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Bradfield Lake Carp

Harwich Angling Club held their 36 hour Carp Marathon Match on Bradfield Lake over last weekend. With the clubs specialist anglers turning up for this event, they were all keen to set up their bivys before the match starts in preparation for their task ahead of them. It was agreed the match would be held under the catch, weigh and release approach requirements so not having captive carp in keepnets for long periods for the welfare of the fish. With the match starting Friday evening at 7.00pm, during the first night not only did the anglers have to contend with heavy rain as well as thunder and lightning, but also not landing any catches. The first catch was not until Saturday morning at 7.30am by Richard Harfield who landed a common carp weighing in at 12lbs 2ozs. The rest of Saturday remained quiet until Harfield again hooked into another common carp of 12lbs 13ozs at 8.30pm. Although the weather was kinder to the anglers during the Saturday night, there were no more fish caught. With the match coming close to ending at 7.00am Sunday morning, junior member Liam Willis had a good firm take at 6.00am and landed a ghost carp weighing 6lbs 0ozs. When the match ended Richard Harfield was declared the winner with a total weight of 24lbs 15ozs with Liam Willis the runner up with 6lbs 0ozs. With only the three carp, all in excellent condition, being landed everyone enjoyed the match and gained more knowledge and experience about the lake for future trips.

 

Harwich Angling Club member Duncan Wrigley, on a recent pleasure fishing trip to Bradfield Lake, managed to land some decent carp. Fishing from peg 1 on the south bank on a bright, warm and sunny day with the occasional cloud cover, he chose to float fish using his rod for targeting the carp. Using sweetcorn as bait on a size 14 hook and 6lbs line, Wrigley fished close to the near bank where some carp had been spotted. After loose feeding little and often around his float area, it was not too long before he had an enquirer and hooked into a good take. The fish started to head across the lake to the far side reed beds until he managed to turn it back towards the middle of the lake before bringing it to the net. It was eventually landed after about 10 minutes and turned out to be an excellent mirror carp with a broad girth weighing in at 25lbs 1ozs. With all the disturbance around his peg, following landing the carp, the swim went quiet for a while before having his float disappear again. This time it was a good conditioned crucian carp of exactly 2lbs in weight. Wrigley landed some more carp during his productive session, all of slightly lesser weights. With the lake still having some reasonable nets of the carp and silver fish, members are looking forward to the Mid-Week Evening series of matches on Bradfield Lake and are hoping that it continues to give up more good catches.

Rosie Mortimer 10lb 2oz Carp Bradfield 9-5-2015

Harwich Angling Club junior member Rosie Mortimer, on a recent weekend afternoon pleasure fishing session to Bradfield Lake, accompanied by her parent, managed to break her personnel best on this water. Fishing the low peg numbers of the south bank on an overcast bright day with the occasional shower she chose to ledger fish for targeting the carp. Using a bunch of sweetcorn hair rigged as hook bait just into the far margin where some carp presence was sighted, had some very good sport during her few hours fishing trip. Putting in some little and often loose feeding around her swim, it was not long before some interest began to show. After a short while Rosie had a good take and hooked into a decent fish trying its best to make its way into the cover of the far side reed beds. Managing to keep the fishes head up, she soon brought the fish into the landing net. It was a good conditioned common carp weighing in at 10lbs 2ozs. Although no other fish were landing during her three hour session, Rosie Mortimer was well pleased with her PB catch. The lake appears to be having some reasonable nets over the last few weeks as the weather is starting to get warmer, with good carp, bream and roach catches all being reported.

Chris Wadey 15lb Commom Carp

Chris Wadey catches 15lb Common Carp in a snow storm. Chris Wadey braved the snow and -3 degree C temperature on the night of 23rd/24th March to fish Bradfield Lake. Fishing 50 yards out from a swim near the car park, Chris used 10mm cell bait, in pva bags with 10 lose baits.

Chris Wadey 5lb Commom Carp

Chris Wadey catches 5lb Common Carp in a snow storm on 24th March 2013.

 

 

Steve Dixon 25lb 2oz Mirror Carp

The weather over the last few weeks has not been great for angling, but a few brave club members have been out in the cold and have made some good catches under the circumstances. Steve Dixon fished Bradfield Lake over mild night in early March 2013 and caught a 19lb common carp and a 25lb 2oz mirror carp from peg number 3.

Steve Dixon 26lb Mirror Carp

Following his earlier success at Harwich Angling Clubs Bradfield Lake water, specimen carp angler Steve Dixon returned to spend another night fishing session at the lake searching out the carp. Fishing this time from peg 3 on the Field Side bank, Steve set up his gear, and prepared himself for a long night ahead in the cold weather conditions.Using a trusted approach and bait set up, that has seen rewards many times before, Steve used a hair rigged boilie cast out to a pre-baited area, on the old brook gravel bed line just in front of the reeds. With no signs of any carp activity during the night and early morning, Steve decided to change the boilie to a different flavour. After a while there was interest being shown with some knocks but no takes. It was not until around 6.00am on Saturday morning his alarm sounded off and he was into a decent fish. After playing the fish for some time, and avoiding the dying back weed areas, Steve managed to get it safely into his landing net. It was an excellent well conditioned 26lbs 1ozs mirror carp. Although this was the only take during his trip to the lake, he felt it was well worth it as it was a personal best for this season.


Bradfield Lake Silver Fish

John Pettitt 9lbs 13ozs silver fish atBradfield 24-10-13

Harwich Angling Clubs waters are still giving up good catches, but now the winter period is approaching and some fish become more lethargic during the colder months, a change to the bait, its presentation and the correct ground bait to attract the fish becomes more important. This proved to be so, when member John Pettitt went to Bradfield Lake for a pleasure fishing session last week. Choosing to fish from the car park bank, with the slight wind blowing into the bank on a bright mild day, John balled in some ground bait eight metres out at a depth of around six feet prior to setting up his pole. Setting a float rig up to fish just off the bottom with a size 18 hook, it was only a short while before the fish moved into the baited area and some good roach and rudd were being landed. Regularly topping up with the ground bait as well as loose feeding small amounts of the maggot and pinkie, used for the hook bait, the catch rate picked up along with the size of the fish. With the catch rate not showing any signs of slowing up, John called it a day to end his five hour stint and weighed in with a total of 9lbs 13ozs of good quality silver fish in his net.

The Harwich Angling Club's Bradfield lake is fishing well at present with members making good catches of Roach, Rudd and Perch. Long standing club member John Pettitt fished the peg by the outflow pipe on Friday 14th March, fishing 13 metres from the bank and 2 inches over depth with double fluro maggot or pinkies as hook bait, over a light bed of ground bait. John caught Roach and a few small Perch for a total weight 13lb 1oz, all the fish were in excellent condition.

Chris Wadey 5lb Bream

Chris Wadey catches 5lb Bream in a snow storm on 24th March 2013.


Lake Maintenance

Work Party at Bradfield Lake on Saturday 11th April 2015

Bradfield Bradfield

Work on filling in the flooded dip along the south side of the lake

Bradfield

Coffe break for the 8 members who turned out

Maintenance at Bradfield improves angling

The fishing at Harwich Angling Clubs Bradfield Lake water is certainly benefitting from the clubs regular working party activities. With the tidying up of the banks and pegs together with the removal of some weed, anglers are still enjoying good catches. During a midweek visit to the lake, member Harold Griffiths and his guest Alan landed some fine specimens of silver fish. Fishing from the car park bank with the lake being quite high and coloured, Griffiths opted to fish with the pole at between 3 and 6 meters out at a depth of 2 to 3 meters with a medium/light rig set up using a 18 size hook and red maggots. Loose feeding frequently with small amounts of ground bait with the odd maggot, he was soon starting to see some fish movement in his swim. After catching several small roach and getting a lot of line bites, Griffiths did a very slight change to his bait presentation to good effect, as his float slid away into a good fish. It turned out to be a good quality roach of 0lbs 14ozs. Whilst Alan, fishing in the next peg, used a waggler rod, casting out around 8 metres with double maggot on the hook, had an excellent well conditioned Rudd of 1lbs 4ozs. At the end of their five hour trip, between them they had a combined weight of 5lbs 3ozs which consisted of roach, rudd and a few small perch.


