Junior and Evening Match series and Carp-only match results, no resolution to parking problem in Station Road

Connor Crosswell wins the Junior Match Series

The Junior Match Series is run during the school holidays with matches fished on Friday evenings to avoid clashing with other family activities at the weekend. This years overall winner was Connor Crosswell with a hefty total of 39lb-3oz. His catch included an unusual fish - a large goldfish! Callum Pope was a close second followed by Joey Sylvester who came third, despite only managing to fish one of the matches. Prizes were awarded to competitors at the end of each match and although they were allocated according to success, everyone who fished received a prize, whether they caught a fish or not.

The top three overall positions were:

1Connor Crosswell39lb-3oz
2Callum Pope27lb-5oz
3Joey Sylvester3lb-0oz





Close-fought contest in the Evening Match series

The Evening Match series started at the end of June. The winner is the angler with the heaviest overall weight from the four matches. The competition is open to senior and junior members and the junior competitors did very well in the first match of the series gaining second and fourth place, beating many of the seniors. This continued through the matches and Joey Sylvester, who came third in the Junior Match Series, also gained third place in this hard fought match series with a total weight of 57lb-8oz. There was intense competition for first place and it was still open until the final match of the series when Paul Collins managed to catch a massive bag of 57lb-3oz to win the series. The first five places were:

1Paul Collins114lb-6oz
2Rod Langthorne80lb-10oz
3Joey Sylvester (jnr)57lb-8oz
4Roger Pilling 46lb-10oz
5Roland Palmer 35lb-13oz

A total of 450lbs (204kgs) of fish were caught during the four matches, all returned carefully to the water.

Steve Edge wins the Carp-Only match

Fishing on swim 1, Steve Edge had more than twice the weight of the next competitor to win the Carp-Only match with a total weight of 48lbs. In this competition, only carp are counted, any other fish caught cannot be weighed in.

The top three overall positions were:

1Steve Edge48lb-0oz
2Liam Crosswell23lb-0oz
3Paul Collins21lb-8oz

No resolution to the parking problem in Station Road

Parking in Station Road, adjacent to the fishing area, will be lost according to the plans submitted by Sainsburys to Winchester for planning approval. This will severely impact both anglers and non-anglers who normally park there. Disabled anglers will be particularly badly affected.

The club had discussions with GKA, Sainsburys' consultants, who acknowledged the problem and were looking into finding a solution. However, the Club has had an email saying that nothing will be done about general parking and only two disabled parking bays will be added. The two disabled bays will be insufficient, as disabled shoppers are very likely to use the bays, meaning that there will still be nowhere for disabled anglers to park. The email also stated that parking had only been possible for anglers since the Dukes Mill Business park closed. This is completely untrue as there has never been a parking problem since the South Pond was dredged 32 years ago. The Club will be very interested in the outcome of the planning application, which could severely disrupt the Club's leisure and competition activities.

October & November activities

The Match Series started on 19th September and continues through October and November. All start with an 8:30am draw, fishing from 9am to 1pm. As well as the Match Series, there is the Silver-Fish Only Match on the 17th October. This is the opposite of the Carp-Only Match, in that only silver fish such as roach, rudd, bream, etc. can be weighed in, carp cannot be counted in the match weight.

Joining the Club

If you are interested in joining the club please contact our membership secretary Cathy Naylor on 01489-890086, or contact our chairman Roland Palmer (after 6pm) on 01489-894063 for an application form. More information is available, and a form can be downloaded, from our web site at www.bwpfc.org.uk.

Subscription amounts have been kept the same for this season. Membership is open to anyone who lives in Bishops Waltham, plus a small number of associate membership places (for those living outside the Parish). Priority is always given to Parish membership, especially juniors. All of the associate membership places have been taken up this year and there is now a waiting list for places for next season. Anyone living outside of the Parish wishing to join should contact Cathy to put their name on the waiting list.x

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