February Catch of the month.
I will start with quickly boxing off the catch of the month for February. Something of a dire month for entries with just a single fish entered. Member “MR ADAM” fished the clubs section of the bridgewater canal on a cold still day. He says that the conditions led him to believe the fish would be dormant on the bottom so started his session bouncing buldawg lures on the canal bed in a hope to lure a pike into striking. After a few hours with zero to show for his efforts he decided to switch his approach and clipped on his most outrageous jerkbait in his box. It proved to be a good move as his very first cast saw a pike follow his lure in. Over the next hour Adam landed 4 pike and had as many follows again. He mentioned that seeing a pike hit his jerkbait just inches below the surface in crystal clear water was a sight to behold.
Adams best fish of the day scraped 10lb
Adam wins 2.5kg of top class bait from our sponsor VIKING BAITS. At the time of writing this there are already a few decent entries for March, showing that the fish are waking up and starting to feed. Or maybe the fairer weather is drawing a few more anglers to the bank. Either way lets be sure to get plenty of entries in for catch of the month. Remember each submission will be judged on its individual merits, its not always the biggest fish that wins!
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Moving on to other things now. This time of year is when the club runs its annual work parties and invites members to come and work on the waters to earn their overstamp. I am hearing that the number of attendees are down this year and work is slow going. Now I appreciate that everyone has very busy lives these days and time on the bank is getting hard to fit in let alone time to go and do work parties. But trust me when I say that everyone who attends gets far more out of them than an overstamp. Be it information and advice from other members or a sense of feeling proud of your efforts at the end of a day. Everyone is always welcomed and no one is turned away so please consider attending one of the remaining dates for this year. (Saturday 9th April/Sunday 17th April.) Meet at whitley for 9am.
Some images of work completed on the recent work party held on lake lane.
Now a real positive to finish this piece on….
As part of a deal agreed with the owner of “lake lane” the club has taken on the rights to the third lake on the site. As its a new water there is work ahead for the fisheries team to stock this lake and tailor it to the needs of the club. As well as this there has been another new water announced. A farm pool out in the Holmes Chapel countryside. More details to follow on the clubs forum.
This makes 4 new waters added to the clubs portfolio so far in 2016 and I feel there are more to come. A very well done to everybody involved!!