Corvid 19 Update

Dear Member,

We find ourselves in unprecedented times as the country attempts to deal with the Corvid-19 outbreak.  Like many sporting organisations across the UK, we, the Angling Trust and Environment Agency are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Officers of the Association are following the current Government and NHS position and whilst we fully understand the role angling has in promoting active lifestyles, physical health and mental wellbeing, we have to ask our members to adhere to the current guidance and refrain from fishing.

In addition and under Under section 5h of the Rules and Regulations of BCAA, the Senior Offices of the Association have taken the follow action as set out below.

AGM

The Annual General Meeting has been deferred to a future date when government advice allows our members to gather safely to conduct business (our expectations are this will not be until the Autumn).  As such, the current elected officers will continue until we are able to convene an AGM.  Our Treasurer will work with the Association accountant to prepare the annual financial accounts as usual to maintain our current financial operating and reporting year.  Members will have an opportunity to scrutinise and approve those accounts when we are able to convene the AGM.

Buffet Presentation Evening

With the closure of restaurants and pubs we have had to postpone the Annual Buffet Presentation evening planned for May.  Whilst no new date has been set, we will endeavour to hold the event (advice pending) in the Autumn.

Membership Renewal

Arrangements for renewal have been deferred, a further communication will be sent by no later than 31st April that will give an update and instructions of how you may renew your membership.

Match Fishing

The Government have advised that they will stop all gatherings of more than two people in public.  On this basis all matches have been cancelled until we are advised otherwise.  We will update and publish a revised fixture list when able.

We will issue a further communication as and when but no later than the last week of April.

Please follow the advice of the Government and keep yourself and your families safe.

Paul Braund Chairman BCAA

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Winter League R9

Winter League Round 9,  Sunday 8th March:

Punched bread was the way to go as a large number of redfins were caught, for not a lot of weight!  Simon Allen managed to keep them feeding all day and won with 5lb 2ozs, Kevin Hill was not far behind wit 4lb 12ozs of silvers taken on the inside line for second.  Mark Gratton only had an ounce in hand to finish third with 3lbs 2ozs, a result that brings him to within two points of the League Leader Adrian Hill.  There were section wins for Rob Fuller (3lb 1oz)  and Paul Braund (2lb 2oz) and the junior winner was Alfie.

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Simon Allen 5lbs 2oz 13 12
2 Kevin Hill 4lbs 12ozs 1 11
3 Mark Gratton 3lbs 2oz 12 10
4 Rob Fuller 3lbs 1ozs 2 9
5 Steve Whitehouse 2lbs 6oz 9 8
6 Paul Braund 2lbs 2oz 14 7
7 Adrian Hill 1lb 13oz 15 6
8 Jack Crystal 1lb 10oz 10 5
9 Dave Allen 1lb 5oz 8 4
=10 Mike Bowden 11ozs 7 2.5
=10 Jean Bowden 11ozs 11 2.5
12 Andy 5ozs 6 1
1st (J) Alfie 3ozs 44 1
Pos: Angler No. Mtchs Pts
1 Adrian Hill 9 98
2 Mark Gratton 9 96
3 Rob Fuller 7 74
4 Simon Allen 6 88
5 Jack Crystal 8 72
6 Paul Braund 8 68.5
7 Dick Turner 5 52
8 Dave Allen 8 55
9 Steve Whitehouse 8 62
10 Kevin Hill 8 51
11 Simon Hockday 4 41
12 Matthew Sampson 6 36.5
13 Mike Bowden 6 36.5
14 Jean Bowden 6 35
15 Len Hancock 6 28
16 Ady Larkins 5 22.5
17 Tony Johns 5 19
18 Ian Gray 1 8.5
19 Tony Hillas 1 7.5
=20 Wayne Burnard 1 7
=20 Colin Abbott 1 7
=20 Andy 1 7
1st (J) Alfie (J) 2 3
23 Guy Pessell 1 1
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Winter League R8

Winter League Round 8,  Sunday 23rd February:

The Rodds Bridge and Open Corner sections were tried again, and whilst the fishing was not quite so good, everyone caught.  The top weights were all taken on punch bread, this included a 7lb 11oz common that took Mark Grattons weight above 10lbs and into first place.  Mark was on 1lb bottom and 22 hook and took 35 elastic stretching minutes to bank the fish.

