I've been threatening do try to arrange this for a couple of years now(!) - can we have a show of hands of people interested in a day afloat at Rutland in October fishing for predators? There are plenty of zander and quite a few pike (including some big ones) and the odd perch. In Oct the weekends are open and you can fish with either lures or sea fish baits.
Vertical jigging for zander is probably the most fun method but it's up to you.
Boat hire plus predator ticket is about £60 for 2 people, so about £30 each. I think you can also get 3 people in a boat if you like. Some more info here: http://www.anglianwa...shing/pike.aspx and http://www.anglianwa...ishing-2014.pdf
If enough people are interested and we can settle on a date, I'll book the boats for us. It would be good to arrange it soonish if possible in case some dates get booked up.
Any questions, ask away
- Steve walker
- Matthew Simmons
Copy this into Google Maps and it'll show you where the entrance to the lodge and marina is: 52.641071,-0.625802
When you get there
Press at the barrier for a ticket to let you in. Follow the road down to the right, the marina and lodge is then down on your left. There are a few parking spots down by the boats, if those are full there are plenty of others nearby.
Make sure you take your parking ticket into the lodge when getting your fishing ticket - they will swap it for a token which lets you leave at the exit barrier later (so the parking is free).
Boat bookings and payment
All 5 boats are booked under my name but you will need to pay on the day in the lodge. The cost of boat hire plus predator permit for 2 anglers sharing a boat is £60, so £30 each. When paying for your boat you'll be asked to provide a mobile number in cases of emergencies.
Life jackets are mandatory and are provided for free.
The lodge opens at 8am, so I suggest met all meet by the lodge at about 7.30am. The fishing is until dusk, which changes as the days get shorter. I guess about 6pm in early October, but we'll be told on the day. We can arrange a time on the day to meet back at the lodge and debrief!
Rusty, did you have a plan for this?
So far it looks like we have the following boat partners:
1. Anderoo, Tigger and Steve Walker
2. Vagabond and Norma (+ possibly one extra)
3. Rusty and JV44
4. Alex and Matthew Simmons
A quick summary of what you'll need (aside from rod, reel, lures, etc.)
- food and drink for the day
- something comfy to sit on (e.g. unhooking mat) and some way of stop it blowing away (e.g. bungie cords)
- if you burn easily, sunblock
- a drogue per boat [NB Alex and Budgie have these]
- ideally a fishfinder per boat [NB Alex and Budgie have these]
- unhooking tools [NB Alex and Budgie have these]
- not essential, but H block markers can be useful to mark the start of drifts etc.
Releasing deep-water zander
Please see post #74 here for information about how to release zander caught from deep water (very important): http://www.anglersne...-october/page-8
The AN Zander Cup
Thanks to Rusty, the AN Zander Cup will be awarded to the captor of the longest zander on the day (unless it's JV44).
Finally, a link to the website with the rules etc.: http://www.anglianwa...shing/pike.aspx
Edited by Anderoo, 12 September 2014 - 09:01 AM.