Draycote fishing report week ending 31/07/2012

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The fishing has again overall been very good and consistent over this last week, with many bag limits being taken. Floating lines and nymphs have taken the vast majority of fish.

The fish are at times, still lying deeper than you would expect in the water for this time of the year. On my day off I fished Toft Shallows with a beginner and between us we landed over 2o fish, all taken on buzzers between 8-12 feet down, using a midge tip line.

Rainbow Corner fished very well last Sunday with a 21 rod match taking a rod average of 3.7, several of then taking their bag limits on buzzers, both straight lined and on the bung.

A short lasting spell of green algae this week, very thick in places, quelled the fishing for a short while, however once dispersed, the fishing hit top form again very quickly. The water clarity is now back to being very good.

A noticeable catch this last week was regular angler and buzzer fisherman John Hoskins. John was alongside me in Toft Shallows and his 8 fish went 31lb 6oz.

Eugene Hughes from London enjoyed some great sport whilst fishing a DI-5 sweep line through the middle of the lake, around D buoy. Eugene landed 26 fish, many of which he claims were between 3.5 -4.5lb. He fished with a black and green gold head on the point and a black and green blob on the dropper.

Eugene Hughes and Mike Williams shared the spoils for this weeks biggest fish, with them both catching and releasing a fish estimated at 6.5lb. Mike commented “It looked like a salmon”! I’ll not mention the one I lost on a size 14 Diawl Bach estimated at 7lb!!!

We still have places available for the boat pairs match on Sunday the 17th of August. It is fished to fishery rules and you can fish with your partner. The two anglers with the heaviest combined weight wins £1000. To book please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018

The final heat for the Lexus individual is held at Draycote Water on Friday the 10th of August. To book for this please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018

Number of fish caught 489
Number of fish returned 510
Number of rods 241
Rod average 4.1

Best flies, black buzzers, red and green holographic rib Diawl Bachs, crunchers, UV crunchers, hares ears fab blobs, boobies, and dries in the right conditions.

Best lines have been floating lines, midge tips, slow intermediates, and DI-5 sweep has worked well from the boats when looking out for the bigger fish in the deeper waters.

Boat bookings are high at the moment so booking is advised. If you are planning to fish from the bank please call ahead to the fishing lodge to reserve a bank parking permit – this gets you access around the lake. Access is available to the boat pontoon, however is restricted to the less busier times of the day. Barriers can consequently be opened if requested, by asking a member of staff at the fishing lodge.

Tight Lines
Craig Barr