CLOSING DATE 30th NOVEMBER
Telephone Number 01788 812018
With an obvious drop in night time temperatures as well as cooler days, the fish are really starting to turn onto the fry now. Although fish are still being caught on dries, nymphs and buzzers, more and more fish are succumbing to such patterns as Humungus, Sparkler boobies and small floating fry. The bank anglers are also fairing much better with the usual suspects doing well from all corners of the reservoir. Toft seems to have “switched on” properly with plenty of fish being caught from both boat and bank, with areas such as The Swans Nest, the Cornfield and Lincroft Point being most prominent. Browns are beginning to show up more frequently, with the odd good fish coming off the deeper water by the Tower bank as well as the dam wall past Farborough Spit. Not all is as it seems though for this time of year. The surface temperature of the water is still quite warm and you will find times when fish are just rolling around in the surface of the water and proving very difficult to catch. A few more cold nights will soon sort that out though. The fish steadfastly remain in the top few feet of the water with anglers needing no more than a midge tip or an intermediate line to reach them. Water quality is reasonably good, with the weekly rod average coming in at a spicy 3.3.
On Monday Mr Rod Wilson had 12 fish to the boat on a DI 8. Mr G Hunter caught 6 fish from the bank. Mr Tim Jones caught 8 fish from the boat. Season permit holder Mr Kevin Rees had 15 fish to the boat on Hoppers and Bobs Bits. Mr Ray Cramp caught 7 fish from the bank
On Tuesday Mr G Jones caught 6 fish from a boat, the best of which was 5lb 4oz on “anything white”.
Mr G Davies had 8 fish to the boat, the best of which was 4lb 2oz. Richard Dayman and Mr Norman Perkins caught 16 fish between them from a boat. Mr John Ryder had 9 fish to the boat on a selection of buzzers. Draycote regular Mr Tony Worley fishing from the bank in Biggin bay, caught 3 fish, with the best weighing 3lb 12oz.
On Wednesday Mr Brian Orr had 10 fish to the boat. Mr A Guest and Mr A Dower had 14 fish to the boat. Mr T Tappenden had 7 fish to the boat on Diawl Bachs and Crunchers in Toft. Mr Danny Lovegrove and Mr Wayne Salter caught 10 fish from a boat on an intermediate line using red and green Diawl Bachs.
On Thursday the usual suspects of Tony Broadway, Jude Tuffs, Brian Warwick and Colin Grainger all fished the bank, and although things didn’t really get started until the afternoon for most, all netted good numbers of fish from the northern shoreline. Mr J Mair and Mr R Wilson had 16 fish to the boat on blue damsels and red holographic Diawl Bachs.
Mr Danny Lovegrove and Mr Wayne Salter had 17 fish to the boat between them. Mr P Fisher had 10 fish to the boat on a “tough day”. Mr Dhan Nataly had 7 fish to the boat, on red Hoppers. Mr Kevin Rees had 9 fish to the boat on Bobs Bits and Hoppers. Mr John Clifford had a good afternoons sport with 6 fish to the boat. Mr Robert Lambs party, from the Paisley Patterns, fishing on a 3 day package found it a “Tough but enjoyable outing”, finishing with a total rod average for the group of 4.3.
On Friday Mr and Mrs Kirk caught 5 fish from the bank. Mr Mark Hunt, visiting from Thornton Reservoir had 8 fish to the boat, mainly on Hoppers. Mr John Hoskins had 14 fish to the boat. Mr Osborne caught 7 fish from the Tower bank, mainly on Minkies. Draycote regular Mr Ian Richardson caught 8 fish from the bank in testing conditions on what he said was “A brilliant day.”Mr Alun Williams Party from South Wales fish over two days and whilst some of them found it a bit difficult at times they managed to produce a rod average of 3.1 between them.
On Saturday Mr Keith Smith caught 4 fish from the bank. Mr Mike Weaver and Mr Nick Snape both had 6 fish from the bank. Mr Ivan Cotterill caught 4 fish from the bank. Mr S Edinburgh caught 8 fish from the bank. Mr C Wilkins caught 10 fish from the bank both in Rainbow corner and along the Hensborough bank. Mr A Harris caught 4 fish from the bank, one of which was a 4 lb brownie.
Mr G Jones caught 10 fish from a boat, mainly on Daddies. Draycote regular Mr Jim Smith caught 9 fish from a boat. Mr Mike Hanlon had 10 fish to the boat. Mr Mick Cronin caught 4 fish from the bank.
On Sunday Mr Mark Hunt, again visiting from Thornton reservoir, had 7 fish to the boat on GRHE and Crunchers. Mr M Twigge caught 3 fish from the bank. Master John McCarthy (aged 12) on a visit from Ireland caught 3 fish from the boat, all over 4lb in weight. Mr A Taylor caught 4 fish from the bank. Mr P Walker had 7 fish to the boat, the best of which was 5lb.
Could all anglers please fill in the catch return sheet before departing. The sheets will either be located in the gutting room or in the lodge depending on time. It is very important to us for both the fishing report and stock levels.
Selling of Fish
Anglers are not allowed to sell or distribute fish to members of the public on site.
Number Rods: 331 Number Trout Taken: 411 Number Trout Released: 707
Total Catch: 1118 Weekly Rod Average: 3.3
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 18:30
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 18:30
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 13:30 PM 13:30 until 18:30
Last 4 Hours from: 14:30 until 18:30 (Ticket sales available from 14:15)
No Gutting of Fish after 18:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 18:45
Weekly Free Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr Malcolm Bradbury from Stoney Stanton who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.
New SAGE X rods in stock including a SAGE X 10ft 7wt Demo rod for you to take out and try.
We now have a considerable amount of Sage & RIO demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods. The Sage One is currently in the process of being phased out. Very limited stock left. Contact the Lodge for details of special offers.
The annual Fur and Feather match will be held this year on Sunday 27th November, and will be fished as a pair’s competition. The winning pair will receive a Christmas hamper each with second, third and largest fish will win a selection of seasonal drinks. Please note there will be no raffle this year, no need to bring along a prize. Competition rate for this will be £68 per boat for a 16 fish limit to the boat (£34 per angler). Competition will be fished to fishery rules, NO RUDERS. Please call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your place.
Disabled Parking Bays
Anglers need to ensure that whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they do not park in the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, unless they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.
Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. We ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 19:15
Boat anglers are politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon, aerators or the Tower. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.
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.