To All Members,
Due to the General Election on the 12th December, the Ferryhill Catholic Church Hall which the club uses for meetings and the AGM is being used as a Polling Station on that date.
The 2019 FDAC AGM will now be held on Thursday 19th December 2019 at the same venue and time.
Reports of Disease In Wild Salmon
Recently, there have been reports of small numbers of wild salmon caught in Norway with
signs of abdominal haemorrhage and ulceration. There has also been a report of a small
number of salmon showing signs of disease in north-east Scotland. At this stage it is not
known if these cases are connected, or represent anything new or unusual, but we are
monitoring this situation.
We are in contact with colleagues in Scotland, Norway and Ireland to better understand
what is being seen. As far as we are aware, losses have so far been low and a cause has
not yet been established. We are awaiting further information to assess if what is being
reported represents something different to pre-existing, and often naturally occurring
diseases of wild salmonids.
We continue to monitor disease in all of our major salmonid rivers and ask anyone who
encounters fish that are diseased or in distress to contact our incident hotline immediately.
This will allow us to respond promptly to any disease incidents.
We are asking anglers to be vigilant but not to remove or handle any fish in distress.
Photographs of fish showing signs of abnormality can be extremely useful if the situation
allows and it is safe to do so. However, any fish caught by rod and line showing signs of
disease should be returned to the water as quickly as possible.
We also ask that anglers practice good biosecurity and disinfect their waders, boots, nets
and wet fishing equipment after fishing and before moving to other waters. This can be
done by thorough drying in sunlight or with the use of appropriate disinfectants.
To report dead or dying fish, please contact our incident hotline immediately: 0800
80 70 60
For further information please contact the National Fisheries Laboratory; tel: 02084
745244 or 07825 111723, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
customer service line 03706 506 506 floodline 03459 88 11 88
incident hotline 0800 80 70 60
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Dear Members Many Members will have by now heard by various means that the Club has terminated the lease on the Ferryham stretch of the River Wear (Croxdale Bridge to where the River Browney enters the River Wear.) For several years, the Club has been paying the lease rent, however as the Club’s most expensive layout it had become apparent that in order to continue with the lease a reduction in lease rent was needed. Over the years I have negotiated with the riparian landowner and have had some success in maintaining the lease amount. Unfortunately, with numbers declining in membership the Committee agreed to continue paying was not in the best interest of the Club. I am aware that this has come as a disappointment to Members, myself included as I have enjoyed fishing this stretch of the River Wear for Grayling, Brown Trout and Seatrout. The reason notice has been given later rather than sooner was that I offered the riparian landowner the opportunity to come back with a viable and acceptable solution and was prepared to wait until a date of no return, but alas nothing has come from this. All signage on this stretch of the River Wear has been removed and as of the end of April no Members from FDAC can fish this area. These are changing times not only for our Club but for Clubs up and down the country. Many Clubs are facing the same issues that our Club is dealing with and trying to meet the expectations of Members as well as securing the future of our Club is no mean feat and I would welcome input from all Members and support shown at the Meetings held every second Thursday on alternative months. Regards Owen Watret (Secretary FDAC)
Many Members will have by now heard by various means that the Club has terminated the lease on the Ferryham stretch of the River Wear (Croxdale Bridge to where the River Browney enters the River Wear.) For several years, the Club has been paying the lease rent, however as the Club’s most expensive layout it had become apparent that in order to continue with the lease a reduction in lease rent was needed. Over the years I have negotiated with the riparian landowner and have had some success in maintaining the lease amount. Unfortunately, with numbers declining in membership the Committee agreed to continue paying was not in the best interest of the Club.
I am aware that this has come as a disappointment to Members, myself included as I have enjoyed fishing this stretch of the River Wear for Grayling, Brown Trout and Seatrout. The reason notice has been given later rather than sooner was that I offered the riparian landowner the opportunity to come back with a viable and acceptable solution and was prepared to wait until a date of no return, but alas nothing has come from this. All signage on this stretch of the River Wear has been removed and as of the end of April no Members from FDAC can fish this area.
These are changing times not only for our Club but for Clubs up and down the country. Many Clubs are facing the same issues that our Club is dealing with and trying to meet the expectations of Members as well as securing the future of our Club is no mean feat and I would welcome input from all Members and support shown at the Meetings held every second Thursday on alternative months.
