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Club Game Meeting 2018

Tuesday 27th January 2018

Please ensure you have our annual Game meeting booked in the diary. The Game meeting will be held at the Royal British Legion in Corfe Mullen:


CLUB Annual Game Meeting

7.30PM Tuesday 27th February


76A Blandford Rd, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne BH21 3HQ



Cormorants 'v' Roach

By world-renowned film-maker and Club committee member Hugh Miles.

Those of us who are old enough to have a free bus pass will remember the good old days when our local River Stour was full of big roach, with two pounders a realistic possibility every day and all wildlife flourishing. Then in the 1980’s the invasion of non-native cormorants from Europe increased dramatically, the annual total reaching upwards of 23,000 birds every winter. Each cormorant eats about 1lb of fish every day and with roach being one of their favourite meals, our river fisheries were rapidly decimated.


As a result, some of the passionate roach anglers on our committee recently tackled the problem full on and applied to Natural England to control the birds by scaring or shooting. We were granted a licence to remove three birds and our Chairman scored three bull’s-eyes.


The removal of just three birds may seem pathetic but as each cormorant eats at least 100lbs of  fish every winter, three dead birds means that at least 300lbs of our roach have been saved to fight another day … and some of the survivors will probably grow on to become the dreamed of two pounders.


The fishing is already improving. Better still, the club is putting the facts together to enable an Area Based Management Licence to be applied for and that means we will be able to control cormorants on all the club’s waters and remove more of them, a win win situation all round.



Bags of big roach would often include two pounders

the famous 'Roach Bay' on Wimborne's River Stour

cormorants are big birds with big appetites

But YOU MUST HELP because we won’t be allowed to control more cormorants if you don’t log your sightings on the clubs website. It only takes a couple of minutes and we need EVERYONE TO DO IT, wherever you see a cormorant, anywhere around our club waters.


Armed with the records of sightings, we have the evidence to prove that we have a problem. No one likes killing wildlife but we have a choice, non-native birds or our native wildlife that belongs here. Fewer cormorants means more fish will survive for our herons, grebes, egrets, otters and kingfishers to eat and every member to catch and enjoy ... and it's important to remember that fish are wildlife too and an essential part of a flourishing ecosystem.


Bravo to all those who are helping to achieve a healthy balance of wildlife on our waters. Happy days are here again.


the clubs regular match results over ten years charts a decline to zero roach - nothing caught = no matches

roach are a favourite prey - these are some survivors from an attack

BANG! - job done ... meaning some more of our native wildlife will survive, including our fish

big roach are targeted first - this one weighed 1lb12ozs

Getting ready for 2018

By Mike Hirsh, Club Chairman

I have been on line during January looking at sales in fishing tackle retailers buying a few odd bits of tackle. New lines for fixed spool reels, and a bait box I can hang off a belt, so I can go roving about with a bit of tackle and not worry about whether I can get easily to the bait of choice – I thought it would be useful for dog biscuits for carp, or some maggots to loose feed grayling before March comes and river fishing stops.


Soon the weather will be warmer and the fish will change their habits. On the River it is difficult to see that spring is on the way, but I have been watching two kingfishers lately that clearly have a territory and are a couple. Last week at Winterborne Zelston the water weed is suddenly looking greener and longer and the herbage and grasses at the edge of the water have started into growth, protected from frosts by the warmer water at night.


Fishing for me is a relaxation, I use it to switch off from the stresses and strains of life by becoming absorbed and focused on the puzzle of catching fish. Watching the life by the water adds to the overall experience too. So why set a fish catching target?


This year I would like to catch some decent River fish but really that translates into: this year I would like to spend some time fishing! However, more importantly, I have promised to take my granddaughter, now six, fishing and if she manages to catch then that will do for me.


I would like every member of the Club to get one other person fishing. Get a friend, who used to fish, back fishing; taking a relation out on an adventure; or assisting somebody who is now, for one reason or another, unable to  fish without  a lift. The Club had a good year in 2017 with increased membership and good sales of day tickets. In 2018 it will be great if the uptake can be continued.


Mike Hirsh

Winterbourne Zelston

By Mike Hirsh, Club Chairman

It is an aquarium of a lake. The water is so clear that standing on one of the platforms on a calm day you can see the bottom over half the lake. At this time of year it is as near a perfect small lake as one could find. Indeed our trout stockists down the years have always said that its water is one of the best in southern England.


It is also important because it is a freehold owned by the Club. It was purchased in 1978 by some far-sighted Club Members and so this June the Club will celebrate forty years of its ownership. The lake is a marvellous winter trout fishery and if you want to learn to cast a fly it is ideal. Many years ago I used to make a complete fool of myself casting badly at this water. Of course I still go there and cast now and again, but these days my line normally goes where I want it to (although I can still readily make a fool of myself!)


If you want to learn to cast a fly rod and would like some help, please email the Club. If we can get a small novice group together then we can organise a coaching day. Do not forget a fly rod is one of the best bits of kit for catching coarse fish too. My best rudd was caught on an emerger fly pattern.


Zelston as was said to me last week is truly a jewel to be treasured by the Club.


Mike Hirsh

Kinsbridge Lakes, Packhorse session diary, 'Eels'

By Simon Dunbar

During the summer of 2016 I had my first few overnight sessions on Packhorse Lake at the club's Kingsbridge complex. The target species during these overnight fishing trips were not the resident carp which I had caught on many a day session at the lakes, but a rather more slippery species, known as Anguilla anguilla or Eels .


