Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 12th July 2015

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 12th July 2015

Draycote Vacancy: Full Time Position: Fishery Ranger, details on our facebook page & our weekly reports page at www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk or email fishery for details www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk

FISHING REPORT

The week opened well on Monday, with a great days fishing, according to the comments left by our anglers. Top of the water sport on dries seemed to be the order of the day, with names such as Big Reds, Sedges and the Yellow Owl, returning one of our best daily rod averages so far this season . Indeed the overall weekly rod average was a very good 3.6.  The week continued getting warmer, but still the fish didn’t seem to push down , even with the bright sunshine and blustery conditions on Thursday, anglers were still reporting taking fish on dries or buzzers on a floating line.

Both Thursday and Friday were very busy days out on the water, with a large number of anglers practising for this past weekends competitions. On Saturday we saw the arrival of the Engalnd Eliminator and Derby Fly Fishers Club competition, and on Sunday Draycote hosted both the Scierra pairs, and The Steve Parton Memorial organised by Alex Booth Fly Fishers.

Some found it a bit difficult on Saturday, with anglers reporting that they were struggling to get fish to the boat. But the reservoir fished well overall.  In the England Eliminator, 52 rods caught a total of 310 fish for a competition rod average of 5.9.The overall winner was Peter Elliott, with 12 fish for 34lb12oz including time bonuses. Mick McLintic recorded the best fish of the competition, with a rainbow of 6lb12oz. During the weigh in, there were15 fish over 4lb in weight brought to the scales.

For their competition,  Derby Fly Fishers Had 9 rods catch a total of 53 fish, for a rod average of 5.8.

Sunday dawned with cloudy skies and a stiff breeze, a good day for fishing (provided the fish have read the rule book). The Scierra pairs match fished very well, with the winning pair of Graeme Bell and Neil Deakin Taking 16 Fish for 48lbs 5oz. Again it was great to see a high number of grown on 4lb rainbows recorded. The overall rod average for the match was 4.9.  

The anglers fishing in the Steve Parton Memorial also seemed to have a good day out, with the match being won by Baz Street, with 8 fish for 23lbs 6oz.

Weekly Free Boat Draw

This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr G Owen from Coalville

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 371    Number Trout Taken:  861     Number Trout Released:   479

Total Catch:    1340              Weekly Rod Average: 3.6

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:45

Boat All Day: 08:30   until   21:45

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30   until 15:30    PM  15:30   until  21:45

Last 4 Hours from: 17:45      until    21:45     

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

 

Fishery Rules

All boat anglers are reminded that they must keep 50yards from the bank and 70 yards from any bank angler.

 

 

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Draycote Fishery Vacancy

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Draycote Fishery Vacancy

Job Title:        Draycote Fishery Ranger

 

Position:        Full Time

 

Location:        Draycote Water, CV23 8AB

 

Reports to:     Fishery Management (UK) Ltd, Draycote Fishery Management

 

You will be primarily based at Draycote water fishery, a popular Midlands reservoir offering fly fishing for rainbow and brown trout with the fishing season 4th March to 30th November.

 

You will be joining a team of permanent and part time staff based at the various fisheries under the Management of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. You will be required to be smart and presentable at work; the Company will provide work clothing. You will also be expected to communicate and offer fishing advice in a knowledgeable and helpful way.

 

You will be working to a monthly rota working any 5 days out of 7, including weekends which will include, split shifts. As is the nature of the fishing season, you will be expected to work 40 weeks averaging 43.55 hours during March to November, working 12 weeks averaging 21.5 hours per week during the period December to February. Salary will be paid by 12 equal monthly amounts. Some overtime may be required by mutual consent.

 

Holiday entitlement 28 days with 7 days allowed during period March to November

 

You may, on occasion, be required to cover at our other venues; travel allowance at a pre-agreed level will be included.

