Following extensive discussion with the membership and studying of water usage, the CAC Committee has decided to suspend the sale of coarse fishing day tickets at Winkton from 31st December 2019.
The venue has established itself as a premier fishery with specimen chub, barbel and pike being caught there each season. The ‘old river’ is fishable when the Avon Valley is flooded and this, along with the huge roach now regularly being caught there, has greatly increased its popularity. The past two ‘Avon Roach Project’ matches held throughout the middle and lower Avon have seen Winkton produce 3lb plus redfins and anglers from across the country now travel vast distances to target these fish.
The result has been that the water has steadily become busier. It is now felt that the tipping point has been reached where visiting anglers are having a detrimental effect on the fishing of our members and adding increased pressure on the fish. The needs of the membership and fish welfare will always take priority so from January 1st (for the remainder of the coarse fishing season) no day tickets will be available. Members will still be permitted to purchase guest tickets whilst holiday memberships and existing exchange books also still available for use. The Go Cardless scheme we offer remains in place allowing anglers to purchase annual membership for just £14 a month.
The effects of this decision will be monitored closely and a decision made in the summer about the long term. Day tickets remain available on the club’s stretches of the Hampshire Avon for both the Ringwood Fishery and Sopley (Main River & Mill Stream) where specimen roach, chub, barbel and pike are all present.
We hope the membership agree with this decision which has been made to provide the exclusivity many have requested whilst lowering the pressure on the water and it’s inhabitants.