The John Newman Site
I have been fishing since childhood, it has come second in my pursuits only to Motorsport, however, since my retirement perhaps this has reversed.
Being quite vexed by the weed situation at Astwell, (T&DAA water) which is my favourite lake that I have been fishing since the late seventies/early eighties, I contacted our MP, who at the time was in charge of the ministry responsible (DEFRA).
She (after 3 months) told me that there are grants available. I went to the T&DAA AGM and put this to them, they said if I wanted I could go for it.
I started on this project in March 2017 and at the time of writing this (May 2018) we have been given a substantial grant to dig a filtration pond as well as chemical treatment for the weed and accumulated silt. We have started work on the chemical treatment of the silt and weed, however the appalling weather has stymied our ability to get the machines in for the serious job of the filtration pond. There is another grant to improve the access and platforms for the lake. This will involve new footpaths and shuttering of the banks where there has been some erosion. We are confident of getting that grant as well.
Subsequently to all of this in March 2018 I was elected to the committee as Club Development Officer. I would be happy to receive any (angling) questions or proposals. Membership details are on our website, and shortly membership will be available online via the site.
I have also been to Silver Lake at Wappenham (T&DAA water) which has a £1 surcharge per day. They have dealt with the weed problem and the sport there is first class. I have had days there with catches of 12-15lb.
Nice Tench from Astwell, the net is 22" diameter, honest!
I used to frequent another venue at Brickhill Farm Eydon. Probably the best I have been to. Brian the owner was a gem.
Having reached a certain age Brian decided it was time to sell up and take a well earned retirement. He had intended to sell the fishery as a going concern with the house, but after a couple of bad disappointments he received an offer he could not refuse from a wealthy model.
There were plentiful fish of a decent size (1-5 lb) all of a variety of species. There were also some very large Carp, mainly in the larger lake, I have caught one at 17lb and several approaching 10lb.