Entrance to the fishery is by members' key padlocks. Everyone must replace the T bar, locking that into place & locking the gate both as you enter and as you leave. You must have a valid Fishing licence with you & Cove AS membership permit or guest ticket when you fish Cove AS waters. You can be fined up to £2,500 if you’re fishing without a valid rod licence. You must show a valid club permit or guest ticket to any other member who asks to see it & you will be asked to leave the water immediately if you’re fishing & cannot show a valid permit or guest ticket.
Best Wshes for a Merry Christmas & a Happy New year to all our visitors, members & guests.
October 2022 Newsletter. It is now officially autumn & I hope you have enjoyed your summer fishing. Sometimes hot, sometimes very hot indeed & then it rained & the grass quickly regained its green colour. Who knows what the autumn & winter will bring?
This year the club has retained the majority of members & broadly replaced those we have lost with new blood. We know that our waters are a healthy environment for the fish. This was confirmed by a visit from DEFRA earlier in the year & by the young Tench that are being caught on the small lake. Committee members & volunteers spent a good day resurfacing much of the roadway & carparks for which many thanks to all involved.
As well as the good Carp in the big lake, this water has been teeming with good size Roach & Perch, so we offer a good mixed fishery. There are still Red Signal Crayfish in the big lake. You’ll know when you hook one! Please try to land it & kill it on the bank. It is an offence to return an invasive species such as Crayfish to the water & we want them killed before they walk sideways to the small lake! I have found that there is a line in their shell just behind the head which is soft enough to plunge your knife into, killing them & thereafter the wildlife at Chaley will finish the job.
Open Matches have continued through the summer each Thursday & the top five weights from these matches are reported on our Facebook page each week. The club is indebted to Rod Carroll, Club Chairman, for organising these matches & also thanks to Paul White, Club Treasurer, for his help. The Opens normally alternate between the big & small lakes. Please be aware of this when planning your pleasure fishing.
Our regular visitors from Prospect Angling fished the big lake at Chaley Park today (Sun. 14 Aug)
Fifteen anglers fished and the results are
1st Dave Green 56lbs
Andy Ovens 43lbs
Pete Yellowlees 43lbs 8oz
Mark Sheppard 25lbs 8oz
Meanwhile Member Keith Pullen took 15 carp on the feeder from the small lake Peg 18
Good to hear reports from members that our lakes have been well used this weekend 11/12 August in spite of the temperatures. On Friday afternoon Colin Mitchell used the online guest ticket process to get a few hours fishing at the end of the day. He and his guest had some carp and quality roach out of the big lake, while Mike Jardine took a few on bread.
On Saturday, Tony Parsons and his weekend guest had a fantastic day. Tony had to stop fishing, having caught fourteen carp, and cool down in the shade while his guest Roy carried on hooking fish. Daz Saunders spent Saturday afternoon fishing at Chaley, landing 10 carp up to 13lb and left just as it got dark, also 2 other members turned up at about 6.30pm and they had 4 carp. The carp come right up to the swims under the rod tips, its tricky to catch them but good to see. tight lines everyone. So there were probably more than half a dozen anglers fishing each day. During the heatwave, while the water level has dropped, we are still able to provide good sport and tremendous value for money to both our members and their guests.
Welcome! As I said in 2021 & am happy to repeat in 2022, we thank those of you who have renewed your membership for your continuing support & to those who have just joined us, welcome, we hope you enjoy fishing at Chaley Park.
You will have received your 2022/23 permit, which needs your photo added & to be signed over the photo, together with your 22/23 fixture list where you can see the clubs booked for Chaley Park, the dates & lakes they are fishing. Every Thursday there is an open Match at Chaley Park which normally alternates between the big & small lakes. Please be aware of this when planning your pleasure fishing.
You must carry your permit with you when fishing our waters. You must also have a valid fishing licence with you when you fish Cove AS waters, or risk a fine of up to £2,500 if you’re fishing without a valid rod licence.
Cove AS rules are simple, as a member you must show a valid club permit to any other member who asks to see it. Members’ guests must show a valid guest ticket. You will be asked to leave the water if you’re fishing & cannot show a valid permit or guest ticket when asked. Abuse of members will not be tolerated so make sure you have the right paperwork with you & be courteous. It remains the Committee’s policy to ensure that at least one lake is available to members for pleasure fishing at all times. Both lakes are producing reasonable catches.
