Draycote report W/E 9/6

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Draycote is still plagued by coloured water, however the fish are on most days not deterred by this.Better fishing conditions this week has seen some great rises and fish have been taken on dries. The water temperature is creeping up and with this the fish are now higher in the water, and can often be seen moving.

The bank fishing is now more sporadic than of late as the fish at times are drifting into slightly deeper water, though in areas where there is weed growth and grasses the fish are sometimes in close feeding on snails ect.

Boats are now edging the better sport with fish now in all areas of the lake. The dam wall in front of the lodge (Farborough bank) is holding a good head of fish as fish are constantly rising there throughout the day, for at least the last 3 weeks !! Toft Shallows is too producing regular catches of good numbers of fish, enhanced by the warmer water temperatures.

An AMMFC match held at Draycote for 30 rods produced a rod average of 4.9. Mr J Douglas was the first angler to reach his 8 fish limit finishing at 13.05 hours after a 10am start ! Six other anglers also got there bag limits.

Tosh’s adventures(a regular group visiting from Scotland) had some cracking fishing over there 4 day stay with us. Big Tosh led the way with some superb fish, the biggest topping 8lb. Tosh used the bung to entice most of his fish, using a cast of Dennis the Menace buzzers. His rod average over the 4 days was 13!!

Best flies have been black and green lures, orange blobs, fab blobs, small boobies, buzzers, and Diawl bachs.

Best lines have been DI-3 & 5, Midge Tip and floating lines

COMPETITIONS

There are still boats available for the Rio Pairs Match on Saturday 13th of July. It is a floating line only competition fished to International rules. Entry fee is £25pp + normal fishing fees. The winners will win £1000 worth of Rio Tackle

Lexus Individual 2 day heats July 27th and 28th – call fishing lodge for details

Saturday August the 10th is the £1000 winner takes all boat pairs competition. Floating line only however any fly can be used ! Entry is £25pp + normal fishing fees on the day.

CALL THE FISHING LODGE ON 01788 812018 TO BOOK ANY COMPETITION

       (PRIZE FUNDS WILL BE DICTATED BY THE NUMBER OF ENTRANTS ON THE DAY)

Why not take advantage of our fantastic 3 day fishing packages – Excellently priced at only £145 for 3 days for 2 anglers. This is for a motor boat and 2 anglers taking 1 fish each per day,£185 for 3 days taking 8 fish per angler per day. We have arranged a fantastic deal with the Draycote Hotel for anyone wishing to stop in the area.(5 mins form the lake )Please call 01788 521800 for details( ask for Mina, and quote Draycote Fishing)

Number of rods 306

Number of fish killed 704

Number of fish returned 767

 

Rod average 4.8

Tight Lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote W/E 02/06/13

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This Week has seen a change in fortunes for most as the fish are now frequently both in the surface and rising. The week’s warmer weather ahead should now see things really coming to life as the water finally gets a chance to warm up.

The banks have slowed a little this week as the fish respond to the slight increase in water temperature, and moved into deeper water. Saying that some good catches are still happening. Mick Cronin landed and returned 6 fish in an afternoon session, the biggest being 3lb. Lorenzo Serrano had a field day off the bank, landing in excess 30 trout, the biggest weighing 6lb 10 !! The majority of his fish fell to a selection of damsel variations fished on a floating line.

The boats have had the slight advantage this week with some superb catches being recorded. Neal Hume recorded 14 fish including a 6lb rainbow. R March and M Sargeant landed 31 fish to their boat. Jim Brown and his colleagues visited us from Scotland on our popular 3 day packages – they had rod averages of 16 per boat for the 3 days, with some real belters amongst them !!

Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers have been the best performing flies across this week, however on two separate occasions I have taken fish on a size 14 yellow owl dry fly, as fish at times have been cruising the surface. Sinking lines are still having their day, and at times are still out fishing the more traditional approach.

Toft shallows, the lodge dam wall, and Rainbow Corner have been very productive areas for the boats, whereas the Tower Bank and Toft Shallows have been the better areas for the bank anglers.

