Foremark fishing news 20th May

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Foremark weekly report week ending 20th May 2018

Telephone Number: 01283 703202

The feature of the week, weather wise, was the almost constant presence of sunny warm days with light winds, in effect a lovely spring week, the only exception being on Wednesday when we endured a strong north easterly wind. The water temperature has been reasonably constant at around 14 degrees centigrade and we have seen some excellent fly hatches with sedges, hawthorns and buzzers all appearing.

The fish are now spread out across the reservoir and the boats have started to enjoy some excellent sport. Obviously with the fish spreading out across the reservoir, the larger concentrations of fish in range of the bank angler that were seen earlier in the season have reduced, but there are still fish in the margins and most days, the bank anglers have found fish. Our catch returns suggest that Verdun’s Point and Flamingo Bay offer the bank anglers the opportunity of some good sport., as does the beach area in front of the Fishing Lodge and both pontoons. The major areas of interest for the boat anglers has been the drift along the dam wall from the area of the valve tower down towards no 3 buoy and the Ticknall bank, although the cascade and the gorse bushes, and drifting over the centre of the basin have at times also been effective.

Monday saw Mr. Hudson take 10 fish off the bank during as mid-day session whilst Mr Dickson and his boat partner Mr Powell used damsels on intermediate lines to take 8 fish drifting the main basin. Tuesday was the best day of the week with a rod average of over 9. Keith Coley and Bob Taft boated over 20 fishing lures on sinking lines whilst Mark Gatley, on a day off from Walkers of Trowell, and his boat partner Gary Mitchell, both netted over 20 fish apiece using orange fritz, blobs and buzzers. Wednesday saw the weather turned for the worse as did the fishing but normal service was resumed on Thursday with season ticket holder Mr Lancina taking 10 from the boat whilst Mr Hussey took 23 during his day visit. Mr. Beard came along for the afternoon boat session and netted 16. Meanwhile from the bank Mr Cole and Mr Hodgkinson caught 7 fish between them whilst Mr Greasley landed 6.

The good fishing continued into Friday with Scott Wilson taking over 20 fish on minkie boobies on a sweep line whilst Mr Baker landed 13 during his boat session., both drifting the dam wall near no 3 buoy. Not to be outdone by the boats, Mr Savage landed 8 on the bank whilst Mick Chater fished deep buzzers from the pontoon to land 3 nice fish in a short afternoon session. Saturday again saw the boats doing well over the far side of the reservoir with Mr Bissell taking 14, Mr Vorley 10, Neil Marsh and his partner taking 15 whilst Paul Calbert who had a 2-day ticket shared between here and Draycote landed 30. However, the most notable catch of the day, if not the month, was made by Mr Conroy who was on his second visit this week. On Tuesday whilst fishing in Gorse bay using a small Hares Ear on a 4-weight outfit he hooked a landed a 24 lb Pike. Returning on Saturday with a view to fishing purposely for pike and he had a bonanza day, enjoying tremendous sport, landing 10 pike including fish of 26 and 23 pounds, 4 doubles to 18 pounds and 4 jacks. Photos on our

Sunday was a busy day with the Foremark Fly Fishers holding a boat match, the All Abilities Angling group visiting us for the first time and one of our regular tuition days. Foremark Fly Fishers returned a rod average of 7, the biggest fish being caught by Belinda Dawes and the best bag of 6 fish by Mr P Cook. The Fishery appreciates the work and effort contributed by ‘Jody’ for organising the Foremark Fly Fishers Event and Mark Goodge together with the assistants in making the All Abilities Angling Group event a success. The All Abilities Group returned a rod average of 6.

Weekly Draw: A free weekly draw for all anglers is held, the winner being given a free boat voucher. Do not forget to sign up for this offer when in the Lodge. This week’s winner is John Dronfield.

Tuition Days: This week we held our second Tuition Day of the 2018 season again hosted by coach Kevin Hart. Three newcomers to the sport experienced a classroom session, followed by fly casting tuition and a fishing session. A great day was had by all and under Kevin’s watchful eye participants left with an addiction to fly fishing & trout for supper!   Our next tuition day on the 9th June is already full but there are places available on courses next month at our other Fisheries. Further details and bookings can be made via our website at or through our Guiding & Tuition Manager, Tom Bird at Draycote on 01788 812018.

The next Foremark tuition day with spaces available is not until the autumn although noting there is a boat fishing day course on Sunday 8thy July.

Thinking of booking a match? We offer discounted rates for group boat bookings and competition permit prices call the lodge for more details: 01283 703202.

We are now offering fly only pike fishing. All pike fishing must be PRE- BOOKED, you must also have a suitable unhooking mat, the correct size landing net, long Forceps, all fly’s must be attached to a wire trace. All fly’s to be 4 inches or longer in length. All pike to be returned.

Don’t forget to pick up your loyalty card from the lodge, once you have purchased 10 of the same permit, your next visit of that permit option is FREE valid at all three fisheries, Thornton-Foremark-Draycote-Eyebrook

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 111   Trout Taken:134      Number Trout Released: 320

Total Catch: 454     Weekly Rod Average: 4.1

Current Fishing Times:

Bank: 7.30am until 9.30pm                         Boat All Day: 8:30 until 9.30pm

Morning Boats:   8:30 until 3.00pm         Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 9.30pm

Last 4 Hour tickets: From 5.30pm until 9.30pm (Tickets on sale from 5.15pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 9.45pm

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