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Welcome to the website for Shefford & District Angling Association Ltd.

 

SDAA controls the fishing rights on several excellent lakes and premier stretches of the rivers Great Ouse, Ivel and its tributaries in and around Bedfordshire, all available on a single club ticket.  The wide choice of venues and species available cater for both pleasure anglers and specimen hunters

 

In recent seasons, SDAA’s fisheries have produced an enviable list of specimen fish (catfish over 60lb, carp over 30lb, pike over 25lb, barbel over 14lb, zander, bream and tench over 10lb , chub over 7lb, perch over 4lb and roach over 3lb).

 

Please explore our website to find details of all our waters, membership and other useful information.  The popular ‘News from the Bank’ section gives up to date information on catches and club news.  For a quick overview of SDAA waters and membership have a look at our current flyer (click here to open).

 

Membership of SDAA is open to all:

  •  annual membership is available from early May and is valid until 15th June the following year (i.e. up to 58 weeks fishing).

  •  there is no additional joining fee for new members

  • membership also entitles you to fish Ivel Protection Association waters.

  • optional night permits are available for those wishing to night fish The Airman, Broom Lake and Willington Lake.

 

If you require further information please contact Richard Bell (tel. 07594 253239 or click here to e-mail).

Volunteers & The Future Maintenance of SDAA Waters
In the build-up to the AGM in March the Committee is reviewing how maintenance work is carried out on SDAA waters and who does it.  We are evaluating what we can do ourselves and what we need to get contractors in to do for us.  Like all clubs we do not usually get as many volunteers as we would like at work parties, so we are putting out a special request to all members.
If you are interested in volunteering at future work parties can you please let us know in the near future, ideally by email to: info@shefforddaa.org.uk
In line with guidance provided by Sport England and the Angling Trust, volunteers are not paid but genuine out-of-pocket expenses can be reimbursed by the Club.  If a volunteer were to receive any payment or benefit in kind (e.g. discounted membership) for their work they would have to be treated as an employee, which would trigger major implications for the Club under both tax and employment law.
Volunteers undertaking maintenance work on behalf of the Club are covered by the Club's insurance policy.
'Fishery Wardens' Required
As part of our review of the maintenance of SDAA waters, the Committee also want to recruit volunteers to act as 'Fishery Wardens' for each of our waters.  The role involves identifying and reporting on issues arising on each water and putting forward solutions to these issues for Committee consideration.  One for Broom Lake is already in place, so ideally we would like ones for The Airman, Willington & Stanford Pit and at least one for our river portfolio.  It would also be ideal if the 'Fishery Wardens' were on the Committee as well, but this is not essential.  The Committee meets 12 times per year on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month in Shefford.
Work Parties (January to April 2018)
Work parties are scheduled at Broom Lake on Saturday 27th January & Sunday 28th January and on Saturday 24th February & Sunday 25th February, when we will have a tree surgeon trimming overhanging branches and those thought likely to cause problems in the future.  The work then will involve putting cut wood into the chipper and helping to pull cut wood out of the lake with the ropes provided.  If you can bring a pair of work gloves you will be most welcome into the gang.  We also hope to take a boat around the islands to remove lost items of tackle hanging from the trees.
We are currently scheduling work parties at our beautiful River Great Ouse venue at Pavenham during February and March.  These will involve fitting new long-life plastic sleepers to the bridge over the ditch, installing 2 kissing gates to replace old stiles and then finally we will be using the tree surgeon again to trim and remove overgrown wood.  Once again volunteers will be most welcome.  A few members have already put their names forward for the work at Pavenham, which is being part funded by a grant from the Angling Improvement Fund.  Email us as above if you wish to be involved.
Attention will then focus on getting our lakes in shape for the spring and summer.

Broom Lake Track Closure
 
The track around Broom Lake has been closed to vehicles to prevent any further damage being caused.  Members have been driving off the track causing deep ruts.  Some areas of the Type 1 have also become soft where the ground has become waterlogged.  It is anticipated the track will remain closed until the spring when the ground has dried out sufficiently so that a work party can been undertaken to repair the damage.
 
We would also remind all members to ensure the new gate at the bottom of the track leading to Broom Lake and the Alcove Syndicate is left closed and locked at all times.  The gates are there to secure our fisheries from unwanted visitors.  Members failing to close and lock this (and any other fishery gate) will be reported to the committee and can expect to receive disciplinary action.

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The SDAA website is kindly sponsored by Andy’s Angling, 19 High Street, Shefford SG17 5DD (click here to open a map to Andy’s)

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Broom Track status CLOSED


Airman Pit

Willington Lake