Numbers were a bit down this year possibly due to the weather. We were met with cold winds and heavy rain at the start but this didn't put the fish off as Jay had a jack first cast. The rain soon cleared to leave bright calm conditions. Not ideal but the pike were on the munch with more fish caught than last year. Everyone had a fish or two albeit mostly jacks and it looked like David Wilson would be taking the trophy thanks to the biggest fish of the session at 8lb 14oz. However last years winner Dave Twitchett managed a late fish of 8lb 8oz to add to his tally and retain his title! Herring mackerel smelt and roach all worked plus one on a lure. Once again a very enjoyable friendly match with a few quid raised for charity. Ken Brown.
ATTENTION ALL RIVER ANGLERS - We intend to hold an end of season 'gudgeon' (largest/most caught) competition/meeting for this stretch of river on Sunday 10th March 2019. Interested parties please contact me for further details. Likewise if you are up for any work parties.
Kind regards and enjoy your fishing
Peter Yates – Fishery Officer – Mob 07465429877
The car park gate is to be kept locked at all times particularly at weekends. Please lock the car park gate when you enter and leave the fishery, to ensure only club members have access.
Any member who requires a guest ticket should contact the Club’s members' email address at email@example.com . Just to remind you, they are available on our freehold waters, Southminster, Asheldham or Straits Mill, Braintree, and are priced at £10 per day, paid to the Club’s a/c 20-37-83, a/c no. 90158224, quoting the member’s name and 2018/19 card no., together with the full name of the guest. For Southminster, there is a two-day ticket (6 a.m. on day 1. to 10 p.m. on day 2.) costing £18.
Following the sad loss of Derek Sweetlove there is now a vacancy for an Ordinary committee member. If you are interested in helping with the management of the club please email the BDAC secretary whose contact details are on page 2 of your 2018/19 club handbook.
Members are reminded of Byelaw 11 "Except where indicated in the Club handbook, all cars must be parked in the official car park where one is provided and all gates to fisheries to be locked after entry and exit. Under no circumstances may cars be parked on roads adjacent to fisheries."
The works referred to in your newsletter to be carried out at the small lake Straits Mill are almost complete, with 11 rebuilt swims, 4 new platforms and 2 new disabled swims. The weed clearance is scheduled for August, when the growth is at its highest. The lake will be closed for at least one day during the weed cutting operation. This work was carried out on application to and with financial assistance from the Angling Trust, Fishery Improvement Fund. Other improvements to our Straits mill Fishery are in the pipe line.
Under the terms of GDPR, the club has been required to choose a lawful basis for holding personal data. In our case, we have chosen the basis of legitimate interests. This has a minimal privacy impact, such as contacting a member about their annual renewal.
The non fishery managers at Lee Valley Regional Park have decided to introduce car parking charges at a number of sites across the park in order to generate additional revenue. This is partly due to local authority councillors sitting on the management board deciding to reduce the amount their authorities have to payto run the park. under the act of parliament that set up the park in the 1960s.
Charges will be made using an ANPR camera installation in the two authority car parks (Fishers Green and Hooks Marsh) but not the anglers car parks behind the anglers padlocked gate at Stubbins Hall Lane.
With the exception of official BDAC matches (see handbook) keepnets are banned on all fisheries until further notice, due to a KHV outbreak in Essex. Please ensure landing nets, stink bags, carp mats, weigh slings etc are dried in sunlight before bringing them to club waters.
Volunteer bailiffs needed, please contact Robin Driscoll 07732-695586.
Leaving gates open WILL lose Club waters, and anyone found leaving or entering fisheries without locking our gates WILL face serious disciplinary action from the Committee.
With 9 matches in the season, these matches are held at good venues and are very enjoyable, details of which will be shown on the fixture list in your 2018/19 handbook. Sadly in recent times the number of members attending these matches has dwindled and the Committee would like to advertise these events to all Female members to attend either at the Ladies Matches or with your Partner at the Mixed Pairs Matches.
To book a place at these Matches, details of which are all shown on the 2017/2018 fixture list in your handbook, or for any queries please call Nick Mitchell on 07970 606558
Attendance to these matches would be greatly appreciated and would help save the events from cancellation
Sunday 16 December 2018 at Slough House
Tuesday 25 December 2018 at Willow Mere
Wednesday 26 December 2018 at Willow Mere
Sunday 6 January 2019 at Reserve
Wednesday 20 March 2019 at Southminster