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Wildlife images courtesy of Hugh Miles.

WDAC offers our membership the chance to fish two trout waters, Winterborne Zelston and Rawlsbury

GAME SECTION

WDAC runs numerous matches across the calendar year, encompassing both stillwaters and the River Stour. Matches are also held on non-club waters.

MATCH SECTION

STICKY BAITS COMP

£175 worth of Sticky Baits prizes of for grabs!

JUNIORS PAGE: COMING SOON!

A page of the website purely for our younger members.

MEMBERSHIP

For full details on how to join and the rates for 2018/19

WDAC VENUES

Further details on all of our waters and concessions.

WDAC offers our membership the chance to fish two trout waters, Winterborne Zelston and Rawlsbury

GAME SECTION

WDAC runs numerous matches across the calendar year, encompassing both stillwaters and the River Stour. Matches are also held on non-club waters.

MATCH SECTION

STICKY BAITS COMP

£175 worth of Sticky Baits prizes of for grabs!

JUNIORS PAGE: COMING SOON!

A page of the website purely for our younger members.

USEFUL LINKS

HUGH MILES

Visit Hugh's website here:

MEMBERSHIP

For full details on how to join and the rates for 2018/19

WDAC VENUES

Further details on all of our waters and concessions.

WDAC offers our membership the chance to fish two trout waters, Winterborne Zelston and Rawlsbury

GAME SECTION

JUNE 2019

  • 'Pure Gold from Club Committee member, Hugh Miles
  • 'Building bridges Event' from Club Welfare Officer, Sean Harris
  • 'The river Stour - how is it?' from Club Chairman  Mike Hirsh
  • 'A years free membership' from Club Media Officer,  James Nash
  • 'Creekmoor clear-up' from Club Media Officer,  James Nash

Pure Gold

By Hugh Miles

Once upon a time there was a large gloopy hole in the ground and our club turned the mud into gold – crucian gold.

 

Those who bother to read our excellent newsletters will know that with the help of the EA, the Angling Trust and the Angling Development Fund, along with much extraordinary hard work from a core of volunteers, we now have a beautiful lake that is full of tench and tricky crucians, all of which are growing on at an impressive rate.

An EA tench fom Culverton which has grown very rapidly and become FAT

Both of the WDAC lakes at Edmondsham are full of fish and for those who think the cormorants and otters have eaten them all, you’re wrong. Only yesterday evening I counted 28 good carp and saw a shoal of big bream sunning themselves so where are you all? These are beautiful lakes to fish and as peaceful as they come, so I hope to share the waterside with you all soon.

The larger lake provides a welcome home to lots of carp to 20lbs

Friend Chris with a beautiful common caught stalking along the edge

A delighted Phil with a good un - what a fighter

Yesterday the club had the good fortune to be walked through some significant habitat improvements by our committee member Phil Turnbull, a freshwater scientist who worked for the Dorset Wildlife Trust and who sadly is now leaving the area to take up a post with the West Country Rivers Trust. But he came up with lots of ideas to enhance the lakes for fish and wildlife, so we have exciting times ahead and lots of hard work.

Another special from the EA's Culverton Fish Farm - such a delightful creature and growing so fast

In the meantime I shall continue to try to winkle out a crucian or two from our new lake and the fact that they are difficult adds to the enjoyment. Having caught four now, I’d suggest you fish as close to the bank as possible with a tiny float and small hook, using either bits of sweetcorn or a 4mm banded pellet.

A top section of pole with the tiny float close to the edge - or you need a short rod

Not long before this is a two pounder - maybe

Tench don't come any cuter than this and proof that the lake is already producing ideal breeding conditions

Use maggots and you’ll be catching tench all day, though that isn’t such a trial is it! We’ve caught at least 50 tench in a session several times and though many are cute little baby ones, there are more than enough ‘proper ones’ to keep you on the edge of your seat. Good fishing by any standards and there’s lots of wildlife to enjoy as well.

Four pounds of elastic stretching muscle

Our star Club Secretary Stu with a

good un

Few fish come close to matching the beauty of a pure strain crucian

Building Bridges Event

By Sean Harris

On Saturday 1st June WDAC hosted our very first, and the South of England’s first Angling Trusts Building Bridges event, the event is aimed at Polish migrant anglers who may have fished in their own country before coming to the UK.

 

WDAC first approached the Building Bridges Team back in October, and since then we have worked hard to get this event off the ground.

With the help of the clubs volunteers and coaches the day went ahead in glorious sunshine and everybody caught fish, the anglers really enjoyed the experience and talking to the volunteers and coaches, their enthusiasm and love of the sport really showed through.

 

Below is the email I received from Janusz, the Building Bridges Project Manager, this I believe is a true testament to what we have achieved as a club, and also how the members really embrace and support these initiatives.

''....Hi Sean,

 

I would  like to say an massive thanks to you, your club and the coaches for having us on 1st of June!

 

I have to admit, it was one of our best events for kids ever organized by us and the local angling club. I remember, the very first time, when you approached me months ago and asked if we could do some event together. It shows, how important is the first step. How great is to know, we have people, who wants to do something right. Something for others. Who would expect that after your first words of organizing the event we will run such a great day for kids!