As ever, fishery security is paramount. On Monday 9 May at 6:40am, the fishery was found to have been left open, with the padlocks on the ground. Investigations have shown that the gates & T Bar were not padlocked when the last person left on Saturday 7 May. The security of our fishery is every member’s responsibility. Make sure that the venue is secure when you enter & when you leave, that you have closed & locked the gate & the T Bar is padlocked in place. If it becomes necessary to replace all the padlocks and keys it will incur a considerable cost which will be reflected into every member’s subs.
Many of you will be aware of our website www.coveas.club which is open to the public & is a portal to our active Facebook page which has proved to be a successful channel for communicating with members. The website includes a contact page whereby you can get in touch with committee members by phone or email or by Facebook Messenger, which is a popular route for many.
Cove Angling Society – Annual General Meeting 2022 REMINDER
This is to remind you that the Club AGM will be held in the function room at the rear of The Lion Brewery 104, Guildford Road, Ash, GU12. 6BT, at 8pm on Friday 4 March 2022.
Proposals relating to the club rules or constitution &/or committee member nominations which must be in writing, proposed & seconded by two current club members and submitted by post to the Club Secretary, 3 Woodlands Road, Farnborough, GU14 9QJ., to be received by 11 February 2022. Any proposals &/or nominations that have not been submitted within this procedure will not be considered.
Cove Angling Society – Annual General Meeting 2022 Happy New Year to you all.
The club has not been able to hold an AGM since March 2020 owing to the Covid pandemic.
Subject to any guidance in place at the time, we intend to hold an AGM in March and we have booked the usual venue, the function room, The Lion Brewery 104, Guildford Road, Ash, GU12. 6BT, at 8pm on Friday 4 March 2022.
All current 2021 members are invited so please make an effort to attend. Should any member wish to propose any change to the Club rules or constitution, they can do so in accordance with the procedure set out in the current permit. Proposals must be submitted in writing to the Club Secretary at least twenty-one days before the AGM. Proposals that have not been submitted within this procedure will not be considered.
The present committee members are all prepared to stand for re-election and if any member wishes to stand for the committee, they must be nominated & seconded by at least two current senior members. Nominations must be submitted by post to the Club Secretary, 3 Woodlands Road, Farnborough, GU14 9QJ at least twenty-one days before the AGM. Proposals that have not been submitted within this procedure are not permitted.
The closing date for both Proposals and Nominations is therefore 11 February 2022. Any received by the Secretary after this date will not proceed.
Every effort will be made for this meeting to comply with current Covid masking and social distancing guidelines.
When it comes to the rules, permits and behaviour, the committee has, over the past few years, simplified the rules but it seems some members are still not able to comply. Your permit should be current, with your signed photo attached to it. Any club member has the right to ask to see your permit and any guest tickets. You may be asked for your permit any time you fish. Please respond courteously to such a request.
The committee has concluded that we must ask all anglers to buy and use a Fish Care Kit that is cheaply available from Tackle Shops or online. Please be careful when unhooking fish, use an unhooking mat & remember it is absolutely vital that all anglers’ nets are completely dry before fishing at Chaley Park.
For members this weekend, the big lake at Chaley is part booked by Aldershot Garrison on Sunday, but for pleasure anglers who want to fish the big lake, the Car Park side of the lake is still available, roughly pegs 30 to 10, so please be flexible if you’re pleasure fishing on Sunday. The small lake is, of course, free for pleasure fishing.
We shall be looking for work-party volunteers in the imminent future on a Saturday to help resurface the road and car parks at Chaley Park. If you are up for this, please comment on this post to register your interest. I know we don’t have a date yet but we need some idea of numbers. You will only need to bring a rake & shovel.If you haven’t renewed your membership, you won’t have the combination padlock number which is printed on the 2021/22 permits and won’t be able to get into Chaley Park from Saturday 1 May.
Information to bring our members (& any former members from the Reading area) up to date, this item appeared in Theale /Calcot local news, about the land around the lake we held the fishing rights to for over forty years in Theale having been sold on to developers for a housing development on both sides of the lake. https://ridgepointhomes.co.uk/forthcomin.../theale-berkshire
The small lake at Chaley Park has been booked by Fulwell AC for Wednesday 14 April and is therefore closed to members that day.
