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Godalming Angling Society
Marsh Farm Fisheries
Landing Nets and Keepnets
Following the recent outbreaks
of KHV in the surrounding area and to protect our fishery, new rules
regarding keepnets and landing-nets have been approved by G.A.S.
We do not have KHV and we want to
keep it that way
Day ticket anglers may
NOT use Keepnets at Marsh Farm
All day ticket anglers must
obtain a day ticket from the on-site shop Apollo before commencing
When visiting anglers purchase their day-ticket, they must show
their landing-net head to the Apollo shop staff
If approved as DRY, then they
may use it, and fish to normal closing time.
If the net is not considered as dry enough, then they must use a
landing-net head supplied by the shop.
A £10 deposit will be required for the landing
net head, which will be refunded only upon its return. The shop will
open at 7.30a.m. and close at 5.30 p.m. daily.
Landing-net heads must be returned during these hours, and hence the
angler having returned the net head can no longer continue to fish
Landing net heads
G.A.S. Members may use their own landing nets - but
they must be DRY
£10 deposit will be charged per shop issued landing-net head to day
ticket anglers. (see above)
This will include all non-G.A.S. Matches.
A limited number of free landing nets will be available for use of
G.A.S. Members only are allowed to use the Marsh Farm
keepnets if they wish to. The nets are to be logged out by the shop
and signed for, collected and returned within shop opening hours
(There is a 4 hour limit on fish held in keepnets. See General
Anglers may NOT
use keepnets ( Members or G.A.S. ) on the following waters,
Johnsons, Busbridge, & Broadwater. ( except in G.A.S. authorised
listed matches )
matches are to use GAS landing nets and keepnets
Other than for G.A.S. & Apollo
matches, a £50 deposit will be required against all nets being
The Kordatorial tour is stopping at
Apollo Angling Centre, Marsh Farm on
Saturday 3rd November 2012.
Find out how and why
Darrell Peck catches so many huge, pressured carp.
Darrell and Garth will be
at Apollo to answer your questions and brief you about how they
go about catching the hardest carp in the country.
To celebrate this occasion
Apollo Angling Centre will hold their first massive sale with 10
to 50% off rods, reels, luggage, bait and tackle.
Come early and get some
fantastic and one off discount on Shimano, Nash, JRC, ESP,
Gardner, Drennan, Dynamite, Preston, Avid, Korum and many other
Also meet and catch up with Bill
and the lovely Virginia Rushmer.
See you Saturday..
Roach and Perch
stocked into Richardson Lake at Marsh Farm
On Saturday 31st
March 2012 approximately 300 pounds of fish were released into Richardson Lake
at Marsh Farm, comprising of small Roach and Perch.
amounted to well over a 1,000 fish with some Roach to 6 ounces, see the attached
NEW CRUCIAN RECORD AT
Saturday 26th March a
4lbs 8oz Crucian
landed at Johnsons
and witnessed by two other members.
Full details are awaited
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO DAY TICKETERS RE 29TH & 30TH APRIL 2011
Marsh Farm Richardson & Harris Lakes are both closed
for a two day match on Friday 29th & Saturday 30th April
2011 from 8am - 4pm both days.
Only Hill Pond will be open on these two days.
MEMBERS CAN OF
COURSE FISH AT ANY OF OUR OTHER WATERS ON THESE TWO DATES APART FROM
BUSBRIDGE WHICH IS BEING "RESTED" UNDER OUR CLOSED SEASON
G.A.S. Open Pairs Match
A match has been organised for the forthcoming
holiday break, on
Monday 27th December 2010.
This will be a "Pairs" Match held
on Richardson Lake at Marsh Farm.
The draw at the Leathern Bottle at 08.30.
Match from 10.00 to 15.00.
For Booking and further details please contact
Dave Carter on
2010 Junior Multi Species Charity Challenge.
This years event was fished by 26 children at our three regular
venues of Broadwater (9 - 11am), Busbridge (11.30 - 1.30) and Marsh
Farm from 2pm to 5pm. The weather was very kind to us being
pleasantly warm and dry all day.
Everyone caught fish and as usual there were regular cries of "Oh no
not another perch!"
The competition awards each child with one point per species per
venue so once they have had a perch at Busbridge they don't want
another until they are at Marsh Farm. Matt Patto caught 27 perch in
a row at Busbridge much to his frustration and our amusement!
Charley-Jane and India (the 2 smallest contestants) were in last
place after Broadwater with just one point but leapt into the lead
after Busbridge by adding a roach, rudd, perch and gudgeon each with
Charley-Jane getting a double pointer by landing her perch with a
jack pike attached! That was a first in this competition.
Hot favourites (in their minds anyway) were Jordan and Jack. They
were desperate to stop the girls from winning for a 4th year in a
row and in a recount sneaked home by one point pipping Lily & Jack
whilst joint 3rd were Oliver & Alex along with India and
Charley-Jane. The other teams who were very close on their heels
were: Brandon & Jordan; Liam & Mikey; Howie & Ronan; Paul & Reece
(aka Tangler Brown); Ewan & Matt; Lauren & Ryan; Conor & Freddie;
Josh & Jake and Team Torres - Brandon.
The most sponsorship trophy was won for the second year running by
Howie Murphy with a tremendous £208. The children (with lots of help
from mums & dads raised a superb total of £812 which as always goes
towards our School Charity in The Gambia.
A BIG thank you to all the coaches and helpers who along with the
children made it a day to remember. Lots of burgers and sausages
consumed at the end which was the final BBQ of the year for the
Junior Fish For Fun team who will all now spend the next few months
recovering before we start all over again next year.
Saturday Fishing For Fun - Amazing turn outs!
Following the incredibly successful Open Day on July 17th we have
been experiencing tremendous numbers of youngsters attending our FFF
Saturday mornings. The top attendence so far has been 70 children
and the lowest was 45. We have had to order more landing nets and
small seats to cope with these numbers which are resulting in more
Junior members. The last FFF is this coming Saturday 21st August and
runs from 9am untill midday. This is followed by our
Junior Charity fishing competition on Saturday 4th September
to which any junior (member or
not) is welcome as long as they have raised some sponsorship.
For more information on this event and sponsor forms, please call
Andrew Mackenzie on 01483 424934 or 07952 429071
Open day a great success.
Saturday 17th July 200.
The weather was excellent and the preparations proved to be
excellent too as the regulars plus a few new faces all pulled
together to create a great event.
Everyone who wanted to "have a go" was given a 30 minute slot of
fishing with a qualified coach and they all caught fish! There was a
casting competition on the big filed along with fly casting
A great favourite on the day was the Pond Dipping - it is amazing
how many different creepy crawlies we have in our lakes! There were
rig tying and elasticating demos. We had demos on pole fishing,
waggler fishing feeder fishing and guided tours around Marsh Farm.
This was all topped off with the obligatory BBQ.
Copied below is the summary of the facts and figures which make
Just to let you know that now
Bernice has had a chance to process, collate and file all the forms
from the open day she has reported :-
99 juniors mentioned on consent
forms and 60 adults signed the consent forms (under the direction of
Marion and Bernice) therefore around 160 visitors minimum can be
accounted for plus those from Chase who did not book in.
So if you consider that quite a lot of the juniors had more than one
parent or family member with them and there were people there who
did not take part in the coaching it is likely there were between
180 - 200 visitors at least.
We got through 96 burgers, 96 sausages, 12 very large onions (kindly
chopped by my lovely assistant Dave Carter),144 baps (cut and filled
by Eilleeen and Dora), 2 punnets of strawberries, 2off blueberries,
2off raspberries and 1off tomatoes.
We signed up 1 senior member 13 new juniors in the Pavilion and
Apollo estimated they did 3-4 as well. I showed 2 more Seniors
around MFarm and Johnsons who said they were amazed at what we had
to offer and would definitely be joining.
The feed back from the visitors was very complimentary with many
saying they were keen to return next week for the FFF.
So well done and thanks to Peter, Andrew, Coaches, Demonstrators and
all who took part. A great day all round.
£3K match series Fish to Win
for more details
Bill bags Record monster Crucian!
Late afternoon (Tuesday 1st June 2010) Bill Rushmer landed a new PB
and Lake record Crucian weighing in at 4lbs 6oz.
Pictures to follow on catch Report page as soon as possible. He
caught the magnificent specimen on paste in the margin of peg 7 on
The Crucians have yet to spawn and there may just be a larger one
Posted 04th March 2010
2010 AGM is on Saturday 10th April.
Venue Broadwater School, Summers Road, Farncombe. Notification will
be posted out shortly and will include your renewal application
dates for our waters are as follows:
Bramley - Open all year.
Broadwater - Closed May 1st - June 15 inclusive.
Busbridge - Closed March 15 - April 30th inclusive.
Johnsons - Closed May 1st to June 15th inclusive.
Marsh Farm - Open all year.
River Wey - Closed 15th March to 15th June inclusive.
Posted 11th Dec 09
New sluice unveiled
The new sluice had its shuttering removed a week after filling with
some 7 tons of concrete. The sheer weight made the shuttering warp a
little. We now have a very effective water retaining sluice of a
somewhat abstract design that we may put on display at the Tate
Modern in years to come!
Posted 11th Dec 09
Car park planters
Three chunky planters in the club colours have been made by Andrew
to replace some of the sleepers that marked out the car park. Four
more of the 2.5ft sq ones will be made over the next few weeks to
replace the remaining sleepers improving the look of the car park
They are all planted up with spring bulbs, have the Marsh Farm
Fishery logo sprayed on the side and have safety reflectors attached
to highlight their presence to anglers at night.
