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Ray catches the drift for success at Pitsford.

THERE'S plenty of news on the trout front this week and we'll start with Pitsford where boat anglers fishing on the drift are doing particularly well.

Although plenty of fish have been showing on the surface it seems better to target them around 15 feet down using

Bank anglers are also enjoying sport all over the lake with the Cliff and Pines areas producing the better fish to nymphs and to dries in fine conditions, although lures are still working well due to the amount of daphnia mixed in with the excellent buzzer hatches.

The best rainbow of a week which produced a rod average just under four went to Dallington's A Fairey at 4lb while an S Tilley returned a 6lb brownie. Boat anglers should head for the Pines or Pitsford Creek, while banks anglers are taking the most fish at Rigby's Point, Pines and Northfields.

At Ravensthrope where the rod average is over four, buzzers, olives and Hawthorns are hatching in good numbers. Floating lines are best with GRHE, Crunchers, Emergers and dries. Dan Smith had over 30 fish on Crunchers.

An Osprey has been at Ravensthorpe all week. The best boat areas are Coton End and Island, while bank anglers are recommending Ravensthorpe bank. The midweek boat winner was Rugby's Mr Edwards.

Finally over to Draycote near Rugby where the rod average is currently 3.24 but big fish are still showing. Heaviest fish this week was an 8lb 10oz rainbow to Hampton Magna, Warwick bank angler John Blackband to a Diawl Bach at Toft Bay. Other notable rainbows include a 7lb 8oz fish to Mr R Bowe from a boat, 7lb 8oz to Richard Kingscott on the bank, 6lb 10oz to Ray Allen and a couple of six-pounders to Gwyn Jones..

The average weight of the browns being caught is over 5lb. A Taylor of Atherstone boated a brown of 5lb 2oz near to Draycote Dam fishing a Damsel Nymph, while Ivor Bullock returned a 5lb brown caught from the bank.

There have also been some weighty five-fish limit bags. Ray Cramp banked five for 18lb 4oz, Ron Blackwell had five for 18lb 14oz, Max Hill had five for 18lb 8oz and Ray Higton took five for 19lb 6oz. Lin Croft Point, Cornfield, Toft Bay, 'A' Buoy and Draycote Dam have all been good areas with Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Hares Ear, Cats Whisker and Damsel all successful flies.

COVENTRY match angler Lee Taylor has signed his second sponsorship deal in quick succession and as well as developing tackle for Hardy Grey's will now be fishing under the Bag 'Em Baits banner.

Lee started fishing when he was seven years old on the canals around the Warwickshire area, before progressing to win junior matches and successfully moving onto the club and open scene.

Lee is a leading light on the booming Internet match angling circuit and as well as winning the Intersite Individual championships at Barston Lakes helps to run events for the www. and web sites. Lee said: "Bag'Em has a great range of baits for commercial fisheries which really do the job and have helped me win a lot of money already this year. I'm looking forward to working with the team." o I'MHOPING to filmat Barston Lakes Solihull soon, so it's good to see the venue has produced its first ton- up weight give the Solihull venue a visit.

Small F1 carp are being caught all over the lake, with skimmers showing in pockets. The venue hosts the Barston Bowl on July 26th but this month sees a clutch of internationals turning up for a fundraiser on May 15th and that's when I'm looking to be there with the cameras.

MIDLANDS club Starlets Vets made the most of a trip to Makins Fisheries in Warwickshire by cashing in on some fantastic silver fish sport.

The venue is more noted for its carp match fishing but locals know that there's some great roach sport to be had and indeed if the carp don't feed, you can compete with them. So it proved in the Starlets match on Lagoon and Lizard Pools when three of the top four piled over 50lb of roach onto the scales. Don Suckling did win with carp, but Steve Birch missed out by just 8oz after bagging 53lb of roach on caster just two metres out..


REEL DEAL: Coventry match angler Lee Taylor has bagged a new bait sponsorship
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:May 7, 2009
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