Draycote Fishing Report w/e 27th November 2016

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Draycote Water: Weekly report ending Sunday 27th November 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018


This week started cold, wet and blustery, which resulted in Monday being a very quiet day here at Draycote. However as the week progressed the weather improved slightly, alongside the fishing, and there was some good sport to be had for both boat and bank anglers alike. The water quality is good, with the weekly rod average coming in at 3.8.

On Tuesday 10 anglers, mostly from the bank, braved the cold to produce a rod average of 3.5. Mr Peter Allen did quite well from the bank, taking 6 fish along the north shore, while Mr Ray Cramp had a total of 8 fish, again from the bank. Best of the boat anglers was Mr Mike Murphy , with 6 fish.

Wednesday proved to be slightly better with the usual suspects occupying various spots around the reservoir. Jude Tuffs took “just 8” from the bank. Ed Douglas had 16, again from the bank. Richard Walker caught a total of 12 fish, mainly from the swans nest down in toft on Minkies, and noted it as “ his best day ever ”. Jim Hall had 10 from the bank on small white lures. Roger Davis caught 7 from the bank on Minkies and a black and peacock spider.

Thursday dawned with a strong cold northerly blowing, which enabled Paul Beasley to catch 2 from the pontoon. Yousef Dar had a total of 14  fish from the bank. Tony and Ruth Kirk did well together also from the bank, netting a total of 14 fish. Nick Lant had 14 from the bank while Simon Claydon had 12.

Friday was a bright and breezy day, but although difficult, still produced some great sport for some. Brian Warwick had 8 good fish from the bank  Kevin Rees caught 6 fish on shrimp patterns from the bank. Mr G Bell caught 8 fish from a boat in Biggin on a DI 5 sweep, hot head damsels and green peas. Jamie Scott caught 6 fish from the boat, one of which was a “ lovely 4 and a half pound brownie “.

Saturday was reasonably mild compared to midweek and again proved to be a testing day. Mark Hunt caught 17 fish from a boat, mainly from the Farborough dam  Tony Ward had 6 fish from the bank. Season permit holder Sean Hanlon caught 8 fish from a boat, whilst the pairing of Chris Discombe and Jim Brennan had 5 fish between them.  Mr J McLellan had 14 fish from the Draycote dam on black Minkies. Steve Gibson caught 9 fish from the bank, whilst Jim Hall had 7.

Sunday dawned cloudy but mild, with the arrival of the Fur & Feather match. With a total of 46 anglers and some big names in the mix, the competition was always going to be a close run thing.  Third place was taken by the pairing of Peter Elliott and Lee Patten, with a combined weight of 31lbs 12oz, second were Lee Henfry and Tom Bird with 32lbs 2oz, and the competition winners were Ronnie Gent and Martin Rowson with 33lbs 9oz. The Biggest fish of the day went to Lee Henfry which weighed in at 4lbs 5oz. Well done to all those who took part.


A full end of season report will follow shortly.



Closing Date

This coming Wednesday, 30th November 2016, is the last day of the season.


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: 165   Number Trout Taken: 329   Number Trout Released:  300

Total Catch:  629           Weekly Rod Average: 3.8

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 16:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:00

First 4 Hours:   08:30 until 12:00 

Last 4 Hours from:  12:00 until 16:00 (Tickets on sale from 11.45)

All Anglers to be off site by: 16:30

No gutting of fish after 15:15

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. 

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr Jim Hall from  Hinckley  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.



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 15:15


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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