Clevedon and District Freshwater Angling Club were pleased to host the Lance Tucker Memorial Match on the River Kenn from the Outfall to Kenn Road. Lance was a well known and popular angling character across the West Country who tragically passed away at work just before last Christmas.
55 anglers who knew Lance took part in the competition, some had not fished for a few years but dusted off their fishing tackle in order to support the event.The river and banks were in great condition following a couple of months of weed raking, tree pruning and mowing.
With so many anglers on the bank it was always going to be a difficult and the bright sunny conditions would also affect the fishing. Clevedon Club Chairman Steve Bonwick drew peg 1 nearest the Outfall which was a fancied area, he also had the added pressure of England International Des Shipp fishing next to him on peg 2. Steve was soon into quality bream averaging 6 lb and raced ahead with confidence netting 11 of them for 66 lbs and a match win. Second place went to Dominic Sullivan on peg 3 with 43lb with Des weighing 42lb for 3rd.Fishing Tackle shops across the West provided prizes and Companies which Lance and his family had a link to donated quality gifts for the on line raffle.In total over £3000 was raised which will be donated to a heart charity.
The Tucker family, friends and Clevedon Freshwater Angling Club would like to thank the Bridge Inn at Yatton, the Blue Flame Public House and all those who made the event a huge success.
Dave Fowler was a founder member of the Clevedon & District Freshwater Angling Club and sadly passed away a few years ago. Every year and in his memory a competition is held to raise money for Charities. This year two Charities were supported, Friends of Clevedon Hospital and The Orchard Trust.
The match was held on the River Kenn in Clevedon and there was a good turnout of 31 anglers. The forecast for the day was not good but thankfully the thunderstorms held off. With a mainly overcast sky it was predicted the fishing would be good but the fish had other idea’s.
Life member Andy Law only needed one big bream, a few perch and an eel to take the top spot on the day weighing 7 lbs 11 oz from peg 16. Mark Birdseye also had a big bream weighing 6 lb 5oz to take second place and Steve Warren was third with 4 lb 12oz. Fern Bonwick guessed the winning weight correctly.
Over £600 was raised for the Charities.
The Club would like to thank Cadbury Angling, Olivers Angling, Reel Fun and the Fishing Tackle Warehouse for donating prizes for the raffle and the Blue Flame Public House for their hospitality.
I am now taking names for our annual charity open match which will be held on the River Kenn on Saturday 24th July 0830hrs draw in the Kenn Rd car park, £25 all in which includes a donation to charity & BBQ afterwards.
The charity this year will be Friends of North Somerset Community Hospital.Fish 10am to 3pm then back to the Blue Flame pub for a BBQ & the presentation. ( & CIDER )
The match will be risk assessed and we will be adhering to all government & Angling Trust guidelines and we would ask that all anglers do the same.
Guess the winning weight posters & forms are being drawn up now so we can raise as much as possible for a small, local charity that has been flat out during this COVID crisis.
Please let me know if you need a guess the winning weight form & we can arrange to get them sent to your email address.Please book in with me asap so we can ensure we get enough BBQ food.
Thursday 1st July 18:00, Car Pk section weed raking.
Saturday 10th July & Saturday 17th July 09:00 weed raking Strode Rd and Car Pk.
Wednesday 21st July 18:00 weed raking.
Any help you can offer would be most appreciated, this is primarily to continue to keep the weed down in the peak growing season and to prepare the river for the Dave Fowler Charity Match on 24th July. There will be another memorial match in mid August.Working parties to meet in Kenn Rd Car Pk.
Last season (2020/21) the River Kenn fished exceptionally well and we saw a big increase in membership thanks to fishing being permitted during the pandemic and we also made it easier to purchase our permits by putting them on-line. The banks were well maintained and we managed to keep the weed under control.
This season we have gone one step further in order to make fishing more comfortable. By the time June 16th comes around up to 30 or more safe pegs will have been created from the Kenn Rd Car Park down to the Outfall.
This will not only provide anglers with a level area to fish from but will also protect the banks as no digging will be necessary.
The reeds have also been strimmed back on the path below peg 22 to allow members of the public to see anglers in good time. Some tree pruning is also planned above Strode Rd.
We have also worked with the Environment Agency to survey the river above the M5 Motorway which will assist us with future stocking programmes. In addition to this we are working with them and the Flood Risk Dept to see if we can keep the water at a higher level Dec – March.
So lots of things happening behind the scenes to improve the river, there’s always something to do……
The River Season for 20 / 21 ends this Sunday 14th March (last day for fishing).
Overall it has been a very good season with some fantastic catches. It was great to see a huge number of new members joining the Club many taking up angling for the first time or returning to the sport after a few years away.
Thank you to those who submitted reports and catch photo’s during the year.
Work has already started on making improvements to the River Kenn and will continue up until opening day on the 16th June.
For those of you venturing out over the next few days good luck and tight lines, the weather forecast is not great on Wednesday 10th but not too bad after that.
We hope to see you all back on the bank in mid June but in the meantime keep an eye on our Facebook Page for updates, working parties and match announcements.
Today Thursday 25th February one off our members challenged a Fly Tipper successfully on Lower Strode Rd dumping garden waste just inside the Environment Agency gate. We have his car registration number and will be reporting them to the relevant agencies. Please only challenge if you feel comfortable and always get the vehicle registration number and a photo if you can. Please report it via this website, the email address is on the Club Officials page.