TROUT FISHING: By Simon Green

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News from Draycote Water

As predicted Draycote has continued to fish very well, with a week on week improving rod average. Cooler days, and nights has taken the edge off the surface water temperature and the fish have responded well, by occupying the top couple of feet of water.

The banks have been in great form as many anglers have taken their bag limits. Fry patterns are now working well as 2-3” fry are appearing around the banks.

There are too many people to list who weighed in with their bag limits however, one noticeable bag was from local angler Peter Elliot who bagged no less than 10 fish, one of which weighed 6lb 12. He took all his catch on a mixture of small black buzzers and pheasant tails. Les Watson and Mr N Bascot went out for 3 hours on Sunday (23rd) evening and managed 9 fish between them from the bank at Lincroft Point.

Boat anglers have also done exceptionally well, with again, many bag limits taken. The fish are now high in the water and the washing line technique, with nymphs, has proven the top method(in particular on the less windy days). Yearly regular visitors from Scotland, Steve Mcgregor, Mr R Mcgregor and Mr J Mcgregor, all caught very well whilst with us for 5 days. The rod average between them was 7 fish per rod over the 5 days, with fish weighed in over 5lb everyday !!!

Six fishing clubs held a club competition on Sunday (23rd) with the rod average being over 3. This was despite the change to a cold easterly wind, and heavy rain for most of the day. As I weighed the fish for them, it was good to see some top quality rainbows coming out of the lake, many over 3 and 4lb. Again floating lines proved the best approach as the fish remained high in the water.

We all know all good things seem to come to an end at some point, so whilst the fishing is very good why not come along. Boat bookings are busy at the weekend and some days in the week for the weeks ahead, so calling in advance to check availability is advised. As the nights start to draw in our popular last 4 hour 1 fish catch and release ticket is still available, currently 3.15pm - 7.15pm, every day until the end of the season!! This is at a cost of only £10 from the bank, or an additional £10 from a boat.

The £1000 open boat pairs match held on Sunday October 14th is now almost full, with just 3 boats remaining! Reservoir rules(except the use of a rudder), fishing with your chosen partner, really makes this match open to anyone to win the £1000 cash. The competition will be fished from 10am to 6pm. Entry fee is £25 plus the days fishing costs of £37pp.To book one of the remaining boats please call the fishing lodge on 01788812018

Our Christmas Fur and Feather match is to be held on Sunday 25th of November. Fished from a boat, you will fish with a partner and the prizes from 1st,2nd,and 3rd will go to the top 3 heaviest individual bags.Each competitor is to bring a small gift (wine, chocolates, game ect) so everyone competing goes home with something. This is a very friendly competition and all is welcome. There will be NO entry fee to this event.

Number of rods this week 291 Number of fish caught 1370 Number of fish released 577

This weeks rod average 4.7

Draycote are again open until the end of November, and with hoards of fry now resident under the boat pontoon,it looks set for bumper time on the fry !!