THE PADLOCK CODE WILL BE CHANGED FROM 1ST APRIL 2013
The new code will be found on your 2013 Membership Card and can be used on all of our locks.
Please note that on some locks, once the code is set,
the button at the base of the lock must be pressed to open it ,
whilst on others the hasp must be pressed into the body of the lock before it will open.
Always remember to refasten the lock before leaving and re-scramble the code.
Do not leave the code showing on the lock.
I have just been informed, third hand, that two of our members fishing at Balcombe Lake on Monday 8th October saw a group of what they described as Polish people netting the lake.
From what I have been told they did not go to challenge them, did not get their vehicle registration number, did not attempt to report the incident to anyone and did not even know if they caught and took away any fish.
All of this means of course is that we have now no chance of having the offenders caught and made to face justice.
What should have been done is that the members should have contacted the police on 0845 60 70 999
(stating that they had been threatened with violence to ensure that they take action)
or called your Club Secretary on 01444 482097 and at least got the offenders vehicle registration number,
so that if they left before action could be taken against them they could at least be traced.
We have no chance of protecting our waters if members just turn a blind eye when incidents like this are taking place.
Alan Smith, secretary. 10th October 2012
Plans for the East Mascalls pool changes have now been finallised and the original idea to create a weir at the bottom of the pool to raise the water level have now been dropped.
It is now the intention of the MORPH team only to construct a fish pass over the top of the steps which now lead down into the pool from below the bridge. This will have a flume at the bottom end which will drop into the water in the pool and allow all types of fish access both up and down the river via the new fish pass.
Originally it was intended to start the work on 9th October but due to the recent bad weather this will now be delayed until conditions are better. The work is expected to take about 6 weeks and our members are asked co-operate with the contractors during this period and not to interfere in any way whilst they are working on site.
Whilst the construction is taking place the contractors will be using our car park as well as an area in the field alongside it for storage of their materials and equipment. They will be damming the river upstream of the bridge to give them dry condition to work in and intend to pipe the water from the dam down to somewhere in the pool.
This should mean that it will not be necessary to drain the pool and therefore the fish will not need to be removed.
The E.A. along with the O.A.R.T. (Ouse / Adur Rivers Trust ) are planning a series of restoration projects
that hopefully will allow fish to pass up and down the river more freely.
They have produced a document explaining what they intend to do and it can be viewed on their website
or from this one by clicking on the following link MORPH
It's a PDF document so will need Adobe Reader to open it !!
My apologies if the website seems out of date, but apart from running this, I also have the Membership and Finances to look after.
So anyone wishing to volunteer their services, they would be gratefully recieved !!
Please contact me (Jim Ford ) or Alan Smith, Honorary Secretary via Email / Telephone
1st April 2013
The PADLOCK CODE has now CHANGED
The new number will be added to
MEMBERSHIP CARDS on renewal.
Members are reminded that some padlocks need to be released by pushing the button on the bottom and others by pushing the hook into the body.
ALWAYS re-secure the padlock after passing through the gate and DON'T leave the combination number showing.
Please make note of the following information
New Bye-Law for the Horace Black Stretch
It has been witnessed by members of the committee and also reported by others that,
some members are abusing the sport of angling when fishing for Barbel, in the pool just
downstream from the road bridge at East Mascalls, known as the Horace Black Stretch.
One of the important ideals of the Society is to conserve and care for the different species of fish
within the waters of the Society. The intensity of pressure is such that it is essential to put
NEW club bye-laws in place for fishing this particular stretch.
The situation is critical and cannot be left to the next AGM.
The Bye Laws for the Horace Black Stretch are as follows and apply from the start of the new season on the river.
From the start of the stretch, at the base of the bridge, downstream to the end of the pool.
1. The number fishing the pool is restricted to two fishing at any one time, one rod per person.
2.Any member may not use more than one rod whilst fishing the pool.
3. 12lb line must be used when fishing for BARBEL
4. Any member who does not comply with these special rules will
5. The rest of the Horace Black Stretch may continue to be fished in accordance with rule G8.
These bye-laws will be submitted for approval as new club rules at the 2010 AGM.
The amount of publicity given to the remarkable progress of our Barbel has attracted specimen anglers from some distance.
Whilst we welcome these new members, if we allow some less responsible members to hammer the Barbel, we could lose this priceless asset. Hopefully, this will be a stitch in time!
BARBEL at East Mascalls
Would all members please ensure that any Barbel caught are allowed to
recover fully before being released. It may take up to 30 minutes for this
to occur especially if played for a long time. Keep the playing of fish to a
minimum as they give their all in an attempt to get away!!
Please ensure that any Barbel is able to swim away strongly
( 1 kick of the tail is not sufficient )
Below are some recommendations from the Barbel Society.
BARBEL HANDLING CODE
As recommended by The Barbel Society
It is the duty of all Barbel anglers to protect this exciting and powerful species and ensure that it is returned, after capture,
in the same or even better condition as that when it was hooked.
Today's four pound fish may well be tomorrows "double" or even a record
2. No one rod, line strength or hook size will suit the variety of methods and situations that will present themselves to the versatile Barbel angler. However, as a general guide use a through action 1 ¼ lb test curve rod with the minimum of six pound line. Realize that line does not last forever. Examine and test it frequently. If in doubt change it! Remember that some modern ultra strong and thin braids may 'cheese wire' into the fish. Use them with great caution.
3. Land and remove fish from the river using a large knotless landing net and allow a few minutes recovery period before removing the landing net and fish from the water. Never attempt to 'beach' the fish as considerable damage can be caused to fins, eyes and scales. If possible unhook the fish while it is still in the net and in the water, if this is not an option place the fish (still in the net) on an unhooking mat - never on bare gravel, stones etc. Use wet hands to handle the fish.
4. Barbless hooks, or those with barbs squeezed flat, are very much easier to remove than barbed ones. All types should be removed with good quality forceps. If necessary cut the line and thread the hook out point first. Carefully examine the mouth for other hooks and remove them too.
5. If the fish is not required for weighing or photography it should be released when fully recovered. Do not retain Barbel without reason.
6. If weighing and photography are required leave the fish in the water contained in the landing net while you prepare your equipment, i.e.:
A. Decide where the weighing/photo should take place- preferably a flat area of bank protected from strong sunlight.
B. Wet the weigh sling which must be large enough to support the entire length of the Barbel.
C. Zero the scales with the wet weigh sling.
D. Set up photo' gear
E. Check that all is ready,
7. Transfer the Barbel to the required place whilst still in the landing net. Weigh it in the sling. Remove it. Then hold it (carefully but firmly) low to the ground for photography. Return the Barbel to the landing net.
8. Return the net and fish to the river and allow it to fully recover its strength. During this period of recovery, hold the head facing upstream in a flow of clean water. Watch for steady working of the gills and the ability of the fish to maintain its balance. Release when it is obvious that the fish can swim powerfully back into the main river.
The Barbel Society recognises that Barbel are retained in keep nets during matches. We therefore appeal to all match anglers to use large 'Barbel friendly' nets and to position them where the fish receive adequate oxygen and protection from strong sunlight. We ask all to consider a 'weigh and release' policy where fish are returned almost immediately after capture. We also request that slings are used instead of baskets and that all Barbels be individually 'nursed' on their return.
If you have access to the internet further information is available on