EPFFA Boat Championships - Rutland Water 2016
The EPFFA Boat Championships 2016 were again held at Rutland Water and once again the April weather was as consistent as ever with cold South Easterly winds blowing across the main basin and arms. Although the sun was bright and provided enough UV rays to burn one or two fair skinned and balding members, it was not warm enough to stir the natural insect life into action.
These conditions did not deter the enthusiasm of the 45 participating anglers and from the off, there was a flurry of activity as boats sped to all corners or the reservoir looking for the pods of fish that would be essential for an early bag limit and a chance of winning the title or even qualifying to represent the England Police team at the Five Nations match in September.
I started up at Fantasy Island where Gary Haskins and Dave Summers and one or two others were searching the banks without too much success. Most of these boats dispersed to other parts after a short time and went looking else where, me, I went across to Carrot Creek where Ian Wood and Bob Seeber were spotted playing fish very close to the shore.
Being single crewed, trying to fish short drifts into the bank in such windy conditions was somewhat difficult and I soon moved away and made my way up the North arm passing Tony Barclay (Northumbria) and Tony Smith (Nottinghamshire) on their way back to the Lodge with their respective bag limits having achieved great success down at Barnsdale Road end.
One short drift along Barnsdale Road end produced 4 brown trout in about 20 minutes, great you may think, but no, not so good for me because I didn't have the rainbows to allow me to count them! Great sport but wrong species and I couldn't tempt those elusive rainbows - even though I was using the same fly patterns as Tony Barclay - hey ho. (Black Buzzer, Black diawl back with red holo body and yellow blob fished on a Di7 line)
Bob Eaton, Simon Peck, Dave Allen, Richard Hood were also fishing in the same location (as well as a few others) and managed to achieve their bag limits however most were caught long before my arrival on the scene! Remarkably, only one person failed to catch that day, bad luck Mark Davies (North York's), better luck next time.
As you see from the results 17 anglers caught their 12 fish limit (including 8 fish catch & release) and scored time / bonus weight. (8oz per 15 minutes) but unfortunately only the top 16 qualify for the England Team. (A rather sickening result for Pete Solomon (North York's) who finished 17th position with his bag limit and time bonus weight)
The overall winner was Tony Barclay with a weight of 33 lb 7 oz. which included 8 lb 8 oz time bonus weight for finishing at 13:15 hrs. In second place, beaten by just 1 oz, was Tony Smith with a total weight of 33 lb 6 oz which included 9 lb 8 oz time bonus weight for finishing at 12:45 hrs. In third place as Dave Allen (Cheshire) with a total weight of 32 lb 15 oz which included 9 lb time bonus weight for finishing at 13:00 hrs. The biggest 4 fish bag was caught by Dave Farrar (North York's) who had a total weight of 9 lb 12 oz including the biggest rainbow on the day of 3 lb 2 oz. The biggest fish on the day was a brown trout of 3 lb 3 oz caught by Rory Noble. (Northumbria). 166 fish were brought to the scales and a further 200 were returned to fight another day. The full results are shown in the sheet shown.
The 2017 Championship will be held at Rutland on Thursday 20th April, so book your time off early to avoid disappointment. Malcolm Naylor, Secretary.
With reference to the Boat Championships held at Rutland Water on Thursday. Please click here to see the attached PDF file for the full results. Congratulations go to Tony BARCLAY, (Northumbria) who won the event with 12 fish and a total weight of 33lb 7oz. Tony Smith (Nottinghamshire) was a very close second with 12 fish for 33lb 6oz.
The biggest fish on the day was caught by Rory Noble (Northumbria) who caught a Brown Trout weighing 3lb 3oz. A total of 45 anglers competed in the event, catching 166 fish for 327lb 15oz and all but one competitor failed to catch. The top 16 rods including 2 reserves will attend Menteith in September to represent the England team. (Those highlighted in blue, below)
If any of those who have qualified are unable to attend or discover at a later date that they are unable to attend, it would be greatly appreciated if you could inform me as soon as possible to allow others to make arrangements for their participation.
Well done to those who qualified and lets hope for further success at Menteith. A full report and photos will be added to the website soon. Regards, Malcolm N.