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Quality Rudd into Harris lake at
Sunday 29th April 2012 about 100lb of quality Rudd were stocked into Harris
Lake, weighing from 6oz up to 1lb.8oz
Fish stocked into Bramley Park Lake
140lb of Roach and 100lb of Bream
were released into Bramley Lake on Sunday 8th April 2012. The
Bream being of a size that should avoid cormorant predation, see
My thanks to Dave Barnard and Richard McGuinn for man-handling
the bins of fish ( & water ) from weighing across to the lake.
Roach and Perch stocked into
Richardson Lake at Marsh Farm
31st March 2012 approximately 300 pounds of fish were released into
Richardson Lake at Marsh Farm, comprising of small Roach and Perch. This
stocking amounted to well over a 1,000 fish with some Roach to 6 ounces,
see the attached pics.
More Chub in Marsh Farm
bitterly cold Monday 19th December we took delivery of some superb Chub for
the Marsh Farm lakes.
Before they arrived we had the most difficult of jobs, to net and remove the
small carp from Johnsons Stock-pond,with the surface totally covered by a
significant layer of ice ! The carp being required as the exchange for the
Anyway, Alan and Ben determined that netting beneath this ice layer was
possible, and with assistance from Ian they succeeded. I managed to stay dry
on the bank ! These three guys worked in extremely cold water, and Ian even
selected a pair of waders with a hole in !!
They managed a good haul of Carp and Hybrids, which were transferred to the
Chub suppliers tanks for transfer to Lincolnshire. We then took possession
of some prime Chub, weighing between 2lb and 3lb.8oz., which have been
released into Richardson and Harris Lakes.
All credit to Alan Millington and Ben Carter for working in these
conditions, and my thanks to both Ian and Gareth for their considerable help
on the day.
Broadwater Carp Population Survey 2011
In order that we may determine the numbers, size range, and health of the
carp in Broadwater Lake,we enlisted the services of Sparsholt College to net
and then provide a report on the carp population.
On Wednesday 30th November, Sparsholt Tutor, Neil Crooks, and a team of 13
Students arrived at Broadwater ;
then supported by our G.A.S. support crew commenced netting. Only one sweep
of their 200 metre net was necessary to catch sufficient carp for the days
work.This work comprised of weighing, measuring, and pan-jetting ( small dye
mark ) every carp netted.
The details of a total of 451 carp were recorded ; a total weight of over 2
tons. Hard work in cold conditions !As time ran out we released the fish
that remained in the net un-checked.
The following Wednesday the netting operation was repeated, this time with
two Tutors, Neil & Dan, with 25 students.
Conditions were awful, with low temperature and a very strong cold biting
wind ; as such the fish were harder to find.
A total of 70 carp for nearly 800 pounds weight were netted and details
The data from both days will now be assessed by Neil, with a report issued
early in the new year.
Alan Millington and I wish to thank those G.A.S. stalwarts that turned out
and worked so hard, getting wet and cold.
So thanks Geoff, Bill, Ross, Kevin, Big Dave, Patrick, Lee, Derek, Gareth,
and Dave. With particular thanks to our BW Bailiffs, Dave & Gary, not only
for their work on these days, but also for all of their time and effort in
assisting Alan in the preparation work ( in and out of the lake ).
Finally, and most importantly thanks to my wife, Lin, for all of the
catering. Serving lunches of hot pasties and beans, and keeping the urn on
for hot drinks throughout both days. Then to Rosie & Chloe for helping her
on the first day.
Another EA Consignment of Fish for the River
to the EA for providing us with more fish for our river, with particular
thanks to Ade Bicknell for transporting them all the way from Calverton.
We received approximately 200 Barbel, 200 Chub, and 200 Dace ; as previous
years, all small fish bred at EA Calverton.
They were released into the River Wey just below Eashing Bridge on Thursday
24th November 2011.
Futher stocking takes place at Johnsons.
This years selected introduction of another new strain of Mirror Carp for
Johnsons went in the lake on 23rd October 2011.
They are 4 year year old VS ( Viv Shear & Simon Scott ) specially bred fish
for both scale-patterns and growth rates, with expected top weights in
excess of 30lbs in a few years time.