COMPETITION NEWS

July 13th – RIO PAIRS BOAT MATCH. WIN £1000 WORTH OF TACKLE. ENTRY £25PP + FISHING FEES –FISHED TO INTERNATIONAL RULES. FLOATING LINE ONLY. MATCH STARTS 10AM

JULY 27-28TH LEXUS INDIVIDUAL HEAT.

AUGUST 10TH – BOAT PAIRS MATCH TO WIN £1000 CASH.-FLOATING LINE ONLY, ANY SIZED FLY. THE HEAVIEST PAIRS COMBINED WEIGHT WINS £1000 CASH !! MATCH STARTS 10AM

OCTOBER 13TH -2ND £1000 BOAT PAIRS MATCH – RESERVOIR RULES.

TO BOOK ANY OF THE ABOVE COMPETITIONS PLEASE CALL THE FISHING LODGE 01788812018

NUMBER OF RODS THIS WEEK 293

NUMBER OF FISH CAUGHT 524

NUMBER OF FISH KILLED 832

ROD AVERAGE 4.6

We currently advise if you intend to fish from a boat that you book with a couple of days notice.(especially weekends)

Tight Lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

DRAYCOTE WATER FISHING REPORT W/E 27/5

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Draycote is continuing to fish well for some and not quite so well for others. I was lucky to get my own first session on the water on Sunday(26th) for the afternoon. This allowed me to see how the water was fishing from my own perspective. The water remains coloured, though not to coloured to hamper the fishing as I and some visiting Scottish anglers discovered. I managed 21 fish to the boat, all on buzzers, and one Scott’s pair boated 49 fish on boobies and cormorants, including a rainbow of 10lb!!  The key factor to both our catches was depth ! The water temperature remains cool for the time of year and the fish are still not freely moving in the top layers. I took all 21 fish on a midge tip line with a 22’ leader and 4 size 8 grub hook “owl buzzers” with the fish taking at an estimated depth of 12-16 feet with the very slowest of figure of eight retrieve, virtually static !

A lot of fish between 4 and 6lb are now being caught. A group of anglers visiting from Scotland took fish of 7lb 6lb 5lb and 4lb respectively. Garry Davies and his colleagues from Wales have also done well over the bank holiday weekend with plenty of fish to the boat. Dei Williams weighed in a cracking fish of 7lb 12oz caught on a black buzzer.

The bank has generally fished well, though the trick seems to be to move around the lake if things appear slow. The fish are in places still close to the banks. Chain eyes cats whiskers, Pitsford Pea lure, black buzzers, Diawl bachs and crunchers have been the most consistent patterns for the last week ns have done well, and sinking lines have done better on windier days. Trial and error with lines is a must from the boats if the tactics you start off with are not working, as the general feedback from the anglers this week are the fish are deep, very deep !!

COMPETITIONS

WHY NOT TRY ONE OF OUR COMPETITIONS – FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT AND GREAT PRIZES TOO.

13TH July RIO PAIRS BOAT MATCH – FLOATING LINE ONLY – INTERNATIONAL RULES APPLY – £1000 WORTH OF TACKLE FOR 1ST PLACE, AND PRIZES DOWN TO 10TH PLACE. £25 ENTRY PP PLUS FISHING FEES ON THE DAY.EXCELLENT TOP OF THE WATER SPORT !!!!

27TH & 28TH JULY LEXUS INDIVIDUAL INTERNATIONAL BOAT COMPETITION. CALL THE FISHING LODGE FOR DETAILS.

SATURDAY AUGUST 10TH – OUR POPULAR £1000 CASH PRIZE BOAT PAIRS COMPETITION. Floating line only – any fly rule applies. £25 entry pp + fishing fees on the day. You and your partner get the heaviest bag, you win £1000 CASH on the day !!

Sunday Oct 13th Our 2nd £1000 cash prize boat pairs competition. Any line, any flies goes !!!!! You and your partner get the heaviest bag, you win £1000 CASH on the day !!

TO BOOK ANY OF THE ABOVE COMPETITIONS PLEASE CALL THE FISHING LODGE ON 01788 812018.

