Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 22th November 2015
This week has seen the fishery hit with strong winds, meaning that on Wednesday and Saturday boats were unable to go out at all, with conditions for the rest of the week being unfavourable. Although despite the conditions the anglers have continued to catch 482 trout giving a road average of 3.35.
The strong winds and cool temperatures have meant the fish have remained tight into the banks and the shallows of the shoals. Towards the end of the week minus evening temperatures and cold days have started to chill the water, this will hopefully mean that the final week is filled with fish hitting the fry in an attempted to get much needed protein before the winter really kicks in.
Due to the high winds the boat fishing has not been as productive as previous weeks with correct presentation being a challenge in the blustery conditions. However those that have done well off the boats this week have found success on snakes, Zonkers and Minkies fished on 3 inch per second sinking lines and intermediates. Mr B Burton had great sport Monday afternoon landing 8 trout in 4 hours all falling to black and green snakes.
The bank is continuing to fish well with the best tactics being to fish close into the bank with either floating fry patterns often teamed with small nymphs or Minkies. The best lines have been either floater when the wind has been slightly calmer or hover lines when fishing into the wind just in order to try and insure the line and flies are not blown around. Some of the best catches of the week came when the wind was at its strongest. On Wednesday a day plagued with strong winds season ticket holders John Dews & Tony Broadway had great catches of 14 & 7 from the Hensborough Bank. Jim Hall also had a great day Wednesday landed 6 fantastic rainbows which tipped the scales at 17lb 5oz.
On Sunday we hosted the annual Fur & Feather match with 38 anglers fishing for the chance to take home a fantastic Christmas hamper and boxes of wine. The day was a cold one with temperatures not reaching much above 0 all day. The high winds of the day before had passed the anglers where greeted with a much calmer day, in fact the match started in the flat calm. The rod average for the day was 2.5, although a number of people had their 8 fish limits. The best methods on the day were snakes or tubes fished on 3 or 5 inch per second lines. With the best areas being Farborough spit, the inlet, Lincroft point, Farborough bank and around the pontoon. Some cracking fish where to be caught as well several over 4lb with the biggest falling to Lee Henfrey a cracking rainbow of 5lb 14oz. As well as winning the prize for the biggest fish Lee won the day with 8 fish for 24lb 6oz meaning he walked away with the Christmas hamper. In second place was Peter Elliot with 8 fish for 22lb 11oz and taking third was Yousef Dar with 8 fish for 20lb 14oz.
Best flies: Snakes, Minkies, Tubes, Floating Fry Patterns, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers and FABS.
Best areas; Hensborough Bank, Toft Bay, Lin Croft, Biggin Bay, Dunn’s Bay & Tower Bank
Weekly Boat Draw
The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr Adam Gunby from Enderby, Leicester
Number Rods: 144 Number Trout Taken: 214 Number Trout Released: 269
Total Catch: 482 Weekly Rod Average: 3.35
Current Fishing Time:
Bank: 07:30 until 16.00
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 16.00
Boat First Four Hours: AM 08:30 until 12.00 PM 12.00 until 16.00
Last 4 Hours from: 12.00 until 16.00
All Anglers to be off site by: 16.00
The Ultimate “Try Before You Buy”:
Not sure which Sage Rod or Rio Fly line to purchase? Then take the guesswork out of your decision making. We now have an extensive range of demonstration Sage Rods, Reels & Rio lines which you are able to try before you buy. Have a cast or take them for a fish – the ultimate “Try before you buy” to help take the guesswork out of your next Sage or Rio purchase.
Confirmation of Non Native Shrimp
The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)
To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge
• Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS, DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.
• Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.
• Dry – Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.
If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff