ANGLING: PAT ARMSTRONG ON THE ANGLING SCENE: Ravensthorpe leads the race.
The popular Northamptonshire venue will get off to an early start on Friday, March 1.
The reservoir was constructed in Victorian times, but Ravensthorpe is a thoroughly modern fishery these days. As well as offering catch and release fishing, anglers can join the trout by trying float tubing, an exciting method of fly casting from an inflatable chair as an alternative to boat fishing.
Anglian Water fishery manager Jon Marshall said: "I expect this to be one of the best seasons at Ravensthorpe with many more three pounders and quite a few fish in double figures. And there will always be the chance of beating the existing venue record of 12lb 6oz.
"Releasing your catch is becoming more popular and we have a new Sporting permit priced at just pounds 14 for a full day for anglers who don't want to take any trout home. "Ravensthorpe has the highest catch rate of any of our fisheries. Last year visitors averaged nearly five trout per return and we are aiming for even better fishing this year."
Ravensthorpe prices for 2002: Day permit pounds 17 ( two fish and catch and release), Sporting permit (all fish returned) pounds 14. Motor boat hire pounds 18, rowing boats pounds 10. Reductions for part-day and single manned boats.
Information and pre-season boat bookings for Ravensthortpe via the Pitsford Lodge, 01604 781350.
Other Anglian Water opening dates: Pitsford Water, March 15; Grafham Water, March 23; Rutland Water, March 28.
TIM MOULT owes a personal best trout to Packington's policy of staying open the year round.
A January rainbow scaling 8lb 15oz rewarded Moult when he made the trip from his Loughborough home to the fishery near Meriden, where he fished the Cocks Close pool with a Cat's Whisker lure for his career best.
Alan Whittaker's journey from Coleshill was much shorter, but he also enjoyed his midwinter session by netting 10 fish, after taking out a double ticket. The best weighed in at 6lb 8oz and every trout in the double-figure score came to black or red buzzers, fished from the bank.
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Jan 25, 2002|
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