Fishery Management Report

Work Party Hurston Lane 24th June 2010

As you will have noted we are still struggling with the weed in Hurston Lane especially the Carp Pond, so Tim organized another evening session to have a go with the rakes.

It was decided that as well as using the one-man rakes we would also get big bertha out. Built by Vince from scaffold poles and barbed wire this is a highly effective four-man tool but it does need a bit of muscle behind it. Keith and Glen made their way over to the far bank in the boat and with Vince and another member on the riverbank side they started to work the rake across the lake. Bearing in mind we had a weed clearing on the lake only a couple of weeks back it was frightening the amount of weed that came out.

As mentioned we also had a few people on the other rakes and all in all we managed to clear a few swims but at the moment the weed is proving very hard to control.

We spent the last 45 minutes or so clearing some swims in the tench pond and I managed to get a couple of pictures of the action.

Copyright  Petworth and Bognor Angling Club,  West Sussex
Copyright  Petworth and Bognor Angling Club,  West Sussex

Vince in the foreground, after a session on big bertha in the carp lake turns his attention to the tench lake. You might just be able to see Glen in the background having a chat.

As he was the only one who still had his chest waders on we soon managed to persuade Glen to get up close and personal with the weed in the tench pond.

We also introduced a potential contractor to the venue who is going to carry out a survey over the next week or so. He is likely to be in and out of the lakes so don’t be surprised – his name is Vern’ and will be working from a boat or in the water to work out how we can hopefully permanently get rid of our weed problem, we are also continuing our consultation with the EA. We hope to have a report and proposal for the beginning of July and we will keep you posted.