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`Put em back alive' scheme is extended.

The popularity of catch and release trout fishing, proved at Ravensthorpe last season, has persuaded the bosses of Anglian Water to extend the policy to its other three reservoir fisheries.

It means anglers at Rutland, Grafham and Pitsford will also have the option to carry on fishing when sport is hot and filling the freezer is not a priority.

The ``put 'em back alive'' philosophy was a revelation at Ravensthorpe last year, with some spectacular sessions at the Victorian reservoir in Northamptonshire.

Catches of up to a dozen fish were commonplace and 20 or 30 were frequently recorded. The rules require anglers to stop fishing once they've killed the allowable limit of trout they want to take home (a brace at Ravensthorpe).

Fishery bosses are confident the system wasn't abused. Warden Chris Allen said: ``We didn't notice any detrimental effects and our anglers had a lot of fun when the trout were responding well, especially with the bigger fish we stocked last season.''

That policy is to continue - and anglers returning to the Anglian reservoirs this spring will find a few other changes.

A spokesman for the water supply group said: ``Our aim is to provide more variety for anglers at all our fisheries. Our policy of increasing the minimum size of trout stocked last year gave pleasing returns and our stocking for this year is planned to bring even better results through releasing larger fish.''

Round-up of the 1999 scene at Anglian trout waters:

GRAFHAM: Devotees of the birthplace of modern stillwater trout fishing who return on April 1 will find a spectacular new lodge waiting for them. The new building has a reception/bookings office, an extensive tackle and clothing shop, a restaurant and bar that can be hired for functions, plus a classroom. Opening day celebrations will include gifts for every angler, prizes for the best catches of the day and free boats for season permit holders.

RUTLAND: Also opens on April 1 and will have the same arrangements as Grafham for catch and release fishing - a permit costing Pounds 44 will give a guaranteed opportunity to fish all day to two anglers sharing a motor boat with a take-home limit of a single fish apiece.

Catch and release will also be available on a season permit covering all four reservoirs - one of a new range of five, colour-coded permits offering the flexibility of different catch limits and fishing frequency to suit all needs and pockets.

The basic prices of the most popular tickets at Grafham and Rutland remain unchanged at Pounds 15 for a day session (eight fish limit), boats Pounds 20.

PITSFORD: Catch and release at Pitsford will cost Pounds 35 for two anglers sharing a boat (single fish limit). But the basic price of a day's sport at Pitsford is lowered to Pounds 13 for a six-fish limit, with boat hire pitched at Pounds 14 midweek, Pounds 16 weekend.

Pitsford's biggest news, however, is that pike fishing is likely to be allowed from June 16.

The fishery opens below the causeway from March 13 and on the main basin from April 1.

RAVENSTHROPE: Opens early on February 26, with catch and release arrangements as last year. Anglers can keep two trout whether they fish all day (Pounds 15) or evening only (Pounds 10).

Roach took a hammering from anglers pegged near the Jewsons depot when the fourth round of the Middy Central winter league occupied the Coventry Canal towpath from Nuneaton towards Hartshill.

Individual winner Jeff Moors (Garbolino MAP Starlets) was well tooled up for the job in hand and found success with two different techniques, netting an all-roach haul worth 5-7-2 by offering joker and caster on the pole.

Four swims away Steve White (British Worm Breeders) was also busy and had 4-14-5 waiting for the scales.

But it wasn't the only pocket of roach on the feed and the pair were separated by another haul topping 5lb from the other end of the match length, where Steve Brindley (Attleborough Angling) enjoyed his day at Springwood.

He took roach for 5-0-14 to squeeze between the two and claim runner- up spot. Keith Brown (Middy Top Notch) was fourth on 4-12-0, ahead of Chris Tudor (Tri-Cast Highfield) with 4-7-8 and Carl Baker (Garbolino MAP Starlets) 3-13-0.

TEAMS: Attleborough Angling Centre 18pts, Fozzy's Four 35, Future Image 40, FAPS Trinders AFS Pink 48, Middy Pro Match and Attleborough AC Green equal 49.

Moors lands top prize in Central match

There's one match to go in the Avon Ho Hammonds league and despite a setback on a chilled Oxford Canal, Team Limbo remain well placed to be first to dip under the tape.

The Rugby squad slipped to fourth place in the penultimate leg at Onley Lane but with a five-point cushion, they should be safe.

Terry Lake led the effort that saw Jolly Abbott upset the balance on a subdued cut. He offered punched bread 10 metres out from a peg on the concreted bend and picked up a few quality roach for winning figures of 3-7-0.

That left him comfortably clear of second-placed Dave Cleaver (XLS) who had 2-9-0, from Mick Chambers (Jolly Abbot) 2-2-0, Alan Robinson (Jets) 1-6-0, Clive Griffin (Team Limbo) 1-4-12 and Bob Taylor (Jets) 1-4-0.
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Date:Feb 18, 1999
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