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Rook Hall will be open for fishing on the 12th and 13th Aug

On the 12th and 13th August there is a Military and Flying Machine Show close to Rook Hall but the owner has told us that the gate will be open and fishing is allowed for members on both days. Parking will be to the left as you drive in and just tell the people on the gate that you are fishing.  More info about the event can be found at http://www.militaryandflyingmachines.org.uk/about/Whatson.html.

Club match on Sunday 18th June moved to Slough House West

The club match on Sunday 18th June has been moved to Slough House West due to it clashing with the Blackwater Country Show at Rook Hall – Thanks Russell.

Al’s big silver

This rather nice roach (or hybrid?) fell to two sweetcorn haired to a size 12 under a locslide float.  Here’s the obligatory ‘fish on a landing net and unhooking mat with float and rod for scale :-D ’ photo.  Didn’t have my scales with me (again!) runs about 31/32 cm long, the locslide float is 15cm long so there’s a measure.


Other than some pesky perch and a few more hand size roach a quiet day…. apart from the carp going doolally spawning and thrashing about.
 

As an aside this is my first year back regular fishing since I was a lad of 13/14 :-) so far this year I’ve had a 13lb pike the other week, a 5lb+ tench out of Rook Hall and a 10.6 common out of Little Park (that’s one of my personal goals for this year done a double carp, am still up for the 20lb pike) – Al.

The end of the season fast approaches

Just a reminder that all 2016-17 memberships expire at midnight this Friday 31st March.  As requested by the committee renewal forms for 2017-18 have not been automatically posted out to all members this year which has saved the society several hundred pounds on printing and postage which has already been re-invested in fish stocks (more ide have been purchased and stocked into Rook Hall, Slough House West and Heron Hall), Siltex to improve the water quality at Totham Pit and upgraded portaloos for Howells and Slough House Farm.  The renewal form has been emailed to all members who gave us their email address and posted out to anyone who supplied two stamped self addressed envelopes to the membership secretary when they joined.  You can also print off a copy of the renewal form here or from the membership renewal page.  If you do not have access to a printer simply send your membership card, cheque and stamped sae(s) to the membership secretary or take along your card and payment to one of our three agents (JP Tackle, Angling Essentials or Specimen Angling).

Any unsold Howells night permits are now available to members on the waiting list on a first come first serve basis. Availability can be checked on the Night Permits tab above.

Bailiff Ian Thoirs with a fine 27lb 8oz Mirror from Howells.

Rook Hall and Whitehouse Farm re-open

All three lakes at Rook Hall and our Whitehouse Farm fishery are now re-open to members after their four month shut down for duck shooting.  As in previous years expect the water level at Rook Hall to be on the high side and the track at Whitehouse Farm to be slippery.

A wintry Whitehouse Farm.

Autumn reminder

Members are reminded that Rook Hall and Whitehouse Farm reservoir are now closed for the 4 month duck shooting season and will re-open on Wednesday 1st Feb 2017.  There are also duck shoots scheduled for Slough House West so please look out for signs at the entrance to the fishery, especially on Fridays.

Night fishing at Bog Grove has now started and runs through until the 30th April 2017.

3 rods are now allowed on all venues for all 120 standard night permit and 50 Howells night permit holders as well as for members who have purchased the £30 winter 3 rod upgrade.  Regardless of which night permit you have you can use 3 rods on all venues including Howells.

The sun sets on another summer’s fishing at Rook Hall.

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