A brief look back on the past few weeks and the weeks ahead with Steve Chapman
FEBRUARY CHAIRMAN'S CHAT
Welcome to the first Chairman's chat of 2021, its not been the best start for any of us with the COVID restrictions still in place.
Firstly I would like to thank all the membership for following the guidelines and for just fishing the waters that are within your area of travel, for those that have been able to get out fishing have had some success.
I would like to advise the membership that we have decided to appoint a Fisheries Manager again within the committee and Pete Lemon has taken up the position.
Peter has carried out this role before for the Pdac and it was thought that using this role we can better co ordinate work parties and general works across all of our waters liaising with the pond wardens to program the works and also monitor fish stocks and have a point of contact if any issues occur as in 2020 when we had the oxygen problem on our waters.
Another appointment within the club is Jamie Foster has taken the role of Junior Liaison Officer, Jamie is currently working on plans with matches and events to boost interest for Junior match fishing and he also has plans to release blogs throughout the season, covering all areas of match fishing, not just for Juniors, but also Seniors....make sure you check them out!
Nyewood has been a bit patchy with some days fishing well and some days not.
Since the weather has warmed up and stabilised, Harting Coombe has woken up and there have been some good fish out including the third confirmed 30lb Fish, Red Tail at 30lbs 1oz.
The Rother also been producing good Chub to those willing to have a go.
Just to keep you all informed we had to close BoPeep over the last weekend when it was discovered that the gateway had been used to dump a large quantity of fly tipped waste.
Fortunately the authorities acted swiftly to remove it by Monday lunchtime and we wish to thank all those all involved.
we also ask members to be vigilant of fly tipping along Ramsdean lane and if witnessing this type criminal offence, to report it to the authorities and to make a note of the vehicle's details involved.
EHDC 01730 234295 www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/flytipping/report-fly-tipping
I would also like to raise an issue regarding the erosion to banks and verges along Ramsdean Lane on the approach to Bopeep, we have been informed that Hampshire Highways are monitoring the current volume of traffic using the lanes.
We know that our members are not contributing to the damage, although there has been a significant amount of non-local users which are; and as we all know the approach to Bopeep can be very dicey at times.
As we witness most winters the lane floods adjacent to the pond whereby oil residue from cars flow into the pond, due to the overspill of water from the lane that banks and verges have been significantly eroded by vehicle activity, and that the subsequent soil displacement may have contributed to nearby dug out drains silting up.
We advise members that are involved or witness any incidents along the Ramsdean lane to report all telephone or written communications to Hampshire Highways, please cite the reference 21458812 and include the names of the lane(s)/road you are referring to.
The toad migration, that takes place annually, along the lengths of Oxenbourne and Ramsdean lanes has now been officially registered with “FrogLife”. There have been sightings of toads on the move during the last few days and this is likely to continue for a few weeks this normally occurs after dark…Please look out for them.
All remaining matches listed for the current season have now been cancelled due to the covid restrictions
Andy Reed is currently working on the 2021/22 match calendar.
Handbooks have now gone to print and we shall be accepting renewals for current members only from Monday 15th March, those applying with the applications from the current handbook.
New member application forms shall be released from the website to download from Monday 22nd March.
Covid-19 & Restrictions.
We have had some correspondence from the membership regarding the further relaxation of the COVID restrictions, please understand that we must all stay under the restrictions we laid out in January by the government until at least the end of March when the next stage of the planned relaxation comes into force, we continue to monitor both this and the Anglings Trusts website to allow us to plan for the relaxation of the rules governing our waters.
I would just ask you all to be patient follow the rules and enjoy what fishing you can and we will all come out of this in a stronger position.