News - October 2019
Please be aware that there is now a padlock on the gate onto the island at Whitehouse. The code to open this padlock is the same as the one you use for the main gates onto the lakes as notified on your permit. Please make sure that you lock the gate when leaving the island after fishing.
The good news about the current weather is that the water levels are rising in the lakes with Whitehouse up a foot and still rising. All lakes are continuing to fish quite well with some good weights coming from all including Old Barlows for pleasure anglers, where recent catches have included Tench, Bream and Carp.
Joe's Prospect have fished the lakes a number of times over recent months and found quite a few fish each time. Back in July when they visited New Barlows, James Farrell came out on top with a level 45lb, comfortably ahead of Mick Palk on 38lb and Stuart Yeomans on 19lb. In August their trip to Soke Road produced a lot more fish, with 111lb by Tony Scott winning the match. Others in the frame were closely bunched with Simon Japes on 63lb, Dave Green on 62lb and Joe Darby on 58lb. On October 6th they were back at New Barlows where only Denise Yeomans' 42lb caused the scalesman any backache. Joe Darby was a long way back on 15lb followed by Stuart Yeomans on 9lb.
65 anglers across five lakes fished and managed to raise over £1,600 for St.Michael's Hospice. Teams from Adventure AS took the top two places on the day, with their "North" team finishing comfortably ahead of their "South" team by 57 points to 48, Kennet Ospreys were third a further point back on 47. As always the barbecue and raffle were very popular, generating a lot of the money raised for the charity. Best weights from each lake were Darren Wright's 67lb 13oz from Whitehouse, Steve Hunt's 49lb 8oz from Willow Pool, Darren Goddard with 43lb 2oz from New Barlows, Rob Carr with 39lb 8oz from Soke Road, and Robin Guppy's 26lb 8oz from Old Barlows,
Other Charity Events
This year's main Charity Match was fished on August 11th by 63 anglers from Railway, Camrose, Adventure and Stacey's Match Group (plus a few gurests). Some good weights were recorded, but the important thing was that £2,127.31 was raised for the hospice.
The Teams of Four Charity match in June was fished across the four lakes with some good weights recorded and in this case £1,120 raised for the charity. The heaviest weight came off Soke Road, where Darren Brown put 123lb of carp on the scales.
Good Condition Tackle Recycling
If you have any very good condition gear too good to throw away, please bring it to Tadley Angling or contact Keith. The tackle will either be redistributed to young anglers or sold by the shop in aid of the charity. Quite a few such items have recently been sold by Tadley Angling, which contributed over £300 to this year's charity takings.