Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 15th November 2015.

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 15th November 2015.

 A reporting period which seems to have been primarily one for the bank anglers. The start, middle & end of this week saw us experiencing winds similar to the beginning of the season & three whole days were completely lost to boat anglers. Nevertheless, with the banks still on fine form, sport was often hectic with many fish still searching the margins.  We welcomed 129 anglers to the venue during the week & a total of 480 trout were brought to the net for a weekly rod average of 3.72

As ever, some notable results shine through. On the bank on Monday Trevor Riches caught five to Minkies including a 5lbs Brownie which he returned. Mr Goodwin fished a combination of Midge Tip with a Biscuit FAB + red buzzers and brought eleven fish to net. Many anglers are reporting multiple follows with fish often coming short. Use of smaller, slimmer patterns has frequently combatted this. On Tuesday in windy conditions Mick Cronin managed thirteen to fry patterns & on Wednesday, still on the bank, Tony Broadway explored Toft Shallows with his Minkie patterns to land 12. He also reported losing many fish too. Regular Ian Western also found himself amongst the action, releasing rainbows in excess of 4lbs & a 5lbs+ brown in his four fish tally.

With a lull in the winds on Thursday, Ed Douglas was able to go afloat & was rewarded with a ten fish total to his team of Diawl Bachs. Messrs Carter & Walker also went afloat & notched up an eleven fish joint total for their boat. However, Friday saw the return of the gales with the tail end of storm “Abigail” going through and boats were once more confined to the pontoon. Although a few brave anglers ventured onto the banks, the rod average plunged to 0.8. Gordon Slack did extremely well though to land four during a hectic early morning spell.

In contrast, Saturday was a tremendous day for all with 16 anglers returning a 6.25 rod average. Mike Garner fished very shallow water in Toft with a team of slow retrieved Diawl Bachs and caught a total of fourteen. Meanwhile, star of the day was Julian Hubbard, also working Toft but from a boat. He fished small sparkler patterns to land a total of 21, later describing his session as “Brill Fishing!” With the return of the winds once more on Sunday it was a quiet end to the period with just a few anglers out on the banks. Ian Western once more showed his form though with a five fish tally including the catch & release of a 5½lbs+ rainbow.

Forecasts indicate further windy periods to come, so unfortunately we may experience more days with no boats out before the season finally draws to a close. However, given the action on the banks right now, a bank fishing session is well worthy of serious consideration.

  Date For Your Diaries:

“Fur & Feather” Match – Sunday 22nd November.

Fishing time: 09:30 hrs until 15:00hrs

 1st  Prize :Christmas Hamper 2nd & 3rd Prizes: Selection of Christmas Wines.

Largest Fish: Bottle of Whiskey

Fish with your chosen boat partner. Some boats still available.

Call the Lodge on 01788 812018 to reserve your places.

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr Steve Orton from Bicester .

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  129    Number Trout Taken:  190   Number Trout Released:  290

Total Catch:    480      Weekly Rod Average:    3.72

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 16:15

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:15

First 4 Hours:   08:30 until 12:15 

Last 4 Hours from:  12:15 until 16:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 16:45

  • 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 low water levels.

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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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