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Letter From the Secretary

Dated 23rd of September 2011

Autumn/Winter 2011 Newsletter

Dear Member,

Welcome to Kinver Freeliners AC’s Autumn/Winter Newsletter. I do hope you’ve had a successful summer fishing our waters and now thoughts turn towards the cooler weather but hopefully not as cool (cold) as last year.

Firstly I’d like to bring your attention to another new water for KFAC members to fish. We have secured the rights to a 1200 yard stretch of the River Severn at Stourport called Woodgreen Farm. This is the old BAA Lickhill fishery. This water is available for members to fish from now. It is for members only, with no day tickets been sold on here, other than the odd guest ticket issued via me, as we do with a number of our other waters. We also have permission to night fish this water, which should see members been able to target some of the specimen fish that live in this area. I’m told the stretch contains all the usual river Severn species including Barbel, Chub, Carp, Roach, Perch, Pike and Zander. There are two car parks, one at each end of the fishery and we will be looking to improve the fishing pegs and access over the coming months. Details appear on the club website, including maps. There is a combination lock on the top car park, which is the biggest and better of the two parking areas. The combination for the lock is available to members only. We will also be fitting a lock to the gate at Knightwick on the River Teme.

While were on the subject on the River Severn, after much discussion at Committee level, we’ve decided to trial a ‘members only section’ at Hampton Loade from next season. With the fact that our membership has grown and some members have commented that they have struggled to get a spot to fish due to the amount of day ticket anglers on the water at times. We did look at the possibility of making the whole stretch ‘members only’, but the loss of income from doing this and the problems associated with trying to turn one of the best known day ticket waters in the country into a members only water, we felt was a step too far at this point in time. That’s not saying we won’t look at making this water members only at some point in the future but for now we are going to see how a members only section will work. The bottom two meadows at Hampton Loade are from next season, reserved for members only. This means that you are guaranteed some quieter fishing at the bottom end of the fishery but as a member you can still fish any available swims on the stretch. Please help to police this, be checking the membership of anyone fishing in the bottom two fields that claim to be a member. There is also a problem with litter on this stretch, no worse than any other popular day ticket stretch but certainly more than we are happy to see on one of our waters. Signs will be erected advising any angler fishing our water to remove any litter from their pegs and also to show the boundaries of the day ticket fishing.

The planned work for Woodlands is still on the cards but as is normal with plans like this, its taking a little longer to get up and running that we first felt. Saying that, don’t be surprised if you suddenly see a JCB arrive on pool 2. Obviously if this happens, please understand that pool 2 will be out of bounds for the forcible future, until the work has been completed.

The Eel nights were a great success again. There were some good fish caught, including a few PBs. Sadly (for some), yours truly won the ‘Eel trophy’ again, with a fish of 4lb 4oz. We also managed to raise just over £200 for the Stroke Association, so well done and thank you to all the donated money for the Eel nights.

There continues to be a lot of interest in becoming a member of Kinver Freeliners. At the time of writing I have 70+ names on the waiting list for next season and this is growing daily. Obviously how many places we have available for next season will depend on how many of you, the current member’s, don’t re-join. We will be doing the same as last season and giving you until 1st June to re-new your membership. After that cut off date we will offer any unclaimed places to the names on the waiting list. I will be sending you all an application form, in good time for you to get it filled out and returned to me.

Ok down to some serious matters. Firstly, its been reported to a number of Committee members about mouth damage to Tench on Big pool. It’s too late really now for us to do anything about this season as the Tench fishing is all but over but we are going to give the matter some serious discussion over the coming months to see if we can work out what’s causing it. Its been suggested that it may be heavy method feeders and short braided hooklengths causing the damage. One thing I will say is that I would have hoped that we had anglers in KFAC of a high enough calibre to know that if their rigs are causing damage to fish, they would have the sense to change them. The club aren’t prepared to sit back and allow the fish to become damaged without taking measures to stop it.