Posted 11th Dec 09
Fencing repair completed
The car damaged fencing at the entrance to Marsh Farm has been
replaced now bringing back a respectable look to the fishery.
It has been given two coats of dark oak paint and now looks better
Posted 11th Dec 09
New sluice constructed on Marsh Farm.
Construction of a new sluice to enable us to control the water
coming from the borehole has been undertaken over the last couple of
weeks. It involved digging out the base and the bank sides,
installing shuttering, tying it in, internal metal reinforcing rods
and a scaffolding platform to allow tipping the concrete from.
On Tuesday morning the Mix a Mate lorry weighing in at a mere 44
tons turned up and kept off the grass! The 2.5 cm of concrete was
moved little by little by power barrow to the site and then tipped
into a wheelbarrow taken across the scaffold platform and tipped
carefully into the shuttering below. Weighing in at 1 ton when
loaded the power barrow was too heavy to run across the platform and
too long to be able to turn and tip. Fortunately we had a fit young
man to do the heavy work - thanks Alex.
Down in the ditch was a concrete splattered Barrie happily
tamping it all down and finally some two hours later trowelling it
off to a smooth finish. Each wing of the sluice now holds something
like 3.5 tons of concrete encased around the reinforcing rods
installed a few days earlier. Later that afternoon, the scaffold
planks were removed, pressure washer cleaned courtesy of Kevins
machine, then returned to Gary who very kindly provided all the
scaffolding free of charge.
By Wednesday morning the concrete was solid, helped no doubt by a
very mild night. Next week we will removed all the shuttering and be
able to view the new sluice in all its glory! My thanks go to
Barrie, Peter, Bob & Alex for helping achieve this new sluice.
Still Water Fishery Maintenance Manager.
Posted 25 October 09
OUCH - WHO'S A LUCKY LAD THEN!?
Yesterday morning there was potentially a fatal prang at Marsh Farm.
A braking car apparently locked up and resulted in it cutting
diagonally across the entrance and ploughing into the close board
Lucky? - well yes very lucky as he just missed hitting the container
and even more lucky; having wiped out the gas main behind the fence,
causing the gas to escape at full velocity it did not ignite and he
managed to reverse out of the fence and back onto the driveway
without a scratch.
Bob Pickett was quickly on the scene to help organise the Gas repair
men, the fire service, police and stopping of the traffic. A great
job Bob for which we all thank you.
We (Godalming AS) have no idea where the fault (if any) lay but
would ask all Members, Visitors and Guests to exit very carefully,
especially when turning right. The most important thing is that no
one was hurt.
Posted 04 September 09
KHV Disease is in the area.
We have changed our rules in an effort
to stop the deadly KHV virus entering any of our waters.
You MUST comply with these changes if you wish to fish our waters.
KEEPNETS - In future
NO KEEPNETS will be used by anyone
other than in matches and these will be provided through the Shop
on the day. Please check the "Rules" page for details
LANDING NET HEADS - will be provided
for all visiting anglers by the on site
shop against a CASH deposit of £5
which will be refunded when you leave. Please note the opening hours
of the shop to ensure you obtain you refund.
BRING YOUR OWN LANDING NET HANDLE!!!
CLUB MEMBERS - A Newsletter has been
sent to all of you regarding the Rule changes. Please see the main
GAS website News page if you need to refer to it again.
THESE CHANGES COME INTO EFFECT AS OF FRIDAY
11TH SEPTEMBER 2009.
Posted 31 August 09
Why Hill Pond is so popular.
Hill Pond is small but beautifully formed and well stocked. Rarely
are there any days when the fish don't play. It is loved by Juniors,
mums and dads, and grandparents alike. Whips and poles are great
way to fish here.
There are lots of small Tench that give a great bend in the rod pus
a handful of specimen fish too. Every now and then one of the big
(8lbs) Tench, Crucian (4lbs) Perch (2.5lbs) put in an appearance
and that's what makes the pond such fun. Roach, Rudd & Gudgeon make
up the stocking plus a few rogue carp; the largest being one of
It is a great coaching venue too with all swims easily visible from
any point around the pond and with the BBQ lit on most Saturdays
throughout the summer the smell of onions cooking wafting across the
water is mouth watering! Birthday parties are held on here too and
the kids have a great time.
We have several qualified coaches in the club now and another batch
ready to be trained this autumn to gain their coaching badges. If
you would like more information on coaching or birthday parties
please ring Andrew Mackenzie on 01483 424934.
Here are some pictures taken by Nobby Clarke who is almost always to
be found fishing on Hill Pond. Thanks Nobby.
(click each image to enlarge)