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Pike fishing red letter day

Alan Cleave doesn’t get out on the banks as often as he’d like too (we all know how he feels) so it’s great to hear that on this occasion he took full advantage of a trip to Totham Pit in search of its pike.

Alan’s session kicked off with a 10lb 4oz pike and he had soon added fish of  12lb 6oz and 10lb 11oz.  By the time Alan’s mobile signal kicked in again Totham Pit was like a mill pool and the carp were leaping ” there’s been an 18lb common out”.  Alan finished with five pike for a total weight of 55lb 7oz in a session just 4 1/2 hours long.  All where different fish and all clean. 

The view from behind Alan’s rods on his red letter day.

Alan’s largest of the day at 12lb 7oz – all 5 of his pike can now be found in the gallery

Storm damage

Members are asked to proceed with caution, especially at Totham Pit and Bog Grove, as thanks to the recent high winds a lot of trees came down and there is a risk of loose branches and blocked paths.  Our fishery manager Paul Kemp commenced the big task of clearing up at Totham Pit on Sunday and bailiff Dave Brock did an excellent job of orgainsing the work to clear Bog Grove.  Other reports are that Heron Hall, Little London, Howells and Slough House Farm have all survived intact although a number of willow trees have fallen into the canal between Tesco and Maldon golf course.  There are also reports of a snapped willow in the water at Little Park Top Lake. 

One of several fallen trees in the canal at Heybridge.

Russ to the Rescue

Thank you to Russell Samuels who was able to step in and help concessionary match secretary Keith run the Presidents match at Totham Pit on Saturday 7th Sep.  Russ rallied together a presidents team at short notice to keep this match, a big part of the clubs history, alive.

The presidents team managed to break the committees three year winning reign with an overall weight of 34lbs 6ozs 8drms to the committees overall weight of 11lbs 9ozs 8drms.  First place went to former committee member Bob Gower with 7lbs of mainly roach and rudd.  In second place was presidents team captain Russell Samuels with 6lbs 1oz 8drms.  Graham Childs was third with 5lbs 13ozs with Gavin Askew in fourth with 5lbs 11ozs 8drms.  Malcolm Gardiner was the best placed committee member in fifth place with 4lbs 14ozs.

The presentation was held at the Queen Victoria pub in Maldon where food and drink finished off an enjoyable day. Many thanks to Kelvin for laying on food at such short notice (saturday morning).

Chairman Mal Gardiner presented the Presidents trophy to team captain Russell Samuels.  Russell then returned the compliment by awarding his dads Roy Samuels trophy to Mal for the biggest fish of the match, a 4lbs 8oz bream. Unfortunately Bob Gower couldn’t attend to recieve the vice presidents tankard for individual winner on the day.

All night permits are now sold out

As of 7.30pm on Wed 21st Aug both types of night permit (Howells and Standard) are now sold out for the 2013/14 season.  Howells night permits will go back on sale on 1st Apr 2014 and standard night permits from the date of the annual general meeting (TBC).  All night permit holders can use 3 rods from the 1st Oct and non night permit holders wanting to use 3 rods can purchase an additional 3 rod permit upgrade costing £30 which is valid from 1st Oct 2013 to 31st Mar 2014.

Presidents Trophy rescheduled

The Presidents Trophy match listed in the rulebook for Sunday 18th August has now been moved to Saturday 7th September.  This means that Totham Pit will now be open to all members for the whole of the 17-18th Aug weekend and will be closed to non competitors from 6.30am on Sat 7th Sep until 4pm in the afternoon.

Open day at Totham Pit on Sun 21st Jul

We are having an open day at Totham Pit in Great Totham (CM9 8NN) on Sunday 21st July 2013 between 9.30am and 4pm offering free fishing for all with no rod licence required.  Membership discounts are also available if you pick up an application form on the day.  Please note that all children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.  For more details contact Denise on 01621 857427.  Members are reminded that Totham Pit is still open to members/night fishing, as long as they don’t mind hopefully loads of people walking past, and even stopping to chat.

Totham Pit – the venue for this year’s open day.

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