OUSE ANGLING PRESERVATION SOCIETY Ltd
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Chairman: D. Scott, “Mandeville”, Nether Lane, Nutley, E Sussex TN22 3LA
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NEWSLETTER - 2008/2009 SEASON                                                            April 2009

Secretary’s report
After the recent run of dry – in some years drought – summers, the spring and summer of 2009 were, like those of 2008 fairly wet, and
again there was a good flow for much of the time. As in 2008, the early (May to July) run of sea trout was able to move upstream
quickly and there was not a substantial build up of sea trout in the tidal stretch. The winter was again punctuated by a series of very
high spates, one being, by some margin, the biggest since that which flooded Lewes in 2000, flooding large areas of farmland,
especially around Barcombe Mills, where the road was impassable for some days. There were however some relatively dry spells
during the autumn, winter and spring with the usual excellent fishing for pike when settled conditions prevailed. In last year’s
introduction I mentioned that, for the specimen hunter, sea trout, carp and pike are the top species on O.A.P.S. waters and that the
2007/8 season had produced a memorable hat-trick with a sea trout of 11lb 8oz, a pike of 31lb 12oz and a carp of 34lb 10oz.,
commenting that it was very unlikely that any other river within the UK produced specimens of these three species of this calibre over
that season. During the 2008/9 season, the Ouse remarkably went one better, with an even bigger sea trout of 13lb, a pike of 31lb 4oz,
a 30lb carp and also this time a grass carp of 29lb. While grass carp do not have the following amongst anglers of “proper” carp, and
those in the Ouse are probably all escapees from stillwaters within the catchment, it is nevertheless an impressive fish and one of the
largest river grass carp recorded in the UK.

Changes to the OAPS fishery

There is somewhat mixed news to report here; to deal with the good news first, I am very pleased to report that a further lease on the
Browns’ fishery, downstream of the Anchor weirpool has been secured. This water is available to annual (including winter) permit
holders (but not to day ticket anglers) and is a very useful and extensive piece of water, well worth investigating, for the specialist
angler particularly for big pike and carp, although it affords excellent opportunities for mixed bags of coarse fish for those who do not
want to specialise. The extent of this new water is shown in the 2009/10 Information Pack, which you will receive when purchasing a
permit. The less good news is that, due to a complex ongoing situation, we are currently not able to access fishing on the Andrews
Stream and Cut and the main river in the field upstream of the Andrews Cut. It is unclear when (and if) we will be able to resume
fishing on this stretch; updates on the situation will be posted on the O.A.P.S. website - now at a new address, www.ouseaps.co.uk.

Access to the Copthorne Society waters

For the past two years, O.A.P.S. permit holders have enjoyed the opportunity, via a new arrangement with the Copthorne and District
Angling Society, to fish Piltdown Pond. I am pleased to confirm that this arrangement remains in place for 2009/10, again on a year-
round basis, there being no closed season at Piltdown. The Pond fished well over the last year; some very large bream bags (with fish
averaging over 3lb) were taken, along with numerous carp and some good tench. I turned my attention to the carp during the few brief
(usually about an hour) visits I had time to make last year and averaged a fish a session – mostly using the “low-tech” method of a
simple running ledger (a very small – quarter ounce – bomb) with a cocktail bait of three or four grains of corn and a couple of
redworms. Whilst Piltdown has proved to be a very popular venue – not least because it is open to fishing all year round - its worth
remembering that the Copthorne Society’s other lakes – at Ifield and Rowfant – remain available to O.A.P.S. permit holders and offer
traditional lake fishing in a secluded location for a wide range of coarse fish species including good carp and tench to 6lb or so. Unlike
Piltdown pond they do have a close season, but it is a shorter one than that for the river and they open on June 1 st. Please note that the
Copthorne lakes may be booked for matches from time to time; a list of match dates and more information about the lakes is available
on the Copthorne and District Angling Society’s website (www.copthorneangling.co.uk ).

Coarse Fishing 2008/9 Season

Looking first at carp fishing, another summer and autumn with reasonable, and at times high, flows again meant conditions were not
always ideal for surface fishing, although good fish were caught off the top, including some as late as the start of November (I took a
mirror of about 18lb on floating crust from Barcombe Mills Pool in November – the pool surface was covered with leaves and I
noticed a slight surface disturbance amongst them – I initially though that a small rudd or chub was responsible but a larger swirl
revealed the carp, which took a piece of crust within a couple of minutes of my having positioned it where the fish had last shown).
Surface baits intended for carp also accounted for some decent chub in the 3-5lb range, at a number of locations from Vuggles Farm
down to the tidal section. As well as the “proper” carp, a number of grass carp also succumbed to floating baits, the best a fish of 29lb.
“Normal” carp (including commons, mirrors and leathers, all varieties of the same species) are not native to either the UK or the Ouse
but have been an established, breeding, species for many centuries. Grass carp, a species native to the Far East, have only been
imported into the UK, and stocked into stillwaters, during the past few decades; individuals found in rivers, including the Ouse, have
either been introduced illegally, or have escaped into them from stillwaters, especially during flood conditions. The grass carp
population of the Ouse comprises a small number – maybe only a few dozen sizeable fish in total – of individuals, probably all
escapees into the river from ponds and lakes, and not an established breeding population. Whilst most of them are the normal olive
brown/green variety, the occasional fish is of a golden or pinkish coloured ornamental strain. These are not the only conspicuously
coloured carp in the Ouse; additionally there are a few koi (a colour variety of normal carp, not a different species) and koi/wild type
carp crosses in colours varying from metallic silver through yellowish bronze (ghost carp) to bright red. Some of these now approach
the 20lb mark and, as is the case with grass carp, they are either illegal introductions or, more likely, escapees from stillwaters within
the catchment.

