With access to 6 rivers, encompassing over 36kms of both proprietary and rented fishing, LDAC is possibly the largest game fishing club in Cornwall and certainly one of the largest in the southwest of England.
I am pleased to report to you that in 2013 we maintained all of our existing fishing and through the kind support of Mr. Robert Speck we have leased a new stretch of the River Lynher, directly upstream of Plusha Bridge. This provides members with continuous access from the bridge right to the top of our adjoining beat – Harann.
Your Committee met five times during the year and discussed a wide range of issues; ranging from Club finances, tree-cutting strategies along the LDAC land adjoining the A38 to catch/release performance.
Committee attendance was at all times good; the majority of your Committee members attended all five meetings during the year and overall attendance was above 90%.
Worthy of note was the August Committee meeting which following a review of Members’ Catch Returns for last season - 2012. With just 50% of Lynher salmon reported returned alive in 2012 from Club waters we failed to meet the target of a 66% return rate. This rate is necessary if we are to continue to successfully avoid the re-introduction of commercial netting back onto the Lynher – and it is worth noting here that netting is returning to the Tamar in 2014.
Despite the Club rule, a number of members saw fit to ignore the rule despite catching multiple salmon and being in the position to return fish. The Chairman has already outlined the disciplinary action that the Committee has taken with regard to such matters.
As part of the same meeting the Committee felt that the catch return form was becoming overly complicated and it has therefore introduced a simpler form - to ensure all members can more easily and accurately report their seasonal catch.
A copy is to be found in this newsletter. Please do use it. Further copies are available on the website. The Committee has asked that Members be reminded that accurate and timely submittal of a catch return form is a condition of membership.
Your Committee members also attended Fowey River Association (FRA), Lynher River Association (LRA) and Tamar and Tributaries Fisheries Association (TTFA) meetings and AGM’s to ensure the Club interests are fully represented in these forums. Information from these is shared via the Club newsletters/website where appropriate.
The Club website is enabling us to reach more members than ever before, more cheaply and more quickly – we now have 65% or our members on e-mail, 5% up on 2012. The target remains 100%.
As promised, a mid-year newsletter was once again published, being distributed to all members in July 2013; mostly by email. I hope you found it useful. If you have any views or ideas on it’s future content please do contact the Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
This year we are, for the first time, distributing the Annual Newsletter, attachments and the FRA newsletter by email wherever possible. This has a major impact in lowering our printing costs and postage bill. That means we have more money to spend on improving our fishing – far better than spending it on other non-fishing related matters?
Remember: If we don’t have your (latest) email address please do send it to us.
Paul Jordan - Secretary