gorse, Duffers and Stone Barn. By far the top boat on the day was Keith Gilchrist and Mack Facey. The pair reported catching over 60 fish.

There have been plenty of fish in the 3-4lb bracket with anglers commenting on the quality of the stock fish.

Best boat areas Causeway, Coton Car Park.

Best bank areas Platforms 11 and 12.

Mid week boat winner Paul Southgate of Guilsborough.

Forthcoming events
Anglian Water rudder match 6 May.
Beginners courses 21 April; 11,14 & 20 May and other dates throughout the season.
 

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Re: Pitsford - 16/4/17

Pitsford Water
Fish 328 (season 2,390) Returns 61 (426)Rod average 5.38(5.61)
The biggest news of the week or even the season so far is the capture of the best fish of the season – a stunning 14lb Brown trout. Graham Pearson of Northampton took this stunning specimen whilst boat fishing in Stone Barn. Graham had only just started when his black diawl bach was taken by his ‘fish of a lifetime’. Graham intends to have the fish mounted. This same fish had been taken not once, but twice previously during the winter pike trials. Phil Jordan caught it on both occasions on large dead baits. This fine Brown would have been stocked at no more than 1lb 8oz and would possibly have been over ten years old, proof that the fish can grow on to reach these incredible sizes.

It has been another great week at Pitsford with a rod average of 5.4. Both boat and bank are fishing superbly to nymph tactics on floating or midge tip lines. Black buzzers and diawl bach are the top patterns.

Notable catches during the week included R Leaning from Broughton who had the biggest Rainbow of the week, a cracking fish of 5lb 2oz. Dave Newens enjoyed two very productive mornings fishing from the bank, catching his six fish limit both times with buzzers. Dave Strudwick caught and returned 21 fish including some lovely overwintered specimens during two bank sessions. The boat action has been prolific. Danny Peet and his boat partner Rick Varley returned 24 fish in one session. Andrew Rogers caught 19 fish on his visit, returning 15. Luke Key from Market Harborough caught 25 fish, returning 21.

The best areas are still Stone Barn, Gravels, Duffers, Stilton, Gorse and Pig Stream.

Best Rainbow 5lb 2oz.

Best Brown 14lb taken by Graham Pearson.

Best boat areas See report.

Best bank areas See report.

Mid week boat winner D Strudwick of Burton Latimer.

Fish stocked 2,000.

Forthcoming events
Anglian Water rudder match 6 May 01604 781350
England Eliminator 28 May 01604 781350
Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat 3 June 01572 653021
Beginners courses 21 April; 11,14 & 20 May; 11, 24 & 30 June and other dates throughout the season.
 

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Re: Pitsford - 23/4/17

Pitsford Water
Fish 684 (season 3,074) Returns 135 (561)Rod average 5.06(5.47)
Pitsford’s anglers have had a fantastic week. It’s unlikely that any other water is producing quality grown on fish of the stamp that is coming out at Pitsford. Following the capture of the 14lb Brown last week, the water has again produced Browns of 9lb and two between 5-6lb (all returned). Rainbows up to 5lb are also being caught in good numbers. The rod average for the week is 5 with the season average at 5.5.
Notable catches include a great three days for Dave Jarvis who enjoyed our holiday package. Dave caught over 67 fish with Rainbows up to 4lb, fishing buzzers around Stone Barn and Gravels.

David Hoppe fished the Troutmasters Fish Off on Saturday and won with 8 fish for 19lb 10oz. He fished a practice session on Friday and landed possibly his biggest ever reservoir Brown trout. Although Dave didn’t weigh this fish he estimated it to be around 9lb. Soon after Dave caught his big fish season ticket holder Graham Hutchings caught a Brown of around 5-6lb, from a stretch of Sailing Club Bay, close to where the larger fish was taken. Both fish were returned.

On Thursday the English Fly Fishing Association had a boat match. 32 anglers caught 185 fish for a rod average of 5.7. Gordon Alleyne caught 185 fish for a rod average of 5.7. Gordon had the best bag with 8 fish for 17lb 12oz. Phillip Church caught the best fish of the match a Rainbow of 3lb 10oz.

Mid week boat winner Mr McCann

Forthcoming events
Anglian Water rudder match 6 May 01604 781350
England Eliminator 28 May 01604 781350
Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat 3 June 01572 653021
Beginners courses 11,14 & 20 May; 11, 24 & 30 June and other dates throughout the season.
 