 

Please pass my thanks to your coaches and volunteers and all involved on the day. We were very impressed, how smooth the event went. Great idea to put someone on the entrance- please say massive thanks to the 2 gents who cared about that. It was a big help.

 

Coaches: I had many feedbacks from the parents and I mean that. They were saying how professional they been- very patient and knowing exactly how to teach the youngsters. Without them, we never could take those kids outside and help them to do some fishing.

 

Location: Superb fishery with easy access to the lakes. Paths and platforms spot on. It is clear example to follow.

 

We had huge number of questions if the same event happen next year. In my experience, it is the best measure how kids and parents enjoyed! Very well done to you and the team.

 

For the future, if there is anything we could help with, please let me know at any time and any day.

 

Thanks again for such a great day. I will definitely use this as a perfect example of building relation between angling club and migrant community on my presentations.

 

Regards,

 

JANUSZ KANSIK

BUILDING BRIDGES PROJECT MANAGER & VBS Deputy Area Coordinator....''

 

 

The river Stour- how is it?

By Mike Hirsh

I still get excited about the 16 June! I get that feeling, that I know anglers share, of childish wonder of the simple things.  There is something magical about knowing the Stour is open and I can wander along its banks in search of wild fish.

 

The River, this year has been looking terrific, in some large part due to the vagaries of the weather.  After all, how often do we get low pressure sitting over the country for most of June? My rain gauge registered just over two inches in the first two weeks of this month, which was less than it felt like; but still pretty damp. Compare this weather with a year ago when, by this time, we had water levels dropping away it was just too hot and the ground was hard.

Furthermore, the stretch the Club owns above Julian’s Bridge looks particualry wonderful following the works done by the WDAC team in conjunction with the Wild Trout Trust (see the pictures and article in last month’s newsletter).

 

However, it is one thing for the water to look good, but is it in good health and how do we measure this?

 

Well, importantly there is the matter of catches and sightings of fish and how these appear compared with years ago. However, simple comparisons are dangerous. The crash in salmon and eel stocks on the R Stour over the last forty years has, it would appear, not a great deal to do with the Stour itself. The Stour’s tributaries still hold some good redd making territory for salmonids and efforts by, for example the Salmon and Trout Conservation on the Allen is improving the gravels for this purpose.  The problems appear to be largely related to matters at sea we do not fully understand.

 

We know from the Club’s winter matches on the Stour that the roach are there in reasonable numbers, supported by dace and bleak. Pike are certainly present as are some decent perch.  When I walked Netherwood Mead last year one summer early morning, the river appeared full of beautiful fish, including some big trout. It was just that they were holding in places, where I could not catch them!

 

Of course, there is basic water quality testing, but that does not provide information on a range of potentially harmful materials and chemicals, including plastic. Since David Attenborough’s Blue Planet ll highlighted the pollution of the world’s seas, the media has given us ever-more depressing news about mountains of the stuff. However, when it comes to our local River, we know very little about whether plastic, in particle form, is now a constituent element in the water column, whether it is also in the riverbed, and if so, what harm is it really doing?

Professor Robert Britton, an aquatic ecologist, fisherman and member, came to the Club’s June Committee meeting to explain proposed research on this important topic.   Robert works from Bournemouth University and is starting research, sampling the River in a number of places. The methodology will include hanging a series of fine mesh nets to trap very small particles in the water column, so if you see some strange looking nets leave them alone! The work will also involve ‘kick sampling’ the riverbed. Fish autopsies will provide the last element of the research, although not many and not large fish.

 

I will be really interested to see the results, not least because even if some fish are ingesting plastic it does not mean it is inherently harmful.

 

At the end of his presentation, Robert talked briefly about advances in DNA recognition enabling the identification of fish species by using a water sample. I already knew  that ecologists have been able to test for great crested newts in a water body but was unaware of this particular advance in DNA testing. Equally interesting were studies of barbel in the Severn catchment, which involved tagging fish and also using fish scales to identify the artificial food components of their diets- up to 60% of some barbel diets were fish meal pellets.  Some barbel were travelling only a couple of kilometres and others were travelling 18 kilometres. It appeared that the long-distance travellers were not eating the pellets and were not showing up in catches, so nobody knew about them until Robert did his research.

 

The results of Roberts’ research are awaited in due course.

A years free membership

By James Nash

The response and support towards the recent Facebook promotion has been nothing short of astounding.

 

The Club has received approaching 400 entries - whereby folk have liked and shared our new page to assist in reaching the audience levels we had a few weeks ago. We'd like to thank each and every one of you that has supported the promotion. The deadline for entry is Sunday June 30th at midnight. If you've yet to get involved there's just a few days left to do so. We'll be announcing the winner on Thursday 4th July.

Enter the promotion for a chance to win here

Creemoor clear up 2019

By James Nash

This Sunday sees the Club's third session at Creekmoor, where members and local residents are invited to join forces to keep our lakes in good shape.

 

We'll be kicking off at around 10am and will be done by around 12.00pm. Please bring suitable footwear and some heavy duty gloves if you have some.

 

As a members Club we rely entirely on the voluntary efforts of our membership. Please make some time to pop over and give us a hand.

 

Members who wish to fish the venue on Sunday are likely to face disruption during these few hours. If you are able to reel in and help that would be great.

 

Thank you in advance.

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