Number of fish Killed 393

Number of fish returned 722

Number of Anglers 247

Rod average – 4.5

To book a boat or a bank pass please call the fishing lodge on 01788812018

Tight Lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote Weekly Report Week Ending 19/05/2013

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Draycote weekly update 19/5/2013

Bank fishing is available but only from the natural grassed banks. Bank anglers can take their cars around the reservoir but we are restricted to 30 bank anglers cars at anyone time, we recommend you call the lodge and book one of the 30 car passes available.

Draycote is continuing to fish at a steady pace. A continued nagging water discolour is hampering a true reflection of the volume of fish that are now in the lake.  The wind today has switched to the North, giving a dramatic air temperature change to the summers day of the day before!  One thing is for sure when the clarity gives way to its usual crystal clear clarity and the weather decides to stay settled for more than two days, then Draycote is sure to erupt.

Thursday afternoon whilst stocking fish, the lake was still, and this tempted fish in there hundreds to the surface, and they could be seen right across the lake, rising freely. It appears though that as the surface water temperature remains cool, the fish are not staying in the surface, but lying approx 4feet down.

The bank fishing remains good as fish are staying close to the shores. This year’s weed growth has helped keep them close in as the fish are feeding on snails, as stomach contents are showing. Daphnia too is on the menu! Buzzers appear in there millions on the warmer days and the fish respond accordingly, though they are not the easiest to catch as they are not staying in the surface to long, however regular angler  John Dews took 11 fish on buzzers from the Tower bank on Friday! Gold head lures are still catching well, fished usually with a team of buzzers. The best areas have been the Tower Bank, Dunns Bay, Toft Shallows and Rainbow Corner.

Boat anglers too have had some consistent sport, though finding the depth is key! Warmer quieter days have seen plenty of fish moving, and those who have fished buzzers have caught well. Sinking lines and lures are still producing the better catches. Black boobies, Cats whiskers and Pitsford Pea lures are still the best choice of lures. The best boat areas have been Farnboro Spit, Biggin Bay, Toft Shallows, Tower bank.

Three fish of 8lb plus were caught this last week – Mr Mozcant landed the best fish, 8lb 8oz.

Best Flies –Damsels, boobies, black buzzers, pitsford pea, gold head lures.

Number of  fish caught 417

Number of fish returned 473  Total number of rods 184  Road average 4.8

To book a boat or bank fishing please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018

COMPETITION NEWS

JULY 13TH – Rio Pairs Match £1000 tackle 1st prize – prizes to 10th place. FLOATING LINE ONLY – INTERNATIONAL FLY SIZE RULES. YOU FISH WITH YOUR PARTNER. FRIENDLY MATCH, ANYONE CAN ENTER.

27TH & 28TH JULY –LEXUS INDIVIDUAL MATCH – TOP PLACES TO GO TO THE INTERNATIONAL FINAL AT CHEW VALLEY WITH THE CHANCE TO WIN ANEW 4X4 LEXUS !

SATURDAY AUGUST 10TH (DATE CHANGE !!) £1000 CASH BOAT PAIRS MATCH – FLOATING LINE ONLY – BOAT PAIRS DRAW TO BE DONE ON THE MORNING OF EVENT. ANY SIZED FLY CAN BE USED. HEAVIEST BOAT PAIR COMBINED WEIGHT WINS £1000 CASH ! £25 ENTRY PP, PLUS FISHING FEES.

To book any of our competitions please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018

The restauraunt above the tackle shop is now open from 10am. Car parking is FREE for anglers, and unloading by the boat dock is available to all boat anglers. Bank anglers have full access around the lake with plenty of car parking spaces available.

 

Tight lines

Craig Barr

Draycote w/e 12/5/13

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Draycote  has continued to fish well despite the changeable weather conditions and water clarity. The clarity is improving and latest catches are reflecting that. The Coppenhall Fly fishers held a match on Saturday, and the 20 anglers took a very credible 5 fish average, in the current tinted water !!!!!

The England Youth team also held a weekend of practice matches. They too took excellent bags, up to 15 fish per man !!!!

London angler Eugene Hughes set the pace for the week with over 30 fish taken along the dam wall in front of the lodge. Eugene was using a di-3 and di-5 sweep line with a team of cormorants and a small booby on the point. “The fish were taking as the flies came up off the bottom” he said.