As the latest from the Government and Angling Trust says matches can restart on 29 March, the first of this year’s Opens will be held on Thursday 1 April on the big lake at Chaley Park. Further details from Rod Carroll as usual. Both lakes have continued to produce excellent catches during this lockdown, bags estimated at over 100lb., from both lakes on a regular basis and good size Bream showing in the small lake.
Now is the time of year for many of us to renew our Fishing licences &, before 1 May, our Cove AS membership permits. Remember the Chaley Park gate combination will be changed on 30April/1May 2021, so to make sure you can access the fishery, don’t forget to renew. Don’t get caught without a valid fishing licence & permit with you when you fish Cove AS waters.
Sunday 31 January several members took their exercise, fishing at Chaley Park with everyone catching, using various methods & baits including the waggler, maggot feeder, yellow wafters, rod, pole. All seemed to be working around the big lake in bright but cold (just above freezing) weather until the rain arrived in the afternoon.
We’ve been getting good response to our request for members thoughts on subs for 21/22. Thanks for taking the trouble to feedback to us.
Both Chaley Park lakes are being fished regularly as members take their daily exercise. Both lakes are fishing very well, considering the time of year and the temperature variations we have been having.
Fish have been caught on both lakes on various rigs/tackle, straight lead, the method etc., and various baits including punched bread, wafters, meat and maggot. Total individual session weights have been estimated at 50lb., 70lb., and up to 120lb., in the last week or so. Jim Findlay took two good doubles (15lb. & 18lb.) carp from the big lake this week. Rod Carroll had three doubles in an estimated 70lb., total. Good bream (up to 8lb.) are showing as well. This means that the investment in this fishery is paying off and this is with one of the cheapest memberships around. We would like to hear members thoughts on the possibility of a small increase in annual subs to £55 and guest tickets to £10 starting 1 May 2021. Let us know your thoughts by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
There may have been some abuse of membership & guest tickets recently. When you fish Chaley Park, please ensure you have your current, valid permit with you & if you take guests, that you have bought & have with you their guest tickets. Committee members will be checking permits & guest tickets more rigorously than before so be ready to show yours when asked, whether you know the Committee member or not. Failure to produce correct valid documents could result in you being asked to leave the fishery & the suspension of your membership.
It seems our lakes are getting some exercise during lockdown. The small lake is reportedly fishing extremely well during these winter months. In the last few days, we have had reports of catches of up to thirty carp from this lake. This means over 100lb., of fish taken in a January session which is previously unheard of from the small lake. This vindicates the investment in this lake in terms of stock and maintenance over the past several years.
The big lake has also fished well. Sometimes producing, sometimes not. Results to be expected during the Winter. Some success on the straight lead and we hear that amongst the catches from this lake, Steve Lucie took a 21lb. carp in the last few days. Our Facebook page is now followed by over 300 people, reaching an audience of anglers from around the UK, eastern Europe & other even farther flung places.
8 Jan 2021 We are pleased to say that Chaley Park has been re-opened to members. In the current cold weather both lakes have large ice coverings so go prepared to break the ice without endangering yourself. Please ensure you drive on the track and park in the car parking areas. Do not drive or park on the grass at all, this includes the grass verges between the track and the lakes.
Wednesday 6 January 2021 We have had to adhere to the current Government Covid19 regulations and close our fishery at Chaley Park from 6 January 2021. The links below will take you to our Facebook page and the Angling Trust web page that details the current regulations on fishing in England. We shall make every effort to keep all our members up to date with any changes to the regulations, and especially when we are able to re-open and fish Chaley Park again, via Facebook and this news page.
Members take note that from tomorrow morning, Wednesday 6 January 2021, our fishery at Chaley Park is closed until further notice. Obviously this is disappointing news but Angling Trust will keep its members updated on any changes and we will keep our members informed.
Effective from 26 December 2020 all members will be in Covid-19 Tier 4 and should abide by the guidelines and regulations relating to Tier 4 when fishing our lakes. See the rules for fishing at a glance thanks to (click the link) Angling Trust
Members should be aware that from 00:01 on Saturday 19 December 2020, our fishery at Chaley Park in Normandy will move to Covid-19 restrictions Tier 3. You can find the Government rules and restrictions guidance by following this link, Tier3
Here is a link to the Angling Trust statement on the new COVID tiers effective When current lockdown ends on 2 December. Our fishery is in Surrey so is in Tier 2 Angling Trust
1 December 2020 We’re pleased to tell you that Thursday open matches will resume on Chaley Park big lake this coming Thursday 3 December and will continue until further notice.