The fish were hand picked by us, as were the previous two years
introductions, and this consignment weighed between 7lb. and 12lb.8oz. ( see
sample pics below )
Enton Challenge Match
Following the recent netting of Mr.Grant's Little Enton Lake to
remove carp, the GAS Netting Crew received a challenge to fish
a Friendly Match against a team selected by Mr.Grant.
addition to the match challenge, we would as requested further
reduce the carp stock by take away those caught.
sunny, but cold breezy day two teams of seven gathered for the match
draw around this very pretty lake.
the forecast of the "home team" the carp were not feeding ravenously
all around the lake, and as a result the catch
weights were low.
Congratulations to "Mr.Grant's Seven" who took the first three
places, with our Roger Miles providing the only real challenge,
out on third place by a few ounces.
of 22 Carp were caught and removed to our Johnson's Stock-pond,
after a most enjoyable event.
GAS star Roger
Mr Grant and
Alan checking the catch
Rogers 4th place
Ross with his
TROUT INTO JOHNSONS LAKE ON APRIL 22nd 2011
In an attempt to reduce the vast numbers of fry
produced by the ever successful spawning in this lake every spring
we have introduced a number of 'predators'.
As other species would create their own problems ; such as pike
eating our larger specimen fish, and perch
multiplying to generate even more fry, we have selected Trout as a
safe and inexpensive option.
290 Brown Trout weighing between 1lb.4oz. and 2lb.4oz were released
into the lake today ( see pics below ).
: In the event that you hook and land any of these trout, please
release immediately, preferably unhooking
the trout in the water avoiding undue contact in a landing-net. On
no account must these fish be retained in nets.
Nettings on 12th March 2011
Three netting operations were carried out on
Saturday morning, thanks to our usual volunteers
plus Ben Carter's crew of two down from
Lincolnshire. The operations were organised
primarily to remove the carp
from Hill Pond at Marsh Farm and from the Stockpond
In addition we were asked by our neighbour, Mr.Grant,
if we could remove some carp from his water, Little
For this work Mr.Grant allowed us to remove Roach to
stock into Busbridge.
We removed a total of 107 Carp from this pond, plus
6 Bream that were returned to Richardsons Lake.
A total of 202 Carp were netted from the stockpond,
together with 38 small Tench weighing less than a
Little Enton ( Mr. Grant's Lake )
22 Carp were removed together with approximately
2,000 small Roach.
Approximately 2,000 small Roach were released into
this lake, courtesy of Mr.Grant.
The carp have been taken by Ben Carter's crew, with
the agreed value to be 'paid' by the supply of
selected stock fish.
My thanks to all those guys for turning up to help
on yet another Saturday, the third in the last four
Alan Millington and I much appreciate your support,
as without you this work could not be done.
Netting of Barnett Pond, Shamley Green.
19th February a G.A.S. netting party went to Barnett Pond at the
request of Shamley Green Angling Society
to remove the small fish from their 'over-stocked' water. We
suffered a cold wet morning for this exercise, but managed to
remove over 250 small Roach and Perch.
Millington and I thank those hardy anglers who turned up,
assisting with the preparation ( cleaning boat and inflating
loading up the gear, then hauling the nets in horrible
conditions, and finally hanging the wet 80 and 100 metre nets in
Thank you to Ade O., Clive L., Dave M., Dave P., Derek M., John
D., Lee D., Mark, and Ross.
All of these
small fish were safely released into our Bramley Park Lake.
Bream for Busbridge and Bramley Park Lakes - February 2011
Bream were released into both Busbridge Lake and Bramley Park
Lake on Monday evening ( Feb 7th ).
They had a high average weight of 2.5lb., in an attempt to
minimise predation from pike and cormorant.
With approx 80 going into Busbridge, and about 70 into Bramley.
delivered the fish in the evening following a days netting, and
our thanks to Alan Millington who had
to open up the fishery gates and
oversee the releases after 8pm that day
Barbel into Eashing :
supplied us with a further consignment of small Barbel today
; these having been bred at their Calverton facility.
Fisheries Officer, Ade Bicknell, was once again the man who
delivered them, having driven down from Calverton this morning.
