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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.

Open Pike Match at Totham Pit on Sun 26th Nov

Nigel Barnes is holding an open pike match at Totham Pit on Sunday 26th November and everyone, not just members are welcome.  Totham Pit has been fishing well for pike lately (see gallery) so if you have always fancied giving Totham Pit a go for pike this is your chance.  To book your place please contact Nigel on 07711 972099

Julie Stuart with a clonking pike landed from the shallows at Totham Pit.

All remaining senior matches are cancelled

Unfortunately all of our remaining senior club matches, which were all to be fished on the canal, have had to be cancelled following the unexpected resignation of our Senior Match Secretary Russ Samuels at the September committee meeting.  Russ stated that poor turnouts at recent matches had lead to his decision.  Russ was the longest serving member on the current committee and we thank him for all of his hard work over many years of service to the club.

If anyone else would like to pick up the reigns and run the remaining seven matches on the canal please contact one of the committee members as listed in the 2017 rulebook.

The open pike match at Totham Pit on Sunday 26th November will hopefully still be going ahead but any changes will be posted up as we hear them.

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.

Pike Match cancelled

Unfortunately this Sunday’s (22nd Jan) open pike match on Totham Pit has been cancelled because the lake is frozen over.

River pike

Ian Hewett has been pike fishing on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation and sent us this photo of a 14lb pike caught on a smelt from Heybridge Basin


Ian also caught a twenty from Hoe Mill weir on float/ledgered Mackerel which appears in the gallery.

Thank you to Ian for also pointing out that our upload photo page had fallen over, this is back up now so if you have any capture or scenic photos you want to enter into the gallery, and next years half price membership competition, you can now upload them (max file size is 2mB).

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