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Buzzers are the answer; Angling.

BUZZERS have been voted dish of the day and flavour of the month by hard-feeding trout at all the major fisheries in the region.

But figuring out the pattern isn't always easy. At Grafham, better quality over-wintered fish selected the chironomid menu while more recently stocked fish fell for lures.

At Rutland exactly the opposite applied, stock fish feeding ravenously on buzzer hatches while the big fish chased gaudier lures.

The huge Leicestershire reservoir produced more than 140 fish topping the 3lb mark and in tremendous condition.

Pick of the rainbows was a 6lb 4oz sample, included in an eight-fish limit for 21lb boated by Mick Bennett from Kempston. Mick McLintick had the best of the brownies, tempting a superb 7lb 15oz fish on a Booby patterns fished from the bank at Whitwell Creek.

The north shore of Hambleton, Fantasy Island and Berry Butts were other hotspots from the shore while boat anglers scored off Green Bank, Old Hall, Dickensons and Barnsdale.

Rutland's rod average for the week was 3.46, from 2,963 trout to 854 returns.

GRAFHAM: Still on top form, with a rod average of 4 to the 173 anglers who took 692 trout. Best rainbow 4lb 14oz taken on a Montana nymph pattern from the harbour area, top brownie 4lb 7oz on a white lure fished in Pig Bay. Limit bags from Hill Farm, Gaynes Cove, Pig Bay, Plummer and the Seat areas. Stock fish taken on black/green, white/green and orange lures, bigger fish on buzzer, PT and Damsel nymph patterns.

RAVENSTHORPE: Rainbow of 6lb 6oz topped the week's catches. Best results in brighter conditions obtained by fishing lures in midwater on slow sink or intermediate lines. The winning combination under overcast skies is a floating line with black buzzers or dark nymphs. Dam and the Domes the areas favoured by bank anglers, boats in the central area betwen lodge and island. Total catch for week 276 trout shared by 72 rods for a 3.8 average.

PITSFORD: Fish are still close to the bank, which is out-fishing boats. Buzzers left to drift in the ripple are working best. Brighter conditions bringing fish nearer the surface, floating or intermediate lines fished with black buzzers, PT and Hare's Ears nymphs successful. Orange, black and green lures working at deeper levels. Bog Bay. Pines and Stone Barn the most productive banks, boats off the Causway Wall and the Narrows. A rainbow of 4lb 8oz led catches of 297 to 125 returns, average 2.3.

DRAYCOTE: More than 121 eight-fish limit bags among the 1,850 rainbow trout landed by 515 visitors (rod average 3.59). The heaviest maximum scaled a superb 23lb 14oz and was taken from the bank by Bob Fox from Wolverhampton. Toft Bay and the Cornfield are the places to head for from the bank, boats at Hensborough Dam, Toft and Biggin Bay. Most effective patterns: Pheasant Tail nymph, Cat's Whisker and Viva.

ARDENCOTE MANOR: Some excellent bags of fish being taken, headed by Martin Girvin's rainbow of 9lb 12oz and Patrick Southall's 6lb 12oz sample. The best bags included a catch of six trout for 19lb 8oz, which included one fish at 5lb 8oz. In warmer conditions most anglers favoured floating lines, with Damsel nymphs in a variety of guises doing most damage. In cooler winds, small Cat's Whisker and Montanas on an intermediate line more effective.

AN ALL-TIME best rainbow from Cocks Close at Packington weighed in at 13lb 3oz and delighted the Nuneaton angler who netted it.

David Bailey worked a Montana pattern on an intermediate line to tempt the magnificent fish which sets a fishery record.

On the same day and from the same pool, Steve Fisher from Birmingham used a Red Fritz Montana variation to take another big rainbow of 8lb 6oz.

And on members' water Great Pool, boat partners Ian Thompson and David Hunt included trout of 4lb, 5lb and 6lb in a haul which saw them take seven fish apiece.

Top patterns on the Packington lakes have included Cat's Whisker, Montana, buzzers, Damsels and GRHE nymphs. Total of 379 fish to 195 returns gave a 1.94 rod average.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Armstrong, Pat
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 15, 1999
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