Any member that wishes to put a catch report/pictures in to me by Sunday evening, I shall add it to our monthly write up in the Freshwater Informer. Some details of catch would be helpful and you can contact me via our Facebook page. Regards, Austin.
All members please note that the Old Ballast Pit will be closed this Sunday, 14th January as there is a work party booked and tree work will be carried out. Any overnighters must be away from the lake by 8.ooam Sunday morning.
We have booked Weedcutting Services for two days on Barden Lake to clear and remove the dead weed in both bays. This will happen on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th January. Please be aware that both bays will be closed for fishing on both days and nights. Any members wishing to help out in barrowing the weed away from the waters edge, please contact Ted Bryan.
We have also booked Weedcutting Services for two days on the Ballast Pit to cut back new lilly growth. This will happen on Thursday 31st May and Friday 1st June. Please note that the Ballast Pit will be closed for both days and nights. Again, any members wishing to help out moving the cut lillies, please contact Ted Bryan.
Please note, all members must carry their photo i.d card and their membership card at all times whilst fishing any of our Society waters. If you do not have both in your possession at the time of being asked by a club bailiff, then you will be asked to leave the water.
We would just like to apologise for the delay in updating the website. We are currently inputting all the latest information on Match results, Match Championship Standings and Houghton Cup Standings. We are currently up to 1st October for standings and the rest of the info will be up to date by 8th January with all the latest news and info.
The Society are pleased to announce that Barden Lake has produced it’s first 50lb Carp which is known to the regulars as “The Classic”. This fish was caught by Shaun Hutchinson and was backed up by another 2 forties and all coming in an 8 hour spell. Well done Shaun and may it be the first of many.
The Society held an Open Day on the recently created New Lagoon. It was well attended with a steady flow of visitors throughout the day. We had a barbecue which was managed by our very own Larry Howard, also on display was a six foot observatory fish tank which was kindly loaned to us by the Environment Agency. We had a Tombola, Catapult challenge, casting competition, simulated groundbait throwing contest, guess the weight and fish alphabet which all seemed very popular. Most of the visitors could not wait to fish and commented on what a lovely setting it was. I think everybody managed to catch fish which included Bream,Roach, Tench, Rudd, Carp and Perch. The weather was kind to us and everyone had a great day. We have already had people asking when the next one will be and the Society gained plenty of new members on the day, including juniors and a few families.
We have introduced some quality embroidered clothing to our Society recently and it has been very popular, especially the caps, T-shirts, Polo shirts, coats and Hoodies. Anyone interested in purchasing any of the pictured items, please call Austin on 07974488040.
Our A.G.M was well attended again this year, with nearly all of the regular match anglers present and a few of the specimen hunters. There was a fantastic buffet put on by Tony Hyland and his wife and plenty of raffle prizes to be won. Our usual impressive collection of Society trophies were was on display and our new range of Society clothing which was very popular on the night. A great evening was had by all, with plenty of friendly banter and a few drinks after official proceedings were concluded. Thank you to all that helped on the night and a special thanks to Gareth & Tamara Johns for the smooth running of the bar and great venue.
The last of the field side swims on the Old Ballast Pit are due to be completed in the next fortnight. the old metal work will be removed and the areas dug out to match the other swims. Barley straw is on order ready for the inevitable algae blooms in the warmer weather. The last of the ribbons have been removed from the New Lagoon and the Society has been advised on a recent visit by the Angling Trust that we have done everything possible to deter Cormorants. More grass seeding will be carried out on the New Lagoon area and the new picnic benches will be oiled ready for placement. More swims are in line to be completed on Barden Lake and the Council continue to make a great job of the revetment work to the damaged banks. The Swans have turned up in numbers on Barden, with up to 30 birds on there last week but with two pairs now nesting, the juveniles have started to disperse. If anybody has anything they wish to be reported, please contact myself or the club Secretary via the website contacts.