Bishops Waltham Parish Fishing Club

Roger Pilling wins Match 7 and is now set to win the series, one other match left this season, AGM will be on April 17th for trophy presentation

Match 7 won by Roger Pilling from peg 1

Match 7 of the 8 match series was fished in the middle of January on a cold, dry windy day. With some regulars not able to attend because of colds and flu, only five anglers turned up for the 08:30 draw. With the sun shining and the wind blowing, the North Bank would be the most comfortable side for fishing. On the North Bank Roger Pilling drew his usual peg 1 and Andy Weavil, who never does well from peg 4, drew peg 4. Fishing in the cold on the South Bank was "the Prof" on peg 14, Paul Collins on peg 16 and in the really cold area of the South Pond Joey Sylvester on peg 19.

The competitors were certain that Roger on peg 1 would be the winner and everyone else would be fishing for second place. Maggot was the bait of choice for the silvers, but would catch a carp if they were around. "The prof" (Paul Moriarty), who pleasure fishes regularly, had been catching the odd carp and some very good nets of roach, so it was hoped that the fish would show during the match. Roger, fishing with his long Bolognese rod, managed to land some small roach and two carp weighing 4lb each. Andy and Joey both struggled and did not weigh in. "The prof" managed 1lb 1oz of small perch and Paul, fishing the pole at 10 metres, landed a very good net of skimmers and roach.

Roger Pilling fishing from peg 1 and Andy Weavil looking on

The final results were:

Peg 1 Roger Pilling 12lb 10oz
Peg 16 Paul Collins 10lb 11oz
Peg 14 Paul Moriarty 1lb 1oz

With only one more match left in this series before the winner is declared, the outlook is that Roger Pilling will win the series.

Plenty of water flowing through the pond and silver fish are showing up well

The pond remains in flood with plenty of water coming in from the North Pond. Paul the bailiff is having to keep the old culvert grill clear of the dead weed that rises and drifts down to block the grill. When the water level rises many of the swims are taken out of use and anglers are restricted to the higher swims. Despite the clear water, the silver fish are still showing, so if you like a challenge and want to catch something other than carp why not get yourself a pint of maggots, pick a decent day and enjoy yourself.

March and April activities

Leisure fishing continues as usual from March onwards. There is just one match left to fish before mid-March, the traditional end of the fishing year. The last match of the season is the Points Match on March 8th.

Although competitive, the matches are always very friendly affairs. Come along and try your luck!

Date Match Draw Fishing Times
8th March 2015 Points Only 09:00 09:30 to 12:30

We are now planning for the new season with membership renewals from April onwards. There is no increase in subs for next year. Renewals can be done by downloading a renewal form from the website and sending, with an SAE, to our membership secretary (details below and on the web site). Membership can also be renewed at the AGM. The AGM will be held at the Priory Inn on Friday 17th April. New Parish members can also join at the AGM. It will be a fun evening, with some food, and trophy presentations. It is also an opportunity to get the latest tips from the experts on which swims fish best in different conditions.

Joining the Club

If you are interested in joining the club please contact our membership secretary Cathy Naylor on 07934-895513, 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. The membership year runs from mid-June.

Membership is open to anyone who lives in Bishops Waltham, plus a number of Associate membership places (for those living outside the Parish). Priority is given to Parish membership (especially juniors), but anyone living outside of the Parish wishing to join should contact Cathy for an Associate Membership space for the 2015/16 season.

It is rare for anglers not to catch fish at the pond, which makes it ideal both for more experienced anglers and for youngsters starting out. As a mixed fishery, with fish like carp, roach, rudd, bream, perch and the odd eel - there is something for everyone. There are carp to 10lb plus, many between 6lb and 8lb, lots of roach, bream and also perch over 1lb. If you love your fishing and don’t want to travel far then join us - your local club. Its always nice to see new anglers on the bank and hopefully we will also see you at the matches.

Club web site

For more information about the club and its activities, the club's web site can be found at:

Paul Collins and Barry Jerome