We released the eighty Barbel into the main river at Eashing,
all of which swam away strongly into their new home.
Mike -- 26th
Barbel and Chub into River Wey
the Environment Agency we received another consignment of small
Barbel and Chub on November 15th 2010.
Our thanks to Ade Bicknell who drove down from Calverton to
deliver these fish, which we released into the river at Eashing.
More Fish for Godalming's Waters :
We received a consignment of fish today
from the Environment Agency ; our thanks go to John Sutton and
Adrian Bicknall for organising and delivering the valuable new
All of these young fish were bred at the
EA Calverton Fish Farm and arrived in superb condition. Derek
Marshall and I were on-hand to assist with the release into
their new homes, as follows :-
200 Chub into the R.Wey at Eashing.
250 Chub into Winkworth.
100 Crucian Carp and 100 Tench into
Bramley Park Lake.
Mike - 17th November 2009.
Introduction of a new strain of carp to Johnson’s
New sluice constructed on Marsh Farm.
Construction of a new sluice to enable us to control the water
coming from the borehole has been undertaken over the last couple of
weeks. It involved digging out the base and the bank sides,
installing shuttering, tying it in, internal metal reinforcing rods
and a scaffolding platform to allow tipping the concrete from.
On Tuesday morning the Mix a Mate lorry weighing in at a mere 44
tons turned up and kept off the grass! The 2.5 cm of concrete was
moved little by little by power barrow to the site and then tipped
into a wheelbarrow taken across the scaffold platform and tipped
carefully into the shuttering below. Weighing in at 1 ton when
loaded the power barrow was too heavy to run across the platform and
too long to be able to turn and tip. Fortunately we had a fit young
man to do the heavy work - thanks Alex.
Down in the ditch was a concrete splattered Barrie happily
tamping it all down and finally some two hours later trowelling it
off to a smooth finish. Each wing of the sluice now holds something
like 3.5 tons of concrete encased around the reinforcing rods
installed a few days earlier. Later that afternoon, the scaffold
planks were removed, pressure washer cleaned courtesy of Kevins
machine, then returned to Gary who very kindly provided all the
scaffolding free of charge.
By Wednesday morning the concrete was solid, helped no doubt by a
very mild night. Next week we will removed all the shuttering and be
able to view the new sluice in all its glory! My thanks go to
Barrie, Peter, Bob & Alex for helping achieve this new sluice.
Still Water Fishery Maintenance Manager.
New sluice for borehole.
We are well under way with the shuttering construction for the
new sluice at the end of The Wildlife Pond. Final support work
prior to filling with concrete will take place over the next few
days. My thanks go to Barrie Stephens, Andy Alderton and Bob
Pickett for all their hard work. Gary is about to run some
scaffold across the ditch for us to make pouring the concrete
into the shuttering that much easier.
All being well the new sluice will be ready to be tested at the
same time as the borehole test pumping takes place.
Netting of Johnsons Lake on September 19th 2009
Alan and I wish to thank every one of the thirty volunteers that
turned out on Saturday for the netting of Johnsons Lake. It was
a long day with five hauls of that 200 metre long net, and every
one went home exhausted. It was a superb team effort, although
the actual catch was a little disappointing.
However, we are still achieving our objective, that is to reduce
the numbers of small fish in the lake in order that our
specimen's growth rates will improve. Additionally, Busbridge
Lake will benefit from the introduction of the 'unwanted' small
Tench, fish up to two pounds in weight.
We transferred 146 Tench to Busbridge, and removed 58 Carp of
less than ten pounds in weight to the Stock-pond. We also
transferred a small number of Perch to Richardsons Lake on Marsh
Farm, this to replace those lost in last summers de-oxygenation
Disappointingly, we find that mindless persons continue to move
fish between our waters. Eleven Bream were netted and returned
to Richardsons, some of these fish having spawned in Johnsons
from the original illegal transfers. We also netted one of our
pristine Chub from the Harris Lake stocking, this was also
returned to its rightful home.
All other fish were slipped back into Johnsons and these
included some beautiful specimens ; with 20lb+ Carp, 3lb+ Perch,
3lb+ Crucians, plus super Rudd and Roach.
