After receiving feedback from members regarding the change made to Byelaw 16e) during last season, the Committee has agreed to revert to the original wording, changing only the number of qualifying work parties to make it easier for those members with time restraints to book a place in the draw. Bye-law 16e) will now read:
Members may not occupy swims on Association Waters more than 5 hours before the start of the season except that where members have completed at least three approved working parties they may occupy swims no more than 12 hours before the start of the season.
--MANDATORY NOTE TO ALL ANGLERS--
Due to a local outbreak of K.H.V. no keepnets to be used on any still waters. Dip tanks are in place on all stillwaters. Nets, mats and slings MUST be dipped (FULLY immersed) for a minimum of 15 minutes. Keep nets are allowed on the River Stour (only) from the start of the river season.
Fordwich Lake is a mature water with made up fishing places and platforms set in extremely beautiful countryside with a wide variety of bird life. Primarily the water has been stocked with carp both common and mirror with fish up to 40lbs. As an additional bonus there is a large head of tench in the 6 to 10lb class along with the occasional bream from 5 to 10lb. Specimen pike are taken in their season, mainly from the far end of the lake known as The Deeps. Pike in excess of 20lb are not uncommon. Fordwich Lake adjoins the car park and is approximately 33 acres. It was formed as a result of ground excavation using the drag line method which has given it an almost unique bed formation. The first half of the lake was dug in an east west direction and the further half from north south leaving gravel bars or ridges and islands with deep troughs between giving depths varying from a few centimetres to the occasional 3 to 6 metres (10 – 20 feet), with an overall average of about 1.6 metres (5 feet).