Quick action saves fish at Shepherds Way (12/07/2015)
Thanks must go out to Don Crucifix and his Son after arriving early on Sunday morning to do further swim work at Shepherds Way. He saw that fish were in distress on the small lake and set the following sequences into action after contacting the Secretary.
The EA were notified at 07.30 and logged the report, Dave Porter drove down and witnessed fish in distress or dead, fry were struggling all across the lake and obviously this was a worrying sight. Further calls were made, this time to the Fire Brigade, requesting their assistance with pumps to re oxygenate the water. Unfortunately there was a large fire in Barnet, so crews were tied up.
George Horne (On Call EA Officer) arrived before 9.00 and proceeded to record oxygen levels, the readings were to say the least very worrying. Many recordings were taken around the lake with readings varying from 4% to 12% oxygen. We were informed that anything below 50% would give cause for concern and the levels we were experiencing classed this at the highest category 1 danger level.
Don brought down our own pump and that was set up, but much more was needed to avoid a major fish kill.
Shortly after this the Fire Brigade arrived from Kings Langley fire station with a most obliging crew who stayed with their pumps fully on for 4 1⁄2 hours. Further recordings were taken and levels began to rise eventually reaching the 50% plus level and a major fish loss was averted.
We have been strongly advised by the EA to keep the small lake closed for a while to take any further pressure off the fish and we will monitor this situation closely.
The Club would like to pass on special thanks to Don and his Son, George Horne EA, who stayed much longer than he should have done and of course the crew from Kings Langley, all were rewarded with tea, sandwiches and biscuits.
The Club is also to send the Fire station two complimentary tickets for this season, with our sincere thanks.
We would also ask members visiting Shepherds Way to keep a close eye on the lakes and report any further instances as soon as possible to the EA emergency number. 0800 80 70 60
This Chub weighing 7lb 10oz was caught at Sonning last Month
JACK'S OVER SIXTY MATCH (18/03/2015)
SHEPHERDS WAY TUESDAY JUNE 2nd
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New Bailiff at Shepherds Way (18/03/2015)
Trevor Williams is the new bailiff for Shepherds Way, he has been a member for the past two years and is very keen to do the job, he will be taking over from Mac who can no longer fulfil the job as he would like.
Trevor will also be helping to run the Wednesday matches with Ray Mouratsing on the small Lake.
Working Parties 2015 (18/03/2015)
London Colney, 19th April, 17th May, 24th May, 7th June.
Blunham, 17th May, 24th May, 14th June.
Sonning. 19th April, 17th May, 14th June.
What a bag of bream from Blunham on the last week of the season, 46 bream many between 5lb to 6lb. Mick Giasullo estimated the bag to be around 200lb +
River Thames (16/02/15)
A great report for our members currently fishing the River Thames. The Chub below weighed in at 7lb 14oz and was caught by Dave Ruddle.
New Season approaching 01/02/15
Fishing during the closed season at Shepherds Way and the small lake at London Colney.
Shepherds Way Charity fishing match (4/11/14)
Hosted again at Shepherds Way was the annual PDC Charity match this year.
Haven House Hospice was the beneficiary of the match. Celebrities from the Darts and Boxing world took part and among them was Adrian Lewis, Phil Taylor, Rod Harrington to name a but a few.
It was a great day with plenty of fish caught. If you are not a member why not join now for our half year discounted rates?
Spencer Oliver - Winner of the PDC Match.
Glen Mc Crore came in at second place.
Barry Hearn, Chairman of the PDC presented the trophy to the winners.
It is with great sorrow that I must tell you that John Crookes died on September 23rd. I am sure this so gentle bailiff will be greatly missed by those of you who fish Shepherds Way.
Please join with me in sending condolences to Karen and John's family. I will give you details of his funeral arrangements as soon as they are known
Summer Sweepstake (14/09/2014)
The Summer Sweepstake was drawn at the E.G.M. on September 3rd. The Lucky Winners are:
The Sweep raised £450 for Club Funds. This money helped pay for the Aerator in Shepherds Way small lake.
Charity Match 12/09/14
Following the successful chairty match last year, Sky Sports comes back to Shepherds Way with the darts champions on the 12th September 2014.
Both lakes will be closed on this day for any fishing but spectators are allowed at a reasonable £6 donation to the chairty.
The match last year was featured on the Sky Sports program 'Tight Lines'.
Pealane Sunday 10/08/14
The match on Sunday 10/08/14 at Pealane has been switched to the Canal Lake at Manor Farm Biggleswade due to Pealane being closed.
To book please contact Denis Revell on 07534 120415.
London Colney Parking (31/07/2014)
When fishing at London Colney for either peasure or match reasons please refrain from parking in Reed Close parking bays. Please only park on the road.
Open Day May 2014
We started our journey to the Open Day in despair, it was dull and overcast but worst of all we had been told that the A1000 was closed and that there was no access to Shepherds Way. We thought that all the efforts in organizing the day had been in vain. We arrived at Potters Bar in good sunshine to find that A1000 had not been closed. We drove through the gates to Shepherds Way to find that the early volunteers had everything set up and ready to go. The smile of relieve on Dave Ruddle our chairman’s face set the tone of the day.
Our volunteers held their own briefing and allocated the various tasks. Kevin Marslin gave expert advice on how to fish the lake and he never stopped talking!. Ray Mouratsing looked after the youngsters and made sure that they caught a roach on a Whip. Dave Porter and Dennis Revell took visitors around the lake; they must have walked several miles! Don Crucifix and John Crookes and others were always on hand to offer words of wisdom. And then there was the BBQ run by that little treasure Karen Guest. No burnt sausages this year and her burgers were really juicy; bit of a queue sometimes but the wait was worthwhile. I told Karen she should cook the ducks swimming on the lake but my suggestion was not well received.
The object of the day was of course to attract new members and to allow members pay their renewal subscriptions. Although due to open at 10.00am we had our first arrivals twenty minutes early. Dave spoke to every guest and spoke not only about Shepherds Way but on all our excellent waters. Christine Ruddle, your treasurer in waiting, was close to getting writer’s cramp after issuing so many tickets. Her wrists must of ached as she did not count the takings till Sunday morning (Christine is normally on the way to the bank before the ink on a cheque is dry)
It was a great day
And guess what
WE HAVE ANOTHER OPEN DAY ON AUGUST 30th!
Online Renewals (27/04/2014)
You are now able to renew your memberships online! Please head to the fees page.
When renewing online we require you to either upload or send a photo or send a passport photo as usual.