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THE DAVE CROOKES FISHERY AT HUNSTRETE


The fishery previously known as the Hunstrete Complex was officially renamed as “THE DAVE CROOKES FISHERY AT HUNSTRETE” (or “The Dave Crookes Fishery) in January 2014.

This was to recognise the tremendous work done by Dave Crookes over many years since joining the committee in 1971 and then becoming General Secretary in 1980.

At the time of writing (Jan 2014), he is still working for the club and members with the same enthusiasm and proficiency at the age of 72 - in spite of some “Health issues”.

Consequently, the committee have honoured his devotion to Bathampton Angling Association in a way that will have real meaning for many years.

SEE NEW TIMES BELOW FOR THE DAVE CROOKES FISHERY AT HUNSTRETE.



ALL ANGLERS OVER 12 YEARS OLD REQUIRE AN ENVIRONMENT AGENCY ROD LICENCE, IN ADDITION TO BATHAMPTON A. A. MEMBERSHIP.

ROD LICENCES ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES.

ALL ANNUAL ROD LICENCES TERM IS FROM 1ST APRIL TO 31ST MARCH IN FOLLOWING YEAR.


THE DAVE CROOKES FISHERY AT HUNSTRETE


MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO RECOGNISE THAT FISH DISEASES MAY BE CARRIED ON WET NETS (KEEPNETS, LANDING NETS AND WEIGHING SLINGS) OR UNHOOKING MATS. BATHAMPTON A.A URGES ALL ANGLERS TO ENSURE THAT THESE ACCESSORIES ARE COMPLETELY DRY BEFORE COMMENCING FISHING ON ANY OF OUR WATERS AND AFTER FISHING. PLEASE DRY THEM IN SUNLIGHT IF POSSIBLE.



THE DAVE CROOKES FISHERY AT HUNSTRETE - May 1999




THE DAVE CROOKES FISHERY AT HUNSTRETE - September 2007


Superb fishing, beautiful background and peaceful surroundings with three lakes at Hunstrete; close to Bristol, Bath and Keynsham.

The two “newest” lakes – Withy and Bridge Pools – were established with the help of a substantial Lottery Grant and, thanks to the magnificent efforts of a hard-core of club members – they both have a natural appearance and have a reputation for some of the best fishing in the area. Over 2000 trees were planted on the slopes overlooking the lakes adding to the overall effect.

LOCATION

Click Here
For a Detailed Map from Multimap.co.uk


The car park adjoins the lakes and there is easy access to all 115 well spaced and comfortable swims on the fishery.





PERMITS/COSTS
Fishing is available ONLY to members of BATHAMPTON ANGLING ASSOCIATION and a SPECIAL DAY PERMIT MUST ALSO BE OBTAINED BEFORE FISHING. (See list of issuing shops). Day Tickets are £4.00

TOILETS
Available to members; by Hunstrete Lake. Suitable for disabled use.

DISABLED ANGLERS



There are 15 specially designed platforms on Bridge Pool, 10 on Withy Pool and 2 on the Main Lake. All are ideal and safe for wheelchair users.

PEG GUIDE
All three lakes are pegged. Click on Peg Guide for Bridge and Withy Pools. This is essentially for members convenience as we always try to advise which pegs are fishing best. Check out “HOWSITFISHING” and/or "MATCHFISHING"/"NEWS".
PEG GUIDE.


Main Lake Peg Guide


JUNIOR ANGLERS
All children Under 12 years old can fish for free PROVIDED THAT they are accompanied AT ALL TIMES BY AN ADULT MEMBER.

This applies to all waters and, additionally, at restricted waters (Hunstrete, Newton Park, Weston Pond and Lydes Farm) they must share a swim with the adult member; with no more than two rods/poles per swim i.e. one each to be used. To sum up then, the adult member must purchase a special day permit in advance but the “Under – 12” does not require membership card or the special day permit.

HUNSTRETE LAKE

HUNSTRETE LAKE, at almost 5 acres, has always been recognised for it’s high quality sport with the emphasis on carp and tench. Many anglers have achieved their personal best carp here with loads of double figure commons and mirrors as well as a good number of “twenties” and a few "thirties" as well.



The lake is also a favourite with tench anglers with large numbers of 4 to 6lb fish and a fair number from 7 to 10 lbs. plus.



Bream to over 8lbs and roach to 1¾lbs also feature; as well as pike to 22lbs.
The winter “silver fish” sport can be extremely good.
There are 41 custom built comfortable swims or platforms; all are positioned to give sensible fishing for everyone.



Please Note that Shelters and Bivvies’ are not allowed to be erected on Withy Pool or Bridge Pool unless on designated pegs marked by a brown wooden stake in the ground.

