Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 12th October 2014

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 12th October 2014

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As we go deeper into autumn, weather conditions appear to have been the biggest factor influencing the nature of the sport this week. Bad weather at the start of the week saw anglers monitoring the forecasts & deciding not to venture out. Indeed, I found it most bizarre having the whole fleet of 32 boats booked out on Sunday to then see it reduced to one solitary vessel on Monday! Tuesday was also quiet in terms of angler numbers with a total of 19 on the water from boat & bank .

After weeks of constant pressure I am sure that the fishery benefitted from a couple of quiet days as come Wednesday tremendous sport was being enjoyed by boat & bank anglers alike. Bank regular Geoff Allsop spent a day in Toft alternating his tactics between minkies & appetisers and green buzzers plus various palmers. He ended the day with a total of 29!  Despite awful weather, Kenny Sichi & his party of six anglers also enjoyed fantastic sport out in the boats. Their total catch exceeded 120 fish topped by a 7lbs for Ian Dobbie. Meanwhile, also in the boat, John Fudge netted a. magnificent grown on  rainbow of 7lbs 2oz (see photo on Facebook). His superb specimen came to an olive buzzer fished in Toft Shallows

The action continued into Thursday which saw season rod Tony Broadway back on the bank to take total of 15 whilst Mr Armstrong was glad that he spent an afternoon boat as his catch included a brownie of 6lbs.Tony could not resist coming straight back  on Friday & was rewarded with a twenty plus catch to buzzers. He fished with fellow season rods John Dews & Gordon Slack who both also got into the action with similarly large catches.

Stars of the week were probably the “Paisley Patterns Fly Fishers”, ten of whom spent a three day break with us on Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Their sport progressively improved with every day and they ended their holiday break very pleased with a joint total of 269 trout – equating to an astonishing individual rod average of 11.2 for each of their three days! Amongst the large numbers of browns appearing this week special note should also be made of a wonderful 7lbs specimen taken on Saturday by Vince Aronica off the Tower Bank using a fry imitation. Take a look at a photograph of it as it also appears on our Facebook page.

Notwithstanding the welcome return of buzzer activity this week, (once more the olive & smaller blacks), it is the fry feeding activity which has been the highlight of this period. Best areas have been Toft, Cornfield, Lin Croft & Biggin Bay together with Rainbow Corner. Browns & rainbows have been marauding the shoals of fry tight to the margins. Bank anglers are advised to avoid the temptation to wade unnecessarily and numerous anglers have commented on witnessing  packs of fish on fry bashing forays between them & the bank!


Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:   265         Number Trout Taken:   418    Number Trout Released:   1029

Total Catch:      1447            Weekly Rod Average:  5.5

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:30

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 18:30

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until 13:00 PM 13:00 until 18:30

Last 4 Hours from:  14:30 until 18:30 (Ticket sales available from 14:15)

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:45

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

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 its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

Congratulations to Mr John Hurst of Marlow who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.


Tight lines


Dates for the Diary

2014 Closing Day falls on Sunday 30th November.


Sunday 23rd November 9.00am – 4.00pm fished to fishery rules, 8 fish limit, no entry fee.

                                              !! NOTE: Only FOUR boats remaining!!

Prize for Christmas Hamper 1st Christmas Wine 2rd and Christmas Wine 3rd & Bottle Whiskey largest fish everybody brings a raffle prize.      Call the lodge to book your boat


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