Welcome to a New Season
There has been a huge amount of work taken place over the closed season at Redlands with more planned in the coming months. I would like to thank all those who attended the work parties and Carl Trussler of PP Construction for the loan of plant.
On the fishing front the carp are continuing to grow well with some of the stocked fish pushing the 20lb mark, a number of originals have also been caught. There have been some good bags of silver fish with some bream over 10lb caught; Redlands really is an excellent mixed fishery.
The Carp Pair’s Match took place 3rd-5th June, the winners were John Gillett and Martin Kalus, it was great to see some new faces taking part, a very enjoyable weekend was had by all.
Unfortunately I have to start with a bit of a whinge. We have had a number of complaints from members of the public regarding anglers ‘hygiene’ standards, litter and behaviour.
If you get caught short, use a bucket with a carrier bag in it and TAKE IT HOME! Likewise please take ALL your rubbish home, piles of carrier bags next to bins are unsightly, encourage rats and are obviously left by anglers. You managed to carry it there, take it home when you leave.
Most of us like a drink but please in moderation, anglers staggering around the lake does nothing for our reputation with the locals. The last thing we need are complaints to the council, none of us want to see a situation whereby we get an alcohol ban imposed on us.
Rant over, now onto the fishing. The season got off to a slower start than last year, probably due to the changeable weather conditions in the weeks leading up to Opening Night, with the fish seemingly getting ready to spawn only for the temperature to then drop. However a number of 30’s have already been caught, including some new fish breaking the 30lb barrier. Fishing during the last couple of weeks has picked up with some anglers enjoying multiple catches.
River Loddon at Riverside Park
Those who have been fishing this venue have enjoyed some great sport, there have been numerous double figure Barbel caught, along with Bream to 7lb, Chub to 6lb and some good Roach. A little effort raking and pre-baiting will increase your chances significantly.
Charity Carp Match
This year’s Charity Match takes place on Southlake from Friday 2nd September to Sunday 4th, so Southlake will be closed to other anglers during this period. Places are limited so please book in advance with Martin Hopgood on 0118 9264108 or 07896 210345.
Last year we raised a magnificent £2,000 and as in previous years our two worthy charities are Macmillan Cancer Support and the local Air Ambulance. The Charity Match is always a good social, so if you can’t fish why not drop by over the weekend. As usual there will be a raffle with lots of fishing related prizes, so come along and buy some tickets and support these good causes.
We are in the process of revamping the website and would like some of your recent fish capture photos, not just Carp, it would be great to get some photos of other species, bags of fish. So come on don’t be shy. Email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org please try to avoid large attachments, send a number of emails with smaller attachments if necessary. The new website will also provide for members to post their own catch reports and photos, please email email@example.com to register for a username and password.
Finally a reminder that all SAS members are entitled to a 10% discount via the Pallatrax Club Affiliation Programme. Pallatrax is home of the revolutionary Stonze System, terminal tackle and a huge selection of baits including their 100% Naturals range. Discount is available by calling them direct on 01409 240042 or via their website at www.pallatrax.co.uk. State you are a Southlake Angling Society Member to obtain your discount.
There is also a chance for one lucky member to join the “Pallatrax Team”, they are looking for an angler who fishes regularly, catches frequently and is able to provide updates, photos, catch reports and also wants to get involved in helping Pallatrax grow their brand, if your interested email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy your fishing, Paul