Writing this I get the feeling that we are on the verge of looming hot weather for June, at least the hot weather has held off for most of May unlike last year… the water temperatures have been steadily rising and with little weed growth in the lakes, resulting in little shade in the water I fear that the water temperatures will rocket quickly.
May has seen some good catches with a nice mix of rainbows and browns coming out, in the last week we have emptied the Millpond in preparation for a new batch of fish going in, this has meant that we have put 50 big browns in both Rosies and Birch, these are between 6lb – 10lb, several have already come out, they are very visible in Birch, be aware that these are very clever fish and thrashing away at them won’t work.
As usual with the hot weather hopefully arriving it is best to fish the main lakes in the cooler evenings, we will keep Birch going through the Summer with its great depth countering the hot air, if you are fishing in the evening, the main evening rise starts at about 9pm so fish late.
We now come to some major news regarding the fishery… after 38 years of running trout farms and fisheries we are heading off to a slightly quieter life in South Devon. We came to Duncton in October 2001, it has been an honour and a privilege to be custodians of such a beautiful place in West Sussex, we have worked hard to ensure the quality of the fish are the best in the South of England, the lakes and grounds have been maintained to a high standard, with the help of Roger who has been invaluable over the years, we try to ensure that all anglers, corporate and club members are all made to feel welcome, and that you have enjoyed your time beside the lakes at Duncton.
We are pleased that Dan and Michelle Gale will be taking over from the 1st November 2019 – Daniel has extensive fishery knowledge and both he and Michelle have been lecturers at Sparsholt Agricultural College.
With regards to all memberships and fish allocations they will transfer over, so you will not loose any time or fish allocated to your membership, the only thing that will need to be used by the 1st November are the free guest vouchers.By way of introduction we will be holding a Meet The Members Day on Saturday 21st September, it will give you the opportunity to get to know Dan and Michelle, enjoy tea and cake, and spend a little time beside the lakes having a fish.
It is with some sadness that we will say goodbye in the Autumn, we would like to say a huge thank you for all your support over the years, we will miss seeing you all, and our chats around the lakes and in the club room, as a way of thanking you and the opportunity to say farewell we invite all our members along on Saturday 5th October to fish on a complimentary 2 fish ticket, we will provide our infamous afternoon tea – it would be great to see as many of you as possible to say thank you and goodbye.
I am sure you may have questions regarding the transition between ourselves and Dan so please feel free to either catch us beside the lakes, give us a call on the office number or drop us an email.
Water Temp: 18 degree
Rainbow – Mr Pickford 5lb 14oz
Brown – Mr Philpot 7lb