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Pleasant times as Murphy cashes in.

RAVENSTHORPE stepped up a gear as clearer water and rising temperatures made life more pleasant for early-bird trout anglers.

Milder conditions even tempted some buzzers into hatching, but there's little surface feeding at the moment and anglers fishing orange and black lures on a slow mid-water retrieve are having most success.

That's exactly what Lee Murphy did to tempt a 7lb 11oz rainbow, Ravensthorpe's best this season. It was the top fish among 228 trout from 60 returns last week (rod average 3.8).

Pitsford perky

FISHING was superb at Pitsford during the early part of its first full week, but slowed in cooling winds. Fish stayed very close to the bank and anglers caught on buzzers teamed with floating or intermediate lines - great for beginners and those who like using lighter tackle.

Stone Barn, Bog Bay and the Pines were among Pitsford's best bank areas, as 177 anglers netted 624 trout for a 3.5 average.

Just buzzing

BUZZERS fished with a sight indicator worked brilliantly on Cocks Close at Packington for Coleshill angler Alan Whittaker.

He hit take after take to chalk up a 14-fish bag for a total 32lb 3oz, the best of his fish going 7lb 12oz.

Broadwater bettered that with an 8lb 12oz rainbow, which fell to a black and green Montana pattern fished by Alistair Reay from Solihull. The week produced a total of 286 fish for 131 Packington rods (average return 2.18).
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 25, 1999
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