A brief look back on the past few weeks and the weeks ahead with Steve Chapman
Well what a year 2020 has been, with what has gone on I still cannot believe what we have achieved through all the adversity that Covid has thrown at us. Thankfully due in no small part to the efforts of the Angling Trust we have been able to continue to enjoy the pastime that we all love.
The club has thrived and in fact grown to our best membership total in over 10 years with anglers old and new joining our club.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee and bailiffs for all their hard work and diligence in 2020 to keep our waters open and safe for you the membership to continue to use and enjoy them.
A big thank you must also go to you the membership for all behaving responsibly whilst using our waters and for following all the rules we have put in place for your safety.
We will continue to follow the guidelines and hopefully 2021 will be a better year for all of us.
As the winter draws in our waters are doing their normal thing, both Nyewood and Bo Peep continue to produce decent catches for those willing to have a go, however Coombe has shut down even for the diehard carp anglers with only one fish out since the end of October. There has been a silver lining as there have been a few more pike anglers fishing the lake and we have seen it produce a few nice fish including one of the largest we believe although not weighed it did look good probably close to if not over 20lbs, this big fish is seen quite a bit but rarely caught.
There have also been reports of some decent chub from the Iping stretch of the Rother.
With regard to one of our other waters Mill Rythe, this will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The works that were due to be started this year have been delayed due to Covid and we have no opening date as yet.
We have also decided that for everyone's safety there will not be any guest tickets for the rest of the season
Fingers crossed the Christmas match will go ahead weather permitting there will be more about this in Andy's report.
As a pre-Christmas special are we offering prepaid membership vouchers for a limited period if you are still searching for that special gift.
Now we are due to exit the current national lockdown, the book-to-fish system will be lifted as from 10pm 1st December for Bopeep, Nyewood & Harting Combe, although the system will remain in place for Coombe night fishing bookings.
We remind members not to be accompanied by those that are not registered with the Pdac, please remember that our landlords and insurers stipulate this rule and the Pdac bailiffs will enforce it by asking them to leave the venues.
We would ask members to please look at the notice boards on all the waters when they visit as we will be trying to keep these up to date with any relevant information on waters, matches etc.
I would just like to say as my closing statement for 2020 thank you all for making our club what it is today, friendly approachable and sustainable and I hope in 2021 we can continue to grow and develop all facets of our club.
A Happy and Safe Christmas too you all.
Steve Chapman PDAC Chairman