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NEWSLETTER September 2012

Apologies for the delay in not sending the newsletter out in September (problems with my printer), however, here it is now.

Thanks to another fantastic grant obtained by our treasurer, Barry, we have completed work on the east bank pegs at Syke. For as long as we have leased the water, access to those pegs has been almost impossible and your committee has been seeking a remedy for as long as I can remember. Finally, the impossible has been achieved and thanks to the grant awarded by The Co-operative Membership, access to all of the east bank pegs can now be gained. Although the space is limited for the carp anglers, we hope to improve this and also improve access to the west bank pegs as soon as finances allow. Once again, well done Barry and thanks to :- the Co- Op, to our contractor Darren Wright and for the work put in by John Kershaw. If you haven’t been down to Syke lately, give it a go.

The fishing has been superb this summer and even up to recently, a 250lb pleasure catch was recorded by a well known and respected club member. (please familiarise yourselves with the no carp above 5lb to be kept in keepnet rule !!!). Some of the new tench have escaped from the small water to the main water. The problem has been resolved so we ask that if any of the small tench are caught in the main water, could they please be returned to the small water, thanks.

The only downside to Syke this summer, has been the number of ‘poachers’ and kids that have been on the water. Our bailiffs do a tremendous job down there but they can’t be there 24/7. Poacher and behaviour problems seem to come in cycles, some years being worse than others. This year we have had a massive problem, we hope that next year will not be as bad. Although the problem is the same nationally, you can be sure that we will remain committed in trying to make fishing as pleasurable as we can for all our members. Although every member is a bailiff in their own right, we ask you to remember .... never compromise your personal safety, (and that includes all our bailiffs).

Healey Dell has also fished extremely well this summer with lots of the bigger tench, carp crucians, skimmers, barbel, roach and ide, making up some excellent pleasure nets. We have had a slight ‘poacher’ problem but ‘measures’ are being taken to prevent it next year. (can’t say too much, at this stage !!!).

You will have noticed that the ropes have been left on, on both waters this summer. They are to try and prevent cormorants and gooseander from devastating our stocks. The birds that were once only seen in the winter months, are now seen all year through. Although it may be a slight inconvenience, unfortunately, it is a necessary evil. I say again .... any member found interfering with any ropes will be instantly expelled.

On the Match Scene, only an average of between 6 to 8 members are fishing our club matches. Stuart our match secretary gives up his time for us and it would be nice to see a few more through the draw to support him. A big thankyou to those who do. He reports that the match weights have been good on both waters, the best on the Dell being, 45lbs and on Syke, 68lbs, both with good backing weights.

The Syke Smallwater Tench Fund currently stands at a tremendous £250. Many thanks for your generosity. The Fund will end on 1st November 2012, donations can be made via Barry.

Our next Members Meeting is on Monday, 15th October at 8pm, at the Entwistle Arms, Halifax Road, Rochdale, OL12 9BA. If you haven’t been to one, come along and see what goes on. Feel free to have your say, good or bad. It’s no good just grumbling about things on the bankside, come along and have your say, it could make a big difference for yourselves and your fellow members. Believe me, we welcome your thoughts, they are important to us, they help us all to improve and evolve.

There will be a working party at Healey Dell on Saturday 13th October 9am. It is hoped to be finished by midday. We will be doing some de-weeding and replacing the ropes. The water level may be dropped slightly. Anyone can join in and volunteers are welcome. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience. Hope to see you on the 13th and 15th.

Jim (Secretary).