NEWS - NEWS - NEWS - NEWS...
Its time for the news, but not the drivel you get on the TV, this stuff is important...
Please be aware that on Saturday 17th & Saturday 24th June 2017 and from Monday 14th - 28th July + 21st - 24th August 2017, there will be around 80 people learning to sail on the pond, meaning that they will have less control and end up leaving their normal sailing areas and coming into the bank.
Please be aware and tolerant of them.
The Environment Agency’s Calverton Fish Farm introduced an early Christmas stocking of 500 Chub, 300 Dace and 500 Roach into the River Wey at Elstead yesterday. The fish transported well following a long journey in oxygenated fish tanks. The River Wey was running low and clear at the time of stocking and the fish were seen to spread out and seek the refuge of marginal cover.
Every year the Environment Agency’s Calverton Fish Farm produces thousands of fish to stock into rivers and still waters around the country. Up to half a million are used to replace fish killed in incidents, to improve fish stocks, and to develop new fisheries.
The Environment Agency’s Alan Henshaw Fish Farm Manager for Calverton Fish Farm delivered the fish which swam off strongly into the marginal habitat, this was overseen by Richard Cane of Farnham Angling Society.
The Forestry Commission have advised that due to a theft (not angling related), and a subsequent gate repair being required, Lodge Pond will be closed to FAS Members from 4pm today until 9.00am Friday 2nd December 2016.
The access code for the main gate will also be changing, so to obtain this, all Members should obtain this be either:...
a) Visit the Alice Holt Visitor Centre with their current handbook and their staff will give them the code. They are open 9.00am - 4.30pm Monday - Saturday
b) Call the Creel on 01252 - 320871, and Mick or Fran Borra will provide the new code,
c) Call Andy McLaren the Lodge Pond Head Bailiff (phone number in handbook), for the code.
d) Private message me (Ian Gray) your current FAS handbook number via Facebook for the new code.
KHV OUTBREAK at Thorpe Lea Fishery, near Staines, Surrey.
Please remember to abide by FAS Byelaw 4.b.3 - Page 8 of Members handbbok.
No wet equipment to be bought on to any fishery. Unhooking mats, weigh slings, landing nets and keepnets must be dry on entering any FAS venue.
Please ensure that all fishing equipment is air dried in order to prevent the transfer of KHV.
The 96th edition of Waterside has now been issued by email so Members should receive it shortly. If you do not receive it please check your Spam or Junk Mail and look for it and remember to amend your settings so it may be accepted in the future. Those that have requested their Farnham AS newsletters by post should receive their B&W copies within the next 14-days.
There is a ballot enclosed within the newsletter. At present, returns have to be made by post, so just print off... the last page of your newsletter to get a copy of the voting form. This has to be done this time as our constitution does not allow for email replies, however that is one of the things we are seeking to update so please register your vote to enable ballot replies to be emailed in the future.
Enjoy the newsletter, it includes 3 great articles by our Members who took the time to provide articles for our 'Through the Eye' FASt talk feature, so thanks to Sarah Austin & Philip Randall, and of course Nik Tuner our Editor.
2016 Pike 'Teach-Ins' - The 3 sessions are held at the Badshot Lea Big Pond car park and are approximately 3-hours in duration.
You don’t need to book for a teach-in, but for further information, please contact Mike Slater on 07967 736815.
You must be prepared to handle pike during the teach-in session, so water proof trousers are advisable.
1/. Sunday 18th September 2016 Pike Teach-In - Badshot Lea Big Pond Car Park: 10.00am - 1.00pm
2/. •Saturday 24th September 2016 Pike Teach-In - Badshot Lea Big Pond Car Park: 10.00am - 1.00pm
3/. Sunday 2nd October 2016 Pike Teach-In - Badshot Lea Big Pond Car Park: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Please remember that to qualify for a ‘Pike Fishing permit stamp’ in your Handbook, attendants must arrive before the stated time of each teach-in session (times indicated above) and bring the required equipment as per bye-law 4.s.ii a-g (see pages 10-11 to allow for a tackle check otherwise you will not be able to complete the teach-in).
The required tackle is listed below and will be available to purchase on the day.
1. Monofilament main line must have a minimum breaking strain of 15lbs. Braided main line must have minimum breaking strain of 50lbs.
2. 24" (60cm) long pike traces made with high quality wire [minimum 25lb breaking strain]
3. Large knotless landing net with 36" long arms
4. Large unhooking mat
5. 12" long artery forceps
6. Side cutters, able to cut problem hooks when caught in the soft throat tissues or gill rakers.
7. An adequate Carp/Pike weigh sling.
8.A sensitive and effective bite detector system which shows ‘drop back’ as well as runs.
Fishery Management works at South Lake:
These will include:
1/. The installation of flushing toilets.
2/. The removal of the wooden bridge to access swims 11 – 16 and it’s replacement with a surfaced path over a culvert to provide improved access.
3/. There will be an additional 2 or 3 swims added at South Lake. Swim 11 to be removed and possibly one other, and with 2 x swims previously used by Cemex e-instated (as per the old notice board), and with 1 x new swim being created.
4/. Overflow pipe - Already replaced and set at the correct level.
5/. A 2” layer of scalpings will be used in several of the swims when construction/repairs take place, so that they stand up better to use.
5/. The swims which are partly underwater are those that are to be rebuilt, and will be raised a little in order that they are above the Maximum Water Level.
These works are likely to take in the region of 2-months and will involve the appropriate swims being taped off as and when necessary. We apologise for the disturbance to all Members whilst these works take place.
The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee of Farnham AS have decided to assist The Carp Society in their effort to raise £50K in funds to regain control and run the society for the benefit of it's members.
If you feel you would also like to support the Carp Society in their efforts to regain control from directors that appear to have used the society to benefit their own pockets, then please visit their Crowdfunding website using the link below.
You can bid on their on line auctions that are taking place or contact them and offer items of tackle to help them raise funds. Such items do not have to be expensive, just in decent condition and saleable, could be old (or new) rods, reels, luggage, bundles of end tackle etc etc, anything fishing related really. Gives you a great chance to clear your clutter and raise money for an excellent cause. If you have anything to donate and would like to help with this please email email@example.com or ring 01367 253959.
We wish them all the best in their campaign.
Ian Gray - Honorary Secretary & the Executive Committee
Information update issued Tuesday 19th July 2016.
Please be aware that from 25th - 29th July + 15th - 19th August 2016, there will be around 80 people learning to sail on the pond, meaning that they will have less control and end up leaving their normal sailing areas and coming into the bank.
Please be aware and tolerant of them.
Hampshire gates have been fitted on many swims at Frensham Little Pond.
For those unfamiliar with them, this is how you open them. Please remember to close them after use to maintain the swims as dog free areas.
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a) Membership may be renewed by existing FAS members by completing the renewal form on Page 75 of their 2015/16 handbook. Please don’t forget that a £10.00 Late Fee applies from 1st May to 1st June and a £25.00 Joining Fee has to be repaid if re-joining after 1st June.
b) Non-members should download an application form from our website
(http://www.farnhamanglingsociety.com/members…/membership.php), complete it and post it with appropriate photos and payment to The Creel.
Both existing members and new members may now obtain their membership in person at The Creel, 36 Station Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1HT.
Plus, don't forget you can now get half price membership of the Basingstoke Canal Anglers Association as Farnham AS has re-affiliated to the BCAA, and BCAA permits may be purchased at a 50% discount: so just £14.00 for Seniors, Students, Intermediates; £9.00 for over 65’s, Juniors (aged 12 - 15) & Disabled with no charge for under 12’s.
The BCAA prices have been incorporated into the application form which may be downloaded from our website:
For those members using the renewal form on Page 75 of their FAS permit, and wishing to join the BCAA, please just add the relevant cost to your payment.
