Dr Chesters Senior Trophy

The Dr Chesters Senior Trophy ( sponsored by Anglers Lodge at Jubilee Lakes) was fished as scheduled on the 1st Sunday in July.  River conditions with low water and hot sunshine were such that postponing the competition was considered. However those anglers who had turned out chose to go ahead but to fish for a shortened period of time.

With apologies for the quality of the picture congratulations go to our winner Paul Myers  seen here with the trophy. Paul also picked up the prize of #200 of vouchers generously donated by Anglers Lodge at Jubilee Lakes.

Well done Paul.
Senior Competition

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Hot Weather : Fish Suffer

Conservation of fish stocks during extended hot weather.

As you are well aware the weather of late has been exceptionally warm, and is forecast to remain unchanged for the coming weeks. The result of this is the low water levels and the increase in the weed growth in the river system.

While we all love to go fishing, we must try to limit any potential negative impact on fish stocks caused through angling. Therefore, we would urge our members and the wider angling community to seriously consider the possible risks to fish health from the current extended period of hot weather and its effect on reducing dissolved oxygen (D.O.) in our rivers to potentially, dangerously low levels.

Water has a specific level for D.O. (dissolved oxygen) it can hold. This level can be affected by several factors including water temperature, atmospheric pressure, salinity, aquatic vegetation etc. Given our current weather it is water temperature that is causing concern as at higher temperatures D.O. will fall considerably.

We must also remember that in rivers with substantial aquatic vegetation there is a daily cycle as plants photosynthesise which causes falls in D.O. during the night.

British rivers usually carry good levels of D.O. because of our temperate climate. While some of our native freshwater species like Salmonoids have evolved to require these higher levels of D.O. than other species, in these conditions these fish can have difficulty recovering from being caught at low D.O. levels.

This is because at low D.O. levels fish can’t quickly replenish Oxygen in their bloodstream. Given this we must be responsible and ensure that D.O. levels are suitable for not just the fishes everyday survival but for their full recovery after being caught by an angler.

As we see water temperatures pushing beyond 20°C the margin of safety between the minimum D.O. requirements for full recovery of these species and the level available in the water is dramatically reduced and the physical exertion of the fight can lead to fish mortalities even after appearing to be recovered and swimming away.

Therefore, we would ask all our fellow anglers to please be aware and fully consider this if you are planning fishing for these types of fish, and whether it may be best for fish safety and conservation to avoid the risk until such time as we get a significant change in the weather conditions.

Dr Chesters Senior Trophy

Remember him from last year? And the year before?

Who will prize the prize ( The Dr Chesters Senior Trophy Sponsored by Angler’s Lodge at Jubilee Lakes) away  from Trevor? It could be you !

Winner

Trevor Conway is seen here receiving the Dr Chesters Trophy from club secretary Shaun O’Dowd.

Well done Trevor.

Do you think you can topple Trevor?

Why not give it a go? 1st Sunday of July 2018 from 3:00 to 8:00pm, just turn up at Jubilee Car park this Sunday for 2;30 pm ready to register and fish from 3:00pm. Anyone could win so come along and do your best to make sure it’s not three in a row for the defending champ.

Sorry Trevor.

Remember Sunday July 1st 2018. 3:00pm to 8:00pm. meet at the Jubilee Bridge car park. 

 

Congratulations Seth

Our warm congratulations to Seth Johnson who once again weighed in a superb fish over 2lbs to win the Junior Competition.

The competition was fish on Sunday afternoon and the weigh in was very much a family affair with Seth weighing in a 2lb 3 0z fish while in second place Tommy presented a lovely 1lb trout.

You may recognise Seth as a previous winner and a young angler who has a habit of catching big fish.

Well done to both lads who we can be sure will be great anglers of the future.

Guest Tickets.

We are introducing Guest Tickets on a trial basis.

The aim is to add a little extra value to your membership by allowing each member two guest tickets per season and so allowing the opportunity to take a friend fishing on our waters.

We imagine that some of these visitors may join the club in due course but it will give everyone the chance to treat a friend or two.

We will review the scheme at the end of the season and all being well at the AGM we will look at continuing in the future.

For full details of how to use the scheme please go to the membership page,