Following the recommendations from the Prime Minister and Angling Trust WATERS ARE OPEN from Wednesday 13 May.
Where there is a public footpath ( Lido & Burrs), ensure that there is at least 3m for the public to pass you and 15m between pegs ( Angling Trust recommendation). At this moment in time we would expect anglers to be on the grassed areas on the Lido and Burrs.
We expect RAA members to respect the need to ensure both they and any members of the public remain safe at all times. You will need to have your current RAA permit for 2020 and EA licence with you and be prepared to show them to a bailiff or any member who shows you their permit. NO DAY TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE. This decision will continue to be reviewed by the club and be dependent on the attitude and behaviour of anglers. Permits are only available through the club website currently.
“Let angling be part of the solution not the problem in helping to defeat COVID-19”
Following the Christmas Party and presentation the end of January saw us start our winter programme in the classroom at the Lido. We planned to host the advanced young anglers on a Monday evening ( every other week) and the developing youngsters on a Thursday evening ( every other week) and started to teach some of the basic skills needed to enable them to be able to make their own rigs and tie their own hooks.
On Thursday 6 February the classroom session was run by Allan and Neil and involved them dissecting two trout ( bought from the market) to be able to look at the biology of the fish. Investigating the outside first we saw scales, gill covers, eyes, mouth, lateral line and the various fins. Internally we saw the spine and ribs, Liver, heart, stomach, intestines and swim bladder and discussed how much of this works to keep the fish healthy.
Howard Kelly joined the Monday group on two occasions to discuss and demonstrate important facts about fishing with rods. We learned a lot about the structure of different rods and reels and how you would choose which was best for a particular occasion. Howard also spent time on rigs, shotting patterns, hooks and all the important things if you are going to improve your fishing. Lots of questions were asked and answered by Howard.
Another Thursday in February saw Tony Quinn and Warren leading a session on invertebrates. These are tiny little organisms that live in the lakes and rivers. We looked at a sample from a river that Tony brought and samples from the Lido and used magnifying glasses to see and identify them. It was interesting to hear how many of them would turn into flies at some point and leave the water where they lived. There were also leaches, which take blood from the fish they live on. It was very interesting and the coaches found it as interesting as the juniors.
Another Thursday saw Tony Quinn and Jeff showing the group how the fly fishing anglers tie artificial flies to represent those leaving the water and then becoming food for the fish. The artificial flies are lures used by the anglers to catch fish like trout but can also be used to catch coarse fish. We learned how to tie a fly and actually made one which we got to keep.
Colin Scott not only spent time talking to the juniors about improving their angling skills but presented a development session for the coaches so that they can develop some consistency about what they are saying about specific skills particularly in the development of the “nationals squad”.
By March we were getting more and more excited about the nights getting lighter and being able to start fishing. The Monday advanced group had a very interesting session run by Dave Marshall about using paste for fishing. These are some of the juniors that will go to the National Championship and may well use paste in their attempt to be successful. They got to mix paste and look at how you make sure that it stays on the hook whether it is made from groundbait or pellets. Using the tank they also got the opportunity to be able to see how it breaks down and how it can be presented in the water.
Dave Marshall gave the juniors an interesting session on bait and how to best present it. The juniors were able to consider how to hook bait be it a maggot, worm or pellet and present it to give them the best chance of catching. As always they took the opportunity to practise and ask as many questions as they needed to.
Ramsbottom Angling Association thinks that youngsters should have the opportunity to experience different types of angling to be able to develop their interest and skills. We use commercial waters, our own waters and catch various coarse fish and sometimes game fish. Catching Pike is a different experience and we have had sessions to provide this experience supported by the Pike Angling Association. These have been popular sessions and provided fun and knowledge to improve the members skills and knowledge.
The Guru Talent Pathway ( North and Midlands) took place on the Partridge Lakes. This was a great experience for our developing junior match anglers who came back having had specialist coaching and opportunity to fish developing their personal skills.
As part of our ongoing commitment to encourage more people to try angling and get more people fishing, more often, Ramsbottom Angling Association have joined forces with Bradshaw Hall Fisheries in Bolton on Saturday 20th July 2019 to support the Angling Trust’s initiative Spring Into Fishing.
Never been fishing before? No problem – tackle, bait, instruction, day fishing licences and info on fishing clubs and places to go are all included free. Or if you’ve tried fishing already then come and learn beginner’s skills from qualified licensed angling coaches. It doesn’t matter what age or ability – everybody’s welcome.
Parents and Grandparents – bring the kids, have a go yourself and discover how fishing is a fun, exciting, cheap and healthy outdoor activity. It’s also a great excuse to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.
