PORINGLAND LAKES

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FISHING NEWS

New Bailiffs Appointed


Poringland Lakes have appointed two new bailiffs.  Local resident Brian London and Liam Crowley (pictured above) have joined the team, taking the total number to ten.

“We are really grateful for the support of our volunteer bailiffs” said Association chairman John Overton.  “Not only do they collect day fees but they also keep an eye on the site and make sure the fishing rules are observed.”

The full team is Peter Carman, Jonny Causton, Liam Crowley, Mike Dicks, David Garrod, John Hodgson, Brian London, Danny Morley, Mick Morley and Ray Noble.  

Matt’s Celebrity Double

Poringland Lakes’ two celebrity fish have been both caught within the space of an hour – by the same angler!

 

Making his only his second visit to the lakes, new season ticket holder, Matt Charlton banked Appleslice at 16lb 12oz, then captured Tango which weighed in at 12lb 13oz.  Both fish, taken on luncheon meat, were independently witnessed and weighed.

It is believed to be the first time the two fish have been landed in the same session.  Both fish were in pristine condition.  

Not only have they survived the recent otter attacks but have wintered well.

Charlton’s remarkable double will send shock waves through the match fishing community as Matt is set to make his debut in next month’s winter league series.  On this form, the Poringland resident must be fancied to scoop the Glenn Memorial cup, the traditional new season opener.


Weed Control

Despite temperatures edging just above freezing point, volunteers spent several hours cutting back marginal weed in Duffield and transporting the vegetation to the bonfire site.

The work, spearheaded by Mick Morley and Michael Graver, should really improve fishing and make bankside pegs more accessible.

Christmas Bonus

Having broken up for the festive season and with all his Christmas shopping done, local angler Nick Causton thought he’d make a quick visit to the lakes – and what a great decision it turned out to be. 

Not only did he catch Appleslice which weighed in at 17lb 13oz but he also smashed his PB in the process.

The lakes’ celebrity fish, which was caught on a white chocolate mini-boilie, was in prime condition.

It was the first time Appleslice had been landed for a while, in contrast to the summer when it made regular bankside appearances.

The capture and weighing was independently witnessed by fishery manager Mick Morley and lakes’ trustee Jonny Causton.

It is hoped that by the Spring the handsome mirror carp will edge over the 18lb mark.

“The fishing is really good at the moment” said Mick Morley.  “The mild weather combined with the recent rains seems to have livened the fish up, especially the carp which are still on the feed.”

Fishery Manager Accredited

Poringland Lakes now boast a fully trained expert on identifying and dealing with invasive non-native plants and animals.

Fishery manager Mick Morley has successfully passed the Angling Trust training course on biosecurity.  Successful completion of the course was a condition of receiving the recent grant.

Fish Welfare Plea

Poringland Lakes prides itself on the quality of its fish stocks, most of which are in excellent condition.

In order to maintain healthy fish stocks, visiting anglers are being encouraged to carry fish welfare kits to treat wounds and any other sores fish may have.

"All our fish are in tip-top condition" explained head bailiff Mick Morley. "Largely due to the care our anglers take in carefully playing, landing and unhooking fish.

"Inevitability a small number of fish sustain wounds, especially during the spawning season, so we are asking anglers to carry fish care products such as antiseptic spray or gel, to patch up any wounds fish may have. This will ensure that the fish survive to fight another day."

Fish care kits, which only cost a few pounds, are widely available in all tackle shops including PW Angling at Long John Hill.! 

Crisis Adverted 

A potential crisis at Poringland Lakes has been adverted thanks to swift action by a small group of volunteers. 

Water tests showed a dramatic drop in dissolved oxygen levels, brought about by the current prolonged spell of hot weather, which threatened fish stocks. 

A response team was quickly assembled and they pumped pure oxygen into all three lakes as well as deploying a recirculatory water pump. 

"All three lakes were dangerously low on dissolved oxygen" explained fishery manager Mick Morley.  "The lowest reading was in Duffield which registered just 1.73 which is considered critical.  Gudgeon and Noble were also well down with readings of 2.3 and 2.4 respectively." 

Adequate dissolved oxygen is necessary for good water quality.  As dissolved oxygen levels in water drop below 5.0 mg/l, aquatic life is put under stress. The lower the concentration, the greater the stress. Oxygen levels that remain below 1-2 mg/l for a few hours can result in large fish kills.

The Association has recently received substantial grants from the Angling Trust and South Norfolk Council towards a permanent electricity supply and aeration system. 

Project manager Paul Bonham confirmed that the project programme would be accelerated following the dramatic drop in DO levels.

Chub Plans Put on Hold?

Plans to introduce chub to the lakes later this month may have to be put on hold because of the cost.

Fishery manager Ryan Westgarth has been looking to stock the lakes with one hundred chub between six and eight inches but the cost may prove prohibitive and, in any event, stocks across the country are extremely low.

