Draycote weekly report week ending 09/09/2012
This week has probably been the trickiest to date as the rod average reflects. Though plenty of fish have been moving, the majority anglers have struggled to connect with them. I managed an hour or so on Friday late afternoon, and took 5 fish, two of which weighed over 5lb ! Depth is proving critical on its day, as the fish are full of light coloured olive daphnia. When the fish feed on daphnia they will follow the food source to whatever depth it goes to, so changing leader lengths and lines is important if you are not taking fish in the upper layers.
Mr K Jones had a good day on Thursday, as he landed 10 trout, the biggest being a brown trout of around 6lb, which was safely returned to fight another day. Andy Axon and Mr K Watts had 8 fish between them, the biggest weighing 4lb 12oz. Mr G Davies of Scotland had the biggest fish of the week, a cracking 8lb rainbow, with 2 of his colleagues weighing in fish over 5lb.
A recent stocking boosted some catches on Friday as the newly stocked fish worked their way around the banks. Don Roper, a regular bank angler, caught 9 fish from the bank at Rainbow Corner, and Nigel Wan also took 8 fish from the bank. The fish have at times been very close to the shores feeding on snails, corixa and native fresh water shrimp in the weeds. Fry have also appeared in some areas, however the fish have not yet focussed on these !! Daphnia is very abundant at the moment and the fish are feeding heavily on it. If fishing from a boat do be prepared to drop onto sinking lines to reach these daphnia feeding trout. Us anglers may think the fish should be at or near the surface, however quite often the fish will have their own agenda !!
Number of rods 262 Number of fish caught 540 Number of fish returned 262 Rod average 2.06
Our Autumn pairs boat match is filling quickly, so for your chance to win £1000 cash then please call the fishing lodge to book your space. Only 8 boats remain !! Reservoir rules, however NO rudder is allowed.
Contact the lodge 01788 812018
Tight Lines Craig Barr