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Whitmore sparkles on stormy waters; ANGLING: NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE CIRCUIT.

LURES are working wonders at storm-battered Rutland Water, where awful April weather sent fish and fly life scurrying away from the surface.

A gold and silver tube fly tempted the best rainbow of the week, an impressive 8lb 8oz fish taken by boat angler Nick Whitmore from Great Glen, Leicester. He worked the lure on a fast sink line while drifting off New Zealand Point in the reservoir's South Arm.

Only a few fish are falling to nymphs, but they included the top brownie, a 5lb 8oz beauty that left season ticket holder Ken Merriden perplexed. It sucked in a tiny size 24 black buzzer being fished from the bank in the sailing club area - but the Uppingham angler found its stomach contained a dozen 3-4in perch fry! While blustery weather continues, tip of the week from Rutland warden Nigel Savage is to be prepared to move around, looking for an area of deeper water where the wind is blowing along rather than off the bank.

Hotspots are likely to include Sykes Lane, Old Hall Point, Green Bank, Armley Wood and Yellowstone. A total haul during the week of 2098 trout from 532 returns represented a rod average of 3.9.

AT GRAFHAM, gales didn't stop the first major buzzer hatches of the season off the sheltered north shore. Anglers in the right area at the right time enjoyed tremendous sport, with plenty of limits taken on large buzzer patterns.

Towcester boat partners John Timothy and Ken Denholm rattled out 16 fish for 39lb, all taken on black or oliver buzzer patterns from Hedge End. Brownies to 6lb 4oz and rainbows to 4lb 10oz were included in a total catch of 579 fish to 165 rods (average 3.5). Gaynes Cove was one of the most productive shorelines, along with the Marlow stone bank, Hill Farm and the harbour. Boat anglers scored at Church Bay, Deepwater Point and Pig Bay.

PITSFORD has also experienced a buzzer bonanza. Fish are still relatively close to the banks and the best results have come from black and olive patterns fished on a long leader with a very slow retrieve.

In spots where fish are tightly grouped, small black lures on intermediate or slow sinking lines have been effective.

Some boat anglers ventured up to the dam and found fish in the Valve Tower corner by giving a slow pull to Cat's Whisker lures fished on slow- sink lines. Best bank areas are Pitsford Creek, the Gorse Bank and from the Gravels to the dam. Pitsford's rod average for the week was 3.1, from 595 trout to 190 returns.

BROWN and black buzzers emerging in the area from the dam to the island at Ravensthorpe triggered interest from rainbows - which in turn attracted the attentions of an osprey which joined anglers on the north shore.

Its success rate is unrecorded, but 74 rods accounted for 405 trout, for a 5.4 average over the week.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Armstrong, Pat
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 20, 2000
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