Bishops Stortford and District Angling Society

Bishops Stortford Angling Society was founded in 1949. The society controls the fishing rights on four lakes, one close to the town centre the other three in Great Hallingbury. The society also controls the fishing rights on stretches of the River Stort at Bishops Stortford and Harlow.


 

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Notices:

Band'um hook bait - Clarification

Several club members have enquired if "Band'um" hook baits are valid on BSDAS waters?
The committee have discussed this and feel that as Band'ums have become as mainstream as pellets and used by all areas of our sport from specimen anglers to match men and pleasure anglers they will be allowed on our waters with the following proviso - "Band'ums up to 8mm are allowed as hook baits only, must be dumbbell shaped and not used as loose fed. Both normal and "wafter" versions can be used".

This agreement is a temporary concession until the next AGM when it will be proposed and hopefully ratified and included in the By-Laws(3) of the club.

Honorary Secretary - Robin Merritt - honsec@bsdas.org.uk - posted on 4th May 2021


Clive Costema

It is with great sadness that Bishop's Stortford and District Angling Society announce the passing of Clive Costema after more than 50 years of service to the Club.
Many of you would have known Clive who was the secretary of the Club for many years and when he finally gave up that role he continued to serve the Club on the committee and the Thursday Work parties.
He also represented the Club on many local bodies and became a life member and Vice President of the Club. Although he suffered poor health in recent years he always had a keen interest in the activities of the Club.
He will be missed by the Club, all those that knew him and our sympathies go out to his family.

Honorary Secretary - Robin Merritt - honsec@bsdas.org.uk - posted on 20th April 2021


Weekly Work Party
Thursday 4 May - MBL - start at 10.00am.


Found at Beggars Hall - Carp First Aid pouch
Contact - Honorary Secretary - Robin Merritt - honsec@bsdas.org.uk - posted on 20th April 2021


Close Season - River Stort
Just a reminder that ALL of the River Stort including the backwater is closed for ANY type of fishing until the 16th June.
Hall farm Small Lake will also be closed from 1 April - 31 May.
All other lakes are open all year,

Honorary Secretary - Robin Merritt - honsec@bsdas.org.uk - posted on 19th March 2021


Angling Trust
Roadmap Out Of Lockdown: What it means for angling.
<<click here to read the guidelines>>


Honorary Secretary - Robin Merritt - honsec@bsdas.org.uk - posted on 1st March 2021


Found at Beggars Hall Lake
Black landing net in plastic bag in the car parking area
on Monday 29 March.

Please contact me if you have lost it
Honorary Secretary - Robin Merritt - honsec@bsdas.org.uk


Tench re-stocking
Malcolm Barker Lake and Hall Farm Small Lake
Thursday 28th January
Over 200 Tench between 1-1.5lb were stocked in the Malcolm Barker Lake and 4 males and 8 females of the same size were stocked into the small lake at Hall Farm (hopefully for breeding)

Below is a typical netfull
<<click here>>
Honorary Secretary - Robin Merritt - honsec@bsdas.org.uk - posted on 29th January 2021


Silver Fish re-stocking - River Stort backwater
Wednesday 2 December
Following the large fish kill we experienced on the River Stort a few years ago,
the Environment Agency have kindly supplied us with the following silver fish :-
1000 Roach, 1000 Dace, 1000 Chub & 1000 Bream.
Most of the fish are between 4-6 inches (10-15 cm).

Honorary Secretary - Robin Merritt - honsec@bsdas.org.uk - posted on 3rd December 2020


Fighting back against fisheries crime: How you can help!

A very interesting article from Angling Trust - worth a read
<<click here to read>>

posted on 15th July 2020


Be careful when feeder/ledger fishing !

I have had several reports recently regarding anglers losing their rods when feeder/ledger fishing.
Please ensure you either have a baitrunner reel that allows line to come off the reel before you strike OR have the clutch on your reel slack enough OR bale arm open to let line go rather than your rod!

Any rods that are recovered from any of the lakes I will post a message on the website with details.

If you have already lost a rod then please email me with the details of the rod & reel and on what lake.

Honorary Secretary - Robin Merritt - honsec@bsdas.org.uk

posted on 8th July 2020


  Beggars Hall Notice.

We have been asked by the land owner that all BSDAS members fishing Beggars Hall Lake should display a sign in their car identifying them as an angler.

<< click here to print a form >>
or
just put a hand written sign in your car
or

use you old 2019/20 membership book.

DO NOT fish any pegs/swims that do not have a peg number.

Your co-operation is appreciated during this testing time. Thank you.


TEMPORARY COVID-19 GUIDELINES

Malcolm Barker Lake.
ALL PEGS can be fished.
Please adhere to the 2 meter social distancing rule in all circumstances.
It is up to the individual angler to use their discretion when fishing a peg that is close to another peg. All pegs are greater than 2 meter's apart.
We suggest that each member should bring their own hand sanitiser and use after touching the main gate/lock and the gate on the otter fence. Alternatively use disposable gloves for protection.
The toilet will not be in use.

Beggars Hall Lake.
As from 15th June ALL PEGS can be fished.
Please adhere to the 2 meter social distancing rule in all circumstances.
Any peg/swim that hasn't got a peg number CANNOT be fished.

Please be aware that there will be walkers along the dam bank.

Hall Farm Small & Large Lakes.
ALL PEGS can be fished.
Please adhere to the 2 meter social distancing rule in all circumstances.
It is up to the individual angler to use their discretion when fishing a peg that is close to another peg.
All pegs are greater than 2 meter's apart.

River Stort & backwater.
Normal fishing - Please adhere to the 2 meter social distancing rule in all circumstances.

General rules for all lakes
Keepnets should not be used unless fishing a club organised match.
Notices will be posted on all lakes with these guidelines.
All members are asked to police these rules to ensure EVERYBODY abides by them.

Guest Tickets (£7 for 1 day)
Can only be purchased by members for their guests.
Normal availability on MBL, Beggars Hall & Hall Farm lakes
.
You MUST buy your guest ticket in advance of fishing otherwise it will cost £10!

The committee members will be bailiffing the lakes to help with any queries you might have.

Thank you for your patience and support during these times.
Stay safe and catch fish.

Guidelines for individual anglers - click to open


Canal & River Trust (CRT)
Coronavirus & Angling Update
click to read


 


Environment Agency

Latest newsletter for Herts & North London area - click to read

Invasive Species Alert
Help stop Invasive Species damaging the places you fish. Click to find out more
Also, find out what we do with your rod licence money. Click to find out more

Angling Trust information - Click here

HALL FARM LARGE LAKE
BOOKING FOR MATCH FISHING (2020-2021 season)

SUMMER RATES: £100 (APRIL-SEPTEMBER)
WINTER RATES: £80 (OCTOBER-MARCH)
Please phone for prices on other club waters
Phone Robin Merritt (Hon Secretary) for bookings/availability - 01279 461065

Links to tackle shops