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NEWSLETTER January 2014

A very Happy New Year to you all, from everyone at Waltons, and a very warm welcome to our new members also. We hope that all your fishing experiences will be good ones. There haven’t been many members out and about over recent weeks, however, from the reports I have had, I can say that both waters are producing some nice nets of fish. I ventured out to the Dell on the 2nd January. The weather forecast seemed pretty accurate as I arrived about 11.30am. Hardly any wind, sunshine with patchy cloud and a temperature of around 6 degrees. No one fishing, I had the pick of the pegs. I chose peg 7, adjacent to the overflow. About 30 minutes went by before I had my first bite and first fish, a roach of around 3oz. From then on, the bites followed and the fish came in, not thick and fast, but at a rate that kept me interested until around 3.30pm. A mix of skimmers to 1lb, roach to 4oz, the usual decent ide and a few small perch, had been brought to the bank. Two of my mates (yes, I do have two), called for a catch up, which helped to make it a very enjoyable session, especially at this time of year. I have just one report from Syke, one of our top matchmen fished peg 1, just before Christmas. He only fished the tip and although it started slow, he had an enjoyable session catching roach and small carp. Although it’s the middle of winter, if you pick your day, wrap up warm and take a flask, you can reap the rewards. You won’t catch anything sat on your sofa, and as we all know, you can’t beat a little session now and again, it’s good for the heart rate !!!.

SUBS RENEWAL:- Subs for 2014 are now due and can be paid as follows.

    1. By posting your cheque, membership card (for signing), and a stamped, self addressed envelope, to - Barry Watkins, 26 Somerset Grove, Rochdale. OL11 5YS. Cheques made payable to, Rochdale Walton Angling Society, please.

    2. By attending the Annual Subs Meeting, 7.15pm for 8pm meeting, Monday 17th February 2014, at The Entwistle Arms, 111 Halifax Road, Rochdale. OL12 9BA, parking at rear. Seniors £40, OAP, Juniors and Disabled £20.

    The stocking levy of £5 (to be spent on fish only), voted in at the last AGM, will also be due with subs. Juniors are exempt from the levy.

    The membership disc system, is no longer in force which means that an annual disc sticker will not be issued, so please don’t contact Barry when you don’t receive one. You can either keep your old disc or return it to Barry. It just means that as always, membership cards MUST be carried with you when you are fishing. It is hoped that Healey Dell will be netted soon in order that we can assess fish stocks and plan for the future. All will be revealed at the subs meeting, so hope to see you there. The vacancy for the role of secretary from April, is still open. Anyone interested, please contact me, all you need is a pen and a good sense of humour,thanks.

Jim (Secretary).