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September 2017: ATTENTION ALL ANGLERS
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The club is aware of some recent incidents of illegal fish taking at the Denver Claypit. Anyone that may have any information regarding this, or witnesses any such activity is encouraged to call any of the following numbers:

  • the EA incident number, 0800 807060
  • Malcolm Plumb 01945 774223
  • Peter Scragg 07535101493

 Alternatively, call the Police quoting Operation Traverse (fish theft).

 Any photos of illegal activity and relevant car numbers will greatly assist bringing these felons to justice.

April 2017: AGM Summary
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Brief Summary of the 2017 AGM

AGM Proposals:

1.The proposal that match pools money be increased from 5 to 10 was voted out.
2.Proposal on changes to match winners payout was withdrawn.
3.Proposal that keepnets for silverfish be allowed at the Claypit from 1st September was carried unanimously. The rule in membership book to be changed.
4. Proposal that match attendees should give 2 days notice to match secretary was carried. 
5. Rule 24 concerning use of barbed hooks on our fisheries was carried unanimously. Only barbless and microbarbed allowed. Rule to be amended in the book.
6. Proposal concerning club book price increase (excluding juniors) of 3 across the board, passed unanimously.

Open Forum

Trevor Manley outlined a possible proposed quarterly news letter, which was generally approved.
The floor questioned the validity of the Lake 2 new sluice project. After some heated discussions the Chairman called for a vote on said project, which was passed 16 for, 2 against and 2 abstentions.

Election of Officers
Chairman: Malcolm Plumb. Proposed Peter Scragg, seconded Trevor Manley-passed unanimously.
Vice Chairman: Peter Scragg. Proposed Malcolm Plumb, seconded Mark Ellis-Unanimously approved.
Secretary: Ian Harding. Unanimously approved
Minutes Secretary and club promotion officer: Trevor Manley. Proposed Malcolm Plumb, seconded Peter Scragg.-unanimously approved
Treasurer: Malcolm Plumb. Unanimously approved.
Match Secretary: None proposed. Dave Berry volunteered
Ass. Match Secretary: Guy Travis.
Committee: Mark Newton, Mark Ellis, Simon Gilbey.

 

April 2017: Work Parties
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Just a reminder to everyone that working parties are needed at Wallington Hall. We hold them every Wednesday from 9.00 am. Please come and help out, even if only for an hour or two. Here's a picture from last week's outing:

work party

April 2017: EA Grant Award
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Downham Market & District Angling Association has been awarded a grant of 4000 from the Environment Agency towards the cost of providing better fishing at Wallington Hall Lake 3.This money was obtained through the EA Fisheries Improvement Programme which is funded through rod licence income.

For the past two seasons lake 3 has become near impossible to fish due to the excessive growth of weed.

The grant will allow the club to install a new sluice in lake 2, so the flow of water into lake 3 is by-passed. Once this is done then a blue dye can be added to lake 3 which will stop any sun light reaching the bed of the lake and so killing off the weed.

It is hoped that this project will be carried out later this month (April) and the dye added before the growing season gets underway.

DM&DAA would like to thank the Environment Agency for this grant and looks forward to working with them on this project and in the future.

March 2017: Annual General Meeting


The AGM will be held on Monday April 3rd at The Chequers, Wimbotsham (7.30pm start).

These are the proposals to the AGM as submitted:

1. That the pools money on matches be increased from 5 to 10.
Proposer: S.Gilbey
Seconder: D. Berry

2. That the payout system for matches be changed to an overall winner then section winners. The overall winner will not be eligible for their section win, instead the angler coming second will receive that section prize.
Proposer: S. Gilbey
Seconder: D. Berry

3. That the use of keepnets for silver fish at the Claypit be allowed from 1st September. 
Proposer: S. Gilbey 
Seconder: T. Little

4. That the match rules be changed such that any angler wishing to participate in a general match must contact the Match Secretary to confirm attendance at least two days prior to the date of the match. This will allow time for the Match Secretary to determine if sufficient anglers wish to take part, and contact everyone if the match has to be cancelled. This rule change to be added to the Club Book.
Proposer M. Ellis
Seconder T. Manley

5. That Rule 24 be clarified. It is proposed that Rule 24 be changed to: “all hooks must be either barbless or micro-barbed. Fully barbed hooks are not permitted.” 
Proposer S. Gilbey
Seconder J. Taylor

6. That the DM&DAA club book price be increased by 3 per annum for all categories except Juniors, in order to assist with anticipated cost increases for 2017/18.
Proposer S. Gilbey on behalf the Committee
Seconder J. Taylor

March 2017: Annual General Meeting


The AGM will be held on Monday April 3rd at The Chequers, Wimbotsham (7.30pm start).

We urge all members to attend, the Chairman and Committee will report on activites and plans for the future. All agenda items must be received no later than two weeks prior to this date, ie last submission date is Monday, March 20th. Please also note that any agenda item submitted must be seconded. 

June 2016: Work Party


We kindly request any members with a few hours spare to attend a Work Party at Wallington Hall on Saturday June 11th (9am until 12). The main aim is to remove weed to prepare swims for the new season.

Only one person turned up for the last Work Party, this really is pretty poor.

Please support your club!

June 2016: Sad News


DM&DAA is very sad to announce the passing today of Tony Shanley, a stalwart of the club for many years and a keen match angler. He will be sorely missed and the club sends deepest condolences to his family.