Pike fishing was, as, always, very good in the tidal stretch over the late autumn and winter months, with the usual specimen fish to
20lb plus falling to both sea-fish deadbaits and lures. However, the unusual situation which occurred in the 2007/8 season, when the
biggest fish (captured twice at 31lb 12oz and 32lb), came not from the tidal reaches but from the non-tidal stretch just above the
Barcombe Mills sluices, was repeated in 2008/9 with a comparable fish of 31lb 4oz, indeed it may possibly have been the same fish. A
fish only a couple of pounds lighter was however recorded from the tidal river around Hamsey. While it is true that the largest stock of
20lb+ pike resides in the tidal reach of the river, fish of this size are now turning up at almost any location – it is difficult to know
whether this reflects an actual increase in the numbers of large pike, or increased fishing effort for them. Whichever explanation or,
more likely, a combination of both, is responsible, the Ouse is now, in a national context, a very significant river pike fishery; one
which offers the realistic prospect of a 20 pounder and the possibility of a 30lb+ fish. On a slightly less positive note, we are
concerned that some anglers targeting pike over the past season have been doing so with less than adequate tackle and nets. Pike are
actually quite delicate fish and need to be handled carefully and fished for with strong tackle. It goes without saying that appropriate
traces should be used and the main line should be strong enough – certainly at least 12-15lb BS and there is a case for going
considerably heavier if fishing snaggy swims, such as those with sunken trees where “hook and hold” techniques may need to be
employed. Barbless hooks are mandatory for all species, pike included, on O.A.P.S. waters. Nets should be big enough to deal with
big fish – even a 15 pound pike is around three feet long and one considerably larger than that could be encountered.

The encouraging trend which started in 2007 when small barbel reappeared in numbers continued last year, with them again being
encountered from Goldbridge weir down to the tidal stretch; the Anchor weirpool was a particular hotspot, with multiple catches of
barbel being taken there. In 2007 they were very small fish in the 2-8oz range; in 2008 this had increased to 8-12oz and in the
forthcoming season they should be 1lb+ fish – still small for barbel, but they are growing steadily and in a few years should be
sizeable fish. In addition to these numerous small barbel, the odd larger one – from 3lb up to about 8lb – continues to be caught.
Some very sizeable fish were lost, without being seen, in the stretch below the Anchor weirpool and while some of these may have
been carp, one angler (an experienced barbel angler, who was specifically targeting them) with whom I spoke after such an encounter
was fairly certain the fish was not a carp but a very large barbel – so perhaps a double figure fish is on the cards for 2009.

For the angler seeking a mixed bag of fish there was again good sport when conditions allowed. There was perhaps an increased
percentage of roach, relative to chub and bream, in such bags compared to the past few seasons. Whilst a few years ago most of the
perch showing up in such mixed bags would be half a pound or less, perch of a pound or so are an increasingly common catch. As
noted above, small barbel were also frequently encountered, at least in the faster flowing stretches.

It is also worth remembering that, as well as the main river, the Society has access to fishing on two tributaries, the Bevern and
Longford Streams. Although these are small streams with little flow during the summer months and are very overgrown for much of
their length, they do open out and become deeper where they near the main Ouse. Both have limited resident coarse fish stocks,
however in their lowest reaches they can provide interesting sport at times, as there can be a circulation of fish, including good size
carp and tench, in and out of them from the main river. This can happen during the winter, when the main river is in spate and fish
seek refuge in the lower reaches of the streams, but also at times during the summer months. On 16th June 2008 I actually made the
decision to fish the bottom section of the Longford stream for the first time, and in a brief session, took a decent carp of 12lb, a
smaller one of 8lb and a number of chub to around 3lb.

Sea Trout Fishing 2008 Season

Sea trout catches, while still not approaching the historic figure of 100+ fish per season (last seen in 2002), continue to be well above
the low point (about 20 fish) of 2005. The 2008 figure of about 40 fish is roughly on a par with that for 2006, but a little less than that
recorded during the 2007 season when over 50 fish were known to have been caught on O.A.P.S. waters. The largest confirmed fish
was one of 13lb taken by Mike Deacon; I returned another of a similar size, although it wasn’t weighed as I unhooked it in the water,
and at least one other double figure fish was taken. The capture of three double figure sea trout, and with the others caught
maintaining the normal high average weight of over 5lb, makes the O.A.P.S. fishery, by national standards, a very significant one for
big sea trout. By means of comparison, the Conway in N.Wales, historically famed for its very large sea trout reportedly only
produced a single double figure sea trout for the entire river – and it is a much larger river than the Ouse - in 2008, and a number of
other significant Welsh and West Country sea trout rivers also failed to produce a double figure sea trout.

The three double figure Ouse fish caught were from a run of big fish which came in during the second half of June and early July; at
this time fish considerably bigger than those caught were also seen. Although double figure sea trout can appear in the Ouse at any
time during the season, there does seem to be a definite (but small) run of big fish from mid-June into July. This phenomenon is not
unique to the Ouse; a similar situation prevails on e.g. the Ribble in N W England.
While the season started well, with the big fish referred to above and other good fish taken in June and July, catches tailed off towards
the end of the season and on a couple of late forays, in what appeared to be ideal conditions towards seasons end, I did not see or
contact a fish. The higher than usual water levels during the early part of the season would have allowed fish to run upstream readily
and prevented a build up of fish below the obstructions at Barcombe, this was probably a factor in fewer fish than usual being seen in
the lower river, however the end of season run did seem a little down on the past couple of years. This observation is supported by the
fact that the 2008/9 redd counts do seem to be below average. As was the case during the winters of 2006/7 and 2007/8, high water
made redd counting difficult, however there was a particularly rigorous redd-counting exercise undertaken in part of the catchment
this winter, organised by the Sussex Ouse Conservation Society (S.O.C.S.), which made it less likely that redds would have gone
unrecorded. This is of concern and the Committee is very much of the opinion that the Society has an obligation to protect and
conserve the sea trout stock. We continue to very strongly recommend catch and release of ALL sea trout taken on the Society’s
waters and are pleased that a majority of anglers are happy to fish on this basis. We would particularly request that all large - certainly
all double figure – fish are from now on returned to the river. These large fish are a particularly valuable component of the stock, with
the females carrying large numbers of eggs; the number of eggs a sea trout produces is essentially a function of its size. Also, these big
fish may comprise a discrete component of the population whose offspring may also develop into very big fish. On a purely practical
level, large sea trout do not make particularly good eating. Although encouraged by the increasing number of fish being returned, we
have decided to implement an additional conservation measure by reducing the number of fish that can be killed by any permit holder
from 6 to 3 per season. Although not an O.A.P.S. measure, anglers should also note that recently introduced legislation now makes it
illegal to sell any rod-caught salmon or sea trout.

