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21/09/2020 UPDATE YARD and QUARRY

Dear members As some of you will be aware we have had the services of a weed cutter
on Churchyard lake recently and he has suggested that further weed removal would be beneficial.
The Committee have therefore agreed to employ his services again on 8th, 9th and 10th October and as a result,
Churchyard lake will need to be closed during daylight hours on these dates.

It is hoped that time available will also allow for him to spend some time on Quarry Lake but as this is not certain at present,
members are being forewarned there could be some disruption on Quarry Lake at some point in time over the 3 day period.
Further details will be made available in due course.
As always your understanding is greatly appreciated to try to address the onion weed issues on Churchyard in particular.

News Update 11/08/2020

Our members are not reading their rule books and getting into trouble regarding bringing children onto the complex.
So in brief. Under 12 members (having their own rule book) are allowed to fish anywhere on the complex during daylight,
but only in your swim and must be accompanied at all times. (that includes going to the loo etc.)
They may stay overnight but not fish.
Non fishing guests have no fishing privileges.
They may accompany you anywhere on the complex and may stay overnight but they cannot fish.
If you bring a child under 14 to fish who is not a member in their own right you must: Accompany them at all times.
They must fish in your swim and fish with one rod only and only during daylight hours.
They are restricted to Little Long and Long Lake on the Whyke lake side only.
They are not allowed to fish Whyke Churchyard or Quarry.
They must abide by all the rules and you the member will be responsible for them and their action.

News Update 02/08/2020

Dear members,
The Committee are receiving an ever increasing number of reports of both alcohol and drug abuse on the complex.
The rules on this are clear in that no excessive alcohol consumption is permissible and obviously no taking of drugs at all is acceptable.
The Committee have always been happy for members to enjoy their fishing in conjunction with a few beers or similar
as part of their overall enjoyment but it appears that some members are now taking this to the extreme which cannot be allowed to continue.
All members are hereby advised that any member found to be on the complex either drinking excessively or taking any form of drugs
including those for recreational use, will be removed immediately and have their membership taken away permanently.
Please take note of this warning and react accordingly to put an end to the current problems before anyone has to be evicted
from the Society as any member sanctioned in this way will not be permitted to rejoin in the future
and their actions will therefore have long and far reaching consequences.
Finally, if it is reported that any member is found actively dealing in drugs on the complex then this will be reported to the local police immediately.
It is disappointing to find ourselves having to put up this type of post and members are actively encouraged to report offenders
so that those few who are potentially ruining things for the vast majority who keep to the rules can be brought to task and excluded.
Spot checks both day and night will be in operation so please do not assume that the Committee are not taking this situation very seriously indeed.

News Update 18/07/2020

Dear members,
There are increasing numbers of reports of sightings of rats on the complex recently,
despite the usual treatment of the rat boxes being undertaken.
It seems most likely that the cause is linked to the fact that the complex
is so busy at the moment and all anglers are kindly asked
to please check their swims as they are leaving
and ensure no unused bait or foodstuffs is left behind.
Unfortunately, our furry friends thrive on an environment such as the complex,
and it has taken a long time to get numbers under control.
Please take this one small action at the end of every session
to assist us with maintaining low numbers if not complete eradication.
On a separate but not potentially unrelated subject,
can anglers also please not feed the wildlife on site.
The geese in particular are becoming extremely tame and not all anglers
want them hanging about in their swims.
There is more than sufficient natural food on site for their needs
and feeding them is possibly not unrelated to our current rodent problem.
Again, your co-operation and assistance is greatly appreciated.

2020-21 SEASON

It is appreciated that due to the extraordinary situation the country finds itself in with the Coronovirus pandemic,
you have been subjected to numerous posts about what is deemed necessary to keep everyone safe
while using the complex and your positive responses really are greatly appreciated.

There is one final item that you need to be aware of as the new season gets underway.

With the very dry Spring and unusually warm weather,
the Committee have invested in a further couple or aerators
so that there are sufficient numbers for all the lakes.
These aerators will be running intermittently for the foreseeable future
to assist with oxygenation and your understanding of the necessity for this course of action is greatly appreciated.
The aerators have been positioned to cause anglers the minimum amount of affect
possible but please do not attempt to tamper with any of the equipment or turn it off at any time.