Dock River Carp

Ian Gooch Dock River Mirror Carp

Harwich Angling Clubs section of Dock River is continuing to give up some good and surprising catches.Local club member Ian Gooch, who has fished the river for some 30 years, since a boy, landed some good fish on a recent mid week session. Seeing some activity over in the reeds on the far bank, along the early C pegs section at the Ramsey end, Gooch chose to fish for the roach. On a sunny but cold day with the river high, running through quite fast and very coloured, the swim looked very inviting. Fishing a small dibber float fixed top and bottom on 3lbs mainline with an 18 size hook on a 2lbs hook length, loose feeding with hemp and the occasional red and white maggots, with two white maggots as hook bait, he was soon into the fish, catching good quality roach and the odd perch. After a period of catching the silver fish, his swim went a bit quiet, until his float slid away into a large fish. With the light tackle being used it took a time to see and land what turned out to be a perfectly well conditioned young 3lbs mirror carp (see photo). It has been many a year since these fish have been seen in the river and it indicates the health of the river is good for breeding to be taking place. At the end of his session a total weight of just over six pounds was caught and also had four other carp takes, all not being landed.


Dock River Silver Fish

Harwich Angling Club member, Duncan Wrigley had good nets during a recent pleasure trip, to practice for a forthcoming Club match, on Dock River C pegs section. Fishing from peg C8, Duncan noticed some carp activity around the close margins amongst the reeds to his right and put in some ground bait mixed in with some of his sweetcorn hook bait. He continued to feed little and often for a while to let the carp get used to the bait. Whilst allowing that swim to develop, he used his rod to float fish down the middle track for some silver fish using maggots and sweetcorn for hook bait at 600mm depth just on bottom. Within a short time Duncan had got this middle swim showing signs of interest and was picking up reasonable roach and skimmers. After about an hour Duncan saw carp move in to his pre-baited margin swim and changed rigs to search out the carp. Float fishing with the rod in about 400mm to 450mm depth of water using 6lbs main line with a 4lbs hook length tied to a size 14 hook it was not long before he saw an inquiry. It was on his second take that he managed to hook into a 6lbs 2ozs common carp and bring it to his carp keepnet. During his five hour session Duncan had two more takes but was unsuccessful in landing them and also had around 2lbs of silver fish in his silver fish keepnet. This two mile stretch of river the Club controls is continuing to fish well along its complete length of our B and C pegs with reports of carp and good roach, rudd and bream being caught.

Harwich Angling Club match angler John Pettitt had an afternoon pleasure fishing trip on Dock River last week with good rewards. Using the pole from peg C14 with bread punch, maggot and pinkie as hook bait along with ground bait, he soon drew fish into his swim. Fishing down the middle track just off the bottom, John was catching silvers of good size and is seen with two of them, a rudd and a hybrid skimmer, of 8ozs and 6ozs respectively. At the end of his four hour session, John had in his net, a weight of 4lbs 4ozs of roach, rudd, skimmers, perch and even a gudgeon. This first three months of the season has probably been the best for quite a while. Both the river and the lake have been giving up consistent good nets of silver fish and carp, thanks to club members attending regular ‘Work Parties’ thereby keeping its waters and banks in excellent condition.

John Pettitt Tench

Club member John Pettitt caught a 1lb 10oz Tench from Peg C43 on the 17th September 2012.

On 23rd October 2012 during a two hour mid day pleasure trip last week to the river, Match Team angler Laurie Snell had some quality catches for his 5lbs 6ozs haul. With this continuing spell of bright sunny weather Laurie, fishing the pole to the far side reeds from peg C41 with loose fed squat and maggot on the hook, caught three quality perch to 1lb 4ozs and just under 3lbs of some very good roach with the best weighing in at 9ozs.


Dock River Pike

Pike action brings out anglers February 2015

With the pike activity along the stretches of Dock River being reported over the past few weeks, the specimen pike anglers have been out on the banks to get some of the action. During the past week members Peter Standing, winner of the recent HAC Bob Page Pike Trophy match and Graham Keilty had some good results pleasure fishing the early numbered C pegs of Dock River.
On a dry, windy, overcast day with a glimpses of the sun occasionally breaking through yet still very chilly, Peter Standing fished from C8 peg during a 3 hour late morning session. With the river water level lower than of recent weeks, showing some colour with the margins becoming a bit clearer, he float fishing a dead bait sprat down the middle of the river. Standing had only one enquirer during his visit, hooking into and landing a good conditioned pike of 3lbs 8ozs which was returned safely back into the river.
Later that same week, Graham Keilty, went for a few hours, on a midweek afternoon trip to the river to seek out the pike. With the weather still remaining dry and bright but continuing being cold, choosing to float fish to the far side reeds from peg C5, using a sprat as dead bait, Keilty (see photo) landed a fine jack pike of 3lbs 0ozs, before returning it safely back to the water. Although there was plenty of activity and interest around his swim, no more fish were landed.

Graham Keilty 3lbs pike fromDock River 19-2-15

Graham Keilty's 3lb Dock River Pike

Bob Page Roving Pike Match 2015

Peter Standing 5lbs  4ozs

Peter Standing with the 5lb 4oz Pike

On a windy, chilly yet bright cloudy day, with the river in good colour having a heavy tow and at a very high level with some breaching of the river banks in quite a few areas, everyone was hoping to catch some pike that had been reported showing during recent pleasure trips from club members and day ticket anglers. In this four hour club match, fishing along the river between pegs C1 to C49, choosing their method to fish with either dead baits, a spoon, a jelly, a lure or plug, would be an important factor. When the whistle blew to end the match and the results came in, it proved a difficult match. With just one competitor catching and landing some pike, two other anglers having pike takes but failing to land any and all the other anglers failing to interest any of the rivers pike. It was Peter Standing, fishing along the straight at a middle section C peg, who got his tactics just right and had the best rewards, winning the match quite convincingly. Alternating between using a dead bait and a lure in his swim, it was not long before he had an enquirer and landed a 3lbs 8ozs pike. During the rest of the match Peter had 3 more takes landing two more pike, a 4lbs 0ozs and a 5lbs 4ozs (see picture) and losing one at the net of a similar size. All his pike were in very good condition and returned safely straight back into the river after being caught. With the Valentines Match being the next club competition on Sunday 15th February on B pegs section of Dock River, where all fish count, hopefully members will be putting some fish in their nets before the close season for rivers starts from mid March to mid June.

Annual Roving Pike Match 2014

Harwich Angling Club held its Roving Pike Match on the whole of C section on Dock River on the 10th November 2014. On a cloudy overcast rainy day with the river quite clear in some areas and having a slight flow, everyone was hoping to catch some pike that had been showing during the last few matches held on this stretch of the river. In this four hour club match, with each angler allowed to fish along the whole river between pegs C1 to C49, ensuring to leave a minimum of two pegs between another angler, the choice of choosing their approach to fish with either dead baits, a spoon, a jelly, a lure or plug, would be important. When the whistle blew to end the match and the results came in, it proved a difficult match with all competitors failing to land any pike. Although most anglers had takes catching some medium sized perch, only one angler, Stephen Longley, using dead baits, around the middle number pegs, had two pike takes during the match but failed to land either of them. With the Xmas Match being the next club competition in early December, where all fish count, hopefully members will end the year with some fish in their nets.