Staying with legislative issues, a positive development is that statutory Salmon Action Plans, prepared by the Environment Agency,
are now being extended to include sea trout. Previously, these plans only needed to be prepared for those rivers which supported a
salmon population, whereas rivers which held a significant sea trout population, but no salmon, missed out. This omission is to be
remedied and the Ouse (and other rivers in the region, including the Adur, Arun and Eastern Rother, which all have sea trout runs, but
no salmon) will now need to have plans prepared. The implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive – which is addressed
later in this Newsletter – means that the plans will be published in a different format– as part of wider plans – to the Salmon Action
Plans produced to date, but their production is a welcome, and overdue, development. It is increasingly recognised that there is a
distinctive stock of sea trout in SE England, from around the Straights of Dover to the New Forest area. Of all these rivers, the Ouse
probably carries the most significant stock. A study is currently in the process of being developed to investigate the sea trout stocks of
southern England; this is projected to include genetic fingerprinting of sea trout and it is to be hoped that the information obtained will
also be a useful step in recognising the significance – in conservation and fishery terms – of the Ouse sea trout.

Previous newsletters reported that S.O.C.S. was planning a major project which would include habitat restoration in relation to the
minor Chalk stream tributaries of the Ouse. Although these tiny streams are of no significance in their own right from an angling
perspective, they provide a vital link in the life cycle of the Ouse sea trout stock. Improving these as a habitat where sea trout can
spawn should ultimately boost both the river’s sea trout numbers and anglers’ catches. The situation at this time last year was that
S.O.C.S. had, under the auspices of a partnership bid led by the Westcountry Rivers Trust, just participated in a bid for EU funding to
allow this work to go ahead; this being a project which O.A.P.S. strongly supported. The outcome of this bid should be known by this
summer– if it is successful, there will be plenty of opportunities for O.A.P.S. permit holders to get involved with this projected habitat
improvement work. Please take a look at the S.O.C.S. website (www.sussex-ouse.org.uk); if you are interested in becoming involved
contact S.O.C.S. or me.

What species can you expect to catch on the O.A.P.S. fishery? Where are they found? And how big do they go?

Amongst the commonest questions asked, particularly by anglers new to the river are: - what species are present in the O.A.P.S.
fishery; where do they occur and in what numbers; what comprises a specimen fish of a particular species for the river; and what is the
maximum size the different species run to – either for fish which have already been caught, or the weight they could potentially reach?
I thought that it would be useful to devote a considerable part of this Newsletter to answering these questions and in the list below I
have included all the species (including, for completeness, those which are not of angling interest) which are known, or believed, to be
present in the O.A.P.S. fishery. Again, for the sake of completeness, I’ve included Piltdown Pond, which is close to, and connected by
a small stream with the river. One thing which comes across is the very large number of species present, and which may potentially be
caught, within the O.A.P.S. fishery – few rivers in the UK support more species than the Ouse.

Lamprey - Although never angled for, all three UK lamprey species – sea, river and brook – are present in O.A.P.S. waters. Adult
brook lampreys don’t feed at all and as larvae they live as filter feeders buried in beds of silt. It is generally considered that adult sea
and river lampreys do not feed in freshwater when they return to the river to spawn, however, very exceptionally, sea lampreys may
take a bait and I know of a single case of one weighing about 2lb being caught (using a lobworm as bait) at Barcombe Mills.

Twaite shad - a migratory species, present in small numbers in the O.A.P.S. fishery and very occasionally caught (usually in May or
June) between Hamsey and Barcombe Mills, invariably by sea trout anglers fishing small spinners. Those caught have been between
12oz and 1lb 8oz. Shad (though it is uncertain in many cases whether they are twaite or allis) are encountered much more frequently in
the very lowest reaches of the river as it approaches Newhaven.

Allis shad – are difficult to distinguish from twaite shad, although they grow considerably larger and any shad of more than around 2-
3lb can be assumed to be allis shad. Fish or this size – and hence presumably allis - have been seen in the tidal river around Barcombe
Mills but none are known to have been caught. However, as is the case with twaite shad, it is conceivable that one may be encountered
by sea trout anglers. If you do catch (or simply see) a shad, please let me know, they are a rare species of significant conservation
value and records of them, including photographs if possible, are valuable.

Salmon - historically the Ouse held a significant salmon stock, but only the occasional fish, almost certainly those which have strayed
from other river, enters the Ouse now and confirmed catches are very rare. I know of two (each about 6lb) taken since 2002, although
salmon and sea trout are very similar in appearance and it is quite possible that more salmon have been taken and misidentified as sea
trout. It is likely that a few salmon do enter the river every year and it is always worth inspecting “sea trout” closely, especially if they
are lightly spotted fish, with the spots mostly above the lateral line, and have a forked tail.

Sea trout – The Ouse and adjacent Sussex rivers support a population of sea trout of the highest average weight of any English or
Welsh river. An average Ouse fish of over 5lb would be a specimen if caught on many other rivers. However, taking the Ouse in its
own (exceptional) right, a “good fish” could be considered to be an 8 pounder and a specimen a 10lb fish. The largest well
documented fish known to have been taken (many years ago) was 16lb 12oz, however 18lb+ fish are believed to have been caught in
the 1950s/60s. 15lb+ fish are still regularly seen (with the occasional fish definitely over 20lb) and there is thus the prospect that the
river record could still be beaten. The vast majority of sea trout are taken on the tidal river stretch, from Barcombe Mills downstream.

Brown trout – although renowned for its sea trout, brown trout (essentially the non-migratory form of the same species) are very
scarce in the O.A.P.S. fishery; virtually all the small (up to half a pound or so) “brown trout” caught on O.A.P.S. waters are actually
young sea trout, before migrating to sea. Similarly, all the larger “brown trout” reported invariably turn out to be coloured adult sea
trout. It appears that virtually the entire Ouse trout stock is migratory and that few fish spend their life in freshwater as “brown” trout.
Consequently, although the O.A.P.S. stretch is an important sea trout fishery, it is not worth fishing for brown trout – an unusual
situation as in most rivers which contain sea trout, they are outnumbered by non-migratory brown trout. I know of, in recent years, a
single likely “proper” brown trout of over 1lb from the O.A.P.S. fishery. EA fishery surveys similarly confirm an almost complete
absence of non-migratory brown trout in the river.

