Foremark weekly report week ending 11th November 2018
Telephone Number: 01283 703202
Another week of traditional autumnal weather with moderate south easterly winds bringing favourable conditions during the earlier part of the week although towards the weekend, heavier winds and frequent downpours affected the fishing. The southerly winds and cloud cover prevented the reoccurrence of the heavy frosts of the week before and generally it felt a lot warmer this week as the wind chill factor didn’t materialise. The water temperature remains stable at around the 10 degrees mark, but the water levels have dropped further as Severn Trent utilise the water from the Dove for Staunton Harold.
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 direction as has the pontoon. By far the best areas for the boats this week have been on the far side of the reservoir, from the Cascade down through Heron Bay to Heron Point. There are still fish around number 1 buoy, and the dam wall along to the valve tower continuing drifts behind it. As expected for this time of year, the most productive times appear to be a from mid-morning through to mid-afternoon.
On Monday, Neil Sherwood fished the drift along the Ticknall bank and reported lots of fish showing that wouldn’t take, but finally a switch to a floating line in the afternoon proved successful and he landed 5 rainbows on Montana & damsel patterns. Peter Clough bank fished the spit in front of the lodge to land 3 using a Hare’s Ear, whilst Scotty Wilson landed fish from the pontoon on a white Minkie.
The next day the fish, for some reason, proved very reluctant to oblige the bank anglers, with only one being caught. However, the boat anglers had a field day with a rod average of nine. Paul Walker caught 10 fish on damsels, John Woffenden had 3. Scotty Wilson used a white minkie to land 10 whilst Jamie Scott, being unable to get a boat at Thornton, came to us and was well pleased with his13 fish. The productive area for all the boat anglers was on the Ticknall side of the reservoir from the Cascade down to Heron bay.
Wednesday was a horrible day weather-wise with torrential rain nearly all day. BMAA member, Mr Reynolds was the only angler to brave the conditions and after trying all the normal bank spots was finally rewarded for his efforts with a nice silver fry feeder of about 2½ lbs whilst fishing a floating fry from the pontoon.
Thursday saw much better conditions and an upturn in the fishing. DCAC members Stan Cierech caught his limit from the bank whilst Brian Cormer and Joe Cummings took a boat and, using the rudder, landed 8. Scott Wilson used his favoured white minkie on a sinking line to take 8 whilst Draycote manager Kev Hart spent an afternoon off with us and landed 6 rainbows on Minkies drifting across Heron Bay.
Friday took a turn for the worse with the weather and only 3 rods ventured out. Season ticket holder Peter Clough managed to attract a brace from the bank in front of the lodge. Derby County member Mr R Price enjoyed the cream of the sport as he landed six rainbows and topped his session off with a Pike of 16lbs from the tower area.
Saturday started with a chill in the air but at least the sun was shining. A number of bank anglers experienced a good deal of action but limited success in terms of fish actually netted. However, season ticket holder Dan Hemmings took his father out in a boat for the day and they landed eight. Their efforts were concentrated on this week’s boat hotspot – the Cascade and across Heron Bay.
With no boats fishing on Sunday it was a very quiet end to the week, with just one caught & released rainbow for John Valla who spent a morning on the bank. He did report lots of surface activity until the sun came out around 11:00 which put the fish down.
The interesting common denominator throughout the week has been the number of anglers commenting on the fighting qualities of the fish, which many have described as being “like they’re on steroids!?”. Hopefully a good few more to come to the net before the season draws to it’s close on Friday 30th November.
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 flies must be attached to a wire trace. All flies 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: 40
Trout Taken: 26 Number Trout Released: 74
Total Catch: 100 Weekly Rod Average: 2.5
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 4.15pm
Boat All Day: 8:30am until 4.15pm
Morning Boats: 8:30am until 1.30pm
Last 4 Hour tickets: From 12.15pm until 4.15pm (Tickets on sale from 12.00pm)
All anglers to be off site by: 4.30pm