Draycote Report W/E 18th November 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 18th November 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

We’ve had a good weeks fishing here at Draycote. Southerly breezes have made fishing from the north shore difficult at times, but some bank anglers faired pretty well off Lincroft point casting into the wind using small black buzzers. Boat anglers have had their fair share of good sport drifting down the Farborough dam and over croft shoal. Musborough shoal and the Hensborough bank as well as the flat stones have also produced good returns on fry patterns and lures fished on sinking lines. This week 189 anglers caught 639 fish to give us a weekly rod average of 3.3.

Monday can only be described as miserable with squally showers and windy conditions for the visit from west midlands police. I think they were happy to come in at lunchtime for a break. The boat pairing of Peter Watson and John Hurst caught 9 fish between them. Kevin Rees managed 5 from the bank on shrimp patterns. Season permit holder Ian Richardson caught 3 fish from the bank.

Again on Tuesday the wind blew from the south and although forecast as quite gusty, seemed to blow a steady 12 to 14pmh all day. The more settled conditions seemed to help the fishing with the rod average moving back up to a steady 4.8.  It turned out to be a good day for regulars and members alike, with plenty of good catches on the return sheet. Tony Broadway and John Dews ventured out on a boat to catch 9 fish a piece. Ed Douglas caught 10 fish from the boat in various areas around the reservoir. Staff member Lee Henfrey had 17 fish to the boat using tubes on a DI7 off croft shoal and  the farborough dam.

Wednesday was again a good day with many anglers managing their bag limit and more. Richard Walker caught 5 fish in rainbow corner on minkies. The boat pairing of Mr B Barnes and Mr B Patrick had 22 fish to the boat. Chad Critchly and Phil Harding had a good day with again, 22 fish to the boat. The bank anglers didn’t seem to fair as well on Wednesday with the best of the bunch being Roger Kerrison with 4 fish.

Thursday dawned bright and breezy again, clouding over by midmorning.  Peter Elliott ventured out onto the bank to net 10 fish on hares ears. Kevin Rees also caught 10 fish from the bank on a washing line and shrimp patterns. Also fishing from the bank was Mr P Barnes who managed 4 fish. The boat pairing of Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennell  managed 18 fish between them and noted that the last hour or so was “really good sport”. Mr D Naylor and Mr S Houlton managed to catch 8 fish on hoppers.

We were greeted by an overcast start on Friday with a light south easterly blowing. The fishing seemed to have shifted a little with things now happening not only on croft shoal but over musborough shoal and in biggin bay. Norman Perkins caught 8 from the bank at Lincroft point on white lures. Terry White caught 10 fish from the bank . Terry fished the cornfield using FAB’s and diawl bachs. Tony Broadway and Colin Day caught 10 and 12 respectively from the bank down in toft. Colin was using lures and a hot spot PTN. Mr J Shemmell caught 5 fish from the bank on shrimp patterns.  Seasoned regular Alex Campbell only managed 3 fish from a boat over musborough shoal but missed and dropped quite a few more. All were lovely bars of silver, pulled up from the bottom on a DI7 and perch fry patterns.

Saturday was bright with an easterly wind which can make things tricky here at times. Again staff member Lee Henfrey took to the water netting 11 fish from a boat on a DI8 and snakes over middle shoal and the flat stones.  Season permit holders Jim Brennan and Chris Discombe took to the water netting 7 lovely trout, and one pike. Bank angler Steve Gibson netted 4 fish from duns and biggin bay.

Again Sunday was bright with a light easterly breeze. Peter fisher managed 7 fish to the boat on gold head PTN’s and damsels. Keith Harding managed 8 fish to the boat with a roly poly retrieve using a DI7 and minky boobies in biggin bay. Ed Douglas and Jim Smith managed well into double figures each to a drifting boat using DI7’s and lures.

Season Permits

2019 Season Permit: If you’re interested in the availability of a season permit at Draycote with options starting from £435.00

New for 2019 our All Water Membership with options starting from £480.00, allowing you the flexibility to fish any of our waters. Contact the Draycote Lodge 01788812018 or email lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk   for details


We also have an online store www.flyfishstore.co.uk with great offers on clothing to keep you warm while fishing this November




Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Jude Tuffs from Market Harborough , the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods:  189 Number Trout Taken: 221      Number Trout Released:  418

Total Catch:  639   Weekly Rod Average: 3.3

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 16.00

Boat All Day: 08:30   until 16:00

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30    until 13.00

Last 4 Hours from:  12:00  until     16:00 (Ticket sales available from 11:45)

Gutting Room Closes –15:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 16:30

Guiding & Tuition.

New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

Dates for the Diary

Fur & Feather

This seasons Fur & Feather match at Draycote will be held on Sunday 25th  November 2018. Fished as a pairs competition with 12 fish to the boat.

1st Prize Christmas Hamper for winning pair

2nd Prize 2 Bottles of Wine Each

3rd Prize Box Chocolates

Largest Fish Bottle Spirits

The match will be fished to fishery rules, NO RUDDERS and will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:00. All those wishing to take part should call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your boat.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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