Rainbow trout – In the late 1800s and early 1900s the Society stocked the river with rainbow trout however, as was the case in
virtually every other river where they were stocked, they failed to establish a breeding population and as stocking was not continued
they soon died out. The rainbow trout very occasionally now caught in the Ouse are escapees from stocked stillwaters in the
catchment. However, most of the recent records of “rainbow trout” – especially large ones – turn out to be slightly coloured sea trout,
which can develop a pinkish sheen and be, like a rainbow, very heavily spotted. The very few positively identified rainbows I have
seen were in the 1-2lb range, however I have seen a photograph of a 6lb+ fish taken at Barcombe Mills which appeared to be a
rainbow, although the photograph was not particularly clear and it may possibly have been a sea trout.

Grayling –are not native to the Ouse, but there is a small population established in the upper Ouse, (particularly around the Sloop),
where they were introduced in the 1960s & 70s. A few of these fish do work their way down the river and very occasionally one is
caught on the OAPS fishery, on at least one occasion as far downstream as Barcombe. These are almost invariably smallish fish; 12oz
or less.

Pike – are common throughout the OAPS stretch of the Ouse. Whilst many small fish in the 2-6lb range are caught, especially if using
small lures or deadbaits, double figure fish are a realistic prospect on any pike fishing trip, with fish in the 10-20lb range not being
rare. A fish of 15lb could be considered a good fish and a 20 pounder a specimen. Fish in the 20-30lb range are caught every year,
with 30lb+ fish taken during each of the last two seasons. The top achievable weight is uncertain, but fish larger than those caught
have been seen and it is possible the biggest of these may approach 40lb.

Roach – the heyday of the Ouse as a roach fishery was in the 1960’s, when fish of over 2lb could be encountered with some
regularity. The river was affected by the national decline in roach populations and although the species is now again common
throughout the entire O.A.P.S. fishery, fish of over 1lb are still unusual; this weight could currently be considered a specimen for the
Ouse. However, in recent years, fishery monitoring exercises (netting sea trout for research purposes) at the very bottom of the OAPS
fishery, in the vicinity of the Hamsey Loop and Cut, did turn up some very big roach in the 2lb category and a fish of this size may,
for the dedicated angler, prove to be an achievable target.

Rudd- although more localised in distribution than most other coarse fish, numbers appear to have increased in recent years,
particularly in slower flowing stretches of the non-tidal river, where small shoals are now present. Hotspots include the slow water
immediately above the Barcombe Mill Pool sluice and the slow reach above Sutton Hall weir. Although most are half a pound or less,
fish of 12oz - 1lb are not infrequently encountered and they have been caught over the past two years to around 1lb 8oz – this could be
regarded as the specimen weight for the Ouse.

Chub – while the species is common throughout the entire O.A.P.S. fishery, the Ouse does not ever seem to have had a reputation for
large chub, and a 3-4lb fish is a good one for the river. However fish of 5lb+ can occasionally be encountered; this could, at the
present time, be considered the specimen weight for the river. The largest known fish, at least in recent years, is one of 7lb 2oz caught
below Goldbridge weir a few years ago. Larger fish than this may however exist, so far uncaught.

Dace – The Ouse does not generally produce large dace and an 8oz fish could be considered a specimen for the river, although on one
occasion I saw a mixed group of dace, roach and chub below Barcombe Mills which included three dace of at least 12oz – possibly
more - apiece. The biggest dace, rather than being found in the faster, streamier, stretches where they would be expected (e.g. the
reach from Goldbridge to Sharpsbridge) are rather oddly encountered mostly in the tidal river, particularly the upper tidal section from
Barcombe Mill Pool downstream for a mile of so.

Bream (common or bronze bream) – There are reliable records of a bream of just over 10lb being caught, upstream of the Barcombe
Mill Pool sluices, around 2000. Last year I was present when another very large bream, which was not weighed but clearly approached
double figures, was caught in the slow water immediately upstream of Sutton Hall Weir. The greatest numbers of bream are present in
the tidal river, and large catches can be taken if a shoal is encountered, but they do not seem to run to a particularly large size there;
typically 2-3lb, with the occasional one twice that size. Moving upstream, the shoals become smaller, but the individual fish become
larger, 4lb+ fish are more frequent and a 6lb bream is a realistic target (and would comprise a specimen for the Ouse) from the non-
tidal stretch, with the possibility of much bigger fish.

Silver bream – this species is much smaller than the common bream, and may be confused with it, as small common bream are
silvery in colour. Nationally, silver bream are relatively scarce and most likely to be encountered in stillwaters with established
populations, although they do occur in some lowland rivers. There are a few old records of them being taken in the Ouse, but none in
recent years. Those fish which have been recorded from the river (in the 1960s and 70s) may have been misidentified, or may have
been true silver bream introduced to the river in mixed stockings of coarse fish from lakes, but which did not establish a population in
the river.

Bleak – I know of only a handful of bleak being recorded from the main Ouse, all being netted at Barcombe Mills Pool during a
fishery exercise conducted by the EA. The species appears to be present in very low numbers and there is no record of one being taken
on rod and line, although the odd capture may have gone un-noticed/unreported.

Carp – Common, mirror and leather carp are found throughout the entire OAPS stretch. Most fish encountered are in the 6-15lb size
range. 15 – 20lb fish are not infrequent - a 20 pounder could be considered a specimen carp for the Ouse. Fish over 20lb are fairly
scarce but could potentially turn up anywhere in the fishery. 30lb+ fish have been taken, both unintentionally by general anglers and
by specialist carp anglers. The largest authenticated catch is the 34lb 10oz fish caught at Hamsey in 2007 but larger fish are known to
be present including one ( a common) well in excess of 40lbs.

Crucian carp – there are no confirmed records of crucian carp having been caught from the river, although large crucians are present
in Piltdown Pond, where a specimen fish of 3lb is a realistic possibility and they have been recorded up to 4lb 2oz. Brown (wild type)
goldfish are very similar in appearance to crucians and have been recorded from the Barcombe Mills area, presumably being illegal
introductions or escapees from ponds.

Barbel – are not native to the Ouse but were introduced at least by 1916 and possibly several decades before that date. This makes the
Ouse one of the earliest rivers, in which the species is not indigenous, to be stocked with barbel, long before e.g. the Severn, which
was not stocked until the 1950s. There has been a series of more recent stockings, however the species has to date only established a
small population and this is concentrated in the middle reaches, upstream of the OAPS fishery. Nevertheless barbel are present
throughout the OAPS fishery; large fish occur in very small numbers but, over the past two seasons, many small barbel have been
encountered. A fish of 10lb 12oz was caught just upstream of Barcombe Mills around 2000. In more recent years, fish on OAPS
waters have probably not exceeded much more than 8lb and this could be considered the current specimen weight for the fishery,
although the odd, uncaught, double-figure fish may well exist somewhere.