 

Pike Still Active 2014

Harwich Angling Clubs section of Dock River is proving to be having one of its best periods with anglers still having good nets well into the colder weather. Especially for the specialist pike anglers who are enjoying an excellent spell of pike activity throughout the clubs two miles stretch of river. On a recent bright and sunny day pleasure fishing trip, targeting the pike, Duncan Wrigley and Jeff Mortimer both had some good pike takes and catches. Deciding to work the complete length of the river from Ramsey End to the Horses Field and then back, the pair chose different approaches for their fishing. Wrigley elected to fish with dead baits whilst Mortimer used a traditional lure, whilst roving firstly down stream. Although both were having a lot of interest from the predator fish it was Wrigley who landed 3 pike all around the 1 to 3lbs mark, with Mortimer not brining any to the net. However on their trip back up stream Mortimer changed to a roach lookalike rubber lure and had better rewards, landing 1 pike of around 1 to 2lbs (see photo). They commented that the river and its banks were still in good condition with the river water still warm and also noticed lots of carp cruising around in big shoals down the middle and to the far side reed bank whilst on their 5 hour session.

ROVING PIKE MATCH RESULTS 2013

With the weather still remaining dry with sunny periods but having a slight chill, and the river having good colour with a slight flow, the turn out for this match was as always very good. Every specimen angler on the day was looking forward to seeking out the pike which recently have been showing on various swims along the river. Starting at the beginning of the C pegs and working their way down river, but retaining at least a swim between each angler, the pike were not giving up many signs of interest apart from the odd knock. It was not until they reached the tree peg area of the river that the action started to pick up with many of the competitors having some interest and takes but failing to bring any pike to the net. At the end of this five hour session it was Stephen Longley, fishing the early C30 pegs, who won the match with the only pike to be landed. Switching between either a sprat or smelt as his dead bait on a float rig set up, fished at about half depth, he brought to the net a fine 2lbs 11ozs pike. Although this was the only pike landed, everyone agreed that it had been a good days sport with some action and although the next pike match is not until Sunday 12th January 2014, they were all confident to make amends and catch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Longley Dock River Jack Pike.jpg

On 23rd October 2012 during a weekend visit to Harwich Angling Clubs Dock River, one of the Clubs bailiffs, Stephen Longley and his son Daniel went specimen fishing for the pike during their afternoon trip. With the river quite high due to recent rain and with a good colour, Stephen and Daniel stalked from the beginning of C section up to the tree peg C20. Stephen chose to fish with a float and a dead bait cast to the far side of the river, whilst Daniel chose an artificial lure cast down the middle with a retrieve to keep it just below the waters surface. It was son Daniel who had the first catch, a fine 1lbs 12ozs jack pike in very good condition taken from around C10 to C 12 pegs. The takes were slow coming for both of them although all the signs were there of predator activity along this stretch. After a couple of hours watching his float Stephen fishing from C16 peg had a take of his smelt bait and landed another jack pike of 2 lbs 11ozs (see photo) again in excellent condition. At th e end of their session they had caught another two jacks both around a 1lb weight and a 1lbs 1ozs perch. The Club are pleased to see fine good conditioned young fish being landed as this indicates that some species of fish are breeding well in a healthy Dock River

John Kelly Pike Dock River

Harwich Angling Clubs waters are still producing good catches during this fine autumn period. On a recent mid week visit to Dock River, one of the Clubs longest serving members, John Kelly along with member Jeff Mortimer, went specimen fishing for the pike during their morning session trip. On a chilly overcast blustery day with the river in good colour and a slight flow, John and Jeff chose roving the river along the middle stretches of the C pegs as this was showing signs of activity from predator fish. Fishing with a float cast to the middle of the river and using a dead bait, it was not long before John had a take and landed a fine 3lbs 2ozs jack pike (see photo).Between them they had plenty of takes but only landed one more jack.


Club Match Results

Valentines Match 2015

Harwich Angling Club held its Valentines match on the lower stretches of C pegs. Due to water presence still affecting bank access, the match was held between C1 to C20 pegs with all competitors having to walk to their pegs due to the boggy ground conditions. On a chilly, bright, overcast day with occasional sunny periods and slight wind, with the water having good colour and a slow flow, the correct tactics and approach were key issues for this five hour, all fish count, except pike and crustaceans, club match. With most anglers choosing to float fish, either using the pole or the rod, some went for the feeder approach. When the end of match whistle blew and all the results came in, it proved to be not a very rewarding day for the river.
Only two competitors had fish in the nets at the weigh-in, who were both from around the middle section pegs, with a combined total weight of only 2ozs. With only one other angler, on C8 peg, catching a pike of around 3lbs and also having a good take from a fish that snapped his line, which was probably a carp as he was fishing with flavoured luncheon meat looking for a bonus fish, no one else were able to put any fish in their nets.
It was local match angler John Pettitt who won the match. Fishing from peg C12, using the pole down the middle and to the far bank with the float set at just dragging bottom and avoiding the weed clumps, using bloodworm and joker on a size 22 hook tied to a 0.06 hook link, Pettitt weighed in with 14no very small fish weighting just 0lbs 1ozs 4drs of all roach. In second place also fishing the pole down the middle and to the far bank with the float set just off bottom was Laurie Snell on peg C10, using bloodworm and joker as hook bait, with 5no very small fish, weighing just 0lb 0ozs 12drs of all roach.
With the ‘Close Season’ for course fishing on the river being from 15th March to 15th June inclusive, the clubs next fixture is the End of River Season match on Sunday 8th March either on C or B pegs of Dock River subject to the river bank conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pairs Team Match 2015

Harwich Angling Club held the Pairs Team match, an all fish count match, on the C pegs section of Dock River. With the match starting in the rain, which continued non-stop for about the first three hours during this five hour match, everyone was looking to have signs of a bonus fish in the swims. Although at the start of the match carp activity was present, mainly around the mid 30 to mid 40 pegs, some proved difficult to tempt away from the cover of the far side reeds, to take any bait. When the end of the match whistle blew, it was pairs team John Pettitt on peg C46 and junior member Liam Willis on peg C34, who comfortably won with a combined weight of 11lbs 12ozs. Second place went to Laurie Snell on peg C40 and Billy Broadley on peg C48, weighing in a combined weight of 6lbs 4ozs, with third place going to Steve Palmer on peg C44 and Marc Snelling on peg C42, with a combined 2lbs 2ozs weight. The Individual winner for the match was John Pettitt with a weight of 11lbs 12ozs which included a bonus 10lbs 9ozs common carp, with second place going to Laurie Snell weighing in with 6lbs 4ozs including a bonus 5lbs 14ozs common carp. Third place went to Steve Palmer with 1lb 15ozs of roach and perch.

Open Match 2

Last weekend Harwich Angling Club held Open Match 2, an all fish count match, on the high numbered C pegs and the low numbered B pegs sections of Dock River. Although the turnout of anglers was down on last year’s corresponding match, everyone was keen to start fishing on the river that was in good colour and having some weedy areas around this stretch of the river. When the match started, in warm sunny conditions with gusty winds, it soon became clear it was going to be a tough match as there were no signs on any bonus fish patrolling around this section of the river. All anglers struggled to catch regularly with a few anglers opting to target for the carp at the beginning of the match, whilst the others went for the silvers and putting fish in their nets first then looking to see if any bonus fish were around in their swims. It was Kim Naish (Chelmsford AA) on peg B4, pole fishing with the float and bread punch as hook bait, who won the match with a weight of 1lbs 11ozs of roach, rudd and skimmers. Close behind in second place was Steve Palmer (Harwich AC) on peg C48 weighing in with 1lbs 6ozs 8drs of silver fish with third place going to Laurie Snell (Harwich AC) with a 1lbs 3ozs 8drs weight of silver fish from peg B2. With all anglers putting fish in their nets, no one managed to land any bonus fish. With the next HAC Open Match 3 scheduled for Sunday 9th August on Dock River, anglers were confident to improve their weights now they have learnt more about the river.

