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MAS water closures

Slough House Farm
Totham Pit

Please be aware that Slough House Farm will be closed on Wednesday 7th of April for a team to gather fish for an EA Health check.
6am until 6pm.

Please also be aware that Totham Pit will be closed on Thursday 8th of April for a team to gather fish for an EA Health check.
6am until 6pm.

There will be a holding pen or some keepnets left in a swim on each water until the EA pick the fish up. Under no circumstances are they to be touched or disturbed until the EA have picked the fish up.

It is of vital importance that these health checks are done for the benefit of our fish, the waters and the membership, as it helps us to be able to plan future stocking, fish movements and to monitor the general health of the stock within our fisheries.

If you are one of those who has volunteered to help catch small specimens as of many different species as possible please come along any time from 6am.

If you would like to come and help, please let me know by messaging on here or by sending me a PM.

Thank you for your cooperation

Tight Lines

The MAS team

WATER CLOSURE, LITTLE PARK SMALL LAKE 28TH MARCH

Little Park Small lake will be closed for the day this Sunday 28th of March.
We will be netting the lake, hopefully removing the large Bream and largest Carp, putting them into the larger lake.
This is not only to boost the silver fish stock in the larger lake, but to also put the Bream into a better environment for themselves.
A 2ft deep silty lake is not an ideal environment for Large Bream. We could only be one exceptionally bad winter or period of exceptionally low oxygen away from losing them all in water of that depth and siltiness, which would be a costly loss.
We also hope to boost the silver fish stock in the main lake by other means in the hopefully not too distant future too, as it seems to have become a lot more difficult for silvers in recent years.
We will keep you all updated on that.
Please do not come down to spectate as nettings can be dangerous with nets and ropes strewn about the place. We will of course update you all with pictures of how we got on.
Please also be aware that moving any fish from water to water is illegal unless you have the correct paperwork from the EA. We are almost certain that these Bream were not in the smaller lake a number of years ago, evident by a previously documented survey of the water.
Please leave any fish movements to the Fishery Management team who work closely with, and with guidance from the EA, with our landowners permission and have an agreed plan to work to.
If you see or hear of anyone, or see evidence of anyone illegally moving or poaching fish, please let us know (Try to get pictures as evidence)
It has happened before. Someone was once caught with a bucket of fish at Bog Grove, hence we now have Gudgeon, Roach, Chub and Ruffe in there that never previously existed.
Long lines have also been found in various waters over the years.
It will result in immediate and permanent expulsion from the club and potentially taken further.
Tight Lines! ”</p

Angling Trust litter campaign, let’s all support this & keep our waters tidy for all

Dear members.
The Angling Trust are running the below “Take 5″ Initiative.
We are asking all members at the very least to adopt this 5 minute/5 item mentality before you start, or once you have finished your Angling session.
Unfortunately, if you study the type of waste and where it is found, probably about 90% of it is left by our ourselves as members.
This needs to stop ‚úč
Do you really think it reflects on us well as anglers when our landowners take a walk around their own waters?
It is bad enough now and is only going to get worse now that we are seeing more and more anglers on the bank as the weather picks up.
I will be carrying a roll of black sacks with me to every match and nominating someone to litter pick as we go around with the scales at the end of the match.
Bailiffs will be encouraged to carry on doing the same whilst out and about.
It is a given already that we do on Society Work Parties as a matter of course.
If we all work together, as a Society to do our bit as well as promoting this to our fellow members, we should have nice litter free waters.
It is not down to our Committee, Bailiffs and those that do tidy up after themselves to be the sole clean up operation.
We ALL need to take some responsibility.
Obviously, there are going to be the same old idiots/slobs (whatever we want to call them) who continue to leave rubbish, but it is up to us (with help from you members) to catch them and ban them.
There has always been a zero tolerance policy with regards litter, that will continue when caught.
It’s so easy to clean up after yourself and take your rubbish home and as someone posted a few weeks ago……..
Leave nothing but footprints,
Take nothing but photographs,
Kill nothing but time.
(What a wonderful motto to live by)
Thank you in advance for your cooperation "</p

Upcoming work parties notification and water closures

Dear members,

There are going to be two work parties coming up on our waters.

The first will be at Slough House Farm Reservoir on 21st March and the second is planned for Howells lake the following weekend, 21st March.

Each water will be closed for the duration of the work party.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but the work will greatly improve the waters for all members.

All the best and tight lines to you all.

The MAS team.

Updated Lockdown fishing times

Dear Members,
Many of you will be pleased to know that the Comittee have reviewed our waters opening times this evening, due to the increase in daylight hours over the coming month.
Our new opening times will be 6am until 10pm, starting tomorrow Thursday 4th April.
With the exception of Rook Hall which will revert to its usual opening times of “dawn until dusk”
PLEASE NOTE: These are arrive at water & Leave water times.
NOT FISHING ‘TO & FROM’ TIMES.
We will keep you updated on any further changes to opening times, and hope that the AT will give us the all clear for night fishing and matches to resume at the end of the month.
All the best & tight lines
The MAS Committee

Work party Totham Pit Friday 5th March

Totham pit work party Friday 5th March .
Big island closed.
Possible boat out on the water .
We will try to not disrupt anglers as much as we possibly can.
Many thanks The Fishery Management Team.

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