Congratulations to Big Carp Magazine & Rob Maylin & his team on their 25th Anniversary Issue this month
Thanks to their readers and all those that voted Farnham Angling Society as runner up in their 'Top 10 Carp Fisheries' awards - high praise indeed. As if that wasn't enough, Yateley was voted joint 1st with Wraysbury in their 'Top 10 Iconic Carp Waters'.
So with Match Lake & Copse Lake both playing their part in the early days (before North Lake & Car Park Lake develope...d), and with Nursery Lake and South Lake as supporting cast members, I think FAS's waters played their part in that as well.
With The Redmire Common becoming our new record Common at 46lb 0oz in November and Kiss Scale maintaining 48lb in 2015, with plenty of other 30s & 20s, plus a dozen or so of the Match Lake originals still present, we are fortunate in that Match Lake in particular still offers very rich rewards.
24 Hr Jack Frost Memorial Charity Pairs Match
Fundraising once again for The Second Chance Children’s Charity in Portsmouth.
We already have 11 Pairs pencilled in, so still have places for a further 7 pairs. It would be great to again get 18 teams as it will help us increase the funds we raise for the kids.
To book your team’s place or for more details please contact me on 07584 – 023911.
If you would like to support this great charity but don’t wish to fish the match, you could always support the event by sponsoring me or others that are taking part.
Regards, Jon Hyatt – Charity Match Organiser
b) Junior teams are welcome, but parents must provide written consent.
c) The draw for swims take place at 10.00am on Saturday 7th May with the match starting at midday.
d) Normal Farnham AS rules apply, but to maintain fairness to all competitors, bait boats are still not allowed.
e) The match finishes at midday on Sunday with the presentations in the main car park at about 1.30pm.
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On 3rd December 2015 the Environment Agency delivered another batch of fish comprising of Dace, Chub and Barbel which were 18 months old and in great condition, from Calverton Fish Farm near Nottingham to the River Wey at Elstead.
Adrian Bicknell Fisheries Officer said “We expect to see a good survival and growth rate from these fish, the river looked in great condition for the time of year carrying a little colour”
The Environment Agency’s Calverton Fish Farm produces annually 450,000 fish which are stocked into rivers, ponds and lakes all over the country.
Farnham Angling Society appreciate having received another annual stocking of such fish from the EA and are delighted to have seen the fish stocks develop in the Elstead stretches over the last few years.
Farnham AS now have three more fishery guide films on our website, featuring Badshot Lea Big Pond, Badshot Lea Small Pond and Tarn Pond. These provide a wealth of information for those new to the water as well as some in depth analysis for those members who may have fished them but are looking for some additional pointers as to how they may be tackled. Our thanks to all those that supplied information and photos for use within the films.
The films may be viewed in full HD quality via Farnham Angling Society's website/YouTube by using the following links:
And as always, our thanks to Jamie Smith at Cypry Productions for his great work on behalf of Farnham Angling Society.
Pike 'Teach-In' Dates & Information
Please remember that to qualify for a ‘Pike Fishing permit stamp’ in the Handbook, Attendants must arrive before the stated time of each teach-in session (times indicated below) and bring the required equipment as per byelaw 4.s.ii a-g (see page 10 to allow for a tackle check otherwise you will not be able to complete the teach-in).
You must be prepared to handle pike during the teach-in session.
Sunday 20th September 2015 10.00am - 1.00pm
Saturday 26th September 2015 10.00am - 1.00pm
Wednesday 30th September 2015 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Sunday 11th October 2015 10.00am - 1.00pm
The sessions will be held at Badshot Lea Big Pond car park.
Date and venues of any additional ‘Teach-Ins’ will be in the Autumn Newsletter.
For further information call Mike Slater on 07967 736815
Farnham Angling Societies third Barbel Teach-in – Thursday August 6th
The river was once again carrying a little colour so expectations were high of a few fish gracing the angler’s nets. After the standard talk about tactics and bait we took a walk of the river before each angler choose a swim for the evening.
John, who had just recently got back into angling and the only angler in the top field was instantly into a fish which turned out to be a personal best Chub of 3lb 11oz. The anglers in the bottom field, some who decided to move around and others to stay in one spot were experiencing quite a few steady pulls on the rod tops which unfortunately weren’t from fish but those dreaded crayfish. An hour of so passed before John called to say he had just landed his first ever Barbel, a small one and one that could have possibly been stocked early this year at 3lb 8oz. A couple of the other anglers also mentioned that they too had caught small Barbel, ones of around a pound so things are looking a bit brighter for the future of Stanford Ends Barbel population. One angler did connect with a fish however it was from a Pike that was hooked fair and square in the lip.
As dusk approached expectations rose and it was once again John who landed yet another Chub, yet it was David who had also moved up into the top field who landed the best Barbel of the evening, one weighing 9lb 1oz and another personal best. Amazingly when he told me where he had cast I informed him that he was only in around 2ft of water which just goes to show, sometimes making a mistake can produce the goods.
It’s always good to get feedback from the anglers that attended; here are a few words that John sent me after this teach-in...
Hello Duncan, Once again many thanks for the “Teach-in” last night. It really was a fast track way into barbel fishing, especially for me as I went away a very happy man and woke the next morning still grinning from ear to ear. Thanks John.
Although the fishing hasn’t been brilliant so far this year on the river, it’s not an isolated case as everyone; up and down the country has been struggling. June, July and August are usually difficult months as the fish have loads of natural food available and in Stanford End’s case there has been many an angler treading its banks all of which have been depositing bait in the water. The fish are obviously aware of what’s going on so have become harder to tempt than previous years but they are still there and in numbers.
Look above the bridge in to the water of the Wellington Estate’s ‘PRIVATE’ trout section and you will see around twenty Barbel, some well into double figures. However, please note that this is a NO FISHING area and anyone found doing so will be dealt with by the Executive Committee.
Plesae remember not to leave any litter whatsoever, as it appears that some have forgotten or ignore byelaw 4.h and are risking their permits as a result.
Please keep an eye out for poachers and report to the Head or Chief Bailiff if seen ASAP.
Thanks to all the anglers that attended, I hope you have learnt a few tricks and go on to land more personal bests and I apologise to so many anglers that called me and couldn’t get a place this year.
Please be aware that the Forestry Commission & Farnham Runners have organised this year’s 10K Race for Saturday 5th September 2015 at Alice Holt. As a result, Members may not use (unless in case of an emergency), the access track to or from the car park between 10.30am – 1pm on Saturday 5th September 2015.
Stillwater Front & Back Lake fishery guide films.
Farnham AS now have two more fishery guide films on our website, these feature Stillwater Front & Back Lakes.
Thanks to all those that supplied information and photos for use within the film.
The films may be viewed in full HD quality via Farnham Angling Society's website/YouTube by using the following links:
Thanks to more superb work from Jamie lSmith of Cypry Productions,
"Just writing to say a huge thanks to Farnham Angling for once again supporting a handful of our cubs scouts in a fishing session at Kings pond last weekend. I’d fished the venue about two weeks before and found it unusually slow. However despite very bright very hot conditions we had a great session last weekend. None of the cub scouts who fished had fished before. So it was a real pleasure to me and the other 2 scout leaders involved to see them catch their first fish. Still using the simple whips donated two or three years back, the Perch & Roach were very obliging to our 9 & 10 year old anglers.
All of the young anglers caught fish, and really enjoyed the day. A few could not make it on the day, but this event keeps me on my toes, and probably worked better for the smaller numbers. I find this a great way to work with the lads, and introduce something new and fun into what we do with our older Cub Scouts. Thanks once again for this great opportunity, and if you have a slot available for a similar session next year, please pencil us in.”
Very many thanks, Jeff Atkins (1st Finchampstead (Badgers) Cub Scouts)
2nd FAS Barbel Teach-in, Stanford End Tuesday 14th July
The weather was perfect for the second barbel teach-in, overcast, wet and warm with the river carrying a slight colour after recent rain. Unfortunately the Barbel had other ideas as none showed up till 10pm. Just one 5lb plus Chub was obliging with the odd Chub bite missed and one good fish lost from a hook pull.