Gudgeon – are present, though not in particularly large shoals, throughout the fishery, probably being commonest in the vicinity of
the Anchor weirpool, where a 1oz fish would be a “specimen”. Fishery surveys have shown that the vast majority are well below this

Grass carp – are present in low numbers, throughout the entire OAPS stretch of the river, but predominantly in the tidal stretch. They
range from 3-4lb upwards, average about 8-12lb, with the largest recorded being 29lb. As noted elsewhere in this Newsletter, their
presence in the river is the result of unofficial introductions and escapes from stillwaters.

Tench – occur in low numbers, predominately from the Anchor weirpool downstream into the tidal stretch. When one is caught it will
generally be in the 2-4lb range, although 5lb+ fish – which could be regarded as a specimen weight for the Ouse - do turn up from
time to time. They have been recorded in Piltdown Pond up to 7lb 4oz.

Wels (catfish) - A species not yet recorded on OAPS waters – but one which could turn up. There have been recent reports in the local
press of repeat captures of a catfish from the river in Lewes and it is quite possible that it is not the only one in the Ouse. A couple of
years ago there were reports of a very large, but unidentified, fish in the Barcombe Mills area which could conceivably have been a
large catfish. A report of a dead one in the river upstream of Hamsey a couple of years ago was a false alarm – the fish turned out to be
a dead conger eel, carried upriver by a high tide, probably from Newhaven. While they do have a specialist following, the presence of
catfish in the Ouse would not be welcomed; they are an alien and undesirable fish in British rivers, where they could do considerable
damage to stocks of native fish species if they became established.

Eels – are present throughout the fishery, most weigh only a few ounces up to around a pound. Eels in excess of 1lb are fairly unusual
in the river, though in Piltdown Pond they have been recorded recently in excess of 5lb, including a specimen of 5lb 8oz. Last year I
mentioned the very severe, national as well as local, decline in eel populations, with eels being increasingly scarce in the Ouse. As part
of a whole range of research and conservation projects which are underway, various rivers have been designated as key sites for
monitoring eel populations – the Ouse is one of these rivers.

Perch – perch to about 1lb are common throughout the fishery and in recent years fish of 2-3lb have turned up in both the tidal and
non-tidal sections, nearly always taken on lures as accidental catches by sea trout or pike anglers. A 2lb fish could currently be
considered the specimen weight for the Ouse and fish of this size could be taken more frequently if specifically targeted.

Pumpkinseed – the Ouse is probably the only river in the UK where there is a realistic chance of catching one of these alien fish (they
are native to N. America). They are most frequently encountered in slow water in the Barcombe Mills area, where fish of 1-2oz are
sometimes caught on worm or maggot baits.

Bass – although essentially a marine species, bass do enter river estuaries and, occasionally, the freshwater reaches of rivers. They are
very rarely encountered on O.A.P.S. waters, although further downstream, especially around Piddinghoe, bass particularly small
schoolies of only a few ounces, are abundant during the summer months. Only the very occasional fish ventures as far upstream as the
bottom of the OAPS fishery at Hamsey, usually in late summer during drought conditions when there are high spring tides. Very
rarely one of these – most have been in the 2-3lb range – is taken on a lure by a sea trout or pike angler.

Mullet – both thin and, much more commonly, thick lipped mullet are present during the summer and autumn months, sometimes in
huge shoals numbering hundreds of fish, in the tidal stretch, as far upstream as Barcombe Mills Pool. While the majority of fish are
within the 2-4lb size bracket, fish of 7-8lb are seen fairly regularly and occasional individuals clearly into double figures have been
encountered. They are very rarely targeted but for the angler attempting to catch them, a specimen weight for a thick-lipped mullet on
the OAPS fishery would be one of about 6lb.

Flounder – juvenile flounders, which will enter brackish and fresh water, are found in low numbers in the tidal reach from Barcombe
Mills downstream. They are very rarely caught, although occasionally one will take a small bait, either ledgered or float fished close to
the bottom. Those caught range from tiny fish of less than an ounce to those of a few ounces in weight. Larger flounder, as can be
found further downstream in the more saline water of the Piddinghoe to Newhaven stretch, are not encountered on the O.A.P.S.

Mini species - minnows, three spined sticklebacks, bullheads and stone loach are all recorded from the main river, although none are
common. They are found in greater numbers in some of the tributaries of the Ouse. Although not targeted by anglers, one may
occasionally be caught, usually on a single maggot bait.

Exotics - goldfish, golden orfe and golden rudd (an ornamental pond variety of normal rudd) are all found in the river, mostly as a
result of illegal and undesirable introductions.

Hybrids – members of the carp family can spawn together producing hybrids. Roach/bream and roach/rudd hybrids are the best known;
both of these are recorded from the Ouse, with roach/bream crosses being by far the commonest. Other individuals, while clearly a cross
of some form, are not readily identifiable. I have seen one fish, from Barcombe Mills Pool, which may have been a chub/bleak hybrid;
an unusual cross but one which has been recorded from Sussex rivers as far back as the 1920s. Occasionally “sea trout” are taken on the
Ouse which have an appearance intermediate between a salmon and sea trout – I have seen a couple of these fish and at first glance
thought that they were salmon. It is conceivable that these are salmon/sea trout hybrids. As noted above, the odd salmon does enter the
Ouse and, if unable to locate another salmon of the opposite sex to spawn with, it may spawn with a sea trout, resulting in hybrid
offspring with characteristics intermediate between those of the two parent fish.

