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Barbless Hooks Update Please Read

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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