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Locks and gates

The key lock at Slough House Farm is being replaced with a combination lock this Friday 12th Feb so please have your number to hand if you are planning on fishing there from Friday as vehicles parked outside of our car park can be towed away by the land owner.  Our combination lock number can be found on page 1 of your 2015 rulebook and on the back of your 2015-16 membership card (blue sticker).

Our welder will also be inspecting the Totham Pit gate on the same day to advise us on how this can be made more secure so please approach the entrance to Totham  Pit with extra caution on Friday.

The entrance to Little Park now has a key lock fitted and members are reminded that the white gates on Maypole Road are now our only entrance to this fishery.

Finally, our key locks at Howells, Rook Hall and Heron Hall have all recently been serviced or replaced so all should now be working smoothly.

Photo competetion winners announced

To encourage photo submission we’re running annual prizes of half-price membership for photos submitted in two categories of ‘carp’ & ‘non-carp’.  Judges decision is final and it’s not always about the biggest fish, it might be the ‘prettiest’ fish or it might just be a good photo.

The 2015 winner of the carp category is Andy Flower for his magnificent 23lb mirror from Howell’s

and in the non-carp category Shaun Birnie gets a special mention for his fine 16lb Totham Pit pike & Dan Hilton for a splendid 10lb slab from the canal but the winner is Dan Thornett for his perch also from the canal, maybe not the biggest specimen (that’s the perch not Dan) but it’s a great perch photo

Keep those pictures coming and we’ll be pleased to pick the winners again next year.

Membership changes for 2016-17

Concessionary age to increase from 60 to 65 (proposal to raise to 67 defeated)

Concessionary fee to increase to £50 and all other fishing categories to increase by £1

Number of standard night permits to increase from 110 to 120

Standard night permit fee to increase by £5 to £65

Howells night permit fee to increase by £5 to £95 (the proposal to add another 10 Howells night permits was rejected)

Changes to cover the higher cost of rentals and paying for two portaloos all year round at Howells and Slough House Farm.

Carp Final Result

Congratulations to Graham Surridge for a convincing victory in this weekends MAS Carp Final on Howells , the boy smashed it with a 118lb bag sending him home with the 1st place trophy , £100 cash , 30plus stalking rod, 4kg of XL Baits & 5kg of Specimen Carp Baits plus a MAS hoody for his efforts! Well done, a worthy winner!

Well done also to Andy Flower who took home the 2nd place trophy ,£50 cash, Wychwood spod rod 4kg of XL Baits & 2kg of Specimen Carp Baits with matching pop ups and glug plus a MAS hoody.  Tosh Welton wins the Alan Hare cup for the biggest fish in all heats and the final by bagging breezeblock at 28.14lb in the final.

Many thanks to Angling Essentials , XL Baits & Specimen Baits for sponsoring the MAS carp matches 2015/16 & supporting our carp restocking program.

The Carp Final winners, L-R: Andy, Graham and Tosh.

Howells carp match final this weekend

The carp match final will be held at Howells this weekend 10th-11th October.  Howells will be closed to non-competitors from 8am on Sat 10th October to 1pm on Sunday 11th October.  The draw for swims is at 10am on Sat and fishing is from midday to midday.

Howells has been fishing well and should make the perfect venue for a closely contested final.

Howells carp match (round 3) results

This weekends carp match results (4th – 5th July) went as follows, Graham Surridge took 1st place with a bag of 97.10lb, Dean Andrews weighed in 43.10 to take 2nd place and Shaun Birnie deservedly took home the Thinking Anglers unhooking mat after winning the match day prize draw.  Well done chaps!  Dean Andrews now leads the race for the Alan Hare cup for biggest fish in all heats and final with a lovely common of 26.4lb. Graham & Dean now join Michael Perkins, Andy Flower, Luke Harris & Tony Hayden in the October final on Howells with two qualifying heats remaining. Well done & good angling.  All the best – Jamie.

Howells carp match winner Graham Surridge receives his XLBaits prize package from Jamie.

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