Members please be aware that the cricket bat willows at Straits Mill will be harvested over the next two weeks. Please ensure that any warning signs are taken note of and you remain outside of any taped off areas, some large equipment and trees will be moving about the site. Along with some big fires in two or three places.
Fisheries Officer Straits Mill
Guest tickets: Following suggestions from members, the Club’s Committee has decided to introduce a 2-day guest ticket for Southminster only.
This will enable a guest to fish with a member from 6 a.m. on day 1. until 10 p.m. on day 2. enjoying a session of night fishing. The cost of this ticket will be £18. One-day guest tickets (6 a.m. - 10 p.m.) for Southminster, Straits Mill, and Asheldham will remain at £10 and are obtainable by phoning the Helpline on 0844 335 3978 (please have your 2017/18 membership card no. available and give a reasonable period of notice for us to post the pass to you).
PRIZES AND TACKLE FOR JUNIORS
Here are some examples of the items donated to the club, to be given to Junior members attending club matches. Every Junior attending a Match will receive items donated and purchased by the club. All Junior Matches are held at the same venue as the Matches for Ladies and Mixed Pairs Matches so Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles can bring the Juniors to fish and also Fish in these Matches too. A great days fishing for all.
Contact Nick Mitchell for details 07970 606558
Windmill Lakes Fishery Officer update
Field and Swan Ralph Turner 07947255220
Long & Island Lakes Colin Bell 07718903955
A new fishery officer is needed for Willow Mere. Please contact the Fisheries Manager through this link.
A member has received a ban until May 2018 for fishing with 3 rods at Barleylands
The club no longer has the fishing rights on Armigers. Please do not enter the fishery.
BDAC are pleased to announce we have arranged for a one year trial water share with Sudbury and Long Melford District Angling Association (SLMDAA) and The Rother Fishery Association (RFA). The agreement runs from 1st July 2017 until midnight 14th March 2018. In return for both of these clubs being able to fish our stretch of the River Stour at Henny Street, BDAC members will be able to fish the following waters at no cost.
SLMDAA water known (River Stour) as the Gatehouse, which also includes the section Known as Wrights Middleton. This goes to the right of the entrance track and parking area Henny side of Middleton to 300 yards short of Henny Swann. This is just as the river gets close to the road at the start of Henny Street. Parking either end depending on ground conditions. Please go to http://bdac.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f6945a5eb19e21a5f4235a087&id=39a9f7e3f4&e=96b8eefcfb to see their rules.
RFA water known as, Blackwall Bridge, Wittersham (River Rother) from Blackwall Bridge upstream, right hand bank, to where the Rother meets the Potman’s Heath Channel (known as ‘the point.’). At present RFA do not have a website so their rules will be displayed on the BDAC website.
RIVER RODING, MITCHELLS FARM
Part of this stretch is in the course of being sold by the riparian owners, and while negotiations are taking place our fishing rights are being withdrawn. The stretch affected is between the M25 bridge and Passingford Bridge, and members are requested not to attempt enter this field, the gate will be locked and Club notice boards will be removed. The current owners will be recommending the Club to the buyers, but this may not be until later this year at the earliest. The stretch upstream of the M25 up to Shonks Mill bridge has been secured by the Club for 3 years, subject to the rules and parking areas in your handbook.
If you have a favourite fishery and would like to help the club manage it we have vacancies for bailiffs. If you are interested please contact the venue's fishery officer whose contact details are in your handbook.
Spring 2017 Carp Match report
Fishers Green Consortium
Following discussions with representatives of the Consortium, BDAC is pleased to announce that 2017/18 members who purchase a Consortium card will be able to fish their stillwaters from 1st April 2017. If you are were a 2017/18 member full details and an application form will be found in your February Newsletter, which you should have received with your renewal forms by the 1st March at the latest. Any member who has not received these should advise the Helpline now .
Match Rule change: Fish over 8lb must not be placed in a keepnet and must be weighed immediately.
Offer for BDAC members
Big Fish Gear is offering 25% off its bank-to-street fishing clothing to all BDAC members. To order go to www.bigfishgear.co.uk and enter the offer code BDACMEM201501 at the checkout.
The February 2017 Newsletter is now online.
PLEASE PROMOTE YOUR GREAT ANGLING CLUB BY PRINTING AND DISPLAYING THIS POSTER ON OUR WEB SITE IN LOCAL SHOP'S WINDOWS AND NOTICE BOARDS, AS WELL AS YOUR LOCAL TACKLE SHOP'S. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR SHARING THE JOYS WE ALL ENJOY BY BEING A MEMBER OF OUR GREAT ANGLING CLUB.
Power Line Safety
Following a number of recent safety incidences whereby members of the public have come into contact with or come to close to high voltage overhead electricity wires, UK Power Networks is increasing its Public Safety Campaign raising awareness of the dangers of electricity and our overhead lines.
Their website includes a downloadable leaflet on "Think before you cast your line’’.
Help protect our fish stocks
It's time to let MPs hear anglers' anger over cormorant damage,
get behind the Angling Trust’s Action on Cormorants campaign.
Angling Trust Press release on the campaign
LADIES AND MIXED PAIRS MATCHES
With 6 matches in the season, these matches are held at good venue’s and are very enjoyable. Sadly in recent times the number of members attending these matches has dwindled and the Committee would like to advertise these events to all Female members to attend either at the Ladies Matches or with your Partner at the Mixed Pairs Matches.
To book a place at these Matches, details of which are all shown on the 2016/2017 fixture list in your handbook, or for any queries please call Nick Mitchell on 07970 606558
Attendance to these matches would be greatly appreciated and would help save the events from cancellation
IMPORTANT: CLOSURE OF GATES
Leaving gates open WILL lose Club waters, and anyone found leaving or entering fisheries without locking our gates WILL face serious disciplinary action from the Committee.