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News Update: 13th December 20

The Board was concerned to receive a report of pike anglers at Gingerbread Lake leaving their rods unattended whilst they visited one another’s swims contrary to Environment Agency law and in contravention of club rules. If the culprits are found, they risk expulsion from the Association. Leaving rods unattended risks such fish being deep hooked and endangers any wildlife that may be present in the vicinity. Despite being predatory fish, pike are not as robust as, say, carp or tench and should not be kept out of the water for any longer than is necessary. There have been instances of anglers spending several minutes unhooking and then photographing relatively small pike i.e.. under 10lbs. Such small fish should be returned immediately so they are able to continue to grow. Finally, there are several actions that pike anglers could take to safeguard the heath of their quarry such as using barbless or circular hooks and using single trebles rather than snap tackle festooning baits.

Members must continue be vigilant in taking precautions against Covid 19 as infections are increasing significantly in the locality. Keep to your own swims and sanitize your hands after opening and closing gates.

WISHING ALL OUR MEMBERS A MERRY AND SAFE XMAS AND PLENTY OF FISHING IN THE NEW YEAR!