Our thanks also to Roo Newby of CEMEX, for joining us for the
day. His involvement and expertise were much appreciated, and
after all those hours in the water he must have driven
home extremely weary.
Thanks also to my wife, Lin, for collecting and delivering the
much needed grub for lunch.
Yet More Fish into Bramley Park Lake
Alan Millington and Mike Holcombe travelled down to
Sussex on 6th April to assist with the netting at
Mill Farm Fishery. Together with Martin and Phil of
Moore & Moore, they carried out five successful
netting sweeps with a 50 metre net to secure over
4,000 fish for the Society. The catch, comprising of
prime Roach and Silver Bream, were all released into
Bramley Lake on the same day.
Fish into Bramley Park
With some of the fish refuges now in place, we have
introduced two consignments of fish into the lake. The
first consignment was provided courtesy of the
Environment Agency, for which we thank Adrian Bicknell
for his valued assistance in organising the provision of
these fish. We received a delivery on Friday of over
5,000 fish, comprising of Roach, Bream, Perch and a few
Gudgeon. See pics attached.
The second consignment was approximately 5,000 fish, with these being a
mix of Roach and Perch. ( some pics attached )
So in two days over 10,000 fish have been stocked into
Bramley Park Lake, but the work is not complete as we
now plan to install a further twenty 'refuges',
effectively forming an artificial reef down the centre
of the lake. For this work we will again require a large
work party, any volunteers please contact Alan
Millington or me ( 01483 417417 )
Bramley Lake Fish
As a result of the findings of the recent netting of Bramley
we have decided to re-stock this lake, and must therefore
provide some protection from further Cormorant predation. To
achieve this we have installed fish 'refuges' in the centre
of the lake, comprising of two floating units and seven
submerged units. The submerged units are large gabions (
wire baskets 1m x 1m x 1m ) filled with random pipe lengths,
in which the fish can seek refuge from predators such as
cormorant. We are very grateful to the Environment Agency
for providing us with the two floating units ; these consist
of a floating top section with coir matting, plus a
suspended wire cage ( gabion ). The coir matting will
support plants, thus forming a natural looking 'island'. The
lower gabion will protect the roots of the plants and
provide a refuge for the fish. The attached pictures will
best illustrate the construction and the installation.
My thanks to a great team that turned out on a cold morning
to assist Alan Millington and I, without these volunteers
this extensive work could not have been done. Special thanks
also to Mark and Jeremy for providing the transport,
enabling us to transport all of the bulky hardware from
Marsh Farm to Bramley.
Even more fish go into
River Wey :
Following the introduction of the Roach at
Eashing last month, we have today ( March 11th ) stocked even
more fish into the River Wey. This time we have stocked another
2,500 roach into the river at Salgasson, fish of the same
quality as the last consignment to Eashing, and from the same
Harris Lake, Marsh Farm :
On the same day that the Roach were
released into the Wey, we introduced 25 prime Chub into Harris
Lake at Marsh Farm. These immaculate fish, averaging 2lb
apiece, have been introduced to boost the cold weather fishing,
also providing limited predation and control of the annual fry
My thanks to Clive Larke for assisting
Alan Millington and I on both of the stocking operations.
Disappointing netting results at Bramley prompt immediate
An excellent team carried a smooth netting operation a couple of
weeks ago at Bramley Park Lake but the netting showed just how bad
cormorant predation had been over this very cold and wet winter. The
pictures show the damage they caused to our fish that have managed
to survive their onslaught.
The good news is that we have obtained access to some 6000 silver
fish which will go in the next couple of weeks from both the EA and
from Forked Pond for which we are very grateful.
To protect these new stocks there will be a series of gabions (metal
cages of 1cubic
metre) filled with lengths of pipe run down through the
middle of the lake. They will have a series of buoys marking their
position so please do not fish too close or you will lose tackle!
These gabions will be put into the lake in the next week by your FMC
fish go in at Eashing.