Open Match 3

Harwich Angling Club held Open Match 3, an all fish count match, on the fishable stretch of the C pegs section of Dock River. With this being the last scheduled Open match for this season, it produced a high turnout of anglers, who were keen to start fishing on the river that was looking in good condition following the Clubs recent working party, tidying up the pegs and swims. On an extremely hot and sunny day with a slight wind flow on the river, it was always going to be a tough match in these conditions, with fish looking for shade cover in the far side reeds and any weedy areas. At the start of the match a few anglers opted to target for the carp right from the beginning, whilst the others went for the silvers and putting fish in their nets first before seeing if any bonus fish were to be found around in their swims. Midway through this five hour match the weather turned a bit cooler when the wind picked up making it a bit more difficult to present the bait close to the shaded areas. At the whistle to end the match it was Alan Willson (Colchester Angling Preservation Society) on peg C42 who won the match, fishing with the pole, set up with a lightweight float and alternating between using maggots and pinkies as hook bait. Willson weighed in with 4lbs 5ozs 8drs of silver fish which included a bonus bream of 2lbs 4ozs. The second place spot was very close, with Russel Foulger (Tendring Tanglers) on peg C36 weighing in with 2lbs 3ozs 8drs of roach and skimmers just taking it by 8drs from Ged Spurgin (Harwich Angling Club) on peg C40 who took the third place position with 2lbs 3ozs of roach and skimmers. Following just behind in fourth place was John Pettitt (Harwich Angling Club) on peg C32 with a 2lbs 0zs weight of roach and skimmers, with fifth place going to Adrian Callender (Tendring Tanglers) on peg C38 with 1lb 12ozs 8drs of silver fish. With only one angler on peg C33, who went for the carp all match, failing to catch, everyone else had fish in their nets at the weigh in, with the lowest weight from peg C48 of just 1ozs showing how varied the weights were for the match.


MID WEEK SERIES MATCH RESULTS 2015-2016

Match 1

Harwich Angling Club held the first in a series of eleven Mid Week Evening matches for the coming 2015/2016 season on Bradfield Lake. This very popular and well supported three hour sprint, silver fish only match, was held on the field side and car park bank sections of the lake. Although it was a chilly, cloudy, dull and windy with frequent showers evening, the lake was looking in good condition having some colour and just overflowing down the overflow pipe in peg 12. Following the recent reports showing some very good catches, everyone was expecting reasonable nets in this match. Right from the start of the match everyone was getting good signs from their pegs and were soon bringing fish into their nets. At the final whistle it was last seasons champion John Pettitt, who is continuing with his good form. Fishing using the pole from the car park bank peg 12, choosing to float fish just off the bottom with mainly sweet corn as bait, he came out on top with a winning weight of 6lbs 14ozs of good quality skimmers, roach and rudd. Closely following in second place was the much improving junior member Rosie Mortimer on field side peg 1. Using the whip rigged up to float fish with a single red maggot for bait close in the margins, weighed in with 5lbs 5ozs of roach, roach/bream hybrids and small perch. Marc Snelling also float fished but chose to use the rod with maggots as bait, took third place with 4lbs 9ozs of roach and skimmers. With all the anglers putting fish into their nets, the lake is still continuing to give up good catches. For further information on club fixtures, results of matches and catches visit www.harwichac.org.uk web site which also has a link to the Clubs Facebook page.

Match 2

Harwich Angling Club held the second in a series of eleven Mid Week Evening matches for the coming 2015/2016 season on Bradfield Lake. This well supported Wednesday evening three hour sprint, silver fish only match, was held on the field side and car park bank sections of the lake. On a warm, bright and sunny evening with occasional cloud cover and the lake having good colour with mill pond conditions, all anglers were eager to get started. From the start whistle everyone was having some action from their swims and putting fish in their nets. When the whistle went to end the match, there was a lot of interest from all anglers at the weigh in as word spread around the lake about some decent catches. In first place was junior girl member Rosie Mortimer who is having an excellent start to her season. Fishing from the bush peg 7 using the pole, she float fished with maggots as hook bait and feeding little and often with ground bait and weighed in with 8lbs 6ozs of skimmers, roach, rudd and perch. Second place went to Con Keilty, on the corner peg 11, using the rod, he float fished and had a weight of 6lbs 2ozs roach, rudd and perch. Following in third place was Marc Snelling, on peg 3, with a 5lbs 3ozs weight of mixed silvers, with Paul Scott, on peg 10, taking the fourth place spot with a weight of 4lbs 15ozs. With Bradfield Lake still continuing to give up good catches, member Ashley Haveron, a carp specialist angler, landed an excellent conditioned 9lbs 6ozs common carp during his Saturday morning fishing trip to the lake. Fishing from the south bank on a sunny day, Haveron had some good sport to round off a fine session at the lake.

Match 3

Harwich Angling Club held the third in a series of eleven Mid Week Evening matches for the coming 2015/2016 season on Bradfield Lake. This Wednesday evening three hour sprint, silver fish only match, was held on the field side and car park bank sections of the lake. On a warm and sunny evening with slight breeze for a while and the lake still having good colour, every angler was keen to get started as fish activity could be seen all around the lake. At the start of the match everyone was soon putting fish into their nets. When the whistle blew to end the match, there was a lot of interest from all anglers at the weigh in as everyone could see there was plenty of decent catches being netted. In first place was John Pettitt float fishing using the long pole from peg 9. Fishing slightly over depth with both dead and live maggots for hook bait and using small balls of ground bait at regular intervals, Pettitt weighed in with 9lbs 4ozs of good quality roach, rudd, perch and some skimmers. Second place went to Laurie Snell, also float fishing with the pole from peg 8, with a weight of 6lbs 4ozs of good roach, rudd, perch and hybrids. Following in third place with a weight of 5lbs 0zs was Con Keilty from peg 3, also float fishing but using the rod with maggots as bait. With all competitors having fish in their nets and enjoying some good sport, it was junior member Liam Willis, on peg 10, who weighed in the best specimen roach in the match. Fishing with the rod and float using maggots as hook bait, he landed a 1lbs 1ozs quality roach, in his 2lbs 12ozs total catch. With the glorious 16th, the start of the new season, soon upon us, Harwich Angling Club is holding their annual Open Match, a 40+ peg match, on 28th June 2015 on Dock River. Please contact Match Secretary on 01255 436650 for further information and to book a place.

Match 5

Winner 2 pounds clear ahead!
On a beautiful summer evening with enough wind to clear the biting insects 9 anglers had a great match at Dock River. Small Rudd and Roach formed the bulk of the catches with occasional Perch and skimmer Bream. Al did manage to land a Jack Pike that took a liking to his red maggots! Many anglers may be going out to buy Poles as yet again it was those anglers who led the weigh in. Laurie Snell came third with a creditable 1lb 4oz just ahead with 1lb 61/2oz was Rosie Mortimer continuing her tremendous run of form to take second. But by far the winner was Ged Spurgin on fire with the pole to gain a clear win with 3lb 11oz.

