Box Brook Report and Information.

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,

 

Adrian

Dave Crookes Fishery at Hunstrete Arial Shot

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO MEMBERS

 

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.

 

Committee Announcements

Closures December

CLOSURES AT THE DAVE CROOKES FISHERY AT HUNSTRETE IN DECEMBER

THURSDAY 5TH DEC BRIDGE POOL

(OVER 55 AND DISABLED MATCH)

 THURSDAY 19TH DEC BRIDGE POOL

(OVER 55 AND DISABLED MATCH)

OTHER CLOSURES

SUNDAY 8TH DEC CANAL

(COMMERCIAL HOUSE)

SUNDAY 22ND DEC NEWBRIDGE

(CHRISTMAS MATCH)

Dave Crookes Fishery at Hunstrete Arial Shot

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BAA MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE PEST CONTROL AT HUNSTRETE

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.

Upcoming Events

Venue Closures in August

CLOSURES AT THE DAVE CROOKES FISHERY AT HUNSTRETE IN AUGUST

THURSDAY 1ST AUGUST BRIDGE POOL

(OVER 55 AND DISABLED MATCH)

 SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST WITHY POOL

(JUNIOR COACHING 10 PEGS)

SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST – SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST NIGHT FISHING

5AM SATURDAY UNTIL 21.00 SUNDAY

15 PEGS MAIN LAKE 5 PEGS WITHY POOL 5 PEGS BRIDGE POOL

 SATURDAY 10TH AUGUST

(COMPLEX CLOSED MAINTENANCE)

 

THURSDAY 15TH AUGUST BRIDGE POOL

(OVER 55 AND DISABLED MATCH)

 THURSDAY 29TH AUGUST BRIDGE POOL

(OVER 55 AND DISABLED MATCH)

 SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST WITHY POOL

(JUNIOR COACHING 10 PEGS)

 OTHER CLOSURES

SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST NEWBRIDGE

(SOUTH WEST SUPER LEAGUE)

 SUNDAY 11TH AUGUST NEWBRIDGE

(SOUTH WEST SUPER LEAGUE)

 SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST NEWBRIDGE

(SOUTH WEST SUPER LEAGUE)

 SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST NEWBRIDGE

(BATH SPARTANS)

Public Footpath

BATHAMPTON AA

 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.

Many Thanks

BAA Committee