This Wednesday (25th February 2009) saw the introduction of 2,500
quality roach to Eashing under the watchful eyes of Alan Millington,
Mike Holcombe & Andrew & Sandra Mackenzie. The fish were immaculate
looking and had a perfectly clean bill of health too. Thanks again
to our supplier Ben Carter who is proving to be a great contact for
There was a moments worry about some pollution in the river at the
time of stocking but it was only one of Alan's socks that come off
when he briefly lost a Willie in the margins. The sock (clean on
that morning of course) was quickly recovered and the fish showed no
Pictures courtesy of Mike Holcombe & Sandra Mackenzie
Johnsons netting Saturday 29th November 2008.
Firstly, a big thank you goes to the 28 members who turned out on a
very cold and miserable day. Not only did they work hard throughout
the 4 pulls of the EA's 200 metre net but waited patiently whilst
net snagging problems (encountered from the very start of course!)
were resolved by the brave souls in the dry (dryish) suits.
Secondly, big thank you goes to Apollo 2 and Mick (soon to celebrate
his 65th birthday) Pankhurst for organising the urn of hot water,
teas, coffees and kit kats etc on the bankside and later in the
day burgers & bacon butties in the shop.
The four pulls were made from in front of the island towards the
Marsh Farm Bank working across to the NW corner. Interestingly each
pull, even though they were side by side with the previous ones
brought in a different predominant species. The first was mainly
carp, the second mainly stunning roach, the third mainly tench &
crucian and the final pull mainly massive perch in excess of 3lbs.
As always seems to happen, the size of tench we were seeking (1lbs -
3lbs for stocking into Busbridge) were conspicuous by their absence
although they are caught in abundance during the summer. The number
of small carp hoped for also proved elusive but the following fish
36 small carp & hybrids moved to the Johnsons Stock Pond.
7 pretty mirror carp moved to Busbridge ranging from 5lbs to 15lbs.
(See pictures below)
32 Tench moved to Busbridge ranging from 2lbs 4oz - 3lbs 8oz.
The net was back in the FMC Barn and hung up to dry by 3pm and the
rest of the equipment stored too. It was then back to the shop for
hot drinks and burgers.
Just to round off the day we discovered that the toilets were
blocked and despite running 20ft of drain rods down through the
manholes Graham & I were unable to clear them. Fortunately Graham
got hold of our drain man who was out by 6pm and did the necessary
Thanks again to all involved.
EA work at
Eashing straight was carried out a few weeks ago now and the new
groins are already working to scour out/deepen some stretches and
provide slacks in others. Pictures of the work are below and our
thanks go to not only the EA but the small team who installed them
under the EA's watchful eye!
JOHNSONS LAKE CLOSED ON SATURDAY
29TH NOVEMBER 2008
All members please note that we
will be netting Johnsons Lake on Saturday 29th November.
The lake will therefore be
closed between the hours of 7am and 4pm inclusive.
(Notices have been on the 3
entrances to Johnsons Lake and by the gate at Busbridge for the last
3 weeks giving notice to all members too.)
We would greatly appreciate help
with the 200m net on the day BUT ONLY members who have booked in to
help with the netting will be allowed on to the lake.
This is to ensure that we can
comply with Health & Safety requirements and also to stop
non-helpers interferring & getting in the way on the day!
ANYONE failing to observe this
requirement will face disciplinary action.
PLEASE DO BOOK IN TO HELP BY
ALAN on 01483 415365 or Mobile
MIKE on 01483 417417 or Mobile
They will let you
know what is required and where we will meet on the day. If you have
your own dry suit or chest waders please let them know and bring
them on the day.
The fish to
removed and transferred on the day have already been discussed at
FMC meetings and approved by the General Committee, consequently
there will be no further debate on the day as to what stays or goes.
Annual River Match Saturday 11th October 2008.
The match was originally set for the previous Saturday on Stovolds
section but due to various issues we moved it forward by one week &
on to Easing - nearer the pub and on level ground! The move was good
from the point of view that as almost always the Friday before
the original date saw the first proper frost of the autumn! The week
leading up to the revised date had warm days and generally mild
nights with the river thinning down after a lot of rain. Saturday
morning was cool at 6.30am when I walked the river at Eashing to
check the swims were still there.