Ged Spurgin's Winning catch

Ged Spurgin with his winning catch

Match 7

Houlding hooks HAC win.
On a pleasantly warm and windy evening the seventh mid week sprint match was held on the C pegs. The down river swims proved exceptionally tricky with very low weights recorded. All top three anglers used pole fishing tactics to place several species of small silver fish in their nets. It was club stalwart Laurie Snell who came third with 1lb10oz closely followed by young Rosie Mortimer with 1lb 8oz. It was last weeks winner Ged Spurgin who netted 2lbs 2oz's who was narrowly squeezed into second by Rob Houlding with 2lb 4oz of small Rudd, Roach and Skimmer Bream. The unusually hot weather probably kept fish from feeding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match 9

Harwich Angling Club held the ninth in a series of eleven Mid Week Evening matches on the high numbered C pegs and the low numbered B pegs sections of Dock River. This Wednesday evening three hour sprint, silver fish only match, had another good turnout of members to fish this popular series of matches. On a warm and sunny evening with a slight breeze for a while and the river still having good colour, with a few weedy clumps around most pegs, every angler was keen to get started as fish activity could be seen along most of this section of the river. At the start of the match quite a few anglers found that they were being disturbed by the carp moving into their baited swims and pushing out the silver fish, which slowed up their catch rate. When the whistle blew to end the match, with every competitor putting fish in their nets, there was a lot of interest from all anglers at the weigh-in as everyone had heard that some decent bonus fish catches had been netted. When all the results were checked, it turned out to be a close match, with just 6ozs separating the top two places. In first place was John Pettitt float fishing using the pole from peg B4. Fishing slightly over depth with maggots and worm for hook bait and using small balls of ground bait at regular intervals, Pettitt weighed in with 4lbs 6ozs including a bonus bream of 3lbs 5ozs along with some small roach, rudd and perch. Closely following in second place was Con Keilty, also float fishing but using the rod from peg C48, using double maggots as bait, with a weight of 4lbs 0ozs including a bonus 3lbs 6ozs bream plus some silvers. In third place, with a weight of 2lbs 3ozs of silver fish, was Ged Spurgin on peg C47, also float fishing using the pole with maggots and worm as bait. With only two more matches to be fished, the title ‘ Champion of the Mid Week Evening League Matches ’ is still to be won.

Match 10

Harwich Angling Club held the tenth in a series of eleven Mid Week evening matches on Dock River using peg numbers C30 to C49 and B1 to B4. On a warm and overcast evening, with the river looking in good condition following a recent work party to remove some of the weeds, there was a good turnout of members to fish this well supported series of club matches. With just one more match after this one, the title is still to be decided and everyone was looking to draw a good peg that could have a bonus fish in their swim. With some anglers initially opting to try and find a bonus fish, some played safe and went for the silvers and get the points first, in this three hour Wednesday evening, silver fish only match. At the end of the match, whilst only one angler failed to put any fish in their net, rumour spread along the bank that one of the title contenders had landed a good bonus fish. After all the results were checked, it turned out to be a close match, with just 15ozs separating the top three places. In first place it was junior Rosie Mortimer, float fishing using the pole from peg B3. Fishing slightly over depth using small balls of ground bait at regular intervals, Mortimer weighed in with 3lbs 12ozs 8drs thanks to a bonus bream of 3lbs 12ozs along with a few small roach. Following closely in second place was Rob Houlding, also float fishing with the pole from peg C34, with a weight of 3lbs 4ozs of roach, rudd and skimmers. In third place, with a weight of 2lbs 13ozs 8drs of silver fish was John Pettitt on peg C48, with fourth place going to Ged Spurgin on peg C49 with 2llbs 3ozs of small silvers, both float fishing using the pole. With only one more match to be fished, the title is realistically down to just three anglers, who have all said they will be definitely fishing the last match.

Rosie Mortimer with 3lbs 12ozs bream 22/07/15

Rosie Mortimer with 3lbs 12ozs bream 22/07/15

Match 11

Harwich Angling Club held the eleventh in a series of eleven Mid Week Evening matches on Dock River using peg numbers C30 to C49 and B1 to B4. On a mild and overcast evening with the river having good colour, there was a good turnout of club members to fish this last match in the series, including the three main contenders. With a lot of fish activity showing, all along this stretch of the river being fished, everyone was keen to get started. At the end of the match, although all competitors had fish in their nets, there was only one angler who had landed a bonus fish. It was Paul Scott, on peg C38, who won the match. Float fishing using the pole with a single maggot as hook bait on a size 20 hook, Scott weighed in with a 3lbs 6ozs 8drs weight, which included a bonus bream of 3lbs 6ozs plus some small silvers. Second place went to Ged Spurgin, on peg B4, with a weight of 2lbs 9ozs of roach, rudd and skimmers with John Pettitt closely following, on peg B2, in third place with 2lbs 7ozs 8drs of roach and skimmers. When all the results from this series of matches were checked and verified it proved to be a very close contest with only 1.5 points separating the top three anglers. By just 1 point it is junior member Rosie Mortimer, with 17 points, who is the 2015/2016 season Champion of the Mid Week Evening League matches.


HAC OPEN MATCH 2014

Harwich Angling Club held its annual Open Match on Dock River C Pegs on the day hurricane Bertha came to Harwich.
The match started in light rain, gusty winds and overcast cloud conditions, but soon changed to torrential rain, high winds, dark cloud, thunder and lightning with the river water level getting higher. These conditions put every competitor to the test for their presentation of bait and tactics which kept changing to suit the conditions throughout this 5 hour, all fish count match.
When the whistle blew, in sunny blue sky and windless conditions, to end the match, it proved to be tough for some competitors on the exposed pegs, of this mile plus stretch of the river, as they had little or no cover to these horrendous weather conditions for most of the match.
When all the results were checked out it was Peter Binks (DB Floats) on match peg 3 (perm peg C12), who chose the correct approach for his swim and won the match very comfortably. Pole fishing either in the margins or down the middle, at varying depths, with bread punch as hook bait, in conjunction with putting in small amounts of loose feed regularly, Peter weighed in with an excellent 20lbs 0ozs including 2 bonus carp for 14lbs 2ozs, a bonus bream for 3lbs 5ozs and roach.
In second place fishing with the pole down the middle just on the bottom with white maggot as hook bait and cupping in regularly small amounts of sloppy ground bait, was Laurie Snell (HAC) on match peg 2 (perm peg C10) with a weight of 9lbs 1ozs including 2 bonus bream for 7lbs 6ozs with some roach, perch and skimmers, with third place going to Paul Connell (CAPS) on match peg 11 (perm peg C28) with a weight of 3lb 9ozs of roach.
Fourth place went to John Pettitt (HAC) on match peg 15 (perm peg C36) with a 3lbs 2ozs 8drs weight of roach, with fifth place going to Alan Wilson (CAPS) on match peg 12 (perm peg C30) with a weight of 2lbs 9ozs 8drs of roach.
Harwich Angling Club raised some money for the local RNLI charity thanks to the kind generosity of all the competing anglers.

Following the success of the recent HAC Open Match on Dock River, the club raised some money from the donations given by all the competing anglers and the Harwich AC, for a local charity. The Club Secretary Con Keilty is seen handing a cheque over to a representative, who was very grateful to everyone involved, from the RNLI based at Harwich Pier.

Con and RNLI Cheque

Harwich Angling Club will be arranging another charity Open Match on Dock River for the 26th October 2014. Contact the HAC Match Secretary on 01255 436650 for further information.


