NEWSLETTER – JULY 2018
Hi, this is the first newsletter for the club to let interested parties know a little of what is happening and how things are going.
The Education Centre:
Funding did not go as hoped and the necessary foundation work was carried out at considerable cost to the club in order to meet time limits imposed by the planning consent. Other avenues to raise funds are being considered and it is hoped this will prove fruitful and progress will be made in the not too distant future. Changes to construction materials are being considered now that buildings are being constructed adjacent to the Hunstrete lakes in more conventional material rather than wood or wood cladding.
There is an application for footpath diversion currently in progress with BANES. If accepted this will benefit BAA in terms of:
Added security: Important for the education centre and to keep prying eyes away from buildings etc.
More privacy and safety for members: We have juniors and vulnerable adults who fish and their safety is of primary concern.
Safer for the public: Contact with site traffic is eliminated.
Fouling by dogs: This will be eliminated other than the footpath that goes along the length of the Main Lake.
Overall, it has been a good spawning time and fortunately just a few casualties. This is better than many fisheries and during the main carp spawning time fishing was discontinued to help the fish get on with it and have a well earned break. The water levels of Main Lake and Bridge Pool are still good although a good drop of rain is always appreciated especially to keep Withy Pool topped up as it always drops during the summer.
The lake is still well stocked with plenty of carp in the twenty and thirty pound weight range and there is still a 40lb fish alive and well. Fishing can still be hard but judging by attendances the attraction to fish there is still strong. BAA is fortunate to have many members who regularly fish this lake and help look out for any problems and also support the work party days. Some smaller carp have been caught but not removed as yet until the colder weather arrives to avoid the risk of any cross contamination from summertime viruses etc.
The introduction of F1 carp has certainly stirred up the action and fishing can be extremely “busy” with a good variety of fish being caught in matches and pleasure visits.
The carp in the pool can be indifferent or feed like starving pigs and at the moment are very prone to surface baits. The fish are still falling to conventional ledger methods and sometimes a session can be extremely hard work in playing in these hard fighting adversaries. Pole fishing is still accounting for some good catches especially with heavier feeding than usual.
Reporting on Other Lakes:
Still popular with members and holds some hefty carp now well into the twenty pounds mark. Access has been improved slightly with a new gate on the college side but it is still a bit of a slog from the car park and taking as little gear as possible is advised. On the day, some great fishing can be had and members should consider this venue once in a while but you may get hooked!
Plenty of good fishing still to be had but weed is becoming a nuisance. That aside, there are a lot of carp and good quality silvers including lovely rudd and big perch. You can always have a pint in the clubhouse (muddy boots not allowed) and a spot of lunch. If water extraction takes place on Widewater you may need to get down the bank a little to fish so take care. Golf club rules insist on no bare chests!
The Kennet and Avon Canal.
A long stretch from Bath to Avoncliffe is available but parking is difficult.
Those prepared for a bit of a walk can enjoy some excellent fishing and there are some big carp in this canal if you put in the time and effort to follow them.
Light tackle for the smaller species can produce some good bags of fish.
Boats are always a problem and unfortunately they will never decrease in numbers and wintertime is much better for anglers in this department..
The local stretches from Newbridge to Saltford are producing some excellent catches throughout the year and the close season always seems to curtail the best time of the year. The Angling Trust are debating the close season soon so you never know!
BAA and the Saltford Rowing club make every effort to move any boats attempting to moor along this stretch as no permission has been granted to moor by the Duchy of Cornwall. The police are coming round to this problem now and have been assisting in the matter.
There is still some good fishing at Claverton and Long Meadow.
The change of ownership of the Bathampton Weir may prove interesting, we shall see.
General Bits and Bobs:
Junior Coaching: Thanks to volunteers some coaching is still taking place during the warmer months and work continues to encourage juniors to take up the sport. Those who attend are made welcome and encouraged to learn but have some fun as well.
Attempts to make fishing at Hunstrete easier and thus attract more members are always being considered and currently involve:
Parking: Our elderly, disabled or infirm members have some priority parking and this will hopefully increase and improve as time goes on:
Day Tickets: Currently a member can purchase three day tickets dated by month only and this does help with choice of visit.
Guests accompanying members: Members may bring guests or carers (both non-fishing) once they are in possession of written permission which is easily obtained.
After many years of membership in decline, it is hoped that numbers of members will start to rise and that the efforts of the committee, bailiffs and volunteers will prove fruitful. Initial indications this year so far on the bank look good.
The regular Over 55’s and Disabled Matches are still running and recent visitors from the MOD and a school in Westminster have enjoyed a day at Hunstrete.
The heatwave in June and July has as expected lowered levels especially (and as usual) Withy Pool. Some keepnet restrictions are in place and members are urged to consider not to use keepnets during hot weather.
It is hoped that a memorial day for Dave Crookes (previous long standing General Secretary) can be arranged at Hunstrete involving all lakes being used for matches. This is to be confirmed.
And last but by no means least , I wish to thank the committee members and bailiffs for the continued support given to the Association which can only continue because of the them.
Thanks as well to the members who help with the work parties.
BAA General Secretary