Foremark weekly report 21st October

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Foremark weekly report week ending 21st October 2018


Telephone Number: 01283 703202


This week the fishery has experienced several nice autumnal days with a mixture of bright sunshine and overcast conditions. The winds have in the main been light, in the 5-10 knot region, and coming from the south/west, have given us some nice warm days. The water temperature has stabilised at around 12 degrees which has suited the fishing. Although the water level dropped earlier on in the week as the Dove was in flood following last week’s storms, over the week the water levels in the reservoir have continued to gradually rise, but as we said in last week report, it will take a considerable time for the levels to rise to normality.


There are still a lot of fish close to the banks with the fish continuing to target the fry, with the productive areas being the bank/dam wall in front of the lodge, Flamingo Bay opposite the lodge, Verdun’s Point and Hut Point. From the boat angler’s perspective, the top dam wall and the tower area including the aerators is still a productive area, as is the area around number 1 buoy. Several boats have caught on the drift through the main basin whilst the cascade has produced some significant catches most of which have been caught near the bank in shallow water. Anglers are also reporting lots of fry feeders in carvers Arm, with the successful fly patterns continuing to be white lures, cat whiskers, damsels, hoppers, nymphs, fry imitations and daddies.


On Monday, DCAC member Mr Price used boobies to land 9 fishing on the Ticknall side of the reservoir, whilst Mr Fogg landed 5 from the Boils using a combination of Olive and Orange Fritz , On Tuesday, regular visitor Scotty Wilson landed 16 fishing white lures in the wind lanes coming off the boils whilst Paul Walker took 8 fish from the point in front of the lodge.


Wednesday was a quiet day but on Thursday Mr Lancini landed 5 whilst Mr Wilson returned to catch another dozen fish on floating fry patterns and he used similar tactics on Friday to land a further 11 fish. Paul Walker again bagged up using damsels, all his eight fish coming from the beach in front of the lodge.


On Saturday Mr Herod landed 6 fish including one of over 4 pounds, these all succumbing to a variety of fry patterns whilst Mr Marples landed 4 on orange minkies. Mr Baker landed 3 fish ffrom the beach in front of the lodge during the morning, then took a boat in the afternoon and landed a further 3 fish from the cascade, using a white minkie. Sunday was a very bright day, and with the reservoir hosting a national university sailing regatta, and hence conditions were not in the anglers’ favour. Never-the less Mr D Wilson fishing in front of the lodge at the far end of the beach caught 5 fish on a sinking line using a cat’s whisker.



On the 28th October there is an open competition charity match on the behalf of prostate cancer, fishing from 10am to 3pm, followed by a buffet and a raffle. Please telephone the lodge to make a reservation to support this charity event.


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 Mr. D Hemmings of Eggington.


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 permits, your next visit of that permit option is FREE valid at all four fisheries, Thornton-Foremark-Draycote -Eyebrook




Weekly Stats:                                       Number Rods: 62


Trout Taken:     23           Number Trout Released: 101


Total Catch:   124           Weekly Rod Average: 2.0



For site security reasons, and 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 shelf in the entrance porch.

Current Fishing Times:

The Main Gate, Lodge and Bank fishing opens at 7.30am

 Bank: 7.30am until 6.00pm                         Boat All Day: 8:30am until 6.00pm                        

Morning Boats: 8:30am until 1.30pm

Last 4 Hour tickets: From 2.00 pm until 6.00pm (Tickets on sale from 1.45pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 6.00pm


As the clocks go forward one-hour next Sunday morning (28th October), closing times that day will be one hour earlier


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