MID WEEK SERIES MATCH RESULTS 2014-2015

Match 1

Harwich Angling Club held the first in a series of nine Mid Week Evening Matches for the coming 2014/2015 season on Bradfield Lake. This very popular and well supported three hour sprint, silver fish only match, was held on the field side and car park side sections of the lake. On an overcast, cloudy and dull evening, with windy conditions and odd gusts of wind with occasional sunny glimpses, every angler was expecting a close and tough match. With the lake looking in good condition having some colour and just overflowing down the outlet pipe in peg 12, those drawing the car park pegs fancied their chances as they had the wind blowing into them bringing food into their swims. Right from the start of the match it was the car park pegs catching more regularly than the field pegs. At the final whistle it was the current champion of last seasons series Duncan Wrigley, who is continuing his good form. Fishing from car park peg 11 with mainly sweet corn as bait, he came out on top with a winning weight of 6lbs 0ozs of good quality roach and roach/bream hybrids. In second place was Laurie Snell on field peg 9, using single red maggot for bait, with 3lbs 8ozs of roach, roach/bream hybrids and small perch with Con Keilty taking third place with 3lbs 6ozs of roach and skimmers also caught using maggots. With all the anglers putting fish into their nets, the lake is still continuing to give up good catches.

 

 

 

 

Match 2

Harwich Angling Club held the second in a series of nine Mid Week Evening Matches for the coming 2014/2015 season on Bradfield Lake. Due to another good turn out of anglers, this three hour silver fish only match, was held on the field side and car park side sections of the lake with one peg on the house side section. On a sunny, bright, warm and humid evening, with the lake looking like a mill pond having no wind conditions, every angler was looking forward to good nets. With the lake having some colour and the water just trickling down the outlet pipe in peg 12, it looked ideal conditions for a very competitive match. Right from the start whistle every angler was putting fish into their nets, but trying to sustain the catch rate was another task. When the end of the match whistle blew it was the very much in form angler Duncan Wrigley, who is continuing to produce some excellent nets on the lake. Fishing from the field corner peg 10 with maggot and sweet corn as bait, he won the match with a winning weight of 4lbs 7ozs with a bonus 2lbs bream plus good quality roach and roach/bream hybrids. Following close behind in second place was Dan Longley on field peg 8, using maggots for bait, with a 4lbs 2ozs weight of roach, roach/bream hybrids with his dad Stephen Longley on the car park peg 11 taking third place with a 3lbs 4ozs weight of roach and skimmers also caught using maggots. It was Con Keilty who took fourth place with 3lbs 3ozs weight from field peg 5 fishing with sweet corn, netting the best fish caught during this match, a fine well conditioned 3lbs 1ozs bream plus some small silver bits. With all the anglers putting fish into their nets, the lake is still continuing to give up very good catches. With Match 3 in this series being held on the B pegs section of Dock River, will the present leader of these Mid Week Evening matches, Duncan Wrigley, maintain his current form onto the river?

Match 3

Harwich Angling Club held the third in a series of nine Mid Week Evening Matches for the 2014/2015 season on Dock River C section pegs due to the B section pegs not being accessible at present. On a sunny and bright evening, with some cloud cover and a westerly wind giving a bit of a chill in the air, with the river looking in good colour, everyone was looking forward to good nets in this first visit to the river after the start of the new season on Monday. At the start of this three hour silver fish only match, all anglers were hoping for good nets of silvers and hoped not to be disturbed by the carp that were showing across the river in the far bank reed beds. When the whistle blew to end the match, although everyone had put fish in their nets, it proved hard going for many of the competitors who had been smashed up due to the presence of the carp in their peg swims. After all the results came in it was John Pettitt (see photo) on peg C15 who won the match, by a healthy margin. Using maggots and worm for bait, in conjunction with regular ground bait feeding, he weighed in with 3lbs 14ozs of fish including three 1lb bonus silvers. In second place was Duncan Wrigley on peg C11 with a weight of 1lbs 1ozs including one 14ozs bonus silver fish but was having carp takes on two occasions which made his swim quite for short periods. Taking third place was Dan Longley, who also had carp takes from his peg C10, and weighed in with just 0lbs 10ozs including an 8ozs bonus perch. It proved to be tough going for those anglers who drew the lower peg numbers as the presence of carp appearances around their pegs, made the silver fish move away, making their swims very quite for long periods of time.

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John Pettitt fishing Peg 15

Match 4

Harwich Angling Club held the fourth in a series of nine Mid Week Evening Matches on Dock River C Pegs.
On a mild, cloudy evening having some occasional glimpses of the sun, with the river having some colour and also some surface scum in the low number swims, presentation was going to be an issue for those float fishing with either the pole or the rod. Also with carp still showing throughout the C pegs section, which is good news for the specimen carp anglers, but not for this three hour silver fish only match. From the start whistle and right to the end of the match because every angler was having carp cruising around the far bank reed beds in their peg swims, they all chose to put their ground bait into the close margins or down the middle of the river, hoping to avoid being taken by the carp. When the end of match whistle blew, with everyone having fish in their nets, it proved to be a low weight match due to the carp presence. When all the results were checked out it was Graham Hazleton on peg C6 who won the match. Float fishing, at one metre depth, with the pole using a combination of worm and maggot as hook bait in conjunction with putting in his ground bait on a little and often basis, Graham weighed in with 2lbs 8ozs of silver fish including one 1lb bonus silver. In second place fishing with the pole, was Harold Griffiths on peg C5 with a weight of 1lb 4ozs of silver fish, closely followed by Con Keilty fishing with the rod from peg C9 with a weight of 1lb 2ozs. Again as with the recent third match the carp activity made it tough going for all anglers and kept weights low. With Match 5 in this series being held on the C pegs section of Dock River, the race for the Champion title is still up for the taking with quite a few anglers in the frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match 5

Harwich Angling Club held the fifth in a series of nine Mid Week Evening Matches on Dock River C section pegs. On a warm and bright evening, with some cloud cover and a slight breeze, with the river still holding good colour and a slight flow, everyone was looking forward to good nets. At the start of this three hour silver fish only match, all anglers were targeting the roach and perch with the possibility of a bonus fish and hoping not to be too disturbed by the continued carp presence that were showing across on the far bank. When the whistle blew to end the match, it proved hard going for many of the competitors who had been troubled by carp in their swims. After all the results came in it was John Pettitt on peg C35 who won the match quite easily. Fishing the float with the pole, either down the middle or close in the margins, John decided to go for the small roach. Using maggots and pinkie for bait with a size 18 and 20 hook, in conjunction with regular ground bait feeding, he weighed in with 2lbs 1ozs of fish including a 1lb bonus silver. In second place was Con Keilty on peg C30 with a weight of just 0lbs 7ozs of small silver fish but having carp takes on three occasions, made his swim quiet for short periods. Closely following in third place was Duncan Wrigley, who also had carp takes from his peg C34, and weighed in with just 0lbs 6ozs of small roach. Most of the anglers who drew the lower peg numbers blanked due to the presence of carp appearances around their pegs, making the silver fish move away and their swims very quiet for long periods of time.

Match 6

Harwich Angling Club held the sixth in a series of nine Mid Week Evening Matches on Dock River C Pegs. On a bright breezy evening with some occasional cloud cover, and the river maintaining some colour, the bait and presentation was going to be an issue for this three hour silver fish only match. From the start whistle and right to the end of the match because every angler was having carp showing in their peg swims, they all chose slightly different approaches to avoid being taken by the carp. When the end of match whistle blew, with everyone having fish in their nets, it proved to be a low weight match because of the carp presence still continuing. When all the results were checked out it was Graham Hazleton on peg C15, who chose the right tactics, and won the match comfortably. Float fishing, at 750mm depth, using the pole, with a combination of worm and maggot as hook bait on either an 18 or 20 size hook, in conjunction with regularly putting in small amounts of ground bait, Graham weighed in with 1lb 13ozs of small roach and perch, having lost a good 1.5 lbs bonus silver fish at the net. In second place fishing with the pole, was John Pettit on peg C18 with a weight of 0lb 15ozs of small silver fish, with third place going to Duncan Wrigley float fishing with the rod from peg C16 with a weight of just 0lb 6ozs of small fry silvers.

