Foremark weekly report week ending 8th July 2018
Telephone Number: 01283 703202
Foremark this week has basked in more or less nonstop sunshine with afternoon temperatures reaching 30 degrees with the water temperature rising to 23 degrees centigrade. One saving factor has been a cooling wind from the east/north east which has been a major benefit since it has had a cooling impact both to the mass of water as well as to the ambient conditions. Water extraction rate remains in excess of 200 million litres of water per day (circa 44 million imperial gallons) which is extracted by the water tower over 60 feet down. The cascade is still running as water is extracted from the Dove and pumped to Foremark, but nevertheless we are seeing a daily drop in the surface level in excess of an inch if not more, every 24 hours. The undercurrents around the tower and the dam wall are still attracting a lot of fish with the added benefits created by the nearby aerators which continue to operate.
Given the hot weather, bright sunny days and short nights, the fishing remains challenging but anglers using tactics appropriate to the conditions have had some very successful days, not just with fish netted but also with lots of pulls and knocks to keep them on their toes. Boats anglers rod average over the week has been in the region of 3 to 4 fish whilst the bank anglers have had things very difficult with shallow warm water and marginal weed beds. Lots of fish are being reported on the far side of the reservoir from 3 and 4 buoys and down to the valve tower whilst for the bank anglers, the pontoons remain the best option as they are holding fry and the angler can cast into deeper cooler water. The cascade has also fished reasonable well at times, which is not surprising given the amount of water being pumped into the reservoir.
On Monday, Mr Lee boated 7 as did Scotty Wilson, whilst on Tuesday Thornton member, Keith Coley and his partner Bob Taft landed 13 on lures. Wednesday saw the entire boat fleet booked for a Midlands police forces match. This was fished during the middle of the day and to make things even more difficult for the anglers, it was a floating line match, but despite this restriction, the anglers still landed 25 fish which given the weather and water temperatures was an excellent performance. The match was won by Mr J. Goodwin with 4 fish. Scotty Wilson returned on Thursday and Friday to boat 12 fish whilst Mr Marshall landed 4. Saturday saw limited numbers fishing, but Brian White landed 4 in a morning session before returning home in time to watch England reach the semi-finals. On Sunday there was only one angler who in a morning session from the boat caught one fish on a white lure from the aerators on a sinking line using a white lure. Whilst there is no doubt that lures on a sinking line secured the majority of the fish it should be recognised that the Police match demonstrated that fishing with a ‘bung’ on a floating line with buzzers 3 to 5 meters down and fished static can be an equally successful tactic.
The common denominator with the majority of the catches has been the use of fast sinking lines coupled with lures such as snakes, fry patterns, humungus or fritz. However do not overlook the use of using buzzers fished at depth.
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 Mr Brian White of Thurnby.
Tuition Days: The tuition website has been updated with a new blog page /reports section and the first post is just an introduction to the page and what it will offer in the future. The concept is that write ups of guiding trips, tackle reviews and advice, and tips on different fishing methods will be included and it will be updated on two-week intervals. Tuition days can be made via our website at www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/prices or through our Guiding & Tuition Manager, Tom Bird at Draycote on 01788 812018.
New for the 2018 season Fishery Management (UK) Ltd are pleased to offer boat tuition days. These days are run to a similar format as the popular bank tuition days, with the difference being that the fishing is taught from a boat. In this section instructors will show participants the correct way to start & drive the boat, anchoring, drifting and boat etiquette.
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: 55
Trout Taken: 13 Number Trout Released: 65
Total Catch: 78 Weekly Rod Average: 1.4
Monday – Wednesday this wee Foremark has averaged 5, call the lodge for latest update
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 7.30am until 9.45pm Boat All Day: 8:30 until 9.45pm
Morning Boats: 8:30 until 3.00pm Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 9.45pm
Last 4 Hour tickets: From 5.45pm until 9.45pm (Tickets on sale from 5.15pm)
All anglers to be off site by: 10.00pmTight lines