Simon Allen kept the redfins coming and with nothing over an ounce, tipped the scales at 5lbs exactly for second spot.  Adrian Hill had an even smaller stamp of redfins and with no bonus fish ended with 3lbs 3ozs and 3rd spot.

Section wins went to Steve Whitehouse who did managed to find a few better fish on the maggot, and Mike Bowden who pipped Kevin Hill by an ounce.

Jack Crystal was best Junior with 2lb 6ozs from peg 2 and sixth overall.


Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Mark Gratton 10lbs 2oz 5 15
2 Simon Allen 5lbs 7 14
3 Adrian Hill 3lbs 3oz 4 13
4 Steve Whitehouse 2lbs 14ozs 8 12
5 Ady Larkins 2lbs 7oz 11
6 Jack Crystal 2lbs 6oz 2 10
7 Paul Braund 2lbs 3oz 6 9
8 Tony Hilas 2lbs 12 7.5
9 Dave Allen 2lbs - 1 7.5
10 Mike Bowden 1lb 14ozs 16 6
11 Kevin Hill 1lb 13ozs 17 5
12 Andy 1lb 10ozs 9 4
13 Jean Bowden 8ozs 14 2.5
14 Matt Sampson 8ozs 13 2.5
15 Tony Johns 7ozs 3 1
Pos: Angler No. Mtchs Pts
1 Adrian Hill 8 92
2 Mark Gratton 8 86
3 Rob Fuller 6 65
4 Simon Allen 5 76
1st (J) Jack Crystal 8 67
5 Paul Braund 7 61.5
6 Dick Turner 5 52
7 Dave Allen 7 51
8 Steve Whitehouse 7 54
9 Kevin Hill 7 40
10 Simon Hockday 4 41
11 Matthew Sampson 6 36.5
12 Jean Bowden 6 32.5
=13 Mike Bowden 6 34
=13 Len Hancock 6 28
15 Ady Larkins 5 32.5
16 Tony Johns 5 19
17 Tony Hilas 1 8
17 Ian Gray 1 8.5
=18 Wayne Burnard 1 7
=18 Colin Abbott 1 7
20 Andy 1 6
2nd (J) Alfie (J) 1 2
21 Guy Pessell 1 1
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1000 Fish Stocked

The Environment Agency stocked 1000 fish into the Main Canal today (500 roach and 500 Bream).  The Fish were all bread at the EA’s fish farm in Calverton and were in A1 condition.

You will see from the photos the bream are good ‘skimmer’ stamp.

Hopeful these will dodge the cormorants!

The Committee are holding off with any further stocking of fish as they are fearful we are simply feeding the overwintering cormorants! If the birds move off in March as expected then further considerations to stocking will be agreed.

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Winter League R7

Winter League Round 7,  Sunday 9th February:

The high winds did not put 9 anglers off who were pleased to find some shelter at Rodds Bridge.  The section was pegged from Rodds Bridge (no.1) to roughly the mile post (no.9), with the higher numbers suffering the brunt of the wind.

As the match progressed it was clear the better fish were coming from the low number  ‘comfy pegs’ with a number of nettable skimmers and roach and a bonus 10z chub for Mark Gratton (not sure who was most surprised, the chub or Mark).  Simon Allen put together a 5lb 2oz net of silvers to win from peg 1, and Adrian Hill amassed a large number of redfins on the punch off peg 8 to bank 4lb 9ozs and secure second place.  Jack Crystal was also among the skimmers (and a chub) from peg 2, finishing just 1oz behind Adrian Hill in third overall and 1st Junior.

A creditable mention to Matt Sampson who really had the worst of the weather and swapped from chasing a carp to roach bashing too late, but still banked an impressive number of small redfins for 2lbs 9ozs.  Also to mention Dave did not have a good day.

So, we have found where the fish are, all we need next time is some decent weather to really see what bags we can catch.

