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Snakes alive at Bog Grove

I have received reports that there have been several  snakes, possibly  adders, very active at Bog Grove doing the breast stroke? Adders are dangerous so please do not attempt to scoop them up in your landing net, catch them on floaters or weigh them in at matches (they don’t count) – Kind Regards – Dave (Balliff).


Our fishery management officer has asked me to remind night permit holders that the maximum length of a night session at Totham Pit, Howells, Beckingham Hall, Little London and Bog Grove (until the end of April when night fishing at Bog Grove ceases for five months) is three consecutive nights (four days).  Night anglers must then leave the fishery completely for 24 hours.  At Slough House Farm there is a maximum of one night followed by a 24 hour break (rule 2.2).

Also the use of leadcore or any other leaders is banned to help prevent fish becoming tethered in the event of your mainline breaking (rule 6.4).

Totham Pit – you can’t fish here for the whole week but you can with a night permit for 4 days.

Pair of Foster Grant glasses found at Bog Grove

A pair of prescription Foster Grant glasses have been found at Bog Grove.  If the owner contacts the membership secretary he will arrange for their return.

Photo competition

When our editor compiled the winter newsletter he decided to include some photos from our gallery and was hoping to find some snaps of tench, roach, perch, chub, bream, crucian, pike etc to select from but instead he founds loads of photos of carp and not much else.  As most of us appreciate that carp are very photogenic this was no surprise to me.  Anyway he suggested that we run a small competition to increase the number of non-carp photos and here it is.  The member who submits the best non-carp fish photo in 2015 will win a half price membership for 2016-17.  Closing date for entries is 24th Dec 2015 and the editor’s decision is final.  You don’t have to do anything fancy to enter, just submit your non-carp fish photo along with the date it was caught, its weight and the venue to the gallery in the usual way.  Please remember that the gallery cannot cope with any photo greater than 2mB in size so you might have to downsize before submission.

As you know the membership secretary has a new penchant for eels and the early front runner is this huge eel caught by Alan King from Bog Grove.

It’s actually quite difficult to tell which end the eel’s head is (this is not an additional competition).

So as not to appear fishist the membership secretary is offering the same prize (a half price membership for 2016-17) for the best carp photo submitted although the fish you currently have to beat is Andy Flower’s stunning 23lb fully scaled mirror from Howells:

The bar has been set extremely high although beauty is in the eye of the carp-holder.

Get out there, get catching and get snappy.

Tue 24th Feb concessionary match moved to Little Parks

The 24th February concessionary match should have been at Bog Grove but because of the ground conditions we are now holding the match at Little Park (all depending  on the  weather conditions).

Essential tree maintenance at Bog Grove

Please be aware that there will be some essential tree maintenance at Bog Grove over the next week or so and especially on the evening of Wed 30th July and the morning of Sat 2nd August.  Committee member Dave Brock will be present at Bog Grove on both days to oversee the tree felling activities and the lake will be closed for a while (insurance instructions) to prevent unauthorised access.  The trees designated for removal have been sprayed up with yellow spray.  We apologise for any inconvenience this causes but hopefully dealing with these trees now will make Bog Grove far more accessible when the weather turns nasty again in the autumn.

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