Category Archives: Club News

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London Colney Tackle Shop

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Now that London Colney Tackle Shop has ceased trading, should you require any guest tickets or keys, these can be obtained at Potters Bar Angling (£5.00 guest tickets, £12.00 for a key, or via the web-site (www.badac.co.uk).

Please note that it’s only current members of Barnet D A C who can purchase guest tickets & keys.


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Junior at Shepherds Way

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Freddie with a 10lb Carp from Shepherds Way, fishing with his mate in the pouring rain had 7 carp between them over the weekend

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Winter Ticket

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Half Yearly winter Ticket Half yearly winter ticket can be purchased from Friday 25th September 2020 on line, via the club’s web-site (badac.co.uk) Fees Adults/oap £81.00 (this amount includes the £29.00 joining fee, payable for the first year only, but please note to fish our premier water Shepherds Way you must join as a full member, e.g senior, oap, disabled or junior, as no associate members can just fish Shepherds Way ) junior £22.00, disabled/associate £64.00, (this amount includes the £29.00 joining fee, payable for the first year only), … Please note any former member of Barnet D.A.C who has been a member within the last five years ( since 2015/16 season) can purchase a half yearly ticket & would not have to pay the joining fee, but these people can only obtain this ticket from the tackle shops or by post (cheques made payable to Barnet D.A.C & sent to: Barnet & District Angling Club, 11, Liscombe, Birch Hill, Bracknell, Berks. RG12 7BY ), price for adults £52.00, oap/assoc/disable price £35.00 & juniors £22.00, forms are available from the shops or on line, former members cannot buy half yearly tickets on line via pay-pal. Half yearly Winter tickets valid from 1st October 2020– 15th June 2021, will be available to purchase via pal-pal as from Friday 25th of September 2020, or you may purchase from 25th September 2020, at Potters Bar Angling.


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Shepherds Way update

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Dear Member,

I have pleasure in informing you that Shepherds Way will reopen the Saturday 29th August at 0600am. With the recent reduction in temperature, some welcome rain and the running of our two aerators,  we are seeing an improvement in the dissolved oxygen levels. I would like to remind members that they need to take care when landing fish, especially the carp. Ensure you keep them wet and return to the water in your net as soon as possible. Ensure the fish is kept upright in the water and only release when it is strong enough to swim away. 

We will be checking rigs during the coming weeks so please make sure yours comply with the rules.

It just leaves me to thank you all for your patience and also a big thank you to the members who helped with the necessary work.

Tight Lines

Paul Hutton 


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Shepherds Way update

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Dear Member,

I want to give you an update on Shepherds Way. 

The venue remains closed at present due to a number of fish fatalties earlier this week. We have been testing and monitoring the lake(s) and it is clear that the water is struggling to hold dissolved oxygen (DO) during the night. This is because fresh water can hold less DO as its temperature rises. The water temperature this week has been over 27 degrees C which is very high. This, coupled with the very low water levels, due to the lack of rain and increased evapouration, is putting a significant strain on the fish leaving them extremely stressed. They are spending most of the day exhausted trying to recover from an evening of very little oxygen. They are not feeding due to this stress so catches have been poor. The ones that are caught put up a fight which exhausts them even further. If not handled correctly once netted and on the bank and are then released before they have time to recover, are in real danger of dying. We believe we have loss at least 10 carp through a combination of low oxygen and exhaustion after being caught. A good number of these have been older fish in double figures. 

I have a meeting with our EA Officer at the lake tomorrow to discuss what we should be doing to  protect our fish whilst keeping our members angling. Its a real challenge and a sign of how climate change is affecting our waterways. 

I apologise we have had to close Shepherds Way and please be assured that we will open it as soon as we can feel comfortable that the risk of fish deaths is reduced.

Many thanks for your understanding and I will keep you informed. 

Regards 

Paul Hutton 


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Shepherds Way

Category : Club News

Dear Member,

The continuation of this record breaking hot weather coupled with the lack of rain over the past months is causing a number of issues. I’m sure many of you are having restless nights trying to sleep in the heat. Unfortunately, it is also causing us problems at our fisheries, in particular, Shepherds Way. The water level had reduced significantly and unless we have weeks of continuous rain it will not start to increase for some time. This is placing a great deal of stress on the fish stock in the lake. As the water temperature rises the abilty to retain oxygen decreases. The water temperature yesterday at Shepherds Way was close to 26 degrees. Trying to maintain DO levels that can support the fish is becoming a challenge and we need your assistance if we are to keep the fishery open. I need you to be mindful of the following and ensure you co-operate please.

Once you catch a fish, in particular carp, please ensure you get it back into the water quickly inside your net. Once in the water allow the fish to recover and ensure it shows signs of movement and recovery before releasing it.

YOU MUST ENSURE THAT YOU AIR DRY LANDING NETS AND MATS BETWEEN FISHING SESSIONS ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE BEEN AT OTHER VENUES. THIS IS A CLUB RULE. IF A VIRUS IS BROUGHT INTO THE VENUE THE RESULT CAN BE VERY SERIOUS. 

Reduce the amount of grounbait and/or pellets you put into the lake. These decay and use oxygen. 

If you see any signs of fish in distress or dead fish report it at once to the club. 

A number of fish have died and we need to understand the reasons for this. We believe it is due to the stressful conditions and anglers not handling the fish carefully. If we continue to loose fish we may need to take further action. We are monitoring the situation carefully with oygen readings and running the aerator when we see the percentage start to fall. We are also in conversations with the Environment Agency who are assisting us. 

Please assist us in protecting the fish and keeping the fishery open.

Many thanks in advance

Paul Hutton. 

Secretary 


Over 60’s Match Shepherds Way 7th July

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1st Dave Cannon 55lb 12oz

2nd Colin Winter 26lb 13oz

3rd David Aris 24lb 2oz

4th Trevor Williams 22lb

5th Ray Mouratsing 14lb 9oz

6th Brian Jackson 13lb 7oz

7th John Dunn 10lb 9oz

8th Richard Drury 7lb 6oz

9th John Barcock 2lb 7oz

10th Ron Williams 1lb 4oz

All anglers listed below also fished the match but did not weigh in.

Lee Robinson, Graham Mandall, Melvin Hall, John Copley, Roger Manser, Cliff Wood, Keith Banks, Martin Barlow, George Belamy, Tony Chebsey.


Korda Safe Clips

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Dear Member,

I thought I would share this with you. I have attached a picture of a Korda clip, weight & hook. This was attached to a 10lb common carp that was caught recently at Shepherds Way. The member sent me the picture. He was concerned about the rig and hook size. Firstly, the hook looks larger that a 10. We have a rule regarding hook sizes and a size 10 is the largest you can use. I never use anything larger than a 12 but please be aware of this rule.

Secondly, the weight is attached to a Korda Safe Clip so not an illegal rig. The rubber sleeve has come off but the weight has stayed on. The angler may have been unlucky here. However, I have included the following link to a video by Danny Fairbrass of Korda, explaining how the rig should be set up. Please have a look at it. 

Many thanks 

Paul Hutton

Secretary.


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Rule Change

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Shepherds Way Special Rules

(e) The following baits and methods will be banned:- fixed rigs, all floating baits, boilies, nuts, and trout pellets.

Method feeders will be allowed as a running rig only, this will be on a one year trial basis.