With the Autumn and Winter fast approaching, many anglers thoughts will turn towards predator fishing on KFAC waters and we have some fantastic venues where members can target Pike, Zander and Perch during the cooler months. Sadly our fresh water predators seem to suffer more than most other species when it comes to catching and handling. Over the years we have seen a decline in the quality of Pike fishing on Dudmaston. Its something that has been noted to me by a number of anglers and also something I have seen myself. What has caused the loss of these fish is unknown but it is thought that poor fishing and handling has probably been a major contributing factor. A reduction in numbers of the bigger females will always see a decline in the average size of the Pike stocks. I have, over the years whilst fishing Dudmaston, unfortunately seen dead Pike, and also caught Pike with wire traces embedded in their gut, which I have had to remove. Whether these Pike have been deep hooked while fishing, or picked up traces that have broken off on the cast, it is impossible to say, but one thing is sure, most predators that become deep hooked are destined to die a slow lingering death by starvation, as the treble hooks often 'stitch up' the fishes throat. It is our duty as anglers to make sure we do all we can to ensure the safe return of any predator we catch, be that Pike, Zander, Perch or Eels. If you are an inexperienced predator angler, then always seek advice before attempting to fish for these delicate species. There are predator enthusiasts in the club who will be more than willing to help you.

Following on from the above, the Committee have decided we need to bring in some rules and regulations to protect the fish. If you are intending to Predator fish on our waters, please make sure you understand and follow these rules.

Anyone found breaking these rules on KFAC waters could be subject to disciplinary action from the committee.

Your membership to Kinver Freeliners AC is at risk if you break these rules!

Please remember when fishing Dudmaston, that the National Trust ban livebait fishing on its waters.  Live baits are permitted on all other KFAC waters.

Pike/Zander/Eel Tackle

: Mono - Minimum of 15lb breaking strain.
Braid - Minimum of 30lb breaking strain.
We understand that Perch anglers may feel the need to scale down their rigs and tackle some what from the above, but please bare in mind the risk of hooking into large Pike, Zander or Eels when targeting Perch on our waters.
Rods - Always use a rod that is strong enough to safely hook and land with the species you are targeting.
Wire traces MUST be used when live/deadbait fishing and lure fishing.
A suitably large sized landing net is essential.
Unhooking mats MUST be used at all times.
Always carry long forceps, side cutters and long nosed pliers to enable the quick clean unhooking of fish.
Always put the fish first- if you need to cut the hooks or wire trace to aid unhooking, then do so.
With reference to Eel fishing- should you suffer a deep hooked Eel, the best course of action is to cut the trace as close to the fish as possible and then return the fish.
Pike gags and gaffs are strictly NOT permitted on any KFAC water.

When using 'fish' bait's on Dudmaston and Chelmarsh reservoir, treble hooks are only permitted between 1st October and 31st March. At all other times, single hooks with wire traces MUST be used.

Priority MUST always be given to the safe return of ANY Pike, Perch, Zander or Eel caught from our waters.

Minimum Handling = Maximum Conservation.

Every effort must be made to ensure that deep hooking of predators is prevented - STRIKE EARLY!
NEVER leave rods unattended. Rod butts must never be further than 3 metres apart.
Always use effective bite indication.
The static freelining of baits is not permitted.
Never hold fish in cloths. Wet your hands and unhooking mat before handling fish.

We have decided to bring in a dedicated 'PIKE CARD’ for any angler intending to Pike fish Chelmarsh Reservoir. Only members in possession of a Pike card will be permitted to Pike fish on the Reservoir. This card will be free and available to any member. To apply for a Chelmarsh Pike card, please contact the Secretary.

Chelmarsh Pike Card holders are permitted to take a guest to Chelmarsh but the guest tickets need to be purchased in advance from the Secretary at a cost of £10. Any member taking a guest along to Pike fish Chelmarsh is fully responsible for their guest’s actions whilst on the water. If guests are found to be breaking any of the KFAC rules, both the member and the guest will be liable to disciplinary action.

There are five committee members that have stepped forward to bailiff the Pike fishing on Chelmarsh Reservoir. These are Mike Bowker, Steve Williams, Dean Aston, Martyn Lloyd and Ben Cook. Do not be offended if you are asked by one of the bailiffs or a fellow Pike Card holder to produce your Pike Card or to show your end rigs for inspection. Anyone in possession of a 'Pike Card' is encouraged to check fellow Pike cardholder’s cards and tackle and report back to the Club Secretary or one of the bailiffs if they encounter any problems. These measures have been put in place for one reason and that’s to protect the Predator stocks. Please respect them at all times.

Tight lines

Steve Williams


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