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Please find below a roundup of 2016 season:

Catch data (2015 in brackets) :-

Returns received : 24 (20) from a possible 38 (42)
Number of fish recorded : 337 (471)
Brown Trout 241 (317) : Grayling 96 (154) : Rainbow Trout 0 (0)

Shockerwick (16th Oct – 31st Dec) : Grayling – Nil reported (15)

Largest fish: a brown trout of 1.5lb : two grayling, one approx 2 to 3lb and one of 42cm (photo attached).
Fish were caught on a wide range of artificials from midges, olives, mayfly, nymph patterns, shrimp etc. etc.

April fishing proved very productive for one member – other returns show he probably had the brook to himself, catching 29 trout from 0.5lb to 1.5lb and a grayling approx. 1.5 lb all taking a g/hd ptn. Members choosing not to fish until at least May missed some good early season sport.

The trout season is a short one – best to get fishing early on before bankside growth gets going; access to the brook will be clearer; fish a heavy nymph deep if water levels are high with fast flows.

May and June saw more anglers out and the most fish caught – mayfly patterns being the favoured choice and most successful. Frustratingly though, as every season, the trout became very picky at times and flogging away with the dry could be less productive than fishing with a nymph or emergent mayfly, or a change to a small dry olive or caddis.

Low summer flows made for hard fishing and many stayed away from the brook. Daytime fishing found the fish absent altogether from their usual lies in the fast runs, now running slow and shallow. Those who fished into the evening caught well on small caddis, small olives and emergent patterns.

Most anglers did not fish late season, but opportunities were missed with trout still feeding well and grayling coming into their prime and ready to take a weighted nymph sub-surface.

The team of volunteers led by Nick Maggs (nickmaggs@hotmail.com) carried out essential clearance and improvement work during the year but much more could be achieved if more members gave up a little of their time to assist. This activity is good exercise and a chat with fellow brook fishers brings useful tips on the fishing.

The ‘riverfly monitoring’ small team kept up monthly sampling at Shockerwick and Box during 2016. This vital sampling and identification work picks up early onset of deteriorating water quality. Results for 2016 showed no deterioration.

In summary – Catch totals were down on previous seasons, possibly because members for one reason or another fished less often. Also an otter seen at Shockerwick may have spooked the fish if it stayed for a while. However, with all fish reportedly in good condition the indications are the fishery is in good health.

Given fair conditions members have much to look forward to this coming season, but must however remain ever vigilant of threats to the well being of the brook and its wildlife.

M/ship and permit renewals as my e-mail of 1st January.

Tight lines,

Adrian Wallace

New Stock Bridge Pool 2

Silver Series Match 19.1.17

ROUND 2 OF THE BATHAMPTON AA SILVER SERIES HELD ON

BRIDGE POOL THURSDAY 19TH JANUARY 2017

Round 2 of the Bathampton AA silver series has taken place on Bridge Pool. A dry bright and frosty day greeted anglers this week which made for a very difficult match. Most of the fish came on maggot or caster over ground bait with anglers having to be patient and wait for the bites to come. On top this week was Mike Nicholls with 10lb 10oz from peg 8. Second was Callum Dicks with 9lb 12oz from peg 26. Third was Chris Olli’s with 8lb 12oz from peg 29.

FULL RESULT BELOW

PLACE NAME WEIGHT PEG
1ST MIKE NICHOLLS 10lb 10oz 8
2ND CALLUM DICKS 9lb 12oz 26
3RD CHRIS OLLIS 8lb 12oz 29
4TH TONY RIXON 7lb 5oz 32
5TH DAVE WRIDE 6lb 12oz 15

 

Kennet Avon Canal Bathamtpon Angling Association 3

Dorothy House Events 2017

Two Dorothy House events which will be taking place along the canal.

 

The Bath Men’s Walk – Saturday 18th March 2017

o   An 8 mile walk for men from Dorothy House in Winsley to Bath Rugby Club

o   Starting from the hospice at midday

 

Memory Walk – Saturday 22nd April 2017

o   A 5k walk for all the family in a loop from Dorothy House

o   Starting at the hospice at 6.15pm

Fishing Match Results

Silver Series match 5.1.2017

ROUND ONE OF THE BATHAMPTON AA SILVER SERIES HELD ON

BRIDHE POOL THURSDAY 5TH JANUARY 2017

The first round of the Bathampton AA silver series has taken place on Bridge Pool. A really difficult start for all competitors this week as Bridge Pool was frozen over and stayed that way for the whole match which made bites very hard to come by. After breaking ice Callum Dicks came out on top with a respectable weight considering the conditions of 9lb 02oz. Joint second was Mike Owen and Graham Beevor with 6lb 09oz. Small baits were the order of the day.

