Bishops Waltham Parish Fishing Club

Crystal clear water creates a challenge for catching fish, final match won by Rod Langthorne, Rod and "The Prof" win the Pairs match

Points Only and Pairs matches were fished simultaneously

The final matches of the 2014/2015 season were the Point’s Only match and the Pairs Match. Traditionally pairs are drawn before the Points Only match starts and the two matches are fished at the same time.

The Points Only match is a 'match with a difference'. Instead of the highest weight deciding the winner it is decided on number of fish. Each fish, regardless of its size, is only worth one point. Anglers therefore tend to fish for the smaller fish to try to catch as many as possible. A whip with a small float and maggot is the normal way to fish for the small fish in the South Pond. A waggler, again using maggot, also works if the fish are further out.

As it was the final match of the year the Pairs Match was held at the same time. Pairs were drawn before the match started. Paul Collins and Chris Shepherd teamed up, 'The Prof' and Rod Langthorne were the second pair with the final pair of Steve Edge and Andy Weavil.

The South Pond water had cleared after a cold spell so the fish were expected to be either further out than normal in the deeper water, or in any darker water nearer the shore. Of the anglers on the southern bank Rod, who drew peg 18, had the darker water so was expected to do well. He did not disappoint. At the count Rod had 50 small fish, which was more than the other five anglers added together. All of the fish were landed using a pole and maggot. Some anglers also tried the pole, Paul Collins even broke his so it turned out to be an expensive day. The whip was also used and even a waggler, but with the fish not willing to venture into clear water anglers struggled to catch even the smallest of fish. Even small perch, which nearly always turn up, did not show. As a result, the Points Only match was won by Rod Langthorne, one of our Associate members, with 50 small roach.

With Rod's leading score, the Pairs match was won by Rod and 'The Prof'. 'The Prof' contributed by catching 13 fish to add to Rod's 50, giving them a clear lead with 63 points.

Winners of the Pairs Match - Rod Langthorne and "The Prof"

Final results for the Points Only match were:

Rod Langthorne 50 points

Paul Collins 22 Points

Steve Edge 15 Points

Pairs Match results were:

Rod Langthorne and 'The Prof' – 1st – 63 pts

Paul Collins and Chris Shepherd – 2nd – 25 pts

Steve Edge and Andy Weavil – 3rd – 16 pts

May and June activities

Leisure fishing continues as usual through May and June. There is a break in competition fishing, which will start again towards the end of June. Competitions start again on 20th June with the first of the Evening Match series. The draw is at 17:00, fishing 17:30 - 20:30. The full set of competitions is in the latest version of the Match Calendar which can be downloaded from the website. A new membership year starts in June. 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).

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