Owen Watret (Secretary FDAC)
Fishery: Ferryham (Viaduct) approx. 250m
Ferryham (River Wear & River Browney) approx. 3200m
PLEASE NOTE THAT AS FROM 31ST MARCH 2019 FDAC
DO NOT LEASE THESE STRETCHS OF RIVER. DO NOT FISH
UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
Sunday Match Series
April 7th - Moulton Lane
April 21st - The Oaks - Cedar (Pegs 1-20)
May 5th - The Tilery
May 19th - The Oaks - Maple (Pegs 1-20)
June 2nd - Tees Valley Lake (12 max)
June 16th - The Oaks - Cedar (Pegs 1-20)
June 30th - Moulton Lane - Draw 11am
July 14th - The Oaks - Alders (Pegs 1-20)
July 28th - The Tilery - Draw 1pm
August 11th - The Oaks - Maple (Pegs 48-68)
August 25th - Tees Valley Lake (12 max)
September 8th - The Oaks - Alders (Pegs 21-41)
September 22nd - Tilery Draw 11am
October 6th - The Oaks - Cedar (Pegs 60-80)
October 20th - Moulton Lane
Draw times are 9am unless stated otherwise Anyone wanting to fish away days (Oaks and moulton lane)must book on with match secretary the Friday before the match as there is limited pegs.(pegging fee applies).please note if you book a peg and don’t turn up you will have will to pay for your peg fee before you can book in future. I run a points series ,there is £100 to split. You can pay £10 into the series to be payed out at the end of the series. This is( optional) Ponds will be closed on day of home matches Wednesday Night Match Series May 15th The Tilery May 22nd The Tilery May 29th Shaftos June 5th The Tilery June 12th The Tilery June 19th Shaftos June 26th The Tilery July 3rd The Tilery July 10th Shaftos July 17th The Tilery July 24th The Tilery
Anyone wanting to fish away days (Oaks and moulton lane)must book on with match secretary the Friday before the match as there is limited pegs.(pegging fee applies).please note if you book a peg and don’t turn up you will have will to pay for your peg fee before you can book in future.
I run a points series ,there is £100 to split. You can pay £10 into the series to be payed out at the end of the series. This is( optional)
Ponds will be closed on day of home matches
Wednesday Night Match Series
May 15th The Tilery
May 22nd The Tilery
May 29th Shaftos
June 5th The Tilery
June 12th The Tilery
June 19th Shaftos
June 26th The Tilery
July 3rd The Tilery
July 10th Shaftos
July 17th The Tilery
July 24th The Tilery
£10 (optional) fee for points series to be payed out to the winner of the series £1.00 golden peg (optional). The series will be run over 10 matches.the 11th match is a prize match for any golden peg money left over. Ponds will closed from 12pm on above dates To book pegs or any questions please contact match secretary Neil Marsden on 07749191194
£1.00 golden peg (optional). The series will be run over 10 matches.the 11th match is a prize match for any golden peg money left over.
Ponds will closed from 12pm on above dates
To book pegs or any questions please contact match secretary
Neil Marsden on 07749191194
FDAC Secretary’s Newsletter
Well I had hoped to have fished the rivers on many more occasions this season than last, however a change in job as well as family commitments resulted in far less fishing opportunities. Ever the optimist, this coming year will be better. Far fewer seatrout and salmon ran the rivers due to low water but those anglers who persevered through many a blank session were rewarded. The future of migratory fish coming into our rivers from the sea have now obtained some relief with the EA’s net limitation order. (See EA website)
Coarse anglers have had mixed success this season. The Tillery produced quality fish and those fish that were stocked have now settled-in-well and should continue to provide excellent sport. Further stocking will take place this coming season on Shafto’s as long as the predation issue is addressed to ensure our fisheries continue to thrive. The Club have successfully obtained a licence to help deal with the predation problem, however a few minor adjustments are needed.
