This annual boat match between RWFF and GWFFA at Rutland was well supported again this year with 28 anglers in total taking part followed by a meal and presentation in the Italian restaurant in the fishing lodge.
117 fish were caught and weighed with a rod average of 4.2. All our competitions this year have been a 5 fish kill only and many other fish were caught and released on the day(up to a maximum of ten) with c and r counting as 2lbs per fish.
Well done to GWFFA who managed to out fish us by 66 fish (134lbs) to 51 fish (108lbs).
Best bag Richard Cooper 10 fish for 21lbs 7oz with best fish of the match at 3lbs 9 oz
Best pair prize Chris Bobby and Graham Pearson 39lbs 14oz
2nd pair prize Richard Cooper and Neil Walsh 32lbs 8oz
3rd pair prize Chris Evans and Mark Brinkman 24lbs 3oz
This was the first time in three matches that GWFFA have won and the match will take place at Grafham next year.
Well done and thanks to all who took part.
Anglian Water have changed the season ticket format with the deletion of the previous blue ticket, which was previously Catch & Release with 10 days where a full 8 fish catch and keep was allowed on boat days. There are now Gold, Silver & Bronze season ticket options; the Bronze ticket allowing a maximum of 5 fish to be kept. Anglian Water have for many years kindly given a dispensation for our bank matches to allow a season ticket holder to fish to an 8 fish limit, to match the day ticket limit. This I am pleased to say Anglian are happy to continue with for all season ticket holders. However for the boat matches the Bronze is limited to 5 fish kept with Catch & Release thereafter.
To enable our members with Bronze tickets to compete in GWFFA club boat matches without the need of buying a day ticket we have modified the club rules. They now allow 5 fish to be caught and kept and a further 3 fish released and witnessed by your boat partner. Each released fish will be deemed to weigh 2lb. Alternatively if you would prefer to catch and keep 8 fish and additional day ticket will need to be purchased for boat matches.
Trusting this gives you the flexibility of choice of ticket with the ability to take part in both bank and boat matches without additional cost. I have attached a full copy of the match rules for your information.
Please do note that the club match days are as much about a fun day out with like minded anglers as they are the competition. If you have not yet joined us on a day either boat or bank I do urge you to do so.
24 anglers fished the first GWFFA boat match and achieved a rod average of 2.1.
1st Place – David Spall with 8 fish for 14lbs 2oz
2nd Place – Chris Bobby with 5 fish for 9lb 12oz
3rd Place – Dayood Shiek with 5 fish for 9lb 1oz
Neil Walsh and Kate Royce shared the best fish for the day, both taking rainbows of 3lb 12oz.
Twenty members attended the day. Conditions were a light Northerly with most fish being caught on nymphs on fast glass lines. The morning fished better and after lunch the wind picked up and the fish went down. The result is as follows.
1st Chris Bobby 8 fish for 17lb 14oz.
2nd Lianne Frost 5 fish for 12lbs 2oz.
3rd Roger Hurren 4 fish for 9lb 0oz.
4th Derek Bravington 4 fish for 7lb 14oz.
Best fish was 3lb 15oz rainbow caught by Chris Bobby.
There were 45 fish caught giving a rod average of 2.3.