The Green Heart of Poringland


Tough Time for Kingfishers

The first of a two match Kingfisher series took place on Gudgeon lake earlier today. The aggregate weights from both matches and the biggest fish overall will decide the principal honours.

On a warm sunny day, bites were hard to come by, the total weights ranging from 9oz through to a match winning 2lb 8oz.  There has long been a theory that keepnets spook the fish. Certainly that seemed to run true today as everyone struggled to catch.

Pride of place went to newcomer Colby who is setting the pace in both categories thanks to a nice 2lb bream he netted early in the day.  Happily, all eleven youngsters caught, mainly roach, rudd and skimmers but disappointingly neither the carp nor the tench put in an appearance today.

And talking of disappointment, how gutted young Jack was when it was discovered he had a hole in his keepnet.  Unfortunately he lost quite a few fish through the gap in his net but thankfully organisers added a bit more weight to his final tally to make things fairer.

Despite the low weights, organiser Andy Dewar was delighted with the day. "Well done all who took part and persevered in the tough conditions" said Andy.

"This result means that for those who were unable to take part today, the gap is not that large, to catch up at the second match day in September.  Thanks again to all the volunteers who turned out to make this day a success and Groundhog who sponsored the bait.

"Sorry you had to miss the live showing of the royal wedding but this match was far more important!" smiled Andy.

The next Kingfisher meet takes place on the afternoon of Saturday 16 June.   

Kingfishers Return

After a six month break the Kingfishers returned to Poringland Lakes for the first event of the 2018 season.

Ten slightly rusty anglers attended but the knowledge and skills they gained last year soon returned, all catching plenty of roach, skimmers and the odd small tench and a couple of very nice small crucians.

Everyone was happy to be back and once again the parents were as enthusiastic as the kids.

"Thanks to all the volunteers" said mum Deborah Johnson. "My two loved every minute of it! They’re already talking about the next match and competition is already setting in!" she added.

It was a sentiment echoed by club co-ordination Andy Dewar.

“It was a great start to the new season” said Andy. “All the youngsters caught at least a dozen fish, which was great.  My thanks to all the volunteers who run the club and also to Groundhog Hardware who have very kindly sponsored all the bait again this year.” 

There are currently three spaces available in the club at the moment so if interested please contact either
Mark Casto at- thefishwasbig@gmail.com 
or Andy Dewar at- poringland.lakes203@gmail.com

The next meeting will be held on the morning of the 19 May when the first of two Kingfisher club matches will be held.  

2018 Kingfisher Dates Unveiled 

The dates for next year’s Kingfisher club meetings have been announced. 

Once again the events will be held in the third Saturday of each month from April through to September but in a change from tradition will now include two afternoon sessions.

In addition, following a suggestion from parents and the youngsters themselves, as a trial the first session will include a short break for refreshments and socialising. 

Priority will again be given to local youngsters living in Poringland and neighbouring villages including Alpington, Arminghall, Brooke, Framingham Earl, Framingham Pigot, Howe, Stoke Holy Cross and Yelverton. 

With the exception of existing members, the club will now be exclusively for youngsters between 8 and 16 years of age.  Membership will be restricted to 16 youngsters and costs a modest £15 covering all six sessions. 

The 2018 dates are Saturday 21 April (morning), Saturday 19 May (morning), Saturday 16 June (afternoon), Saturday 21 July (morning), Saturday 18 August (afternoon) and Saturday 15 September (morning). 

The morning sessions will be held from 10am till 1pm to incorporate a mid-session  break.  The afternoon sessions will commence at 1pm.