BRIDGE POOL is 2½ acres in size with loads of features, including three islands. Good sport can be had literally from any swim as it is heavily stocked. All fishing is from 34 comfortable wooden platforms which are well spaced to give plenty of room for everyone.
Carp to 20lbs. – Tench to 6lbs. – Bream to 7lbs. – Roach to 2½lbs – Perch to 2½ lbs - Chub to 4lbs plus.



WITHY POOL is approx. 3 acres with 2 islands and plenty of open water. The carp have piled on the weight since it opened and there are plenty of big doubles as well as the occasional ‘twenty’. There are 40 wooden platforms spaced out for easy fishing.
Carp to 22lbs. – Tench to 5½lbs. – Bream to 6lbs. – Roach to 2½lbs – Perch to 2lbs – Chub to 3lbs.

(PLEASE NOTE MEMBERS MAY NOW DRIVE TO AND PARK AT WITHY POOL)



Various events are held from time to time which entail closure of one, two or very occasionally all three lakes.
Details will be posted on the website and monthly fixture posters sent to all tackle shops selling our memberships. Fixtures are also displayed on four notice boards at the fishery.

Also, Withy Pool is available for booking by bona-fide clubs on a limited number of dates between October 1st and March 31st.
Details from Malcolm Murfet on 0117 9715003.


FISHERY RULES AND INFORMATION

THE DAVE CROOKES FISHERY AT HUNSTRETE


Members are required to be aware of ALL fishery bye-laws/rules, and claimed ignorance of them will not be accepted.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Throughout the year various special events will be organised for members including

24 HOUR CARP MATCHES
OVER 55’s AND DISABLED MATCHES
JUNIOR COACHING
JUNIOR MATCHES
OPEN MATCHES

And they will be publicised on the website and in local tackle shops.

TACKLE SHOPS SELLING DAVE CROOKES FISHERY PERMITS
[SPECIAL DAY PERMITS MUST BE PURCHASED BEFORE FISHING]

Avon Angling Centre, 348 Whitehall Road, St George, Bristol
Avon Aquatics, 72-76 High Street, Staple Hill, Bristol
Bacons Tackle, 83 Lower Bristol Road, Bath
Bristol Angling Centre, 12 Doncaster Road, Southmead, Bristol
Cadbury Angling, Cadbury Garden centre, Congresbury
Fish & Field, 60 Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury
Hobbs Shooting and Fishing.The Island, Midsomer Norton
Premier Angling, Via Portavon Marina, Keynsham Road, Keynsham
Premier Angling, 19 New Road, Chippenham
Bill Pugh Pets & Fishing, Red Lion Hill, Wells Road, Knowle, Bristol
Scotts Tackle, 42 Soundwell Road, Staple Hill, Bristol
Veals Fishing Tackle, Gardiner Haskins, Brunel Rooms, Bristol

COST IS £4 PER DAY - Available only to members

OPENING AND CLOSING TIMES FOR ALL LAKES INCLUDING HUNSTRETE ARE LISTED BELOW

Members must leave fishery and car park by the stated closing times.

A member who remains in or upon any of the Association’s waters after closing time and is locked in when the gates close shall pay a fee (the amount of which shall be determined from time to time by the committee) to defer the cost of a bailiff or other authorised person attending the fishery and reopening the gates and until the fee is paid that member shall be suspended from membership of the Association.

There is no access to lakes, car parks or surrounding areas outside of the times shown.


COACHING

ANY PERSON, COMPANY OR ORGANISATION, OTHER THAN OFFICIAL BATHAMPTON A.A. COACHES, WHO IS COACHING ON ANY BATHAMPTON A.A. WATERS FOR PROFIT OR ON A COMMERCIAL BASIS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE USE OF NOT MORE THAN FOUR (4) FISHING PLATFORMS AND / OR FOUR (4) PUPILS.

FOR THE PURPOSES OF THESE RULES, ANYONE HOLDING A ROD OR POLE WITH LINE OR OTHER TACKLE IN THE WATER MUST BE A MEMBER OF BATHAMPTON A.A. AND HOLD CURRENT MEMBERSHIP AND HAVE DAY PERMIT OR DAY TICKET AS APPLICABLE.

IT IS NOT PERMITTED TO RESERVE OR PRE-BOOK ANY FISHING PLATFORM, SWIM OR SPACE.




Members should always check notice boards at the fishery for possible variations to the bye-laws.

NO FISH TO BE REMOVED.
FISHING IS BY CONVENTIONAL ROD AND REEL OR POLE AND LINE ONLY.

MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO REPORT ANY INSTANCES OR SUSPICIONS OF FISH THEFT TO A CLUB OFFICIAL OR BAILIFF, AND IF POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN VEHICLE DESCRIPTION AND REGISTRATION.

USING FRESHWATER FISH AS BAIT, WHETHER DEAD OR ALIVE IS BANNED.

RESERVING OF SWIMS IS NOT PERMITTED.

Members must fish only from the platforms on Bridge and Withy Pools, and only from the established swims on Hunstrete Lake.

Disabled platforms on Bridge and Withy Pools are available to all, but disabled members will have priority at all times and able-bodied members must move if the swim is required by a disabled angler [provided no other disabled platforms are available on the lake being fished].

A toilet is available.   Please use it.   Suitable for wheelchair/disabled access.

Anglers must not obstruct the public footpath [on the dam/north side of Hunstrete Lake].

Anybody moving, introducing or removing any fish from any lake will be prosecuted and banned for life.

No person under the age of 12 years is allowed to fish unless accompanied at all times by an adult member.

An Angler under the age of twelve [“Under Twelve”] who does not legally require an Environment Agency Rod Licence may fish restricted waters owned or leased by The Association without the purchase of an Association annual permit, day permit or restricted waters permit on the following conditions.

[a]     An Under-Twelve may share or fish a swim, fishing platform or place with an accompanying person [“Sponsor”] who is in receipt of a current senior Association annual permit and a valid day permit for the water they or the Under-Twelve are fishing.   An Under-Twelve may also share a swim, fishing platform or place with another Under-Twelve as specified in paragraph [e] of this Rule.

[b]     Each Under-Twelve must arrive, remain with and leave with his or her Sponsor.

[c]     The Sponsor must concede one of his or her rod entitlements to each Under-Twelve fishing the Sponsor’s swim, fishing platform or place.

[d]     An Under-Twelve may not fish any vacant swim, fishing platform or place other than that of his or her Sponsor unless the Under-Twelve is receiving tuition from one of the Association’s committee members.

[e]     Only two anglers at any one time shall be permitted to fish from one swim, fishing platform or place i.e. One Sponsor and one Under-Twelve or two Under Twelve’s with a Sponsor in attendance who in any event shall be responsible for the conduct of each Under Twelve, fishing that swim, fishing platform or place.

[f]     Each Under-Twelve must at all times comply with the Rules and Bye-Laws of the Association and any infringement of these will be the Sponsors responsibility and may result in the Under-Twelve concerned being banned from the Association’s waters and the Sponsor being liable to expulsion from the Association.

An Under-Twelve who does not legally require an Environment Agency Rod Licence may fish unrestricted waters owned or leased by the Association without an Association annual or day permit on condition that he or she is accompanied by a Sponsor who is in receipt of a current senior Association annual permit and on the conditions set out in this Rule paragraphs [b] to [f] inclusive.

Only commercially manufactured barbless hooks to be used.
EXCLUSION FOR PIKE FISHING ONLY.

[a]     When using treble hooks for dead baiting, semi-barbless trebles must be used. ie. two hooks will be barbless and only one to be barbed [for securing the bait].

[b]     When using spinners, plugs or any other artificial lure with barbed treble hooks attached, all the barbs must be pressed down so that only a smooth bump remains where the barb was.


Braided main line may be used ONLY for spodding.

All nuts are banned.

The following methods of taking fish are prohibited and anyone doing so will be prosecuted: netting, snaring, fouling, trailing, gleaving, setting trimmers, long lines and any night lines.

The Head Bailiff is empowered to suspend any member reported for breaking club rules, pending a decision by the Management Committee.

Association bailiffs are empowered to retain membership cards of any members they have reason to believe may be contravening club rules.

Anglers are to allow bailiffs to inspect permits, baits, rigs and tackle at any time.

Anyone contravening any rules can be asked to leave immediately and will be reported to the Management Committee for further action.

Bathampton Angling Association will not be responsible for any accident or damage or personal injury that may be caused to person or property for any reason, at any Association fisheries or their surrounds.

Any damage whatsoever caused by neglect must be paid for by the offending member.

Any person fishing at a spot containing litter shall be held responsible for same, and will be liable for expulsion from the Association, pending a decision by the Disciplinary Sub Committee.

No rod or pole shall be left unattended whilst fishing.   “Unattended” means anglers being more than 5 feet away from their rod[s] or pole whilst the line is in or on the water.


All tins and cans are banned.

On no account may persons fishing or visiting the Association’s waters be allowed to carry an offensive weapon of any description.

Dogs are not allowed at any fisheries or on surrounding grounds.

A maximum of two rods per angler to be used at any one time.
EXCEPTION: If anglers share a swim or platform a maximum of two rods per swim applies.


