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It is with great regret that I have to report the death of Edward ‘Rab’ Butler a keen match angler with the club for many years.
I took the opportunity to look back through the club records and Rab’s highlights were definitely two great bags of fish from the Rother at Coultershaw in consecutive seasons. On 8th July 2009 Rab took at catch of 21-10-0 in a three hour evening match, the catch consisted of four good bream, a good chub and a net full of roach and dace which by themselves would have won the match. Fast forward a year to 7th July 2010 and a net of 4 chub with the best just shy of 5lb together with bits and pieces gave him a total of 16-6-0. Although others have had some success from this swim nothing has got anywhere near Rab’s catches.
Rab was a strong advocate of the pole and we sometimes wondered whether his pole was fishable at one length only as he always seems to be fishing at the same distance. When the occasion demanded Rab would revert to other methods but undoubtedly his pole was the first tool out of the rod bag. His persistence often paid off as he regularly appeared in the frame and won his fair share of matches and trophies. His most successful season with the club was the 2008/9 season when he won five of the clubs trophies.
I think my abiding memory of Rab would be an incident at an away Three Counties match at a venue called Lythe Hill when plumbing up at the start of the match a carp grabbed his plummet and stripped his top three from the pole. We were kept amused by the sight of said top three being towed across the lake until it was eventually recovered right at the far end of the lake. All this before the match had started!
Rab was always first at the draw for matches, and I’m sure that if they fish matches up there Rab will be number one in the queue with his trusty pole in hand
RIP - Rab
The Wild Trout Trust is holding a seminar to highlight recent developments and research outputs with regard to southern sea trout populations in Hampshire, Sussex and Kent. The event will take place at the Lodge Hill Centre near Watersfield. The event date is 2nd June with a start time of 6.00pm. All are welcome but you need to book in. Please see the link below for further information and to book your place.
The next Chris Humphry Barbel fish-in is due to be held on Sunday 27th July 2014. This will be the eighth occasion that this event has been held since the inaugural fish-in which took place at Coultershaw in July 2011. Eighteen of our members fished that first event and raised £250 for the British Heart Foundation. Despite the fact that barbel have steadfastly refused to participate, apart from the one occasion when Dave Chambers succeeded in persuading three of them to play, barbel enthusiasts have consistently turned out to support this event in memory of Chris Humphry, who was a passionate angler who loved to fish at his favourite Coultershaw. The money raised at subsequent fish-ins has enabled the club to provide a memorial bench at its own Hurston Lane fishery, and to donate over six hundred pounds to Cancer Research UK, the charity chosen by Chris’s family and fish-in participants.
If you’ve attended one of these before, we thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you on the bank at Coultershaw in July. If you haven’t been before, why not join us? Even if you don’t catch, you’ll have the opportunity to meet up with other members, chat about barbel and fishing in general and anything else that takes your fancy.
We’ll be meeting up in the car park at Coultershaw at noon on 27th July 2014 and fishing through until the evening, when we’ll meet up by the cattle drink for refreshments and, hopefully, the presentation of the trophy by Lynnette Humphry to the angler who has caught the biggest barbel. Many thanks to Lynnette for her continued support and presence since the inception of this worthy event.
If you’d like to attend, please contact Peter Foster on 07711 230128 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a work party at Hurston Lane on Sunday 6th April starting at 8.30 and working through to lunch time. There are a number of areas that we want to work on so there will be plenty to do and whatever your ability I’m sure we can find something for you, so all are more than welcome.
At the last work party a couple of weeks ago we started work on laying wood chipping on the paths We have now got further supplies and hence will be continuing laying this down on the paths, to date we have completed the full length of the tench pond. We will have another team tidying up the trees and bushes around both the carp and tench ponds. Our platform building team will be working on some more swims on the match pond, we also hope to be able to clear away some of the vegetation that is trailing in the water and the debris and rubbish from the recent flooding. Useful tools to bring along will be shovels, wheelbarrows, rakes and loppers etc. Also if you have them please bring along your chest waders. There will be a lot of cuttings, wood and rubbish to be burnt so any budding pyromaniacs can be accommodated as well!!
If so please contact the Secretary email@example.com and we can probably reunite you with the missing rod top.