Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 15th March 2020

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.

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Fishery Report: Week Ending 15th March 2020

BANK ANGLERS; we would like to remind all Draycote bank anglers that your not allowed to fish from any of the dam walls.

Coronavirus.  All of our fisheries remain open, with our staff following the advice from the authorities to regularly during the day clean the vulnerable areas, doors, counters, tills, credit card machines, phones etc

A fairly windy start to the week, however, worse was forecast for Tuesday and Thursday. With such gusty conditions the boats struggled to present the flies correctly, due to either very quick drifts or swinging on the anchor. Season ticket holder Bob Smith fished the bank enjoying good sport to land 15 hard fighting rainbows. All of Bob’s fish came from Dougie’s Gap using a Damsel and a Green Pea fished on a floating line. Fishing along side Bob, was Ian Richardson who landed 9 fish again on a Damsel. Which was a great catch considering the awful gusty South West wind that was blowing along the bank. Another angler braving the wind and doing well along the North Shore was Mr Joyce who took a dozen fish using a black and green lure. Mr Joyce found the fish in Biggin & Dunn’s Bay as well as Lincroft point. Out on the boats Ian Conyers landed 8 fish from Rainbow Corner on a mixture of lures fished on a Di 3 sinking line.

A wind day Tuesday, with the wind coming from the South West resulting in the majority of the anglers opting to fish in Rainbow Corner. One angler who decided to face the wind was Paul Walker who fished the top end of the Cornfield to land 10 fish on buzzers and black and green lures. All water season ticket holder Ken Key fished in the corner of the Hensborough Bank using a mixture of Buzzers and black and green lures to lake 5 hard fighting rainbows. Out on the boats Michael Burnside & boat partner John Heslop landed 11 fish to the boat back drifting around near A Buoy in Rainbow Corner.

Wednesday saw the winds drop slightly than the previous day but still remain gusty. All water season ticket holder Neil Shilton braved the wind on the North Shore to land 11 fish. Another all water season ticket holder fishing along the North Shore was Ed Douglas who landed 9. Mike Oliver moved all around the Reservoir to take 8 all taken on Buzzers and Pheasant Tail Nymphs fished on a floating line. Also going down the more imitative approach season ticket holder John Dickens landed 11 fish from Biggin Bay on Diawl Bach’s Out on the boats the majority of the sport came from fishing over middle shoal. Season ticket holder Dave Atkins landed 22 cracking fish with the majority being overwintered on a Di 5 and a green snake. Jamie Scott also found fish at middle shoal but also fishing over at Y buoy landing 11 fish using a Booby Basher and a black booby.

Due to the high wind speeds on Thursday the boats remained firmly fixed to the pontoon all day. A few brave souls ventured out on to the banks here at Draycote but the strong gusty conditions made for very difficult casting. Alas the rod average took a bit of a pounding, with the best bag of the day falling to Mr Dave Bennett with 4 fish to the net.

A drop in wind speeds on Friday allowed for both boat and bank anglers to have a field day out on the water, pushing the rod average up to 7.7. Mr Bob Smith caught a total of 16 fish from the bank in Dougies Gap and the Cornfield using Damsels. Ian Richardson remarked on “an excellent day”, after netting 12 fish from the bank along the northern shoreline. Tony Broadway also netted a dozen good fish from the bank using buzzers. Out on the boats Martin Rowson and Lee Henfrey had over 30 fish between them using sinking lines and lures. Kevin Hart ventured out in a boat to net 18 fish from Biggin Bay on Olive Snakes.

Again on Saturday a lot of anglers visited Draycote and again the rod average jumped, this time to 9.0. Regular bank angler Mike Oliver netted over 25 fish on PTN’s and Buzzers. Season Permit holder Mr A Hart took 6 fish in toft using buzzers. Mike Garner netted 10 fish from the bank in Toft using a Green Pea.
Boat anglers Mr S Peart and Mr S Robins netted 17 fish using a midge tip line and cormorants, and a floating line with a team of Buzzers. All water season permit holder Mr J Kirk had 16 fish to the boat using Black Snakes and Black buzzers. Draycote regular Andy Lane also caught 16 fish from a boat using Snakes whilst drifting over Musborough Shoal. Mr J Gayle had 22 fish to the boat using Olive and White Snakes and Hot Headed Damsels.

Sunday started wet and windy with the wind easing off a bit as we went through the middle of the day. Unfortunately, heavy persistent rain then set in making for some uncomfortable conditions through until late afternoon. The fishing however, made up for this in part, as anglers coming off the water reported good catches from both boat and bank from nearly all corners of the reservoir. Mr K Harding and Mr M Clarke had over 40 fish to the boat using DI 8’s and Snake Boobies. They commented that they had taken fish from “all over the lake”. Season permit holders Dave Hancox and Martin Price had 37 fish to the boat around Croft Shoal on green and black lures.

This week 230 anglers visited Draycote catching a total of 1501 fish, giving us a weekly rod average of 6.5.

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RIO & SAGE Day CANCELLED due to travel concerns for Simon Gawesworth & Chris Anderson of SAGE & RIO who were travelling to the UK from the USA
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