For the foreseeable future, the way every member uses the complex will need to adjust to accommodate the ongoing Covid 19 crisis
and the Committee have needed to implement some additional controls to ensure that the complex remains fully compliant with government directives
and keeps its members as safe as possible while they are using the facilities.

Anti-bacterial hand sanitiser stations will be set up at the entry to the complex and in the vicinity of the toilet block.
Members will also carry their own hand sanitiser as an addition to using these facilities.

High grade anti-bacterial soap will be available in both the ladies and gents’ toilets and members are asked to observe regular
and thorough hand washing when using the toilets.
The toilet block will be cleaned on a regular basis but all members are asked to leave the facilities in good order.

Clear signage will be displayed around the complex showing the governments Covid 19 directives
and all members will need to observe these guidelines 100% of the time to protect themselves as well as other members.

Bailiffs will be undertaking an increased number of checks to ensure all members are not only observing the usual rules and bylaws
as set out in your membership book but also observing social distancing and hygiene requirements.
All Bailiffs and Committee members will have the power to request any member failing
to observe these measures to leave the complex immediately and strong sanctions
will be levied on any member who is found to be putting any other member at potential risk
by failing to fully observe all the Covid 19 related guidelines.

The Society intends to observe a minimum 5 metre distancing measure around the complex in respect of open swims.
If deemed necessary, some swims which are too close together
will need be closed off and no member should attempt to fish these swims which will be clearly marked.

Finally, and as the complex is expected to be very busy this season, especially while so few leisure activities are accessible.

No guest or 24 tickets will be available for the foreseeable future.

All of the above will be regularly reviewed by the Committee and adjusted in line with
alterations to the government directives over the coming weeks and months.
As the season gets underway, it may prove necessary for the Committee to implement some form
of control over the number of members attending site at any one time.
Numbers will be closely monitored and if possible and within safety limits, the complex will be open to all members in the usual way.
Members should however continually check the Society’s social media platforms for any updates
on this to avoid a wasted journey if some form of advance booking process is necessary

If there’s a scenario when an angler is in trouble with a fish or feeling unwell and needs the
urgent assistance of someone else then of course as a club we would advocate that as an emergency need.
They can still maximise distance by moving back to
swim whilst netting occurs or moving away whilst fish in mat.
The bailiff’s duty is to advise and help and under these circumstances obviously no action would be taken.
If anglers abuse this and claim they need help when they don’t actually need it this will be dealt with very differently.

Common sense needs to prevail.

Make regular visits to the CDAS Facebook Page and/or the CDAS Website
as all important information will be posted in both places as well as on the front gate,
to keep you all up to date with any changes that may affect you as the season progresses.

The Committee extends its advance thanks to you all for observing all of the above and if every member will
embrace these alterations then the complex should be the safe environment it needs to be for all its members this season.

CDAS Membership Secretary Update
Wednesday 20th May 2020

Booking onto PDAC waters
Slots available to CDAS members DAYS only 7am to 7pm
Coombe Pond, Nyewood Ponds, Bo Peep Pond

DO NOT fish in swims marked with hazard tape.


Go to PDAC website and follow link on home page
“Take Me To Booking System”
Read the rules and instructions and
scroll to bottom of page double click on
“take me to bookings”

Register and fill in all your details using your Chichester membership number
instead of the PDAC number. Book a slot.

There is a help line no if you have issues.

Make sure you have the confirmation on your phone or a hard copy and your CDAS book when you visit the waters.
Car park permits are available through the CDAS, SAS tackle and from
Steve Chapman of the PDAC based in Bognor call 07510 676729
to arrange to collect a car permit.

You are allowed to book 2 slots every rolling seven days.

All the lakes have been adapted to allow social distancing so we have a limited number
of swims available each day
10 on Nyewood and Coombe and 5 on Bo Peep.

Please note gate codes have changed this year
and are on the pack of the car park permit.

CDAS Membership Secretary Update
Friday 1st May 2020

As the usual cutoff date for renewals has now passed, the Membership Secretary
would like to gauge how many of the club's members who have opted to take advantage
of the renewal extension period until 31st July,
are definitely intending to issue their confirmations within the next 13 weeks.

