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I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I have just been appointed temporary fisher officer until the AGM as my Unlce, Alan has stepped down from the role, following what has been a stressful time for him with him losing both his parents last year whom he was extremely close with. This coupled with doing too much has had an impact on his health so by him stepping down this will help his health in the short and long term. Alan has put his heart and soul into the club and I am sure we are all grateful for his contributions.
Alan will still fish the waters and look after the fry he has worked so hard to bring on for all our members.
Moving onto fishing, the season has been a highly successful one with lots of lovely fish being caught on both waters. The Tench we stocked at 6-8 inches are now pushing over 1lb with some anglers reporting catching some at 1 1/2lb. On any day at Healey Dell you can catch up to 16 species of fish which is what we have wished to provide for our members over the last few seasons.
The Carp on Syke have done tremendously well with Alan feeding them daily and the members putting in lots of bait helping them to grow with one member catching a 22lb Carp. The small water at Syke has fished really well with big Roach, Barbel, Tench, Rudd and Bream being caught on frequent visits by members.
The club has renewed its lease with the council on Syke and we are now applying for grants to repair the pegs that have served the club so well over the past 20 years.
Healey Dell has seen some positive change over the last 12 months with new pegs being installed for all the members, which are easily accessible for veterans, elderly, disabled and families in particular and have already been getting lots of usage. There are also 2 toilets which can be used by all. There will also be improvements to the rest of the pegs on the right hand side over the next few months.
All the fish in our waters from the Perch to the Carp have been putting on weight and again this is due to feeding them daily and plenty of anglers bait going in.
The friendly match scene the club runs has also seen match weights improve once again this season and anybody is welcome to attend the matches as they are not serious, just a bit of fun and its always good to see the variety and quality of the fish we have in the water.
Healey Dell: The club has recently stocked 120 x 12oz - 1 1/4lb Tench into the main water at Healey Dell. In addition there has been 15 Barbel at 10-12 inches and 35 Crucian carp at 6-8 inches.
We have also placed an order for Roach at 1lb to 1 1/2lb x 90 fish which will introduce a new strain of Roach to the Dell and will help with spawning and potentially help create Roach/Bream hybrids which are already present at a small size, which will go on to become larger fish and much tougher for predators to eat. These will be delivered around Spring time.
We will also be taking some fish out of the stock pond which we have been feeding over the last 12 months and introducing them to the main water again at Spring.
Syke: In the small water at Syke 15 Crucians at 6-8 inches, 10 Barbel at 10-12 inches.
Large Water - The club last season stocked 30 carp from 2.5 - 8lb and they have been putting on an incredible amount of weight due to the feeding I mentioned above. To allow them to grow bigger and as there is already a large amount of Carp present we wont be stocking any small fish into Syke, however we have asked the fish farmer to save us some double figured fish roughly around 10 which if he can provide us with, will be stocked at some point in the season.
Facebook: We have a member page for our members called 'RWAS Members only page', if you would like to be added just add myself on Facebook Matthew Knowles or Walton Fish and I will add you onto the page where members often post photos of the fish they have caught and you can be sure to always find someone to help you should you have any queries.
Memberships: Memberships will be due for renewal in February at the AGM however you can beat the que by contacting Barry on 01706 356157 or by email at email@example.com who will be happy to take your renewal which will them run until February 2021.
On behalf of the committee at Rochdale Walton Angling Society Thank You for also keeping our waters tidy.
We are very fortunate to have two of the most stunning waters in Rochdale both set in lovely surroundings and we really are grateful to you for helping us to take care and look after them.
If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to ask, we will update you all with a date of the Annual General and Subs Meeting in the New Year so once again have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
Acting Fishery Officer,
Committee member, Rochdale Walton Angling Society.