Bishops Waltham Parish Fishing Club

Paul Collins wins matches 3 and 4 in the series, Rod Langthorne and Chris Shepherd close for the Associate cup

Unseasonably warm for matches 3 and 4

Matches 3 and 4 of the eight match series were fished during the unseasonably warm weather in October with both matches fished in the dry and warm (if sitting in the sun). Unfortunately because of the weed on the North bank all the recent matches have been fished on the South Bank and that means very little sunshine and warmth. Fishing has been slow compared to previous years and very few of the larger carp have been showing. Silvers like the roach and skimmer bream are in abundance and all the angler needs is maggot for bait and to fish with either the waggler or whip.

Autumn view of the South Pond

Dave the goose is happy on his new roost

After several work parties the pond still looks relatively clear of weed, but don’t be fooled. The weed is still in large clumps beneath the surface and presenting bait to any fish is still challenging. During the last work party the barley straw bales (duck sanctuary and algal bloom preventor) were replaced in the middle of the South Pond and it didn’t take long for Dave the goose to take up residence again. Plans are to now to start clearing the weed from the North bank so that anglers can sit in the winter sun.

Dave the goose is happy with his new roost

Paul Collins wins match 3

Match 3 was fished by 6 anglers and after the 7am draw it was off to the pegs to get ready. Thirty minutes later all the anglers started fishing with the feeder, casting out to the middle using pellet, corn, meat and even maggot. Paul Collins on peg 15 managed a few small carp before things slowed and Roger Pilling on peg 17 managed to get a very nice sized carp and smaller fish. Andy Weavil on peg 16 struggled and did not weigh in, while Steve Edge on peg 13 managed two very small fish and weighed in just 2oz. The two associates Rod Langthorne and Chris Shepherd, who travel down to fish nearly every match, both managed to catch a carp and smaller fish and at the weigh-in it was very close.

Final results were:

Paul Collins Peg 15 10 lb 10oz
Roger Pilling Peg 17 6 lb 11oz
Steve Edge Peg 13 0 lb 2oz
Andy Weavil Peg 16 DNW
Chris Shepherd (A) Peg 18 7 lb 4oz
Rod Langthorne (A) Peg 14 6 lb 10oz

Rod 's and Chris's results in match 4 put them close for the Associate cup

Match 4 only had five of us fishing as Roger had decided to have a lay-in after the clocks went back the night before. Unfortunately Andy forgot to change his clock and arrived well ahead of everyone else. With dry weather again, but a slight frost the night before, things were going to be a bit more difficult as the fish would be in the deeper water. As with all matches we all started on the feeder but with no carp showing anglers resorted to other tactics and out came the waggler and pole. Paul Collins stuck with the feeder and worm and managed six small carp from casting very close to the new straw bales. Steve Edge got a small carp and a few bits (small fish) and once again Andy Weavil struggled and did not weigh in. This time Rod Langthorne came out on top with 2lb 9oz of small fish from under the new straw bale on peg 17 and Chris in the open water got a few small fish for 1lb. The fish have definitely gone into hiding and the weights are very different from previous years. Is it the weed? Or did we lose fish two years ago when both the North Pond and South Pond were very flooded?

The final results for match 4 were:

Paul Collins Peg 16 10 lb 10oz
Steve Edge Peg 15 3 lb 0oz
Andy Weavil Peg 18 DNW
Rod Langthorne Peg 17 2 lb 9oz
Chris Shepherd (A) Peg 14 1 lb 0oz

Barley straw bales in place

December to March activities

There are no Match Series matches in December, just the Silver Fish match on 13th December and the Hangover match at year end. The series continues with the final two matches in January and February (weather permitting). Only one match per month is scheduled for the first three months of the new year to allow for adverse conditions. If the pond should be frozen then there are other weekends available to reschedule cancelled matches.

The full set of competitions is in the latest version of the Match Calendar which 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, or download one from our website. The membership year runs from mid-June. Membership is open for renewals and new members. Applications can be done by downloading a 2015-16 form from the website and sending, with an SAE, to our membership secretary (details above and on the web site).

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