May 2016: Match Prize Money


New for 2016:
  • Millennium cup 100 donated by the club (to qualify all matches in the series needs to be fished. the person with the highest overall points wins)
  •  Carrington cup 50 donated by Outdoor Antics (to qualify 3 out 4 matches in the series needs to be fished. the person with the highest overall points wins)
  • Wednesday night matches 50 donated by Mr. M. Turner (to qualify all five matches need to fished .the person with highest overall points over the five matches wins)

April 2016: New Club Books........


 ..........are ready and available at our stockists.

April 2016: AGM Report


Twenty members attended the AGM.

Matters arising:

Lake 3 weed problem: Contractors were consulted along with EA. Weed cutting lets in light and Hornwort has grown on. Conclusions included increased fish stocking to help to keep the lake bottom stirred up to hinder hornwort growth. The best option for lily control is by spraying from the bank with a 7m  long boom.

Concerns were expressed from the meeting about possible illegal fish removal from the Cuckoo and surrounding drains.

Chairman’s Report:

Small carp are to be stocked into Lake 3 (see above).Thanks for all work done on all our waters, especially to JR and his brother for all the works done at Wallington Hall. Work parties helped to remove felled trees. The Chairman also encouraged younger (committee) members to come to the work parties.

Over 60’s matches well attended, but poor attendance at the regular weekend matches.

The Joint book price scheme seems to be quite successful, however a price rise may be expected next year.

Information from the floor that Cormorants have been active at the Claypit. Vice Chairman to keep surveillance since this has not been a problem in the past.

Secretary’s report.

This was read out at the meeting. The value of having the website and the recent Facebook inclusion was noted, with no cost to the club. Secretary mentioned committee members efforts on researching weed control solutions and the value of sharing this knowledge with other clubs with similar problems eg Fakenham AA.

Treasurer’s report

Read out and approved.

Match Secretary’s report

One match had to be cancelled due to poor attendance. Match record broken by DB at  the Claypit - 136lb.

Open Forum.

Thanks were given to the club booksellers at the various outlets, especially Outdoor Antics.

Various suggestions were made for bigger money prizes at matches to promote attendance. Mark Turner volunteered to donate 50 for prizes at Claypit evening matches. The Club are to put up 100 for 4 matches (possibly the Millenium Cup). Darryl Spain from Outdoor Antics to put up  50 for a series of matches. (possibly the Carrington Cup?).

Simon from Outdoor Antics pointed out that some pegs at the Claypit need attention. Dave Berry volunteered to organise work parties for this.

Election of Officers.

Chairman:         Malcolm Plumb. (Proposed Peter Scragg, seconded Trevor Manley-passed unanimously.

Vice Chairman: Peter Scragg. Unanimously approved.

Secretary:             Ian Harding. Unanimously approved

Treasurer:            Malcolm Plumb. Unanimously approved.

Match Secretary:  Mark Ellis. Unanimously approved.

Ass. Match Secretary:  Dave Berry. Unanimously approved.

Committee:     Trevor Manley, John Taylor, Mark Newton, Joe Bourn, Simon Gilbey, Gavin Harrowing.


March 2016: Work Parties


We kindly  request any members with spare time to participate in upcoming work parties at Wallington, to take place 9-12 on Wednesdays 30th March and April 6th, 13th and 20th. Tree removal has been completed and we now need to repair pegs 8 to 10 on Lake 2. Volunteers needed!

March 2016: Annual General Meeting


The AGM will be held on Monday April 4th at The Chequers, Wimbotsham (7.30pm start).

Agenda:
1. Minutes of 2015 AGM
2. Matters Arising
3. Chairman's Report
4. Secretary's Report
5. Treasurer's Report
6. Match Secretary's Report
7. Open Forum for Members
8. Election of Club Officers for 2016: Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Match Secretary, Assistant Match Secretary, Election of Committee.

We urge all members to attend, the Chairman and Committee will report on activites and plans for the future. No agenda proposals have been received, so instead we will hold an Open Forum for Members to raise any queries/discussion points.

March 2016: Carp Galore



Adding fish is an excellent way of controlling weed, as well as improving things for anglers, so we are delighted to announce the club will be stocking 2000 carp into Wallington Hall Lake 3 before the start of the new season.

March 2016: Annual General Meeting


The AGM will be held on Monday April 4th, at The Chequers in Wimbotsham, start at 7.30pm. Please try to attend, there are some very important discussions to be had. All agenda items must be received no later than two weeks prior to this date, ie last submission date is Monday, March 21st. Please also note that any agenda item submitted must be seconded.

February 2016: Help Needed


VOLUNTEER REQUEST

Volunteer help needed for a couple of hours on Thursday February 18th at Wallington Hall. Some of the fallen trees will be moved and we need club members to turn out and help move the small stuff so the machines can get in. Please come if you can, the more the merrier. The result will be improved swim access, so it will be well worth the effort. Meet at 9am.

December 2015: Weed Problems


As all members are aware, this season has been a particularly difficult one for weed. We know other clubs in the area are suffering with a similar problem. At Wallington Hall, weed growth has been prolific, particularly in Lakes 1 and 3, making fishing difficult at times. The committee and volunteers have spent a lot of time on weed removal, but environmental conditions have meant it comes back again rapidly. We took the decision to engage a professional weed-cutting company to clear out Lake 3 in August, but sadly they let us down. It would have been a very considerable expense and eaten heavily into the club's funds. Unfortunately, there is no easy fix; we believe it is caused by nitrate run-off from farming, which enters the lakes through the feeder stream. The only long-term cure will be to prevent excess nitrates getting into the lakes, and we are looking into ways of achieving this. Further information will be forthcoming next year.

November 2015: Rearranged Match


There will be a match on Lake 2, Wallington Hall, on Sunday November 29th - usual timings apply. 

