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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 31st May 2020
The much anticipated re opening of Draycote water did not disappoint. Despite the bright sunny and calm conditions, good numbers of fish are being caught in most areas of the reservoir. Whilst boat anglers are having the best of the sport throughout the day, bank anglers are catching early morning and from late afternoon onwards, with the bright conditions moving the fish into deeper water in the middle part of the day. Diawl Bachs and Hares Ears are a constant throughout the catch return. Perhaps because the fish are feeding hard on shrimp along the north shore from Lincroft Point and down through the Cornfield. The odd fish has fallen to a dry fly, but through the brighter part of the day most boat anglers are pulling snakes on a DI3 or a DI5, especially in the aerators.
On Thursday Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennel got off to a flying start on Thursday fishing a 12ft slow tip, with a FAB on the point and nymphs on the droppers. Eddie and Dave fished over open water landing 20 and 14 fish respectively. All water season permit holder Jamie Scott had over 40 fish to the boat using snakes on a sinking line over the aerators.
Again, the bright conditions on Friday did not deter the fish as they continued to feed just under the surface in open water and along the north shore for most of the morning. Brian Warwick landed a very respectable 6 fish from the bank using Diawl Bachs. John Kirk used a Hot Head Damsel and Snakes to land over 30 fish from a boat . Mr M Cartlidge had 24 fish to the boat near J buoy, one of which weighed over 4lbs.
Another hot day Saturday with the wind alternation between a straight East and North East. Paul Davison took to the water for his first session after lock down using a 10ft midge tip with 3 epoxy buzzers and a FAB on the point to catch well around J buoy in the morning. In the afternoon Paul decided to give his much loved dries a go, and despite the sun found the fish very willing to come and take a Ginger Midas off the surface. Fishery Manager Tom Bird took the opportunity on a day off to get out on the water, catching first on a long midge tip with 3 Diawl Bach’s and a FAB around S buoy and Croft Shoal. Before deciding to try the tactic Fishery Ranger Lloyd had used the day before. This was taking drifts from the Farborough Dam towards J Buoy using a Di 5 Sweep with cormorants and a Smelly Booby. A key point from Tom’s session was over half Tom’s fish took on the hang at 15ft from the boat. It really is worth giving “the hang” a go at the moment. Keep an eye out for a Blog on this from Tom in the next few days. Yousef Dar also used buzzers around S buoy to catch well before changing to mini lures on sinking lines, and commented on how “hard fighting and fin perfect the fish are”
Once again on Sunday the sun was in appearance, with the wind again remaining in the North East. Jim Smith enjoyed a great days sport, using a number of methods to land fin perfect fish all day long. Amongst Jim’s fish were a couple of 6lb bars of silver. The most successful tactic for Jim was a Di 5 Forty Plus with a Barred Olive Snake on the point and an abortion sparkler booby on the dropper. The key was to leave the line to sink for 20 seconds before starting a steady roly-poly retrieve with the Hang once again being key. Jim found fish all over the lake with a hotspot being J buoy and T buoy. Ed Douglas enjoyed a good day using similar tactics to Jim. However, in the morning Ed caught well on a 12ft Fast Tip with 3 nymphs and a FAB drifting from the bottom off Toft to G buoy. Derek Hessett from Cumbria was lucky enough to be working in the local area this coming week and enjoyed a great day Sunday. Derek found the fish all over the open water with Buzzers and FABs on a range of long midge tips. Before switching to buzzers fished under the Bung, which proved to be very successful. Then finally later in the day Derek switched to Midas drifting around the Sailing Club to enjoy a fantastic evenings sport.
Overall in the first 4 days of being open, a total of 127 anglers visited landing a total of 1,081 fish for a rod average of 8.5.
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