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January 2018 Winter Newsletter

If you didn’t write your email address on your 2016-17 application/renewal form you might not have seen our January 2018 winter newsletter in which case here it is: MASNews31 Jan 2018 Web Version.  Members who sent an extra stamped self addressed envelope to the membership secretary should receive their copy in the post by the end of this week.


Julie Stuart secured the non-carp half price membership prize in this year’s photo competition with this fine pike from Totham Pit.

Keepnet update

At the January committee meeting it was unanimously agreed to lift the ban on keepnets with immediate effect until 31st March.  The keepnet ban had been introduced as early as possible following notification of a local outbreak of KHV (Koi Herpesvirus) however the water temperature has now dropped to well below the minimum danger level for transmitting KHV of 16 degrees so the ban has been lifted and will be reviewed at the 4th Apr committee meeting.

AGM – Sunday 21st January 2018 at 3pm

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 21st January 2018 at Great Totham village hall starting at the new time of 3pm.

The venue for our AGM.

Please bring your membership card along to speed up entry on the door.

2018-19 memberships and night permit renewals will be available on the day along with a selection of club merchandise such as hoodies, shirts and hats.

Beckingham Hall update

I can now give an update on Beckingham Hall but unfortunately it is not good news.  The reason we had to close the lake was because it was put up for sale and the landowner wanted to sell the lake without sitting tenants.   This week it was confirmed that the new owner has decided not to lease Beckingham Hall back to us as he has a relative that is into fishing and is going to run it as a six man syndicate.

We owned all of the fish in Beckingham Hall and were able to remove a number of fish when our lease was terminated.  137 carp were removed and 102 went into Totham Pit, 18 into Slough House West and 17 into Slough House Farm along with 25lb+ of silvers to Slough House West.

Keepnets – a follow up

Having received this question from a member I thought it worth sharing his points and my response with our other members who visit this website:

Dear Paul,  further to your post regarding keepnets, surely landing nets should also be dipped ? Will the bailiffing team have the resources to monitor that every member  no matter when they are fishing adheres to this rule ? As for matches the match secretary can ensure compliance. Could I please have your comments.  Regards Jack Morley.

Hi Jack,  thank you for your email.  A lot of thought went into this decision at the committee meeting to ensure that our final decision was practical and made with the welfare of our valuable fish stocks at the heart of it.  The original proposal was for a complete keepnet ban but as that would have meant cancelling most of the remaining matches, or moving them all to the canal, the compromise solution of dipping in Virkon S was proposed and accepted. 

Keepnets are a non-essential angling item to the ordinary member (ie not fishing in a match), unlike landing nets which are compulsory (rule 6.8 refers).  Keepnets are also much larger than landing nets, have fish in contact with them for up to 5 hours at a time rather than a few minutes, and take much longer to dry out thoroughly.  As a result keepnets are seen as a higher risk in the transferal of KHV.

If you can dip your landing nets before each match as well then that will be much appreciated.  The cost and practicality of having a net dip at every venue was discussed but as Virkon S is only effective for 1-3 days max depending upon conditions this was ruled out as being high maintenance / low effectiveness / next to impossible to bailiff as you state above. 

The best form of protection against waterborne fish diseases continues to be thoroughly drying nets in direct sunlight – a difficult proposition at this time of the year! 

All the best for the remainder of the season.  Kind Regards - Paul.

Please dry your nets

Members are reminded to dry out their nets and slings between fishing trips, especially when moving between different waters, to reduce the risk of spreading diseases from one fishery to another.  Thank you to the Environment Agency for this Biosecurity Best Practice pdf.

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