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Re: Pitsford 7/5/17

Pitsford Water
Fish 740 (season 4,771) Returns 149 (841)Rod average 4.96(5.67)
It has been a busy week on Pitsford with a few matches and the anglers have not been disappointed with several notable fish caught. The rod average for the week has remained around 5 which is good considering the cold, northerly winds.

Competition news
The Mid Northants Fly Fishers fished for the Bruce Richardson Trophy. 25 anglers caught 153 fish for a rod average of 6.1.
Pip Jeffs was top rod and also caught the best fish – a fine specimen of 4lb 9oz. John Mills was is second spot with Derek Walker in third place.

The English Disabled Fly Fishers fished from the boats with 13 anglers catching 36 fish for a rod average of 2.7.

Anglian Water rudder match 6 May - 16 anglers caught 92 fish for a rod average of 5.75. M Connor caught the best fish with a specimen of 5lb 3oz. Messrs Bennet and Dalby were the best boat pair with 16 fish for 36lb 15oz.

The best methods continue to be floating or midge tip lines with teams of nymphs or buzzers. With the cold northerly winds the best areas have been where there is some shelter around Gorse, Stilton, Pig Stream and Cliffs. Boats are catching in the Narrows and Brixworth Bay.

Best boat areas Narrows and Brixworth Bay

Best bank areas Gorse, Stilton, Pig Stream and Cliffs

Mid week boat winner Seumas Halliday of Northampton.

Forthcoming events

England Eliminator 28 May 01604 781350
Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat 3 June 01572 653021
Beginners courses 11,14 & 20 May; 11, 24 & 30 June and other dates throughout the season.
 

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Re: Pitsford - 14/5/17

Pitsford Water
Fish 829 (season 5,600) Returns 138 (979)Rod average 6.0 (5.7)
Pitsford Water continues to fish very well and is still producing specimen fish to buzzers. We have seen several fantastic Browns caught and released. The rod average for the week is 6.

The outstanding performance of the week goes to Phil Jordan. Phil has spent some time on the water and his work has paid off. He boat fished in the Narrows and had a real red letter day with Browns of 10lb and 6¼lb along with several Rainbows up to 5lb and even a good Perch between 2-3lb, all taken on buzzers.


Duncan Keir fished on a holiday package and reported a quality day catching and releasing 10 Browns and 17 Rainbows. Duncan’s group of 11 anglers from Scotland caught 255 fish during their two days at Pitsford.

The best areas are the Narrows, Gravels and Gorse with floating line and buzzers, diawls and crunchers being the most effective.

Mid week boat winner Gary Stafford of Milton Keynes.

Forthcoming events
England Eliminator 28 May 01604 781350
Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat 3 June 01572 653021
Beginners courses 20 May; 11, 24 & 30 June; 15 & 29 July and other dates throughout the season.
 

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Re: Pitsford w/e/ 21-5-17

Pitsford Water
Fish 287 (season 5,887) Returns 50 (1,029) Rod average 5.7 (5.7)
Pitsford Water has been busy this week with the start of the predator season. Even the downpours didn’t deter anglers with many Pike caught. Reports came in from one boat of 30 fish caught with Pike weighing up to 15lb. We are hearing of bigger fish coming in most days. There are also some nice Perch of 2 or 3lb being taken.

Trout anglers are also enjoying good sport on the fly with a rod average of 5.7. We have seen some mixed results in cold, rainy conditions. The reservoir continues to produce some excellent returns with quality Browns. Buzzers and crunchers are still proving successful. Dries have also started to work.

Mid week boat winner J Hickey.

Forthcoming events
England Eliminator 28 May 01604 781350
Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat 3 June
Beginners courses 11, 24 & 30 June; 15 & 29 July
 

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Re: Pitsford - we 28/5/17

Pitsford Water
Fish 214 (season 6,101) Returns 72 (1,101)Rod average 2.9 (5.54)
Pitsford’s predator anglers are enjoying a terrific start to the season with kayak angler Dane Wood recording a fantastic 32lb 6oz Pike whilst lure fishing. Dane wasn’t the only angler testing the scales with Sylwia landing a 25lb specimen to her net earlier in the week.

