25 Jan January 2017
PREDATORS KEEPING MEMBERS BUSY
With most waters finding bites hard to come by, a number of our members have been bucking the trend by tempting Pike from most of our river venues. All our sections of the Medway have been producing mid doubles with one report of a mid twenty being banked on Mackerel tail deadbaits by new member and all rounder Graham Parkin. Graham has also had some success, along with other anglers in tempting some winter Chub.
Graham with one of his recent captures
BARMING TOWPATH WORKS
The new towpath downstream of Barming Bridge is now taking shape and, weather permitting, is due to be completed by mid February.
Some pegs have benefited from the route and a couple we can move just a yard or two to make a big difference.
The ramp for the disabled peg (20) is currently under construction. Several tonnes of hardcore and type 1 have been deposited in the car park which will also improve that.
So, apart from the speed the bikes are going to come through, I think we will be reasonably happy with the outcome.
The new disabled swim at peg 20 and the path behind 15 which now runs through the trees to allow more room
PLATFORMS FOR HOTHFIELD
This unique venue will shortly see a number of platforms installed for better access and more comfortable angling for our members. Thanks to John Redman, Paul Bundock and Kevin Odowling for their time putting the materials together. Once conditions improve, installation will begin.
Platforms ready to be installed at Hothfield Lake
As ever, the winter has seen the paths and some swims at Wierton take a turn for the worse, with ‘The Point’ in particular becoming a mudbath. We are limited by the landowner to the amount of works we can carry out to improve matters and we will be asking what they will allow us to do to improve the situation long term.
In the short term, we will be getting some more wood chippings dropped off. If anyone is able to shift some of this onto paths and swims, their help will be greatly appreciated.
There is still some doubt as to the availability of Hartley Lands Res for our final Float-Only match of the season. This is due to the sale of the fishery, which is not yet completed. We have earmarked The Great Danes as a backup venue should we need to change.
The Medway Masters two day event on July 1st and 2nd currently has 53 of the 56 tickets already reserved so if you wish to fish, please book with the match secretary ASAP.