Thursday, February 27th 2020
Offord and Buckden Angling Society was formed in the early 1800's, and until 1959 benefitted from the Great Northern Railway Station at Offord which, being only 100 yards from the club's water on the River Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire, provided easy access to anglers from the north and south. Some of our members remember travelling on the train with their grandparents and fishing for Chub alongside the great Dick Walker.
Today, the club has access to approximately seven kilometres
of top class fishing on the River Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire, between Grafham Pumping Station at Offord Cluny, and Brampton. Whether you're preference is for still water or a fast flowing stream, a small intimate river or one that's wide, languid and deep,
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Catches include barbel to 11 lb; bream to 10 lb; carp to 30 lb plus; chub to 7 lb; perch to 2 lb, pike to 20 lb plus; roach to 1 lb; tench to 5 lb, and zander to 7 lb.
As from the 1st of November, the price of membership for Senior Members (17 to 64 years of age) for
the season 2019 - 2020 will be reduced to £15:00. All other membership prices remain the same.
Please be aware that the Environment Agencies planned upgrade and improvement work on the Offord Lock will begin on Monday, 27th January, and is expected to last for 5 to 6 weeks. This will result in some immediate, ongoing disruption in the Car Park area, for approximately 5 to 7 days, whilst the contractors lay hard core and erect their compound to house their equipment and welfare unit, and provide parking for their vehicles. This compound will be manned 24/7 and security protected by fencing and CCTV. There will, however, be ample room for our members to park when fishing that section. There will be restricted fishing either side of the lock during this period.
Should any member require further information, or experience any difficulty during the planned work period, please contact a Bailiff (contact details in the membership handbook).
Posted by Howard Fieldhouse, Bailiff
Anglian Water has erected signs by the Mill Stream Bridge warning of the Ouse Valley Way path being closed to enable work to be carried out at the Offord Pumping Station. In fact the path remains open as far as the pumping station, which marks the beginning of New Cut, so fortunately this closure does not affect OBAS anglers.
There has been a 95% reduction in the European Eel population over the last 25 years, and the reasons for this are thought to include structures
such as weirs, locks, and other machinery in our rivers that prevent eels from completing their migration to and from the Sargaso Sea.
Anglian Water are fitting new eel screens along
the River Great Ouse that will provide safe passage along the water course for the eels, fish and other organisms, protecting them from the pumping station's machinery. Closing the path will enable these screens to be fitted at
their Offord Pumping Station.
OBAS and our members benefit from the Society's membership of the Angling Trust - which represents all game, coarse and sea anglers and angling
in England - and Fish Legal (formerly the ACA), which uses the law
to fight pollution and other damage to the freshwater and marine environment, and to protect the rights of anglers and angling.
The Angling Trust is now recruiting Phase 1 Volunteer Bailiffs to join the highly successful and widely respected Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS) in supporting the Environment Agency and Police in the ongoing fight against fisheries crime and illegal fishing. Read more
The Angling Trust will be launching their latest fundraising initiative - The Great Fishing Prize Draw - on
Monday 20th January 2020. The new prize draw, supported by Angling Trust Ambassadors, sees the launch of five separate prize draws under the new banner, each with their own amazing fishing experience day as the winning prize. Read more
Match Bookings are welcome on our fisheries; catches of bream totalling over 100 lb have been taken from
our C section. To discuss reserving the water please send an e-mail to Club Chairman Tony Elliott, or call Tony on 01480810346 before 8pm.