One unnerving point came when saying farewell to James in the third field down as I turned around to see an oversized cat around 30 yards away staring at us. This was at 9.50pm so it was quite dark, but we both agreed it was definitely a cat and as it strolled downstream to get away from us shining our head torches, every now and again stopping to look back, it seemed to get bigger! I have heard stories of other anglers witnessing a big black cat but this is my first sighting and I’m sure it was a wild cat as it was to far away from any buildings. On a more assuring note it was also brilliant to see a barn owl working the field behind, once common on this stretch of river but unfortunately the first I’ve witnessed for a few years now.
Obviously the six anglers learnt a few new skills as the following morning I received a picture of a 9lb 14oz Barbel that had been landed after I left plus news that an even bigger one had thrown the hook close to the net.
Tight lines to all the anglers that were involved and please keep me informed on how you get on during the forth coming months.
Farnham Angling Society 1st Barbel Teach-in – Monday June 29th 2015
Arriving at 5pm at the river Loddon at Stanford End it seemed that at last the English summer has arrived, great for a sun tan but absolutely hopeless for catching numbers of barbel during the hours of daylight.
After a brief explanation of rigs and bait all six anglers set off for a tour of the river with myself pointing out all of the fish holding areas, however shade was going to play a massive part in swim choice as the temperature was now into the mid twenties.
Anglers then made their swim choice and settled in with myself doing my best to sit with each angler and help set up and answer any questions.
It was a swim that produced for myself on the weekend that saw the first fish landed, a personal best chub weighing 5lb 4oz for Chris Davies. I was actually sitting chatting when the bite came and was at hand to land, weigh and photograph his catch. Things then went somewhat quiet with two fish being lost, both thought to be chub.
It wasn’t until the sun had disappeared and dusk was setting in that the first and only barbel was caught, one a shade under 9lb and a Loddon first for Richard Blake. I’m sure if the anglers had stayed on into darkness that a few more would have shown however on such a muggy night and after arriving early and roving around the temperature had taken its toll on us all. I also witnessed a couple of barbel twisting and turning on a gravely bottom with no interest in food so it also looked as if they were going through their spawning ritual.
It was, as usual a great evening and its always good to get some feedback. Here are a few words from Chris that followed.
I just wanted to say many thanks indeed for imparting your expertise yesterday. It was gratefully received and I know that all participants found it very enlightening. I was also pleased that you were on hand to witness and land a P B Chub for me !
Kind regards, Chris.
When you arrive at Alice Holt you will need to go through the parking barrier, as you pull up to the barrier a camera will read your registration and
allow you access. Once in, you can make your way to the pond and continue as normal. If you leave during Alice Holt opening times you will again need to pull up to the barrier and the camera will recognise your registration, the barrier will not open as you will not have paid. All members will need to have their current Farnham AS handbook to hand or at least your handbook number. You must then press the intercom that is located at the barrier which can
be reached from the drivers seat. When you get through to the control station you will need to tell the operator that you are a fisherman from
Farnham AS and give them your handbook number. You will then be given a clear exit as the barrier will raise.
If you arrive or leave when the park is closed, you will not need to stop at the barriers as they will be in the raised position, allowing a clear pass.
After your first visit:
After your vehicle has left, the Forestry Commission will enter your registration and handbook number onto our system and you will not have to do this again as the cameras will now recognise your car on entrance and exit for further visits.
The vehicles that are registered for FAS are only to use the Farnham AS car park close to Lodge Pond, if you use the main visitor car parks you have to pay. Any vehicles that have used the main car parks and leave without paying will receive a parking fine and you will be reported to the Executive Committee and may face disciplinary action.
The Executive Committee
Farnham Angling Society’s 24-Hr Jack Frost Memorial Charity Pairs Match fished at Badshot Lea Big Pond on the weekend of 2nd & 3rd May 2015
Farnham Angling Society’s 24-Hr Jack Frost Memorial Charity Pairs Match fished at Badshot Lea Big Pond on the weekend of 2nd & 3rd May 2015
The event raised over £2,552 (to date, but this will increase as more sponsorship has been pledged), in sponsorship for The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham. Massive thanks to our match organisers again this year, brothers Jon & Glen Hyatt, who managed to get 16-pairs taking part: a record number of entries. Also, thanks to all of the tackle shops and fishing tackle and bait manufacturers that donated prizes for the event.
Included in the event was a 40lb Catfish that was hooked by Jason Agate, was freed by Lee Fraser from a willow branch, then wiped out both Michael Whitney and Dan Dickerson in the adjacent swim, before it broke Jason’s line, only to be handlined in by Dan ! The fish didn’t count as was not landed on rod and line, but was returned safely after a great photo with both Dan and Jason.
Meanwhile, a nameless angler took an unexpected early bath, but his partner Chris Farmer was happy to help him back out as they each soldiered on. At the end of the event, side bets saw Simon King our Chief Bailiff having to pay Kel Roberts a ‘Trading Places’ style £1.00 whilst Mark Hurdle once again happily collected £10 each from both Les Malcolm and Roger Wilkinson.
Most importantly though, thanks to all those that raised funds by fishing the match and to those that supported us in raising funds. Jon is already planning on how we can improve on the success of this year’s event through the use of volunteers to act as marshalls to help with the 6-hourly weigh in and photos of fish in keep nets and photographing the Carp and Catfish as they are caught and possibly with a BBQ during or at the end of the event.
Match Results are:
2nd - Kel Roberts and Dave Willis 232lb 0oz (Pegs 26 – 28) – Tackle prize won. The pair of Mill Lane bailiffs landed a great swim and narrowly missed top spot with a catch of Carp and Bream.
3rd - Joe Lunn And Dan Green 98lb 12oz (Pegs ) - Tackle prize won. Did well to catch 3 Carp on the Sunday morning to boost their catch of Carp and Bream from Pegs along the Dirt Bank.
Other prizes awarded:
b) Largest Carp 23lb 6oz by Ross Norminton - Tackle prize won
c) Largest Bream 8lb 9oz by Paul Hopkins - Tackle prize won
d) Largest Tench 8lb 0oz by Andrew Cowell- Tackle prize won
e) Largest Cat 26lb 4oz by Trevor Hopkins - Tackle prize won
The rest of the results:
The prizes for this year’s event were donated generously by Aqua-Trix, team willow Willow Park Fishery, Crowthorne Angling Centre, Tackle Up Fleet, Hampshire Tackle, Gardner Tackle, Deception Angling Catfish Pro, Charwood Baits South East Hampshire Carp Handlers & of course Farnham Angling Society (FAS).
Massive thanks again to Jon Hyatt and Glen Hyatt (whose partner dropped out meaning he couldn't fish the event - bad luck fella), for organising the whole event and taking care of the considerable workload that it involves. Good on you guys and thanks for already agreeing to run it again next year and seek to make it even better.
Frensham Little Pond fishery guide film
Thanks to more superb work from Jamie Smith of Cypry Productions, Farnham AS now has another fishery guide film on our website, this one features the famous Frensham Little Pond.
Thanks to all those that supplied information and photos for use within the film.
The Frensham Little Pond film may now be viewed in full HD quality via Farnham Angling Society's website/YouTube by using the following link:
Amazing value for money on some of the best fisheries in the country
Farnham Angling Society handbooks for the 2015/16 season which starts on 1st April have now arrived at The Creel.
Postal applications for membership may be made with immediate effect:
a) Membership may be renewed by existing FAS members by completing the renewal form on Page 75 of their 2014/15 handbook. Please don’t forget that a £10.00 Late Fee applies from 1st May to 1st June and a £25.00 Joining Fee has to be repaid if re-joining after 1st June.
b) Non-members should download an application form from our website (http://www.farnhamanglingsociety.com/membership/membership.php), complete it and post it with appropriate photos and payment to The Creel.
