NEWS - Updated 28th May
LAKES NOW OPEN
Do not leave home to go fishing if you or any member of your household has any of the symptoms of COVID-19 – follow government advice on isolation.
The Angling Trust's guidelines for recreational fishing were successful in getting the government to allow angling to resume from May 13th, and the Stacey's Lakes were then opened as planned on Friday May 15th. All lakes having been fishing well, with big fish and large catches.
The gates are opened each day at 7:30am, and locked again at 7:30pm, meaning that you need to pack up fishing by 7:00pm. As the gates and locks are the main point of physical contact between our members, the plan is to leave the gates open through the day, although this may need to be changed if we experience problems with non-members accessing the lakes and surrounding sites.
Temporary fishing rules are displayed at each lake, and also are available from the COVID-19 RULES tab on the left side of this News page.
You will of course be required to carry both your Stacey's permit and Environment Agency Fishing Licence, and to display both on request from the bailiffs who will be on site more frequently than previously.
Whilst The Angling Trust was successful in getting the government to allow match fishing to resume, the situation is currently unchanged on Stacey's Lakes, with no keepnets, no matches, and the lakes still closing at 7:30pm.
Support Your Local Tackle Shop - Tadley Angling
Tadley Angling is launching a takeaway bait service. If you need anything, ring the shop on 0118 970 1533 and Andy will sort out collection details with you.
The team at Fox/Matrix have recently launched a brilliant new scheme that allows them and you to help support your local tackle shop in these difficult times. You can now buy your Fox and/or Matrix products via their websites, and during the checkout process you can select Tadley Angling as your preferred retailer. Tadley Angling will then get a commission on that sale. Fox/Matrix will pick and pack your order and then deliver it direct to your doorstep.
To purchase your Fox/Matrix products and support Tadley Angling at the same time, simply click.on one of the links below to get started. Please don't forget to select Tadley Angling as your preferred retailer. Thank you for your support.
65 anglers spread across five lakes fished the Basingstoke Championships in September 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,
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 guests). 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 along 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.