Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 2nd November 2014
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Yet another good week at Draycote, although it was a tough and chilly start on Monday with a rod average of only 1.6. Nevertheless, regulars Ray Rouse and John Dickens both managed seven a piece from the bank.
As reported in previous weeks, the fish are feeding mainly on fry, tight up against the banks and other structures. Whilst fry patterns and lures have worked well, anglers have proved yet again that buzzers on a washing line or dries, are still worth a try.
Warmer weather on Tuesday saw 36 rods take a total of 136 fish for a rod average of 3.77. Brian Allwood put back one rainbow in excess of 6lbs in his 8 fish total from the bank. Dave Adkins also had a field day coaxing 15 on nymphs from Toft Shallows during a brief , but hectic, morning visit.
Floating Fry patterns fished on a dead drift across the ripple brought eleven full finned rainbows to the net for Paul Beasley on Wednesday with many more takes missed. Paul was in action yet again on Saturday when he teased another 10 fish out on his epoxy fry pattern. Mick Cronin was also in action with the fry feeders on the bank on Wednesday. His eight fish total included five browns. Kevin Rees excelled (yet again) with a total of 21 to buzzers presented on a washing line from the bank at Lin Croft. Tony Parker boat fished the Farborough bank and Toft and took eight rainbows to 5 ½ lbs on a Cruncher and Sparkler Booby combination.
Mark Hunt visited on Thursday hoping to introduce his brother to fry bashers on his first ever visit afloat on Draycote Water. They soon found their targets chasing the roach fry in Biggin Bay. Mark netted ten rainbows to 3 ½ lbs on a mix of Crunchers and Minkie Boobies. His brother added a further three to their total – all caught and released. Mark described it as “great fishing” and later E mailed us to say that all his fish were in excellent condition, all sporting big tails. He did well to have managed to land a “double up” of grown on residents!
Yusuf Dar also fished on Thursday but stayed on the bank for a change. He caught fourteen in total which included a brown in the 6 – 7 lbs bracket caught and released together with a 5lb rainbow.
One member of staff has this week, on two separate occasions, caught and released two magnificent browns. The first fish weighed about 7 lbs, whilst the second was about 9lbs. We were all really, really pleased for him as I’m sure you can imagine.
The winner of this weeks free boat draw is Mr Kieron Barnes from Rugby.
Anglers should be aware that the season ends here at Draycote on 30th November 2014 and we open again on 4th March 2015.
We are now being asked about the availability of season tickets for next year. Anyone interested should contact the lodge as soon as possible but should note that there already is a short waiting list for these.
Best flies. Crunchers, Buzzers, Dawl Bachs – Daddies – Minkie Booby’s, floating fry patterns
Best bank areas. Lin Croft Point, the Cornfield, Toft and Biggin Bay.
Best boat areas Toft, Farborough Spit, Biggin Bay Lin Croft point and the Cornfield.
Number Rods: 250 Number Trout Taken: 261 Number Trout Released 482
Total Catch: 743 Weekly Rod Average: 2.9
Current Fishing Time:
Bank: 07:30 until 16:45
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 16:45
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until12:15 PM 12:15 until 16:45
Last 4 Hours from: 12:45 (Ticket sales available from 12:30)
All Anglers to be off site by: 17:15
Boat anglers are reminded that there is no anchoring within 100yds of the pontoons or aerators.
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.
Bank Anglers car passes should be, where possible, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available
Draycote Fly Fishers Association is the local angling club to Draycote Water. During the season they organise various club competitions and during the winter they hold six club meetings at a venue in Dunchurch. For further information contact the club secretary Graham Homer 02476 402464
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