August 2015: Crucial Crucians


Downham Market and District Angling Association is very proud to have been selected by the Environment Agency, in concert with the National Crucian Conservation Project, to receive a stocking of 150,000 crucian carp fry into Lake 1 at Wallington Hall. These fish are from pure Norfolk genetic stock, taken originally from a lake near Holt and bred at the EA fish farm at Calverton. The aim is to restock Norfolk waters with original strains of fish, and to then crop them and stock more waters with mature fish, in order to re-establish a once-common species, but which has declined in recent years. There are stringent criteria for acceptance into this scheme, and DM&DAA is pleased to be part of a major conservation project. This builds on the club’s re-development work on Lake 1 at Wallington Hall. By investing in dredging, silt removal, relocating carp and controlling predators, we have provided a perfect habitat for these new crucians to grow and flourish. Lake 1 was previously restocked with 100 tench and 500 crucians (breeding size), to add to the roach, rudd, bream and perch already present. We would expect up to 5% of the newly-stocked crucians to survive and grow on, so in years to come we will have prime crucian carp fishing at this venue, as well as providing a source of mature fish for other waters. Read more about the NCCP at http://anglingtrust.net/page.asp?section=1057&sectionTitle=National+Crucian+Conservation+Project



lake 1 crucians
lake 1 crucians
Crucians - lots of 'emCrucians in close-up

July 2015:  Match Matters


Match Sec's report for the early season:  

We’ve held eight matches since the start of the season. June saw the  Marchant Shield on the 3rd at the Claypit won by N. Plumb with 48lb 12oz, S. Gilbey had a 15lb carp, eight anglers fished. The Treadfast shield on the7th at the Claypit won by S. Roslyn with 66lb 14oz, J Bourn had a pb carp of 12lb 3oz, eight anglers fished. The Alflatt cup on the 10th at the Claypit, won by D Bellham with 22lb 15oz, eight anglers fished. The Wallington K/O cup rnd 1 on 21st on Lake 3, winner S.Gilbey with a 22lb 7oz net of Roach and Rudd, M. Ellis had two Bream each weighing around 4lb apiece. Five anglers fished, a disappointing turn out. The Silverfish Trophy on the 24th at the Claypit, winner D Bellham with 14lb 8oz. Ten anglers fished.

July saw the Les Shreeves Shield on the 1st at the Claypit with D Bellham taking the individual win with 37lb 15oz. M Turner won the pairs shield with a double up weight of 58lb12oz. Nine anglers fished. On the 4th saw the second round of the Saturday League on Lake 2 being cancelled due to a lack of anglers with only M Ellis, D  Berry and D Bellham turning up.

This is a great shame, and also a huge waste  of time and money for the Match Secretary, who has an 80 mile round trip every time he runs a club match. So, in future, WILL ALL ANGLERS INTENDING TO FISH A MATCH PLEASE LET THE MATCH SEC KNOW IN ADVANCE - TELEPHONE/TEXT TO 07914495882. Otherwise, matches may be cancelled again at the last minute.

June 2015: Another Change to Match Calendar


Please note, the Over 60s Match on Thursday, July 2nd, has been moved to Trev's Lake, Head Fen.

June 2015: Change to Match Calendar


Please note, the Pairs Match due to take place on June 17th has been re-arranged for July 1st instead. There will be a sweepstake match instead on the 17th, draw as normal, fish 6pm-9pm.

The Clay Pit will be closed on July 1st in readiness for the Pairs Match.

June 2015: Getting Ready for the New Season


Work parties have been in action at Wallington Hall (primarily swim clearing) and The Cuckoo Drain. At the Cuckoo, new swims and an access walkway have been put in place:

work in progresswork in progress
new swims and walkwayhandrail added to the ramp

June 2015: Work Party


Calling all able-bodied (well, mostly able-bodied) members and would-be members....there will be a Work Party at Wallington Hall on Saturday June 6th at 9am for 2-3 hours. There's weed-clearing, lily cutting and swim maintenance to be done ahead of the new season, please come along and help if you can.

May 2015: Social Media


In a shameless attempt to attract a younger audience and new members, DMDAA is now on Facebook. Click the Facebook icon above to visit our page.

May 2015: Trophy Night


Match trophies were presented at the Open meeting on Monday, May 4th.  The full list of prizewinners can be found on the Match Scene page.

trophy night

Simon Gilbey with his array of trophies


Remember, club books will be available at the next Open Meeting on Monday, June 1st.

May 2015: New Club Books


Membership books for the new season will be available in tackle shop outlets and online from May 1st, 2015. They will also be available at the next Open Meetings on Monday, May 4th and Monday, June 1st.

Please note, the opening times for Outdoor Antics are incorrect as printed in the book, they should read:
Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.30pm
Friday 8.30am to 6pm
Saturday 8.30am to 5pm

April 2015: AGM Update


As a result of the AGM last week, two new rules have been added:

1. All club members must have and use an unhooking mat on all club waters
2. Hooks: sizes up to and including 14 must be microbarbed; size 16 and smaller must be barbless (see below):

hook types 2015

and another rule has been clarifed:

1. match rule - crucian carp are not to be kept in the same net as carp (to avoid damage).

Please note, the proposal to allow meat baits on club waters was withdrawn during the AGM, and so this rule stands - no meat baits allowed.

The experimental all-waters book has been extended (unanimously approved), and there will be no price change this year (2015/16). In addition, it was agreed to introduce a partner book price, so a husband/wife etc, who fish together, can purchase an additional book for their partner at a cost of 10 only, instead of having to buy two separate full-priced books.

It was also reported that 500 crucian carp and 100 tench of breeding size have been stocked into Lake 1.