 FULL RESULT

Place Name Weight  
1st Callum Dicks 9lb 02oz  
2nd= Mike Owen 6lb 09oz  
2nd= Graham Beevor 6lb 09oz  
4th Craig Fletcher 4lb 14oz  
5th Ken Morgan 3lb 14oz  
Committee Announcements

INFORMATION TO MEMBERS REGARDING THE DAVE CROOKES FISHERY AT HUNSTRETE.

INFORMATION TO MEMBERS REGARDING THE DAVE
CROOKES FISHERY AT HUNSTRETE.

The complex will close on Friday 20th January and re-open the following Thursday to allow for micro-chalking of all three lakes which is a proven method of combating unwanted silt and micro-organisms etc and does not harm fish in any way.

A netting of Main Lake will be performed to ascertain what stock levels of all fish are now present and also to reduce the biomass by removing small silver fish, which is a recommended way of reduction of stress to fish stocks.

To assist these operations, the water level on Main Lake will be reduced.

Due to the recent outbreak of KHV, restrictions are in place on any works carried out especially with regards to fish stocks and fish movement. As a result of this and by order of CEFAS, any stock no longer required has to be disposed of onsite.

As the complex is closed for health and safety reasons during the period stated, members are reminded no access is granted to the complex and cooperation in this matter is much appreciated.

Finally, on behalf of the Bathampton A.A. Management Committee, a big thank you to all of our members for their support and I wish you all a Prosperous New Year.

Dave Burnham

BAA General Secretary.

Fishing Match Results

OVER 55’S AND DISABLED MATCH 22.12.2016

A clear bright day greeted competitors in the over 55s and disabled Christmas match. Expectations were high with lots of fish being caught with reports of 30-40lb of silver fish being caught earlier in the week mainly bream but this was not the case as a cold night and crystal clear water had put the fish off the feed and bites were really difficult to come by.

The match was won by Ken Morgan with a weight of 11.lb-05oz from peg 28, Second was Rich Coles from with a weight of 8lb-12oz from peg 16 and third was Mike Nicholls just 2oz behind with a weight of 8lb-10oz. 

 FULL RESULT

Place Name Weight Peg
1st Ken Morgan 11lb 05oz 28
2nd Rich Coles 8lb 12oz 16
3rd Mike Nicholls 8lb10oz 26
4th Pete Greenslade 6lb 12oz 7
5th Chris Rolfe 6lb 8oz 14
6th Harry Muir 6lb 05oz 4
Fishing Match Results

Over 55’s & Disabled Match 8.12.2016

OVER 55’S AND DISABLED MATCH RESULT HELD ON

WITHY POOL THURSDAY 8TH DECEMBER

A wet and windy day greeted the 22 anglers that took part in the latest round of the over 55s and disabled match that took place on Withy Pool. Due to the clarity of the water small baits and small hooks were used to catch most of the fish. Coming out on top this week was Mike Nicholls from peg 61 with a good weight of 30lb 02oz. Second from peg 58 was Paul Barnfield with 26lb 01oz and third was Brian Ashford with 23lb 05oz from peg 42.

Full result below

 

PLACE

NAME

WEIGHT PEG
1st Mike Nicholls 30lb. 02oz 61
2nd Paul Barnfield 26lb. 01oz 58
3rd Brian Ashford 23lb. 05oz 42
4th Ken Morgan 23lb. 00oz 67
5th Rich Coles 20lb. 02oz 70
6th Dave Gillard 19lb. 04oz 57

SILVERS

PLACE NAME WEIGHT PEG
1st Paul Barnfield 18lb. 10oz 58
2nd Steve Dawson 12lb. 07oz 62
3rd Mike Nicholls 12lb. 00oz 61
4th Pete Turner 8lb. 12oz 49
5th Martin Alexander 7lb. 07oz 48
6th Dave Gillard 7lb. 04oz

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Fishery Rules Bathampton AA

Dave Crookes Fishery UPDATE

The committee has reviewed the situation with regards to the current closure at The Dave Crookes Fishery at Hunstrete and is pleased to announce that the fishery will reopen on Monday 28th November.

Members are reminded that dip tanks are situated for compulsory use.

Any member not complying will face disciplinary action most likely resulting in a ban.

As a further precaution, members will not move from lake to lake during a single visit!