Archive for March, 2012

Some pictures from Weymouth

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 Latest News Comments Off on Some pictures from Weymouth

Saturday March 24th

All the Saxby’s were out on Tiger Lilly from Weymouth on Saturday.
We were wrecking all day and had 47 pollack between the crew.
A tough days fishing and we had to work hard all day for our fish.

 

Pete and Mark got out and among the fish on Vicoue on Saturday fishing Burham.                                                                           Mark had cod to 5lb 11.5oz skate to 12lb 8oz and a 6lb 3.5oz Bass, Pete had a good day to with cod to 5lb 8oz and some rays.

Sunday, March 25th, 2012 Latest News Comments Off on Saturday March 24th

Sunday 11th March

We got out on Natalie Jane on Sunday, a short trip just to
try out the engine after a repair.
We did manage a couple of hours fishing in the fog somewhere near Hinkley (we think!!!!!)

A small thornback ray each for the three of us
and a bit of practice with the plotter!

 

Please send any catch reports or pictures to me at stevesaxby@hotmail.com
or to Simon simon@simonstroud.com or enquiries@burnhamboats.co.uk
or you can ring or text me on 07958172309

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 Latest News Comments Off on Sunday 11th March

EDF meeting update

Hinkley Point Power Station
EDF Meeting/Feedback

Burnham Boat Owners recently arranged a meeting of interested parties to hear a presentation given by EDF explaining the implications to water users (in particular anglers) during and after the construction of the New Hinkley Point Power station.
The meeting attracted in excess of 100 interested parties that all use this area of sea and shore.
Representatives from the Bristol Channel of Sea Anglers, The Angling Trust, local boat and shore angling clubs, yacht clubs, charter skippers, Wessex fishermen and the Local Authority were present.
The meeting was chaired by John May (Burnham Boat Owners) and the presentation by EDF was made by David Eckles and Hugh Hutton.
John opened the meeting by explaining how popular the Hinkley area is to both local and visiting anglers. He pointed out the number of organisations and interests represented in the audience which contradicted the EDF report that said there was little or no such activity (a view that was strongly confirmed later in the Q&A session).
David opened the EDF presentation and gave an overview of the project and Hugh continued with details in particular of the jetty construction and the intakes/outlets which will have implications for water users.
The jetty, which is planned to be started in 2012 subject to approval, extends 800mtrs out to sea from the ‘lower reef’ area, is marked with a 500mtrs exclusion zone to the west, north and east. It is estimated that this will be in place for up to 10 years.
EDF confirmed that the zone is not a total exclusion area for boats and shore anglers. At various times however, particularly during construction, areas within the zone will be closed for Health and Safety purposes.
Once the jetty is constructed, small boats will be able to pass under the structure except when an exclusion is in place. Similar restriction will apply to shore anglers who will be able to use ramps to access the fields from the shore if an exclusion prevents them walking the shoreline.
A suggestion from the floor that a website be set up to enable persons wishing to check the current position regarding restrictions when planning a trip, was acknowledged by EDF as a practical way of publishing the information.
In response to other questions EDF confirmed that
• The pier would be under the control of a Harbour Master (shortly to be appointed).
• Dredging would be required at the end of the pier for berthing and dredged material would be dumped away from the site in existing official dumping grounds.
• The pier would be steel and precast concrete construction, which their contract dictates will be completely removed at the end of the works.
EDF went on to explain the design of the intake/outlet systems that are situated, more or less, in line with the Gore Buoys. EDF rely on the design of the structures and audible fish scarers to minimise the fish/marine life mortality rates. They do however confirm that the audible alarms only work on a restricted number of fish species. They also confirmed that no surveys had been carried out to establish what species were present.
As a secondary line of fish defence they stated that the design of the system would allow for the more robust species (eels were mentioned) to go through the cooling system and be returned alive to the sea.
Most present found this difficult to accept as realistic and the fact that this ‘discharge’ would take place out to sea (and out of sight) without knowing the consequences was not acceptable.
Feedback on this was to pursue the issue with EDF to get more details and clarification to ensure that everything possible will be done to measure and minimise the affects on marine life.
As anglers we want to ensure that everything possible is being done to protect the fish and marine environment- if birds were being killed on a daily basis and being dumped in a field for all to see, there would be an outcry- the marine life deserve no less protection.
The meeting also expressed concerns regarding:-
• The affect on the environment of water temperature changes
• Contamination from radio active and chemical discharges-noted as a possibility
• The effect on fish that is taken to eat
EDF responded by quoting figures and stating that these are all monitored and well within safe limits- a response that is difficult to contest.

Monday, March 5th, 2012 News Letter Comments Off on EDF meeting update

February fish of the month

Well done Andy Georgiou on his 23lb 15oz conger eel

Sunday, March 4th, 2012 Fish of the month Comments Off on February fish of the month