January 2010 To February 2010

January 2010 To February 2010

The heavy snow in late December, along with the freezing weather had put a stop to any further work on the pond. The surface of the lake had remained frozen foen the best part of a month along with countless other stillwaters in the area. The melting snow and rain had caused the rivers to rise as expected causing some low level flooding in the surrounding areas, which had once again managed to dislodged some of the fishing station boards that had not been secured down yet. January 24th was the first real chance that any of the members had to carry on with any work of any significance. The fishing stations had the shuttering put back in place and secured, along with two of the stations also being back filled with earth and flattened out.

At the begining of January, a call from Martin Moore of Moore & Moore Carp in Swallowfield came through with regards the fish that had been proposed in the management plan. He had been hoping to drain his stock ponds early in the new year and was sure that he would be able to supply fish for the decoy pond if we were ready. Unfortunately his ponds were also frrozen along with everyone elses, so it would be a little way off before he would have any definate information on what was available. This was great news from the clubs point of view in that some fish could finally be put into the decoy pond. It was clear after the completion of the groundworks that the available finances would not cover the complete cost of all of the required fish and that a phased stocking program would be an adavantage should there be any fish losses initially.

With the eventual thawing of the ice on the decoy and surrounding areas, the melting water caused the river to become very high once again, bringing the water back into the pond through the sluice. Once again, some of the boards had come free from those fishing stations still not back filled. The refitted boards were then screwed together to minimise the chances of them floating free again and the back filling of the stations has now become somewhat of a priority. The first working party of February continued with the fishing stations along with the general tidying up of the area.

Away from the pond, it had been brought to the committees attention that the existing rules with regard to the decoy pond were few and far between and also didnt tie in with some of the conditions layed out in the contract between the fishing club and the house management. Investigations took place, mainly over the internet, to compare various fishery rules from venues across the country and formulate a set that would be applicable to the pond. This would be put before the committee at the next meeting for approval and any amendments needing attention could be adjusted..