Draycote weekly report week ending 20th September

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Subnday 20th September 2015

As of this last week we are now feeling a bit of a chill in the air in the mornings here at Draycote water. The colder night time temperatures are giving us some foggy starts to the day, and reasonably low daily wind speeds are giving over too some sunny spells in the afternoons. Early Autumn has arrived

To say that Draycote was fishing well would be a drastic understatement. There are fish being caught in all 4 corners of the reservoir, on nearly every method under the sun. Size 14 buzzers and diawl bachs are still accounting for some good bags of fish from the bank as well as the boats. But the dries are proving so popular at the moment; I’m not sure who likes them more, the fish, or the anglers! This is the first week in the season that we have seen a good hatch of daddies on the water, but hoppers and a claret bob’s bits seem to be working just as well. Sporadic fry feeding is occurring from time to time and indeed some anglers are successfully targeting some of the big browns off the tower bank on floating fry patterns. But It will probably be at least a couple of weeks before the fish are hard on the fry, giving us all some excellent sport.

Peter Biewenaki during two visits caught 4 good browns this week including one estimated at 6lb

On Tuesday the usual suspects of Gordon Slack, Keith Hughes and Colin Grainger where seen to be loitering with intent around the cornfield area. They were found to be bagging up on a mixture of Diawl Bachs, size 14 buzzers and dries.

We welcomed back Mr McGregor and his party from Scotland this week, who fished on one of our 3 day packages. They caught a total of 79 fish between them on a mixture of dries and minkies.

Dennis Jones did well from the bank on Tuesday, netting a total of 13 fish. Sean and Michael Hanlon had 25 fish to the boat on Friday, all on dries.

It was good to see Roger Kerrison back fishing again after a long spell off. Roger caught 4 fish in Biggin bay, all on dries.

This week we hosted the Barclays Bank FFC v Royal Bank Of Scotland AC the competition was totally fished to catch & release with anglers logging the trout’s measurement’s, with the fishery providing measuring devices.  The competition was hailed a success.

On Saturday we hosted the wheelie boat fundraiser competition the day was a great success with meaning that we are now over half way to raising the finds needed. A huge thank you must be given to Draycote Fly Fishers who organised the event, with a special mention to Shaun Hanlon and Graham Homer. The anglers enjoyed good sport in tricky conditions to a wide range of methods from dries to tubes on a Di 5 sinking line. Winner on the day was Lee Henfry who fished tubes on a Di 5 down in the toft shallows; Lee wins a season ticket for Draycote for the 2016 season.  The biggest fish was caught by regular Ray Rouse weighting 5lb 1oz. Finally having a great day was Derek Moore who walked away first prize in the raffle a brand new Sage Accel 10ft #7 rod.

Sunday Leicester Disabled Fly Fishers enjoyed a good day out on the boats with three of their members catching big fish, F Kettle with one at 4lb 8oz, M Goodge at 5lb 2oz and Mr I Bradfield with a cracking fish at 7lb 2oz.

Mr T Burn also enjoyed a good days sport on Sunday with 17 fish to the boat all being taken on dries. Another boat who enjoyed a good days sport on the dries was Mr K Harding & Mr M Clarke who had 15 fish to the boat with Mr Harding returning a beautiful 7lb brown.  

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by:- Mr M Severn

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:    402    Number Trout Taken:  479        Number Trout Released:  759

Total Catch:        1238           Weekly Rod Average:    3.1

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:30

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 19:15

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until14:00   PM 14:00 until 19:15

Last 4 Hours from:  15:15 until   19:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:45

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Reminder regarding Non Native Shrimp

The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)

To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge

Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS, DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.

Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.

Dry – Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff


Tight Lines,

The Draycote Team

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