 

Draycote is a popular visitor’s attraction operated by our Landlord Severn Trent Water. There is also a popular and busy sailing club; you will be expected to build up a good working relationship with the various other stakeholders who use the reservoir.

 

The position will include some lone working and when required, responsibility for securing the site at the end of the day.

Job Description

 

Draycote Fishery Ranger

 

Location-                   Draycote Water, Rugby, CV23 8AB

 

Hours-                        2000 hour per annum – pay scale £8.00 – £9.50 p/h

Peak months; March to November – 40 weeks average 43.5 hours per week

Off Peak months; December to February – 12 weeks average of 21.5 hours per week

 

Responsible to –      Fishery Manager

Key Activities-

           To ensure that Customers have an enjoyable and safe experience when using our facilities.

           To manage Staff in a constructive and professional manner.

           To ensure that our facilities are safe and comply with the Company’s legal obligations in respect of Health and Safety, Trading Standards, Environmental and all other relevant legislation.

           To comply with our obligations to the site’s landlord, Severn Trent Water.

           To build constructive working relationships with other site users, such as the Sailing Club & restaurant.

Specific Requirements-

1.         Conduct regular tours of the reservoir to ensure that Anglers are safe, and have the necessary Day Ticket, EA Licence. This also includes building a strong rapport with Anglers and offering guidance and advice to ensure that they get the most enjoyment possible from their visit.

 

2.         Ensure that Draycote  fleet of boats (currently 32) along with the pontoon and other boat facilities; such as life jackets, safety boat and outboard motors; are checked on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, to ensure that they are maintained to the highest standard and comply with all relevant Health and Safety requirements.

This includes taking responsibility for the completion of all relevant safety and maintenance records following each inspection.

 

3.         Manage our team of part time boat staff. This includes rotating shifts, allocating duties, managing performance, conducting induction / Health and Safety training, issuing relevant employment documents such as Employment Contracts, time sheets and weekly pay slips, and ensuring that they are working in a constructive manner to help our Customers.

4.         Checking and accepting delivery of goods to the tackle shop.

5.         Selling day tickets to Anglers in the Tackle Shop / Lodge. 

6.         Using the tackle shop computer to ensure adequate stock levels are maintained in the shop.

7.         Ensure that stock is displayed in the tackle shop to maximise sales.

8.         Conduct / participate in meetings with other site users, such as the Sailing Club, and to help build constructive relationships with them.

9.         Carry out general site maintenance and repairs. If necessary, to liaise with the Company’s Management to arrange for external contractors to carry out necessary maintenance / improvement work.

10.       Conduct monthly Health and Safety checks for the shop, electrical equipment and vehicles. To ensure that up to date Risk Assessments, PAT tests, COSHH assessments, and vehicle maintenance are conducted for the site.

11.       To travel to Foremark when required, to provide additional cover for the Company’s Management.

12.       Locking up and securing the site at closing time.

13.       Ensuring the site is secure and to prevent theft / poaching of stock.

14.       To carry out other reasonable activities as and when required to ensure the smooth running of FM(UK) Ltd’s facilities.

 

Essential Requirements of the Post Holder- 

1.         Two or more years experience of working at a trout fishery.

2.         Good knowledge of boat and outboard motor maintenance 

3.         Good record keeping.

4.         Ability to use the Company’s computers effectively.

5.         Good Management skills, including the ability to demonstrate positive and constructive communication skills.

6.         Experience of working with the public in a leisure / retail environment.

7.         Health and Safety knowledge relevant to Fishery Management.

8.         Experience in managing Stillwater competitions.

9.       Driving Licence

Desirable-

1.         Qualified Angling Instructor

Closing Date For Applications 30th July 2015

 

Forward Applications to lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk 

or

FM(UK)Ltd, New House, Reservoir Road, Thornton, Leicestershire, LE67 1AR

Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 28th June 2015

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 28th June 2015

Despite the ever changing weather conditions, Draycote continues in good form, with a rod average of 3.7. There are an awful lot of fish getting caught in open water now, especially over the shoals, these are often the trout which are either overwintered or being in the reservoir a while, described by one visiting rod as “proper lumps,” these fish have been falling to both nymphs and dry flies at varying times of the day and in various conditions.

