Luton Angling Club

Fisheries Manager Dave Murdoch, accompanied by David Farmer & Chairman Dave Edwards, carried out an inspection of Beckerings Reservoir on Saturday 29th January 2011 to assess what work could be carried out by the Work Party planned for next Sunday, 6th February.
 
They unanimously agreed that the condition of over half of the circumference of the reservoir bank top surface would pose severe difficulties for members to attempt any meaningful work planned for the repair of Peg 17 and as a consequence the Work Party has been cancelled until later in the spring when it is hoped that the farm owners will have repaired the damage caused by their staff in carrying out the recent tree cutting operation. Much of the damaged area is severely rutted and extremely muddy and it was deemed that this would make it difficult in getting the necessay materials to the swim requiring attention.
 
Accordingly, the first scheduled workparty will be the canal litter pick on Sunday 20th February 2011 (not Saturday as it states in the membership book!!) meeting in the Tesco car park in Leighton Buzzard at 9am.
 
At Beckerings Reservoir water is now being pumped back in by the land owner. This annual event always triggers the carp into something of a feeding frenzy and this year is no exception with Michael Smith and his brother Danny sharing an 18 fish hit in one night. Michael managed 11 fish including a 20lb 5oz mirror, plus commons of 19lb 9oz and 17lb 3oz while Danny netted 7 commons to upper doubles. Successful bait for the duo was from the A2D Baits stable.

Mirror Carp

Mirror Carp
Michael Smith - just two of the mirror carp he caught

February's competition winner will have the choice of 10kg of the new Starmer Baits Coconut Fish boilies or nearly £100 worth of Nash IC-1 and Nash Terminal Tackle. It is open to anyone (members and non members) submitting a digital photo taken on any Luton AC controlled water and it can be of absolutely anything eg a sunset on the canal, a nice fish, wildlife etc. The photos submitted cannot be over a month old, the judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the result. So get snapping and forward your pictures to our usual email address catchreports@lutonac.org or send from your mobile to 07704462635.
 
Nash BaitsFor February's Nash Competition I have two spools of Nash Missing Link Silt & Gravel Braid in 20lb bs to give away, worth almost £28, to the person who can guess how many Nashbaits I've put on my kitchen scales (no trick question, they are all Nash!). To help you they are all pop-ups and weigh 335g! Entry is open to anyone (members and non members) via email only to carpreport@talktalk.net . Include your guess and your name and full address. Only one guess per person will be allowed, multiple entries will be disqualified. In the event of a tie, the first correct/closest entry received wins, closing date for entries is 27th February 2011 at midday. If you want to see a large picture of the then go to my Facebook page at the same email address.
 
January Competition Winner:
Lawrence Watson from Flitwick successfully guessed that there were 213 Nashbaits in the jar and wins the Nash prize, CONGRATULATIONS!
 
Luton AC winter memberships are available now and allow you to fish through until 31st May 2011. Prices are Adult £35, Husband and Wife £55, Disabled/OAP £17.50 and Junior £10. These prices are fully inclusive of the joining fee so there is nothing further to pay. By joining now, you will not have to pay the joining fee next season, so saving £20, making the winter membership incredible value.
 
The Luton AC Board have voted to allow keepnets to be used again on the canal during the months of April and May which is great news for the local match scene as well as pleasure anglers.
 
A reminder that Luton AC members can no longer fish the River Great Ouse at Haversham as the land has been sold.
 
Please phone/text your catch reports from Luton AC waters to 07704462635 or email catchreports@lutonac.org and  if you have pictures taken on your phone send picture messages to 07704462635. Remember to always use an unhooking mat when targeting specimen fish, keeping the fish as low to the ground as possible when taking photos.

Check out the Luton AC website at www.lutonac.org for all the latest catch reports, news, pictures and membership details.
 
Steve