Game Section News Update
A few questions have been asked recently, mainly from new members, concerning the rules covering the trout tickets at Whitesheet and in particular the Sporting ticket. Initially the Sporting ticket only allowed members to fish on Lodge lake (top One), catch and kill the first two fish caught and then fish catch & release with barbless hooks. At the request of a number of members we extended this rule to allow the first two fish to be caught and killed from any of the three lakes and then fish catch & release in Lodge lake only, with barbless hooks. There is no catch & release in Halfway or Chestnut lake at any time except for Brown trout which must be released when caught in any of the three lakes. The up to date rules & regulations covering all our fisheries is on our website so if you are unsure about anything please check there before fishing. If anything is still unclear, please call me on 01425 482837.
We now have a second boat available for members to use, it is sited on Halfway lake. There is a small charge for using this boat or the one on Chestnuts of £2, payment for which should be placed in one of the envelopes in the signing in hut and put through the slot in the top of the bench.
Our stocking policy is to introduce most of the fish in the nominal 2-3lb range with the occasional stocking of fish in the 3-5lb range. Also, when our suppliers have them available, we introduce the odd double figure fish, one of which was caught some three weeks ago.
There are regular matches run each month at Whitesheet, second Sunday of the month, and all members are welcome to come along and join in. There is great camaraderie amongst the regulars, and you would be welcome to join in the fun. They are run by Pat Damant so if you need further details contact him directly or contact me and I will forward your details on. The February match was fished in very windy conditions but 11 people entered and a total number of 41 fish were caught. The biggest weighed a lovely 4lb 2oz.
Finally, just a reminder for any fly fishermen who enjoy a bit of river fishing for wild brownies and Grayling. We have exchange books with Eastleigh & District Angling Club who have stretches of the River Itchin and Itchin Navigational Canal and we are the only club they allow to fish these waters on the exchange books. It costs nothing and all details are available on the website but again, if you are unclear of any of the rules and regulations contact me for clarification before you fish. Details of the fisheries can be found on the Eastleigh & District website.