Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 1st November 2015

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 1st November 2015

We’ve had a fairly mild week as regards the weather hear at Draycote. A few cold starts have led into quite mild afternoons for the most part with light breezes allowing for some enjoyable fishing.  A strong southerly wind on Friday saw the boats restricted to the Hensborough bank for the first couple of hours, until it calmed down enough for them to explore the rest of the reservoir. Saturday and Sunday then where a different matter altogether, with temperatures into the 20’s

Draycote once again is in good form with no sign of things slowing down, and the fish continuing to be taken on a wide variety of patterns. Normally at this time of year it’s mainly fry patterns or bust, but because of the mild temperatures, dries, nymphs, buzzers and the ever popular Diawl Bach are all accounting for good bags of fish from every corner of the water. Toft again seems to be absolutely teeming with fish, with both boat and bank anglers recording some excellent catches from there. Lincroft point is also fishing well as is Biggin Bay. The Tower bank sees the patient angler hunting the big brownies that appear from time to time, and the Hensborough bank, steady throughout the season, is still producing some great sport.

Most bank anglers tell me that wading in to the water just spooks the fish and it’s best to keep your feet dry. Indeed, nearly all the feedback I’ve had this week has been about fish being caught in very shallow water and very near to the bank, or under water features such as the shoals.

So, if you’ve tucked you’re gear away for the season, you might want to think again. With mild weather conditions and a weekly rod average of 4.0, Draycote is certainly worth one more go.

Brian Allwood, one of our members, visited twice this week and caught 22 fish in total, all from the bank.

Mr A Bettles had a good day on Tuesday with 18 fish again from the bank.

Mr E Hughes,  visited us again this week for two days and using DI3 and DI5 sweep lines, had over 30 fish to the boat on minkies and black and green lures.

Mr B Theobald caught 13 fish from the bank on Wednesday using buzzers and Diawl Bach’s.

On Friday, Les Watson and Bob Robinson, again fishing from the bank, caught 8 and 5 respectively.

Draycote member Mr Tony Parker, caught 8 fish from a drifting boat on Saturday, all on dries.

Draycote regular Mr Mick Cronin had 9 fish from the bank on Saturday.

On Sunday a hat full of anglers did really well from the bank in bright sunshine including Mr Vince Aronica , Mr Ray Cramp, Mr L Drakeford and Draycote member Mr Dennis Tidmarsh.   ,

Date For Your Diaries:

Fur & Feather” Match – Sunday 22nd November. Fish with your chosen boat partner.

Call the Lodge on 01788 812018 to reserve your places.



Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr Jamie Warwick from Rugby.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  217     Number Trout Taken:  243   Number Trout Released:  635

Total Catch:    878      Weekly Rod Average:    4.0

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 16:45

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:45

First 4 Hours:   08:30 until 12:45 

Last 4 Hours from:  12:45 until  16:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 17:15

Please note that because of the shorter days we have now split the day into the first 4, and last 4 hour permits, priced accordingly. A full day boat will still be priced as normal as will the 4 and 8 fish permits. 

Bank anglers should be mindful that some areas are liable to soft mud underfoot, due to lowwater levels.


Could all bank anglers please note that there is a speed limit on the perimeter road here at Draycote. The speed limit is 15mph and must be strictly adhered to.


The Severn Trent Rangers have reported bank anglers bringing their dogs along to either sit in their vehicle or accompany them on the bank. Anglers should note that dogs are not allowed around the reservoir under any circumstances.


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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


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