Luton Angling Club

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Luton AC Winter Memberships are available from 1st November with prices as follows ADULTS - £37.50, OAP/DISABLED/INTERMEDIATE - £25, JUNIOR - £10, JOINT - £50, FAMILY OPTION 1 - £45, FAMILY OPTION 2 - £55. Join online, by post or phone 01582-879382 and pay by card. The winter membership allows you to fish until 31st May 2012 with no extra joining fee or work party levy to pay.

Luton AC can now offer a 3rd rod winter ticket priced at just £10, for members only (Day ticket anglers can buy an extra day ticket to fish with a third rod).This covers all waters except Home Farm/Tingrith and will be trialled until the AGM in March 2012. Please note - if there are any incidents of anglers casting into another persons swim, then their ticket will be cancelled and the trial may be halted. This ticket is only available by phone or by post via the Membership Secretary - 01582 603466 ( Leave a message). A second rod licence is also required to fish with a third rod.
 
A new rule that members should be aware of when specimen fishing Beckerings Reservoir, South Lagoon and North House Lake is that your unhooking mat must be a minimum size of 36" x 24" (915mm x 610mm) and well padded. Anyone found without a mat or using an inadequate unhooking mat will be asked to leave the water concerned immediately.
 
On the Grand Union Canal any angler seen casting and hitting moored boats with their leads will be asked to leave the fishery immediately. Leads cause damage to expensive paintwork so care must be taken when fishing near to boats. If you were to be caught casting leads at parked cars then the owners would more than likely prosecute you so please think about the potential for being prosecuted by the boat owners if damage is caused.

 
The bailiffs at Beckerings have highlighted that with the water levels still low the willows have started shooting infront of the platforms which could create snags when the level get back to normal. They have asked that anyone fishing Beckerings spend just a short time pulling some of these willow shoots out please.
 
There is a great underwater film taken at North House Lake by King of the Pond boss Mark Merola:

Mark Ridgeway fished Beckerings Reservoir landing two double figure carp at 16lb & 13lb. Mark reports that on the day he fished there were 6 fishing and 12 carp were caught with the largest being the half linear at 27lb 4oz to Peter Baker on only his second visit to the venue after buying a winter ticket.

Mirror Carp
Peter Baker - 27lb 4oz mirror

A recent trip to North House Lake resulted in the Black Common at 26lb for Mark Merola. Mark has also sent in a photo of a sunset taken at North House Lake.

Common Carp
Mark Merola - 26lb common

Match Result
This year's Christmas match fished from Sandy Bridge to the Globe was a struggle for the 18 that fished with overnight frosts leading to many blanks on the day.
 
1st Ian Orbill 3lb 8oz
2nd Mr McLelland 2lb 12oz
3rd Tony Bird 1lb 4oz
 
James Bishop won the November photo competition with a picture of a sunrise on the River Great Ouse.

Ouse Sunrise

The winner of our December photo competition which closes on 31st December 2011 will receive 10kg of Starmer Baits Coconut Fish boilies. 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.
 
We are pleased to announce a photo competition purely for the predator angler sponsored by King of the Pond www.kingofthepond.com It is open to anyone submitting a digital photo of a pike, zander, chub, perch, eel or catfish caught from a Luton AC controlled water. The photos must have been taken on or after 1st June 2011 and the closing date for entries is 31st March 2012. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the result.

The lucky winner will receive the following fantastic prize from King of the Pond:
x2 25lb pike wire
x2 20lb pike wire
x2 15lb pike wire
x2 Packs Size 8 silver treble hooks
x2 Packs Size 6 silver treble hooks
x2 Packs Size 8 Blood red treble hooks
x2 Packs Size 6 Blood red treble hooks
x2 Packs Wire crimps
x2 Packs predator Rattles
x2 Rubber Perch Lures
x3 Rubber roach Lures
x1 Large tackle box + x3 mini bit boxes.

So get snapping and forward your pictures to our usual email address catchreports@lutonac.org or send from your mobile to 07704462635.
 
Mark Leonard owner of Mad Tackle at Unit 22 Levellers Lane Eynesbury St Neots is offering a 10% discount off all tackle for LAC members on production of your membership book.
 
Tons of Tackle has opened next to the snooker club at Admiral Place High Street North Dunstable. They sell fresh bait including maggots and worms and are offering a 10% discount for LAC members on production of your membership book. They are also open late on a Thursday.
 
Angling’s representative body, the Angling Trust, has launched a web site for anglers to record sightings of cormorants, goosanders and mergansers throughout the UK. The site is easy to use and will gather vital data to help persuade government of the need for action to protect fisheries. Visit www.cormorantwatch.org
 
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 targetting 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

North House sunset by Mark Merola
North House sunset by Mark Merola