We have today had a weed boat on Willow lake at Woodend Farm. This lake is now at last free from weed. This action has been taken as part of the longer term strategy for managing the weed coverage on the lake that has been a struggle since we took the rights to fish the lakes.
 
A section of weed has been left in the middle of the lake so fish do have a natural refuge.
 
A work party for will be announced towards autumn time and it is our intention to cut back and remove a lot of the marginal growth on the lakes, this action will reduce the amount of natural decomposition of plant material and over time reduce a some of the conditions that have enabled the prolific weed growth to go unchecked since the lakes were first dug.
 
It is with great regret that I reported at the Committee meeting last night that Terry Corfield has resigned his position on the Committee and also as Trustee of the Association.
 
Terry has served on the Committee on several occasions over his membership with the Association and has great knowledge of the drain systems. I would like to pass on my heartfelt thanks from both myself and the rest of the Committee for the contribution Terry has made in developing and running the Association, he will be greatly missed.
 
Prior to Terry's resignation we had two vacancies on the General Purpose Committee, this Committee is now only two thirds of its constitutional membership and there is a real danger that unless members start to come forward to help manage the Association we shall in the very near future start running into difficulty with being able to move things forward. The Association is a members club, run by members. Without volunteers on the committee there cannot under the Association's current constitution be a club! 
 
Serving on the Committee is not as onerous as it may sound, we have monthly meetings which are held on the second Monday each month, the meetings generally last between one and two hours.
 
If you are interested in helping manage and shape the Association, please get in touch with me.
 
Paul Tabron
S&DAA Secretary

The following is the list of the association match dates for 2018, draw time is 08:30am. Any changes in venue due to water condition, water level, access etc. will be notified prior on the forum.

 

JUL 1st - Ruffors Canal, Sollom
JUL 8th - Twin Lakes
JUL 15th - Sluice, Match Length  Rellocated to Twin Lakes
JUL 22nd - Twin Lakes
JUL 29th - Sluice, Six Fields

AUG 5th - Twin Lakes
AUG 12th - Sluice, Match LengthRellocated to Twin Lakes
AUG 19th - Twin Lakes
AUG 26th - Sluice, Six Fields

North West Pole Repairs have kindly offered all S&DAA members a 10% discount on pole repairs, please quote your membership number to obtain the discount. For more information about the services offered, visit their website (click on the link)

We're thankful to member Howard Lloyd, for letting us share with you this picture of a lovely common carp which he caught on the Three Pools.  Although not a large fish, it's certainly a nice looking specimen, and shows that you never really know what you'll catch next on the drains!!

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I am delighted to be able to report that following very positive negotiations with Wigan & District Angling Association, we have agreed that the Rufford Canal will be fishable by members of both Associations along it entire length.

Please note that any bait restrictions on each of the Associations length of the canal will still apply and matches must be booked via the appropriate match secretary of the controlling Association.

We believe that this is a very positive step for the anglers of both Associations.

For clarity I have detailed the controlling Associations length of the Rufford Canal below:

Wigan AA control between bridges 1 to 7

Southport DAA control between bridges 7 to 12, which is the swing bridge at Tarleton

Paul Tabron

 

 

What a great start to the new year for Jack Lloyd, his first double figure pike of 2016 from the drains, we are sure there will be many more to come for Jack!

 2016 first double

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