The buzzer fishing is still rather sporadic, mainly dictated by the changeable weather. The bank continues to fish well, with the better catches coming to buzzers fished on floating lines. Damsels, cats whiskers, and the Pitsford Pea lures are still taking a good majority of fish, as the fish haven’t decided whether they want lures or buzzers.

Boat anglers have taken the majority of fish on lures, a combination of blobs, boobies, and streamer lures.Di-5 and Di-3 lines have proved the best lines, and fishing close to the shores is imperative!! The fish are still tight into the banks, as the water remains cool.

The best bank areas have been, the Tower Bank, Dunns Bay point, Lincroft Point, The Corn fields and Rainbow Corner.

Boats have done well in Toft Shallows, The Farborough Spit, The draw off tower, and Biggin Bay.

COMPETITION NEWS

JULY 13TH – Rio Pairs Match £1000 tackle 1st prize – prizes to 10th place. FLOATING LINE ONLY – INTERNATIONAL FLY SIZE RULES. YOU FISH WITH YOUR PARTNER. FRIENDLY MATCH, ANYONE CAN ENTER.

27TH & 28TH JULY –LEXUS INDIVIDUAL MATCH – TOP PLACES TO GO TO THE INTERNATIONAL FINAL AT CHEW VALLEY WITH THE CHANCE TO WIN ANEW 4X4 LEXUS !

SATURDAY AUGUST 10TH (DATE CHANGE !!) £1000 CASH BOAT PAIRS MATCH – FLOATING LINE ONLY – BOAT PAIRS DRAW TO BE DONE ON THE MORNING OF EVENT. ANY SIZED FLY CAN BE USED. HEAVIEST BOAT PAIR COMBINED WEIGHT WINS £1000 CASH ! £25 ENTRY PP, PLUS FISHING FEES.

To book any of our competitions please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018

The restauraunt above the tackle shop is now open from 10am. Car parking is FREE for anglers, and unloading by the boat dock is available to all boat anglers. Bank anglers have full access around the lake with plenty of car parking spaces available.

 

Number of fish killed – 399

Number of fish returned – 585

Number of rods – 314

Rod Average – 3.13

A fresh stocking this coming week should wake a few of them up.

Tight lines

Craig Barr – flashattackflies.com

Draycote report w/e 5/5

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As much as we all prayed for some warm weather to finally wet our nets on a more consistent basis, the warm weather quite often brings along with it the dreaded word “algae”. Last week we saw a recent bloom all but disappear, all but to return after the weekends long awaited warm sunshine. As I write this report this morning’s cool  weather has already cleared the water compared to yesterday. The next few days weather forecast should clear the water to give a good clarity again.

The fishing however was still very good, though a little more thought was required to catch them, as once again the fish homed into the cleaner water, often near the margins. The buzzer fishing still has not reached its full potential as the water temperature still remains generally cool. Buzzer hatches are now frequent with clouds of literally thousands over the waters edge during the evenings and early afternoon. The fish however are still not swimming freely on or near the surface, so different approaches other than floating lines are still needed most of the time.

Some very good fish have started to show now too. Mr Denney returned a fish he estimated at 12lb, taken in Toft Shallows. Mr Habbal landed a rainbow of 8lb 5oz, another fish of 8lb 4oz was also recorded.

The boats have done well fishing Toft Shallows, The Inlet, The Tower and the Draycote Dam. Sinking lines and lures are still taking the majority of fish from the boats, using Di-5 and Di-3 lines with blobs and boobies. Black and green lures are also working well. On less windy days buzzers have done well too.

The bank continues to do well with many bag limits being taken. Buzzers have been a good choice from the bank on floating lines, though black and green lures continue to catch good amounts of fish. The best areas have been Bottom of Toft Shallows, the Tower Bank, Dunns Bay ,Lincroft Point, and the Hensbrough Dam wall.

