As we think once again about hanging the nets up for another year I though as is the norm to give a resume of what has been done. The clubs activities are only a fraction of times past as it relies heavily on people to assist and too often the tasks are being done by people who double up on top of other duties. There is no fun in being in six foot of cold water in the depths of winter but in a perverse sort of way no greater reward when you pull a good netting off. I have to say with the team with have they have been there and done it many times and a poor day is a rarity . It is with this background that on top of looking after club waters we do get many outside requests for help.
Back in early spring last year we got such a request from Persimmon Homes to oversee the drain down of a pool in Ellesmere Port and recover the fish. Beset with many obstacles including a caravan the team none the less were able to recovered many fish all of which have been used in club waters or currently held in stock ponds. Fish recovered included Carp, Tench, Crucians and hundreds of silvers. Moving further into the normal netting year we had requests from a Carp Syndicate in Lancashire to net and remove silvers and Pike as well as helping them to move their Carp between the two waters. From this we have been able to top up club waters with many hundreds of pounds of quality bream , silvers and large Pike. Club waters that have benefitted from these fish include Nunsmere, Whitley Nature Reserve, our own Whitley to the tune of 75lb of mixed silvers, nearly 500lb in Grimsditch and 150lb of silvers into Lake Lane.
Internally we have been able to top up protected holding waters from predation and have now been able to drip feed them into the pools. Spring and New have both had quality Bream, Barbel and silvers. From our holding I have also taken the chance to put silvers back into Whitley after years of absence and so far they seem to be thriving. Pike have gone into Nunsmere and Whitley the biggest just shy of 20lbs. Additionally we bought in some VS Carp for Nunsmere about 42 in total about 7/9lbs click here more info. These should do well and kick on quite quickly. About 15 Carp have also gone into Whitley Nature Reserve (Whitley 2) and both these pools are the start of work in progress. Grimsditch is another water despite all the cormorant activity that I expect to start showing some promise.
In amongst the plusses I suppose a big disappointment was having tried to engage regulars in the removal of some Carp from Wrinehill that help was not forthcoming and so we now have to embark on how we are going to remove about 35 fish. It would have been so much easier to have had bankside help who could have been part of the decision making. In due course we will be making an announcement but in the meantime we will consider the best way forward.
Belmont so far seems to be recovering well from its past two winter/spring set backs. The pools between them have more than enough Carp to stock the waters twice over. What occurred was natures way of reminding all of us that there are only so many fish a water can sustain.
I have recently made an application for some Tench to be stocked into Tabley Mere it is of course a SSSI and this is by no means certain to be granted.
There are many other fish been acquired from a commercial fishery which are held in reserves should they ever be needed. These consist of Roach, Rudd Bream and Perch. With so many waters there is always a need for help and assistance . If you feel inclined that in future nettings you can help in some small way and it only remains for me to thanks those members who have given their time and effort.
May I wish you all a good season and Tight Lines!