Ten had booked in to fish but unfortunately our defending champion
(Mike Holcombe) was down with a bug and unable to join us. The draw
for pegs 1 - 9 was held at 7.30am and the hot peg (5) drawn by Head
Bailiff David Wood. The whistle blew for the start at 8am and we
fished thru til 1pm. It was a glorious day but the fishing was hard
and certainly not helped by 3 illegal canoeists thrashing their way
downstream claiming the British Canoe Union had given them
permission to use it!
We all gave them the appropriate vocal encouragement to assist them
on their way downstream plus a few maggots in case they chose to
stop off and fish at any stage.
The weigh in was started on Peg 9 drawn by FMC Match first timer
Keith Baxter who weighed in with 1lbs 11oz of Dace, peg 8 was Alan
who decided not to bother the scalesman having lost a good chub
earlier in the morning. Due to some typically eccentric FMC side
wagers Pete Dawson on peg 7 needed to weigh in his two fish, two
species (minnow & Dace) for 1 oz as well as having them identified
by independent adjudicator David Wood. Next was Nick Rhodes on peg 6
with 5 oz and two species (Minnow - bigger than Peters & Gudgeon -
bigger than Andrews).
Hot favourite on peg 5 was David who also lost a good fish late on
but still managed a whole 9 oz! Peg 4 was Andrew with 8oz and four
species - a Dace bigger than Peters, 2 roach, a chublet and several
Gudgeon all smaller than Nicks clonker!)
Keith was still in the lead but we knew Roger Miles had been
plucking a number of Dace out and was estimated at being close to
2lbs in weight. The tension mounted! On Peg 3 Colin declined to
trouble the scales man but was staying on to fish the cattle drink.
Rogers moment of truth came about as the scales man arrived on Peg 2
........... the net appeared from the river, there were silver fish
in abundance...... and the scales settled finally at 1lb 10 oz just
an ounce short of the top weight.
Keith was looking good for the win as Ade on peg 1 hadn't claimed
much at all by this stage, then out came the net with what looked
like a possible winning weight which included a beautiful Grayling.
Then the digital scales packed up and would not work despite valiant
attempts by us all! Fortunately Ade had an expensive set which we
zero'd and they settled at 3lbs 7 oz. However, once we deducted the
weight of the weigh sling he was down to 1lb 7oz for 3rd place.
Keith had triumphed on his first attempt and collected not only the
trophy (TBA) but the £45 entry money. In accordance with FMC Match
tradition this was duly placed behind the bar at The Stag on the
River pub and we sat out in the pub garden until almost 4pm sipping
a glass or two & dining on crisps before heading home.
On the Nick, Peter & Andrew side wagers, Pete was down £5 with just
two species both beaten in size. Nick up overall by £1, with the
biggest minnow & biggest gudgeon whilst Andrew with the biggest
dace, the only chublet and only roach scooped a grand total of £4
plus an additional £5 by weighing more than Nick!
You don't need to be daft to join FMC but it helps you fit in!
Again a great little match fished in the right spirit, in wonderful
conditions, on a beautiful stretch of our river, no one
blanked, less than 2lbs separated first and last and finishing in
the pub for a thoroughly enjoyable social chat in warm October
Congratulations to Keith and my thanks to everyone for turning out.
Swim repairs at Marsh Farm.
The wobbly swims around Richardson and Harris Lakes (all apart from
Peg 3 on Richardson as someone was fishing it all day) were repaired
on Friday 10th October 2008. Some needed digging out and pulling
back into position whilst others "just" needed new posts knocking in
to stiffen them up again. There remains one swim on Harris (peg 20)
that needs a bit of back filling which we will do next week & all
being well we will get onto peg 3 at some point too.
EA commence installation of new trial groins at Eashing.
Last week (October 7th 2008) the EA put in new trial groins at the
start of the Eashing straight and further groins will be put in next
week by club members.
The aim is to deflect the flow which will provide a mix of
conditions - slacks and fast runs - that should encourage fish to
remain and hopefully provide spawning areas in future. There is
bargate stone just below the sandy river bottom which makes the task
of putting in the posts extremely difficult and you will see that we
have been unable to get them all to go in vertically! If you would
like to help out next Friday 17th October please contact either Alan
or Mike Tel. 415365 or 417417.
The final stage of netting off the bird feeding area at Broadwater
Lake was completed on Sunday 18th May by club members under the
watchful eye of Lead bailiff Mike Holcombe.