Both existing members and new members are now able to obtain their membership in person at The Creel, 36 Station Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1HT.
The cost of Senior membership for the 2015/16 season will rise by just £2.00, with concessionary rates applying for Disable, Junior, Intermediate, Student and Over 65s.
To obtain an application form simply clisk on the link below:
A NEW passport photo is required when renewing permits.
Please remember the changes to Late Fees & Joining Fees for 2015/16.
Please remember that following the introduction of changes last season to the dates that Late Fees & Joining Fees, members will have to pay the Late Fee after 1st May 2015 and not 1st June 2015.
This coming season, Members from the 2014/15 season that re-join between 1st May & 1st June will pay a Late Fee and those re-joining after 1st June will have to pay the full Joining Fee of £25.00.
Our membership fees for the 2015 - 2016 season are as follows:
The Executive Committee’s proposal to raise the Senior fees by £2.00 was ratified at the AGM. As a result the following fees apply for the 2015 – 2016 season:
Coarse Fees for the coming season will be as follows:
Senior Membership £ 96.00
Intermediate / Student / Disabled £ 48.00
Paying OAPs £ 48.00
Juniors £ 24.00
The Trout Fees for the coming season will be:
River Wey £190.00
To obtain an application form simply clisk on the link below:
The Trout sub-section of Farnham AS has vacancies for rods to fly fish the South Wey at Frensham Mill. Each rod costs £190 per season + a £25 Joining fee to the FAS. This allows you any day access during the season which runs from 1st April 2015 until 30th September 2015.
This part of the river are green sand based so we do not advise wading. There is ample off road parking with easy access to the river.
The price also includes the Somerset Bridge stretch between 1st April to 15th June inclusive.
Parking for this section is at the bottom end of the section as indicated on the map.
Membership of the Trout Section is restricted to 25, so it is operated in a first come, first served basis.
For further information, contact the Chris Thayer the Trout Secretary on 01252 – 793780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again to the Environment Agency, Farnham Angling Society received a stocking of 1,050 Chub, Dace & Barbel into the River Wey at Elstead. The stocking was carried out by EA Fisheries Officer James Rabjohns from their Calverton Fish Farm in Nottingham and our local Area Officer Adrian Bicknell and was overseen by FAS’s Chairman, Richard Cane.
The eighteen month old fish from the EA's fish farm at Calverton, Nottingham transported well in oxygenated transport tanks.
The River Wey looked in great condition when the fish were stocked, just dropping off, but carrying some colour after a few days dry weather. We would expect the fish to spread out and settle down quickly in these conditions and let's hope thay grow quickly in yeas to come and provide sport for our members.
We are pleased to report on the stocking of 35 Carp from VS Fisheries into Copse Lake and Badshot Lea Big Pond.
We are pleased to report on the stocking of 35 Carp from VS Fisheries into Copse Lake and Badshot Lea Big Pond.
On the morning of Saturday 15th November 2014 morning, FAS stocked some great looking young Carp from VS Fisheries, who breed great quality carp from premium bloodline strains that are crossed to combine great looks with excellent growth rates. See the following link so you can read about the high quality pedigree and heritage of these fish which will provide some stunning fish for us for many years to come: http://www.vsfisheries.co.uk/carpstrains.php
The 25 fish stocked into Badshot Lea Big Pond ranged from 7-10lb each and the 10 that were stocked into Copse Lake were between 12-16lb, not all of the fish obliged us with a photo, with some preferring to slip straight into their new home from the floating mats ! Steve Gravestock the Head Bailiff at Yateley East is shown withone of tehose put into Copse Lake and you can see the rest of those that we did photograph on our galleries:
Thanks to Viv Shears & Simon Scott and the lads at VS Fisheries Ltd. for their patience whilst the larger fish were hand selected and to those that assisted with the stocking at our end.
Ian Gray, Honorary Secretary
With over 450 photographs added to the galleries this year alone and over 2,500 in total, our galleries are available to view for each of our waters and are split into fish and landscape: with each year shown seperately. There is also a Wildlife gallery as well.
You don't have to be David Bailey and your photos don't have to be of specimen fish, the very best landcsape shots or an animal shot that would have come from the leatst series of Life on Earth, just a photo of something that you enjoyed and which will be likely to remind us all just what it is that we love about fishing. We all go fishing for different reasons, whether it be to catch a new PB, a new species, to explore new fisheries, be close to wildlife, time with friends, teaching someone to fish, seeing your kids catch their first fish ar just to get a break and some fresh air. Whatever it is, enjoy your time on our venues and be respectful of other Members, and who knows what will take your bait.
The photos provide a great insight as to what has been caught recently from FAS waters and considering only a relatively small percentage of our Members actually choose to submit photographs to us, what you will see is just the tip of the iceberg of the fish we have available to catch !
So what are you waiting for, get your fishing gear together, get out on the bank and give yourself a chance of landing some fish this autumn and winter . . . . and please don't forget to take your camera and submit some photos to us !
Poaching & Fish theft
We hope you never need to use this new guidance from The Angling Trust, but please do so if you see poaching taking place on FAS fisheries or other waters. If you do witness poaching, please also call the Head Bailiff of the FAS fishery in the first instance. Do not tackle groups of poachers on your own, let the Police or Environment Agency Officers deal with them. The operation being undertaken is based on evidence, so each incident will be logged and patterns will assist them in tackling the organised poachers.
Guide for Anglers Reporting Offences to The Police.
"We are asking anglers to make it easy for call-takers and police officers when reporting offences of Theft of Fishing Rights and Theft of Fish. For that reason, and to overcome any confusion our Fishery Enforcement Manager Dilip Sarkar MBE has produced a new Guide for Anglers Reporting Offences to the Police."
Get the guide at: http://bit.ly/WgTpUK
With several KHV outbreaks recently identified by CEFAS, please be extra vigilant in drying all wet gear (landing nets, keep nets, unhooking mats and weigh slings), between fishing trips and remember that absolutely no damp or wet gear should be taken onto an FAS fishery: See FAS byelaw 4.b.3 Page 8 of the handbook. Please be vigilant at all times and help us protect our fisheries.
Algae blooms and crashes
With algae causing blooms on some fisheries, levels of dissolved oxygen at night can become a problem for fish, with fish kills resulting in serious cases. If you see groups of fish gasping at the surface, especially in the early hours, then please call the Head Bailiff on the fishery after 8.00am that morning. However if you are unable to speak to them, please call Simon King the Chief Bailiff or Richard Cane the Fishery Manager: their phone numbers are on Page 6 of the FAS handbook.
Potentially your actions could avert the loss of fish stocks on our fisheries and help prevent a serious fish kill.
Using barbed hooks.
Members have recently had their handbooks removed for fishing with barbed hooks and at the resulting disciplinary they have been suspended for the rest of the season.
FAS’s rules on barbs on hooks are clearly set out 4....b.1 on Page 8 of your handbook.
If you are crushing barbs on a pattern of hook you use that do not come in barbless, then the barb must be completely removed. This can be checked easily by pulling the hook into clothing. If the hook does no pull straight out without catching, then the hook is not yet barbless and needs the entire barb removing to be acceptable
You risk losing your membership by choosing to fish with barbed or micro barb hooks: being ignorant of this byelaw is not an excuse.
The Executive Committee.
Thanks to the great work of Jamie Smith of Cypry Productions and all those members that supplied him with information or photographs, we now have another ‘Walk Around’ film on our website.
The Winchfield Court Farm Pond may now be viewed via our website/YouTube by using the following link:
Please remember that Byelaw 2.f. states ‘All alcohol and illegal drugs are banned on all FAS waters’. Recent disciplinaries have resulted in 3 members being expelled for between 2-5 years: results of these vary depending upon the circumstances of the case in question.
Please, please comply with this byelaw and keep your membership.
Ignore this byelaw, and you are at risk of losing your FAS membership and with it your right to re-join in the future.
