Foremark weekly report 5th August

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Foremark weekly report week ending 5th August 2018


Telephone Number: 01283 703202

Monday saw the continuation of last weekend’s rain which finally stopped early Tuesday morning and with the reappearance of the sun, the start of another hot dry week. The rain resulted in a reduction in the water temperature which stabilised at around about 19 to 20 degrees, dependent upon the wind direction and strength. Severn Trent are continuing to extract water from the River Dove and move it to the reservoir so that they can meet the high demands from consumers for water. The cascade is still running and there are still strong undercurrents in the vicinity of the tower which is where the water is extracted. These undercurrents, in combination with the nearby aerators, are still attracting significant numbers of fish but they are still proving difficult to catch. As the fishing remains very challenging, the staff took to the boats in the week with a fish finder to try and find where exactly the fish were holding up and hopefully enable the anglers to enjoy some sport.


On Wednesday we utilised a fish finder to locate the hot spots for fish and only partially covered the reservoir. Most of the fish were located as thought at depth, some 6 to 10 meters down and in fact deeper than this in the deeper areas of the reservoir with some fish circa 2 meters down. The major hot spots were from where the Sailing Club launch is moored going towards number 1 buoy and in a line towards number 2 buoy and then from there through the aerators and around the tower. However please note as previously stated the fish are deep and lying in the cooler water. The depth at the tower for the fish is greater than 10 meters but please be aware some fish, considerably less than those at depth, are within 2 to 3 meters down. Another area of interest is that around number 7 buoy, off Hut Point where there is a deep zone which is holding significant numbers of fish. Carvers Arm is progressively getting shallower with the decrease in water level. Hence the cascade whilst still flowing is not holding fish since the outlet and the Ticknall bank side is not indicating significant fish. However, opposite the cascade say two thirds the way across the reservoir towards the Lodge bank, and probably over the original river bed the water deepens, and significant numbers of fish are indicated. Other areas of the reservoir will be progressively covered with the fish finder and a further report will be included in the following weeks.


As the fishing remains stubbornly challenging (albeit slightly better than last week), the number of rods for the week has remained low with anglers mostly recording only a single fish taken. Some though have bucked the trend and have had reasonable sport. Season ticket holder Paul Walker took 6 fish on Tuesday, 5 of which took a klinkhammer near buoy 1. Scott Wilson managed 2 on a deep lure from the boils. Mr Winfield and his boat partner managed 3 in their Thursday morning session whilst on Saturday, Mr. Bilsborough and his boat partner Mr Osborne landed seven during their morning session, blue flash Damsels fished on a DI3 in the boils doing the trick for them. Sunday was the hottest day of the week with temperatures in excess of 80 degrees, but young Connor Redfern repeated his exploits of last week and was again top rod. Connor fished in the boils with a fast sinking line and a tequila blob and had several takes of which he landed 2 fish.


Weekly Draw: A free to enter weekly draw is held for all anglers, with the winner receiving a voucher for a free boat. This week’s winner is Mrs Ruth Kirk.


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 booked with our Guiding & Tuition Manager, Tom Bird at Draycote on 01788 812018 or made via our website at


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 four fisheries, Thornton-Foremark-Draycote-Eyebrook


Weekly Stats:                                       Number Rods: 47

Trout Taken: 10                   Number Trout Released: 17

Total Catch: 27                     Weekly Rod Average: 0.6

 Fishing Times:

Bank: 7.30am until 9.00pm                        Boat All Day: 8:30am until 9.00pm

Morning Boats:   8:30am until 3.00pm         Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 9.00pm

Last 4 Hour tickets: From 5.00pm until 9.00pm (Tickets on sale from 4.45pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 9.15pm

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