TROUT FISHING: By Simon Green

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Around Draycote Water, Grafham, Ravensthorpe and Pitsford

TROUT FISHING

Draycote Water is now widely being talked about as being back to its best.

This Midlands based reservoir holds its reputation for its vast food source enabling the fish to grow on quick, and put up a fight as described by many visitors as the best they have found !

This week has seen some exceptional catches as the fish are feeding well on buzzers and snails. A recent competition with 30 anglers taking part, reported a rod average of 7.5 per man! The majority of these fish were taken on floating or midge tip lines, in many different areas of the lake.

Early last week we were hit by an algae bloom, however this lasted only 36 hours and as I write this report, the water is, and has been for the last 5 days, very clear with excellent visibility all over.

The fish are well spread throughout the lake now, and the bigger ones are now starting to show in good numbers, especially in the middle areas, around the shoals. An angler fishing from the pontoon returned a brown estimated around 9-10lb, after it took 80 yards of line, not to mention the launch of a boat to go after it, before it finally succumb to the net !!

Father and son J & t Gamble recorded a good day landing 20 fish between them from a boat, with their 8 fish weighing 27lb, the biggest 5lb 5oz. Mr M Clarke also enjoyed a good day with 14 fish to the boat, the biggest being 5lb 4oz. Mr B Bonniger weighed in the best recorded fish for the week, a cracking 6lb rainbow. Plenty of fish between the 3 and 5lb mark are coming out, pretty much on a daily basis. This is exceptional fishing for considering it is August !

It was reported the editor of Trout & Salmon magazine, Andrew Flitcroft, was taking some good fish on dry flies, down to size 14, whilst drifting out in the middle areas of the lake. Fish have been moving OK during the day, when cloudy, however during the evenings, weather permitting, the fish have been coming up in vast numbers. Sedges, bobs bits, and daddies are among some of the best flies for this last week. Boat and bank anglers using floating and midge tip lines have had some excellent sport, with the best flies being, red or green holographic diawl bachs, crunchers, black or olive buzzers,hoppers, red or black bits, and fab blobs. Competition angler Lee Henfrey took 8 fish for 28lb on Sunday, and when gutting the fish several were full to the brim with snails, big ones too ! Lee was fishing over the top of a shoal in 3’ of water where there was a lot of weed, and obviously a lot of snails !!

This coming Friday(10th) sees the last chance match to reach the Lexus Individual final to be held at Chew Valley, Bristol. If you would like to take part please call the Draycote fishing lodge to book a place. Entry fee is £30 + usual fishing fees. The biggest prize fund competition in the UK.

Sunday, August 19 is the Draycote Open Pairs match fished to fishery rules. There are a few remaining boats left to win yourself £1000 !!! The heaviest 16 fish (if anyone gets their limits!) wins. You fish with your partner and the competition is from 10am - 6pm. To book one of the remaining boats please call the fishing lodge on (01788) 812018

Total number of fish caught 893. Total number of fish returned 477. Total number of rods 225. Rod weekly average 3.9.

Access is available for bank anglers around the lakes perimeter, however on planning a day please call the fishing lodge to book a free car permit to display in your car.

This is available when you purchase your ticket. Our phone is manned from 7.30am til 9pm so if you wish to book a boat please feel free to call between these times (01788) 812018.

Grafham Water

Fish week 295 (season 14,457) Returns138 (3,997) Rod average 2.13 (3.61)

Nick Evans of Ramsey took the best bag of the week at 18lb 4oz. Nick was bank fishing the bowl of the dam on a floater with shrimp patterns. His five fish weighed 4lb 8oz, 4lb 4oz, 3lb 1oz, 3lb 4oz and 2lb 8oz.

Lots of fish are feeding on pin fry.

Competition News

Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League

Richard Slater of Northampton won this week. Five anglers caught two trout.

Best Rainbow: 5lb taken by P Cook of Cambridge.

Best Brown: 5lb 1oz caught and released by Carl Burgess.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Fish week 121 (season 6,771) Returns 30 (1,354) Rod average 4.0 (5.0)Ravensthorpe is providing some good sport. Retired Warden Dennis Footman put his knowledge of Ravensthorpe to good use and landed the best fish of the week – a superb Rainbow of 8lb. Dennis fished from a boat at the Coton end on a floating line with diawl bachs.

Ravensthorpe regulars Mick Griffin and Graham Smith fished over the weekend. On Saturday they landed 15 fish and on Sunday 14. The pair used floating lines, buzzers and diawl bachs whilst drifting across the main bowl and the boils.

Mr T Evans from Nottinghamshire also had a great day landing 11 fish up to 4lb, again using floating lines and nymphs.

The bank is fishing well with several anglers reporting good catches from the dam by the valve tower.

Best Rainbow: 8lb taken by Dennis Footman.

Best boat areas: Main bowl, Boils.

Best bank areas: Dam.

Pitsford Water

Fish week 240 (season 11,871) Returns 82 (3,096) Rod average 2.9 (3.8)

Pitsford Water is fishing well. The best fish of the week was a lovely 8lb Rainbow taken by season ticket holder Ray Buckland. Ray of Kettering, took the fish on a sparkler on a sinking line whilst rudder fishing across the main bowl. He also took 7 other fish on the same method.

The fish have been deeper in the water so the best methods have been sinking lines with damsels, sparklers and tubes. Anglers using the rudder have been doing very well with some super quality large, hard fighting rainbows being caught. Many fish in the 3½lb – 5lb range are being taken.

Bank anglers are having the most success in the late evening with floating line, nymphs, diawl bachs, hares ears or dries all worth a go.

Best Rainbow: 8lb taken by Ray Buckland.

Best Brown: 3lb 2oz taken by Kevin Height of Stanion.

Best boat areas: Main Bowl, Causeway, Pines.

Best bank areas: Pines, Duffers.