November Newsletter – Game Section
With the colder weather upon us, the Grayling fishing really starts to come into its own and members have the opportunity to target this fish on two main waters where the fishing is excellent. First, we have a section of the river Frome at Tincleton where each year specimen fish falls to our anglers. Bait fishing at this time of year appears to achieve best results but those of you with a bent to ‘chuck the fluff’ should not ignore the possibility of good sport. The second water worthy of consideration is the river Itchin and the Itchin Navigation Canal available on the exchange books we have with Eastleigh & District Angling Club. For those of you unaware of the process of using exchange books I will cover this below.
We have 8 books available to our members from Eastleigh & District Angling Club and details along with the rules and regulations covering these waters are available on the E&DAC website. Any member wishing to use exchange books must ensure they are aware of the E&DAC rules before venturing onto their waters, ignorance is not an excuse and could cause our club to lose what are valuable extra fisheries to our portfolio. Four of these books are held at Homestores in Swaythling, two in Ringwood Tackle and two with Nigel Davis at Fordingbridge. All you have to do to obtain one is to show your current membership card and you will be given a book with a key which is required to gain access on some waters. At the end of the day return the book to where you collected it, if the shops are closed, pop it through the letter box. These books must be available for use by others the following morning so make sure they are returned the day you use them. At the moment, Homestores is closed for essential repair work on the building so until further notice exchange books should be collected from Ringwood Tackle and Nigel Davis only. We also have exchange books with other clubs but no game fishing is available on these other books, see the CAC website for more details. When considering using Exchange books it’s always worth phoning wherever you intend to collect them from to ensure they are available and not already taken by other members.
The fish from our new supplier continue to respond well to anglers’ offerings with most catching their limit or very close to. I see no reason for this not to continue, so until we get a prolonged hot spell next summer enjoy what should be excellent fishing. Only one grouse from me concerned with an angler fishing Whitesheet without a ticket and although it was his intention to purchase one later, this is very much against club rules. Tickets must be purchased before starting to fish and if ever members are unable to purchase a ticket beforehand for technical failings, make sure you telephone me first so I have a record of it. As far as I’m aware tickets have always been available from one source or another so hopefully this situation will not arise.
Regards, Bob Moody – Game Secretary