Newsletter – November 2020 Welcome to our November update. As you know, both our lakes at Chaley Park are open under the current Covid19 regulations for pleasure fishing. Match fishing is not permitted at the moment so the Thursday open matches that had been run since the beginning of June have now stopped. Based on the experience when we added fish stock to the small lake last February, the club recently returned to the same supplier for extra stock for the big lake - 200 Mirror Carp approx. 3lb. each, & a further 100 for the small lake. This year’s stocking has been a significant investment in our fishery & we know how these fish thrive in our waters, quickly gaining weight & providing excellent sport. On the small lake we have also seen Roach, Perch, Bream & Tench being caught.
Maintenance work has continued at the fishery throughout the summer to keep the fishery attractive to both the pleasure & the match angler. Tree pruning, renewal of the anti-Cormorant tapes & the introduction of more water lily pads have all happened. On the small lake, the team has created a “nursery” to provide fry with a predator free space in which to grow. Both lakes are well looked after by a small group of Committee members & the fishery is a tribute to their hard work.
The next scheduled AGM will be in March 2021 (Covid-19 regulations permitting). We shall send you notice of the meeting in good time. The Club’s accounts for the year ended December 2019 were prepared & audited as usual. Copies are available for members’ inspection via an email request to email@example.com.
Club membership has kept up well despite the loss of Theale & the consequent reduction in members from the Reading area. We currently have 70 members & more than three times that number follow us on social media. We use Facebook as the primary source of news about the club & then our new website www.coveas.club to report bookings by visiting clubs, catches & matches. Both media, which include photos of fish caught on our lakes, are available to anybody with an internet connection & will keep you up to date with Club news.
The security of our fishery is every member’s responsibility. Please make sure that you unlock to enter & lock up behind you so that you’re not the one leaving the place insecure. Make sure that you have locked the Gate, (both key & combination padlocks) & the T Bar is padlocked in place when you leave. Club rules clearly state that vehicles must never be parked on the access tracks or grassed areas. Drive on the road, park in the car park, do not drive on the grass. All nets must be completely dry before fishing at Chaley Park. We have caught American Signal Crayfish in the big lake & remind you that if you catch any they MUST be killed. It is an offence to transfer live crayfish from the venue or to return them to the water.
News in the past few days, of the likelihood of a vaccine, holds out the hope that we shall be some way back to normal during 2021 but in the meantime, we can still fish so let’s all continue to enjoy our lakes at Chaley Park.
NOVEMBER 2020 Members please note that there will be another unscheduled match on the small lake at Chaley Park on Sunday 8 November 2020. As this match is not on your fixture list, pleasure anglers will have priority and match fishermen will have to peg around any member &/or guest who is already fishing.
Members please note that there will be a small match on Chaley small lake on Sunday 11 October which is not on your fixture list so pleasure anglers will take priority over the match-men.
SEPTEMBER 2020 On Wednesday 23 September, 6 anglers from Fulwell fished the small lake with varying results, from “very slow” to a winning 70lb. The small lake was, for the most part, something of a struggle, but on the big lake, member Tony Parsons took 7 lumps in 5 hours, varying from a 5lb., common to a lovely mirror which probably weighed upwards of 15lb. He must have landed 70lb. with a pellet on a simple feeder rod. The weather had changed again, much cooler, and pretty consistently wet.
When visiting clubs are using the fishery, the gate T Bar can be removed to allow easier access for non-keyholders. In these circumstances the T Bar must be padlocked by the chain inside the gate to the security fencing until all expected anglers have arrived. The T Bar must then be locked into its normal secure position before any match begins.
Car Parking is provided and should be used by anglers. No angler is to drive a car off the roadway or out of the car park. The Club rules clearly state that vehicles must never be parked on the access tracks or grassed areas and members not adhering to this basic rule are likely to lose their permit immediately. Drive on the road, park in the car park, do not drive on the grass.