The Club Committee would like to thank our Trustees for their wisdom and support this year, particularly for standing in as Chairman. Neville Taylor whom many will know as the Club’s Head River Bailiff was voted unanimously as our new Chairman and we wish him well in this post. With membership numbers continuing to decline just like many Club’s throughout the country not just the North East the Club proposed to hold back an increase of £10 on new membership (£80) until the 2020 season. New Members to the Club will no longer be required to find an additional £10 joining fee. There will be no increase for juniors. Special thanks to our Committee and to our Web Master Roy for their enthusiasm and dedication for without them the Club would not exist.
All that remains for me is to wish all our Members on behalf of your Club Committee, “Merry Christmas and happy New Year.”
Owen Watret (FDAC Secretary)
The 2018 AGM will be held on Thursday 13th December 2018 at the All Saints Catholic Club, Dean Road, Ferryhill, DL17 8ET. Starting at 8pm Prompt. Please make sure that you have your FDAC Membership card with you for entry.
Bi-Monthly club meetings are held every second Thursday of the month at the All Saints Catholic Club, Dean Road, Ferryhill, DL17 8ET. Starting at 8pm Prompt.
The first meeting of 2018 will be Thursday 8th February 2018 followed by:
December 13th AGM
The Tilery has recently had a second stocking of fish. These were free of charge from the E.A via their facility at Calverton. 2000 Fish were stocked 1000 Roach, 500 Rudd & 500 Bream. Pictures are below.
After the recent double stocking of the Tilery a work party has installed some fish protection measures. Several ropes are stretched across the pond to deter predator birds such as Cormorants .Please don’t move or cut they are there to help protect the fish and will only be present till April. Any member found tampering, cutting or removing the ropes will be brought before the Committee to explain their actions.
FDAC Club memberships now open for 2018. Full details are on the JOIN US website page
On the 31st October The Tilery has a fish stocking. approx. 800 fish (300 Ide 4-6 inch and 500 F1 carp 4-6 inch) were stocked into the pond.
The bankside vegetation on the Ferryham stretch on the River Wear at Croxdale has now been cut by the landowner.
Anyone caught climbing the fence at Shafto's will be banned from the club and also from being able to buy Day Tickets.
Club Rule No.28 relating to night fishing on club waters has been amended to read:
28. NIGHT FISHING - Night fishing (Fly Only) allowed on all club waters leased or owned by the club on the River Wear.
NO NIGHT FISHING ALLOWED ON ANY OTHER CLUB WATER.
Please note the below rule re alcohol on any club water. A day ticket holder has recently been banned from waters after having been found with alcohol at Shafto's.
14. No Dogs (except guide dogs), Guns (of any description), Fires, Radios
(Walkman’s, IPods etc. excepted), Barbecues and Alcoholic drinks on or at the bank side while fishing. No Bivvies, Tents or Camping on any stretch of River.
The club are still looking for members interested in joining the Committee to fill current vacancies.
Join a Friend Scheme
FDAC wishes to offer our Members an incentive whereby we reward anyone who enrols 5 new members to the Club.
How does this work – If a fully paid up member gets 5 people join the club as new members then the members has their membership refunded for that year. See examples below.
Eg Senior member (£60) gets 5 new (not renew) members to join and then is refunded their £60.
Eg Junior member (£10) gets 5 new (not renew) members to join and is then refunded their £10.
To all members, please remember to take any litter from your fishing back home with you after you have finished. There have been reports of litter being left on the banks and in swims. Any seen discarding litter will be asked by the committee to account for their actions.
Also a reminder to all members to use the gates provided to enter the fishery. Anyone caught climbing over fences will be subject of a ban from the water by Whitworth Hall and the club.
A fence which anglers need to get over for access to Brockbank stretch recently had barbed wire added to its top edge by the landowner. After consultation with the club the barbed wire has been removed and wooden bar installed to make it easier for anglers to climb over.
Anglers to please note the following to not cross through the field at rear of the Honest Lawyer. Access to the river is by the gate at the new roundabout and down beside the A167 to the road bridge and not over the field. Anyone caught crossing the field will be brought in front of the committee to explain their actions.
Anglers to please note the following: FDAC do not have access to the fishing rights between the viaduct and old road bridge at Croxdale on the South bank (sewerage plant side)
Due to the General Election the Catholic Hall is not available for the normal meeting on the 8th of June. The meeting date has now been moved to THURSDAY 15th June.
The club has received notification of unauthorised cutting down of trees on private land where we have the fishing rights.