The netting was firmly anchored to the lake bed by the qualified
divers using hessian sacks filled with a dry concrete mix by the
land based crew. Poor visibility and low water temperatures made
this a difficult and cold job but it was expertly executed by Clive,
Ade, Dave and one other (sorry not known to me but many thanks
guys.) Water safety man Derek Marshall was in the boat overseeing
the operation in the lake whilst Alan Millington was organising the
netting team on the bank.
Once the chain link was firmly sealed, the netting team went into
action removing as many of the carp as possible into the main lake.
Those of you who have been involved with nettings before will know
that it is impossible to catch them all so we will run
nets regularly through this section to keep the fish in the main
An intriguing selection of items were recovered on the first pull
and cleared away but no shopping trolleys or golf buggies this time!
A lot of tackle and the odd crab line.
In excess of 500lbs of carp were moved during this operation and are
now back in the main lake. It was estimated that there were between
300 - 400lbs of roach and rudd there too which can move freely in
and out of this area through the chain link fence. The good news is
that this means the roach population is alive and well with some
very healthy sized specimens amongst them too. Large perch (2lbs
plus) were there in good numbers and were moved to the main lake.
Many thanks to Bob Pickett for the pictures.
With the kind permission of Waverly Borough Council we have closed
off the neck of the Bird Feeding area by installing a chain link
fence across the gap.
It will be held down on the bottom by hessian sacks filled with
concrete to remove any chance of it lifting. The purpose is twofold:
to keep the carp out of this area where they were too easily poached
and to keep them in the main lake available for us to catch.
Work started at 8am Friday morning and was completed by 2pm. The end
result is a neat and tidy job using good quality materials by a team
of committed club members. The second stage of the exercise will
take place Sunday 18th May when the Bird feeding area will be netted
and the hessian sacks put in place by another group of club members
who are qualified divers.
Pictures of the work as it was being carried out are below."
PLEASE NOTE ESSENTIAL TREE WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT ON BUSBRIDGE LAKE
FRIDAY 11TH APRIL. CONSEQUENTLY, SWIMS 13 - 35 INCLUSIVE WILL BE CLOSED
OFF FOR SAFETY REASONS BETWEEN 8AM & 4PM. THE CAR PARK END OF THE LAKE
BARBEL & CRUCIAN CARP
into G.A.S. WATERS :
came early on the River Wey this year, as the Environment
Agency delivered a stocking packed with 100 Barbel on
Wednesday 5th December.
The batch of 12-month-old fish were
released at Eashing, near Godalming, as part of an
Environment Agency project to give the barbel population a
boost. The fish have been bred at the Environment Agency
fish farm at Calverton, near Nottingham, which produced half
a million fish last year.
Environment Agency fisheries officer Adrian Bicknell said:
“The Barbel stocking went really well yesterday and the fish
seemed fine after a long day. We are working with Godalming
Angling Society to restore the Barbel population in this
historically important section of the river.”
Malcolm Richardson, secretary of Godalming Angling Society
added: “Our members are absolutely delighted with these
healthy and fast growing young Barbel. We are working with
the Agency on plans for habitat enhancements that will boost
Barbel spawning and reduce the need for stocking in the
In addition to these Barbel, the Environment Agency also
delivered 100 pure-bred Crucian Carp, that were released
into Harris Lake, Marsh Farm. These young fish were also
bred at the EA farm at Calverton, from mature brood fish
supplied last year by Godalming Angling Society from Marsh
The annual FMC match was
held this year on the
Stovolds stretch last
Saturday 27th October
Following a brief
respite to the frosts
seen in the previous
week the FMC boys turned
up whilst it was still
dark apart from the full
moon blazing away in the
sky. Not a good omen as
a rule and that was case
for this sociable match
where the winner takes
all but has to spend it
over the bar
There was a draw for the
agreed walk-off and
fishing was to be from
as soon as you could
cast a line until 1pm.
It was very hard going
even for the experts who
struggled to get close
to one pound in weight.
Alan Millington was
consistently at the
start but in the event
they were very small and
dried up all too soon.
