Draycote report week ending 01/04/2013
Despite the cold weather Draycote has continued to produce top quality fishing. The relentless east to north east winds has certainly taken the edge off the temperature, yet the fish are still in the mood to chase.
Kevin Appleton from Oakham fished with England International Sheena Goode, his first time at Draycote. Between them they managed 38 fish to the boat, with the best fish weighing approx 4.5lb. They took their haul on Di-5 lines and fab blobs and a pitsford pea lure.
Ellerdine’s Ed and his brother also visited Draycote. They too had in excess of 20 fish between them. Mr M Nicol recorded the best fish of the week, an 8lb rainbow.
Plenty of anglers recorded fish weighing over 4lb, most of which were over wintered fish. Worcestershire’s David Hoppe landed a cracking over wintered fish on Friday weighing around 5.5lb. This was taken off the cornfields on a midge tip line and buzzer.
Sunday saw the Airflo world masters bank competition. David Hoppe was the overall winner, with 12 fish from the bank, the biggest about 4lb(all but 1 fish returned). North East’s Peter Appleby took the 2nd qualifying spot with 9 fish. Peter landed some cracking over wintered fish, the biggest nearing 5lb.
As for areas, it has to be said the whole lake is producing, both bank and boat. Whilst aiding a beginner yesterday, I managed myself 8 fish in under 30 minutes from a boat along the dam wall in front of the lodge – an area anglers rarely stop to fish !!
The best flies are Gold head damsels, cats whiskers, Orange Fabs, Tequila blobs and small boobies.
The best lines have been intermediates from the bank and di-5 and di-7 from the boats, with short leaders allowing the flies to get down.
With the weather forecast to break for the better in 8 days time, the forthcoming weeks promise to be fantastic !!
Draycote Competition Dates
Rio masters boat pairs – Saturday 13th July – floating line only- entry fee £50 per pair.
£1000 PAIRS MATCH – Sunday August 4th – Floating line only
£1000 pairs match – Sunday 13th October – Reservoir rules
To reserve a boat for the above competitions please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018
Number of fish killed 315 Fish returned 913 Number of anglers 115 Rod average 10.67
Bank fishing from 7.30am
Boats from 8.30am till 7.15pm
Morning boats 8.30am till 1.45pm / afternoon Boats 1.45 till 7.15pm
Last 4hr Boats 3.15pm till 7.15pm
All Anglers Offsite by 7.45pm
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