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.
We await confirmation but there was a useful piece in this morning’s Daily Telegraph on the return of outdoor sports from March 29th. They acknowledge that angling is one of the few activities still permitted during lockdown, albeit with restrictions. The Angling Trust will be working hard to ensure that both night fishing and match fishing are permitted from this date It seems that the travel restrictions will be lifted then as well. This means our Match on the Kenn 14th March will not take place.
Additional Club Trustee
Steve Bonwick has been elected as a 3rd Trustee of the Club, he joins Roger Moody and Barry Fowler. Steve will also continue as Club Chairman.
River season almost over.
The river season ends on 14th March (last day for fishing). Some quality bags of bream, hybrids, perch and tench have been coming out. After this date the bank maintenance begins again and we will be making some improvements to permit more comfortable fishing for when the season begins again on the 16th June.