Our Club Chairman, Rod Carroll, has always been there as part of our regular work party maintaining and improving your fishery. He has now decided that being chairman and managing the Thursday Opens is enough for one man so as he hands over his spade and secateurs, he wants to thank and pay tribute to Dave Wilkins, Paul White, Fred Jackson and Ian Parrot, all of whom work really hard to provide you with a lovely environment for your fishing and for the fish and wildlife to thrive in. If it wasn’t for these guys, the water would be full of tree trunks, the banks and islands overgrown, no surfaces in the car parks, no decent pegging areas, etc., etc. Now we need someone a bit younger to work alongside these guys to help them continue their good work.
13 September 2020 Prospect came back to Chaley Park and fished the small lake. Amongst the grass snakes that were about, they managed the following results:
1st Andy Ervins 47lbs 2nd Mick Palk 33lbs
Sections Dave Green 15lb Stuart Yeomans 11lb Mike Halstead 28lb
Well done all and thanks for your continuing support.
Members should be aware that there is a match booked for Wednesday 23rd September on Chaley Park small lake. This booking is not on your fixture list. The visitors will peg round any pleasure anglers already fishing on the lake before the match starts.
27 August 2020 Welcome to our latest update. As you know, both our lakes at Chaley Park were re-opened as soon as Government Covid19 guidelines permitted & they continue to be open for pleasure & matches.
On-going maintenance work has continued at the fishery to keep it as natural as possible for the pleasure angler whilst providing an environment that attracts match anglers. A number of trees have been pruned to reduce the chances of snagging your gear whilst casting & more water lily pads have been re-introduced.
There is a small group of Committee members who do most of the hard work at Chaley and the fishery is a tribute to their labours. The two lakes now provide different types of fishing and different types of catch for your enjoyment. We have caught American Signal Crayfish in the big lake & remind you that if any are caught, they MUST be killed. It is an offence to transfer live crayfish from the venue or to return them to the water.
The results from the small lake have shown that the stock put in earlier this year has revived the lake’s fortunes. If you have not tried the small lake since the new stock went in, I urge you to give it a go. These small 3-4lb Mirrors and F1’s, are healthy & strong as well as good looking. In my experience they will take a sweet pellet or corn on the feeder & take off like rockets!
The committee feels that we must care for these fish & recommends that anglers use a Fish Care Kit f that is cheaply available from Tackle Shops or online. Please also remember your part in the health of our fish stock in terms of careful hook removal, the use of unhooking mats & remember it is absolutely vital that all anglers’ nets are completely dry before fishing at Chaley Park.
At the risk of repetition, the security of our fishery is every member’s responsibility. We had a security breach in early August so please make sure that you unlock to enter and lock up behind you and you’re not the one leaving the place insecure. Make sure that you have locked the Gate, (both key & combination padlocks) & the T Bar is padlocked in place when you leave.
Thursday matches now alternate on the big lake & small lake & are normally reported each Thursday evening on Facebook & later on our website. Rod Carroll organises these very successful matches so if you would like to take part, contact Rod on 07557670286.
Some members have offered to help with work parties and others have been tidying up litter. It is easy to take litter home with you & a clean peg is always more attractive than one with left over line, elastic, packaging & cigarette ends. Any member who can attend occasional work parties at Chaley Park, should contact Water Manager, Dave Wilkins on 07936367442. We need help, especially if you are a younger member, with maintenance at Chaley Park to care for this lovely fishery.
Members know that the 2020 Club AGM had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 lockdown. The next scheduled AGM will be in March 2021 (Covid-19 regulations permitting). The Club’s accounts for the year ended December 2019 were prepared & audited as usual. Copies are available for members’ inspection via an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We use our website www.coveas.club & Facebook to report bookings, catches & matches. Both media are available to anybody with an internet connection & will keep you up to date with Club news.
Gate security has been compromised once again. It’s only six weeks since every member was reminded about this in the last newsletter and it is repeated here again, the security of our fishery is every member’s responsibility. Please make sure that you’re not leaving the place insecure & that you have locked the Gate, (both key & combination padlocks) & the T Bar is padlocked in place.
The results from the small lake have shown that the stock put in earlier this year has revived the lake’s fortunes. The committee feels that we must care for these fish and with that in mind, recommends that anglers use a Fish Care Kit as part of that process. Kits like this are cheaply available from Tackle Shops or online.
