Draycote Water weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 3rd May 2015
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Unseasonal high winds have dominated most of this week’s weather which commenced with strong, cold, gusty westerlies. These stayed with us for most of the week which brought bank anglers increasingly hard conditions, with fish moving out of the margins into deeper water. Most of the boats on Sunday & Monday were on the drift practising for a big event fished to International rules on Tuesday. Many found buzzer feeding fish holding at 10-15 feet down in the water column & a few were highly successful using Di5&7 sinkers in conjunction with FAB blobs & buzzer. In the run up to the event eight Scottish anglers representing Change Fly Fishers rose to the challenge. They booked a three day holiday break & collectively caught over 100 trout each day!
Match day for the British Police v Royal Navy & Marines + the Police Fly Fishing Association Community Challenge Match saw the whole fleet out on the water in what proved to be another very windy and very challenging day with gusts exceeding 30 mph at one point. Nevertheless some cracked it again & in the Tri match Change FF managed to take top honours with 39 fish for 99lbs 5oz. They were followed by the English Fly Fishing Association with 29 for 82lbs 12oz. Third place went to the police with 28 for 77lbs 3oz.. David Moore caught the largest fish of the event with a cracking rainbow of 6lbs 13oz. The whole event was fished to a three fish limit followed by barbless catch & release. Best individual performance went to the Police team’s Gary Haskins with a total catch of twelve trout. Lady luck was on his side as he also later won first prize in the after dinner raffle! Congratulations to Gary as well as to the hard work of the event Organiser/Administrator – Calum Fraser.
Notwithstanding some good boat bags & numerous reports of excellent sport, Wednesday saw only two bank anglers out for whom conditions remained very hard. Thursday saw some good sport, especially on the buzzer, with numerous rainbows in the five pounds bracket caught. It was nice to see Kevin Rees on the bank & he showed the way (as usual!) with an eight fish total on buzzers presented in Dunns Bay in tricky conditions.
Thursday night into Friday saw a complete change in wind direction as a cold easterly took over. Once again, despite it now being May, the early morning saw frost on the car windscreen as well as in the boats & part of the pontoon. However once things warmed up the action began in earnest from the Cornfield, Lin Croft & Biggin Bay. Boats & bank anglers enjoyed good sport with a combined total of 571 trout for a rod average of 7.82. Twelve season ticket holders fished the bank on Friday & showed the virtue of their collective local knowledge by recording a catch of 114 – equating to a rod average between them of 9.5
Gladly both boat & bank continued to produce brisk sport into Saturday with lots of anglers reporting good results on buzzer, cruncher & diawl bachs. Two season ticket holders also commented on finding good resident fish out over open water whilst two bank anglers together on the Cornfield enjoyed good sport to hot head damsels. Hywell Morgan, here again with us this weekend conducting courses, was watching rising fish in Toft about 25 yards offshore late on Saturday afternoon. Forty to rods fished on Saturday & took 410 fish in total equating to a rod average of 9.7
Sunday dawned as a wet and blustery day with some question as to whether the boats could venture out. Returns showed however, that despite the poor weather most anglers did fairly well, catching mainly on buzzers, nemo crunchers and black lures, with a rather surprising rod average of 4.2
Weekly Free Boat Draw
This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr J Dempsey from Bedworth. .
Number Rods: 368 Number Trout Taken: 464 Number Trout Released: 1203
Total Catch: 1667 Weekly Rod Average: 4.5
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 20:30
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:30
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:30 PM 14:30 until 20:30
Last 4 Hours from: 16:30 until 20:30
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:00
Bank Anglers please note: The bank fishing will be closed for one day on Saturday May 16th as we host the Water Industry Fly Fishing Bank Competition
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