To book your slot simply call or text 07513 289491.
|Coaching Times||Pegs||First Name||Surname||Age||Postcode|
|10.00 – 10.30||1||Lucy||Henderson||11|
|10.30 – 11.00||1||Joe||Crook||15|
|11.00 – 11.30||1||Theo||Wiggans||10|
|11.30 – 12.00||1||Paul||Ainsworth||Snr|
|12.00 – 12.30||1||Kaitlin||Judge||14|
|12.30 – 1.00||1||Sadie||Horsfield||11|
|1.00 – 1.30||1|
|1.30 – 2.00||1||Arrk Group||Snr|
|2.00 – 2.30||1||Arrk Group||Snr|
|2.30 – 3.00||1||Gareth||Arthern||Snr|
Today, we held our 2nd junior match of the year at Bradshaw Hall Fisheries Lake 7, where we had 8 of our juniors taking part. Once again, we split the match up into 2 sections; Section 1 Advanced Juniors and Section 2 Up and Comers.
With a decent weather forecast for a change, we were hoping for an enjoyable day on the bank. The draw some a few repeat pegs from match 1 (Charlie and Peter), with Lucy in her first ever competition drawing the ‘death peg’ (as sportingly informed by her older brother – but fortunately actually related to a different lake 😊).
The match started off fairly slowly across the whole lake, but then each person started to work out how their peg was working. Surprisingly, it varied significantly across the lake with maggot working in some areas and pellet in others – plus we had a few showers that weren’t welcome.
In Section 1 – Advanced Juniors, Charlie took the top spot with a weight of 43lb 3oz followed in second by Harry L with 12lb 13oz.
In Section 2 – Up and Comers, Zoe took first place with a weight of 34lb 12oz (individual PB), second place went to Rory with 18lb 11oz, and 3rd place was Peter with 12lb 8oz.
Well done to all who took part today especially Charlie and Zoe on their great wins 🎣🎣🎣🎣. Also, a special well done to Lucy fishing her first ever match and working hard all the way through to the very end.
Thanks to all the coaches and supporters for giving up their time to help today, much appreciated. And a special mention to Colin, who has become the clubs diving champion today 😂😂😂
Lee (match secretary)
On Sunday 19th May we held our first Junior Match of the year at Bradshaw Hall Fisheries Lake 7 with a full complement of 12 juniors taking part. With a wide range of experience on show we split the Juniors up into 2 sections, Section 1 Advanced Anglers and Section 2 Up and Coming Anglers. Lake 7 can be a bit tricky, but if you find the right approach on the day it can be productive.
The sun Gods shone down on everyone and a very enjoyable days fishing was had by all.
The winner of the Advanced Anglers was Harry B with a weight of 30lb 4oz
And the winner of the Up and Coming Anglers went to Jess B with a weight of 22lb 10oz
Well done to all who took part and a big thank you goes out to all the Coaches, supporters and parents for the help and support.
The next junior match will be Saturday 1st June on Bradshaw Lake 6
Lee (match secretary)
What a fantastic day our Spring into Fishing at Bradshaw Hall Fisheries turned out to be with so many smiling faces. Here our a few pics from the event (more to follow)…
If anyone took any pictures yesterday please can you tag them onto this post or WhatsApp them to 07931570581
Lee (Match Secretary)
A massive thank you to the one and only Colin Scott for his demonstrations and presentations this evening at our junior coaching evening.
Not only did the Juniors learn a lot but most of the adults learnt something new as well.. Once again I would like to thank Colin for his time and support to our club and can’t wait for the next session with him 🎣🎣🎣
Lee (match secretary)
Dave and Neil had a busy day (Saturday) putting wood panels in the container at Bradshaw’s getting it ready for the seasons advanced coaching sessions.
There will still be much more work to do but big thanks to these two for the work they are doing for our juniors – sure the juniors will appreciate it. If we need more help we will let you know!
WHAT’S GOING ON IN MARCH
*Saturday 2nd Senior knock up match Bradshaw Lake 8 (loop)
*Thursday 7th Committee meeting Lido 7pm
*Thursday 14th coaching at the Lido -Rig Making 5.30pm till 7.30pm
*Friday 15th The River season closes until Sunday 16th June
*Thursday 21st Management meeting
*Thursday 28th Junior Coaching night with Colin Scott (more details to follow)
*Saturday 30th Our first Senior match of the year being held on Bradshaw Lakes 6&7
PERMITS WILL BE ON SALE ON THURSDAY EVENINGS DOWN AT THE LIDO…
Lee (match secretary)