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High water alerts

Please take the following into account if you are venturing out onto the soggy banks over the next week or so:

Flooded:  Little London

Higher than normal water levels:  Rook Hall (the middle and far lakes have joined together but some swims on all 3 lakes remain fishable), Railway Pond.

Brim full: Slough House Farm (outflow pipe cleared), Bog Grove, Little Park. 

Low Risk:  Heron Hall, Whitehouse Farm, Totham Pit, Beckingham Hall, Brick Kiln pond, Howells.

Closed:  All rivers and canals (just as well!). 

Please also remember that the access tracks at some of the venues that aren’t flooded such as Whitehouse Farm, Beckingham Hall and the alternative entrance to Little Park can get very slippery for ‘ordinary cars’ and only members with four wheel drive vehicles should attempt to access them. 

This must be the wettest drought since records began!

Rook Hall far lake is brim full and has joined up with the middle lake.

Renewal forms

The renewal forms for the 2012/13 season are now in the post and should be dropping through your letter boxes soon.  Just in case yours doesn’t arrive you can print off this Renewal Form 2012-13.  Night permit holders have an added incentive to apply early this year as the Howells Night Permit will be limited to 50 tickets next season.  Please remember that only current 2011/12 night permit holders can apply.

Little Park Reminder

Members are reminded that the track past Little Park is a footpath and bridal way and people using the public footpath close to the lake should be respected at all times.

Dusk falls at Little Park.

Beware Non EA Rod Licence Website

The Angling Trust has asked us to pass on a warning to all anglers NOT to buy their rod licence from the commercial web site, unless they want to pay an unnecessary extra charge of £14 for checking over their application.  This service is of no real benefit to anglers because the Environment Agency (EA) does not require applications to be checked before submission.  The web site has been set up this year and comes top of a Google search for “Rod Licence”.  In addition to the extra charge, anglers buying their licences from the web site will not be able to go fishing until they receive their licence in the post.  The EA site offers a receipt and reference number which does allow people to fish while they are waiting for the licence to arrive.

We strongly recommend that all freshwater anglers buy their licence direct from the Environment Agency over the phone or via its website at or from a Post Office.

Wheres fishing…

With a flurry of Bank Holiday’s rapidly approaching you might be trying to decide which of our waters to fish.  This is what I’ve picked up from the grapevine so far: 

Beckingham Hall – carp to low doubles.

Bog Grove – carp to low doubles, roach on the float and occasional crucian, bream and chub.

James Dunphy with his largest double of 13lb 9oz from Bog Grove

Brick Kiln Pond – plenty of small carp and fantails.

Canal & river – closed until 16th June.

Howells Lake – carp to mid twenties.

Jack Dykes with a low twenty from Howells

Little London Lake – no reports yet.

Little Park – a 25lb Common and smaller carp to mid doubles.

New Hall Reservoir – closed (re-opens on 1st May).

Railway Pond – no reports yet but it looked perfect for a fish two when I drove past!

Rook Hall – bags of roach, tench and small ide from the front lake.  The further you walk the bigger the carp get.

Slough House Farm – carp to 20lb, bags of roach and occasional tench.

Totham Pit – Willow has been out at 31lb and several other carp up to 26lb have been landed.  The bream and tench are just starting to show.  Pike are active and still getting caught on lures.

Dave Witney with Willow at 31lb from Totham Pit

Whitehouse Farm – several carp to low twenties with a new lake record 22lb 3oz Leather just reported.  The big roach/bream hybrids don’t seem to be showing (yet).

An 18lb 11oz Linear Mirror goes back at Whitehouse Farm

Where ever you choose to wet a line I hope you get a result and if you want to share your success please do send in a pic or two for the gallery.

Kim meets Tessa

Our Head Bailiff Kim Naish met with Tessa Jowell MP Shadow Cabinet Minister today and had a chat about angling.  Kim takes up the story:

At my meeting with Tessa Jowell MP, I asked if any MP had taken over from Martin Salter the former MP for Reading West who stood down at the last  general election after 25 years, to champion the rights of Anglers. Martin is a keen angler, would always be ready to listen to anglers concerns, and was a good contact to have. Now after talking to Tessa there is no “Fishing” MP that she is aware of that has taken over from Martin, which is a disappointment. However if you have a pressing concerns regarding Angling the Minister to contact is Richard Benyon the Newbury MP who is responsible for Natural Environment and Fisheries.

Tessa and Kim – best foot forward for angling.

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