Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 8th October 2017
Telephone 01788 812018
It’s been yet another interesting week here at Draycote. With the rod average at 2.9 it’s fished well, with bank angling improving as we march on towards the end of the season. A large number of anglers were visiting us from far and wide towards the end of the week, trying to get a feel for the place for the Troutmasters final on Monday 9th October. The venue was put to the test over this past week and I have to say, there is not an area of the bank or from the boats were fish have not been caught.
Monday was a dull damp day with a cold north westerly blowing. Ray Cramp fished an afternoon session on the bank to net 13 fish, whilst Kevin Rees netted 18 fish from the bank with a washing line and shrimp patterns. Tom Morris took to the boats with a friend visiting from overseas to catch 3 fish in an afternoon session.
Tuesday was a very busy day which turned in a rod average of 4.9. Tony Broadway took to the bank to catch 12 fish on crunchers. Jude Tuffs caught 7 from the bank in Biggin bay. Mr E Jarvis caught 7 fish from a boat. Mr M Rough caught 6 fish from a boat on claret dabblers and nymphs. Geoff Allsopp caught 10 fish from the bank with the best weighing 4lbs and commented on A great day. Mr Steve Barby caught 6 fish from a boat, the best of which weighed 4lbs 8oz.
Wednesday was an early start for us, trying to get some good shots of the sunrise for the photographers. Someone else with an early start was Tony Broadway, who managed 15 fish from the bank, again on a washing line and crunchers. Matt Harris and Andy Lane fish around the tower and the deeper water on the Draycote dam using floating fry patterns to net 25 fish between them. But the best fish of the season so far fell to a pink booby for Mr A Jackson, a beautiful 11lb brown trout, which was duly photographed and returned, well done. Photo on or Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore
Thursday was bright and blustery with the wind blowing from the north west. Brian Warwick managed 11 fish from the bank, whilst John Dickens caught 8 fish from the bank on shrimp patterns. Mr M Rough netted 6 fish from a boat on crippled fry patterns and crunchers.
Again the bank anglers were doing well on Friday with fish being caught all along the north shore although casting wasn’t easy with the breeze swinging round from time to time. Tony Broadway managed 7 fish from Biggin bay whilst Peter Elliott had 6 fish from the same spot. Mr Paul Walley caught 11 fish from the bank on a silver muddler. Dave Adkins also managed 11 from the side of Lincroft point on a variety of lures. Don Roper caught 8 fish from Lincroft point on a big red fished off his double hander.
Saturday saw many anglers splitting their day between boat and bank whilst practicing form Mondays Troumasters competition. They played their cards very close to their chest but all seemed to be pleased with their day out on the water. Mr N and Mr M Hollingshead caught 11 fish from the bank in Biggin bay using buzzers, damsels, nymphs and a cats whisker.. Ant Meadows caught 12 fish from a boat whilst his boat partner, David Neilson had 4. Mr Neill Deakin caught 7 fish from the bank on snakes. Mr A Bennett and Mr M Randall caught 11 fish between them from a boat. Mr Roger Davies caught 3 fish from the bank. Mt Trevor Wadds caught 8 fish from the bank on a cats whisker.
Sunday was a very busy day on Draycote with both the boats and the bank fully booked. Season permit holder Mr Brian Allwood netted 8 fish from the bank on buzzers and reported on Good sport. Peter Elliott and David Hoppe caught 15 fish from a boat in various areas around the reservoir. Steve Gibson caught 6 fish from the bank in Dunns and Biggin bay. Rhys Llewellyn reported on having had some Great sport from a boat, netting 9 fish and losing 20+. Paul Walley had 11 fish from the bank on a minkie and Diawl bachs. Lee Cheshire caught 5 fish from around the tower on a cats whisker.
Weekly Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr Sid Kelly of Solihull who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Number Rods: 319 Number Trout Taken: 255 Number Trout Released: 690
Total Catch: 945 Weekly Rod Average: 2.9
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 18.30
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 18:30
Boat Part Day: 08:30 until 14:00 – 14:00 until 18:30
Last 4 Hours from: 14:30 until 18:30 (Ticket sales available from 14:15)
Gutting Room Closes: 18:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 19:00
The Fur and Feather match.
This year’s Fur and Feather match will take place on Sunday 26th November 2017. The match is a pairs event (fishing with your own boat partner) which, as usual, will be fished to reservoir rules (but rudders will NOT be allowed). The event will be fished to an eight fish limit (normal permit prices apply) together with a special discount boat price of £15 per boat (reduced from the normal £24.50). Fishing hours will be 9-4pm due to the reduced daylight. This will equate to a cost per angler of £36.50. The winning pair will win a Christmas Hamper each. Second & third prizes will be wines & spirits with port for the largest fish. Boats can be booked in the normal way at the lodge or by phone on 01788 812018.
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this matter will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better, or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates. Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
Early Morning Anglers
Due to a number of complaints from the residents of the houses by the main Draycote gate, could all anglers arriving early in the morning please keep noise to a minimum level, and if waiting for any more than a few minutes, please switch off your engines. The main gate is open from 7.30am
The Draycote Team
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