Some anglers have reported fish feeding on pin fry already, and this is no surprise as there are literally thousands of them around the pontoon. The slightly cooler weather has now given way to the longer, warmer evenings of late, and this bodes well for that last 4 hour slot, where we are finally beginning to see a good evening rise.

With these warmer temperatures, the fly hatches have started to come on dramatically and anglers are now reporting fish feeding in or near the surface on a daily basis. A search along the edges of the wind lanes with either buzzers or a team of dries is well worth a go.

Kevin Hart took time off from the lodge to take two guests out guiding; he managed to get them both into double figures working the edges of the wind lanes fishing dries, nymph & buzzers.

Kevin is available for casting tuition or guided trips at Draycote, Foremark & Thornton and can introduce you to tubing at Thornton. Further details call the lodge 01788 812018

Toft Shallows has been the dominant area on the water this week, right up against the nature reserve buoys. But the rest of the reservoir is also fishing very well. Rainbow Corner is holding a lot of fish at the moment, more so towards the inlet and the overflow. Biggin and Dunns bay are also fishing well.

Mr Ceri Jones’ party, visiting us from Wales on Friday and Saturday seemed, by numbers alone, to enjoy themselves. On both days they caught good bags of fish; mainly it seems, on a washing line and dries.

Melvyn Severn fishing with the rudder found the overwintered fish during his visit recording 8 fish for a total weight of 26lb, for those wishing to try the rudder we have one for daily hire.   

It was good to see both Higham Ferrers and Leicester Fly Fishers back here for club matches over the weekend. All seemed to enjoy some good sport out on the water and come in with some good catches. Well done one and all.

Weekly Free Boat Draw

This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr Adam Gunby from Leicester

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 362    Number Trout Taken:   567    Number Trout Released:  782

Total Catch:  1349                Weekly Rod Average: 3.7

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 22:15

Boat All Day: 08:30   until   22:15

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30   until 16:00    PM  16:00   until  22:15

Last 4 Hours from: 18:15      until    22:15     

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:45

 

Fishery Rules

All boat anglers are reminded that they must keep 50yards from the bank and 70 yards from any bank angler.

 

 

Last four hour ticket.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our very popular last four hour permit, now that the evenings are starting to draw out.

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 21st June 2015

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending    Sunday 21st June 2015

Telephone Number 01788 812018

 

Report

This reporting period has best been described as challenging & yet again, it has been affected by the unsettled and unseasonal weather conditions. These have ensured that each day was different. Big winds have at times continued to hamper good sport. As always though there has been some terrific action & albeit spasmodic, increasing opportunities for fishing dries have been presenting themselves.

On Monday Andy Lunn caught four including a 3lbs 8oz rainbow on his dries & Richard Pelly followed on in his evening session with a further four large rainbows to the Big Red. Tuesday was a great day. Season rods Tony Broadway, John Dews & Gordon Slack took a combined total of 27 on the bank & it was great to see Kevin Rees in action with a dozen to his slimline size 14 buzzers. Ron Bevan took his usual morning boat & his catch included a 6lbs rainbow. Messrs Hallam & Nixon also excelled in their boat with 22 to the net on dries – the best brace weighing 4lbs 12 oz & 5lbs. Wednesday was partly hampered by the return of some windy conditions through most of the day followed by some pretty wet late afternoon rain. I was able to enjoy some time on the water with Dave & Chris- two newcomers to the world of fly fishing. After some early fun with some newly introduced brownies (hopefully an investment for the future), I was able to get them into some of the daphnia feeders out over open water. Things really switched on early evening when hot head damsels fished on floating lines proved to be the downfall of five stunning rainbows with the best weighed in at 4lbs 4oz, 4lbs & 3lbs 12oz.

