This season’s Houghton Cup will be decided in the last round of matches. Round 5 was a very close affair with the current top 2 both framing on the day. Colin Fowler and Tony Crossley could not have made it any closer as Colin took the honours with 7lb 15oz and Tony took second place with 7lb 14oz. Colin’s bag included Roach to 8oz. In third spot was Roger Trask with 4lb 7oz.
One round to go and standings are:
1st – Tony Crossley 44pts
2nd – Colin Fowler 36pts
3rd – Mick Smith 27pts
4th – Ray Allen 25pts
15 anglers ventured out for this popular yearly gathering. Although the river had been up and coloured leading up to this one, 14 of the competitors managed to register on the scales. Taking the honours in top spot was Match Secretary Martyn Hill with 13lb 12oz which consisted of two Bream, the best one weighing a very impressive 8lb 15oz. In second spot with 7lb 13oz was Bob Doyle and in 3rd spot with 1lb 5oz was Ray Allen.
Match winner Martyn Hill with a fine slab of 8lb 15oz.
The Pike fishing has begun to pick up of late on Barden Lake, with some good upper double figure fish being reported. Lure anglers have done well recently as the water has stayed clear and the weed has now died back which makes it easier to fish with sinking or floating lures. Lots of Jacks have been caught on the Lures, whereas deadbaits have produced the bigger fish. Steve Twort recently caught a nice 18lb 4oz fish, backed up by a low double figure fish. Society Chairman, Austin Battell has recorded the biggest fish so far, with a lovely plump, well conditioned 18lb 15oz specimen. This was caught on a large deadbait and backed up by 2 other fish to 8lb 9oz. The following day, Austin returned and had several dropped runs, follows and pull outs but did manage another 3 fish to 9lb on small deadbaits.
July’s picture of the month award goes to Jason Craven for this shot of his 32lb+ Carp from Weirwood Resevoir.
Picture of the month award for June goes to Lee Wakeman with this shot of his match winning bag of Bream from the New Cut.
The Society will be holding an Open Day on the New Lagoon on Saturday 18th August from 10.00am – everyone is welcome with fishing tuition provided, equipment also provided and a barbecue with soft drinks available on the day. Membership applications can also be taken on the day. Come along as a family and enjoy a great day fishing. We will also be holding a tombola with some great prizes.
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.