"I am in the process of getting quotes from a number of suppliers" said Ryan. “Three companies have told me they are out of stock but will be able to help out next season.

"I have only managed to get one quote and that’s for £822 which works out at over £8 a fish.  With the priority on providing electricity and aeration which will cost the Association several thousand pounds, we may have to put off introducing chub for a while" said Ryan.

The Association is awaiting a decision by the Angling Trust to fund £5,000 towards the electricity and aeration project. If that’s successful it could pave the way to stocking chub in the next few months. A decision by the Angling Trust is expected at the end of March. 

No Change in Fees

Season and day tickets have been pegged at existing levels for the third year running.  Season tickets, limited to 60 anglers, will remain at £50 and day tickets £5.

"Although we have some heavy commitments in the coming year, we are pleased to announce there will be no increases in fees in 2018/2019" said Association treasurer Dr George Shearer.

The season runs annually from 1 June to 31 May.  Reminders are due to be sent out to existing ticket holders in April. In the meantime, anyone interested in being added to the waiting list should email secretary@poringlandlakes.co.uk.

Appleslice Banked at 17lb 14oz


Poringland Lakes’ celebrity fish, Appleslice, has been banked for the first time in weeks.  Weighing a healthy 17lb 14oz, the fish appeared in good health and according to its captor Jonny Causton, was “fighting fit”. 

Jonny picks up the story. 

“I had a very good day on the lakes today.  I started on Noble with a little baby carp which was quickly followed by a 4lb carp.  The wind built up and it was cold so I moved to Duffield around noon.  After not getting a bite for an hour I needed to change something on my method feeder so switched from an 8mm spicy sausage meat pellet to crab which did the trick. 

“First cast and two minutes later I netted a 6lb 2oz carp. Next cast, same spot and within minutes rod pulled of the rests and finished halfway in the water.  I managed to snatch it and 20 minutes later, in what was a new PB, Appleslice was on the bank weighing 17lb 14oz.  It was a memorable fight on 8lb line. 

“I must thank fellow fisherman Graham Ward for helping land the fish and verifying the weight.  What a day!” 

In fact regular day ticket visitor Graham may well have been into Appleslice earlier in the day.  Fishing float fished maggot on relatively light gear, Graham hooked what he described as a ”monster” which took him all over the lake before shedding the hook in a reedbed.

New Sub-Group Set Up 

A Bailiffs’ sub-group is to be set up to discuss matters of mutual interest such as the rules and their interpretation.  Headed by head bailiff Ray Noble and Ryan Westgarth, the new committee is expected to have its first meeting early in the New Year.    

“This is a positive development” said trustee Ryan Westgarth.  “The committee can have a real input into all fishing activities, including the rules and regulations.  However it must be emphasised that any resulting proposals would have to be endorsed by the Trustees” he added. 

Great Return After Fifteen Years 

Making his first visit to Poringland Lakes for 15 years, a Thorpe angler has hit the jackpot, by catching the lakes’ celebrity fish, Appleslice.

Hardly recognising the place since his last visit, Dave Stillwell caught the mirror carp using a method feeder loaded with pellet on a size 16 hook. 

“It put up a tremendous fight” said Dave.  “It was in wonderful condition although it looked a bit thinner than the pics I’ve seen previously on the website.  The fish must be well over 25 years old” he added. 

Angling Trust level two coach, Mark Casto witnessed the catch and confirmed that the fish weighed in at just over 17 pounds. 

However there are emerging suggestions that Appleslice’s reign as the biggest carp in the lakes may soon be over.  Several anglers have reported losing mid-doubles in both Noble and Gudgeon.  With all the stock continuously gaining weight, Appleslice may soon be knocked off his perch!

Surface Fishing Ban Imposed

An immediate ban on surface fishing has been imposed at Poringland Lakes.

Trustees took this unanimous decision after several reports of damage to fish had been reported.

Explaining the change, head bailiff said “Being both a conservation site as well as a fishing venue, fish welfare is one of the Association’s top priorities. 

“We have noticed damage to fish mouths in recent weeks which the bailiffs put down to an increase in surface fishing.  There have also been instances when wildfowl have picked up surface baits which could end up with a tethered bird.     

“We realise this method is popular but we have to put fish welfare first” added Ray.

Personal Best on First Visit 

Chris Inger’s debut visit to Poringland Lakes resulted in a memorable day and a personal best carp.  

Chris only moved to the village recently and wasn’t aware of the lakes existence until he took up residency.  Paying his first visit to the water, his first fish was a pristine 12lb carp, a PB.  Chris continued to land a further carp of around 4lb, along with a nice silver bream and lost another good carp at the net.  

Another very happy first time angler to the lakes!

Carp Bonanza


While anglers on the rivers and local commercials were struggling for bites in cold conditions, season ticket holder Alan Crabb was having a field day at Poringland Lakes.    