The EU Water Framework Directive

In the previous two Newsletters I introduced the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), which should be of interest to all anglers
because it is potentially one of the most powerful pieces of legislation ever introduced for the purposes of protecting the aquatic
environment. To reiterate briefly, the objective of the Directive is essentially that all rivers should ultimately achieve what is termed
Good Ecological Status. The Ouse falls within what is defined as the South East River Basin District, a large area which includes all
the rivers entering the coast from the New Forest to the Medway. The Environment Agency – which is responsible for implementing
the Directive – has recently published its Draft River Basin Management Plan, which it is now consulting on. As part of this ongoing
process a Catchment Workshop was recently held for the Ouse and Adur WFD “catchment” (a WFD “catchment” isn’t necessarily a
single river and the Ouse and Adur together comprise a WFD catchment). A range of issues were discussed and I presented
information relating to the Ouse. I will be making a formal submission to the EA prior to the consultation deadline of 22 nd June;
however it is worth mentioning in this Newsletter some of the key issues relating to the Ouse. At present, very significant stretches of
rivers within the SE – including much of the Ouse system - do not meet the criteria for Good Ecological Status and work to improve
the rivers is needed. Different stretches fail to meet the criteria on different grounds, but a common reason for failure is less than
satisfactory fish populations. This, and other reasons for failure, has to be remedied by the EA, either by 2015, or during two further
planning cycles, if some of the more complicated issues cannot be dealt with by the initial deadline. Probably the single biggest issue
affecting the OAPS stretch of the Ouse is that it is, physically, a fundamentally modified river due to channel straightening and the
construction of locks, weirs and sluices.It is now a very different river to the one it was prior to the Industrial Revolution.
Weirs and sluices can be attractive features from the point of view of the angler, especially because of the weirpools which develop
below them, but they can cause a range of problems, particularly relating to fish migration. About 50% of the Ouse catchment is
probably inaccessible to sea trout at present, with major obstructions on both the main river and tributaries. The installation of fish
passes – or in some cases, where they are performing no useful purpose, the complete removal of the obstruction - could make much
more spawning habitat available to sea trout and increase the population. Whilst historically attention to obstruction to fish passage
has focused on salmon and sea trout, it is now recognised that many coarse fish species also make more local migrations to find
suitable spawning grounds, and that fish passes should be designed to allow their use by coarse fish species. An issue which relates to
the lower river concerns the automatic sluices installed (at the Anchor and Barcombe Mills) in the 1960s and 70s, replacing the
original weirs. These bottom opening sluices are particularly detrimental to the river’s fish stocks as, when they suddenly open when
river levels rise after rain, fish upstream of them may be washed downstream and, when levels drop, be unable to move upstream
again. This is a particular problem with respect to small fish, which have less ability to resist strong flows and avoid being washed
through the sluices, but bigger fish can also be affected. A large shoal of bream which suddenly appeared in Barcombe Mill Pool one
spring was probably washed into the pool from the slow reach above when the sluice gate was suddenly (automatically) opened when
the river level rose after rain. The replacement of the bottom opening sluices with more fish friendly structures would be a positive
measure. In some cases, complete removal of a structure may be the best option. Although they may create a pool below them, weirs
may have a slow flowing, impounded reach upstream, without great interest to the angler. Removal of a weir could allow a much more
natural river stretch to be recreated, with a natural riffle-pool sequence being re-established. An issue which relates to the Ouse more
than many other rivers is the potential for restoring it to its original course. The navigation works of the late 1700’s and early 1800, as
well as necessitating the construction of a series of locks and weirs, also resulted in sections of the river being straightened, by
creating new cuts which by-passed the original meandering channel. In many areas, including around Sutton Hall weir, the original
course of the river can still be traced in the adjacent fields and it would technically be possible to restore the river back into its original
channel – and recreate a much more natural river. Tentative proposals have been made for projects of this nature for a number of
stretches of the Ouse, though none have yet reached an advanced stage of planning. However, it is accepted that for a river to achieve
Good Ecological Status, as required by the Water Framework Directive, this means restoring it to something approaching its original
condition. There are numerous caveats, for example restoration will have to be cost effective (and the money for it will have to be
found; there is a possibility a River Restoration Fund will be established) and protecting existing uses – e.g. abstraction and flood
defence – will constrain what can actually be done; nevertheless the WFD offers a real opportunity to greatly improve the river, its
fish stocks and the O.A.P.S. fishery.

One way in which the more complex and ambitious objectives of the Water Framework Directive may be met is via an expansion of
the River Trusts movement. River Trusts, a series of individual organisations under the umbrella of the Association of Rivers Trusts
(ART, www.associationofriverstrusts.org.uk ) are playing an increasingly important role in improving the aquatic environment, for
fish, other wildlife and people. ART has a national level agreement with the EA; ART member organisations have generally proved
highly effective in raising funds for and undertaking habitat improvement work on rivers and frequently work closely with the angling
community (the angling passport scheme run by the Wye and Usk Foundation, which co-ordinates access to numerous game and
coarse fisheries on those two river is an excellent, and highly successful example). However the River Trust movement has been slow
to develop in the SE compared to many other areas of the country, although the Ouse already has a conservation organisation, the
Sussex Ouse Conservation Society, S.O.C.S., which is an ART member, serving it. A study is currently underway exploring the
feasibility of expanding the River Trust movement within the South East and, depending on the outcome of this study, we may see
River Trusts playing an increasingly important role within our region.

Changes to Rules:

Adequate tackle required for pike angling

As noted previously, the Committee is concerned that some anglers fishing for pike have been doing so with inadequate tackle,
including no trace, line of inadequate strength and landing nets which are far too small. While the Society is not prescribing e.g. a
minimum line breaking strain or landing net size, please ensure that, if you are fishing for pike, your tackle is fully up to the job. If
you are not sure what tackle is appropriate, talk to experienced pike anglers, your local tackle shop, or give Jim or myself a call. As an
indication, main line strength should be at least around 12-15lb BS; wire traces with barbless hooks are essential and a landing net, if
triangular, should have 36 inch or longer arms. Circular nets (some pike anglers use salmon gye type nets) can be a little smaller, but
should be at least 30 inches in diameter.

Fishing season upstream of Barcombe Mills

The sea trout season opens on May 1st and, while this start date has in the past applied to the whole of the OAPS fishery, there is no
realistic prospect of catching a sea trout upstream of Barcombe Mills until the second half of June. The opening date of May 1st will
therefore, with effect from 1st May 2009, apply only to the Barcombe Mills Pool sea trout fishery (available only to those purchasing a
Pool Permit) and the water below that, i.e. from the main Barcombe road bridge down to the lower limit of the fishery at Hamsey. No
fishing upstream of the Pool, for any species, including sea trout is permitted, until June 16th.

