ANGLING: By Simon Green

Simon Green
Simon Green

Local results and trout fishing from Draycote

The Avon Mill held it’s latest contest at Dave’s Pool, Wolvey on Saturday. Unfortunately the weather forecast was right for a change and a wet and windy morning was experienced with a strong southerly wind blowing straight into the anglers faces.

1st Lou O’Toole 32lbs 14 ozs of small carp taken on the pellet feeder.

2nd Mark Bird 27lbs 4 ozs better quality carp taken on the method with sweet corn.

3rd Graham Gamble 14 lbs 12 ozs a mix of carp and silver fish

The new Daventry AC season kicked off with the first of many visits to Toft lights with the venues silver pole hosting 12 brave souls as British summertime was heralded in with gale force wins and heavy showers current club champion Carl Hulley proved again that he was going to be the man to catch as he batted the rest of the field with an astounding 107lb 4oz haul of carp and F1’s taken on dobbed bread fished tight over to the island from peg 12.

Paul Knapman was second with 41lb 10-0 from Peg 18 and third place went to Kevin Ross who posted 36 LB from peg 10.

The next match is on April 12, please remember that there are no breakfasts being served at Toft.

This year’s Easter Bunny match sponsored by Jamesway Travel in aid of the Rugby Myton Hospice was fixed last Saturday on the banks fishery in Barby on the marshes section of the venue.

23 anglers took part and braved the gale force wins and the very heavy showers throughout the day.

The top spot went to Dave Cleaver of Rugby with a fantastic 75lbs 3 oz ahead of Jason Redgrave with 66 lbs 15 oz, third was Rob Taylor was 33lb 4oz.

The top 10 anglers all took home nice big chickens turkey crowns or gamins and there are also Easter egg prizes for the top three.

There was also a fantastic raffle that meant every competitor took home prices again including Easter eggs and many other meat prizes.

A big thanks must go to the Barby sporting club who once again provided the anglers with after match hot drinks and hot sausage rolls thanks must also go to Joseph Morris butchers for supplying such fantastic meat prizes to Richard and Jane Bubb for the generous use of the fishery and also to all those that helped with the weigh in and the prizegiving.

Before I move onto the trout fishing reports I have had a report from Nick Carter who took a group of four English from the old Rugby Sea Angling club down to West Mersea on the east coast to fish the codling Whiting and more.

Between them they took over 80 fish including the above species and also one lovely ten pound plus thornback raywhich was safely returned to the water due to it being in spawn.

Catches were kept a low due to a strong offshore wind but that didn’t dampen the spirits of those involved and they all took around 10 cod home each upto 5lb in weight.

These trips are going to become more regular and if anybody is interested in a one off trip or a more regular visit and do not hesitate to call Nick Carter on 01788330454!

Over at Elinor Trout Fishery the 192 anglers caught 814 fish of which 556 were returned.

It is noticeable that fish are being caught from more areas of the lake. It was the first week of the season when imitative patterns scored better than early season lures. Despite the poor weather the fish are being caught on buzzers, mainly black. When conditions allow the fish are also higher in the water.

On the few days that boats were allowed out some double figure bags were caught straightlining a team of size 12 black buzzers and diawl bachs.

On Monday 30th an Osprey put in a first appearance of the year and managed its one fish limit after only one attempt.

Best Fish

9lb 0oz Chris Welford, Northampton, black zonker, boat

6lb 8oz Mrs J. Heyburn, Leigh-on-sea, black buzzer

6lb 7oz Robert Lenton, Milton Malsor, pink apps

6lb 5oz Ray Burt, Tunbridge Wells, black tadpole

5lb 8oz Mel Gloster, Stilton, bloodworm

5lb 2oz Richard Watson, Spalding

5lb 0oz Dave Fox, Stanwick, boat

Best Areas

Bank - dam, boat bay, brookside, gravel bar, shallow bay

Boat - anchored off dam, gravel bar

Best Patterns

goldhead damsel, apps bloodworm, tequila blob, black buzzer, black diawl bach

Draycote Water

This past week the weather has been a bit unsettled but mostly dry, with the wind sometimes changing direction on an hourly basis. It was in fact , blowing hard enough at the weekend to close the reservoir to boat fishing. I must admit I was expecting this to dramatically change the rod average, but not at all. Those anglers who “ toughed it out ” on the bank still did exceedingly well.

This weekend we welcomed the first two of this year’s “Beginners Fly Fishing Tuition days” hosted by Hywel Morgan. Despite the weather the courses seemed to go very well, with a number of students bending a rod into their first ever hard fighting Draycote Rainbow. Well done one and all. More information on these courses can be found on the website.

It’s no surprise to learn that the fish are still holding in close to the bank, indeed as reported on several occasions, anglers have had fish swimming around their feet. The best piece of advice when bank fishing here at the moment is, to check the water in front of you before wading in, as the fish may be literally underneath your rod tip.

Buzzers are featuring more and more as the weather warms up, with green and black lures, fished just a few feet below the surface, accounting for some good bags. Again reports of daphnia may require the use of an orange blob, whilst bloodworm are also featuring on many pages of the catch return.

Anglers have been doing very well using floating lines, midge tips, intermediates, or even a DI 5 on occasion.

Such flies as buzzers, bloodworm, montanas, pitsford peas, damsels or an orange blob are working well.

Best Areas: Tower Bank, Dunns Bay, Biggin Bay, Lincroft Point, the cornfield and Toft shallows.

Weekly Free Boat Draw

This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr Kurt Russell from Burbage.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 166, Number Trout Taken: 343. Number Trout Released: 750.

Total Catch: 1093. Weekly Rod Average: 6.5.

Current Fishing Times:

Bank: 07:30 until 19:15

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 19:15

Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 13:45. PM 13:45 until 19:15

Last 4 Hours from: 15:15 until 19:15

All anglers to be off site by 19:45

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door..

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

Tight Lines

Simon