Draycote Weekly Fishing Report w/e Sunday17th May 2015.
Draycote has again produced some excellent fishing this week. The changing weather hasn’t made it very comfortable at times, with sun block needed one day, and a pair of gloves and big coat the next. But all in all a good week, with gin clear water and fish moving around either in or near the surface, anglers from both the boat and the bank have enjoyed some sporadic, but excellent sport. The fish seem to be concentrating on buzzers at the moment. (remember, you can use any colour, as long as it’s black) the best sizes being 12’s and 14’s.. These are also accounting for some good browns, particularly off the Tower bank, Dunns and Biggin bay. Mr Roly Hill, one of our season ticket holders, caught a beautiful 5 ¼ lb brown on Tuesday from Biggin bay, using a black buzzer fished on a floating line. On Wednesday season ticket holder Mr John Dickens, caught a 5 ½ lb rainbow using the same method. On Friday Mr Don Roper followed up with another cracking rainbow of 5lb 2oz from the cornfield, yet again on a black buzzer.
Wednesday saw the arrival of the AMFC match and the Police Service UK team qualifier. Both matches seemed to go off without a hitch and despite the bright sunshine and warm conditions, anglers commented that the water fished extremely well. The AMFC caught a total of 218 fish for a competition rod average of 6.5, while PSUK caught a total of 55 fish for a competition rod average of 2.7. Well done to all those who took part.
On Saturday we hosted the Water Industries Game Fishing Championships, attended by 98 members of the water industry from all over the country. The preceding practice days went very well with a number of rods catching well into double figures. Saturday dawned with a strong westerly breeze that could have dampened the day. But as the morning rolled through this gave way to a mild but breezy afternoon with some excellent sport on buzzers, dawl bachs’ and small black and green lures. The Overall event was won by the team from Natural Resources Wales with 38 fish for 107lb 6oz.
Choice of line is proving vital at the moment. The vast majority of fish are being caught using Floaters, midge tips, or a slow intermediate but, a few anglers have had a lot of success using a DI 5, washing line with a FAB blob on the point and a couple of buzzers. The line is then retrieved almost as soon as the flies have touched the water, thus giving the flies a chance to fish down through the depths and back up again just before the flies reach the boat. In the last couple of weeks this method has proved to be deadly in some of our competitions.
All areas of the lake are producing fish, with the usual hot spots hitting the headlines, Toft Shallows, Dunns and Biggin Bay, Lincroft Point, the Cornfield and the Tower bank. Boats using the rudder and fast sinking lines are also taking good bags of fish through the centre of the reservoir, with the best areas being the Draycote dam, Middle shoal, through Croft Shoal and down through G buoy into Toft.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank those anglers who volunteered to act as stewards for the Water Industries match on Saturday. They were;
Mr Graham Homer
Mr Ray Rouse
Mr Mike Garner
Mr Dave Ralph.
A very grateful thank you from all the staff here at Draycote. Without your help the competition could not have run as smoothly as it did.
Weekly Free Boat Draw
This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr Tim Lycett from Atherstone.. .
Number Rods: 586 Number Trout Taken: 942 Number Trout Released: 1047
Total Catch: 1989 Weekly Rod Average: 3.4
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 21:00
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:00
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:45 PM 14:45 until 21:00
Last 4 Hours from: 17:00 until 21:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:30