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Letter From the Secretary

Dated 4th of October 2010

Autumn/Winter 2010 Newsletter

Dear Member,

Welcome to Kinver Freeliners AC’s Autumn/Winter 2010 Newsletter.

Can you believe its early autumn already! I must say, it’s probably my favourite time to be out fishing. I love those cool crisp mornings that you just know are going to give way to warm sunshine later in the day, with a stunning sunset to look forward too come evening.

OK, down to business. We are now offering half year membership to the club. We have done this over the last few years, offering anglers the opportunity to join the Club for the fabulous winter fishing we have to offer. Please tell your friends, family, work colleagues or anyone else you think may be interested. The half year membership runs from 1st October to 31st March, and is priced at £47.50 for full membership (£5 reduction for over 65’s).

I thought I’d take a moment to update you all to some of the fabulous fish that have been caught over the summer, on our waters. The lakes at Dudmaston have fished well again, with one or two surprises. Tench averaging around 5lb seem to be the norm but with a few fish coming out over 7lbs. The Tench have been a little tricky at times, and I’ve certainly enjoyed the challenge of fishing for them. After a couple of frustrating sessions where I seemed to drop fish after fish only seconds after hooking them,  I eventually found a set up that worked and put together a number of decent catches. Its always pleasing when thought and effort pay off.

The Eel fishing has been hard this year, with only a few fish coming out on the Eel nights. The best fish I heard about this season so far is a cracker of 6lb 3oz. Perch have also been making a show, with hushed reports of some very good fish. The surprises at Dudmaston have come in the shape of Rudd and Roach, which have both been coming out to well over 2lb.

Pike have been numerous and small, but hopefully that will change over the coming months, when more anglers start to target them. A quick word of warning regarding Pike - I make no apologies about mentioning this again but please use appropriate tackle when targeting them. If you’ve not fished for Pike before, please feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to advise you on rig’s, tackle and bait. For more information on Pike fishing, have a look at which is the web site for the Pike Anglers Club of Great Britain.

Seggy and Brim have been producing some good Carp, with one or two special fish coming out of Brim, for those willing to work at it.

The rivers should now be coming into their own in terms of Barbel, Chub & Roach. Wick has fished well for bream this year with some great bags of fish to some members. Riverlands on the Teme is sadly still causing us problems. The access track is still in a poor state of repair. The fishing has been good, but that’s little comfort if members can’t get down to the river. Yeandley Farm has been in good form for Zander, with a few good fish reported to me and the Barbel are also starting to show down there too.

One of the forgotten waters of the club are it’s canals. They have been producing some quality Carp, Perch and Chub to those members taking the time to fish them. They might be somewhat out of fashion, but there is no doubting that our canals hold some quality fish of most species.

I’m pleased to announce that we have some interesting developments coming up for the Woodlands Lodge Pools. After some discussions with the owner we have been granted permission to look at extending and re-stocking Pool 2. It hoped that we may be able to increase the size of this pool from its current 1 acre to around 2 ½ acres, and the club will then be looking to stock some good quality Carp. The idea is to create a Carp orientated water, with fish up to and above 20lbs. It won’t be just Carp though, as we feel it would be better for both the club and the anglers if one or two other species were present. These developments will however, take a while to get underway. We’ve had a fisheries report done and started to make some plans as to shape of the water and features etc.

What we could do with is someone with a digger. I have a few contacts, but if any member knows anyone that might be interested in pricing up the digging of the new area, could they contact me to arrange a site visit to discuss the job.

Talking of developing fisheries, I have secured permission from the land owner at Hampton Loade for Club members to be allowed to fish into dark on this venue. This came about as a direct request from a few lads who want to target Barbel on the middle Severn. We all know that the key time for Barbel is normally the last hour of daylight and the first couple of hours into dark. This will be for MEMBERS ONLY, and you will have to be off the water by 10pm, but that should still give you a few hours of night fishing. Dayticket anglers will still be restricted to dawn till dusk fishing. We will run this on a trial basis for this autumn/winter and I will review it with the bailiff and local residents as we go.
Its up to you guys that fish there to make this work!
If we get complaints, we will have no option but to revert back to dawn till dusk fishing for all.

On a slightly separate subject, if your down at Hampton Loade, or any of our other venues and you see litter of any description, please take a moment to pick it up and take it home.

OK, that’s about it from me for now.

I wish you all tight lines for the coming months.

Steve Williams


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