The Executive Committee
Thanks again to Jamie Smith of Cypry Productions for his filming of the recent ‘A Stepping Stone to Carp Fishing Success’.
Provided by FAS and organised by Kel Roberts and Simon King the aim of the event was to pass on knowledge to less ex...perienced anglers who were taught by some of the best in the land, including Jon McAllister, David Benton & Nigel Sharp.
Check out the film on our website using the link below:
Farnham AS’s ‘Stepping Stone to Carp Fishing Success’ at South Lake went very well, with 40 of our members receiving expert tuition on a range of skills during the 2 x 24-Hr slots on South Lake.
A huge thank you to Kel Roberts for organisi...ng the event for FAS and massive appreciation to the whole team of carp fishing experts made up of David Benton, Chris Boyda, Ryan Boyda, Josh Curd, Jon McAllister, Nigel Sharp, Matt Shaw, Duncan Smith, Phil Smith & Dave Willis.
Great support from Wraysbury Baits, X Baits, Kraken Baits & Yateley Angling Centre for their support of this FAS teach-in that has benefitted 40 very fortunate FAS members.
A massive thank you from Farnham Angling Society to David Benton, Duncan Smith, Adrian Fautley, Ryan Boyda, Josh Curd, Nigel Sharp & Brad Bickell (for returning from having attended previously as a Junior), for kindly donating their own time and braving the weather to help at the Carp Academy last weekend on The Old Pin on Badshot Lea Big Pond last weekend.
Many thanks as always to Hampshire Tackle for providing such a great deal on all the bait for the event once again.
The Juniors/Intermediates that attended were Billie Turner, Karl Butler, Reece Butler, Jack Cooper, Matt Gaines, James Holtham, Robbie Lunn & Jimmy Pullen, all of whom caught and who had some great Carp & Catfish, some of which are shown below.
Well done to Dave & the rest of the team for once again giving their time to help our Junior members become better anglers who will hopefully assist others in the future and follow the great example set by Brad & thanks to him for all the great photos . . . . . . well done everyone.
Thanks to the great work of Jamie Smith of Cypry Productions and all those members that supplied him with information or photographs, we now have 2 more ‘Walk Around’ films on our website.
Both South Lake & Lodge Pond may now be viewed via our website by using the link.
Badshot Lea Complex: Big Pond, Small Pond & Kings Pond.
Stocking at Badshot Lea Big Pond
The next day, I was showing an angler floater fishing and with temperatures rising to 26 degrees and with no wind, we instantly knew that we had made a wise decision, especially when a cruising carp slurped in a few floaters in front of the car park on Badshot Lea Big Pond.....
Duncan Charman - FAS Junior Members Organiser, gives us an overview of the Barbel Teach-Ins held on the River Loddon, Stanford End during 2013.
Another excellent Fishery Guide, this time for Stockbridge Pond.
We are extremely pleased to announce that the Stockbridge Pond Fishery Guide has now been completed and is available to view via our website, again with links on both the Fishery Page and the Articles/Video page. You will this beautiful 2.5 acre pond in all its beauty and the film provides some guidance in terms of depths and features to assist you in finding the fish, although that is generally not that difficult at this productive little water.
Our special thanks again to Jamie Smith of Cypry Productions (http://www.facebook.com/video4web), who has done another amazing job for FAS, and I would also add our appreciation to our Match Secretary Simon Hunter, who provided him with expert knowledge and acted as presenter for this film.
The list of Farnham AS Fishery Guides, now includes Stockbridge Pond, Mill Lane, Match Lake, Nursery Lake & Copse Lake, with films on Fish Care and The Farnham AS Match Fishing Section soon to be added. All other FAS venues will be being filmed in due course, which will help to provide viewers with better insight into Farnham Angling Society's fisheries.
Ian Gray, Honorary Secretary & The Executive Committee - 9th November 2013
An excellent Fishery Guide for Mill Lane.
We are extremely pleased to announce that the Mill Lane Fishery Guide has now been completed and is available to view via our website, again with links on both the Fishery Page and the Articles/Video page, you will see some stunning footage of Mill Lane at Yateley. This will provide some guidance in terms of depths and features to assist you with your fishing if you choose to embark on a campaign on this extremely tough but rewarding fishery, which maintains its position as the 'Jewell in the Crown' as far as truly specimen carp fishing within Farnham Angling Society's fisheries.
Our special thanks again to Jamie Smith of Cypry Productions (http://www.facebook.com/video4web), who has done another amazing job for FAS, and I would also add our appreciation to Nigel Sharp, Kel Roberts, Steve Cheeseman & Tony Rudge that provided him with additional photographs and information for inclusion within the film.
The list of Farnham AS Fishery Guides, now includes Match Lake, Nursery Lake & Copse Lake, with films on Fish Care, The Farnham AS Match Fishing Section and Stockbridge Pond soon to be added. All other FAS venues will be being filmed in due course, which will help to provide viewers with better insight into Farnham Angling Society's fisheries.
Ian Gray, Honorary Secretary & The Executive Committee - 30th October 2013
Dave Benton helps Imi at Kings Pond whilst supporting the Parity for Disability charity
I received the following email from Alison Cooper, the Executive Director of Parity for Disability on 9th August 2013, having previously agreed to a request from Dave Benton that he had received a call for help from the charity.
Dear Honorary Secretary,
I am writing to send our sincere thanks for allowing us to use your facilities yesterday, Thursday 8th August.
Parity for Disability runs an activity scheme for disabled teenagers during the Easter and summer school holidays when the young people choose what they want to do and we try to make it happen. This summer one teenager said she'd love to have a go at fishing. After much ringing around without any luck I was directed to your organisation and saw Dave Benton's contact details. He couldn't have been more helpful from the outset and agreed to meet us at Badshot Lea with everything necessary. The session was a resounding success; Imi had an amazing afternoon and was extremely pleased with her achievements.
Dave really pulled out all the stops and was so generous with his time and expertise.
Thank you so much for helping to make this happen, it makes such a big difference.
Following the success of the day, the Executive Committee have agreed to provide 4 x complimentary permits to Parity for Disability for future use at the Badshot Lea Complex, 2 for the disabled and 2 for their helpers, so that they may arrange further angling days in the future as they wish.
Ian Gray, Honorary Secretary on behalf of The Executive Committee
Please remember whilst parking at the Carters Hill section of the River Loddon not to park in front of the cottages along Julkes Lane, so as not to inconveneince our neighbours, but park in the lay by on the opposite side of the road.
The Executive Committee (September 2013)
Superbly filmed Fishery Guides for all of Farnham AS fisheries.
We are extremely pleased to announce that the first FAS Fishery Guide that was recently commissioned by the Executive Committee has now been completed and is available to view via our website. With links on both the relevant Fishery Pages and the Articles/Video page, you will be able to see the Match Lake at Yateley in all its glory and get some great guidance in terms of depths and features to assist you with your fishing.
Thanks to Jamie Smith of Cypry Productions who has done a fantastic job for FAS, and I would also add our appreciation to those that provided him with additional photographs for inclusion within the film. We will soon add further Fishery Guides, with Copse Lake and Nursery Lakes being next, and all other FAS venues will be being filmed over the next few months. These will help to provide you with better insight into FAS's fisheries and give you a chance to have a look at them ahead of making the journey to exploring them youself and fishing them.
Ian Gray, Honorary Secretary & Executive Committee - 8th August 2013
For all anglers visiting the River Loddon at Stanford End it is critical that we observe the restrictions at the top section of the venue. There have been some recent changes which are not yet detailed in the handbook and it is important to understand where we can fish and where we cannot.
From Car Park A the top section first field can be fished downstream from the road bridge down to the "rock barrier" where the sluice gate is. We cannot fish from on the rocks or from the other side of the bank. The entire area to the right of the rocks is easily reached by casting.
The rock barrier is the start of the restricted area downstream. It continues past the mill and first house, past the footbridge and the shallows and ends at the depth marker at the larger bay swim just after the ditch.
