The Top Lake at Shepherds Way has been re-named as Neate’s Lake in respect of the 40+ years that Jack Neate was treasurer for Barnet D A C , Jack stood down as treasurer in April 2016, Jack spent many enjoyable years as treasurer of Barnet D A C & still has an input the affairs of the club. Jack obtained & has retained a great deal of knowledge about the club, which is a great help to the current committee members, long may he continue do so.
Thanks must go out to Don Crucifix and his Son after arriving early on Sunday morning to do further swim work at Shepherds Way. He saw that fish were in distress on the small lake and set the following sequences into action after contacting the Secretary.
The EA were notified at 07.30 and logged the report, Dave Porter drove down and witnessed fish in distress or dead, fry were struggling all across the lake and obviously this was a worrying sight. Further calls were made, this time to the Fire Brigade, requesting their assistance with pumps to re oxygenate the water. Unfortunately there was a large fire in Barnet, so crews were tied up.
George Horne (On Call EA Officer) arrived before 9.00 and proceeded to record oxygen levels, the readings were to say the least very worrying. Many recordings were taken around the lake with readings varying from 4% to 12% oxygen. We were informed that anything below 50% would give cause for concern and the levels we were experiencing classed this at the highest category 1 danger level.
Don brought down our own pump and that was set up, but much more was needed to avoid a major fish kill.
Shortly after this the Fire Brigade arrived from Kings Langley fire station with a most obliging crew who stayed with their pumps fully on for 4 1⁄2 hours. Further recordings were taken and levels began to rise eventually reaching the 50% plus level and a major fish loss was averted.
We have been strongly advised by the EA to keep the small lake closed for a while to take any further pressure off the fish and we will monitor this situation closely.
The Club would like to pass on special thanks to Don and his Son, George Horne EA, who stayed much longer than he should have done and of course the crew from Kings Langley, all were rewarded with tea, sandwiches and biscuits.
The Club is also to send the Fire station two complimentary tickets for this season, with our sincere thanks.
We would also ask members visiting Shepherds Way to keep a close eye on the lakes and report any further instances as soon as possible to the EA emergency number. 0800 80 70 60
Wednesday the 3rd July saw 6 club members take on the task of clearing the stretch to the left of the car park (Peg 19) down as far as (Peg 3) even David Livingstone would have trouble finding pegs 1 & 2!!
All these swims are now open, a path has been cut through and if you think about it, the walk to the left is far less strenuous and looks extremely inviting.
For the more energetic, the path to the right of the car park has been cut all the way up to the far point, just before the bay and a number of swims have also been re-opened.
Two willow trees around peg 34 – 36 have been cut right back to allow greater flexibility when fishing
The old path veering off to the right at the end of the flats that takes you to the top field has also been re-opened.
Stuart Butterfield, never knowing when to call it a day, decided to fish peg 3 and had a good late afternoon / evening fishing the stick float, catching Chub and Dace in numbers topped with a bonus 6lb Bream.
We have also had reports of good bags of decent Bream showing from the bend and along the flats.
Reports have been received of non members, believed to be of Eastern European origin, fishing illegally at Lowbell Lane and taking fish away.
The Club have been in touch with one of the distribution depots around Lowbell Lane, informing them of our concerns and they are investigating and will report back to us.
Should you see any illegal activity please report the incident to the Environment Agency, the number can be found on your rod licence (0800 80 70 60)
Or alternatively call the Police.
We would advise you not to approach if you feel intimidated in any way.