A brief look back on the past few weeks and the weeks ahead with Steve Chapman
April Chairman's Chat
Welcome to another new season with the PDAC and we all hope that you enjoy a successful seasons angling on our waters.
If you do get the chance we always like to hear how your sessions are going and what you are catching.
It helps us build up a picture of how ours waters are performing.
Please may I remind all members old and new that gates into our waters must be kept locked at all times, we have already had reports that locks are being left undone after anglers have entered the venues.
Please take some time to read through your hand book there have been some rule changes on both Coombe and Nyewood, and East Pond as a new water also has different rules.
I would like to ask you all to keep an eye on our waters and make us aware if you see any fish in distress or signs of algae, as you are aware we had to close all of our waters last year and oxygenate them due to the weather conditions, and only quick and decisive action saved us from large scale fish loss. We will be monitoring water quality and oxygen levels starting next month.
The camping season at Clarefield Copse will commence on Saturday 1st May and members are reminded that the car park will be occupied by both the campers and Pdac members.
Parking may be limited at times, we advise members to park sensibly and not to block any other vehicles.
Pdac members may wish to consider arranging a drop off and collection option by a friend or family member when high volumes of vehicles may be expected (bank holidays).
Members may continue to unload & load at the bottom of the track but no parking is permitted at the bottom, this will also include disabled members at this time.
As from Friday 30th April, the top gate at the main entrance may be chained opened, this is to allow campers access to the site and therefor members are not required to lock the gate during the camping season.
Please remember that Nyewood Ponds will be closed on the 2nd and 15th May as matches are taking place on the complex.
I know its a while yet but PDAC will be again hosting our Junior Open event on the complex on Sat 31st July open to all juniors in two age groups 8-12 and 13-16, hopefully we can build on the success of last years event.
Please check the website & Facebook page for regular updates.
I know a few members have tried there luck at East Pond but as yet without much luck, I believe that this water will wake up once we have a bit more warmth as its depth means it takes a while for the water to warm up and the fish to become a bit more active.
Please if you do catch we would like to hear about it.
Carp fishing has been a bit slow but the tench and bream seem to have woken up, one carp angler had 14 bream in a session as they found his baits to their liking.
There have also been some nice bags of silvers for those willing to have a go.
Please also be aware that once we see the weather warm up and the carp start spawning, we intend to shut the water completely during this period to allow them to both complete spawning and recover without the intervention on anglers on the water.
We have been asked about guest tickets and at the moment to club will not be issuing guest tickets for this season 2021/22
We are currently looking to help young anglers who would like to take up fishing by supplying them with some basic tackle.
I would like to thank all of you that have already donated and would ask any member that could donate any unwanted tackle to contact the club via the website or to one of the committee directly (numbers are in the handbook).