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Mudwatch

I have been reminded (after a new member got stuck in the mud at New Hall) to resurrect this Mudwatch post:

Extreme caution (6) (unless you own a 4WD vehicle):

Brick Kiln Pond – the car park is churned up.  We will forgive you for parking outside the gate under these circumstances.
Little Park 1 & 2 – the track is good but in regular use by farm vehicles.  There is now a new key padlock on the white gates.  The grass car park can get very slippery.
New Hall – the access track is good but please do not drive beyond the water works entrance as the car park is extremely muddy and you will probably get stuck.
Slough House West – the car park in the farm yard is churned up and treacherous.
Whitehouse Farm – re-opened 1st Feb – Water level very high.  Pages Lane is firm but pot-holed (work in progress to repair).  The side track is muddy but the car park is OK if you can get that far.  Please do not try and drive beyond the car park as this is all churned up:

The banks at Whitehouse Farm are now slippery as well following extensive works to clear the undergrowth around the lake:

Good/Fair (11):

Beckingham Hall – fine if you park just inside the gate on the right but increasingly iffy the further up the slope you go.
Bog Grove – the track has now been repaired and the car park resurfaced so as long as you keep off the grassy bits all will be OK.  Bark chippings have been applied to some of the paths and swims but please proceed to your swim with extra caution as the sloping banks are made of clay and can be very slippery underfoot.
Heron Hall – firm track and car park but fairly tight for turning round.  The small layby opposite the gate is flooded again.
Little London – the access is firm but uphill, the car park has been resurfaced.  Turning round can be a bit tight.
Howells – the track is firm although the car park can get a bit churned up due to regular use.
Railway Pond – parking on the tarmac spur road.  Water level high.
River Blackwater (Station Road) – the entrance to the car park has been improved with hardcore and the car park is much firmer than it looks.  Under no circumstances park outside of the car park and especially not in front of the entrance to the horses field!
Rook Hall 1,2 & 3 – re-opened 1st Feb – solid car park just inside the gate on the right.  Please do not drive on the grass.  Water levels high.
Slough House Farm – the car park is sound but there is a large puddle just outside the gate.  Please do not drive up the side of the car park.  The padlock has been changed to a combination lock to hopefully make it easier to get in and out.
Totham Pit – well established hard standing, no problems here.

Howells closed on Sunday 13th March

Howells will be closed to members on Sunday 13th March so that a number of the small Commons up to 10lb in weight that have bred in this lake can be moved to Little Park.  There will also be some disruption at Little Park throughout the day when the fish are introduced into their new home.  This date coincides with the Carpin On show at Five Lakes so hopefully disruption to our members fishing time has been minimised.


Howells lake – removing the smaller carp hopefully means that the big ones will get even bigger.

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.

Have you found Hugo’s bank stick and rod rest at Little Park?

I have received a heart-felt plea “Do you think it would be sad if you posted a note on the website asking for the return of my favourite bank stick and rod rest? I’ve had both for over 20 years and I’m very sad without them. I left them at Little Park last night Thursday 16th July.  The person who might have picked them up after I left could have been driving an 04 plate silver Mitsubishi 4×4. I’d be fairly certain it was him as he was packing up as I left and half an hour later when I returned bank stick and him were gone……all very sad…….”

If you have Hugo’s favourite bank stick and rod rest please can you return them, no questions asked, to the Membership Secretary who will reunite them with Hugo.  Thank you – Paul.

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).

Concessionary match on Tue 21st Oct moved to Howells

Please note that the venue for the concessionary match on Tuesday 21st October has been changed from the Tesco stretch of the canal to Howells.  Some of the members who fish Howells have mentioned that the carp have spawned successfully and there are now lots of small carp present.  Keith’s match will aim to move as many of these small carp as possible to the neighbouring stock pond, and ultimately on to the lakes at Little Park, where they will be more welcome in catches.  Keith has a good turnout for his matches so it is expected that the whole lake will be required so Howells will be closed to non-competitors from 7am to 4pm on the 21st October.  Hopefully this thinning out will enable the remaining larger carp to grow even bigger.

Unfortunately this did not go to plan – a full account can be found on the concessionary match results page.

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