All members to note that NO trees are to be either trimmed or cut by any means unless authorised by the club or landowner. Any member found doing so will be brought before the committee to explain their actions.
Members are reminded to only fish within the boundaries of our club stretches. There have been reports of members fishing on adjacent stretches to club waters. Any person found to be fishing in this way but claiming to be a member of the club will be disciplined by the club but may also be subject to legal action by the actual owners of the stretch concerned.
When you need a licence
You need a rod fishing licence to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel with a rod and line in:
You must always carry your rod fishing licence when you’re fishing or you could be prosecuted.
You can be fined up to £2,500 for fishing without a rod fishing licence.
Children under 12 don’t need a licence.
Licences for children aged between 12 and 16 are free.
You may also need:
You must follow national and local rules (byelaws) when freshwater fishing with a rod and line in England and Wales.
This lets you fish non-migratory trout and all freshwater fish.
You must use your licence in one of the following ways. You can choose to fish with:
You can also buy a 12-month licence that lets you use 3 rods for freshwater fish.
The place where you fish may have additional rules about how many rods you can use there.
This lets you fish salmon, sea trout, non-migratory trout and all freshwater fish.
You must use your licence in one of 3 ways. You can choose to fish with:
The place where you fish may have additional rules about how many rods you can use there.
The following rods aren’t affected by licence limits unless they have hooks attached:
To fish Ferryhill And District Angling Club waters you must also have a valid EA Licence as well as your club membership.
FDAC AGM 2016
Reflecting on my year as the Chair for FDAC a couple things come to mind. The first is that along with most of fishing clubs in the North East our membership has once again declined, however our decrease does not seem as big as some other clubs which has to be regarded as a positive. I believe the club represents very good value for money whichever type of fishing you pursue be it Game or Coarse. I ask that all members act as advertising for the club to bring in new members. The Join a Friend scheme could actually see members fishing for free if they have introduced new members to the club.
Whilst the decline in membership affects the money coming into the club we have had a stable year with all bills paid as required, however we must not lose sight of our goal to increase membership and provide good fishing for all members in the future.
The second thing that comes to mind is to bring good fishing we also need good fishery management be it through working on work party’s or by working as part of the club management committee.
There are members who complain about the state of some fisheries but are not willing to help out either. I ask all members to donate some time to assisting with work parties to help the club, even if it is just on the fishery you must often fish. You have a right to complain if something is amiss however if you complain you should also be prepared to help fixing the issue by assisting at a work party.
Another way of assisting the club is to be part of the club management committee. During 2016 the committee has constantly run 3 committee members down. This puts extra strain on the remaining members and as such not everything gets down in a timely manner. We have had a volunteer but due to current club rules he was ineligible, this ruling forms a part of a proposal at this AGM which if passed will allow others to step forward if they so wish.
To finish my year as Chair I wish to thank people for their help and assistance to the club over the past year. Firstly to three members who have constantly tendered the Tilery and over the last few years have transformed it. They don’t particularly like their names being up in lights but the Committee and members thank them for their efforts. Secondly to the Committee, Exec Officers and Trustees of the club I personally thank you for your efforts this past year, from day to day running of the club, managing fishing matches to working on work parties on our fisheries.
Ferryhill and District Angling club is in my humble opinion the best club in the North East. Numbers may have waned but the fishing is some of the best fishing available and at a price which cannot be beaten for what is on offer. As I said earlier, please act as advertising for the club to allow others to find out what we have on offer and to help better the club for future members.
Best wishes and tight lines for 2017
2016 FDAC Chair.
Just a reminder to members that the 2016 AGM will be held at Ferryhill Catholic Club hall, Dean Rd Ferryhill on the 8th December starting at 8pm. Membership card must be available for inspection and entry to meeting.
2017 FDAC Memberships
Memberships for 2017 will once again be available from the 1st November 2016. This is an ideal time to buy somebody a membership for Christmas or somebody wishing to start fishing.
For 2017 ALL members to fill in a membership form to keep our database accurate and up to date. If your photo is more than 5 years old a new photo will be required.
