Draycote Water weekly fishing report w/e Sunday 8st May 2016.
Telephone Number 01788 8120187
This week saw the weather start off in the same unsettled nature of last week, with very blustery weather Monday. However the air temperature rose 11°C on Sunday night, this temperature rise continued as the week progressed ending the week with temperatures of 25°C and much needed and welcome sunshine. This increase in temperatures also saw the rod average which started at 2.2 in the windy conditions of Monday rise to one of 9.1 in the warm spring sunshine of Saturday. The overall stats for the week saw 398 Rods catch a total of 2179 fish for a weekly rod average of 5.47.
Monday saw the unsettled weather remain, with strong North Westerly blowing across the lake. Due to the strong winds anglers found it challenging to present the flies correctly. However David Hoppe found the correct presentation by using the new RIO In Touch stream tip and team of buzzers to tempt 8 fish along the tower bank and into Dunns bay. David found that the streamer tip was great for cutting the flies through the big waves. Out on the boats Stephen Conway and his brother were out on the boats and tempted 10 fish fishing a combination of buzzers and blobs. Tuesday saw the rod average increase slightly with the high winds dropping however the sudden increase in temperatures the day before had clearly had an effect on and the fish took another day to adjust. The bank struggled with the fish moving out in the deeper water to feed. Taking advantage of this was Steve Robinson and J Ryder who boated 24 fish.
Wednesday was the day when the rod average really started to improve as the fish settled after the sudden increase in temperature from last week. Out on the boats was season ticket holder Ed Douglas who netted 20 fish, in Rainbow Corner fishing with buzzers and nymphs on floating lines including a lovely grown on rainbow trout of 5lb 7oz. Another angler taking advantage of the good fishing was Sean Hanlon who netted 18 fish all on buzzers. However buzzers were not the only way to catch good numbers on the day. The police inter-force friendly boat competition saw the best catches coming using 5inch per second sinking lines and orange blobs around A/B buoy. The winner on the day was Bob Casey with his 8 fish bag limit for 23lbs. Thursday saw John Clifford getting into the fish around B buoy netting 16 fish using a 7 inch per second lines and lures and commented on how all the fish in the deeper water were overwintered. S Bedwell found that the fish along the Hensborough wanted a black Montana fished slowly near the bottom, as this accounted for all this 17 fish.
Friday saw the start of the really warm weather with the air temperatures being over 20°C for most of the day. These warm conditions saw a very impressive buzzer hatch with both bank and boat anglers cashing in on the action with 98 anglers catching 724 fish for a 7.3 rod average. On the bank regular Tony Broadway had a great days sport netting 21 fish all on buzzers. Alan Joyce also enjoyed great sport landing 22 fish as well as an approximated 8lb rainbow which was returned to fight another day. Out on the boats the sport was equally as good, Season Ticket holder Ed Douglas returned for another day’s sport again using buzzers but this time caught a staggering 47 fish. Also enjoying great sport from the boats was R Bomsford & J Radda who netted 43 fish. Another angler who is worthy of a mention is George Leaton who travelled up from Hounslow in London and landed 20 fish all on a blue flash damsel on a floater. George commented that the key to success was not to strike too soon and that a continued figure of eight through the knocks and pulls would produce a solid lock up. Saturday saw the best rod average of the week at 9.1, with catches into double figures and beyond to be found by the majority from both the bank and the boats. The tactics for these high catches remained the same as earlier in the week of either buzzers or 5 inch per second sinking lines and blobs. Sunday saw the best catches coming from the boats around B buoy to cruncher patterns fished slowly, with Robert and Tony Ball landing 26 to this method.
Looking ahead to this week the weather looks settled and warm weather is set to continue so I am sure the buzzer hatches will continue to improve and hopefully with the good hatches the fantastic fishing that has been seen the the back end of the week will continue.
Number Rods: 398 Number Trout Taken: 756 Number Trout Released: 1423
Total Catch: 2179 Weekly Rod Average: 5.47
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 21:00
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:00
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:30 PM 14:30 until 21:00
Last 4 Hours from: 17:00 until 21:00 (Ticket sales available from 16:45)
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:15
Weekly Free Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr C Campbell from Morton In The Marsh, who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Permit.
Jim Williams Beginners Tuition Day 12th June 3 spaces available. Call the lodge to book the space.
Scierra Pairs – 26th June. To book call Phil Dixon on 07921713716/07584642242
Alex Booth Match – 30th June. To Book spaces contact Roy Lewin on 07762746825.
Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it.
In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. Too many anglers have been failing to do this of late & this distorts the figures leading to potential fishery management issues.
Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon 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. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.
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.
The Draycote Team
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