Bishops Waltham Parish Fishing Club

Points Only match won by Rod Langthorne, membership opened for the 2016-17 season, Dave the goose has a statue on the roundabout

Rod Langthorne wins the Points Only match

The last match of the 2015-16 season was the Points Only match fished on 6th March. This is a different type of competition as it is not the weight that counts but the total number of fish caught. There is always fierce competition on the best approach to use. Weather on the day is a big factor on which method will be the best. Rod Langthorne caught 125 fish in the three hours giving him a winning total of 125 points.

Fishing club makes a donation to the North Pond "All Year Water" project

At the last committee meeting the Club voted to make a donation of £250 to the North Pond "All Year Water" project as we have an interest in it being completed. Every year fish migrate from the South Pond to the North Pond during the winter when the stream is flowing. These fish are stranded when the water drains from the North Pond and, despite rescue attempts, many fish die. This project will provide an area of permanent at the South end of the North Pond which will act as a refuge when the water goes. Fish are not wanted in the North Pond as they will upset the balance for other wildlife, especially amphibians. The fish can be easily netted from the refuge and returned to the South Pond.

Dave the goose has a statue on the roundabout

Following on from the sad tale of Davina goose being killed by a dog and then the distraught Dave causing traffic problems, there is a new element. Shortly after Dave the goose was removed to a new home in Denmead a statue appeared on the roundabout. Dave is missed, not only by local residents, but especially by the Fishing Club members who had adopted Dave and used to feed it. Dave in return acted as a sentry on the pond and kept away any Cormorants that might venture in to eat the South Pond fish.

Membership now open for 2016-17 season

The membership renewal session prior to the AGM on Friday 22nd April opened the membership for the new 2016-17 season. Subscriptions are being kept the same for the third year running. Details are given below on renewing or joining the club. New membership forms for the 2016-17 season are available for download from our website.

May and June activities

The main activity in April is the Club's AGM and annual prizegiving. As this is towards the end of April, details and photos will be in next months Parish News.

There are no competitions in May, but individual fishing continues. Work parties will be held some weekends during May and early June to get everything ready for the new season. The new season opens in June. The first match of the new season will be the first Evening Match on Saturday 18th June, draw at 5pm, fishing 5:30-8:30pm. The new version of the Match Calendar for the 2016-2017 season is on the web site and can be downloaded

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. Alternatively, applications can be made by downloading a membership form from the website and sending, with an SAE, to our membership secretary (details above and on the 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.

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