Foremark weekly report week ending 4th November 2018
Telephone Number: 01283 703202
Autumnal weather continues to be the norm this week, although last weekend’s bitterly cold spell, which was caused by a strong northerly wind, continued into Monday and affected the fishing early on. Conditions started to improve on Tuesday with warmer overcast weather and the wind swinging to a westerly direction. The nights though continued to be cold with some overnight frosts, some of which were quite hard. The water temperature has stabilised at around the 10 degrees mark degrees. The water level continues to rise but it will take considerable time to return to more normal levels.
The bank area in front of the lodge is still proving to be the most productive area for the bank anglers despite the unhelpful wind direction some days. Verdun’s Point has also been worth a try when the wind has been right. The best areas for the boats have been around number 1 buoy, the cascade and the dam wall along to, and behind, the valve tower. As expected for this time of year, the most productive times appear to be a from mid-morning through to mid-afternoon.
On Tuesday Paul Walker caught 4 fish on damsels in the vicinity of number 1 buoy whilst Mick Reid had 3 in the same area. On Wednesday Gordon Richards landed 4 fishing in the cascade whilst Mr England fished from the beach in front of the lodge and used a small humungus to land his limit. Thursday proved more difficult although Owen Rivett and his son took four to the boat using white minkies. Paul Walker returned on Friday and landed another 9 fish on his favoured damsels, whilst Peter Elgar fished from the beach in front of the lodge and landed six fish, white minkies on an intermediate being his preferred tactic.
Only three trout anglers ventured onto the water on Saturday with only two rainbows coming to the net – one on a minkie booby, the other to a white lure. An afternoon pike boat drew a blank. Despite being relatively mild in terms of air temperature, there was a distinct chill factor to the southerly wind on Sunday & during the morning the fish seemed unresponsive. However, this changed in the afternoon, probably with fish feeding during the warmest part of the day. Three boats with Colwick FF anglers located feeding fish over on the Cascade, Heron Bay & Heron Point. They fished boobies deep on Di 5&7 sinking lines relatively tight to the shoreline to land a total of 21 rainbows between them. Best of the three was the boat of Josh Wheeler & Bob Johnson who both landed their four fish limits. Mr Jacks boat fished the last couple of hours & was rewarded with a fine brace of rainbows. He covered & hooked a moving fish bankside of No:1 Buoy on a cormorant which proved to be an angry 3lbs silver bar.
With only three weeks to go there is clearly some good back-end sport to be had, so don’t be tempted to put the tackle away too soon.
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 Richards of Midway.
Tuition Days: This season Fishery Management (UK) Ltd provided boat tuition days which are run to a similar format as our popular bank tuition days, the difference being that the fishing is taught from a boat. Our instructors show participants the correct way to start & drive the boat, anchoring, drifting and boat etiquette. Both bank and boat courses will be running next season and these, as well as casting instruction and guiding can be booked with our Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird at Draycote either by telephone on 01788 812018 or via our website at www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/prices . Our 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.
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: 44
Trout Taken: 36 Number Trout Released: 31
Total Catch: 67 Weekly Rod Average: 1.52
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 4.30pm
Boat All Day: 8:30am until 4.30pm
Morning Boats: 8:30am until 1.30pm
Last 4 Hour tickets: From 12.30pm until 4.30pm (Tickets on sale from 12.15pm)
All anglers to be off site by: 4.45pm