As he headed out for a day’s kayak fishing with Mike Haywood at Pitsford Dane Wood had no idea of the monster Pike heading his way.
Dane writes “After photographing yet another of Mike’s fish, he decided to take pity on me and lend me a similar lure to what he was using. This is when things got interesting….
We continued to work the margins on the way, stopping and casting to “fishy” looking areas. We both stopped our PDL’s at the edge of a weed bed and cast at the same spot.
On the retrieve, I had two strikes, followed by the rod nearly leaving my hand!
“FISH ON!!!” The power of what was on the end of my line was immense, definitely the hardest fight I’ve ever had from a fresh water fish!
After what felt like an eternity of a screaming reel and a  creaking rod, I finally got the fish off the bottom and caught a glimpse of the Orange lure attached to what can only be describe as a Croc! After the fish saw the Kayak, the Pike made a bolt for the underside of the kayak. Luckily, with the PDL, I was able to quickly lift the drive out with one had whilst continuing to battle the beast!
After maybe 20 minutes the fish came along side the kayak. I could see the lure had moved and was not the best hook hold, so had one chance of getting the fish in the net. In my head I was thinking “Is that actually going to fit in the net?”, or words to that effect.

Luckily, I managed to manoeuvre the head of the Pike over the net, drop the tip of the rod to release the pressure, and the fish bolted straight in!I managed to remove the lure from the fish whilst still in the water, and in the mean time, Mike had moved to the bank and had set up the unhooking mats in preparation of weighing, photographing and releasing the Pike as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible. This is key for the safety of any fish at this time of the year.
Once on the bank, we weighed the fish using my new set of Rueben Heaton scales which I had won the previous weekend. The digital scales read 34.6lb!! What a monster! We finished taking a few photos and set about the process of recovering the fish in the net. We both agreed that today will take some beating!”
The biggest Rainbow of the week was a 6lb 8oz specimen taken by Charlie Ratchford. The trout anglers are finding that black buzzers are still working from both the bank and the boats.
Bank angling is slightly more tricky in the recent warm and bright conditions. However, Mr P Wilson caught ten trout from the bank at the weekend using buzzers and crunchers with a blob on the point.
Best Rainbow 6lb 8oz taken by Charlie Ratchford.
Best boat areas Stone Barn Bay, the Dam.

Best bank areas The Gravels.

Mid week boat winner S Cooper.

Forthcoming events
Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat 3 June all boats booked
Beginners courses 11, 24 & 30 June; 15 & 29 July and other dates throughout the season.
 

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Re: Pitsford we 4/6/17

Pitsford Water
Fish 135 (season 6,236) Returns 62 (1,163)Rod average 2.2 (5.36)
Floating lines and black buzzers are working well from both the bank and the boat. Although conditions have been challenging this past week we have seen multiple catches with one angler catching and releasing ten fish.

Most anglers are catching on static buzzers on floating lines, with some reporting success with damsels and diawl bachs.
One of the Midland Heats of the Anglian Water Airflo International was fished at Pitsford on 3 June. Chris Bobby was top individual rod with 8 fish.

Team Results
1st Greenwell Persuaders 35 fish for 76lb 5oz
2nd Greylags FFC 17 fish for 38lb 14oz
3rd Mid Northants Saints 11 fish for 28lb 15oz
4th England Ladies 7 fish for 17lb 1oz

The Pike anglers are having a great time at Pitsford and we have had reports of several good specimens captured. Hot on the heels of last week’s 32lb 6oz specimen was a superb Pike of 31lb captured by Sebastian Jarmoluk, which was lure caught in the big half of the reservoir. 
Best Brown 4lb taken by Mark Frost.
Best boat areas Dam.

Best bank areas Gravels.

Mid week boat winner Mr Warn of Watford.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 11, 24 & 30 June; 15 & 29 July and other dates throughout the season.
 

