This years Bristol Bait Supplies-sponsored Christmas Match was held at Century Ponds on Sunday 7th December. The cold weather saw the fairweather anglers stay at home in bed, while five brave souls toughed it out. The overall winner was Warren Bates with a weight of 6lbs 4oz, including a Carp of around 5lb which also took the 'biggest fish' prize.
Second was Bob Teakle with 4lb 15oz consisting of one sizeable Carp plus some small silver fish. Third was John Heys with 2lb 110z, another small Carp and mixed smaller fish. Fourth was Mike Taylor with 11oz, and fifth was Adam Denham with 10oz.
10th Dec 2003 • Crucian Carp For Century Ponds, Chew Waters Released
The Club has decided to block the 'new cut' between the two Ponds at Century in order to re-balance the fish levels throughout the venue. The Ponds were joined together in 2002 to create a uniform fishery, however, most of the bigger carp relocated to the Old Pond. The Club will stock the Island Pond in January with 1,000 4-6 inch Crucian Carp.
There will be a working party at Century Ponds on Tuesday 30th December in order to install new platforms around the Old Pond. All Members are encouraged to attend. Please take care when fishing the Island Pond as the bank has been excavated in order to plug a leak that has effected water levels throughout the autumn. The area is roped-off for your safety - please keep well away.
The Club has decided to release the fishing rights for fields 58-60 at Woollard because the stretch has become unfishable. New waters on the River Chew are currently being sought. The Club Maps have been updated to reflect these changes.
13th Nov 2003 • A.G.M. Report, Baseball Caps, New Match Sponsor, 2004 Licences
This has been a very busy year for the Club and we'd like to thank everyone who has given their time and assistance over these past few months. Our Centenary celebrations at Century Ponds were a great success - thanks to all those who attended our party and to the Environment Agency for their excellent support.
At the Annual General Meeting there was a change of Secretary, with Mike Ewins taking over from Jason Allen. The Club would like to welcome on board Richard Denning, who has kindly donated some of his time by joining the Committee.
The Club would also like to announce Bristol Bait Supplies as its new Match sponsor for 2004. There are just a few Keynsham Angling Association 1903-2003 baseball caps left. Due to the success of the caps, the Club hopes to announce the sale of KAA polo shirts and sweat tops in the near future.
The new Membership cards for 2004 are now in the usual outlets. Prices have unfortunately had to increase to £14.00 (Adult) and £6.00 (Concessions). The Club is launching a £60.00 Gold Card for 2004 which allows the holder to fish Century Ponds without a day ticket from Monday to Friday.
The Club has installed a net dip beneath the noticeboard - all anglers must dip nets before fishing at the Ponds. The ban on floating baits has now been lifted. The Club has also installed three life belts around the Ponds for use in emergencies. Many thanks to Steve Horswell for supplying the brackets on which they're mounted.
The River Chew has also been affected by the recent dry spell, with very little flow. There have been reports of a good sized Carp caught at the Mill Ground, but the fishing remains difficult.
Keynsham Angling Association is 100 years old on July 6th 2003. To celebrate our first 100 years, there will be a party at Century Ponds on Sunday 20th July, from 10am - 6pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Environment Agency will be bringing a team of qualified angling coaches to provide free tuition to over 70 anglers (first come - first served), with all bait and licences supplied.
There will be a charity raffle with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Relief (Frenchay), food and drinks courtesy of Keynsham Lions, an angling exhibition, tackle stall and more.
Admission is £1 per adult and under 16's are free. This event is open to everyone - you don't need to be a Club Member to attend.
Century Ponds will be closed for a private booking until 8pm on June 29th.
11th May 2003 • Match Result, Venue Reports, Straw Bales
The Old Pond continues to fish better than the Island Pond, with Carp to 20lb reported from the swims on the causeway. Good numbers of Bream and Roach are still showing to pole-fished caster, maggots and corn. Floating baits are still banned until further notice as there are now young Geese sharing the water with the anglers.
The recent Club Match produced good weights, with Warren Bates finishing top with a near-30 pound bag of Carp and Skimmers. Almost 100lb of fish were caught by the 7 anglers who fished. A few Trout have been showing from the Mill Ground stretch of the River Chew.
The troublesome Pondweed in the Old Pond at Century has now been treated, hopefully reducing its impact during the summer months. Barley straw bales are being placed in the margins to reduce the threat of an algae bloom. Please do not interfere with these bales, which are moored between the swims.
17th Mar 2003 • Century Ponds Report, New Skimmers, Club Caps
Fishing has picked up at Century Ponds as the winter fades into spring. The Carp have been making an appearance in both Ponds, with fish to 10lb showing to float-fished baits. Good Roach bags have also been reported from the Old Pond, mainly on pole-fished caster and maggots.
The problematic weed in the Old Pond will soon be treated in order to reduce growth during the summer. A stock of two hundred 1lb Skimmer Bream was introduced into Century Ponds in February 2003. The fish have already been showing up in catches, suggesting that all is well with the new recruits.
As part of the Club's 100 year celebrations, KAA has produced a limited edition of 100 centenary baseball caps which are available to buy. The caps are one-size-fits-all, with a velcro adjuster, in navy blue with gold embroidery. The inscription reads "Keynsham Angling Association 1903-2003".
