Draycote weekly fishing report 14th – 20th April 2014
A mixed week at Draycote, primarily due to the vagaries of the UK’s spring weather. Warm spring like conditions at the start of the week saw a rod average of 10.8 on the Monday with numerous anglers catching between fifteen & twenty five fish on both boat & bank. Buzzer tactics proved to be the best method as the hatch of black buzzer was tremendous. By Tuesday morning the back of the Farborough Bank dam was home to clouds & clouds of buzzer with many walkers & runners choosing to wear face masks to avoid them!
Then a complete change in the wind resulted in a sustained cold north easterly with overnight frosts. By Wednesday anglers were reporting hard fishing, made even harder when combined with amazing water clarity. Nevertheless, regular bank angler Tony Broadway was not to be thwarted and showed folk how it was done with a 16 fish total taken on buzzers.
Notts police hosted an inter-force friendly on Thursday in the boats & despite less than favourable condition, eighteen anglers caught 65 fish up to 5lbs. This was followed up by regulars Mr Jones & Dempsey, in very cold conditions on Saturday, with lure caught rainbows of 6lbs 1oz,5lbs 4oz &5lbs 4oz in their tally. Thornton member Paul Martindale also did well on the rudder fishing tube flies to catch a total of 10.
Those who have fished finer with smaller nymphs in the clear water conditions have benefitted. Various gold head patterns, especially damsels, fished on intermediates have also scored. Toft Bank & Shallows still holds a large population of fish. During the week some good sport has also been had at Lin Croft, Biggin Bay & the Tower Bank. Rainbow Corner has not been productive due to the consistent direction of cold winds. Ironically, as I write, at the end of a much warmer day, a pair of boat anglers have just booked in an eight fish bag each complaining (tongue in cheek) that it was too easy!…
In order to maintain the accuracy of our records can anglers be politely reminded to ensure completion of the booking out sheet prior to leaving the site.
July 13th Rio Boat Pairs Match – now in its 4th year. Friendly match & atmosphere. Excellent prizes down to tenth place.
Entry £25 per person plus fishing fees.
To book please call the Fishing Lodge on 01788 812018.
Current fishing times:
Bank 07:30 until 20:30
Boat 08:30 until 20.15 Part Day Boat 08.30 – 2.00pm / 2.00pm – 8.15pm
Last 4 hour permit available from 4.15pm
All anglers to be off site by 20:30
Bank anglers Cap Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.
tight lines Kevin Hart
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