19th Dec 2009 • The Lost World Of Mr Hardy DVD / Screening
'The Lost World of Mr Hardy' is a film that follows the history of angling and celebrates the craftsman's hand in rod making through the eyes of the Hardy Brothers fishing tackle company.
The film will be screening at Strode Theatre, Street, Somerset on 19th January 2010, commencing at 7.30pm, followed by a filmmaker Q&A session. A DVD version is available to stream or buy at the official website.
7th Dec 2009 • 2010 Match Calendar, Christmas Match
The 2010 Match calendar has now been published, featuring a total of 24 contests for the coming year. The next scheduled Match is the George Bingham Shield & Trophy (Christmas Match) at Century Ponds on Saturday 12th December, draw at 9am, fishing 10am to 3pm. Places are still available - call Phil on 07973 736519 for further information. Century Ponds will be closed to all non-Match anglers on the day.
2nd Dec 2009 • Rosebowl Match Result, New 2010 Licences On Sale Now
The Mervyn Holmes Rosebowl Match on the Kennet and Avon Canal at Claverton was won by Mike Taylor with a weight of 3lb 3oz. Runner-up was Phil Seymour, with Dave Weaver in third place. The next match is the George Bingham Christmas Match on Saturday 12th December 2009 at Century Ponds. Call Phil on 07973 736519 for details.
The new 2010 licences are now in the shops and are valid from the date of purchase until December 31st 2010. Once again there has been no price increase this year.
The forthcoming Match on the Kennet and Avon Canal at Digger Smiths Yard, Claverton (Sat 21st Nov) will be competing for the Mervyn Holmes Challenge Bowl (the 'Rosebowl'). The Draw is at 8.45am, fishing from 10am to 3pm, with a £15.00 entry fee. Call or text Phil on 07973 736519 to enter.
The River Chew has been fishing well lately with good numbers of Chub, Grayling and Brownies reported, and one or two Tench (see picture). Century Old Pond is still producing Carp to 20lb, but the Island Pond is hard going at present.
The recent Inter Club Match on the River Avon was a one-sided affair - Golden Valley couldn't raise a team. Ten KAA Members entered with Phil Seymour winning the Match with 3lb 2oz. The Club Match at Century Island Pond in September was won by Mike Taylor with 5lb 4oz.
The traditional Inter-Club Match against Golden Valley will take place on the River Avon at Keynsham Crane on Saturday 17th October. The draw takes place at 8:30am, fishing 10am to 3pm. Entry fee is £13. If you are interested in representing Keynsham A.A. please contact Phil on 07973 736519.
The latest Club Match at Century Island Pond was won by Mike Taylor with a weight of 7lb 3oz. Please note that the Junior Silver Match originally scheduled for 4th October has now been cancelled. The fourth round of the All-Night Carp Match was won by George Clark with 37lb 3oz. The Series was won by John Nash with a 4-round total of 134lb 8oz. Well fished John!
The River Chew Barbel are now beginning to make regular appearances in the Chewton Meadow and Uplands stretches, with fish up to 7 inches being reported.
28th Aug 2009 • Reduced Membership Fees, Matches & Catches
A Club Match will take place at Century Ponds on Sunday 30th August - the Island Pond will remain closed to non-match anglers after the clay shoot. Draw takes place at 1pm, fishing 2-7pm. Entry fee is £13, limited to 10 pegs. Sport has picked up at Century over the last month, with regular catches of upper doubles from the Old Pond and good bags of small Carp and silvers from the Island Pond.
The River Chew is in fine fettle, producing good results, with Chub, Dace, Roach and Brownies and the odd Rudd, Tench and Rainbow falling to both coarse and fly methods. The Barbel appear to have dispersed throughout the Uplands and Chewton Meadow stretches, with a few fish also being caught in the Mill Ground, most likely having passed through the sluice gates at Chewton Keynsham. Head down to the Chew when the river is fining down after rain, and feed lightly and regularly for the best results.
Please note that from September 1st, KAA Membership fees for all new Members will be reduced to £10 (adults) and £5 (concessions) for the remainder of 2009. The Club hopes to have the new 2010 licences on sale for the start of December.
27th Jul 2009 • Learn To Fish Event Report, Uplands Barbel
The recent Learn To Fish event on the River Chew at Keynsham Memorial Park was a big success. Anglers new and old caught fish all day, keeping the seven qualified angling coaches very busy. Congratulations go to Joshua Tarrant who was the winner of the prize draw and took home a Daiwa fishing kit. The event was organized by FishWish, in association with Keynsham Angling Association, and sponsored by the Environment Agency with Angling Development Board licensed coaches.
A KAA Member has reported catching two 5-inch barbel from the Uplands stretch over the weekend. If anyone else lands Barbel from the Chew, please call the Club on 07973 736519. Tight lines.