Sea trout catch limit and catch returns

The total number of sea trout that can be killed on the Society’s waters by any permit holder in any year had been reduced from 6 to 3
fish (with no more than one to be killed in any week) and the Society very strongly requests that all sea trout angling is on a catch and
release basis and that ALL sea trout are returned. There is still an issue, which concerns the Committee, of some anglers killing sea
trout but not sending scales from the fish to Jim Smith. It is a firm rule, and a condition of purchasing a permit, that if you fish for sea
trout you must, if you retain any fish, send a sample of its scales to Jim – failure to do so may render you ineligible to purchase a
permit in the future. Also please report all fish caught and returned to Jim. The scientific information obtained by scale readings
(conducted for us by Dr Clive Fetter) and other catch return information is essential for the proper management of the fishery. We are
formalising the reporting of catch returns this year in that the Information Pack will include an extra sheet; this comprises a tear off-
slip which you must send to Jim Smith at the start of the season if you intend to fish for sea trout and a catch return form which you
must complete at the end of the season.

Outlets for Permits
We are sorry to announce that one of our long established outlets, Sporting Chance in Haywards Heath, has now closed, however Joe
Raczkowski, the manager of Sporting Chance until its closure, will continue to sell our permits and day tickets – details below.

Annual Permits, Winter Permits and Day Tickets (but not Guest or Pool permits) are available from:

Barcombe - Barcombe Post Office, High Street, Barcombe Cross (P.O. hours only)
Barcombe Mills – The Anchor Inn, Barcombe Mills
Haywards Heath – Joe Raczkowski, 40 Bentwood Crescent, Haywards Heath, RH16 3PW – please call Joe first on 01444 455580 to
confirm that he will be available.
Heathfield – Sussex Angling Supplies, Streatfield Road, Heathfield, TN21 8LA
Hove – Lagoon Bait & Tackle, 327, Kingsway, Hove
Lewes – Percy’s, 9, Cliffe High Street, Lewes
Uckfield – Uckfield Angling Centre, 212a, High Street, Uckfield

When purchasing permits you will be issued with maps giving full details of our waters and a list of our rules. Annual permit holders
will also receive a parking sticker.


The is no increase in permit prices for the 2009/10 season, with the exception that Pool Permits for sea trout fishing on Barcombe
Mills Pool have been increased to £10. Other prices have all held at last year’s level for the forthcoming season and are:

   Annual Permits
Adults (aged 17 – 59years)                        £66
Senior Citizens (aged 60+)                        £31
Juniors (aged 12 – 16years)                       £11

   Winter Permits
Valid from November 1st to March 14th
(and until April 30th on Piltdown Pond)           £40

    Day Tickets
Adults and senior citizens £7 per day, Juniors £3.50.
These are for coarse fishing only, on specified stretches of the river and must be purchased before fishing.

   Anglers under the age of 12 years
These children may fish free of charge, provided that an adult, or senior citizen permit or day ticket holder, accompanies them.

   Guest Permits
These are available to annual and winter permit holders only and cost £7 per day (Juniors £3.50).

   Pool Permits
Barcombe Mills Pool may be reserved in advance by annual permit holders, for two rods only per day, at a cost of £10 per rod.
Contact Jim Smith as usual. Details are in the information pack provided when buying your permit.

All the above permits (except Pool Permits, which are only available from Jim Smith) may also be bought from our
Permit Secretary, Andrew Woolley, 14 The Martlets, Mill Lane, S. Chailey, E Sussex BN8 4QG (01273 891312)
or our Head Bailiff, Jim Smith, 15 North Fields, Isfield, Uckfield, E Sussex TN22 5XN (01825 750366).

At this point, I shall, as always, hand over to Jim for his Bailiff’s report. I do hope to meet you on the river during 2009.

D.B. April 2009

Bailiff’s Report

Sea Trout

There was plenty of water for much of the 2008 season; this helped the river as well as the sea trout season. Some 40 fish were
reported as being taken, with a good number of these being released. The first fish was reported in early June. There was high water at
times throughout the season and this meant that fish were able to run past the obstructions at Barcombe Mills and into the upper river.
Some particularly large fish were encountered; the largest accurately weighed was an excellent fish of 13lb taken by Mr M.Deacon of
Lewes and there were a number of other fish over 10lb. The high average weight was maintained and when the figures are analysed,
with all the big fish taken, the average weight for 2008 may be significantly above the usual average of about 5lb. However, a number
of small fish, called finnock or whitling, were seen, especially around the Mills, these are small fish which have only been at sea for a
few months and often weigh only a pound or less, they occur in variable numbers, some years hardly any are seen, while other years
they can be quite numerous. However, overall the number of sea trout was probably down somewhat on recent years, reflected by the
slightly lower catch, around 40 compared to last years total of over 50. However this trend is not specific to the Ouse; other rivers
show a similar decline. On the Ouse factors which might have had an affect are a number of pollution incidents on the spawning
streams which may have harmed smolts; the possible impacts of abstraction are a concern, as are the increased numbers of cormorants
and seals which penetrate the lower Ouse at times and may take adult sea trout. There is also concern that illegal offshore fishing may
be taking adult sea trout at sea before they are able to return to the river. However, in spite of all these pressures the Ouse is still
producing good fish, with more double figure fish caught last season that for some years.

Thanks to all who provided me with a catch return in 2008, however I must say that it was very disappointing to receive only a few
packets of scales from the fish which were kept. It is a requirement that you the anglers must send me a sample of scales from any fish
which you keep, it is in your interest to make sure that this is done. I send the scales on to Dr. Clive Fetter; they are essential to allow
him to continue his long term research, based on scale readings, which is being hindered by the lack of scales being provided. This
coming season, please send the scales to me as soon as you can, ideally on the day you catch the fish, and please include a note of the
length, girth, sex of the fish and the place and method of capture. If you want to see how Dr Fetter makes use of the information he
gathers by scale reading have a look at the S.O.C.S. website; he reads the scales to get a picture of the growth rate of the Ouse sea
trout and other information such as how many times fish return to spawn; this information is essential for the proper management of
the sea trout fishery. As always, please do not take any scale samples from fish which are returned but it is still important that you
provide me with details of any sea trout which are caught and returned. For the first time, the Information Pack this season will
include a slip which you must fill in and send to me at the start of the season if you intend to fish for sea trout and also a catch return
form which you must also complete and return to me at the end of the season. We need this information to manage the sea trout
fishery in an effective and sustainable way. Please also bear in mind that the Ouse stock of sea trout is under pressure, as are the stocks
in many other rivers. Many salmon and sea trout fisheries are now entirely, or almost entirely catch and release, this is one way in
which anglers can really help to conserve the stocks and is very strongly encouraged by the Society. Given the need to protect the
stock, for the 2009 season there will be a change in that the maximum number of sea trout that can be retained in a season is now
reduced to three, with no more than one in any 7 day period, it remains a rule that all fish must be returned from September 15th to the
end of the season.