We were pleased to welcome the HMRC back on Thursday for their annual event. However they found tough conditions to contend with for their match in which 42 rods could only manage a total of 68 trout. Flybird Flyfishers Ron Bann, Seamus O’Dare & Micky Toal took the team honours & the 12 fish caught by Seamus crowned him top individual. Congratulations to you all from the Draycote crew. Season rod & secretary of the Draycote Flyfishers, Graham Homer also took to the boat on Thursday finishing with 15 to the net. On the bank, Dave Steer had a surprise when he added a 1lb 8oz roach to his 6 fish bag!

Friday saw the return of Messrs Broadway, Dews & Slack on the bank. This time their joint buzzer caught tally increased slightly to 29. In the boat Mr Hawking netted a 6lbs rainbow. Ian Richardson enjoyed another fine bank session describing it as “fantastic”. He took a total of 17, mostly to the nymph. It was nice to listen to him describe  his encounter the previous week with his magnificent double figure brown from the bank to a hot head diawl bach. Whilst he had been unable to photograph the fish, which was successfully returned to the water, he said he was happy that he would always hold the memory. Nevertheless, should any of you find yourself on your own on the water with no camera &”Moby Dick” in the net, please don’t hesitate to call us in the Lodge. We will always try to get to you by road or safety boat in the hope of getting you that special picture.

The Dempsey/Jones duo were back in action as usual on their Saturday boat & enjoyed great sport with Jim taking a fine 7lbs rainbow in his 4 fish limit for 19lbs. Melvin Severn followed suit with deep lure tactics for his fine 8 fish limit. On Sunday mornings George Leaton makes his weekly pilgrimage to Draycote Water all the way from Hounslow. This week, despite the high winds, his long drive was rewarded with a ten fish haul from the boat. On the bank top honours went to Mr D Harrison whose five fish tally included rainbows at 5 & 6lbs.

Overall a mixed week & if Mother Nature could grant us one wish right now, settled, more seasonal weather patterns would be at the top of the request list.Generally the bank v boat theme has been buzzer tactics, with small skinny patterns, for the bank anglers right now with daphnia feeding fish being taken by the boats anglers mainly on lures & blob type patterns. Location in the water column has been critical as the blooms of light sensitive daphnia rise & fall with the sunlight

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:   381         Number Trout Taken:  401     Number Trout Released:  601

Total Catch:      1002            Weekly Rod Average:  2.62

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 22:00

Boat All Day:   08:30     until 22:00

Boat Part Day:  AM   08:30   until    15:45 PM   15:45   until 22:00

Last 4 Hours from:    18:00     until   22:00        (Ticket sales available from 17:45)

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:30

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

Congratulations to Mr David Smith of Crick  who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

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Tuition:

There are still two places available for our Beginner’s Day Courses with Hywel Morgan on Saturday 27th June & Sunday 28th June. Cost is £65 per place with a maximum of six participants on each course. Contact the Lodge for details.

 

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 14th June 2015

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Draycote Weekly  Fishing Report w/e Sunday 14th June 2015

Phew, what a week. Again the weather’s been proper off its trolley. (some would say it’d be in good company here.) But at least we’ve had a northerly blowing most of the time ,which brings in the whole of that north shore and makes for good bank fishing.. With a rod average of 4.1 overall, the fishing has been very good this week , dogged on occasion by an algae bloom that was blown into Rainbow Corner. Fortunately the best of the bank fishing has been down in the Cornfield and towards Grays Barn.

Notables this week were, Rod Wilson with 8 fish for 29lbs on Monday, Ian Richardson, who caught a Brownie of 10lb 8oz, and Peter Elliott who had over 40 fish on the boils on Friday using buzzers and blobs. 