The next Open Meeting will be on Monday  May 4th, 7.30pm as usual (yes, it's a Bank Holiday). New club books will be available, so new members can join or existing members can renew.

October 2014: Match Venue Change


Note to all matchmen: the match on Nov 2nd has changed venue and will now take place on The Ouse at Littleport.
Talking of matches, here's some early footage of the Over 60s in action at Ely.

September 2014: Special Offer for Club Members


One of our club ticket outlets, Outdoor Antics of Downham Market, is now offering 10% discount on all fishing-related items to club members on production of your club book. See here for contact details.

August 2014: Club Match Record Broken (Yet Again)


Darren's only gone and done it again - in a recent match at the Claypit, Darren Belham won with the huge weight of 132lb 6oz!  

August 2014: Match News


An additional match has been organised for Sunday August 17th at the Claypit. Accordingly, the Claypit will be closed that day to pleasure anglers. 

July 2014: Match Venue Change


The match due to be held on Lake 3 on Sunday  July 13th has been moved to Lake 2.

July 2014: Club Match Record Broken (Again)


Darren's done it again - in a recent three hour match at the Claypit, Darren Belham won with the huge weight of 99lb 13oz!  This is 10oz more than his last outing, but he still hasn't cracked the 100lb barrier.

June 2014: Club Match Record Broken


Things are hotting up, and it's not just the weather.

In a recent match at the Claypit, Darren Belham won with the huge weight of 99lb 3oz!

May 2014: New Season - Buy Your Club Book Online


Welcome to the new season - for those fishing the Clay Pit in Denver, at least. Our other waters open on June 16th.

That means now is a very good time to join the club. Not only have we made it simpler, with one book for all our venues at a reduced overall price, you can now renew, or apply for membership, via this website. All you have to do is go to the Membership page, download the application form, and send it off with a cheque and SAE.

Don't delay, get your application in now and be ready for the season!

April 2014: AGM Update


The AGM was held on Monday April 7th, at The Chequers in Wimbotsham. We are pleased to announce that. for a trial period of one year, the club will have just one book that covers all our venues. We have also reduced prices to help affordability. For the 2014/15 season, prices are:

Full membership: 35
Concessions: 30
Juniors: 10

Please also note that Howletts will no longer be selling DM&DAA club books. The only outlet in Downham Market selling books will be Outdoor Antics. Books can also be purchased from Denver Post Office, Ches' Tackle, Anglers Corner and Emneth Tackle (see Links page). We will also be starting online book sales via this website.

Club books will be available for purchase at the next two Open meetings: Monday May 5th and Monday June 2nd, 2014.

One other important change to club rules was passed at the AGM - from now on anyone fishing for carp or pike must have an unhooking mat and a landing net of appropriate size.

March 2014: AGM


The AGM will be held on Monday April 7th, at The Chequers in Wimbotsham, start at 7.30pm.

Agenda:
1. Minutes of 2013 AGM
2. Matters Arising
3. Chairman's Report
4. Secretary's Report
5. Treasurer's Report
6. Match Secretary's Report
7. AGM Proposals
8. Election of Club Officers for 2014: Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Match Secretary, Assistant Match Secretary, Election of Committee.

We urge all members to attend, there are some very important discussions to be had. 

February 2014: AGM Date


The AGM will be held on Monday April 7th, at The Chequers in Wimbotsham, start at 7.30pm. Please try to attend, there are some very important discussions to be had. All agenda items must be received no later than two weeks prior to this date, ie last submission date is Monday March 24th. Please also note that any agenda item submitted must be seconded.

December 2013: MEMORIES OF SUMMER


On a chilly and overcast Boxing Day, it's nice to think back to the glorious summer of 2013. Some of you may have misseed it, but Angling Times did a feature article on Wallington Hall, and they have very kindly given us permission to reproduce it here. Have a read and remember what it was like to fish in a T shirt!

Happy New Year to all club members: past, present and prospective.

Turkey Stakes Xmas Match at Denver Claypit 22nd December 2013

Draw 09:00 hrs, fish 10:00 to 15:00hrs; please contact Malcolm Plumb 01945 583157 to book your place.

December 2013: HALF PRICE MEMBERSHIP


From December 1st 2013, all club membership is now half price until March 14th 2013. Full membership 17.50, concession 15, juniors 5; Wallington Hall supplement 2.50.

July 2013: COME AND JOIN THE CLUB


The new season has got off to a cracking start. Vice Chairman Pete Scragg caught this wonderful 27lb mirror from a club water, and we hear a 31ber also came out a few days before, caught by a new member:

27lb mirror carp
Want to know where it was caught? You'll have to join to find out.................seriously, DM&DAA costs 10 pence or less per day; compare that with 25 a day to carp fish in some places (I overheard an angler moaning about this in a tackle shop  last week), or 200+ for a syndicate water. And our fish are about as "wild" as you can get, not recently-stocked, farm-grown monsters. Come on in, the waters are lovely.

May 2013: WALLINGTON HALL NEWS


It is with great pleasure and a vote of thanks to the Club Chairman, Malcolm Plumb, that we can annouce that Lake 4 at Wallington Hall will be available for fishing from June 16th, 2013. Lake 4 is approx. 1.5 acres in size with good depths, and the fishy content is a bit of an unknown quantity; it definitely holds carp, and possibly good roach, too. Improvement work will commence immediately.

This is a major upgrade - we now have 4 lakes at Wallington for you to enjoy. Add this to the Clay Pit, The Cuckoo Drain and over 15 miles of river fishing on the Ouse and Wissey, and a DM&DAA book is looking like even more fantastic value for money.

