Draycote Report W/E 30th October 2016

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Draycote Water: Weekly report ending Sunday 30th October 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018


Another mild week, meaning the fish still haven’t really switched onto the fry. However they have most defiantly turned their attentions onto small buzzers and shrimps with great catches from both the bank and the boats to shrimp patterns. This week 324 anglers caught a total of 736 fish giving a weekly rod average of 2.3.

On Monday Mr Kevin Rees caught 8 fish from the bank using shrimp patterns, and passed comment on the amount of fish he lost. Next to Kevin on the bank was Draycote regular Mr Ray Cramp, who had 11 fish on lures, with his best pattern being a small orange gold head. Out on the boat Brian Moore had a good day fishing Minkies on an intermediate landing 6 fish. Brian found the best area from the boat was in the corner of Hensborough bank. Tim Simpson and Pat Hennessey also took to the water boat fishing around Farnborough spit to land 7 fish. The pair found the best tactic was a Minkie booby fished on a sinking line.

Tuesday saw light winds coming from the east, with cloud cover for most of the day. On the bank Pete Allen landed 5 fish using small Minkie patterns catching from Toft and Lincroft point. M Farrell had a good day’s sport of the tower bank fishing fry patterns, it was these fry patterns that tempted a 8lb Brown to take which was returned to the water. The best return of the day went to Eugene Hughes who landed 18 fish. Eugene caught on a wide variety of methods from floating lines with Minkies and Shrimps to Dries with his best area being the Farnborough Dam and just past the sailing club drifting towards the Hensborough bank.

The wind had changed direction on Wednesday blowing to a south westerly, it was expected that this would knock the fishing off slightly but the rod average actually increased. Out on the boats Jack Dixon and M Edkins landed 10 fish to the boat using snakes. Mr D Keir enjoyed good sport from the bank landing 9 fish. M Hunt was also into the returns landing 8 fish with four of them being over 3lb 8oz. Mark found the fish down the Farnborough dam wall, with his best patterns being a Minkie on the point and crunchers on the droppers. Roger Kerrison also found the fish tight in down the Farnborough dam wall catching well washing lining shrimp patterns with an orange booby on the point. The best catch of the day came to the boat pairing of Eugene Hughes, back for his second day, and Gary Owen the pair caught well suing Di3 sweep lines with Minkies and Minkie boobies.

Thursday saw the fishing explode with fantastic returns being posted from both the boats and the bank, but it was the bank anglers who really had the best of the action. Roger smith landed 14 fish in four hours from the bank in the morning catching in Toft. Roger found the fish wanted a combination of a muddler on the point and Crunchers on the droppers. Mr Day landed 16 fish from the bank at the Swans nest using Shrimp patterns. However the best catch of the day went to Peter Elliot who landed over 30 fish. Peter fished in Toft and then later moved to the pipe in Duns Bay, the key to Peter’s success was crunchers and hoppers fished a floating line. Out on the boats season ticket holder Tony Parker and boat partner Gerallt Hughes landed 21 fish to the boat fishing shrimp patterns tight in down the Farnborough dam wall. Also out on the water Kevin Hart taking out young angler Matt Lindsley on a four hour guiding session and fishing experience. Matt landed 9 fish using a floating line with either floating fry on the point or a small black booby with shrimps and beetle patterns on the droppers.

Friday saw the fishing continue in much the same form as the day before with the bank anglers really getting some fantastic fishing. Brian Warwick landed 19 fish fishing the pipe in Duns bay with a team of small size 14 buzzers. Gordon Slack also got into the action on the buzzers landed 12 fish. Gary Hunter landed 10 from in Toft bay from the bank. Ian Richardson also found the fish in Toft at the Swans nest landed 14 fish on Damsels and Appetizers. The best catch of the day went to Season ticket holder Kevin Rees who landed 25 fish from Duns Bay using shrimp patterns fished on a washing line. On the boats Jamie Scott landed 12 fish using shrimp patterns fishing down the Farnborough Dam.

Saturday saw a flat calm for the anglers fishing which made the fishing challenging at times. However some anglers did fish the key to cracking the day. Nigel Keeber and Lee Henfrey took to the water using 5 inch per second sinking lines and tubes to land 22 fish to the boat. Saturday also the army take to the water in there autumn match, anglers in the match seem to catch on a number of methods on the Saturday with nymphs and shrimps playing a part, as well as pulling blobs on a 3 inch per second sinking line. Outside the army match G Thomas had a good day landing 7 fish on Minkies and other lures.

Another flat calm day for anglers Sunday, the Army were back again for the second day of their autumn match, the best catches in the match came to anglers fishing biscuit fabs and nymphs on floaters. The tactic seemed to be to get the FABS to sit high in the surface and then just allowed to fall through the water column and the fish would just come and either eat the FABS or the nymphs. The army anglers found the fish around S buoy near Croft shoal and also in Biggin bay and the Hensborough bank.  On the bank Gary Darlow landed 9 on buzzers and Diawl bachs in Toft. Dennis Tidmarsh also enjoyed good sport from Biggin Bay in the morning landing 7 fish by 2pm. Out on the boats season ticket holder Tony Parker enjoyed good sport fishing on the Farborough Dam down towards Toft using shrimp patterns fished on a washing line, with a peach FAB. The top boat of the day went to Richard Dayman and John Kirk who landed 29 fish to the boat, the pair fished over in Biggin Bay using nymphs on a floating line or lures on a 3 inch per second sinking line.

Looking ahead to next week, it looks like we will receive our first really frost Wednesday, so as a result we are hoping that the fish will really start to turn their attention on to the fry and we will have some spectacular fry action in the last month on the season.

Closing Date

The closing date for our fishing season this year is 30th November 2016.


Season Permits

2017 Season Permits, We currently have a waiting list, however if you’re interested in receiving information on availability of season permits at Draycote we recommend your details are added to the list to avoid any future disappointment.

Catch Returns

Could all anglers please fill in the catch return sheet before departing. The sheets will either be located in the gutting room or in the lodge depending on time. It is very important to us for both the fishing report and stock levels.

Selling of Fish

Anglers are not allowed to sell or distribute fish to members of the public on site.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  324 Number Trout Taken: 244    Number Trout Released:  491

Total Catch: 736             Weekly Rod Average: 2.3

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 (Tickets on sale from 12.30)

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. 

No Gutting of Fish after 16:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:00

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr Eugene Hughes from London who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

New SAGE X rods in stock including a SAGE X 10ft 7wt Demo rod for you to take out and try. 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: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods. The Sage One is currently in the process of being phased out. Very limited stock left. Contact the Lodge for details of special offers.



Forthcoming events:

The annual Fur and Feather match will be held this year on Sunday 27th November, and will be fished as a pair’s competition. The winning pair will receive a Christmas hamper each with second, third and largest fish will win a selection of seasonal drinks. Please note there will be no raffle this year, no need to bring along a prize. Competition rate for this will be £68 per boat for a 16 fish limit to the boat (£34 per angler). Competition will be fished to fishery rules, NO RUDERS. Please call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your place.

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they do not park in the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, unless they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. We 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 16:15       


Boat anglers are politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon, aerators or the Tower. 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.

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

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