Bishops Waltham Parish Fishing Club

Paul Collins just beats Roger Pilling to win the Match Series with the best six results from eight matches, AGM and trophy presentation on Friday April 17th

Paul Collins wins the Match Series

Match 8 of the match series was fished in mid-February on a dry winter’s day with plenty of sunshine. Five anglers turned out for the 08:30am draw and after a brief discussion it was decided that only pegs 13 to 19 on the South Side of the pond would go into the draw bag. Roger Pilling drew peg 13 with Paul Collins on peg 14. The "Prof" drew peg 15 with Rod Langthorne one of our associate members on peg 17. Steve Edge, Club Secretary, drew peg 18 and had the whole corner to himself.

The water within the South Pond had some colour in it so the silver fish would be within reach of a pole and waggler approach. Using the Bolognese rod and waggler Roger caught small fish from the off using pinkie (small maggot) whilst Paul next door using the Pole and maggot caught larger roach, skimmers and a 1lb 5oz perch. The "Prof" on peg 16 had a slow match catching fish in spells and did manage to land a specimen perch of 1lb 6oz. Rod Langthorne caught roach and skimmers using soft pellet and even managed to land two carp, one of 6lb after a lengthy elastic stretching battle. Steve Edge fishing peg 18 and using the waggler landed small silvers and one of our resident goldfish.

Rod Langthorne with a fine winter Carp

Results on the day were:

Parish members:

Peg 14 Paul Collins 7lb 15oz
Peg 13 Roger Pilling 5lb 7oz
Peg 18 Steve Edge 3lb 15oz

Associate members:

Peg 17 Rod Langthorne 11lb 8oz

Final results for the Match Series

With the final match now fished it was time to add the points up and see who the winner was. In the Match Series, 10 points are awarded to the winner of each match with 8 points for second, 7 for third and so on down to one. The same points system is used to establish the winner of the Associate Cup. Out of the eight matches only the best 6 results count towards the final total. This allows anglers to either miss two matches or drop their two worst results.

The final results were:

April and May activities

The main activity in April will be the AGM, to be held on Friday April 17th at the Priory Inn. It will be a fun evening, with some food, and trophy presentations. It will be held in a room off the main bar and so Juniors are very welcome to come along. As well as catching up on Club activities it provides an opportunity to get the latest tips from the experts on which swims fish best in different conditions. Membership can be renewed from 7-8pm before the AGM and new Parish members can also join. There is no increase in subs for next year.

If not able to get to the AGM, membership can be renewed from April onwards. Renewals can be done by downloading a 2015-16 form from the website and sending, with an SAE, to our membership secretary (details below and on the web site).

Leisure fishing continues as usual through April and May. There is a break in competition fishing, which will start again in June. The latest version of the Match Calendar can be downloaded from the website.

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