2011 News

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Fish Stocks

The table below, kindly supplied by Mr. David Mee from the Environment Agency Wales, shows the numbers, locations and size of fish stocked in the Ogmore and its tribs. along with National Grid References (NGR) for the location of their release. Viewable as an Excel doc. here.

Ref. No. Planned intro. Consent Starts Consent Ends Receiving Water Receiving NGR CommonVarietyName Number Weight Length
S/SH/26042011/C8 30-Apr-11 30-Apr-11 16-May-11 Llynfi River SS87268907 Trout, Brown 600 25-28 Cms
S/SH/07102010/C11 17-Oct-10 17-Oct-10 30-Nov-10 Ogmore River SS88907820 Trout, Sea 10000
S/SH/11042008/C6 29-Apr-08 29-Apr-08 03-Jun-08 Ogmore River SS88907820 Trout, Brown 800 25.4-27.94 Cms
S/SH/20102008/C16 30-Jan-09 30-Jan-09 15-Feb-09 Ogmore River SS88907820 Salmon, Atlantic Migratory 4249 4-8 Cms
S/SH/26012010/C22 17-Feb-10 25-Feb-10 18-Mar-10 Ogmore River SS88907820 Trout, Brown 2000 22.86-27.94 Cms
S/SH/31012011/C25 17-Feb-11 17-Feb-11 05-Apr-11 Ogmore River SS88907820 Trout, Brown 1600 25 Cms
S/SH/26092011/C5 20-Oct-11 07-Nov-11 07-Nov-11 Ogmore River and Tribs SS88907820 Trout, Sea 7400
S/se/10012008/A18 01-Mar-08 01-Mar-08 15-Mar-08 River Llynfi SS85009000 Trout, Brown 500 25.4-27.94 Cms
S/SH/14042009/C11 22-May-09 22-May-09 22-May-09 River Llynfi SS85009000 Trout, Brown 500 28 Cms
S/SH/16022009/S11 28-Feb-09 28-Feb-09 23-Apr-09 River Llynfi SS85009000 Trout, Brown 1000 27.94-30.48 Cms
S/SH/20032008/C14 12-Apr-08 12-Apr-08 23-May-08 River Llynfi (Smolt Release Pond) SN53400070 Trout, Brown 1200 31 Kgs
S/SH/01022010/C5 27-Feb-10 27-Feb-10 27-Feb-10 River Llynfi Maesteg SS85209240 Trout, Brown 600 26-27 Cms
S/SH/26012011/C12 26-Feb-11 26-Feb-11 26-Feb-11 River Llynfi -Smolt Release Pond SS86568801 Trout, Brown 500 27.94-30.48 Cms
S/ SH/20022009/R25 24-Feb-09 24-Feb-09 07-Apr-09 River Ogmore SS86008950 Trout, Brown 600 25.4-30.48 Cms
S/ SH/20022009/R25 24-Feb-09 24-Feb-09 07-Apr-09 River Ogmore SS86008950 Trout, Brown 600 25.4-30.48 Cms
S/ SH/20022009/R25 24-Feb-09 24-Feb-09 07-Apr-09 River Ogmore SS86008950 Trout, Brown 400 25.4-30.48 Cms
S/ SH/20022009/R25 24-Feb-09 24-Feb-09 07-Apr-09 River Ogmore SS86008950 Trout, Brown 400 25.4-30.48 Cms
S/SH/09012008/A11 27-Feb-08 26-Feb-08 18-Mar-08 River Ogmore SS90108070 Trout, Brown 1000 22.86-30.48 Cms
S/SH/11052010/C19 10-Jun-10 10-Jun-10 10-Jun-10 River Ogmore SS86008950 Trout, Brown 300 25.4-30.48 Cms
S/SH/24112008/C20 24-Nov-08 01-Dec-08 15-Dec-08 River Ogmore SS90108070 Trout, Sea 15
S/SH/01102009/R8 17-Oct-09 17-Oct-09 08-Nov-09 River Ogmore, Blackmill SS93378661 Trout, Sea 20000
S/SH/17012011/C23 01-Mar-11 01-Mar-11 01-Mar-11 River Ogmore/Garw SS90079232 Trout, Brown 500 27.94-30.48 Cms
S/SH/18042011/C29 06-May-11 06-May-11 06-May-11 River Ogmore/Garw SS90079232 Trout, Brown 500 27.94-30.48 Cms
S/SH/28042010/S3 21-May-10 21-May-10 21-May-10 River Ogmore/Garw SS90079232 Trout, Brown 500 27.94-30.48 Cms
S/SH/12032008/C30 09-May-08 09-May-08 09-May-08 Rivers Ogmore and Garw SS90309100 Trout, Brown 500 27.94-30.48 Cms
S/SH/18012010/C39 26-Feb-10 26-Feb-10 26-Feb-10 Rivers Ogmore and Garw SS90658483 Trout, Brown 500 27.94-30.48 Cms
S/SH/12032010/C53 19-Apr-10 19-Apr-10 14-May-10 Smolt Release Pond Llynfi River SS86578802 Trout, Brown 400 30.48 Cms
S/SH/12032010/C53 19-Apr-10 19-Apr-10 14-May-10 Smolt Release Pond Llynfi River SS86578802 Trout, Brown 500 30.48 Cms

