Ruf­faud open­ing week


There were nearly 30 carp caught in the open­ing week to over 20kg so ev­ery­one agreed that, de­spite the very cold con­di­tions, it had been a suc­cess­ful start for the new venue. Since then the fish­ing has grad­u­ally picked up as the tem­per­a­tures have slowly risen. But many of the fish have stayed in the bays as the stream wa­ter is still warmer than most of the lake! Rob Hales, who was at Ruf­faud re­cently, de­cided that the best op­tion was to go stalk­ing in the shal­lows and that proved to be a good move when, in a cou­ple of brief spells, he caught four good fish – but the most strik­ing had to be an in­cred­i­ble koi carp with long flow­ing fins! A few oth­ers on the team also tried stalk­ing with some good fish to show for their ef­forts. As the lake set­tled down good fish to over 50lb have been com­ing out. Lat­est news is that Swim J has just pro­duced 16 fish to over 20kg in just three days. As con­di­tions im­prove the fish are be­com­ing more mo­bile and spread­ing out around this sprawl­ing lake – so the next cou­ple of months should be very in­ter­est­ing.

Rob Hales with a strik­ing Ruf­faud carp

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