Members know that the Club AGM had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 lockdown. The next scheduled AGM will be in March 2021 (Covid-19 regulations permitting). The Clubs accounts for the year ended December 2019 were audited as usual and copies are available for members’ inspection via an email request to email@example.com.
We have several American Signal Crayfish caught from the big lake at Chaley Park. We remind members that if any are caught they MUST be killed. It is an offence to transfer live crayfish from the venue or to return them to the water.
2 July 2020 Members please note an important change your fixture list. On Wednesday 15 July 2020 all pegs on Chaley Small Lake, have been booked. This means the small lake will be closed to members and there will 36 pegs available for pleasure fishing on the big lake.
27 June 2020 I want to start this Newsletter by welcoming all our new members. We have seen a high renewal rate & a gratifying increase in membership this year & have reported outstanding catches from both our lakes that prove the value of your membership.
Both lakes at our Chaley Park fishery are open for pleasure & matches in accordance with current Government Covid19 guidelines. Please respect the guidelines, your fellow anglers & the venue itself. Many years of hard work have gone into making Chaley Park the superb venue that it is today.
I cannot emphasise enough how important it is that all anglers’ nets are completely dry before fishing at Chaley Park. The health of the fish, their environment & the security of our fishery is every member’s responsibility. Please make sure that you’re not the one leaving the place insecure & that you have locked the Gate, (both key & combination padlocks) & the T Bar is padlocked in place when you leave.
Please note that Thursday matches now alternate on the big lake & small lake & are normally reported each Thursday evening on Facebook & later on our website. Rod Carroll organises these very successful matches so if you would like to take part, contact Rod on 07557670286, for details.
Any member who can attend occasional work parties at Chaley Park, should contact the Water Manager, Dave Wilkins on 07936367442. We need help, especially if you are a younger member, with maintenance at Chaley Park to keep this lovely fishery in good condition.
More than 80% of our members now prefer to hear from us by email. We also use our new Website www.coveas.club & Facebook extensively to report on bookings, catches & matches. Both these media are available to anybody with an internet connection & are a good way of keeping up to date with Club news. We are, of course, continuing to send Newsletters by post to those members who don’t use the internet. Short notice changes to fixtures are published on our Facebook page..
15 June 2020 Chaley Report from Fred Jackson.
Six anglers fished the 2 lakes today. Doug Arnold (feeder, corn & maggot) & Keith Bangs (float in the morning, feeder in the afternoon, corn & maggot) fished the small lake for a very successful day with F1 and mirror carp, with Doug also netting an 11lb+ common from the old stock, which was transferred to the big lake.
Sid Jelley on Peg 1 on the big lake, hooked and landed a 22lb common, fishing a waggler down the edge.
Fred Jackson and Ian Parrot also had a good day fishing the big lake, short pole down the inside with sweetcorn to take 17lb of pristine roach which were transferred to the small lake. These were all lovely fish smallest which were in excess of 4 ounces.
28 May 2020 The security of our fishery at Chaley Park is every member’s responsibility. Please make sure that you’re not the one leaving the place insecure and that you have locked the Gate, (both key & combination padlocks) and the T Bar is padlocked in place when you leave, especially when you are the last to leave after a day’s fishing. This long-standing security rule has been broken again recently and if the members doing it are identified, they will lose their permit/membership. It’s your fishery and your responsibility.
Please note that Thursday matches will resume on Thursday 4 June 2020, starting with the big lake and thereafter alternating with the small lake. Rod Carroll will be organising these, as previously, contact Rod on 07557670286, for details. Please note that both lakes will be open this Sunday 31 May.
Any member who can attend occasional work parties at Chaley Park, should contact the Water Manager, Dave Wilkins on 07936367442. We need people to help with maintenance at Chaley Park to ensure this lovely fishery is kept in the good condition it is today. We need you, especially if you are a young member!!
22 May 2020 The fishery has been busy since our last report,. Most days there have been up to a dozen anglers spread over the two lakes reporting good catches. Tuesday 20 saw four anglers fishing the big lake and Keith Manley caught a lovely 20lb (weighed) common carp in magnificent condition. Three anglers on the small lake took more than forty small mirrors and F1's. Another ten members and guests fished the small lake and had such good results that their club has now booked the small lake for Sunday 6 and Sunday 27 September. While I've been typing this, Dave Wilkins has told me that he and his friend took about 300lb of fish on the big lake today, including carp up to 12lb. and lots of good weight roach. Keith Manley struck gold again on the big lake today with two lovely carp that are pictured with this report on our Facebook page.
