Draycote Fishing Report W/E 29th May 2016

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Draycote Water weekly report W/E 29nd May 2016

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A fantastic week here at Draycote with 418 anglers visiting the venue netting a total of 2909 trout representing  an overall rod average of 7.0. It has been a good week on the weather front with either lovely warm spring days with clear skies which really got the fish feeding hard on the thousands of buzzers that where hatching, and if the weather wasn’t clear skies and sun. It was warm and overcast and nearly the perfect conditions for fishing, as you can imagine dries really played a part in the catch returns in those days of near perfect conditions.

Monday started in the same fashion that the previous week finished with great catches from both the bank and boats. Out on the bank Bob Smith landed 7 great fish fishing on Lincroft point and the cornfield. Also on the bank was regular Ray Cramp who had 15, on a both lures and buzzers from the tower bank and along into Duns Bay. Out on the boat some fantastic catches where recorded to buzzers. John Mills had 21, using a streamer tip line in the morning and then a midge tip in the afternoon to present his buzzers at the correct depth as the hatch progressed throughout the day. Another angler with a great catch on buzzers was Mr R Stewart who fished Rainbow Corner with buzzers and a biscuit FAB to land 25 fish. Catches of over 30 fish where recorded by M Morgan and D Darcie who again found buzzers the key to a very successful day.

Tuesday saw bright and breezy conditions which as the saying goes are never easy, and as a result the rod average saw a slight dip to 5.5. However there were a number of anglers who found the key to success. Season ticket holder Tony Broadway fished the bank on Lincroft point with two size 12 black buzzers and a small tequila FAB to land 14 fish. On the Boats Mr S Robertson & Mr A McKenzie had a great day landing 39 fish to the boat using buzzers. MR I Pugh also had a good day on the boat landing 13 fish. Dave Burr also had a good day and found that a blue flash damsel fished around Biggin and Duns Bay accounted for his fish.

Wednesday saw much better fishing weather with warm overcast conditions. As a result dries really played a role in the catches for the day. Paul Cushnie & George Barron from Scotland had a great days fishing using a variety of dries and commented that they caught all over the reservoir, and where unsure of the exact number as they lost count.  Also using dries to great affect was Andy Lunn who fished black dries to account for 11 fish in a short afternoon session. Ricky Hyde also had a good afternoon landing a number of fish on buzzers on the washing line including having a double hook up which he had to get a fellow anglers help to land both. Also on the boats A Goodway & H Russell landed 46 fish between them on buzzers. Also worth a mention on the day was Eugene Hughes who travels up from London on the train, and landed over 40 fish on a variety of lure and lines from toft to the Hensborough bank.  

Thursdays was a slight change to the day before with the same light winds, but unlike Wednesday there was a lack of cloud so it was very warm and bright.  West Midlands Police had a friendly competition on the water with 15 anglers going a float; they caught 153 fish giving a rod average for the competition of 10.2. The day was won by Steve Owen who landed 17 fish. The police found the fish on a number of methods from pulling blobs and boobies on 5 inch per second sinking lines to fishing buzzers static on a floating line. Outside of the police match A Ling and P Konizcky had a good day with 20 great fish to the boat as the targeted the larger fish around A buoy using black buzzers on midge tips. Having an absolute red letter day and his personal best for Draycote was Jamie Scott who landed 39 fish mainly from Toft using blobs. On the bank Andy Brown had a good afternoon catching on buzzers down on Toft.

Friday saw similar conditions to that of the day before, however the wind had picked up slightly. There were a number of good catches Friday, but some stand out examples where Tony Broadway on the bank who landed 12 fish from the cornfield on a team a three buzzers on a floating line. Also from the bank Peter Biernaki had a good afternoon landing 8 fish on buzzers and damsels from both toft and the tower bank.  On the boats Ed Douglas had a good days sport fishing with a team of buzzers on the Hensborough bank and Duns bay to land 24.

Saturday again saw a very warm sunny day, not the best conditions for fishing, however the good fishing continued despite the bright conditions, with a number of anglers reporting good catches over double figures. D McCloud & S McCloud had a good day fishing buzzers all around the reservoir which accounted for 29 fish. P Bristow & R Cripps also had a good days sport and commented on the amount of double hook ups they were getting fishing with buzzers and diawl bachs. Season ticket holder Graham Homer also had a good days sport landing 12 fish all of which took buzzers fished on a floating line.

Sunday saw overcast skies and slightly stronger wind that had been seen previously in the week. However these slightly strong winds did little to affect the good fishing. On the bank Mr K Fletcher had good days sport landing 6 fish from the cornfields on a red leech pattern. On the boats Mr K Harding and Mr M Clarke had a good days sport netting 35 fish to the boat using buzzers and crunchers fished on a floating line in toft and along the Hensborough bank. Also having a fantastic days sport from the boats was C Adams & S Pozzi who netting an impressive 77 fish on lures fished right down in the bottom off toft near the nature reserve buoys and commented that it was basically a fish a cast at numerous points in the day.

Looking forward to next week the weather looks set to remain overcast and warm, so let’s hope that the fantastic buzzer fishing that has been seen this week continues with the good conditions forecast.  

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 418    Number Trout Taken:  670    Number Trout Released: 2239

Total Catch:         2909     Weekly Rod Average:  7.0

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:45

Boat All Day:    8.30    until  21:45

Boat Part Day:  AM 8:30     until   15:00 PM   15:00   until 21:45

Last 4 Hours from:    17:45     until       21:45    (Ticket sales available from 17:30 )

No  fish to be gutted after 21:45                All Anglers to be off site by:  22:00 

Congratulations to Mike Gillett from Moreton-In-Marsh who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

We now have a considerable amount of Sage & Rio demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items:



Forthcoming events.

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.


Anglers please note that the main toilets in the building are due to be completed renovated from the 1st June which take up to 3 weeks, anglers are advised to use the toilet block near the rangers office in the country park.  However there will be temporary toilets behind the building. 

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room

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. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 21:30         


Many anglers have been failing to book out at the end of their fishing. 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.

Rudder Hire

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.

Tight lines

The Draycote Team

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