 

 

Match 7

Harwich Angling Club held the seventh in a series of nine Mid Week Evening Matches on Dock River C Pegs. On a hot, sunny evening with a clear blue sky and a slight westerly breeze, the river maintaining some good colour and showing signs of fish activity along the high peg numbers stretch, the conditions looked ideal for this three hour silver fish only match. When the whistle blew to end the match, it proved to be a tough match with half the competitors not putting any fish in their nets, s they took the gamble and went looking for the bonus fish all match. When all the results were checked out it was Ged Spurgin on peg C49 by the sleeper bridge, who chose the correct approach for his swim, namely targeting the small silvers and won the match. Pole fishing either in the margins or down the middle, at only 250mm depth, with a combination of maggot and pinkie as hook bait on either an 18 or 20 size hook, in conjunction with putting in little and often amounts of ground bait, Ged weighed in with a winning 1lb 10ozs of small roach. Following close behind In second place fishing with the pole, was Barry Hickford on peg C41 with a weight of 1lbs 4ozs of small roach including a 14ozs bonus fish, with third place going to John Pettitt also using the pole from peg C45 with a weight of 1lb 0ozs of small roach. With just two more matches in this series to be held on the C pegs section of Dock River, the Champion title is now becoming very close for the top 4 anglers in the frame, separated by just 8 points.

Match 8

Harwich Angling Club held the eighth in a series of nine Mid Week Evening Matches on Dock River C Pegs. On a warm, sunny, clear sky and gusty westerly winds evening, with the river quite high and light brown in colour, the middle peg numbers stretch, looked perfect for this three hour silver fish only match. When the whistle blew to end the match, although everyone had put fish in their nets, it proved to be a tough match, with weights ranging from 4lbs 5ozs to just 1oz. When all the results were checked out it was Con Keilty fishing with the rod from peg C30 on the trees bend, who won the match with a weight of 4lbs 5ozs including a bonus bream of 3lbs 9ozs caught just 15 minutes before the final whistle. In second place fishing with the pole, was Paul Rossington on peg C35 with a weight of 1lb 2ozs of small roach, perch and skimmers, with Ged Spurgin closely following into third place also using the pole from peg C34 with a weight of 1lb 1oz of small roach and perch. With just one more match in this series to be held on the C pegs section of Dock River, the Champion title is now very close for the top 3 anglers in the frame, separated by just 2 points.

 

 

 

Match 9

Harwich Angling Club held the last in the series of nine Mid Week Evening League Matches on Dock River C Pegs. On a bright and cloudy evening with sunny intervals and a slight wind, with the river quite high and with colour, the high peg numbers stretch from C30 to C49 looked ideal for this three hour silver fish only match. When the whistle blew to end the match, with everyone putting fish in their nets, they waited for the final results to see who would be the winner. When all the results were checked out it was Paul Rossington fishing with the pole, using maggot as hook bait and the occasional balling in of ground bait from peg C49 by the sleeper bridge, who won the match with a weight of 2lbs 1ozs of small roach, perch and skimmers. In second place also fishing with the pole, was Ged Spurgin on peg C45 with a weight of 1lb 12ozs of small roach and perch. There was a third place tie between Duncan Wrigley on peg C43 and John Pettitt on peg C46 both weighing in with a weight of 1lb 7ozs. When all the points results from this series of matches were checked and verified, it proved to be one of the closest finishes. By just 1 point, it is John Pettitt (14.5 points) who is the Champion of the Mid Week Evening League Matches for the 2014-2015 season. John was very consistent throughout the series maintaining good results and never finishing lower than fourth place in any match. Closely following as runner up was last years winner Duncan Wrigley (15.5 points) with Con Keilty (17.5 points) taking third place.


Dock River Maintenance

2015-2016

Dock River Official Work Party 16 May 2015

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Harwich AC new Fisheries Officer for Dock River, Phil Bennet, managed to get a good response from members to his first Work Party as the FO, along with responses from members that were unable to attend due to commitments.
Harwich AC wishes to thank the following persons that were able to make it to the official Work Party to Dock River on Saturday 16th May 2015 from 9.00am to 12.00 midday. They were Phil Bennet + Dave North + Con Keilty + Harold Griffiths + Stephen Longley + Harold Gosling + Laurie Snell.
The order for the day was to cut out the pegs and cut out an access track linking each peg.
With the grass being very long it needed to be strimmed first then mowed in most areas.
work party started from peg C1 and worked their way along the river bank. They cut out all the C pegs namely C1 to C49. They managed to cut an approx metre wide track along the bank for about 75% of the C section length. They also cut through a track from B1 to B5 between the two sleeper bridges.
The work party achieved excellent progress, well done everyone.
The next Official Work Party to Dock River is on Saturday 30th May 2015 from 9.00m to 12.00 midday. If you are able to make it please come along with any equipment you would like to bring, such as rakes, cutters, or any thing that you feel would assist the work needed to be done. Only about another 29 B pegs to cut out, along with cutting out the track along the B section length to do. Remember many hands make light work.

 

Dock River Official Work Party 30 May 2015

Harwich AC had another good response from its members for this Work Party along with responses from members that were unable to attend due to commitments. Harwich AC wishes to thank the following persons that were able to make it to the official Work Party to Dock River on Saturday 30th May 2015 from 9.00am to 12.00 midday. They were Paul Jenkins + Bob Smith + Stuart Smith + Con Keilty + Harold Griffiths + Stephen Longley + Laurie Snell. The order for the day was not only to cut out the pegs and cut out an access track linking each peg, but also remove the margin stick ups and re-mow any previous pegs that needed doing again. With the grass being very long it needed to be strimmed first then mowed in most areas. A section of the work party started from peg C1 and worked their way along the river bank re-mowing again the C pegs and removing the close margin stick ups in front of the peg swims. The others in the work party started from peg B1 cutting out the pegs and cutting out an access track linking them. They were also joined by our Landlord who showed up on his quad bike with the cutter and help with the mowing of the track and the designated parking areas, which the Club was very thankful for. They managed to cut an approx. 2 metre wide track along the bank for the majority of B section length. They also re-mowed the track from B1 to B5 between the two sleeper bridges. The work party again achieved excellent progress, well done everyone.

Dock River Official Work Party 6 June 2015

Harwich AC had a small response from its members for this Work Party along with responses from members that were unable to attend due to commitments. Harwich AC wishes to thank the following persons that were able to make it to the official Work Party to Dock River on Saturday 6th June 2015 from 9.00am to 12.00 midday. They were Phil Bennett + Con Keilty + Harold Griffiths + Stephen Longley + Laurie Snell. The order for the day was not only to cut out the pegs and cut out an access track linking each peg, but also remove the margin stick ups and re-mow any previous pegs that needed doing again. With the grass being very long each peg needed to be strimmed first, then raked, then mowed, then raked again in most areas. The work party continued doing work on the C section and worked their way along the river bank towards the end of the C pegs section re-mowing and removing the close margin stick ups and blanket weed from in front of the peg swims. They also started to repair/upgrade the sleeper bridges. The work party five achieved excellent progress, well done everyone. The next Official Work Party to Dock River for 2014-2015 season is on Saturday 13th June 2015 from 9.00am to 12.00 midday. If you are able to make it please come along with any equipment you would like to bring, such as rakes, cutters, or anything that you feel would assist the work needed to be done. With some of the B pegs to mow out following their strimming, along with removing any stick ups/weed from the swims to be done plus some tidy up to the sleeper bridges, to any access track ruts, to making sure the peg posts are in their correct position and collecting up any rubbish etc. we are virtually there. Remember many hands make light work. With the river in good order, it is looking great for welcoming in the glorious16th and enjoying some good fishing in the lovely picturesque setting of Dock River.

