Members Update – Lakes Reopening
All lakes, including Spinnaker, will reopen on Thursday 25th October. Night tickets are available to book online now.
We have taken advice on the steps the club have already taken to protect against KHV, the bio security steps other fisheries within the localities have taken, and our intention to introduce dip tanks once fisheries reopen. We understand the risk of infection is now very low provided members follow a dry net policy and use the dip tanks provided.
We are still waiting approval from Wessex Water, our landlords for Spinnaker, to set up a dip tank next to the Snails Lane gate. We hope to get agreement soon and will announce in the coming days when we have. We will clarify prior to Thursday whether a dry net policy is in place or whether anglers must visit Hucklesbrook or Ibsley to dip their nets and mats prior to arrival in the interim.
One point about Nea Meadows, which is managed by the local council. We do not know what steps (if any) they will take, so if you fish Nea Meadows you must observe the “dry net” policy noted below before and after fishing this venue.
The opening date has been set to allow the small FM team of volunteers to get the tanks, signage, and lock code changes in place.
Three important points going forward:
As far as possible members should follow a “dry net” policy and ensure nets and mats are thoroughly aired and dried after each fishing trip. UV exposure is by far the most effective measure against KHV and other water borne infections.
The use of dip tanks for nets etc is not negotiable, it is mandatory. We are using a disinfectant called Hydra Chloramine T which is a recognised KHV treatment. Equipment should be fully immersed for a minimum of 10 minutes, all fisheries dip tanks are suitably placed to allow you to do that whilst setting up in your swim.
The ban on the use of keepnets and weighing/retaining slings remains for the time being.
We cannot overemphasis how important it is to follow these bio security measures. We know from comments and feedback that members share our determination that KHV will not take hold in any of our fisheries. We rely on everyone to follow the guidance and for members to self police the measures we have introduced.
Whether we will need to retain these bio security measures all year is not known, once the colder weather takes hold we may be able to scale back for a while. We are also looking at the feasibility of providing nets and mats for sole use on each fishery. This will be a big investment for the club and we must be confident of their security and that it is the best approach going forward.
Thank you for your patience during the fishery closures and we are grateful for the assistance some members have offered to help ensure our bio security measures are followed by all.