28th Dec 2002 • Venue Reports, Match Result, Tree Planting, 2003 Licences
Fishing continues to be sporadic during the winter months at the brim-full Century Ponds. Roach and Perch have been making up the majority of catches, with a few small pound-mark Chub also showing. The Carp have been largely quiet, with significant numbers of fish now back in the Old Pond where the weed is offering cover in the clear water.
The Club will be stocking Century Ponds in February with around 200 1-pound Bream. Elsewhere, the River Chew is now up to full flow as the rains work their way through. Try maggot, caster or worm under far-bank trees for Chub, Roach, Dace and Trout.
Keynsham A.A. 2003 Membership cards are now on sale in the usual outlets. The Club recently planted a Cherry Blossom tree on the island at Century Ponds in memory of long-serving Match Secretary/Committee Member Charlie Horswell. The tree will eventually grow to about 15ft tall and should provide cover for much of the island. The planting was attended by Charlie's wife Irene and son Steve.
The recent Christmas Match at the Ponds saw Warren Bates lift the George Bingham Shield with a winning weight of 7lb 1.5oz. The next Match at Century Ponds is on Sunday 5th January 2003. The Club Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all Members for their support in 2002, and wish everyone tight lines for 2003.
16th Oct 2002 • Century Catch Reports, Club Matches
Fishing at Century Ponds has been patchy during September and October, with fish often reluctant to feed in great numbers. Recent rain will hopefully raise the water level, which has dropped due to the prolonged dry spell.
Committee Member Mike Ewins had better luck than most, landing a 17lb 4oz Mirror Carp from the Island Pond in September. Mike tempted the fish on the lightest of tackle - 2lb line with a size 18 hook under a 3 no 4 clear waggler, using a single white maggot for bait. Mike was fishing at peg 22, and also took a smaller Mirror, a decent Perch, a Chub and an Eel.
Elsewhere, Warren Bates took a catch of tidy-sized Roach on casters and some smaller Carp have been showing throughout both Ponds. Expect sport to improve once the fish acclimatise to the colder weather. New Match Secretary Warren has arranged a Series of Sunday Club Matches at Century Ponds, commencing on October 27th.
15th Oct 2002 • A.G.M. Report, New Secretary, Trees Removed
The Association's Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 14th October at the Talbot Inn, Keynsham, where 9 Members attended. Warren Bates stood down as Honorary Secretary, to be replaced by Jason Allen.
Warren is now Match Secretary. Club Treasurer Roger Stone announced his intention to stand down next year, so Rich Green has been appointed as Assistant Treasurer with a view to superceding Roger in the post.
Mike Ewins was formally appointed Disabled Officer, and as a Club Bailiff. Keynsham AA Membership and day ticket prices will remain unchanged for the forthcoming year.
The fallen trees on the River Chew at the Mill Ground have now been removed by the Environment Agency. The Club would like to publicly thank the Operations Team for their sterling efforts.
9th Sep 2002 • Century Ponds Report, A.G.M. Details
Over to our 'roving reporter' Rich Green for the latest news: "At the moment the Old Pond is holding a lot of colour and seems more consistent due to westerlies putting a ripple on it, but not much ripple on the Island Pond. Levels are low due to the recent spate of dry weather."
"As we all know, venues change from week to week and the Island Pond could be fishing its nuts off next week. Old Pond Carp responding to floaters particularly during warm evenings, and poled/wagglered meat, corn or pellet (please make sure pellets are approved type)."
"Also Roach, Perch and Skimmers are always a good back up for weights. You may use Carp Fishery-approved keepnets but please be sensible with the length of time you keep fish in them and please look out for the wellfare of smaller fish in nets with carp. Consider returning large carp immediately to the water as low oxygen levels at present may cause distress."
The Association's Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 14th October 2002 at Talbot Inn, Keynsham, 7:30pm prompt.
2nd Sep 2002 • Match Secretary, Canadian Pondweed Problems
The Club are in the process of appointing a new Match Secretary to organise the new fixtures. Many thanks to the Club Members who have offered their assistance in this matter.
Research is being conducted into methods of clearing the Canadian Pondweed from Century Ponds following vigorous re-growth during the spring and summer. It was hoped that draining the Pond last autumn had cleared up the problem, but the mild winter has meant the weed has re-appeared this year.
23rd Jul 2002 • Century Ponds Report, Licences Selling Out
Good-sized Carp are showing in numbers at Century Ponds as the summer progresses. Corn, meat and maggots have been taking fish to upper doubles from around the island and in the margins on both Ponds. The fish seem to be evenly spread throughout the venue,thanks to the new cut that links the two Ponds together.
New Committee Member Mike Ewins recently landed a 3lb 5oz Perch from the Island Pond, close to the new joining channel. Reports have emerged that local retailers have run out of Membership cards. This situation is being remedied as soon as possible - thank you for your patience.
The Club Committee would like to take this opportunity to welcome it's newest Member - Mike Ewins from Yate - who has joined the Committee and will act as the Club's Disabled Access Officer.
Mike will regulate the advance booking of the disabled pegs which the Club will install during the summer at the dam end of the Island Pond, where vehicle access is easiest. Welcome aboard Mike and thanks for giving up some of your time in the name of Keynsham Angling Association.
Several of the Association's waters are near overhead power lines carrying up to 132,000 volts. These lines are within reach of rods and poles. Members must maintain a safe fishing distance and must NOT carry assembled rods or poles under these power lines. Always look up.
The next Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 2nd October 2017 at Keynsham Cricket Club, 7:30pm prompt. All Members are eligible to attend.