Draycote weekly fishing report Monday 5th May – Sunday 11th May
Once again a week of changing weather with unsettled conditions. The week started warm & mild but extreme winds & very heavy showers were with us by the weekend.
The fishing remained consistent throughout with an average of 4.5 most days. On Monday traditional patterns proved their worth with Mr Parsley catching 13 from the bank on a Bibio. Buzzers fished “Washing Line” style with a FAB Blob was also reported as taking plenty of fish in Toft, whilst Stuart Llewellyn fished Snatchers for a total of 16 fish, also in Toft Shallows. Season rod Matt Hanlon also had a “Brill Day” afloat catching rainbows up to 6lbs in an 11 fish total.
On Tuesday Graham Pearson & John Wylde enjoyed fine sport in Rainbow Corner boating a total of 21fish. Graham Homer fished buzzer from the boat on Wednesday & tempted a 6lbs 12 oz Rainbow during what described as “a great day.”
Bank regular Geoff Allsop yet again excelled during his Thursday visit. He fished small spider patterns, green palmers & hoppers at Lin Croft & Hensborough for a day’s tally of 27. We played host to the Police Eastern Regional Qualifier that day with their 20 boats catching 142 trout recording a rod average of 3.55.
On Friday, Barry Buxton had an exciting evening boat session off the Farborough Bank dam catching 21rainbows. He found success mainly on damsel patterns and also managed to land his first ever “double up”. Meanwhile, on the bank, Brian Allwood caught & returned a brownie estimated at over 7lbs.
Saturday & Sunday saw the arrival of strong westerly winds with some gusts in excess of 35mph.Boat fishing areas had to be restricted as a consequence but, despite uncomfortable conditions,106 rods managed 436 fish for a rod average of 4.1.
An evening session on the rudder saw season rod Tom Morris take four beautifully established rainbows for a weight of 16lbs. On Sunday we welcomed our now annual visit from the Norweigan national team headed up by Peter Eggleton who demonstrated how to catch in adverse winds with a 14 fish total on the drift.
Finally, Mr A Swift, visiting for the weekend, decided that a second day afloat in the windy conditions was not for him. He therefore ventured onto the bank in Rainbow Corner where he promptly took an 8lbs 2oz rainbow on a size 12 black buzzer –the best fish of the week!
In order to maintain the accuracy of our records can anglers be politely reminded to ensure completion of the booking out sheet prior to leaving the site.
Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as it’s own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.
Tuition Day with Hywel Morgan, Beginners tuition day Sunday 1st June, all tackle provided including fishing permit £60.00 contact the lodge for details
Number of rods for the week: 351 Number of fish taken: 658 Number of fish released: 825
Total Catch: 1483 Rod Average: 4.22 Best fish: 8lbs 2ozs Rainbow
Current fishing times:
Bank 07:30 until 21:00
Boat 08:30 until 20.45
Part Day Boat 08.30 – 2.00pm / 2.00pm – 8.45pm
Last 4 Hours commences : Boat 17:00 / Bank 16:45
All anglers to be off site by 21:15
Bank anglers Car Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.
Tight lines, Kevin Hart