With immediate effect, can all Members please note that your Committee is introducing a 60lbs weight limit for all keep-nets. This applies equally in competitions, but also those pleasure anglers who wish to utilise a keep-net during a session. Your Committee have taken this step in response to the greatly improved fishing being experienced at Little Rowfant Lakes recently, where the works have been completed to open up new swims, & some additional selective stocking has taken place.
For those attending competitions, we strongly suggest three nets be in the possession of each competitor – it is of course already a requirement to segregate carp & silvers. We have seen match weights increasing in excess of 100lbs, & your Committee is concerned as to fish welfare & maintaining the excellent fishing on this prolific water. Your Committee will be looking to implement a rule change at the April 2020 AGM to see the above introduced formally.
I am delighted to advise Members that the works at Little Rowfant Lakes adjacent to the car park & Peg No.6 channel have now been completed to the point where they are open to be fished. Some further works will be undertaken, including the planting of a new hedge to run down the right-hand side of the car park, some selective planting opposite the car park to enhance the appearance of the bank, along with some further general tidying. Members are asked to avoid walking on areas other than the new swims & paths constructed. Grass seed has been spread on all areas, & needs to take root. Please also avoid damaging any of the new reeds & lilies planted along the edges & in the margins.
On behalf of the Members I wish to place on record our thanks to Les Eggleton for his commitment & efforts in bringing this major project to completion.
A member has been in contact to advise that a pair of forceps have been found at the Little Rowfant’s Road Lake. They have ‘Robert’ inscribed on them along with a personalised message. Please contact the website here if they belong to you and we shall put you in touch with the finder.
Members will have noted the continued works being undertaken across the Society’s waters, with especially those at Little Rowfant Lakes. As part of this on-going improvement, members will note that we have installed security cameras to hopefully reduce the instances of thefts & generally improve security at these lakes & our other waters where cameras and signage are in course of being installed. We have also installed a new gate to access the Road Lake, Top Lake & Stock Pond. This is located on the site of the former swing gate adjacent to the corner of the Road Lake nearest to the car park entrance. Please note that the large gates will now be padlocked, with no access to members. These large gates are for the sole purpose of plant & machinery accessing the site as and when required.
We have / are in course of installing new covers for the overflows at Little Rowfant Lakes – this to prevent instances of wildlife falling into and becoming trapped in the bottom of the over flows. Members are requested not to remove these covers.
The pathway along the near-side of Rowfant Mill Pond past the house is also shortly to be repaired & improved. It had been noted that the pathway had seriously eroded in recent years. New shuttering & in-fill will be installed to improve the pathway shortly.
Please note that further to news item dated 25th May 2017, members are now able to obtain Guest Permits directly from Alan Eggleton, Membership Secretary, in addition to from The Carp Shop, Horley.
Please note that a member recently had a rod pulled into Piltdown Pond & to date it has not been recovered. If another member extracts the rod from the pond, can they please contact Mr Bill Prior on 01323 482918 to arrange its safe return.
It is with disappointment that I write this notice for the attention of all Members. We have seen a number of thefts from the lakes in recent weeks, most notably at Little Rowfant Lakes, where wood, rubber mats and slabs which were either purchased by the Society or kindly donated by Members have been stolen. In the past we have seen ladders & various other items stolen, but the recent thefts are of particular concern as they will hinder our planned works at Little Rowfant Lakes. We believe they can only have been undertaken by people who could drive a van / truck into the car park, i.e. they know the padlock number. This suggests the perpetrator(s) are Members which leaves a very bad taste in the mouth.
It also with regret that we are seeing an increase in the amounts of rubbish left on our waters. This requires regular collections by Officials & removal from the waters. Your Committee wishes to emphasise that all items brought onto the Society’s waters should be removed / taken home. Please do not dispense with your rubbish by throwing it into the surrounding trees & bushes. Of especial concern is one Member who seems to think it appropriate to defecate & leave the waste & toilet paper in open view.
The above actions are all completely unacceptable behaviour, & if the Members concerned are identified they will referred to the Committee with the likelihood of memberships being terminated.
Note to all members – please be aware that the final phase of the works planned for Little Rowfant Lakes will take place on the above days. With heavy plant & equipment operating adjacent to the car park, your Committee have taken the decision to close the entire Little Rowfant Lakes complex for the above dates, inclusive. The lakes will re-open on Sunday 19th May.
With works on-going to prepare Little Rowfant lakes for the phase 2 works in late spring / early summer, we have & will continue to be removing certain trees to allow access for a long-reach excavator. Members who can make use of these logs are free to take as many as they require. This will save time & effort in having to burn them on-site
Members are reminded that Guest permits must be purchased in advance of fishing at a cost of £10 per Guest Permit per day. Guest Permits can be purchased from The Carp Shop, Horley Row, Horley, Surrey.