Competition News

Saturday July the 13th  – Rio Boat Pairs Match – Fished to International Rules and floating line only. Fish with your partner and enjoy some fantastic top of the water sport. £1000 worth of tackle for the winning pair, and superb prizes worth over £500 for 2nd and 3rd. Prizes to 10th place. Entry fee only £25pp plus fishing fees.(prize values subject to the number of entrants)

27th and 28th of July – The Lexus International Individual competition. Fished to International rules. The winners go through to the International Final with the chance of winning a Lexus 4×4. See www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk for booking details

Sunday August 4th – £1000 pairs boat match – floating line only. Boat pairs to be drawn on the morning. The £1000 prize fund will go the pair with the heaviest weight. (The prize fund value will be subject to number of entrants and may change) Entry £25pp + entry fees

Sunday 13th October – £1000 Fished to reservoir rules. Fish with your partner. The £1000 prize money will go to the heaviest pairs overall bag weight. Entry fee £25 + fishing fees.

TO BOOK ANY OF THE DRAYCOTE WATER COMPETITIONS CALL THE FISHING LODGE ON 01788 812018

Number of fish killed 578

Number of fish returned 834

Number of rods 332

Rod Av 4.25

Water Clarity – slight colour but clearing

Tight Lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote Fishing Report 03/05/13

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Draycote has continued in rich form this past few days with some truly outstanding fish being caught. This last week alone we have seen 5 fish caught weighing between 8 and 12lb !!

Rod Wilson, a regular visitor who fishes the rudder, took one fish to 12lb(returned) and another fish of 8lb on the same day. Mr Denney also recorded a fantastic day with two fish over 7lb.

It appears we have seen the back of the cold weather, the fish have now moved up in the water and are readily on the feed. Rainbow corner, renowned for its prolific buzzer fishing, is in top form with reports of some big fish moving in in the evenings.

The bank is still producing very good rod averages, as a below normal water temperature is still keeping a good head of fish close to the margins.

The boats are experiencing some excellent sport both on lures and on some occasions buzzers(when conditions allow).

With this weekends weather looking superb for fishing, those who do visit Draycote Water I would predict  to have some fantastic sport !!

Best flies – black buzzers down to size 14, Diawl Bachs, Blobs, boobies, Pitsford Pea, Goldhead damsels, and goldhead variants

Tight Lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote water fishing report W/E 28/4

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Draycote has been in fantastic form this past week with a rod average of over 10. The fishing has improved remarkably, partly down to the now crystal clear water.

The bank fishing remains in hot form, with fish being caught on all banks. Buzzers have been the main menu for the fish, although a lure on the point has been very productive too. The tower bank has been producing some of the lakes biggest fish recently, many of which have been over wintered. Lorenzo Serrano, a season ticket holder, has had fish up to 7lb off the tower bank, using damsels and buzzers on a sink tip line.

Draycote Fly fishers club member Brian Froggat landed his biggest fish of the season, a cracking 9lb 12 oz rainbow. He also landed a 7lb rainbow in his haul of 19 fish !! Mr G Hunter had a fish of 8lb.Andy ball stole the show with the weeks best of 10lb. The rainbow was taken off the bank at Toft Shallows.

The boats too have been in excellent form, with many anglers landing in excess of 20 fish.After the long spell of cold weather, the previously stocked fish have finally come to life and are feeding and making up for lost time. Mr T West landed 13 fish, 2 of which were over 6lb.

Sinking lines have still been the first line choice from a boat, however on calmer days buzzers have out fished the lures.Draycotes  renowned buzzer hatches are now here, and the fish are feeding hard on them, especially at Rainbow Corner and Toft Shallows. The buzzers are still small, so make sure you have some size 12’s and 14’s to hand !

Spaces are still available for our boat pairs matches on Draycote –

Rio Pairs match – international rules, floating line only. Entry pp £25 + fishing fees on the day. 1st place £1000 tackle. Prizes to 10th place.

£1000 cash pairs match – August 4th – floating line only. Entry £25pp + fishing fees

£1000 cash Autumn pairs match 13th Oct – reservoir rules. Entry £25pp + fishing fees

 

Total number of fish killed 516

Total number of fish released 1416

Total number of anglers 182

Rod average 10.61

Why not take advantage of our last 4 hour ticket at only £10 !! 1 fish then catch and release

Car access to the pontoon and car parking around the reservoir  is allowed.

Water clarity – very clear

Tight Lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote Report W/E 21/4

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Draycote has remained in good form, and at last the fish are switching to buzzers more and more each day.  The water clarity is improving too, encouraging more and more fish to move on or near the surface.