20th Jul 2009 • All-Night Carp Series 3rd Round Result, Keeling Cup Result
The third round of the All-Night Carp Series at Century Old Pond was won by John Nash with 41lb 8oz from peg 5. The Keeling Cup took place on the River Chew on June 21st and was won by Mike Taylor with 2lb.
16th Jul 2009 • Learn To Fish Event, River Chew Stocked With Barbel
The Learn To Fish event takes place this Saturday (18th) on the River Chew at Keynsham Park. Keynsham A.A. licences will be on sale at a reduced rate, with a free raffle included. The event commences at 9am and is free to all anglers and non-anglers. Tackle, bait and licences will be provided free.
In February of this year, the Club Committee took the decision to stock the Chewton Meadow and Uplands stretches with several hundred small Barbel, as an experiment to find out if they would flourish in the River Chew. The fish have now dispersed and are expected to be quite elusive for a year or two. If you catch one, please notify the Club so it can be recorded. Please treat these fish with care and respect if caught. Thanks to the Environment Agency for co-operating with the Committee's wishes.
17th May 2009 • Club Match & E.M. Palmer Cup Results
The 2009 E.M. Palmer Cup (Wednesday Silver Series) kicked off at Century Island Pond on 6th May. Round 1 was won by Ian Tucker with 2lb 2oz. Mike Taylor was the round 2 victor the following week with 6lb 8oz. The Club Match at the Island Pond on 26th April was won by Martin Smith with 1lb 3oz from peg 17.
13th May 2009 • Learn To Fish Event At Keynsham Park On 18th July 2009
Anglers are invited to try coarse fishing for free. FishWish in conjunction with Keynsham Angling Association and sponsored by the Environment Agency will be hosting a Learn To Fish event on the River Chew at Keynsham Memorial Park on Saturday 18th July 2009, from 9am-5.30pm.
Equipment, licenses and professional angling coaching will be provided free for all ages. Hot and cold refreshments and toilets will be available on site. ADB licensed coaches. Booking in advance is advisable - please telephone Charlie on 07835 126138 to reserve a place or for further details.
27th Apr 2009 • Match News, Century Ponds Report, Lost Camera
The opening round of the 2009 All-Night Carp Series at Century Old Pond was won by George Clark with 35lb from peg 2. The recent Club Match on the Island Pond was won by Dave Weaver with 1lb 11oz.
Dave Weaver also won the Arthur Edwards Memorial Cup on the Mill Ground stretch of the River Chew on 7th March with a weight of 1lb. The E.M. Palmer Cup (Wednesday evening Silver Fish Series) commences at Century Island Pond on Wednesday 6th May. Please note that the Junior Carp Match originally scheduled for Saturday 2nd May has now been cancelled.
Century Old Pond has been producing Carp to 21lb on a variety of baits. The Island Pond is very slow going at present, but sport is expected to pick up as water temperatures rise. Finally, if anyone has found a camera at Century Ponds could they please contact the Secretary on 07973 736519. Tight lines.
9th Mar 2009 • Century Ponds Open Again, New Stock Of Carp
Century Ponds is now open again to all Members following a month of site works at the venue. Work was successfully carried out to remedy the leak and the lakes are now brim full. A new fence has been erected in the car park, a new notice board has been installed, peg 12 has been extended, the banks and island have been mown and tidied, the main gate has been re-aligned and now features a keypad entry/exit system (PIN issued upon day ticket purchase).
Surface works have been carried out on the trackway and car park, all electrical equipment has been serviced and checked and most of the swims have been cleared of snags, litter and overhead branches. The reeds at the dam end of the Old Pond have been considerably reduced.
A new stock of 1lb to 3lb Carp was introduced to the Old Pond on 4th February. Work was also undertaken at Chewton Meadow to remove parts of a fallen tree. Thanks to everyone who gave up their time during the month to carry out the works.
22nd Jan 2009 • New Chew Waters, Updated Club Maps
The Club is pleased to announce the acquisition of another classic stretch of the River Chew between Bathford Brook at Compton Dando and Uplands Bridge at Chewton Keynsham (right bank looking downstream). This 2km (1.25 mile) section of the Chew will be known as "Uplands" and consists of fields 71 to 74 (formerly 67-74).
Keynsham A.A. Members can now effectively fish the River Chew from Compton Dando bridge downstream to the River Avon, including the free sections in Keynsham Park, a total of 4 miles. Access to the new Uplands section is from Uplands Bridge or via the various field gates on the Compton Dando to Burnett road. Please do not park in front of the gates.
A new improved and updated map of the Club's River Chew waters can be found on the Maps page. A restocking program at Uplands and Chewton Meadow will commence soon.
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.