May 2013: DIVISION 2 NATIONAL


The Division 2 National will be held on the Ouse this year, including some of the Club's water. Practice matches can be held, subject to the leasing clubs holding their own matches. For further information, see here.

April 2013: PRESENTATION EVENING (and OPEN MEETING)


The Presentation Evening will be held at the Chequers, Wimbotsham, on Monday May 13th, at 7.30pm. This is also an Open Club Meeting. All are welcome.

April 2013: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


The AGM was held on Monday, April 8th, 2012 at 7.30pm, at The Chequers in Wimbotsham. Some important information was imparted to members old and new:
  • Lake 1 desilting and renovation work is nearly completed. The major work took 3 weeks, at its height some 30 tons of silt were being moved per hour
  • Reseeding of grass has taken place
  • Over 3200 roach, rudd and bream have been stocked; more stocking will take place shortly
  • A massive vote of thanks is due to the club members who gave over 600 hours of voluntary work to make this all happen - and to Clive Barr and Malcolm Plumb who organised it
  • Regarding Clive, we are sad to announce that he has had to stand down as Vice Chairman due to ill health
  • Also retiring from Club duty this year are Cyril Smith, Paul Tomlinson and Gordon Fisher; the Club wishes them all the best and thanks them for all their efforts over the years
  • Car parking at Lake 3 has been improved, but please remember to park out of sight of the Hall
  • As agreed at the EGM, book prices will increase to pay for the work and the stocking program over the next 5 years
  • Membership numbers have increased, with the proportion of Wallington Hall books increasing. This reflects well on the work done by the Officers and members and also the variety and diversity of our fishing
  • Wallington Hall fishing will now start at 5.30am until dusk or 10pm at night (from June 16th). However, a new automatic gate system has been installed - you must be off the lakes and through the gates before 10pm, otherwise you will be locked in and there will be a 20 release fee - no exceptions!
  • Election of Officers for 2013/14 took place - details are on the Contact Us page
gordon and malcolm
DM&DAA President, Malcolm Plumb (R), presents Gordon Fisher with a decanter in recognition of his many years of voluntary work at Wallington Hall, maintaining the lakes and their surrounding area. Although Gordon is officially retiring, he will still be fishing and keeping an eye on his protege, Sid, who will take over the role from now on.

March 2013: AGM Date


The AGM will be held on Monday April 8th, at The Chequers in Wimbotsham, start at 7.30pm. All agenda items must tbe received no later than two weeks prior to this date, ie last submission date is Monday March 25th. Please also note that any agenda item submitted must be seconded.

Jan 2013: UPDATE: LAKE 1 PHOTOS


As promised, here are some photos of the work undertaken at Lake 1:

The Problem
lake 1 "before"
lake 1 "before"

The Solution
the solution 1
the solution 2
the solution 3
the solution 4

The Work Party
the work party 1
the work party 2
the work party 4
the work party 4

The End Result
the end result 1
the end result 2

So, thanks to the efforts of members of the Committee and Club, we now have a pristine new lake with depths up to 6.5 feet. The next job is planting, swim installation and restocking, which will take place before the new season.

Here's a summary of what took place:
  • site clearance work commenced in late September 2012, with DM&DAA members to the fore
  • dregding began on October 8th and was completed around October 20th
  • at the height of operations, approx 35 tonnes of silt were being removed per hour
  • final site clean-up took place at the end of October
  • the lake was refilled in November.

Jan 2013: UPDATE: LAKE 1 WORK


The work on Lake 1, outlined below in the EGM minutes, has been completed. A huge amount of effort was made by club members (over 500 hours of voluntary work), led by Clive Barr and Malcolm Plumb, to prepare the site and continue the work once the Southery Drainage Board had completed their part. We thank them all for their efforts, it couldn't have been done without them.

Pictures will be posted here showing what has been achieved.

Jan 2013: LATEST NEWS


Apologies to all our readers, work got crazy for the second half of last year and no updates to the site were made. However, there are some important bits of news that need to be imparted.

EGM August 2012

An EGM was held to discuss the situation at Wallington Hall. In particular, Malcolm Plumb discussed the concerns of the committee about  the current water levels of lakes 1, 2 and 3.  Lake 1 has about 18” of water  and 39 “ of silt in places; the owner, John Plaxton, is also concerned that if nothing is done it will totally silt up. It was proposed by both parties to carry out remedial work ASAP. The cost is expected to be around 12,000; work to be carried out by Southery Drainage Board and should take 12 days. We need to lower the water levels and extract the fish ourselves. After the work is finished the water levels will be at least 4’. 

We are being  asked to pay between 5 &6k, at a rate of 1000 per year over next 5-6 years. It is proposed that we will build a new silt trap as well as a fish cage to house the fish from Lake 1, we will need general members to pitch in and help with the work, i.e. removal of trees, lilies, weeds and fish netting.

Mark told the meeting what we currently pay for our book on a day by day projection and what the members pay after not that much of a rise .The book has to go up!

PROPOSAL that books have to go up by 10 across the board excluding the junior book which will stay the same.  Seconded by J Hayhoe and W Mc Claren with no counter proposals. Passed unanimously. Money raised from the books could also be spent on re stocking the waters. Lake 1 will be a mixed fishery, no Carp. Lake 1 Carp will go to Lake 3. Intended restocking fish will be roach, rudd, tench, bream, crucians. We will also check on ide. We aim to get Lake 1 up and running for next year (2013). Member’s names were taken at the end of the meeting for work parties, also lake 1 car park to be extended.  

Mark mentioned to the meeting that a new tackle shop was to open at claws and paws an estimated 40 k of stock was going in.