The relief channel in the top field is also out of bounds and must not be fished.
Please understand that anyone caught fishing the restricted areas are likely to face removal of permits, please do not let this happen to you!
Thank you for your co-operation regarding this.
Any further questions please call John Glover on the number in the book.
The Executive Committee (5th August 2013)
the small laybys on Bacon Lane (currently used by FAS members), which are within the newly appointed rural clearway (where there is no stopping, waiting or parking), may be used if parked vehicles have all 4 wheels off the road surface and is parked within the layby. Surrey Police have stated that they will not be issued a fixed penalty. This also applies to the larger layby on the opposite side of the road to the pond.
Please be sure to comply with this quidance. If you fail to do so, you are likely to be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.
The Executive Committee (27th July 2013)
If you do, you could receive a 2-Year Written Warning (Byelaw 2.a.1), and could lose your permit if you ignore this advice.
Please note that as from 16th June 2013, bait boats are not allowed at Frensham Little Pond, as required by the National Trust.
Free tuition on tactics - Helicopter rigs and other methods with Duncan Charman.
Midday on Saturday 25th 'til midday on Sunday 26th May. Draw at 9.00am. (The last Bank Holiday weekend in May)
The Frensham Little Pond bailiff team have clarified that there are 4-5 of the original Leney Carp, with one fish around the 40lb mark and the others between 27 – 35lb.
In addition, there are around 30 of the fish stocked by Thames Water Authority Carp, of which 2 are around the 40lb mark with others up to 35lb. In addition, there are around 30 Burton Bradstock fish, that are around the 25 – 30lb + mark, these fish are mainly linears and fully scaled fish. In addition to the Carp, there are Rudd to over 3lb 8oz that have been caught and Tench to 7lb + as well as some great Perch to over 3lb, plus some large Roach of 2lb + as well.
In the last 4 years, a number of smaller Carp have also been being caught by pleasure anglers, these are believed to have arisen from a successful spawning of the Burton Bradstock fish, as they are linears and fully scaled mirror carp.
The Executive Committee would be grateful for all photos of fish caught from the lake to be submitted on-line, especially the Carp, but also all other species, as we have very little at present on the gallery to show the quality fish that exist in this stunning fishery.
The Executive Committee
Our brand new promotional film advertises Farnham Angling Society and specifically the Badshot Lea Complex with details of the fisheries and winning methods to get the best from each of these waters. Special thanks to Brian Gay of V2V (http://www.v2vangling.co.uk/) for all his help and guidance during the making of this film.
Just click on the link to watch the video....
Ian Gray, Honorary Secretary & The Executive Committee - 20th March 2013
Coverage of Farnham Angling Society's purchase of the new fisheries at Yateley was featured on Sky Sport 3's 'Tight Lines' angling programme on Friday 25th January at 7.00pm.
Follow the link to see the video....
Farnham Angling Society are proud to announce the purchase of 8 of the famous Yateley Complex lakes, ensuring that angling continues on arguably the most famous Carp fishing complex in the country.
The eighteen month old fish were delivered from the Environment Agency’s Calverton fish farm near to Nottingham. The fish, which were counted into oxygenated transport tanks, are part of a consignment of 15,000 juvenile fish which have been stocked at different locations in Thames Region this autumn.
This year 1st Finchampstead Cub Scouts once again had the opportunity for some of our older cubs to have a go at angling. Six of our older cub scouts (aged 9 or 10) were given the challenge of fishing a 4 meter whip to see what they could catch. Thanks to Ian Gray, Farnham Angling Society’s Honorary Secretary made the day possible, and what a great day we had.
This year we used a keep net to be able to show the cubs how many fish they could catch with their efforts combined. We were kept cool by the many showers the day threw at us, but this did not dampen the enthusiasm of the cubs in the slightest. Setting up the whips to fish just on the bottom was soon completed with the help of the leaders. And floats were very soon in the water.
It wasn’t long before the first shouts of excitement came as the fish of this great little pond obliged. Many of those taking part had not fished before, but I’m sure they are now hooked for life! Roach with the odd Perch were the first species to come to the nets, follow by great joy and the odd Crucian Carp started to show.....
FAS encourage you to check out and complete the following questionnaire that has been launched today. It only takes 10 minutes to complete, and you can make sure your views as an angler are heard. You do not have to be a member of the Angling Trust to complete the survey.
Make sure you have your say in the National Angling Survey Launched
Angling Trust News - please complete this important survey
Anglers in England and Wales have been given a unique opportunity to highlight the issues that matter to them and their fishing by the Environment Agency, which has commissioned the Angling Trust to carry out the largest ever survey of freshwater and sea anglers.
The 10 minute online survey was launched today and will be live until Friday 31st August. It aims to find out the issues that are important to anglers so that more can be done to increase angling participation and improve the quality of fishing available. It will be promoted to anglers through thousands of fisheries, angling clubs, tackle shops and via the Environment Agency's database of anglers. All anglers, from novices to experts, are encouraged to take part. The survey can be completed here: www.anglingtrust.net/nationalanglingsurvey
As from the 1st June 2012 members booking for a night will no longer be asked for a start time, as the 24hr, 48hr & 72hr rule will no longer exist.
Members may book up to three consecutive nights.
If a member books 1 or 2 nights and wishes to fish 3 nights they will have to contact the system operator, both to check there if there are places available and to obtain a new code.
Any member that has booked a night/s, who then decides not to fish, must also inform the operator and cancel. Members not doing so may face disciplinary action, which could result in them being banned from booking nights or even loosing their membership. After three nights, members must have a three night gap before night fishing Mill Lane again.
Members who book in advance must use the dates already booked before booking another session, i.e. you may only have three night booked at any one time.
Thanks to all the bailiffs who entered the bailiffs match on June 23rd 2012. We had 10 pairs of anglers who are all bailiffs on different waters or Committee Bailiffs.
For those paying in person at The Creel, FAS are pleased to advise that we now accept debit card and most major credit cards as payment for the purchase of FAS membership and FAS merchandise.
Following this year’s 24-Hour Jack Frost Memorial Charity Pairs Match which is organised by Farnham Angling Society and takes place on Badshot Lea Big Pond near Farnham, Surrey, The Second Chance Children’s Charity in Portsmouth will receive in excess of £2,000.
This is the 12th year that we have run the match to commemorate the late Mr Jack Frost, our previous Secretary who gave 40-years of service to the Society and who was an active charity worker.
Since starting as a match fished by 8 individual anglers fishing on the Old Pin, it progressed to a pair’s match that normally occupies the entire lake.
My sincere thanks go to all the anglers that took part, as at one stage it looked as though the match may have to be cancelled, but a typical late run saw 12 teams register.
The weather was glorious, and had been for the week before the event, with a northerly wind turning into a steady north easterly wind pushing diagonally across the lake.
At 9.45am the draw took place and the teams all headed off to their pegs to see what the next 24-hours would bring.....
A Night Ticket System has been introduced at Mill Lane from the 1st April 2012 the details of which can be found in the Farnham Angling Society 2012/13 handbook, page 12.
Please note the changes that are highlighted on pages 38 and 39 of the Farnham Angling Society 2012/13 handbook.
The system will be introduced from 1st April 2012 and may be subject to change (which will appear on the Mill Lane map page), as the system will be monitored throughout the season.
Unfortunately, with 40 - 50 large Common Carp scales found near the inlet swim, it is suspected that a partial de-scaling has taken place, it is quite possibly one of the two large Common Carp, one of which was mid-30's and the other around the 28-30lb mark, known as the Long and Short Commons.
A similar sized Mirror Carp is known to swim with them. No body has been found, but not far away, a 'dead line' has since been found with a jelly lure attached.