Members need to update your 2020 fixture lists to include Morfax Fishing Club Sunday 6 and Sunday 27 September 2020 Small Lake
13 May 2020 Catch Report on the first day’s fishing back at Chaley Park. 13 May
This from Fred Jackson who has been looking after the new stock in Chaley small lake:-
What a difference 2 months has made. All the feeding on the small lake has paid off. I was the only angler on the small lake and fished from peg 9. Started with dead maggot down the middle and got a fish a chuck. Then when that slowed, I changed to 6mm expander pellet. I had 50 carp, mirrors to 3lb and F1 carp many nudging 4lb. The fish have really packed on weight and go like stink. The back swims can be a bit awkward with floating weed and of course the carp make the most of it. When I finished my swim was weedless!
Nine anglers fished the big lake with mixed results, Paul White had a carp down the edge which was nudging 21lb (see photo) but due to the weigh sling ban we were unable to confirm the weight. Brian Stephens on peg 25 had over 100 lb. I’m sure if the weather continues to improve and warm up, as is forecast for next week, catches will improve.
12 May 2020 (updated 22 May 2020 odd-numbered swims only restriction removed)Cove Angling - Chaley Park Re-opening – Coronavirus Update
We are pleased to reopen both lakes at Chaley Park for recreational, non-competitive, fishing from approx. 8am on Wednesday 13 May 2020.
Chaley Park will re-open to Club Members & fully paid for Guest Ticket holders for pleasure fishing only under normal Club rules with the following additions to comply with Government Coronavirus regulations.
No keepnets or competition fishing are permitted – current advice still prohibits organised gatherings. Matches, knock-ups or any other forms of competitive fishing are not permitted.
No sharing of fishing tackle or other items such as weigh slings & weighing scales on banks at the fishery.
As per Club rules, Keepnets are not permitted &, for the sake of clarity, as competitive fishing, eg. matches are not permitted, there is no need for there to be any weigh slings & weighing scales on banks at the fishery.
Use hand sanitiser before & after touching locks, gates etc. Disposable gloves are recommended.
All anglers must be in possession of the relevant Environment Agency Rod Fishing Licence.
Members must have their new 2020/21 permit and guests must have their valid Guest Ticket with them.
These conditions have been taken from the guidelines issued by The Angling Trust anglingtrust
Failure to adhere to them may result in the Club’s insurance being invalidated, venues being closed again and/or the withdrawal of Government permission to fish.
Stay alert, stay safe and enjoy your fishing.
Newsletter – May 2020 This Newsletter is to all those of you that have either renewed your membership for the year commencing 1 May 2020 or just joined the Club. Thank you for renewing/joining, given that, in common with other local fisheries, Chaley Park is currently closed whilst the Government Coronavirus movement restrictions are in place.
We promised that this closure would be kept under constant review and any change notified to members without delay. Many of you will be aware that The Anglers Trust has recently submitted a report entitled ‘When We Fish Again’ to Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove and the Fisheries and Sports Ministers. The Angling Times article on this is available on our Facebook page.
The report sets out how recreational fishing could be permitted and draws on experience in some other European countries where angling has been allowed to continue under certain conditions during the pandemic. Like you, we look forward to an early positive response to this.
Whilst we may not have been able to fish, we have not been idle. Fred Jackson has continued to nurture and feed the fish stocked in the small lake at Chaley Park and to keep an eye on the venue, for which many thanks Fred. Our Membership team have been on top of issuing new permits so we are ready when we get our freedom back!!
Many of you will also be aware, from our Facebook page, that we have created a new Cove Angling website www.coveas.club to replace the previous site. The new website is open to the public, no passwords are needed, and is a portal to our active Facebook page, whilst inviting any visitor to join the club. The new site is live, has reduced our support costs and is a continuing work in progress.
So, the old site is no longer active, nor is the email account associated with it. A new general email will be added to the new site but in the meantime, you can contact Committee members by phone or email, see the contact page on the new site, or by Facebook Messenger, which is a popular route for many of you.
When we can fish again it will be good to see many of you enjoying your hobby on both lakes at Chaley Park.