Late sea­son hotspots

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Where To Fish -

Sail­ing Club Bay: Around the ‘fry hold­ing’ ar­eas such as pon­toons, weedbeds and moor­ings. East Creek: Packed with fea­tures and has pro­duced more big fish than any other bank spot on Rutland (along with Whitwell Creek). Harbour and stone arm: Holds vast num­bers of fry. My largest Rutland brown of 11lb 8oz came from here. Fan cast the wa­ter search­ing for fry feed­ers. Long pe­ri­ods of in­ac­tiv­ity of­ten fol­lowed by two or three quick fish, as they move in and out of the harbour to feed. Note: bar­b­less hooks only here in brown trout close sea­son. Blue Pipes: Brown­ies love the gravel bot­tom here. Last sea­son I had four 5lb-plus brown­ies in 45 min­utes. Fan­tasy Is­land: It can get weedy here be­cause it’s shal­low (es­pe­cially the 50 me­tres from the stones to the first trees), so fish on the stone point (part of the dam) and cast back to­wards Sykes Lane into deep wa­ter. There’s a con­crete draw-off about 20 yards out (sub­merged). The wa­ter level here drops from 15 feet to 25 feet and at­tracts fry and big fish all year. Whitwell and Ernie’s Point: Fish first thing in the morn­ing be­fore the sailors ar­rive or last thing at night. Cast along (but not on) the pon­toons as fry con­gre­gate here. At Ernie’s Point wade out 20 me­tres and cast to­wards open wa­ter or back into the creek, of­ten along a weedbed. Where the old pon­toon is now rest­ing, just past the bushes on the bend, is very deep and al­lows you to cast along a weedbed.

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