Dave Crookes Fishery at Hunstrete Arial Shot

Dave Crookes Fishery – Hunstrete Recovery Overview Members Update Hunstrete Update – Sunday 26th May.

Dave Crookes Fishery – Hunstrete

Recovery Overview

Members Update

Hunstrete Update – Sunday 26th May.

Apologies, long post coming!

As I’m sure everyone appreciates following my recent updates and comments, we have needed to follow lots of processes, discuss many things with experts and officials, that ahs now finally lead to us being able to formalise a plan for recovery of Bridge Pool and Main Lake at Hunstrete.

The following update gives a brief overview of the works we plan to complete at the complex.

It’s extremely hard to give timescales, although we assure you we will be taking the right balance of time to make sure we do this properly, against the need to reopen the lakes for fishing.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all those that have given us advice over the past 5/6 months allowing us to now have a clear plan in place, including CEFAS, EA, Simon Long, Simon, and particularly Andrew Ellis.

Incoming Flows

Everything starts here.

We know we have incoming springs passing through the soil, and flows coming across neighbouring land, through drains, entering Bridge Pool.

For information – the EA have confirmed incoming flows across the land are within legal quality limits.

We are advised that we need to do as much as we can to control the water as it enters Bridge Pool, as this impacts both bridge Pool and Main Lake.

We will intercept as many incoming flow sources as possible by extending the ditch next to Bridge Pool, allowing a large bed of reeds to be planted. These reeds will help control nitrate and phosphate, as well as filter the water. We will also add a gravel/stone filter prior to this reed bed, and after if we can. The gravel/stone will filter larger particulates.

General Works

We must reduce the leaf litter entering the lakes, improve air flow across all waters, and increase the amount of sunlight on the lake. This work is essential.

This will require the removal of trees over hanging lakes and continue to clear some of the trees behind Bridge Pool. We willretain the ‘good’ trees though.

Will continue to plant ‘large plants’ in the water on Main Lake, such as Flag Iris. We need to fill the full perimeter of the lakes where possible. Large plants will use the nitrates and phosphorous, helping control future levels. Bridge and Withy are in vey good condition.

Large plants can include small quantities of lily pads, although this must be controlled as they inherently reduce light entering the lake and wind flow across the surface.

Bridge Pool

It was made very clear by our experts that we need to spend time repairing Bridge before moving on to Main Lake. Any issues we have had are in the soil, lake bed, existing fish and water.

We will fully drain Bridge Pool, allow the lake bed to bake in the sun until there are significant cracks in the silt, then lime the bed.

Our experts advised it was not necessary to remove the silt, as we will be liming the lake bed.

Liming sterilises the lake bed, essentially neutralising anything in it. Chalking the lake bed does not do the same job and is not a suitable alternative.

It has been recommended to remove the islands and level the lake bed to a uniform level. This will ensure the water is allowed to circulate the lakes, removing dead spots for water to stagnate and sit. It will also encourage the fish to continue to move around, greatly improving fishing results and preventing fish stacking in one depth of water or area of lake.

We will of course be mindful to retain good depth across the lake.

Once we have limed the lake, we will be able to allow it to refill. pH levels will need to reach ideal levels before we are able to restock fish. It has not been agreed what fish stocks will be at this time. We will advise this once we have agreement.

Main Lake

Once we have completed works on Bridge pool, we move to Main Lake.

We will need to complete very similar works to this lake. We will drain it, bake the lake bed in the sun, and then lime it, exactly the same as Bridge Pool.

It was not discussed that we need to level the depths in this lake.

Again, it is advised that it was not essential to remove the silt from the lake as we are going to heavily lime the lake be, although we would benefit spending time removing as much weed as possible.

Again, ne discussions have been held regarding fish stocks, that will follow once work is progressing. We will however be looking for one stocking from a reputable and quality source.

This lake needs work on the reeds around the lake. It looks like there is quite a stock of reeds already in the lake, mostly inhibited from growing where the trees cover them. We will see what growsonce trees are cut back, filling in the rest of the margins if there are gaps.

I’m sure you all appreciate the sheer quantity of works to be completed and will appreciate any and all help as it’s going to be extremely valued. Please let me know if you plan to join us on a Saturday to make sure we are there.

We are also going to need to start looking for additional funding to support the works we must complete. We have funds retained for the works to begin, however if any member is willing to help us search for additional funding from external bodies, please get in contact. All the help we can get will allow us to get this completed to the highest standards we are all aiming for.

Thanks, Tim

Dave Crookes Fishery at Hunstrete Arial Shot

Spawning updates

No signs of spawning on Withy as we sit here now (Saturday 1.30pm) but with the news rolling in across the country we’re expecting it won’t be long.

As soon as we are sure fish are spawning, we will be closing the lake to give them time to do it.
This applies to both Newton and Withy.

Please keep an eye on Facebook. We’ll post it there.

Committee Announcements

Bathampton AA AGM Meeting Monday 10th June 2024, 7pm start

Bathampton Angling Association, Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2024.

Monday 10th June 2024, 7pm start

Location – Keynsham Royal British Legion.

8 Charlton Road, Keynsham, Bristol. BS31 2AZ.

Should members wish to raise a proposal at the AGM, this must be issued in writing to the Chairman, giving 28 days notice of the AGM.

Please email proposals to philmorris1944@gmail.com

Please note. Proposals raised are discussed during the AGM and will be carried to the following Committee meeting for further consideration. No results of any proposal will occur during the AGM.

There are currently no proposals raised by the committee for this AGM.

Anyone planning to join us at the AGM will be required to show your actual membership card please.
Please note, no membership card, no entry.
Dave Crookes Fishery at Hunstrete Arial Shot

No work party this weekend 27/4/24

Just a quick note to say there WON’T be a work party at Hunstrete this Saturday incase anyone was thinking of popping out to help.
We’ll be back to normal next weekend.

A huge thank you to those that have come out over recent weeks, your help is really appreciated.

Committee Announcements

Closure A M Hobbs Shooting and Fishing, Midsomer Norton

As you may be aware, unfortunately A M Hobbs Shooting and Fishing, Midsomer Norton, will be closing their doors for the last time this Saturday 27th April.

With immediate effect, tickets and memberships are now available from Charlton News, Midsomer Norton. Details attached.
Obviously, this is not a tackle shop but they do have a great range of food, drinks and obviously magazines etc.

The extended opening hours will hopefully prove to be helpful as well, open 7 days per week and very early in the morning!!

We would like to thank Paul at AM Hobbs for many many years of support and wish him well in his next adventure.

Charlton News
86 Charlton Rd, Midsomer Norton, Radstock BA3 4AH

Bathampton Angling Association Logo

No Rod license no fishing

Good Morning all. Speaking to the E.A the other day he informed us that members had been caught at Newton Park with no rod licence. Please make sure your rod licences are still valid before you go fishing. It’s not worth potentially a heafty fine if you are caught without one.

Dave Crookes Fishery at Hunstrete Arial Shot

Hunstrete opening times

The gate clocks have now been changed to summer opening at Hunstrete. It now opens at 5am.
Closing remains the same, rods out at 9pm and off the complex by 9.30.
Please don’t get locked in!

Can I also remind everyone to ask the shops you’re buying tickets from to make sure they have added the current gate codes please.