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MAIN LAKE CLOSED

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BATHAMPTON A.A.

AS FROM FRIDAY 24th FEBRUARY THE MAIN LAKE IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

THE EA AND CEFAS ARE UNDERTAKING INVESTIGATIONS NTO RECENT DEATHS OF CARP.

WHEN RESULTS ARE PROVEN APPROPRIATE ACTION WILL FOLLOW.

FOR THE TIME BEING, BRIDGE AND WITHY POOLS REMAIN OPEN BUT THIS MAY CHANGE DEPENDING ON ADVICE RECEIVED.

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT ALL RELEVANT EQUIPMENT IS DIPPED ON ENTRY AND
LEAVING THE COMPLEX.

New Stock Bridge Pool 2

Silver Series round 4 16.2.17

ROUND FOUR OF THE BATHAMPTON AA SILVER SERIES HELD ON

BRIDGE POOL THURSDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2017

 The latest round of the silver series has been held on Bridge Pool. The weather was much better than in previous weeks with a dry and bright day. The water temperatures are still very low which made it difficult for some anglers to get bites as the fish are still not very active. Over the past couple of weeks there seems to be a pattern of fish feeding for 1-2 hours then they go off the feed and bites become hard to come by. Coming out on top this week was John Fuidge with a fantastic weight of 22lb 07oz of mainly skimmers. John caught most of his fish on maggot over ground bait and micro pellet. Second place went to Steve Dawson with 18lb 00oz. And third was Dave Wride with 15lb 15oz.  

Place Name Weight  
1st John Fuidge 22lb.07oz  
2nd Steve Dawson 18lb.00oz  
3rd Dave Wride 15lb.15oz  
4th Tony Rixon 14lb.00oz  
5th Des Shipp 13lb.05oz  
6th Chris Rolfe 12lb.14oz  

 

Kennet Avon Canal Bathamtpon Angling Association 2

Walk of life event 13.5.17

The Walk of Life will be happening once again this year on Saturday 13th May 2017 and that the all-day route has been extended to a 26.2 mile walking marathon, starting from The Crown Inn (Bishops Cannings) and travelling along the Kennet & Avon canal via Bradford on Avon and into Bath.

In the end, the 2016 walk saw just over 300 walkers take part in the event to raise funds for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign and various other wards and departments at the Royal United Hospital. It raised an incredible £45,000 that will help transform care for our patients from all across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire.

I do hope this doesn’t cause you too much inconvenience on the day. We are expecting to have a similar number of walkers participating this year and will do everything to ensure there is minimum disruption along the route.

If you know anyone who may be interested in signing up and joining us on this beautiful walk – it’s not too late!
I have attached the official event poster to this email and you can also visit our website for more information: http://www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/events/walk-of-life

Upcoming Events

Newton Park path maintenance 11.2.17

NEWTON PARK – PATH MAINTENANCE – Sat 11th Feb A.M.

The sleepers are being removed by digger from the path on the college side leading up to the lake and being replaced with gravel.

This should make access easier for pulling trollies etc.

The lake remains open but – please take care with access and there may be some disturbance towards the first one or two pegs.

The digger work should be completed by early afternoon.

New Stock Bridge Pool 2

Silver Series Match 2.2.17

ROUND 3 OF THE SILVER SERIES HELD ON BRIDGE POOL AT THE

DAVE CROOKES FISHERY HUNSTRETE THURSDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2017

The latest round of the silver series has been held on Bridge Pool. An extremely windy and dry day greeted competitors this week which would make for a difficult match for all. The water was coloured but due to the wind competitors found it very difficult to present baits as they would like. Mike Nicholls finished top of the pile this week with a fantastic weight of 28lb 4oz. Mike drew peg 19 which was sheltered from the wind with relatively calm water in front of him he went on to catch tench up to 4lb perch to 1lb skimmers to 2lb and roach to 1lb. Mike caught most of his fish on maggot over ground bait and caster. Second was Steve Tanner with 11lb 7oz from peg 8 and third was Steve Dawson with 10lb 12 0z from peg 26.

 FULL RESULT BELOW

place name weight peg
1st Mike Nicholls 28lb 4oz 19
2nd Steve Tanner 11lb 7oz 8
3rd Steve Dawson 10lb 12oz 26
4th Tony Rixon 10lb 10oz 5
5th John Smith 10lb 2oz 15

BAA Box Brook

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.