Mike Slater, the Head Bailiff on Frensham Great Pond has instructed his bailiff team to increase the number of bailiffing rounds that are undertaken, checking for fixed lines through the use of a drag stick along the margins or casting parallel to the bank when anglers are not fishing to remove any fixed lines that are found and mentioning the problem to all FAS Members that are bailiffed so they can keep their eyes open, be vigilant and report any issues ASAP to Mike Slater in the first instance on 07967 - 736815.
Unfortunately, notices prohibiting poaching have been ripped down at the fishery many times and groups of non-FAS members have been found fishing illegally over the summer and were asked to leave, having been fishing with no permits, cheap rods and BBQ's at the ready in swims on the bank opposite the hotel.
Please ensure we do all we can to avoid any losses in the future - The Executive Committee (17th January 2012)
A fantastic Barbel of 17lb 10oz was landed at Carters Hill by Gary Barnett, only to be surpassed by Pete Jewell with an even larger specimen of 18lb 0oz Barbel just 48 hours later, and he then caught a 6lb 2oz Chub 2 hours later to complete what must rank of one of the best ever braces from the River Loddon !
Michael Rogers has claimed the FAS record for a Brown Trout with this stunning fish of 4lb 8oz that was caught from Stanford End on the River Loddon on 4th January 2011.
It was his first cast of the day when being guided by Duncan Charman with the intention of catching a 5lb Chub, which he went on to achieve later in the day !
The Environment Agency Fisheries team delivered a batch of fish to the River Wey at Elstead on 24th November.
The juvenile fish which consisted of 250 barbel, 250 chub and 250 dace were introduced to the river in an area chosen away from the main flow with lots of marginal cover.
The fish which were transported from the Environment Agency's Calverton Fish Farm in Nottingham swam away strongly and are expected to grow quickly in the rich environment.
The fish introduction was overseen by FAS Chairman Richard Cane, pictured.
Junior Jimi Loten has claimed the FAS record for a Ruffe with a 1oz 4dr Ruffe that was caught from Badshot Lea Big Pond on 28 October 2011 and carefully weighed using electronic kitchen scales !
Jimi showed that his specimen hunting, for which he is fast making a name for himself, is not just confined to Barbel such as this 16lb 4oz specimen that he took from Carters Hill in July this year which was just 8oz off the existing FAS record.
Want to fish for Pike, then remember you need to have attended an FAS Pike Teach In !
There is no need to book. Anyone wishing to fish for Pike on FAS waters must attend a Pike teach-in. This includes all guests and exchanged members.Anyone who is not a member may also attend a teach-in, all are welcome.
Please remember that to qualify for a 'Pike Fishing permit stamp' in the Handbook, attendants must arrive before the stated time of each teach-in session (times indicated below) and bring the required equipment as per bye-law 4.s.ii a-g (see pages 10-11 to allow for a tackle check by FAS officials, otherwise you will not be able to complete the teach-in).
All required tackle will be available to purchase and sold at 10% discount (cash transactions only).
You must be prepared to handle Pike during the teach-in session. All Pike Teach-Ins completed for 2011/12 Season and the next Teach-Ins will start in September 2012. For further information contact, Mike Slater 07967 736 815.
Just forty-eight hours before the event the river had been bank high and coloured after a recent down pour that saw parts of Reading flooded.
Every Barbel in the river would have been feeding heavily during this period and with the river now fined right down to its normal level and a day of high pressure bringing bright blue skies; along with nine anglers on its bank it was never going to be easy.
After eventually getting to the river we all sat down in the field where l demonstrated the technique that l had perfected over many years of fishing this small intimate river. This was followed by plenty of questions from the anglers before they all settled into swims.
This stretch of river has a limited number of swims, and some found it difficult, however one small Barbel was caught very early on along with a few Chub. Unfortunately, my methods involve being mobile, being on the river at times when no one else is, then rotating the better swims which wasn’t possible for these guys on the day, however I’m sure that most will have understood this and will be back soon and then they will start to see just how effective and immediate the approach is.
All the anglers seemed to have enjoyed the day, learnt a lot, as well as being blessed with a fantastic view of watching a barn owl hunt the fields at dusk.
Tight Lines and please keep us informed on your Barbel catches by submitting them for display on the web site - Duncan Charman
Trevor Hopkins has broken the FAS Common Carp record, catching Scar at 40lb 14oz. This was included within an amazing haul of 35 Carp, with only 2 under 10lb and the best of the rest at 19lb 13oz. This included 10 Grass Carp, with 3 over 20lb, and the biggest at 23lb 10oz. he also had a a Catfish of 29lb 9oz. Trevor caught all the fish from the same swim over 7 nights fishing, over the course of 10-days on and off Badshot lea Big Pond.
Eight Cubs from 1st Finchampstead Scout Group had a simply fantastic days fishing on Kings Pond. Most of the boys (aged 8 to 10) had never been fishing before and having arrived by mini bus we were excited at the thought of a great day’s fishing. We were met by Ian Gray, the Secretary of Farnham Angling Society who had helped make the day possible with the support of the Environment Agency who had supplied us with whips and pole float rigs, bank sticks and ‘Fishing Introductions Packs’ for the boys and with Farnham Angling Society providing the venue, pellets and groundbait, landing net handles and some terminal gear for the cubs to practise making up their own float rigs for the future.
As a result of the future reconstruction of the broken weir on the river (at the lower end of the straight section below the weir by the bridge), the Environment Agency and the Stratfield Saye Estate are in the process of building a 3m wide fish pass across the front field of the top section of Stanford End. When completed, there will be a bridge over the fish pass, so access across this field will return to normal in the future. As a result, FAS members access across the front field is restricted for Health & Safety reasons whilst construction works are being undertaken by the contractors during the working day. Therefore daytime access to the fishery from Car Park A will instead be via the second field beyond the hump back bridge over the river down Chequer Lane. Access will be possible across the normal route during evenings and weekends, but extra care should be taken, especially at night. Whilst this work is ongoing, with the contractors plant and equipment and construction of the channel bringing about major changes to the levels of the field, a temporary bridge over the future channel may be created, but we are not yet sure of its location. These works are due to be completed by the Stratfield Saye Estate sometime in September 2011. Due to additional works upstream, involving the creation of additional areas of future spawning habitat for Barbel, the river will on occasion be very coloured whilst machines work in the river itself. FAS hope to be provided with a summary with plans of the current works from the Environment Agency in due course.
Senior Barbel Teach-In: River Loddon at Stanford End Sunday afternoon/evenings - 21st August, 18th September & 16th October 2011 Top end closed 10am-10pm. Meet at Car park A at 2.30pm. finish approximately 9.30pm. Restricted to 8 x FAS Members for each session. Duncan is an expert angler, fishing guide and feature writer for the angling press. He has kindly offered to give free tuition to those FAS Members that book on the courses to learn more about Barbel fishing. Juniors may apply for the Junior Barbel Teach-In: Junior Barbel Teach-In: Stanford End Sunday 4th September 2011 - Top End closed from 10am - 10pm. Transport: 2pm Mini bus pick up from Badshot Lea Small Pond car park, return by approx 9.30pm. Restricted to 6 x FAS Junior Members. Run by Duncan Charman & Dave Benton, the FAS Junior Members Organiser. To book your Places on either the Senior or Junior Barbel Teach-ins run by Duncan Charman, please call Mick or Fran at The Creel on 01252 320871 between 9am-6pm Monday to Saturday. You must give your name and permit number to book. First come, first reserved. Surface Carp Fishing: Junior Teach In 27th July 2011 - From 4pm - dusk. Badshot Lea Small Pond - Pegs 8 -18. Restricted to 6 Junior members. For details, call Dave Benton before 8pm on 07790 - 799524.