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Re: Pitsford we 11/6/17

Pitsford Water
Fish 351 (season 6,587) 89 Returns (1,252) Rod average 3.9 (5.3)
Weather conditions have hampered the fishing this week with high winds restricting the fish and colouring the water.
In spite of this the rod average for the week is 3.9 and again plenty of fish between three and 6lb have been reported, the best being a Brown trout of 6lb caught and returned by J Pearson. Another good brown of 4lb 8oz was taken by S Cooper.
Best methods are still to fish imitative nymphs/buzzer patterns on floating or midge tip lines. The best areas are Stone Barn, Narrows and the Dam.
On the match scene Pitsford hosted a Loch Style national qualifier on Sunday 28 May. Twenty anglers fished with the top six going through to the two day final in September. 73 fish were caught for a rod average of 3.65. Top rod was Del Spry who had 8 fish for 19lb 10oz including time bonus. The other qualifiers were, in order, Clive Collier, Rob Allen, Peter Hartley, Jim Wright, and Mark Mathieson. Del Spry caught his fish in Stone Barn Bay using a midge tip and buzzers.
Best Brown 4lb 8oz taken by S Cooper; 6lb specimen returned by J Pearson.
Mid week boat winner Colin Faiers of Swaffham.

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Beginners courses 24 & 30 June; 15 & 29 July and other dates throughout the season.
 

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Re: Pitsford we 18/6/17

Pitsford Water
Fish 186 (season 6,773) 90 Returns (1,342) Rod average 2.0 (5.0)
The best Rainbow of the week at Pitsford was a lovely 6lb 8oz specimen caught by P J North of Surrey. Local angler Terry Pancoust landed the best Brown of the week a fine 5lb 8oz specimen.
Weather conditions are continuing to make things difficult, however water colour has improved in the last few days.
Evening bank anglers are reporting good catches with plenty of fish topping, but at times reluctant to take the fly.
The best boat areas are the Boils and Narrows and Sermans for bank anglers. Buzzers, crunchers and diawl bachs are still working.
Best Rainbow 6lb 8oz taken by P J North of Surrey.
Best Brown 5lb 8oz taken by Terry Pancoust of Northampton.
Mid week boat winner Dominic Ankers.

Fish stocked 2,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 24 & 30 June; 15 & 29 July; 13,18 and 24 August and other dates throughout the season.
 

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Re: Pitsford we 25/6/17

Pitsford Water
Fish 146 (season 6,919) Returns 44(1,386) Rod average 3.3 (5.0)
Last week’s hot weather was very influential at Pitsford with fewer anglers wanting to brave the heat which also made fishing hard.
During the hot weather season ticket holder Bob Collins opted to fish for the first couple of hours in the morning. This proved very effective with Bob taking 11 fish in three sessions, one of these weighed over 5lb and three others were between 3 and 4lb. Bob fished Sermans and Holly Bush and caught on bloodworm.
On Sunday the Mid Northants Fly Fishers held the annual Julian Davies Pairs Match. Twenty four anglers caught 79 fish for a rod average of 3.3. The match was fished to a five fish limit. The top individual was Grant Gibson who had 5 fish for 12lb 1oz. This included a brown trout of 3lb 5oz.
The winning pair was Terry Mitchell and John Gamon who had nine fish for 19lb 11oz. The best fish of the match was a 3lb 13oz Rainbow taken by Derek Walker on a crippled midge.
Best Rainbow 5lb taken by Bob Collins.
Best Brown 3lb 5oz taken by G Gibson.
Mid week boat winner Nick Thompson of Northampton.

Fish stocked 2,000.
Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 30 June; 15 & 29 July; 13,18 and 24 August and other dates throughout the season.
 

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Re: Pitsford w/e 16/7/17

Pitsford Water
Fish 95 (season 7,287) Returns 54 (1,590) Rod average 1.7 (4.5)
Another challenging week with conditions improving slightly. Intermediate lines with blobs are working. Rob Layton took seven fish on this method from the main basin. The main basin is the best area and around the boils.
Predator anglers have enjoyed success this week with Pike and Perch taking the hard bodied plugs in about 12 feet of water near the weed beds.

We are commencing erosion improvement work this week and this is scheduled to last for around 8 weeks, starting around the North Bank (Cliffs). Please take care adjacent to the construction sites.

Great news for our senior anglers
In addition to our popular 'Senior Tuesday' we are now adding a 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.
Summer sale at our tackle shops
Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.
Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!
Sunset Boat £10
Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10
Offer available from 4.30pm
Best Rainbow 5- 6lb taken by Malcolm Guild.
Mid week boat winner Mr Stratton of Northampton.

Fish stocked 2,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 29 July; 13,18 and 24 August; 9,15,20 & 30 September and other dates throughout the season.
 

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