May 2012: COME AND JOIN THE CLUB!!


Club books are printed and available now - you can get them from the ususal outlets (see here), or call the Secretary, or come to the next Open Meeting (June 11th).

Why should you join? DM&DAA offers a mix of fishing, from a near-commercial pond, to traditional estate lakes, to miles of inviting river on the Ouse and Wissey. Not forgetting The Cuckoo Drain, an excellent summer venue for coarse fishing and a great winter pike water.

In these difficult financial times, the numbers are hard to ignore: fishing a DM&DAA water will cost you from only six pence to nine pence A DAY! Compare that with the typical cost at a commercial water - anything from 5 to 15 per day. That's up to 250 times more expensive than a day at a  DM&DAA venue. A year with DM&DAA costs the same as a few days at a commercial. And when you add fuel costs and bait, joining DM&DAA will limit your expenditure and allow to enjoy more days fishing.

May 2012: WALLINGTON HALL OPEN DAY JULY 21st/22nd 2012


An exciting event will take place at Wallington Hall this summer. Paul Tomlinson is organising a sponsored Fishathon, in aid of the Riding for the Disabled Association, on Lake 3 (members only) from Friday July 20th to Sunday July 22nd. This is an opportunity to night fish at Wallington. In addition, on Saturday and Sunday (10am to 3pm)  we will hold  Open Days for anyone to come along and fish Lakes 1 and 2 for only 1! Club members will be on hand to advise and help, and this is an ideal moment to either try Wallington for Ordinary members, or for new members and particularly juniors to come along and try estate lake angling in beautiful surroundings.

More information will follow shortly.

May 2012: COMPLETE A SURVEY AND WIN 50


We have received a request from Lucy Anderson, a PhD student at Leeds University, to complete a short survey on the 
impact of aquatic invasive species in the UK. Animals such as North American signal crayfish, zebra mussels and killer shrimp and plants such as floating pennywort are spreading through our waterways having been accidentally introduced from other countries. Species such as these can cause serious damage to river banks and water pipes and are responsible for dramatic declines of our native flora and fauna. In the absence of any other form of control, the only way we can reduce the impact of these invasive species as well as diseases that they may introduce, such as crayfish plague and koi herpevirus, is to ensure that we do all we can to prevent their further spread.  Disease organisms and invasive species in their smaller juvenile stages may be accidentally spread between water bodies on boats, vehicles, clothing and fishing equipment. We are seeking your help to try and get a better understanding of current fishing practices so we can identify possible ways to prevent their spread.

The questionnaire is here: http://www.survey.leeds.ac.uk/anglersurvey  and takes 5 - 10 minutes to complete and all answers are completely anonymous. Everyone who completes the survey is given the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a 50 voucher for AnglingDirect online tackle shop.

May 2012: OPEN MEETING


An Open meeting was held on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 7.30pm, at The Chequers in Wimbotsham. Key messages from the AGM were reiterated, and new club books were available.  Chris Bailey from the EA visited and reminded us of the need to report illegal angling/fish theft/suspicious activity to the EA on their hotline number: 0800 807060.

This meeting was also Trophy Night - see here for details of winners (coming soon).

The next meeting will be on Monday June 11th - usual place, usual time. Club books will be available - remember to bring your EA licence and old club book (if already a member).

April 2012: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


The AGM was held on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 7.30pm, at The Chequers in Wimbotsham. Some important information was imparted to members old and new:
  • The Clay Pit will open on May 1st. Current members can use their 2011 membership book until they renew it, which they must do by June 11th at the latest. New members will have to wait until the May 8th meeting to purchase a 2012 book and can fish the Clay Pit when they are in possession of a new book. Note: all other club waters remain closed, as usual, until June 16th.
  • The club has expended a considerable amount of money and voluntary time in improving waters this year, including oxygenating plants at Wallington Hall and The Clay Pit, restocking at Wallington, the "inflatable man" cormorant scarer and swim improvement on all waters. This improvement programme will continue in 2012/13.
  • Lee Britton has been appointed H&S Officer - please report all incidents to him (eg injuries, unsafe pegs, bankside trees needing attention, etc)
  • Anyone fishing for specimen fish must use a landing net of at least 36" and an unhooking mat
  • The next meeting on Tuesday May 8th (as Monday 7th is a Bank Holiday)  is Trophy Night; club books should  be available for purchase at the May and June (Monday 11th) meetings. Remember to bring your EA rod licence.
  • An Open Day is planned at Wallington Hall in July (date TBC) for current members and anyone interested in joining - more details will be posted soon.

March 2012: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


The AGM will be held on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 7.30pm, at The Chequers in Wimbotsham.

If you have any items you wish to put to the meeting, these must be received in writing (via letter to the Secretary or Email to info@dmdaa.co.uk) at least two weeks before the meeting. Last  date for acceptance is March 19th.

March 2012: Wallington Hall Stocking


The Committee took the decision to invest in fish for stocking into Lake 2 at Wallington Hall. The fish, a mix of prime roach, bream and tench (the roach and bream being of breeding size) were stocked at the end of March:

roachbream
roachbream
tenchtench and bream
tench and breamthe last one (tench)

These fish should show well in the new season and are part of the continuing program of improving all the Club's fisheries.

October 2011: Wallington Hall Update


Two books have been purchased for Wallington Hall for anglers to record their catches - please use them, they will help the Committee assess performance and keep improving your fishery.