This week the arrival of the Police National competition with anglers from all over the country. (It’s no wonder we were all so well behaved)The practice day on Wednesday seemed to go very well as they produced a rod average of 7.2.. Although Thursday was a bright and blustery day which pushed the fish down, the police still returned an excellent match rod average of 3.6,  It was great to be involved with such a competitive and friendly competition, Everybody seemed to be in “High Spirits” and the banter going back and forth was really good. The team competition was won by Avon and Somerset with a combined  weight of 61lb 9oz. Whilst the individual competition was won by Mr Dave Mateer with a bag weight of 31 lb 8oz. Well done one and all who took part and we hope to see all of you back here at Draycote soon.

Weekly Free Boat Draw

This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr Richard Pelly.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 403    Number Trout Taken:  473     Number Trout Released:   1200

Total Catch:   1673               Weekly Rod Average: 4.1

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 22:00

Boat All Day: 08:30   until   22:00

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30   until 15:45    PM  15:45   until  22:00

Last 4 Hours from: 18:00      until    22:00      

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:30

 

Fishery Rules

All boat anglers are reminded that they must keep 50yards from the bank and 70 yards from any bank angler.

 

 

Last four hour ticket.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our very popular last four hour permit, now that the evenings are starting to draw out.

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 7th June 2015

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Draycote Water Weekly Fishing Report w/e Sunday 7th June 2015.

Despite the changing conditions, Draycote is offering some excellent fishing for all anglers. There seems to be plenty of fish holding in the margins, and large shoals of grown on fish coming to the boats in open water.

The weather has once again put us through our paces here, with the wind swinging around from all angles and blowing a lot harder than was forecast at times, and although no damage was done, on Tuesday we witnessed some of the largest waves we’ve seen crashing into the pontoon.

Tosh Storer’s Party, visiting from Scotland, had their fishing disrupted by the weather on Tuesday, but still managed to wiggle a few out from the bank in Rainbow corner. Continuing with their boat fishing on Thursday and judging by their comments, I think they had a good trip.

We’ve also had visiting parties from both Northern and Southern Ireland this week. All of whom left very positive comments on the catch return.  

It was good to see the Civil Service Match back out on the water on Thursday, organised by Frazer McConnell. The match winners were Geoff Taylor and Steven Frakes with 16 fish for 45lb 6oz.

Rather than listing the best areas this week, I can confidently say that the only spot where not many fish have been caught is the Draycote Dam, all other areas are producing good sport, with the best of them being the Cornfield and Toft Shallows.

Best Flies; Black Buzzers, Red Holographic Dawl Bach’s, Nemo Crunchers, Black and Green Lures, Damsels and Orange Blobs. Best lines;  Floaters, midge tips, intermediates, DI5’s and DI7’s.

Weekly Free Boat Draw

This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr C Discombe   from  Coventry

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 371    Number Trout Taken:  526     Number Trout Released:   1214

Total Catch:   1740               Weekly Rod Average: 4.6

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:45

Boat All Day: 08:30   until   21:45

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30   until 15:30    PM  15:15   until  21:45

Last 4 Hours from: 17:45      until    21:45     

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

 

Fishery Rules

All boat anglers are reminded that they must keep 50yds from the bank and 70 yds from any bank angler.

Last four hour ticket.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our very popular last four hour permit, now that the evenings are starting to draw out.

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e 31st May 2015

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 31st May 2015

Draycote has continued in rich form this week as both boat and bank anglers have had some fantastic catches. Some of the descriptions that anglers have written on the catch return sheets seems to show that we are getting things about right here at the moment, although not all would agree. Some anglers still seem to struggle a bit on what appears on paper to be a good day. Here at Draycote, if you are having a bit of trouble out there, we would rather you rang us, as by midday or so we usually have a good idea of where the fish are being caught and what is going on out on the reservoir. 

In the past couple of months the fishing has been at its best around the margins of the reservoir, but in the last week or so a number of larger fish are showing up over the shoals and out in open water. These fish are being caught on a wide variety of methods, the mainstay of which has been DI5’S and DI 7’s using blob’s or tube flies.