Night fishing is not permitted, unless authorised by the Management Committee.

The possession and/or use of any illegal drugs or substances are not permitted within the bounds of any Association fisheries.

NO ALCOHOL IS TO BE BROUGHT ONTO OR CONSUMED AT ANY BATHAMPTON A.A. FISHERIES.

Anyone not in possession of a current membership card is not allowed onto any fishery or its surrounds, unless in receipt of special permission in writing from the General Secretary; or as otherwised defined as a member in the Constitution. Said special permission must be produced on demand from Association bailiffs.

All members are requested to carry their membership cards and automatically become bailiffs.

Climbing of trees is prohibited at all club fisheries.

No cars allowed in any fields adjoining waters, unless authorised.

No fires to be lit.

All gateways to be kept clear.

The use of radios is to be moderated at all times.

Unauthorised digging of banks is strictly forbidden.

Members must keep to proper paths to access the lakes.

No person or persons shall be allowed to organise any type of unofficial match or competition on any of the Association’s waters, without first obtaining permission in writing from the Management Committee.

All carp, barbel and pike must be returned to the water immediately EXCEPT when special dispensation granted by the Management Committee.
PROVISION: Fish may be retained in landing net in the water whilst preparations are made for weighing and/or photographing only.   Members are expected to apply common sense regarding best welfare of the fish and return them as soon as possible.


All sacks, tubes and any other methods of retaining fish – other than legal [size etc] keepnets – are banned.

Large padded unhooking mats are COMPULSORY for all anglers fishing for carp, barbel and pike.   The use of unhooking mats is strongly recommended for all species.

SHARING OF UNHOOKING MATS ACROSS SWIMS IS NOT PERMITTED.

The “METHOD” style of fishing is banned, unless a free running in-line feeder or a free running in-line lead is used.

Bolt rigs and fixed leads are banned, unless the lead is correctly attached to a commercially manufactured quick release safety lead clip, as directed by the manufacturer.

No unused bait to be left on the bank after fishing.

The use of bloodworm and joker is allowed only from 1st October to 15th June, inclusive.

Maggots, with Chrysodine, Auromine or Rhodamine added are banned.

All hi-tech carp fishing “Boilie Shooters” [based on paint-ball guns] are banned.

FLY FISHING IS BANNED i.e. use of traditional fly rod and Weight Forward or Double Taper or Shooting Head lines is not permitted.

The use of leadcore in any form and as any part of a fishing set-up is prohibited.

NO PRE_BAITING OF SWIMS OUTSIDE OF OPENING HOURS.



ALL ANGLERS OVER 12 YEARS OLD REQUIRE AN ENVIRONMENT AGENCY ROD LICENCE, IN ADDITION TO BATHAMPTON AA MEMBERSHIP.

ROD LICENCES ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES.

ANNUAL ROD LICENCE TERM IS FROM 1ST APRIL TO 31ST MARCH IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

BATHAMPTON AA MEMBERSHIP EXPIRES ON 31ST DECEMBER EVERY YEAR, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHEN PURCHASED.


PIKE FISHING

Using freshwater fish as bait, whether dead or alive, is banned.

Large padded unhooking mats are compulsory.

Members must use minimum 15 lb. b.s. main line.

Members must use a wire trace of at least 25 lb. b.s. and at least 18 inches long.

Members must carry at least one pair of forceps with minimum length of 10 inches, and a pair of wire cutters; for removing hooks.

Members must strike immediately a run develops when bait fishing.

When using treble hooks, semi-barbless trebles must be used. i.e. two hooks will be barbless and only one barbed (for securing the bait).

When using spinners, plugs or any other artificial lure with barbed hooks attached, all the barbs must be pressed down so that only a smooth bump remains where the barb was.

All pike must be returned to the water immediately.
PROVISION: Fish may be retained in landing net in the water whilst preparations are made for weighing and/or photographing only.   Members are expected to apply common sense regarding best welfare of the fish and return them as soon as possible.

All anglers are advised to check the Pike Anglers Club website (www.pacgb.co.uk) for best practices on caring for all pike.

Any person, company or organisation, other than official Bathampton A.A. coaches, who is coaching on any Bathampton A.A. waters for profit or on a commercial basis, shall be limited to the use of not more than four (4) fishing platforms and/or four (4) pupils.

For the purposes of these rules, any one holding a rod or pole with line or other tackle in the water must be a member of Bathampton A.A. and hold current membership and have day permit or day ticket as applicable.

Save and except for official Bathampton A.A. coaches, it is not permitted to reserve or pre-book any fishing platform, swim or space.


 
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