Talking of Wallington, bailiff Paul caught this 21lb 5oz beauty on Oct 1st from Lake 3:
21lb 5oz carp21lb 5oz carp

September 2011: Early Autumn Update


Despite the strange weather and patchy fishing in other waters, the club's venues are doing well. In particular, Lake 2 at Wallington Hall has been producing good bags of silverfish, including small rudd, roach and skimmers which are clearly the result of breeding in the lake. The small carp which were stocked 2 years ago are also showing and are now reaching 3-4lb in weight. Some members have reported difficulty in catching silverfish in Lake 2, but the key is in choice of tackle; fish light and you will be rewarded. We recommend light line (eg 3lb mainline, 1.5lb hooklength), small hooks (18 or 20), natural baits (pinkies work well) and if you are float fishing, dot the float right down to improve sensitivity of bite detection. Keep loose feeding little and often, and you will start with small fish and then the bigger ones will move in.

Similarly, the new river waters have been fishing well. Several anglers have reported bags of 30lb plus of bream from the Little Ouse end of the fishery, with fish up to 71/2lb coming out. Again, natural baits (worm, caster) presented with a quivertip/feeder setup are the way to go.

On a more negative note, we have to report that a number of anglers have been caught at The Claypit by the local Environment Agency team - they were fishing illegally with neither club ticket nor rod licence. All have been summonsed to appear in court and can expect fines exceeding 600 with costs, but possibly up to the maximum of 2,500. We ask that all club members are vigilant and either report anyone they suspect of fishing illegally to the Bailiff/Committee, or call the EA hotline: 0800 807060.

[note: 0800 calls from mobiles are not free, so you can use another number instead:
0191 203 4000 or 01709 389 201 option 1
].

August 2011: LITTER LOUTS (AGAIN)


Funny, isn't it? If you scroll down the page  you'll see the same headline from a year ago. Unfortunately, it seems that despite many previous requests to take rubbish home with you, a minority of anglers are leaving litter in their swims, particularly at The Claypit. This time it's glass bottles - Lee (Bailiff) collected 23 discarded bottles in one circuit of the lake last week. This is totally unacceptable, not to mention potentially dangerous.

Regrettably therefore, the Committee has decided that the rubbish situation will be monitored closely during August and if there is no improvement then The Claypit will be closed for an indefinite period. Signs will be posted at The Claypit announcing this decision. Glass bottles of all kinds are hereby banned and cannot be taken onto any club venue.

May we remind DM&DAA anglers that all members are bailiffs, and if you see people leaving litter then take some action - get the offenders' details and report it to the Committee or challenge them yourself. It is your club, please act responsibly.

These are the relevant Club Rules:
  • Any litter in the vicinity of your swim must be cleared up before fishing. No litter to be left. No excuses accepted.
  • No drink cans, or tins allowed at fisheries i.e. no Coke, beer cans, luncheon meat, sweetcorn tins, etc.
  • All members, on production of their membership books, have the right to challenge any angler fishing club waters to produce their membership books. If they are unable to produce a book they will be expected to leave.
We hope that anglers will take it upon themselves to take remedial action about the litter situation. If you do not, then the Committee will take action and close The Claypit for an indefinite period.

July 2011: Glorious Evenings


I thought I'd share some photos I took whilst enjoying two splendid evenings at Wallington and The Cuckoo Drain:


Wallington Hall Lake 2 evening
Cuckoo Drain evening

Nothing can beat it.

June 2011: SEASON OFF TO A FLIER!


It's that time of year again, thankfully, and our waters have started very well indeed. Good catches have been reported from the Claypit, including lots of silver fish, so the problems from last year seem well and truly behind us.

At Wallington Hall, club angler Darren Belham made an excellent start with 73lb of bream from Lake 3, witnessed and weighed by Club President, Malcolm Plumb (below):: 

a nice Lake 3 breamsome of the catchweighing in
a nice Lake 3 breamsome of the catchweighing in

Don't forget that the club book now includes new river waters on the Ouse (Littleport upstream for approx 7 miles) aand the Wissey (south bank at the Wissington Sugar Beet Factory). These waters have kindly been let to us by the London Anglers Association and you can find details of them here.

May 2011: NEXT OPEN MEETING


Due to the plethora of Bank Holidays recently, the next open meeting will be held on on Monday, May 9th at 7.30pm, at The Chequers in Wimbotsham.

All current/prospective members are welcome to attend.

March 2011: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


The AGM will be held on Monday, April 4th at 7.30pm, at The Chequers in Wimbotsham.

If you have any items you wish to put to the meeting, these must be received in writing (via letter to the Secretary or Email to info@dmdaa.co.uk) at least two weeks before the meeting. Last  date for acceptance is March 21st.

March 2011: CLAYPIT CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


The Claypit will remain closed until the new season in June 2011; this is to allow furhter assessement of the issues reported previously, and to allow remedial work to be undertaken.

November 2010: CLAYPIT CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


Unfortunately, the Claypit has suffered a significant fish kill and is closed until further notice. The Environment Agency is investigating the cause of the problem, designated a Category 2 Infection.

Further information will be posted on this site in due course.

August 2010: LITTER LOUTS


Unfortunately, it seems that despite many previous requests to take rubbish home with you, a minority of anglers are leaving litter in their swims, particularly at The Claypit. Such litter has included discarded tins (which should not be brought onto the fishery anyway), bags, rubber gloves (!) and even a broken umbrella which the lazy owner could not be bothered to dispose of but just chucked into a hedge.

Regrettably therefore, the Committee has decided that the rubbish siutuation will be monitored closely during August and if there is no improvement then The Claypit will be closed for an indefinite period. Signs will be posted at The Claypit announcing this decision.

May we remind DM&DAA anglers that all members are bailiffs, and if you see people leaving litter then take some action - get the offenders' details and report it to the Committee or challenge them yourself. It is your club, please act responsibly.

