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Winter Maintenance

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Lakes

The lower lake at Little Bognor needs maintenance on the retaining wall near the outflow which is subsiding. The water level will be lowered and the work may continue through the winter into the spring.

The water level in Great Springs, Little Springs and Lower Figgs will be reduced during the winter for maintenance and to combat the weed growth.

Some members have expressed interest in all year fishing; such essential lake maintenance, along with other Estate activities, means that all year fishing isn’t possible.

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River

Four benches were placed beside the river at the start of the 2019 season, one for each beat. The Estate wish to keep the landscape along the river as natural as possible and to discourage the public from accessing the river, so there are no plans to increase this number.

Adverse weather conditions have hampered the completion of improvements to the 2017 riffle, but this work will be completed as soon as possible.

2 December

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The season ended last Saturday and this magnificent 8lb+ rainbow was one of the last fish of the season.

Members visited the lakes on 28 occasions and caught 7 trout, 3 of which were returned.

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The website will be updated several times during the winter months to keep members informed about the work that is being carried out on the lakes and river.

News items, details of the Annual General Meeting and social occasions will be published on the website and members will be notified by email.

Close Season Members Lunch – The next Close Season Members Lunch will be held at The Black Horse, Byworth on Tuesday 21 January at 1:00pm.
In order to manage the booking, members are requested to email David Taylor at mail@dataylor.co.uk or on 07535 679879 if they wish to attend. Please let David know if you subsequently need to cancel your booking.
David has also created a Club WhatsApp Group in order to share fishing tips, catch info, social events and more. If you wish to join, please contact David and he will add you to the Group.

25 November

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The penultimate week of the season on the lakes was wet and windy but that didn’t stop members catching a trout or two.

Members visited the lakes on 39 occasions and caught a total of 9 trout, only two of which were returned. A brown trout of 4lbs from Little Bognor was the best fish of the week.

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Today was grey and wet, the springs were in full flow and water was up to the nose of the gnome at Little Bognor. If the rain holds off, the last few days of the season should be productive.

Close Season Members Lunch – Tuesday 3 December, 1:00pm, Angel, Petworth. Please ring David Taylor on 07535 679879 if you are going so the pub can cater for everyone.

18 November

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Lakes – members visited the lakes on 36 occasions and caught 8 trout, 3 of which were returned including a fish of 5lbs from Little Springs.

Close Season Members Lunch

The recent informal club lunch at the Badgers Pub was a great success and was well attended. The general consensus was that it should become a routine event during the close season.  The next Close Season Members Lunch will be held at The Angel Inn, Angel Street, Petworth on Tuesday 3 December at 1:00pm.
In order to manage the booking, members are requested to email David Taylor at mail@dataylor.co.uk or phone/text on 07535 679879 if you wish to attend. Please let David know if you subsequently need to cancel your booking.
David has also created a Club WhatsApp Group in order to share fishing tips, catch info, social events and more. If you wish to join, please contact David and he will add you to the Group.

 

 

 

October Summary

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During the first week of October the lakes were very productive but the river level was high, the water was coloured and no trout were caught. That was the pattern for the rest of October. Most of the fish were caught at Little Bognor.

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In the second week it was very wet and windy. The emphasis shifted slightly and a lot of trout were caught from Great Springs.

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The third week of October was exceptionally good and members caught a lot of large trout from all of the rainbow lakes.

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The last week of October saw strong winds and heavy rain but during the spells of better weather some magnificent trout were caught including an 8lbs+ fish from Great Springs.

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During the first week of November members visited the lakes on 30 occasions and caught 11 trout, 8 of which were returned.

A fish of 9lbs was caught at Luffs and returned to the lake. Great Springs and Little Springs produced most of the fish and a trout of 5lbs was caught in each of those lakes.

Big fish still remain in the lakes and the more settled weather this week will provide an opportunity to finish the season with a monster.

 

4 November

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Cormorants – The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in close partnership with Natural England, has launched an online consultation about the control of wild birds eg. Cormorants and other fish eating birds. The closing date for representations is 5 December. Representations are invited from both individual anglers and fishing clubs.

Please use the link to read the Angling Trusts news item about the consultation and make representations to DEFRA to protect our lakes and the river from predation.

https://www.anglingtrust.net/news.asp?section=29&sectionTitle=Angling+Trust+News&itemid=5082

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Lakes – last week was a very good week on the lakes.

Members visited the lakes on 56 occasions and caught 39 trout, 25 of which were returned. One member and his guests caught the following: 1 x 8lb 8ozs from Upper Figgs, 2 x 5lbs, 1 x 6lb 8ozs, 11 x 1-2lbs and a blue trout of 3lbs during four visits ! Most fish were caught from Great Springs and Little Springs.

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River – heavy rain and high winds spoilt the last week of the season on the river.

Members visited the river on 6 occasions and caught 2 trout, both at Keepers Bridge. The river is now closed until next season.

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End of Season Lunch – David Taylor has arranged an informal lunch at the Badgers, Coultershaw Bridge on Tuesday 12 November at 1:00pm. If you want to go, please contact David at mail@dataylor.co.uk or 07535 679879 so that he can give the pub numbers to cater for.

Welcome to Badgers…

 

28 October

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Strong winds and heavy rain last week made the fishing uncomfortable but during the odd calm, dry spell feeding trout could be caught.

There are many large fish still in the rainbow trout lakes. A couple of members have been very successful and here are some words of wisdom from James, who has caught a couple.”  . . . Andrew Thompson

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I stalk them in the margins, using a buzzer pattern. I’ve always sight fished on every water especially the Test and other chalk streams. If I can’t see them I don’t cast. In fact on the last two occasions I had barely any fly line out. Just twitch the buzzer by the fish and they should react. If they don’t, move on to the next fly that does create a reaction. Staying mobile, changing flies and watching how the fish reacts to your fly does the trick. I may have to change flies, even buzzer patterns, a dozen plus times to find the one that works in any session.

If you adapt and change your approach and are stealthy you’ll catch. A double still eludes me at Leconfield, I lost one approaching that, just before the last 8lb fish, I’d been stalking and returning to the fish for the last few sessions. The rod is a 5wt, line is Orvis Pro power taper (floating) and when I go for the bigger fish I don’t go under Orvis Super Strong 4x although I would recommend 3x for those not used to playing larger fish. The fights are tough and fast particularly with the bank side lilies and weed. I fish on my own a lot but if you have a friend nearby it helps with netting the fish.”

. . . James King

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Lakes – the lakes were slightly coloured by the recent rain but the flow of fresh, cold water lowered the temperature of the lakes and made the fish more active. Fish were rising at Little Bognor and could be caught on small buzzer patterns fished just under the surface.

Members visited the lakes on 37 occasions and caught 14 trout including a fish of 8lbs 5ozs from Great Springs. The majority of the trout were caught from Little Springs and Little Bognor.

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River – the river breached its banks but the water level fell rapidly during mid week. Unfortunately heavy rain on Thursday night raised the level again. The weather forecast for the last few days of the season on the river looks favourable and there might be time to catch one last fish !

Members visited the river on 5 occasions but no trout were caught.

Season End – fishing on Upper and Lower Figgs ends on 31 October because of the pheasant shooting in that area. The other rainbow lakes remain open until the end of November.

We are due to exit from the river and leave the trout alone on 31 October.