The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham received £3,306.11 thanks to the members of Farnham Angling Society following the 2011 24-Hour Jack Frost Memorial Charity Pairs Match at the clubs flagship Badshot Lea complex. On the Sunday 29th May 2011 David Benton & Nigel Sharp were declared the winners, the two specialists having fished well to catch 155lb 3oz of Bream & Carp. They had been pressed hard all the way by Mark Hurdle & Ben Ivory who finished second with 118lb and Ian Gray & Simon Walmsley who came third with 98lb 6oz of Bream, Roach, Perch and Rudd and Tench. The better specimens landed included a 16lb 1oz Common Carp, a 10lb Bream and 7lb 5oz Tench. Ian Gray, Honorary Secretary of Farnham Angling Society, explained "This is the 11th year we have run the match to commemorate the late Mr Jack Frost, our previous Secretary, who gave 40-years service to the Society and who was an active charity worker." The winners of the match received complementary permits for next season. In addition, the junior & senior anglers raising the most sponsorship, those finishing in the second & third placed teams and those individuals landing the best specimens all won fishing tackle prizes that had been generously donated by the owners of Hampshire Tackle, Gold Valley Angling Centre, Nash Baits, Tackle Up, The Creel, Guildford Angling Centre, Backhurst Bait Supplies, Rokers Animal Feeds, Goldsworth Angling, Westfield Angling and Nigel Sharp.
The Angling Trust have set up a procedure whereby anglers seeing a cormorant (not necessarily members of the AT although FAS would encourage that our Members support them), can go to a new web page set up by the Angling Trust that enables you to report where you saw one and what it was doing at the time - i.e. flying, nesting, feeding etc. You don't have to be a member of the Angling Trust to use the web page, and the information collated will be used by the Angling Trust to put the anglers case to the Government in order to seek to address this invasive predatory bird, which has caused so much damage to the UK's coarse fish populations since the 1980's. You can get to the website here: www.anglingtrust.net.
Forthcoming Changes to our fishing at Lodge Pond. which will come into effect from 1st September 2011 Weekly Closure Every week, NO FISHING will be allowed to take place from noon on Wednesdays to 4pm on Thursdays to enable the Forestry Commission to utilise Lodge Pond for the wider general public. Swims 7 & 8 Every day, swims 7 & 8 will be closed to fishing between the hours of 8.00am and 8.00pm. These swims will be used by the general public, of all ages for viewing the pond and for duck feeding. Vacating your swim Anglers vacating swims should do so in good time, making sure that they are clear of all litter and especially any hooks and line which could cause danger to the general public of all ages, especially children These are stipulations of our new lease and if anyone is found not complying with these new Fishery Rules, they will face the severest penalties at a disciplinary hearing, so please do not risk your continued membership of Farnham Angling Society.
Farnham Angling Society are delighted to announce that fishing by its members may resume at Lodge Pond with immediate effect, as a 1-year lease will be agreed, and that the future fishing at the site beyond that point will be discussed with Farnham Angling Society.
A rare Sea Trout was caught by Matt Holt on 24th February 2011 from the back stream at Sindlesham Mill. The catch has been verified by Environment Agency officers and is definitely the first photo that FAS have received of one, unfortunately the rare fish for this river was not weighed, so can not be claimed as a new FAS record. However, its certainly a catch to remember for Matt.
The FAS Perch record has been broken with a fish of 3lb 5oz landed on 22nd November by Duncan Charman from Frensham Great Pond whilst fishing with maggots and a helicopter rig. The fish was landed along with several Rudd and Tench whilst Duncan was once again targeting the specimen Rudd at Frensham.
The Environment Agency delivered a stock of Chub and Barbel to the River Wey at Elstead on Tuesday 16th November 2010. A spot was chosen where there is a slack area of flow to stock the fish which swam off strongly. The fish were bred at the Environment Agency's fish farm at Calverton, near Nottingham which produced half a million fish last year. Richard Cane, FAS Chairman, met with Adrian Bicknell, Fisheries Officer at the Environment Agency on site to oversee the stocking of 200 Chub and 50 Barbel stocked into the section of river. This particular section of river provides some good habitat for juvenile fish with fast runs of water and undercut banks and we are hoping these fish will grow quickly.
The Big Common at Badshot Lea Big Pond has been caught several times this season, and has now broken the official FAS record for the species as it continues to pack on weight for the coming winter. Jason Clarke of Nottingham caught the Big Common at 40lb 3oz on 29th September to claim a new FAS record, having seen it topping at 30m the previous day, he spodded about half a kilo of maize and used 4 pieces of maize and a piece of fake corn on a 3 inch hooklink off a size 10 hook. Earlier this season, John Triggs landed the big Common Carp at 38lb 0oz on 26th June, 4oz short of the FAS record. He then had the good fortune to catch it again on , but this time at 38lb 8oz in August and claimed the new FAS record. Stott McDermott then caught it at 39lb 1oz to claim the FAS record on 29th August, but this has now been broken by Jason Clarke's capture. Since it was caught at 40lb 3oz, it has been caught twice at 39lb 12oz, by Jamie James on 4th October and by Peter Hooper on 11th October. Who could be next ?
A fantastic 40 hour session at Tarn Pond resulted in 9 Carp including 5 of over 20lb for Glen Wright
The third and fourth FAS record claims of the season have been received. A Chub of 7lb 5oz from the River Loddon at Stanford End caught by Michael Tooke and a 38lb 8oz Common Carp from Badshot Lea Big Pond caught by John Triggs, the second time he has caught the fish this year ! Well done to both members, but will they still hold the record at the end of the season or will they be beaten ?
Farnham Angling Society would like to reaffirm that it retains full fishing rights for the River Loddon at Carter's Hill and Sindlesham Mill and that there is no change to this venue which remains on the FAS permit for the 2010/2011 season. The Society is currently disputing a third parties claim to the fishing rights on a section of the river at this venue, on which FAS have held the fishing rights for over 60 years. The Society's solicitors are dealing with this matter and are confident that the matter will be resolved in due course. Member's are requested to ignore any signs that may be put up by third parties claiming ownership of the fishing rights at this venue and to report any challenges to the Chairman, Richard Cane on 01252 - 721105
Congratulations to Mike Guy pictured with a great fish, his very first from Farnham Angling Society waters on his first ever trip out ! Caught on 1st June 2010 and fishing on his own at Winchfield Court Farm Pond, he did well to get a good photo of the 31lb 0oz Koi, one of two known 30s at the small fishery. The fish came from under a overhanging tree on the island, and was tempted by a Mango & Peach Boilie with a piece of orange plastic corn.
Following this years (2010) 24-Hour Jack Frost Memorial Charity Match that took place at Badshot Lea Big Pond on the weekend of Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th May 2010, The Second Chance Children's Charity will benefit from a donation of £1,771 via Farnham Angling Society.
Now in it’s 10th year, the match commemorates the late Mr Jack Frost, who gave 40-years of service to the Society and was an active charity worker. The matches have now raised a total of £25K that has been donated to The Second Chance Children's Charity based in Portsmouth and the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham. On behalf of FAS I again express thanks to the 20 anglers that took part who enjoyed the match and congratulations to all for raising the funds.
Congratulations to Daniel Ibbott pictured with a fish of a lifetime, caught on 15th April 2010 at Badshot Lea Big Pond, a fantastic Tench of 10lb 10oz. This has been accepted as the new FAS record by the Executive Committee having been witnessed by two Junior Members.
Please remember that the following waters will be closed from 15th March 2015 until 16th June 2015:
Frensham Great Pond, Frensham Small Pond, River Blackwater, River Loddon (all sections); River Wey (all sections); River Whitewater and Tarn Pond.
However, that still leaves Members with a fair few to choose to from . . . Please see page 2 of your handbook.
Please remember that on 31st March every year, all Farnham AS waters are closed to our Members.
See Byelaw 1.b on Page 7 of your handbook.
Running Event at Lodge Pond
Please be aware that the Forestry Commission and Farnham Runners have organised this year's 10K Race for Saturday 5th September 2015 at Alice Holt. As a result, Members may not use (unless in case of an emergency), the access track to or from the car park between 10.00am and 1.00pm on Saturday 5th September 2015.
The Executive Committee – August 2015