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Simon Allen 5lbs 2oz 1 8
2 Adrian Hill 4lbs 9oz 8 7
1st (J) Jack Crystal 4lbs 8oz 2 6
3 Mark Gratton 2lbs 10ozs 3 6
4 Matt Sampson 2lbs 9oz 9 5
5 Rob Fuller 2lbs 6oz 4 4
6 Paul Braund 1lb 7oz 6 3
7 Andy 1oz 5 2
8 Dave Allen - 7 1
Pos: Angler No. Mtchs Pts
1 Adrian Hill 7 79
2 Mark Gratton 7 71
3 Rob Fuller 6 65
4 Simon Allen 4 62
5 Jack Crystal 7 57
6 Paul Braund 6 54.5
7 Dick Turner 5 52
8 Dave Allen 6 43.5
8 Steve Whitehouse 6 42
9 Kevin Hill 6 35
10 Simon Hockday 4 41
11 Matthew Sampson 5 34
12 Jean Bowden 5 30
=13 Mike Bowden 5 28
=13 Len Hancock 6 28
15 Ady Larkins 4 21.5
16 Tony Johns 4 18
17 Ian Gray 1 8.5
=18 Wayne Burnard 1 7
=18 Colin Abbott 1 7
20 Andy 1 2
2nd (J) Alfie (J) 1 2
21 Guy Pessell 1 1
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Winter League R6

Winter League Round 6,  Sunday 12th January:

It was decided to put the Basin and lower numbers in the draw to ensure everyone had some deep water to try and tempt a few fish in what was anticipated to be a hard match.  And it was with bread punch and pinkie the order of the day.

After losing a carp early doors Matt Sampson stepped up the tackle and netted a 10lb common to effectively take the win with two hours to go, much to the annoyance of everyone else scratching for bits!  Len Hancock also had a chance for glory but lost the carp he hooked (unlike the dustbin, but that is another story).

Adrian Hill stuck to the task in hand and netted 30+ redfins with the odd gonk for the only other a double figure bag of the day with 11ozs!   Equal third went to Mark Gratton and Kevin Hill who both managed to bring 5ozs of redfins to the net.

Jack Crystal won the Junior section with 3ozs, a bag that included a prize 1oz flounder (perhaps flounders are the  answer to beat the cormorants).

There were multiple tied section winners, Paul Braund and Rob Fuller in the single number pegs with 4ozs each, with a three way tie in the Basin between Len Hancock, Mike and Jean Bowden with 1oz each.  At least the prize money was well shared out.

It can’t get any worse, can it?

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Matt Sampson 10lbs 6 16
2 Adrian Hill 11oz 9 15
=3 Mark Gratton 5oz 5 13.5
=3 Kevin Hill 5ozs 17 13.5
=5 Rob Fuller 4oz 8 11.5
=5 Paul Braund 4oz 10 11.5
1st (J) Jack Crystal 3oz 16 10
=7 Simon Hockaday 2oz 4 9.5
=7 Ian Gray 2oz 6 9.5
=9 Len Hancock 1oz 12 7
=9 Jean Bowden 1oz 14 7
=9 Mike Bowden 1oz 20 7
12 Steve Whitehouse 1/5oz 15 5
13 Dave Allen 1/4oz 19 4
14 Tony Johns - 18 1
15 Ady Larkins - 13 1
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Pos: Angler No. Mtchs Pts
1 Adrian Hill 6 71
2 Mark Gratton 6 65
3 Rob Fuller 5 61
4 Simon Allen 4 53
5 Dick Turner 5 52
6 Jack Crystal 6 50
7 Paul Braund 5 49.5
8 Dave Allen 5 42.5
9 Steve Whitehouse 6 42
9 Kevin Hill 6 35
10 Simon Hockday 4 41
11 Jean Bowden 5 30
=12 Mike Bowden 5 28
=12 Len Hancock 6 28
=12 Matthew Sampson 4 29
15 Ady Larkins 4 21.5
16 Tony Johns 4 18
17 Ian Gray 1 8.5
=18 Wayne Burnard 1 7
=18 Colin Abbott 1 7
2nd (J) Alfie (J) 1 2
20 Guy Pessell 1 1
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