Can anyone who falls into this category please contact the Membership Secretary by email text or phone
at their earliest opportunity to enable her to reserve your membership place.

Please also remember that until such time as a membership has been confirmed
by means of the issue of a new membership book,
no access to the complex for any reason is permissible and a period of 21 days
between sending in a renewal and receipt of a membership book needs to be allowed for.

Thank you for your kind attention to this request.
It is greatly appreciated to assist with the continued smooth running of the club.

CDAS Committee Update
Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Members have asked if they can access the complex
for the purposes of exercise since the government directive
on travelling to and from a given point have now been better clarified.

With a membership of 850 and no clear way to conduct such a facility,
combined with the fact that we are currently observing the close season and undertaking
some necessary repair and maintenance works involving our heavy machinery,
there are no plans at the current time to allow access to the complex.

It is regrettable that this will undoubtedly disappoint many members
and the Committee are keeping regular checks on the government directives.

As soon as social distancing measures are lifted sufficiently
to be able to allow members back onto the complex safely
in whatever capacity, you can rest assured that a suitable post will be circulated.

In the meantime please continue to stay safe and well.
Tuesday 24th March 2020
Dear members,
It is clear that many of you are currently concerned about how the Committee
will deal with renewals given that some of you will
unfortunately have unexpected financial restraints as a result of the current crisis.

The reason that there has been a short delay in putting up a post on this matter
is because it is vital for the right options to be made available to those most in need
of assistance while ensuring that the Society can continue to function
and pay its bill's until we come out of the other side of this horrible time.

Any member who has not already renewed will receive their final reminder shortly
and there will be a covering enclosure setting out how
those who need to can be allowed some additional breathing space.
It is hoped that only members who genuinely need to take advantage
of this will do so and in this way the Committee will endeavour
to ensure every existing member can keep their memberships intact if they wish to.

Monday 23rd March 2020


Dear Members
It is with regret that following tonight's press release from our Prime Minister
we now have no choice but to close the complex forthwith
and until such time as the current restrictions on movement are relaxed.
No further access to site by any member will now be permitted
and the padlocks will be changed to ensure that this is adhered to by all.

The Society will follow all legislated procedures throughout the current crisis
and further notifications will be issued as matters progress.

Once again the Committee extend their sincerest thanks
for your co-operation and support during these unprescedented times.

End of Pike Fishing Season

Members are reminded that the use of 3 rods will officially end at midnight tonight.(13th March 2020)
As has historically been the case, any overnight anglers can continue to use 3 rods until 0800 hours tomorrow morning,
at which time the third rod must be wound in.
All members must observe the 2 rod limit from 0800 hours tomorrow
as laid out clearly in your membership books under the general and tackle heading directly after by-law 27."
Hopefully this is explanatory enough for our lovely members.

Complex Update

Following the recent bad weather and significant rainfall over several weeks,
the complex is currently saturated in many areas with several swims under water.

For the foreseeable future all members are asked to ensure they arrive at the complex
armed with wellington boots as they will need them to land their catches safely
into their cradles before returning them to the water.

This process will inevitably require walking to the front of flooded swims,
as landing fish into the water currently covering these affected swims is clearly not acceptable.

Your assistance with this request until things dry up a bit is greatly appreciated.


1) Renewal forms are on back of the AGM letter as it states.
They also will be on website.
If you’ve thrown AGM letter away without reading it and didn’t know it was on back.
The club generally sends out another but this isn’t a certainty so be aware.

2) Season ends 31st April so renewals will need to be in before season ends as renewal date is also 31 st April.
There’s no room to extend renewal date as it’s a massive job for the membership secretary.
So if you want to fish you need to either photocopy the back page or your book
or take a picture on your mobile so when bailiffing we know you have
a valid membership as it needs to be on you if you on complex.

3) Please see you can now pay for membership via bank transfer.
Please ensure you follow the guidance as stated on renewal letter.
Not putting your name and ID on the reference or sending it the receipt
will make it highly likely your membership won’t be processed as we won’t know whose money is whose.

