Draycote weekly report week ending 9th March 2015

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending    Sunday 8thMarch 2015

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Draycote has enjoyed another great start to the new season with some terrific catches recorded throughout our first week [NB: A short 5 day week with opening day being a Wednesday). Over 1500 trout were recorded on opening day alone. Notwithstanding some very windy, chilly & at times squally conditions, 400 anglers visited during the course of the week recording a total of 4,700 fish caught. This represents a weekly rod average of 11.75!

Boat & Bank anglers have enjoyed consistent sport & the whole venue has actually been producing well. In fact it would be hard to specify particular hotspots, although perhaps the most consistent areas, especially for the bank anglers, have been the Tower Bank, Dunns & Biggin Bay. Boats have also done well in Biggin Bay & at times off Lin Croft Point. Toft Shallows have also produced, especially during the milder & warmer spells when buzzer tactics have worked for many.

Overall I think it fair to say that this has been the week for the intermediate lines fished in conjunction with various lures. In terms of patterns, the “black & green” theme has continued.  Gold & hot head damsel patterns have also been hard to beat. Similarly, the Black & Silver Humungus has accounted for a lot of fish. Generally they have been found to be running the shorelines or holding on the drop offs.

There have been too many excellent catches to name them all however, congratulations must go to Mr White who is new to the sport. He caught & released 25 in what he proudly described as his “Best Day Ever!”. Mike Oliver also excelled on Sunday using buzzers whilst Andy Ball simply had a ball describing his day as “Awesome”.

Numerous rainbows in the five pounds bracket have been encountered but the biggest fish recorded so far has been a caught & released Brownie estimated at 8lbs by captor Harry Pinner.

All in all, it has been a fine opening week  with lots & lots of smiling anglers and all bodes well for the season to come. A final cautionary note – do remain mindful of the time of year & make sure that you are well prepared with appropriate clothing.


Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 400  Number Trout Taken:   991    Number Trout Released:   3709

Total Catch:    4,700              Weekly Rod Average:  11.75

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 17:30

Boat All Day:   08:30   until   17:30

Boat Part Day:  08:30  until  13:30    PM 13:30    until  17:30

Last 4 Hours from:  13:30     until   17:30       (Ticket sales available from 13:15      )

All Anglers to be off site by:  18:00

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.

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Dates for the Diary

Draycote Restaurant will be opening at 8.30am on Saturday & Sunday offering anglers breakfast & packed lunches

Hywel Morgan Tuition Days – the first days have limited availability and are on Saturday 28th March & Sunday 29th March. For further details visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk or call the lodge

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