I’d also bring to your attention that under new Byelaws it is now an offence to sell rod caught salmon and sea trout in England and
Wales; this is part of a new package of protection for sea trout, given concern that their numbers are falling. So lets all work together
for the future of our salmon and sea trout stocks and in particular the jewel in the crown of the Ouse, it’s sea trout, remember that
these special fish have the highest average weight of any English or Welsh river.

Mill Pool permits are, as always, available from me by post (along with your cheque for the appropriate amount, permits are £10 per
rod, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope in which I can send your permit(s) to you); if you want to enquire about availability
on specific days please phone me, if at all possible between 7 and 8am in the morning. Parking for the Pool, and for fishing the
Barcombe Mills area in general, is in the Society’s private car park at Barcombe Mills. The only area on the Society’s waters where
night fishing is permitted is the Mill Pool (when fishing on a Pool Permit). The only circumstance when anglers may park overnight is
in this car park when fishing on a Pool Permit. No overnight parking is allowed at the Society’s other car parks and parking stickers
must be displayed when using any of them, thank you for your co-operation with respect to this.

If you see any sign of poaching, or other suspicious activity, please report this to the Environment Agency on its Hotline, 0800
807060, or directly to me and appropriate action will be taken. Please remember that if you are fishing for sea trout you must be in
possession of a current migratory fish licence; a coarse fish and trout licence does not permit you to fish for sea trout on the Ouse.

Lets all hope for some reasonable sport in 2009 and into the future. Finally, please do have a look at the Sussex Ouse Conservation
Society website, www.sussex-ouse.org.uk, its very informative and includes a lot of information about the Ouse sea trout and work
S.O.C.S. is undertaking to help the sea trout population, as well as being Head Bailiff for O.A.P.S. I am also Field Officer for
Coarse fishing

There was plenty of water in the river for much of the time and overall the increase in flow compared to most recent summers seemed
to help things along as far as the coarse fishing was concerned, although with the river being up and down a lot there were times when
the fishing could be difficult, or on a few days during the winter, impossible, when it was in high flood and even some of the roads
had to be closed. However, the Ouse runs off quickly and once the rain has stopped, it is soon fishable again. As I noted last year,
roach certainly seem to be making a significant comeback with good specimens again featuring in mixed catches all along the
Society’s stretch of the river, downstream as far as Hamsey. Large carp turned up, as they always do, the largest I heard of was 30lb,
though it’s always possible even bigger fish may have been caught but not reported – please do report catches to me, large or small,
and of all types of fish, it all helps me to build up a picture as to what is going on in the river. Other good carp were reported from the
entire length of the fishery, including a 20lb fish from the Goldbridge area (on the water which we share with the Copthorne Society),
showing that the big carp are not restricted to the tidal stretch. In fact, at the start of the season in particular, large carp, including
plenty of mirrors, were seen along the entire fishery; a very big grass carp was also caught early in the season.

Quite a number of small barbel were reported, from the Goldbridge area down to the Anchor; as well as these small fish the odd
bigger one showed, one barbel of 8lb 12oz being a personal best for the day ticket angler who reported it to me. We are now seeing
more and more quality perch, many of these are caught unintentionally by sea trout anglers spinning on the lower river but they are
present throughout the stretch; a particularly good one of 3lb was caught from the Anchor Weirpool on a lobworm.

Pike fishing produced the usual crop of excellent quality double figure and 20lb+ fish, mostly on deadbaits, with another 30lb fish, this
year a little over 31lb. With the river having produced 30lb+ pike two winters running a lot of anglers are realising what an excellent
fishery the O.A.P.S. stretch is for pike, but unfortunately some anglers not familiar with pike fishing have been using inadequate
tackle and nets. The Hon. Secretary has already mentioned this in his report but I’d like to add that some anglers have been seen
fishing for pike with totally unsuitable landing nets, including small round pan-style nets, these are completely inadequate for pike, if
you intend to fish for them please respect the welfare of the fish and make sure that you are properly equipped. Also, I’d remind
anglers that livebaits are not permitted; pike fishing is by deadbait and lure fishing only.

General coarse fishing produced the usual mixed bags; dace turned up regularly in the Mills area where shoals of rudd could also be
encountered, with the odd one running to a pound and a half along with many smaller fish. A feature of the 2008/9 season was a
number of good tench being taken, especially on worm, and including specimens of 5lb +. Some decent chub were also taken. An
unusual feature of the 2008/9 season is that by February this year, before the season had ended, mullet were already in the river, they
are not usually seen until much later in the year, in late spring usually.

It is rather disturbing to see cormorants further and further inland and upriver each year; this is of course not an issue just affecting the
Ouse and it is one which has attracted national attention and controversy. As I reported last year, I unfortunately have to say that there
have again been some problems with litter, and again particularly in the Mills area. As always seems to be the case, it is not anglers
but day trippers who seem to be responsible, but it still takes a lot of my time to keep the banks tidy; please don’t leave any litter and
if there is any in your fishing spot, even if you are not responsible for it, its always a big help to me if you can remove it and put it in
the nearest bin. I’d also remind you that there is no public right of way downstream of the Mills, all the way to Hamsey; no-one should
disturb you while you are fishing there, but if you do see any sign of suspicious activity please do report this to me or to the
Environment Agency directly on its hotline number, 0800 807060. We are fortunate in that there does not seem to have been any
problem with poaching of coarse fish for food on our stretch of river, but there have been problems elsewhere in the Ouse valley. If
you come across a pollution incident, use the same hotline number to report it. You may have read in the press earlier in the year about
an incident in which heating oil entered the river, fortunately this doesn’t seem to have done any damage to our fishery and absorbent
booms were used to quickly soak it up.

Please note that no night fishing for coarse fish is allowed anywhere on the river, and ensure that when using the authorised parking
areas, you display the car parking sticker supplied with your permit at all times. Please remember that if you would like to take a
friend fishing to introduce them to the river that Guest Permits can be purchased from me as well as Annual Permits.

I would like to thank all who fished in 2007/8 for your support and will no doubt see many of you on the banks again as soon as the
2009 season is upon us; let’s hope for good fishing conditions and yet more specimen fish.

J.S. April 2009

We both look forward to seeing you along the river in 2009/10,

Dave Brown                          Hon. Secretary

Jim Smith                           Head Bailiff

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