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Nice one Dennis

I love Slough House West as its a good winter water and there are some lovely fish in there! Please see enclosed pic of what I’ve called “The Woodcarving Common” as its such a beautiful creature!  I only wish I lived nearer to the MAS waters so I could spend more time on them, but for me its an average 80-100 mile round trip to visit the waters!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis Sherwood with his Woodcarving Common.

Ben banks his first surface caught carp

This was for a coarse / carp session at Heron Hall. Thunderstorms went around us, had a couple of showers but nothing scary.  Ben lost a carp on the bottom mid afternoon, had loads of rudd, ide, some tench and a small common and mirror. Then around 7 o’clock I broke out the floater gear. Loads taking off top, managed to nick a 13lb 4oz mirror and then Ben had a 10lb 8oz mirror and lost another one short of the net.  Guess what, he wants to do more floater fishing now.


First floater fished carp banked for Ben !!


Mixed bags of bits for a few hours before the floater fishing commenced.  
Please note appropriate use of the unhooking mat to prevent damage to any of our stock.

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.

Totham Pit treated with Siltex

Totham Pit was treated with Siltex over the weekend to try and improve the water quality and growth rates of the fish.  There are further plans to remove the weed that clogged up the shallows last season, if it returns this year, as the thick silt and de-oxygenation caused by the weed at night in the shallows are believed to be the main threat to the carp as the water warms up in the spring

Jamie and Paul spreading the Siltex in the shallows at Totham Pit

The end of the season fast approaches

Just a reminder that all 2016-17 memberships expire at midnight this Friday 31st March.  As requested by the committee renewal forms for 2017-18 have not been automatically posted out to all members this year which has saved the society several hundred pounds on printing and postage which has already been re-invested in fish stocks (more ide have been purchased and stocked into Rook Hall, Slough House West and Heron Hall), Siltex to improve the water quality at Totham Pit and upgraded portaloos for Howells and Slough House Farm.  The renewal form has been emailed to all members who gave us their email address and posted out to anyone who supplied two stamped self addressed envelopes to the membership secretary when they joined.  You can also print off a copy of the renewal form here or from the membership renewal page.  If you do not have access to a printer simply send your membership card, cheque and stamped sae(s) to the membership secretary or take along your card and payment to one of our three agents (JP Tackle, Angling Essentials or Specimen Angling).

Any unsold Howells night permits are now available to members on the waiting list on a first come first serve basis. Availability can be checked on the Night Permits tab above.

Bailiff Ian Thoirs with a fine 27lb 8oz Mirror from Howells.

Our first reported thirty of 2017

Pleased to say Howells has done its first 30 of the year over the weekend, still 2 months or more until spawning , we should see a few more over that time , most fish that are coming out are over 20lb with a lot of upper 20’s all looking nice.


Rob Kidd with the Common known as Breezeblock at 30lb 6oz.

Hopefully the thirties in Totham Pit and Slough House Farm will now follow suit and put in an appearance soon…

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