Draycote Water weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 26 April 2015
Telephone Number 01788 812018
It comes as no surprise that once again the week has been hugely influenced by early spring weather conditions. The beginning of the week brought some delightful warm, sunshine yet by the end of the period it was back to chilling winds, low temperatures & early morning frosts.
On Monday boat & bank fished equally well & regular Ed Douglas described his boat session as “Awesome” . Both he & his boat partner concentrated on Toft & netted in excess of 20 each on a combination of buzzer & diawl bach patterns fished deep. Trevor Riches also had one of his best days ever on Monday from the bank at Dunns Bay & the Tower Bank. Forty eight rods shared a rod average of 7.2 on what as a really fantastic day.
Although many boat & bank rods got into double figure catch returns, as the week progressed conditions became harder & by Wednesday the rod average dipped to 3.1 However, come Thursday they were hard on the pull once more & 90 rods netted a total of 566 for a rod average of 6.28. Buzzer patterns accounted for many of the better bags. Favoured areas were The Tower Bank & Dunns together with Toft – which still seems to have been fishing better during the second half of the day.
On Thursday we hosted The English Police for their 2015 EPFFA Boat Championships. They fished to a 4 fish limit followed by catch & release with 48 anglers competing. A total of 372 trout were netted for a rod average of 7.75. Malcolm Naylor came up trumps with a 6lbs 9oz Rainbow to take the largest individual fish award. Top bag honours went to Nick Lant & Henryck Pycz who weighed in 15lbs 2oz & 15lbs 1oz respectively.
On Friday afternoon Rod Wilson got out on the water for his first trip of the season. He took 4 rainbows for 13lbs 8oz. He also released a further eight – all coming to tube flies on the rudder. Numerous large browns have continued to show this week too. Stan Hillman tempted an estimated 8 pounder from the bank on a Minkie and on Saturday Jim Dempsey caught & released two from the boat at 8 ½ & 5lbs. John Clifford also reported an estimated 7 pounder caught & released on a fry pattern from the boat near Lin Croft Point.
The week ended with mixed results as the fishing became much harder in cold conditions. It was particularly dificult on the bank as the fish dropped offshore. Many anglers, practising for a big event on Tuesday next ,found buzzer feeders at depths of 10-15 feet. I was shown a photo of an estimated 8lbs rainbow which was caught & released near Rainbow Corner. It had intercepted a buzzer fished on a Di7 at a depth of 15 feet.
Yet again I found myself scrapping frost from the windscreen first thing this morning &yet again the pontoon & boats were frosted. However – May beckons!
For those yet to view this via the website or Facebook page, Jamie Robbins from Shakespeare visited us recently & took some good early season advice from Ifor here in the lodge. His resultant YouTube video is well worth viewing. It especially reminds us of the beauty of the venue. – take a look via this link: – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MMsn30R_fOI
Weekly Free Boat Draw
This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr Vince Aronica from Loughborough. .
Number Rods: 373 Number Trout Taken: 613 Number Trout Released: 1372
Total Catch: 1985 Weekly Rod Average: 3.67
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 20:15
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:15
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:15 PM 14:15 until 20:00
Last 4 Hours from: 16:15 until 20:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 20:30
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, The Tower 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.
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