CLOSURES AT THE DAVE CROOKES FISHERY AT HUNSTRETE IN FEBRUARY
SATURDAY FEB 1ST MAIN LAKE
THURSDAY 6TH FEB BRIDGE POOL
(SILVER SERIES MATCH)
THURSDAY 20TH FEB BRIDGE POOL
(SILVER SERIES MATCH)
SATURDAY 22ND FEB CANAL
Dear Fly Fishers,
Memberships and season permits are available now for the 2020 trout season on the brook. There have been no changes and details to renew membership and permits are given further below.
Firstly just a brief round-up of the 2019 season:
The season started with high and cloudy water in the brook. However trout were ready to take weighted nymphs from day one and April proved one of the most prolific months overall for the season. Mayfly hatches early summer saw the best dry fly activity.
Some anglers reported plenty of fish caught but without keeping a record. Catches that were recorded totalled 86 fish (58 in 2018) comprising 72 Brown Trout (49) 14* Grayling (8). * includes 7 grayling caught Oct – Dec at Shockerwick. All fish were in good condition – a few photos are attached to illustrate.
Largest recorded brown trout was over 2lb which had all the appearance of a fish stocked elsewhere by another club. Largest grayling was round 1lb.
Prize Draw result: 50% of permit holders responded with a catch return and winners in the December draw of a free 2020 season permit were Richard Tranter and Jonathan Nash.
Our thanks as ever to member Nick Maggs and his team who carried out regular important maintenance and habitat work along the brook, and to Ron Chapman and his team for the monthly Riverfly monitoring.
Nick and Ron also hosted the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Water Team Officer’ during a river walk along the club water. The findings which will feed into the Trust’s ‘By Brook Enhancement Project’. A draft report is expected soon.
Also during the summer the Trust cleared invasive Himalayan Balsam growing along the banks.
Season 2020 :
Club membership £40 or £25 for veterans + season permit £35. Total £75 or £60 veterans
Apply to Adrian Wallace 53, Edgeworth Road, Kingsway, Bath. BA2 2LT – please include stamped self addressed envelope for return.
Cheques payable to ‘ Bathampton AA’. Where m/ship has been purchased from a tackle shop write the m/ship card number on the back of the cheque.
Best wishes for the New Year and tight lines,
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO MEMBERS
Due to the necessity for pest control at Hunstrete, which may include the
use of live firearms, the BAA committee has decided to alter the winter
access times to the complex.
This is to ensure as best as possible that no members are present when pest control is in operation and that the best times for control are available to shooters.
As from Monday 9th December 2019
the winter access times will be 8am to 7pm.
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BAA MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
PEST CONTROL AT HUNSTRETE
Bathampton AA will be commencing use of rope bangers, which will be timed to go off at set intervals and will be used during early hours of light or when necessary.
This may cause some disturbance to members but it is a necessary part of pest control as an alternative to culling.
Tim Coles Was lucky enough to Catch the Queen Of the lake in August.
Blush At a club record weight of 43lb 10oz.
She was in good condition and Tim was over the moon to catch her.
Blush was his first Fish from the Main Lake and what a first fish to catch.
Well done Tim Keep the fish coming.
TICKETS FOR HUNSTRETE
It has come to attention of the committee that some members are arriving for late sessions and not putting tickets in the box as expected.
If more evidence of this practice is found then the old system of dated tickets for specific days may be reinstated.
MESSAGE FOR MEMBERS
The HUNSTRETE Complex AND NEWTON PARK WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL THE 8TH JUNE FOR SPAWNING.
Lakes Closed are the main lake,Bridge pool,withypool, Newton Park
It has come to the attention of the committee that a recent altercation took place at Hunstrete between a member/members and a member of the public.
This was manly due to a member of the public straying on to a vacant fishing peg near to where a member had cast a bait.
As the public footpath runs along one bank of Main Lake it is inevitable that the public will be close to the lake side and this situation will not change.
However, members of the public are not permitted to deviate from the path and should not stand on fishing platforms as this may cause annoyance to members fishing near to a peg that is along the footpath.
Will members please attempt to resolve any situations amicably and if need be seek the assistance of a club official if present.