Casting / Coaching Sessions
The Club has a very well qualified coaching team in both game and coarse fishing disciplines. We have AAPGAI qualified game coaches, who are supported by both Level 1 and 2 game coaches.
Instruction sessions with both single and double handed casting, as well as demonstrations on fly-tying, general fishing advice from top quality coaches.
Held at our White Sheet fishery, starting at 6pm; there is a nominal fee for the evening of £5 per person.
Equipment is provided (if you don’t have your own) as well as tea and coffee. These evenings are very informal and relaxed –
Come along and have a go.
Open to members and non-members alike.
Dates for 2015:
May 14th, May 28th, June 11th, June 25th, July 9th, July 23rd, Aug 6th, Aug 20th, Sept 3rd
For further information :-
Office: Tel: (01202) 480009.
Pure Strain Crucian/Tench Project.
As you are no doubt aware our original plan to create the first pure strain Crucian and specimen Tench water was centred around the Coarse fishing lake on the new site which also includes the new trout water, which has been awaiting planning permission. We have been informed by the owner within the last week significant complications have arisen with planning, the net effect of which is we are likely to experience a protracted delay in receiving the necessary permission. There is even the possibility planning will never be granted therefore we have had to radically change our plans to cater for this unexpected reversal.
On the 11th April we intended to collect from Peter Rolfe up to 150lb of fish, mainly pure strain Crucians along with a smaller quantity of Tench. These fish are two to three summers old, the majority sexually mature, which will give us a wonderful head start to the fishery and breeding pond/s. Peter has agreed to retain these fish for a further month in one of his ponds which gives us time to revise our plans and complete the necessary work.
What we will now do is to use the top lake at Holtwood for our first pure strain Crucian and specimen Tench water. This lake will be drained and all the fish transferred to the bottom lake allowing us to prepare it for the introduction of Crucians and Tench. This lake would, if left to refill naturally, not be ready for stocking until the Autumn/Winter. We therefore plan to transfer the fish from the middle lake into the bottom lake and pump the water from the middle lake into the top one to enable us to introduce the Crucians and Tench. The middle lake will then be left to refill naturally at which time we will transfer silver fish only from the bottom lake into the middle lake leaving the bottom one as a predominately King Carp lake. This middle lake will then act as a buffer between our pure strain Crucian water reducing the risk of any of the King Carp species getting into the top lake and compromising all our efforts.
As you can see there is an enormous amount of work to be completed in a relatively short time if we are to realise our dream of this Crucian/Tench water. A number of you have said in the past you would be willing to help when assistance was needed and that time is now fast approaching. If any of you out there can possibly find time (however little) over the next couple of months I would really like to hear from you. I would like to compile a list of names of those willing to participate so when we need to undertake certain tasks we can telephone you in advance to ask if you can help on that particular day. If you think there is even the remotest chance you may be able to help sometime between the 18th April and the end of May please email me firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone me 01202 510722 with your name and contact number and I will add you to the list. It would be a great shame to see this project fall by the wayside for the want of a number of willing volunteers.
I realise this has been all about the impact on the Crucian/Tench project caused by the difficulties in trying to obtain planning permission on our proposed new site and it would be remiss of me not to also cover the new trout lake as well. The effect on the Game section is exactly the same with the proposed replacement for Hamer facing the same delays. Unfortunately we do not have an almost ready made solution as we have been able to implement for the Crucian/Tench project but I assure you the Committee are looking at alternatives and will keep you updated whenever we have anything worthwhile to report back on. Being a Game fisherman myself I realise what a disappointment the delay will be to you all but I hope you appreciate the situation is out of our control and rest assured we are doing everything possible to rectify the situation.