April 6, 2023
WEATHER:Looks like dry weather, Friday, Saturday and Sunday then back to damp for the rest of the week; enjoy it while you can. Make sure you check the local weather outlook before any planned fishing sessions so you are well prepared. Thursday, 13°/2°, drizzle, Friday, 14°/3°, sunny, Saturday, 14°/4°, sunny intervals, Sunday, 15°/7°, sunny intervals, Monday, 14°/5°, showers, Tuesday, 15°/7°, light rain, Wednesday, 15°/4°, light rain.
IMPORTANT! REMEMBER TO ALWAYS DIP BEFORE YOU FISH: Don't forget to always dip all nets, unhooking mats, cradles and slings before you fish your chosen lake and again if you decide to change lakes. Please ensure you close the lid after use to avoid evaporation.
CATCH REPORT MARCH 2023:
TOLPITS:March has seen several Carp in the upper double figures come out. The One-Eyed Common has been caught on two occasions at 36lb, and many Carp up to 30lb. Plenty of Bream up to 9lb, Perch to 1.5lb and a couple of small Pike.
THURLOWS:Bream up to 8lb, and several Carp up to 31.5lb. A few Pike captured on dead bait, with the biggest ones being 14lb 8oz. Also some nice Perch up to 2lb caught on worms and soft lures.
CASTLES: Several Carp up to 12lb have been caught. Also a few Tench, Bream and some Crucian Carp.
STANLEYS:Is still fishing very well with some good catches of Carp coming out up to 24lb. Several Bream to 6lb and some small Perch and Jack Pike.
RIVER: Small Perch to 1lb have been caught on worms and drop shot. One member caught a nice 4lb 6oz Chub on red maggots.
NOTE: RIVERS NOW CLOSED FOR FISHING UNTIL 16TH JUNE. If you have any questions or need any advice, please do not hesitate to contact me, Antonio on: 07980 622678 Head Water keeper - Stay safe.
*Sunday 16th April - Thurlows - Wesley Cup Over Sixties Trophy
*Sunday 30th April - Stanleys - Championship Leg 2
*Sunday 14th May - Tolpits - Absolon and Grove Cup, (bomb and feeder only)
*Saturday 27th May - Sunday 28th May - Tolpits - Carp Match 1 - Maximum 2 rods. Match from 10:00am Saturday to 10:00am Sunday. Please pack up and leave the lake by midnight Friday 26th May. You can return to the lake Sunday after the match has completed. For Safety and Security, do not walk the lake until those who have taken part in the match have packed up and cleared their swims. Contact Brim 07897 617097, if you need further details and to reserve your place, (maximum 20 to fish the match).
* Sunday 28th May - Castles - Championship Leg 3.
NOTE: YOU don't have to be a regular match fisher to take part, you can choose one or as many matches as you want to take part in. Who knows you might enjoy the experience and become a regular Match Fisher! Why not give it a go!
RENEWAL DATES ON THE COMPLEX:* Sunday 16th April 2023* Saturday 22nd April 2023* Sunday 30th April 2023
PLACE: The Containers behind Castles Lake.
TIME: 10:00 - 12:00(Please ensure you check Facebook/Website in case dates change.)You will need to complete one or two Work Parties before the renewal dates to save money (only applies to Senior, Students and Family memberships).Please ensure that the renewal form is filled in correctly and that your old membership card is handed back as we are still missing some member’s photo’s.( we will have spare forms on renewal day’s)
NOTE: Payment can be made by credit / debit card, cheque, postal orders, or Bacs transfer on renewal days ONLY, and cheque, postal orders, or Bacs transfer if sending by post.
NO CASH PAYMENTS PLEASE ON THE DATES SHOWN ABOVE.
KEYS: This year we are changing keys so we will be running a two-lock system until 08:00hrs on 1st May please see Website / Facebook for updates. (two lock system will be in place from this week please see Website / Facebook for updates)
PLEASE NOTE: YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP WITHOUT RETURNING YOUR BLACK KEY!
RULE BOOK: All members will be issued with the new rulebook for the 23/24 season. Please note Rule 10.5, Annual fees shall be paid 1st May each year. If fees are not paid by this date membership shall be deemed to have ceased. (please contact me if you can’t make payment by the 1st May due to unforeseen circumstances)Tony Oldfield - Membership Secretary
WORK PARTY DATES: We do not have a closed season, but Our Water Management Team could do with all sorts of help with works around Our Complex. We do need help all year round but, following are dates selected where the most help would be appreciated:*Sunday 09th April 2023*Sunday 16th April 2023*Sunday 23rd April 2023
TIMES: 09:00 to 13:00
MEET: At the Containers to sign in and out.
CLOTHING: You must wear suitable clothing, gloves and footwear. Should you not be able to make the above dates, you may be on shift work for instance, but have free time on other days and can help. Contact Your Water Management Chairman, Ron Westwood, 07445 975001, to make alternative arrangements. Thank You Ron Westwood Water Management
COMPLEX POTHOLE WORK: Just to let you know, heavy machinery will be in use on Our Complex over the next few weeks, depending on the weather, starting in the Main Car Park repairing pot holes around the site. Please take care if you visit.
TIPS: I have been asked on several occasions, what bait to use for Carp? Well apart from the commercial offerings, the following is taken from an article dated 1959: The following are good Carp Baits, parboiled potatoes, red worms and brandings, gentles,(comment: maggots), green peas, boiled wheat, green wheat, wasp grubs, (comment: you should probably give these a miss!), paste of old bread, paste of old cheese, (the last two can be sweetened with honey), soft herring roe, cherries, almost any kind of grain, grub or worm, sponge cake with sugar and honey mixed into a paste. Ground bait, mashed potatoes and bran are generally useful.Those mentioned are only some baits you can try. As you can probably see Carp will be attracted to most things. From personal experience I have caught Carp on brown bread , butter and Marmite! GOOD LUCK!
HAREFIELD TACKLE OPENING HOURS OVER EASTER* GOOD FRIDAY- 09:00 TO 16:00* SATURDAY- 09:00 TO 17:30* EASTER SUNDAY- 09:00 TO 13:00* BH MONDAY- 09:00 TO 14:00
IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION CALL: 01895 822900
Whatever you decide to do over the next week. Have a good Easter Holiday!
Take Great Care, Stay Well and Stay Safe. 👍🎣🎏
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