These are the relevant Club Rules:
  • Any litter in the vicinity of your swim must be cleared up before fishing. No litter to be left. No excuses accepted.
  • No drink cans, or tins allowed at fisheries i.e. no Coke, beer cans, luncheon meat, sweetcorn tins, etc.
  • All members, on production of their membership books, have the right to challenge any angler fishing club waters to produce their membership books. If they are unable to produce a book they will be expected to leave.
We hope that anglers will take it upon themselves to take remedial action about the litter situation. If you do not, then the Committee will take action and close The Claypit for an indefinite period.

June 2010


Those of you who have followed one of our links to the Hugh Miles film series, Catching the Impossible, will be pleased to learn that it is finally being screened on TV. It begins next Sunday, June 13th, on Channel 4, at the faintly silly time of 7am. However, I am told that if enough people write in supporting the showing, they will then repeat it at a more civilised hour, when more viewers are likely to be able to experience it. You can contact Channel 4 with your comments here. It is a brilliant series; please watch it and enthuse about it to C4. I also understand that Hugh has filmed some underwater sequences on the Wensum for Springwatch, due to be screened during the programmes between June 7th and 10th.

Oh, and the new season starts on the 16th........I can't wait.

April 2010


The 2010 AGM was held on Tuesday, April 6th, at The Chequers, Wimbotsham. The new club constitution was approved unanimously.

Club membership books for the forthcoming 2010/11 season will be available at the next open meeting on Monday May 3rd, and also on June 7th. Please remember to bring your current EA rod licence.

March 2010


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The 2010 AGM will be held on Tuesday, April 6th, at The Chequers, Wimbotsham, at 7.30pm. All are welcome, and indeed encouraged, to attend this meeting. Please note that this is on Tuesday, not Monday as previously advertised, since it would have fallen on Easter Bank Holiday Monday.

The meetings in May and June are also open for all members to attend.

Club membership books can be purchased and collected at the May and June meetings in 2010. Books will only be sold to members in possession of a currrent EA Rod Licence.

The New Club Constitution, Rules and Match Rules can be downloaded by clicking on the links. These will be voted on at the AGM.

For more info, contact, info@dmdaa.co.uk

December 2009


This was supposed to go in last month but didn't make it due to illness - apologies. As you can see from the pictures below, a large number of small carp (approx 1200 fish up to 8", or 20cm if you insist) were introduced as a short-term measure to contol the bloodworm. These will hopefully grow fat on the huge stock of bloodworm in the lake and can then be electrofished out in due course.
new carp for Lake 2 (1)new carp for Lake 2 (2)new carp for Lake 2 (4)new carp for Lake 2 (4)
new carp being put into Lake 2

August 2009


A few people have called or Emailed us in a confused state - apparently they tried to find this website but instead came up with Downham Meerkat.com. The confusion is easily rectified - Downham Market (www.dmdaa.co.uk) is a fine angling club offering great fishing in and around the town of Downham Market in Norfolk; Downham Meerkat is a small furry creature flogging cheap insurance on the telly. Simples.

You will see the gallery pages are now up and running and populated with photos - please send more in to info@dmdaa.co.uk

June 2009


New Season

The new season commences on all waters on June 16th. Please note that Wallington Hall access is not permitted before 6am on that day. Anyone wishing to pre-bait swims at Wallington can do so from June 13th onwards. For members who have not visited Wallington recently, please also note that the access to car parking has changed - there is now no access to the road that runs in front of the Hall. Instead, turn right immediately after the Gatehouse and follow the new road to the lakes. The new road is signposted at the gate.

Maintenance work has been done at both the Clay Pit and Cuckoo Drain to improve the swims. Further remedial work is planned for the Clay Pit in the coming months.

Please note the new rules, detailed below in the May News section.Tight lines, everyone!

Please remember to send in photos of your catches so that we can include them in the Gallery. These can sent to info@dmdaa.co.uk.

Coarse Fishing is the new Rock'n'Roll

One of our links, Caught by the River, featured on the Today programme on Radio 4 . Here's the extract.

Junior Section

Neil Paske, Vice-Chairman of the club, is to set up a Junior section in the near future. Please revisit this website for further information.

New Members Welcome

The club would like to encourage more local people, and indeed visitors to the area, to become members. Details can be found on the membership page.

Matches

Bookings are already virtually full for the Wednesday Night matches. Please contact Ray Cook for further details. 

The club book has an error concerning the Turkey Stakes match - this is to be held on December 13th, not the 11th as stated. The club book also did not contain information for the timings of Senior Matches - these are:

  • Draw at 8am
  • Fish 9am-2pm.

May 2009


Access to Wallington Hall during the Close Season

Members are not permitted to visit Wallington Hall during the Close Season, other than for Work Party duties arranged by the Committee. Visits can ONLY be made by prior arrangement with the Secretary. Pre-baiting visits can commence on June 13th, 2009.

Wallington Hall Stocking

During the early part of 2009, approximately 18,500 fish were stocked into Lake 2 at Wallington Hall. Species stocked included bream, roach and rudd.

New Rules for 2009/10

22. When fishing any Club Waters you are required to use two keepnets. 1 - silverfish, 2 - Carp: to protect the fish
23. No fish to be kept in keepnets longer than 5 hours (plus time for weighing after Match)

Wallington Hall Fish Survey

Pictures from the recent fish survey at Wallington Hall:

Wallington Hall Fish SurveyWallington Hall Fish SurveyLake 3 carp
ElectrofishingFish SurveyLake 3 carp - mid doubles








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