The bank fishing is still very good with a good number of fish still hugging the shores. The tower bank has noticeably provided the best sport from the bank with some good over wintered fish being caught, mainly on buzzers.

The boats have also been doing well, and more reports are coming in with buzzers being the favoured fly choice of the fish. The fish have still on average remained deep, however in more sheltered areas the fish have readily been seen moving.

The best flies from the bank have been black and red buzzers, gold head damsels and the Pitsford Pea lure fished on a floating line. The boats are still doing best with sinking lines boobies,  blobs and buzzers(under the right conditions).

The restauraunt at Draycote Water will be open for business from this coming weekend. It is opening at 10am.

Competition dates for your diary

13th July Rio Masters boat pairs match – floating line only, international rules – £25 entry pp + fishing fees. Winners will win £1000 worth of Rio tackle, prizes to 10th place.

27th & 28th July Lexus Individual boat match – winners to proceed to the international final at Chew Valley and the overall winner will win a Lexus 4×4 for 12 months.

4th August – £1000 boat pairs match – Floating line only. £25 entry pp + fishing fees on the day. The winning pairs combined weight wins £1000 CASH. (The prize fund WILL be subject to number of entrants)

To book into any of the above competitions then please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018

Total number of fish caught 476

Total  number of fish returned 734

Total number of rods 232

Rod average 5.2

Tight Lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote Water Fishing Report W/E 07/04

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Draycote week ending 07/04/2013 The weekend just gone by, you would have thought we had finally turned the corner with the cold weather, however it is now Tuesday and we are back to norm with a cool NE wind. The fishing has remained overall very good, however one or two signs now showing the fish are starting to spread out a bit more, and no longer sitting in tight shoals 15 yards from the bank. The West Mids Police force had their first match on Draycote Water on Wednesday and 15 anglers managed a rod average of 7 fish per angler, with Rich Watkins weighing in the biggest at 41/4lb. Mr English had a cracking bag from the bank with two of his four fish being over wintered rainbows weighing 4lb+. J black band recorded the best fish from the bank, a nice rainbow of 5lb. Thirteen bank anglers recorded in excess of a dozen fish each from the bank this last week ! The boats have also continued to fish very well. Mr L Jones had a fantastic day landing 25 fish to the boat with the best two weighing 6lb4oz and 4lb 8oz respectively.  Regular visitor Colin England also had a great day with 20 fish to the boat, the best being 4lb. The best bank areas have been the North shore, dictated predominantly by the consistent wind direction. Toft Shallows has also produced some big catches, towards the bird hide corner. The tower bank is consistently producing over wintered fish each week. Boats have produced fish all over the lake, though predominantly Toft Shallows and the North Shore, due to sheltering from the cold winds. The best methods remain with the lures, however this week has seen a noticeable increase in fish being caught on buzzers, especially red ones. In the more sheltered bays reports of good buzzer hatches have been coming in. Forthcoming events – July Saturday 13th – Rio Master Boat Pairs(fish with your chosen partner) – £1000 tackle prize for 1st place. Prizes to 10th place. Entry fee £25 + fishing fees. Friendly competition – everyone welcome. The match will be fished to International Rules. August 4th – £1000 pairs boat competition. This is a floating line only match and boat pairings will be drawn on the morning of the event. The winning combined partner’s bag weights will win £1000 cash. Entry fee will be £25pp + normal fishing fees.(Prize fund will be determined by number of entrants) Sat & Sun 27th & 28th July – Lexus Individual International competition. Open to anyone. This is a friendly event and is an ideal icebreaker if you have ever wanted to fish a competition. The individual overall winner at the final wins a top of the range Lexus 4×4. October 13th   – £1000 pairs match. This competition will be fished to reservoir rules. Entry fee will be £25 + fishing fees. To book into any of the above events please call the fishing lodge on 01788812018 The cafe above the fishing lodge opens on Saturday the 27th, however is opening at 10am, so lunches and snacks will be available throughout the day. Total number of fish caught 362     Total number of fish returned 878   Total number of rods  184 Rod average 6.7 Tight Lines Craig Barr