Work Party 1, 8th June 2014 Report

Harwich AC wishes to thank the following persons that were able to make it to the 1st official Work Party 1 to Dock River on Sunday 8th June 2014 from 9.00am to 12.00 midday. They were Bob Smith + John Pettitt (club members) and Mick Neal (club bailiff) and Con Keilty + Peter Standing + Laurie Snell (club officers). The order for the day was to cut out the pegs, cut out an access track linking each peg, rake out the peg swims, cut down the sticks ups in front of each peg and pick up any rubbish. With the grass being very long it needed to be strimmed first then mowed. The work party started from peg C1 and worked their way along the river bank. They managed to cut an approx metre wide track along the bank and also cut out each peg to the river edge. They got up to and completed to peg C12. It took a bit longer than usual to do these tasks, which was because of the grass growth, damp conditions, the hot weather and just 6 persons present. The next official Work Party 2 to Dock River is on Saturday 14th June 2014 from 9.00m to 12.00 midday. If you are able to make it please come along with any equipment you would like to bring, such as rakes, cutters, or any thing that you feel would assist the work needed to be done. Only about another 70+ more pegs to do. Remember many hands make light work.

Work Party 2, 14th June 2014 Report

Harwich AC wishes to thank the following persons that were able to make it to the 2nd official Work Party 2 to Dock River on Saturday 14th June 2014 from 9.00am to 12.00 midday. They were Bob Smith + Mick Beckwith (club members) and Mick Neal (club bailiff) and Harold Griffiths + Peter Standing + Laurie Snell (club officers). The order for the day was to continue cutting out the pegs, cutting out an access track linking each peg, cutting down the sticks ups in front of each peg and picking up any rubbish. With 3 strimmers, 1 mower, together with rakes and cutters, the work party started from peg C13 and worked their way along the river bank. They managed to cut out an approx metre wide track along the bank and also to cut out each peg to the river edge. They got up to and completed to peg C22. Its taking a bit longer than usual to do these tasks, which was because of the grass growth since last weeks WP1 and just 6 persons present again. The next official Work Party 3 to Dock River is on Saturday 28th June 2014 from 9.00m to 12.00 midday. If you are able to make it please come along with any equipment you would like to bring, such as rakes, cutters, or any thing that you feel would assist the work needed to be done. Only about another 60+ more pegs now to do. Remember many hands make light work. There are lightweight tasks like picking up rubbish + knocking in peg posts + raking grass and heavy weight tasks like strimming + mowing + raking river weeds needing to be done to the clubs waters, so everyones needs can be catered for. Look forward to seeing more members on the banks for the remaining work parties and getting our waters into good order again.

Work Party 3, 28th June 2014 Report

Harwich AC wishes to thank the following persons that were able to make it to the 3rd official Work Party 3 to Dock River on Saturday 28th June 2014 from 9.00am to 12.00 midday. They were Bob Smith (club member) and Stephen Longley (club bailiff) and Harold Griffiths + Peter Standing + Con Keilty + Laurie Snell (club officers). The farmer since our last WP 2 has cut the grass track from C1 up to the end of the C pegs section, which the club is most grateful. The order for the day was to continue cutting out the pegs, cutting down the sticks ups in front of each peg, cutting a track through to the last C peg and picking up any rubbish. With 3 strimmers, 2 mowers together with rakes and cutters, the work party started from peg C23 and worked their way along the river bank. They managed to cut out each peg to the river edge. They got up to and completed to the end of C pegs up to the sleeper bridge. (ie peg C46? I think). Very good progress was made, which was because the grass track had been cut since last weeks WP2 and also due to 6 persons present. The next official Work Party 4 to Dock River is on Saturday 12th July 2014 from 9.00m to 12.00 midday. If you are able to make it please come along with any equipment you would like to bring, such as rakes, cutters, or any thing that you feel would assist the work needed to be done. Only around 30 more pegs now to be done. (ie.the B pegs to the Willows). Remember many hands make light work. There are lightweight tasks like picking up rubbish + knocking in peg posts + raking grass and heavy weight tasks like strimming + mowing + raking river weeds needing to be done to the clubs waters, so everyones needs can be catered for. Look forward to seeing more members on the banks for the remaining work parties and getting our waters into good order again. NB. Controlling a river involves a lot of high maintenance work which is the Clubs responsibility. Harwich AC have controlled this river for over some 25 years and it is regarded as a good stretch of river with good fishing where everyone is able to drive right to their peg (subject to weather/ground conditions), thus making it easily accessible for everyone. Failure to keep the river fishable/accessible would mean the Club would not be able to fish it and therefore only have Bradfield Lake to fish. It is your Club so let us all pull together and help out when required.

Work Party 4, 12th July 2014 Report

Harwich AC wishes to thank the following persons that were able to make it to the 4th official Work Party 4 to Dock River on Saturday 12th July 2014 from 9.00am to 12.00 midday. They were Bob Smith + Tony Phillips & Son (club members) and Mick Neal + Stephen Longley (club bailiffs) and Harold Griffiths + Con Keilty + Laurie Snell (club officers).The order for the day was to continue cutting out the pegs, cutting down the sticks ups in front of each peg, cutting a track through to the B pegs and picking up any rubbish. With 2 strimmers, 2 mowers, the Allen Scythe together with rakes and cutters, the work party started from C49 peg and worked their way along the river bank across flight pond bend and towards The Willows. They managed to cut out each peg to the river edge. They got up to and partially completed to B10 peg. Progress was a bit slow due to encountering very long grass and reeds, and also the Allen Scythe was a bit temperamental and kept cutting out, never the less well done everyone.The next official Work Party 5 to Dock River is on Saturday 21st July 2014 from 9.00m to 12.00 midday. If you are able to make it please come along with any equipment you would like to bring, such as rakes, cutters, or any thing that you feel would assist the work needed to be done. Only around 20 more pegs now to be done. (ie. continuing the B pegs to the Willows). Remember many hands make light work. There are lightweight tasks like picking up rubbish + knocking in peg posts + raking grass and heavy weight tasks like strimming + mowing + raking river weeds needing to be done to the clubs waters, so everyones needs can be catered for. Look forward to seeing more members on the banks for the remaining work parties and getting our waters into good order again.

Winter Fishing on Dock River

Harwich Angling Clubs determined and hardy members are still having good nets from Dock River despite the current cold and wet weather conditions. With no vehicles allowed along the river, to preserve the environment, due to the very wet and boggy conditions to the banks, anglers are having some long walks to get to the high peg numbers in C section. With the river quite high, coloured and having a slight flow, member Laurie Snell did a 3 hour late morning mid week session on peg C28 with good rewards. Fishing the pole down the middle and to the far side reed beds close to a young willow tree using a very light rig set up with a single fluro pinkie on a size 20 hook, Snell was soon catching plenty of the small roach with the occasional 1ozs fish quite regularly. Changing bait to a small worm helped to slightly improve the stamp of the roach being caught but not as frequent. At the end of his fishing trip, although with around 60 plus roach and a few perch in the keepnet, a total of just 1lbs 15ozs was weighed, indicating that the river is in a healthy condition after this seasons breeding.