The club did have restrictions in place at Bellingham during October in the number of persons allowed to fish. At the club meeting on 13th October it was decided to discontinue this restriction on Day Tickets and to allow unlimited tickets to be sold. Whilst some members may not be happy with this decision , the club also has to take notice of the financial benefits from the sale of more Day Tickets on the stretch. An addition to the tickets will be the availability of a junior ticket Day Ticket for the stretch at half the cost of the full ticket but they must be accompanied by an adult when fishing.
The club are still looking for members interested in joining the Committee to fill current vacancies.
The club are also looking for somebody interested in running the 2017 Match series for Juniors.
If any member finds any traps in the rivers or ponds for catching eels or Crayfish, please inform the club and also the EA as soon as possible. DO NOT remove the traps, if you are caught in possession without a licence you are committing an offence.
Larger tins have been found at Shafto's, we believe this is due to people either fishing illegally or persons with day tickets. Anyone seen leaving litter should be reported to the committee or bailiffs asap.
Burn Hall Farm Car Park
Members are reminded to lock the gate for our car park at all times.
AGM Proposals 2016
Members are advised that any proposals they wish to have considered at the 2016 AGM must be forwarded to the Secretary and Committee before the end of the October 2016 Monthly meeting. Any proposal must be in writing and include the name, signature of the proposer and their seconder.
The start times for the above senior match at The Tilery on Sunday 26th June has been changed.
Draw now 1pm
Fish 2pm - 7pm
The pond will be closed all day to pleasure anglers.
Are you interested in helping run the club and represent the club membership? There are currently 3 vacancies on the club committee. You must have been a member of the club 2 yrs to act on the committee and have to be proposed and seconded by other members. Proposals must be in writing (not email) to the club secretary and you must attend meetings.
To all Members,
There has believed to have been a case of Weils disease at a fishery outside of County Durham. As such the Committee wish to inform members of the disease and simple precautions we can all take to guard against it.
Weil's disease is a form of a bacterial infection also known as Leptospirosis that is carried by animals, most commonly in rats and cattle. It can be caught by humans through contact with rat or cattle urine, most commonly occurring through contaminated fresh water. Although human infection in the UK is minimal it is still worth taking some preventative measures to decrease the possibility of contracting it.
The best prevention is to understand where and how Weil's disease can be caught and taking precautions based on this knowledge. If you know you may come into contact with untreated water such as flood waters, canals, ponds and rivers you can reduce the risk of infection by taking the following precautions:
The Club wishes to remind members to check the rivers they fish before wading in the water. The floods seen over the last couple of months may have changed the riverbeds so that what was safe before may now not be safe to wade in. Check as you enter any stretch.
If you find any differences please members know by adding it to our our Facebook page or emailing the Committee.
Game fishing match dates have been added to the Senior Match Dates page
Sorry for the delay in issuing 2016 Memberships. This has been caused by the club waiting for new Membership and Constitution Books which members can store with their fishing gear.
Rules etc have to be ratified at the AGM in December and the books then go to the printers. Due to Public holidays etc the books don't go to print until January, hence the delay.
The books will last for approx. 3yrs , there are a couple of blank pages at the back of the book and any update for the years in between will be by a self adhesive page that members will receive with their membership and stick to these pages.
Anybody who already has received their 2016 membership will receive their books shortly.
The following email has been received from Giles Evans the Angling Trusts North East Regional Enforcement Officer. If you wish to take part please download, complete the forms and return them direct to Giles. The links to download the forms are at the bottom of this notice. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY COMPLETED FORMS TO FDAC. THEY MUST GO DIRECT TO GILES.
Happy new year to you all and secondly, the Volunteer Bailiff Scheme I mentioned has it’s 1st Induction day on the 5th March in Darlington. If anyone is interested, I will need their application forms asap as I have to put a cut off date of the 5th Feb to allow for time to order items and arrange the day
I have attached the forms again, should you or anyone need them. If anyone needs them posted, please get them to e mail me and I will arrange it
The response has been good and we have over 20 attending to date, but obviously, I am sending the message out that I won’t be able to accept applications after the 5th Feb
Anything further please get in touch
North East Regional Enforcement Manager
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37. No Boilies are to be used on any Club Stillwaters unless on a hook or rig and must be 8mm or less in size.
Do you know anybody who fishes with a Day ticket or who wishes to. FDAC Day Tickets are now available on line.
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