I had always wanted to catch an eel over 4 lbs and having heard that a couple of good sized eels had been caught at Packhorse , I decided to set out to try and catch one. Thinking night time would be my best bet and armed with some small deadbaits and plenty of lobworms as bait, I spent several nights on the lake with the hope of banking an eel or two.


Well I soon found out that catching an eel by design was not an easy thing to do ,in fact I did not catch a single eel on my trips. Never one to quit , I decided I would have another go in 2017 and to be honest I had found Kingsbridge a lovely place to be at night . Although the odd noisy nightjar had disturbed my sleep with its calls , the lakes are a peaceful place to fish and the deer I had seen at first light when the mist rose from the lake were a real sight to behold.

Late in May 2017 I made my first trip to Kingsbridge of the year , not a night time eel session , but a daylight trip with my Dad (fishing a guest ticket) with the plan to catch a few carp. We arrived early on an overcast day , finding only a couple of  other anglers on Packhorse.  We were soon set up in adjacent swims , my rods baited with pellets and sweetcorn , Dad using luncheon meat and bread , I was sure the carp would be soon be feeding on our baits. Much to my surprise the morning passed without a single bite for either of us, the lake unusually quiet. After plenty of tea and chat the afternoon arrived accompanied by some heavy rain that had us sheltering under Dad's brolly , I had left mine at home!


As the rain eased Dad produced a bag of prawns, suggesting we try them , but as he reeled in to swap baits, I decided to stick it out with the pellets and corn I had been using. I had never caught much on prawns and rarely used them as a bait. Minutes later a bite alarm screamed into life and Dad was into a fish on his prawns . To my surprise I was soon netting an eel of over 2lbs for him. " I've been trying to catch an eel from here and you get one by accident ! " I remarked as I returned the fish to the water. "At least I know they are actually here in the lake now" , I said and watched my Dad recast some more of his prawns out into the lake.

Around ten minutes later ,another screaming alarm and Dad was again playing a fish that had picked up his prawns . " This is heavier " he said , as the rod bent strongly and the fish took line. I stood ready with the landing net at the edge of the lake and watching  the way his line was moving in the water I knew that this was going to be another eel and a good one ! I was soon netting the biggest, longest eel I had seen . We weighed it and it was 4 lbs 8 oz , this was the sort of eel I had been dreaming of catching the previous summer ! After some photo's the impressive eel was returned to the water , " Give me some prawns Dad " I said  and began reeling in my rods.


Maybe twenty minutes had passed when one of my rods, now baited with prawns,sprang into life. I grabbed the rod from its rests and as soon as I felt the fish pull I knew exactly what it was. "It's another good eel ! " Dad said as it came to the net and I was soon weighing and  having my photo taken with my first Packhorse Lake Eel of 3 lbs 2 oz . Dad caught another smaller eel soon after , which meant that four Eels had been caught in less than an hour ! Sadly,that was the last action of the afternoon , but I couldn't believe that after spending all those nights without a single eel , I had  seen four of them on the bank in the space of an hour!


 I only managed a couple of night sessions on the lake last summer after that afternoon , with just one more eel and a couple of carp being landed.  I can't wait for this summer to arrive however ,as I will definitely be returning to Packhorse and definitely be taking some prawns !

Creekmoor work party

Sunday 11th February 2018

We're pleased to announce our second work party for 2018. On Sunday 11th February we'll be at Creekmoor lakes, starting at 10.00am. We've been in touch with the 'Friends of Creekmoor' group who have kindly offered to promote the event to their members to assist. The objectives for the work party are:


1    To thoroughly litter pick the public footpaths and undergrowth

2    To open up our designated swims by cutting reed lines back and clearing debris

3    To utilise the boat and clear any litter and debris that's currently in the lake out of reach of the bank

4    To rake as much residual weed as possible



WDAC work parties are fully inclusive events with all members and relations invited. The work is varied and is suitable for Juniors, Senior and OAP members. WDAC is a members Club and successful maintenance is incumbent on work party attendance. Please make time in your hectic diaries.


It is recommended that you wear robust footwear and old clothing. Bring a pair of gloves and waders/dry-suit if you have one. Likely tools required are: Spade, Pick, Bow Saw, Pry Bar.


Lunch and Hot drinks will be provided, see you all there and thank you in advance for your help and support. Our club needs our help.


Creekmoor Carp

Received from Club member, Dave Kent

Many thanks to Dave Kent for sending in some great pictures of a three-fish haul at Creekmoor.


Given the time of year and the conditions, to bag three carp on a moderately stocked venue is fine angling and it's great to see these fish putting weight on since their release into the lake last year.


A good number of these Poole Park fish will hit 20lb this year and we're eagerly awaiting the pictures through when they do!

2018 Carp Series

Entry closes at the end of February

If you've yet to enter, please have a look at our first carp series match event, set to commence in March.


With a maximum of 18 entrants and the top three sharing a £1000 prize pool, it promises to be a great event.


We need 18 entrants though, so click below to join in!


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What's happening over the coming months....

Copyright WDAC 2018

>>  Our Game annual meeting and AGM events are both coming up soon. Please check out the calendar on our news page for dates, times and details.


>>  Our new for 2018 Carp Series starts in March. Entrants stand a chance of sharing the £1000 prize pool. Entry is £60 and allows participants to fish 5 matches and potentially a 48hr final.


>> Please can we ask ALL members to make an effort to record sightings of cormorants via our new 'cormorant watch' page. The situation is critical and we ALL need to get behind the initiative.