Draycote Water Fishing Report W/E 07/04

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Draycote week ending 07/04/2013 The weekend just gone by, you would have thought we had finally turned the corner with the cold weather, however it is now Tuesday and we are back to norm with a cool NE wind. The fishing has remained overall very good, however one or two signs now showing the fish are starting to spread out a bit more, and no longer sitting in tight shoals 15 yards from the bank. The West Mids Police force had their first match on Draycote Water on Wednesday and 15 anglers managed a rod average of 7 fish per angler, with Rich Watkins weighing in the biggest at 41/4lb. Mr English had a cracking bag from the bank with two of his four fish being over wintered rainbows weighing 4lb+. J black band recorded the best fish from the bank, a nice rainbow of 5lb. Thirteen bank anglers recorded in excess of a dozen fish each from the bank this last week ! The boats have also continued to fish very well. Mr L Jones had a fantastic day landing 25 fish to the boat with the best two weighing 6lb4oz and 4lb 8oz respectively.  Regular visitor Colin England also had a great day with 20 fish to the boat, the best being 4lb. The best bank areas have been the North shore, dictated predominantly by the consistent wind direction. Toft Shallows has also produced some big catches, towards the bird hide corner. The tower bank is consistently producing over wintered fish each week. Boats have produced fish all over the lake, though predominantly Toft Shallows and the North Shore, due to sheltering from the cold winds. The best methods remain with the lures, however this week has seen a noticeable increase in fish being caught on buzzers, especially red ones. In the more sheltered bays reports of good buzzer hatches have been coming in. Forthcoming events – July Saturday 13th – Rio Master Boat Pairs(fish with your chosen partner) – £1000 tackle prize for 1st place. Prizes to 10th place. Entry fee £25 + fishing fees. Friendly competition – everyone welcome. The match will be fished to International Rules. August 4th – £1000 pairs boat competition. This is a floating line only match and boat pairings will be drawn on the morning of the event. The winning combined partner’s bag weights will win £1000 cash. Entry fee will be £25pp + normal fishing fees.(Prize fund will be determined by number of entrants) Sat & Sun 27th & 28th July – Lexus Individual International competition. Open to anyone. This is a friendly event and is an ideal icebreaker if you have ever wanted to fish a competition. The individual overall winner at the final wins a top of the range Lexus 4×4. October 13th   – £1000 pairs match. This competition will be fished to reservoir rules. Entry fee will be £25 + fishing fees. To book into any of the above events please call the fishing lodge on 01788812018 The cafe above the fishing lodge opens on Saturday the 27th, however is opening at 10am, so lunches and snacks will be available throughout the day. Total number of fish caught 362     Total number of fish returned 878   Total number of rods  184 Rod average 6.7 Tight Lines Craig Barr