Draycote Fishery News 8th November 2020

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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 8th November 2020

Monday was yet another day when the wind blew too hard for the boats to venture out. We did however have three anglers fish the bank in some exceedingly difficult conditions. Because of the strength and direction of the wind the anglers were restricted to the overflow, the Tower Bank and rainbow corner. Gaz Roberts and Nigel Keeber caught their 4 fish each by lunch using a floating line and a weighted barred olive snaked allowed to sink for 20 seconds before starting the retrieve.


Thankfully, the wind dropped Tuesday allowing the boats to head out on the water. However, it was still a gusty day and presentation was difficult. It was the bank anglers who enjoyed the best sport, with the Cornfield fishing well. Draycote season ticket holder Bob Smith landed 9 fish from along their taking 7 on shrimps and 2 booby minkies. Fellow season ticket holder Ian Richardson landed 8 fish from again the Cornfield but also in Toft, with shrimp patterns accounting for Ian’s fish, including loosing another 4 in play. John Dickens also landed 8 fish but rather than shrimps, John opted to for a black booby and crunchers on the droppers. On the boats A Forster landed 6 fish using a Di 5 sinking line and a minkie drifting along the Farborough Dam.


It was a great day for fishing on Wednesday with light breezes and a bit more cloud cover than promised. The rod average remains steadily high with fish being caught in many areas of the reservoir, mostly in the top few feet of the water. Fry patterns account for the majority of catches but there are still fish being caught on Crunchers and Diawl Bachs fished on a washing line. Season permit holder Tony Broadway caught 11 fish from the bank using Minkies and Shrimp patterns. Colin Grainger also fished the bank, netting 6 fish on the same method. Peter Elliott netted 10 fish from the bank on Floating Fry Patterns and Crunchers. John Hall fished from the bank in the Cornfield using Black Crunchers to net 7 fish. Roger and Graham Davies had 8 fish from the bank on Lincroft Point using Fry patterns and Diawl Bachs. Mr R Harris had a brace from the bank during an afternoon session using White Minkie Boobies. Ed Douglas caught 22 fish from a drifting boat using a DI3 and Fry Patterns. Kevin Hart used the same method to net a bakers dozen, two of which he caught in the aerators. Season permit holders Ian Reeve and Mat Pittaway had 9 fish to the boat using White Boobie Snakes. Jim Brennan and Chris Discombe fish along the Farborough Dam on Humungus to net 10 fish between them. Kevin Rees caught a dozen fish from the boat using Shrimp patterns and Diawl Bachs.


A lovely Autumnal day Thursday with light winds and very welcome sunshine, it was the first day of the new lockdown restrictions and was great to be allowed to continue the sport we all love. On the bank Draycote season ticket holder John Dickens landed 9 fish from the Willow Tree in Toft using a washing line with a FAB on the point and then buzzers on the droppers. On the boats Trevor Heseltine & L Hunt landed 10 fish using a mix of Minkies and Humungus patterns fished on Midge tip lines. The pair found the fish drifting around Farborough Spit and also drifting through the middle of Toft. Matt Harris & Andy Lane landed 16 fish to the boat either using ginger minkies on Di 5 sinking lines or popper minkies on floaters. Matt & Andy found the fish drifting near J buoy out from the Lodge and also drifting along the Tower Bank.

The weather seems to be holding up well at the moment as Friday was yet another lovely day with light breezes and sporadic cloud cover. Again the bank anglers are having some good sport with Tony Broadway netting 4 and losing 4 on Fry Patterns. Anthony Hart caught 3 fish from the bank on Minkies. Bob Smith caught half a dozen from the bank at Lincroft point using Shrimp Patterns and Minkie Boobies. Draycote regular Mike Oliver also fished the bank to net 8 fish on Pheasant Tailed Nymphs and Hares Ears and remarked that he’d caught fish “everywhere”. Ian Richardson caught 7 fish from the bank using Minkie Boobies, Hares Ears and Shrimp patterns, mainly in Biggin Bay. Out on the boats anglers were also having some great sport with Roger Kerrison going against the current grain and netting 11 fish on Dries. Paul Havard netted half a dozen from a boat using a DI3 and Olive Lures. Ivor Bullock and John Hoskins had 9 fish to the boat between them on Cats Whiskers.


Saturday dawned with a mist on the water which soon cleared to reveal a bright calm day right through until the afternoon. Once again Draycote Water is producing some good sport for both boat and bank anglers alike. The fish are mainly taking Fry patterns in the top few feet of the water with the odd angler teasing a few out on dries and nymphs. David Rechtorik caught 5 fish from the bank on a Rio Hover Line using Minkies and an Orange FAB. All water season permit holder Tim Davies caught 4 fish from the bank in Biggin Bay and Toft Shallows using FAB’s and Hares Ears. Out on the boats Mr S and Mr M Lewandowski had well over 30 fish to the boat on sinking lines, Snakes and Boobies. The boat pairing of Mike Clark and Keith Harding had 20 fish to the boat using DI 3’s and DI 5’s with Humungus and Booby Snakes. The lads remarked that they caught most of their fish in Biggin Bay. Mr Lee Nolan had 7 fish to the boat on floating fry patterns, with one of his fish weighing approximately 5 and a half pounds. Season permit holders Dave Kennel and Eddie Mitchell had well over 20 fish to the boat and remarked that it was a brilliant day with fish being caught all over the reservoir.


A foggy start to the day Sunday with he chance of rain around but thankfully this never materialised, the wind came from the South East and dropped out later in the day. Draycote season ticket holder Paul Walley enjoyed a great day’s sport from the bank landing 11 fish, fishing from down the Cornfield. Using a floating line with a minkie booby on the point and Diawl Bachs on the droppers. On the boats all water season ticket holders Phil Mee & Andy Lillie fished in Biggin Bay to land 15 fish to the boat fishing with Di 3 sinking lines and olive snakes. Mark Goodge & Dave Davis used a combination on either Diawl Bach’s and minkies or dries. Alec Urquhart landed 8 fish using fry patterns from Biggin Bay and Dunn’s. Fishery Manager Tom Bird fished with Jim Smith with the pair enjoying good sport landing over 20 fish to the boat. Finding fish around S Buoy and Croft shoal on a white snake fished on a Di 5 then over Middle Shoal using boobies fished on a Di 7 sinking line.

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