A brief look back on the past few weeks and the weeks ahead with Steve Chapman
With another month past it would seem that fishing is helping many people get out and about in the countryside.
New faces are being seen on the bankside, and a few old faces coming back to the sport after many years away.
As you are all aware we have been running a booking system for all waters to try and make it fair for everyone to get a chance to visit our waters.
This system will remain in place for the foreseeable future and we will review
again in about a months time.
We have however decided to increase the maximum number of anglers on Nyewood to 20 per day from 29th June, this is due to the government relaxation of the distance guidelines and the Top car park being fully available again.
We would ask that all members park sensibly to allow for this increase in cars.
Some of the swims that were closed off have now been opened up again.
Just a reminder that both the top gate and the lake gate must remain locked at all times, so please ensure this happens on both your arrival and departure, both codes are in your handbooks.
Please remember to display your parking permits at all times when visiting all Pdac venues.
We have seen a rising number of members taking non fishing family members with them onto our waters, although we enjoy seeing this we would ask that you get your family members registered as associates with the club as this then means they will be covered by our liability insurance, peace of mind for everyone.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, Mill Rythe has been closed to the general public, this included access to the lake for our members.
The owners had planned for renovation works to be carried out later this year, but have now decided to bring that revamp forward.
The latest information received, is the venue is now be closed and the Pdac will not has access to the lake until the works are complete and plans are to reopen 2022.
We aim to keep our members informed of the progress and any further information received.
During these difficult times we have seen a high number of members wishing to fish as often as possible and a demand for guest tickets.
The Pdac is a non-profit club, we do not have the resources to monitor and issue tickets on the bank at this time.
We are working on a system that will work for everyone, and hope to have something in place soon.
Do not forget that the club hold a number of exchange books with other angling clubs, so if you feel like a change contact Clive Blount and try out somewhere new.
We ask members to check with our exchange clubs to see if they have any restrictions in place, and we urge our members to follow these guidelines.
Our river stretches are now open and have thrown up some nice mixed bags for those willing to have a go.
Please respect the local residents on the bankside and please ensure all fish are returned to the river.
With recent weather conditions and water & oxygen levels fluctuating, we ask members to check the facebook page or website regarding temporary keepnets rules.
We have decided to allow 48rs sessions to be booked on Coombe, this will be week days only Mon- Thurs.
Fri to Sun will remain as 24hrs. Please remember that there is a two rod rule in place day and night at the moment.
I would also like to reiterate that No fixed rigs of any kind should be being used and Coombe, all must have the ability for the hook length to come free if a
Recently a smaller mirror carp of approx. 14 lbs has been caught and found to have recent severe mouth damage to the scissors on one side of its mouth, this can only have occurred by getting tethered on a rig that has broken and would not come free and the fish has caused itself major damage getting free.
I will be asking the bailiffs to carry out random rig checks at Coombe and warnings will be issued if any non compliant rigs are found.
Any persistent offenders will be banned.
Fish care is our first priority so please read your hand books and carry all the necessary equipment to abide by our rules.
Coombe Pond Closure. 11th and 12th July
We will be holding a major work party at Coombe on the weekend of the 11/12th July, the main aim of the is to get a new bridge built
over the outlet but we will also be looking at the following works
Raising footpath level on path to bridge pegs 7 to 8
Strimming all around the ponds and clearing all the debris.
Top up all the from swims 9 to 17 and peg 23 with bark/topsoil
Replace drainage pipes at swims 21 22 and 23.
Clear the encroaching reed bed in peg 17
Water line branch clearance around various swims
Weed spraying of some of the lily beds to stop growth.
As you can see we have a large schedule of works so would like any help that you as members could provide on either day, we aim to provide
Drinks and possibly bacon rolls so come along and help us get the water ship shape. If you do come along any tools that will help with
the above task would be helpful as well as wheel barrows, we can never have enough of them.
We are also looking for a cement mixer or 2 for the weekend if any members could help out with this please contact Shaun, Andy or myself.
The last thing to mention as we have said before is that we are actively looking for new waters, so if any members do hear any thing let us
Know and we will follow up on any information given.
Hope to see you at the work party in July.
Steve Chapman PDAC Chairman