Presenting dead maggot on a pole, Alan netted 14 carp between three and eight pounds as well as a few roach and skimmers, to mark a memorable session on a bitterly cold February day.

Day Ticket Delight 






Poringland Lakes’ ‘celebrity’ fish has been caught again. 

Day ticket visitor, Dave Stewart from Lakenham, smashed his personal best by landing ‘Appleslice’ which topped the scales at 16lb 4ozs.  The capture and weighing was witnessed by accomplished carp angler and part-time bailiff Ryan Westgarth. 

Beaming from ear to ear, a delighted Dave said “It was only my second visit to Poringland.  I had blanked all day.  It was around three o’clock and I was just about to pack up when the rod spun round and I knew immediately I was into a big fish.  It took me all over the lake.  It was so strong but after a real struggle, I managed to bank it.  It was so exciting.  It’s such an impressive fish and was in wonderful condition.”

Fishing the Glenn Duffield memorial lake, the fish fell to spicy sausage on a standard zig-rig.

17lb Carp Landed


Lakes' season ticket holder Neil Edwards is celebrating a PB after he landed a stunning 17lb mirror carp this afternoon.

The fish, known as Apple Slice because of its evenly spaced scales, put up a valiant fight before succumbing to the net.

Clearly delighted, an exhausted Neil took stock before resuming a memorable day's fishing.

That was unbelievable" said Neil.  "The fish was so strong. I was so relieved to get it in the net."

The weigh-in was witnessed by head bailiff Ray Noble who verified the 17lb capture.

"It looks at if Apple Slice has put on some weight over the winter, probably because of the increased the food source" said Ray.
 

First for Norfolk

Poringland Lakes has become the first fishery in Norfolk to be listed on the prestigious Angling Trust website.

The village venue has been listed ahead of some of the country's most famous fisheries including Barford and Taswood Lakes.

"We are delighted to be the first" said head bailiff Ray Noble. "We hope that the website entry will see more anglers, including those from away, visit Poringland" he added.

The Angling Trust website can be viewed on www.anglingtrust.net.  Select "Find a Fishery" to view the Poringland Lakes entry.

Association Joins Angling Trust


Poringland Conservation and Fishing Lakes Association have become members of the Angling Trust.


The Angling Trust is the representative body for all coarse, sea and game anglers in England.  It was formed from an historic merger of six angling and conservation organisations in January 2009 with the aim of lobbying government, campaigning on environmental and angling issues and developing the sport from grass roots to elite level.

The Trust also incorporates Fish Legal wish uses the law to fight pollution and other damage to fisheries on behalf of its member clubs and fisheries.

“Our membership of the Angling Trust is something which is long overdue” said head bailiff Ray Noble who was instrumental in contacting the Angling Trust.

“Affiliation will bring a host of benefits including a free listing on the Trust’s website including a link to www.poringlandlakes.co.uk which hopefully will see more anglers visiting Poringland Lakes; advice on funding for angling projects; free expert factsheets on fishery management, angling and legal issues and discounted savings on civil liability insurance.            

“In return we will offer Trust members a 10% discount of all season and day ticket purchases” said Ray.  “Hopefully this will encourage more anglers to visit Poringland Lakes” he added. 

Season Ticket Increase 

The Trustees have confirmed that season tickets for 2015/2016 will be £50.  The committee decided to increase the fee after the Association invested £2,500 in new fish stocks earlier this year. 

“At less than a pound a week, this still represents wonderful value” said head bailiff Ray Noble. 

Demand for season tickets, which run from 1 June to 31 May each year, always outstrips supply.  The Association’s constitution limits season tickets to 25 a year, so it’s not surprisingly there’s a lengthy waiting list. 

The Association recently increased the cost of a day ticket from £4 to £5 which is still makes Poringland Lakes one of the cheapest venues around. 

Day Tickets Now A Fiver 

Now that the lakes have been fully re-stocked with an additional 2,000 fish, the committee has agreed to increase the day ticket charge to £5 per day with effect from 1 January 2015. 

“This still represents tremendous value” said Association chairman Dave Gudgeon.  “We have recently invested £2,500 in new fish which should provide excellent sport for our regular and visiting anglers.”

Fishing Highs







The revamped Poringland Lakes are really paying dividends.  Some stunning fish have been caught in the past few days including several ‘doubles’ as well as some pristine bream and tench.  These pics illustrate the superb condition the fish are in.

More Doubles Than Eric Bristowe 


Star angler Dan Thompson has been hitting the doubles again.  Making his second successive visit to the lakes in as many days, Dan was again into the larger carp, capturing this magnificent 16lb 8 oz mirror just as our reporter arrived.

So prolific is Dan as catching these pristine fish that one local spectator quipped “He’s better at doubles than Eric Bristowe”