Season extension

In recognition of the interruptions to available fishing on occasion during the 2019-20 season
it has been decided to extend the current season by a two week period
and the close season will therefore not commence until midnight on 30th April 2020.


The CDAS Committee has voted in favour of lifting the current ban on spodding on the complex with immediate effect.
Members are however reminded that the bait limit as set out in your membership book
remains unchanged and all members are asked to ensure that they fully comply
with this rule as sanctions will be served on anyone found in possession of excessive amounts of bait.

Whyke update.

The Committee has decided to reopen Whyke Lake with effect from midday on Friday 13th December you can set up from 10 AM.
Members are asked to remember that the spodding and spombing suspension remains in force and the 2kg bait limit must be observed.
If possible, for the first few weeks and given the need to monitor the lake closely,
can members very kindly supply feedback on their catches (weight and condition in particular)
to either the Secretary, any of the Bailiffs, the Fishery Manager or via a Facebook post.
This will enable the Committee to collect data on how the lake is responding
to being reopened and your assistance with this is greatly appreciated.


All members please note the following from the November 2019 Newsletter

Given the problems with maintaining good water quality it has been decided to re-introduce
a ban on spodding and spombing across the entire complex with effect from
1st December 2019
All members are required to adhere to this interim rule and sanctions
will need to be handed out to any member found to not be observing it.
It is appreciated that such measures are never popular but there is little doubt
that large volumes of bait entering the lakes does have a detrimental effect on water quality
and this course of action will hopefully help to address this issue.
The decision to stop spodding and spombing does not alter the current 2kg per day bait limit as set out in your Membership Books.

Whyke update.

Hi All,
Update on Whyke lake:

EA Letter.
I can confirm that I have had the results back from the Environment Agency Laboratory at Brampton.
They have confirmed that the results have come back negative for Koi Herpesvirus, Carp Edema Virus and Spring Viraemia of Carp.
These results have been taken from the two mirror carp samples that I collected on 29th and 30th October 2019.
However, given the small sample size and deteriorated state of the fish
(as they had been dead for some time before being collected),these results should be interpreted with caution.

Nonetheless, I do believe that the mortality event is most likely to have occurred
due to a considerable reduction in oxygen levels as mentioned by the anglers/fishery bailiffs.
This is expected to have occurred due to the swift decrease in phytoplankton (algae)
abundance which produce oxygen via photosynthesis during the day.
The decrease in algal abundance was demonstrated by the water becoming very clear in a relatively short amount of time.
The decline in phytoplankton abundance may also have been caused by the significant number of zooplankton
present in the lake (as found by the water quality samples I took on 30/10/2019).
Oxygen production in the lake will have therefore been greatly reduced.

The action taken by the club to deploy aeration onto Whyke lake with regular water quality monitoring
will almost certainly have prevented more fish being lost.
It is a positive sign that the oxygen levels have now recovered to their normal levels
so that the aeration has been switched off.
As we are now nearing winter,
the risk of significant changes in oxygen levels is greatly reduced.

Any concerns please direct to Carole. Email:-


Carp Teach In Socials Some of you may already have heard that the club
will be organising a couple of Carp Teach-In social days. Currently two dates have been earmarked,
being Saturday 5th October and Wednesday 9th October with an 8am meet up by the containers
in the top car park for a hot drink and time for an initial opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
You are invited to bring along your own tackle and rods as the main bank of Quarry will be closed to other members for the duration of the teach-in
so that there will be ample opportunity for some live demonstrations
and for attendees to put into practice everything that will be covered.
These teach-in sessions will be aimed primarily at new or inexperienced anglers
but anyone who feels they would benefit are also very welcome.
If you are already an experienced carp angler then these days are probably not for you
but if you are looking to focus on the larger carp for the first time or are still a relative novice
then you will hopefully gain some useful pointers to enhance your future enjoyment at the complex.
The teach-in days will be hosted by myself (Kev White) and by brother Rob
and It is intended that during the course of the day the following areas will be covered:-

How to treat wounds
How to weigh catches accurately and safely
How to hold larger fish and return them to the water safely

Question and answer time
To enable us to gauge interest in these events,
it would be good if members who think they will wish to attend
could email me at
with the date that suits them best.

Kevin White CDAS Committee Member

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