The weather has remained changeable all week, with this rather persistent westerly pestering the life out of both us and the anglers. This has not hampered the fishing too much as the rod average this week has been 4.7. It seems that as long as you are willing to move around and try different methods, you should have a good day.

Best bank areas; The north shore from Dunns bay all the way down in to Toft. Rainbow corner.

Best boat areas; Dunns bay, Biggin bay, Toft, Farborough spit and Rainbow corner.

Best flies ;Buzzers, Dawl bachs, Nemo Crunchers, Damsels, Montanas, Pitsford peas and the dreaded Orange blob.

Best lines;  Floaters, midge tips, intermediates, DI5’s and DI7’s.

Weekly Free Boat Draw

This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr T Evans  from Kirkby in Ashfield

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 417    Number Trout Taken: 551      Number Trout Released:   1422

Total Catch:   1973               Weekly Rod Average: 4.7

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:30

Boat All Day: 08:30   until   21:30

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30   until 15:15    PM  15:15   until  21:30

Last 4 Hours from: 17:30      until    21:30     

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

 

Fishery Rules

All boat anglers are reminded that they must keep 50yds from the bank and 70 yds from any bank angler.

Last four hour ticket.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our very popular last four hour permit, now that the evenings are starting to draw out.

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Draycote Water fishery/weather update 1st June 2015

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Draycote Water fishery/weather update 1st June 2015.

Please note that it is highly unlikely that any boats will be going out on the water tomorrow ( Tuesday 2nd June 2015)  here at Draycote due to the high wind speeds.
Anglers with boat bookings are advised not too travel.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
 
The Draycote Team.

Draycote Water fishing Report w/e 24th May 2015

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 24th May 2015

Has the weather been a bit mad this week or is it me? (don’t answer that). But what a week, we’ve had cold wet windy days closely followed by warm sunny flat calm days. It seems that if you’re coming here fishing at the moment, bring everything!

A weekly rod average of 3.8 shows that the place is fishing really well. Remarkably, as well from the bank as it is from the boats, The water has warmed up a fair bit but has remained crystal clear. None of those algae blooms that dog us so much at times have shown up yet. Buzzers and Red holographic dawl bachs’ seem to be the order of the day for most anglers but, if only just to prove me wrong, Lee Henfry and Nigel Keeber  weighed in 16 fish for 49lb caught on DI 7’s and tubes on Saturday.

The usual suspects of Tony Broadway, John Dews and Gordon Slack visited us on a couple of different occasions this week and all did extremely well. The best of which was Tony who managed a large number of fish from the bank including a golden trout of about 7lbs.

Other notables this week were, Mr Bob Askew who had a good bag on Tuesday which included 3 fish of about 5lbs. Season ticket holder Mr John Dickens who caught 11 fish in 3 hours on Wednesday on a black buzzer with orange cheeks. Regular angler Mr Paul Farrell, who had a “Good evening” on Thursday, catching 6 fish, using our very popular last 4 hour ticket. Season Ticket holder Mr Sean Hanlon had a good bag on Friday, on a mixture of buzzers and dries.

Best bank areas;

Dunns and Biggin Bay, Lincroft Point,  the Cornfield and Toft.

Best boat areas;

Dunns and Biggin bay, Lincroft Point, the Cornfield, Toft shallows, Musborough shoal and Rainbow corner.

Best Flies;

Buzzers, Red holographic dawl bachs, hare’s ears, pitsford peas, montanas, damsels and tube flies.

Weekly Free Boat Draw

This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr Dave Kennell from Nuneaton.. .

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 339     Number Trout Taken:   509    Number Trout Released:   805

Total Catch:   1314               Weekly Rod Average:  3.8

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:15

Boat All Day: 08:30   until   21:15

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30   until 15:00    PM  15:00   until  21:15

Last 4 Hours from: 17:15      until    21:15     

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:45

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 17th May 2015

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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.. .

Weekly Stats:

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

Tight lines.