Andrew had a chublet
first cast that was
barely bigger than the
lobworm and an hour
later hooked a
reasonable chub of about
Mike Holcombe spent the
first 45 minutes walking
up and down, claiming he
was looking for deep
water. Dave Woolgar
reckoned he was just out
to spook everyone else's
swims as he finally
settled on the furthest
upstream peg that no one
else had visited.
Whatever the reason, he
sneaked out two small
chub plus a few bits to
record top weight of
3lbs 8oz, to take the
trophy for the first
time. Twice winner
Andrew came in second
with 2lbs 4oz. Dave
Woolgar's 4 medium sized
chub turned out to be a
figment of his
Holcombe was surprised
he had that much.
Everyone caught on the
day but with low levels
& very clear water it
was always going to be
hard. However, it was
fished with the usual
good spirits in evidence
until we all remembered
just how steep the slope
back to the car park
Only two made it to the
top without stopping and
they probably regretted
Mike dutifully purchased
the beers post match but
sadly not everyone could
attend and they are
hoping he'll still be in
the chair next time we
Congratulations Mike on
a good win.
many trees surrounding
our waters there are
always some in need of
urgent work in spite of
my best efforts to get
on top of it.
Fortunately we have
access to a number
excellent tree surgeons
who can do what I always
call the "Clever bits" -
that is the climbing
jobs and felling the
awkward ones. In the
last couple of weeks Ian
& Michael have
services for a day and
managed to do some
sterling work for us.
I was rather busy doing
the clearing up so there
are not too many pics
available this time. The
main work carried out by
Ian was at Johnsons
taking down the
silver birch backing on
to Harris lake, the very
large willow branch that
had broken off and was
hanging above the Double
swim & several other
large and precarious
branches along the road
bank. We then sorted out
the dead silver birches
around the stock pond, a
dangerous willow in the
car park and worked
along the railway bank
to tidy up a number of
too. A fair sized Lime
turned out on inspection
to have rotten joints in
its crown which were
only visible when
climbed, although Ian's
suggested to him that
this would prove to be
the case. An exceptional
amount of work achieved
in just one (long) day.
A particularly useful
bit of his kit being the
chainsaw on an
extendable pole giving
reach of close to 20ft
which saves a tremendous
amount of climbing and
increases the amount of
work that can be done in
day. Thanks Ian for a
brilliant days work and
all the new information
Michael did his day at
Busbridge for us last
Friday and again we
shifted a lot of
dangerous timber which
took a time to move and
burn or stack,
especially as it decided
to rain heavily for most
of the morning making
fire lighting difficult
and muddy paths hard to
I am hoping to get over
to Bramley shortly to
clear a couple of
reported fallen trees
before returning to
continue monitoring and
working at Busbridge in
accordance with the
professional tree survey
that we had carried out
in April 2003.
We are very reliant upon
members reporting trees
thought to be in
dangerous condition so
we can inspect them and
deal with as appropriate
so do please let us know
of any problems.
additional 300 Bream all
of almost 8oz each were
introduced to Richardson
lake yesterday afternoon
and 100 were stocked
into Busbridge to help
freshen up the stock
there which is felt to
be getting a bit on old
side. With luck this new
strain will revitalise
the bream in general at
courtesy of Mike
Holcombe show the bream
15th December saw the
tri annual dosing of
Busbridge Lake with
powdered chalk - 4 tons
to be exact. The impact
is on the Ph level as
the water gets out of
balance over time. The
good news is that it
cannot be over-dosed as
the water will only
absorb as much as it
needs to get back in
balance. Any surplus
sits dormant on the
bottom until it is
required then gets
Its not the best of jobs
as the 25K bags have to
be off loaded by hand
and of course the lorry
could not get up the
track so it was carried
from the entrance to the
dam wall before loading
onto the boat. The lake
was gin clear before
work commenced and by
the finish it was an
emerald green. By
Saturday morning all was
back to normal - the
only sign that we'd been
there were the traces of
chalk powder and one bag
that fell in the lake.
The work party all
looked as though they'd
changed into Homepride
flour graders long
before the task was
finished as can be seen
from the following
afternoon was spent
cutting & dragging out a
large multi stemmed
willow near the boat
house which was doing
its best to re root
itself from every