 

 

 

FLY TYING CLASSES

 

The Ogmore AA winter fly tying classes have now begun and are being held every Monday evening at 7pm in the Bridgend Conservative Club, 11 Dunraven Place, CF31 1JF, Ph. 01656 652 017.

All levels of fly tyers are welcome so why not give it a go and enjoy an evening in the company of some fellow anglers.

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Ogmore Challenge

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Various groups joined the Association’s two clean ups on the weekend of 30th September – 2nd October. A large section of river was cleaned between Tescos in Bridgend to the bottom of Newbridge Fields. It is astonishing how many wagon loads of refuse were removed from the river and kindly transported to the tip by the two Bridgend Council staff who were at hand throughout the event.

The poor turn out by the membership should not detract from the efforts of the 15 or so members who did attend and worked tirelessly in warm temperatures. The amount of river cleaned was outstanding.

The Association expresses it’s gratitude to the members and the groups who joined us. It is surprising how so few members can benefit so many! - W.G.

 

Pictured below, one of ten wagon loads of rubbish collected by Ogmore Angling Association and KWTvolunteers who participated in the Great Ogmore Challenge.


Ogmore Angling Association member Andrew Stride looks on in the background as another truck load of rubbish collected from the River Ogmore is taken away. Picture – Wynne Griffiths.

Ogmore Angling Association member Andrew Stride looks on in the background as another load of rubbish collected from the River Ogmore is taken away. Picture – Wynne Griffiths.

 

 

 

End of Season Newsletter

Autumn salmon

Thanks to Wynne for producing another well written and informative newsletter.

To read the newsletter in a PDF format click on the icon PDF NEWSLETTER

 

 

Buffer Zones - have your say

The Welsh Government is consulting on the introduction of buffer zones alongside water courses to tackle water pollution in agriculture, anglers can support more stringent measures than the regulatory minimun by contacting them. Contact details here .

This could result in a major improvement for water quality in Welsh rivers, the wider the buffer zone the smaller the impact that modern farming will have on water quality so get writing!

From the Welsh Government website -

 

  • We are required to introduce a new Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) on buffer strips next to watercourses to tackle the issue of water pollution from agriculture. The condition must be in place on 1 January 2012.
  • We are obliged to introduce at least the Nitrate Action Programme restrictions on no-spread zones but we could apply more stringent measures to further reduce the risk of water pollution.
  • The outcome of the change to GAEC will be a reduced risk of water pollution from farming activity.

 

 

Pollution

Pollution entering the Ogmore at wildmill, July 2011. Photo - Wynne Griffiths

The pollution at Wildmill continues but following increased levels of sewage entering the river there this weekend (July 2011) the club have instructed their solicitors to make the polluter pay. Fish Legal will now take action against Dwr Cymru while the club will maintain pressure on the Environment Agency to put an end to the ongoing contamination of the Ogmore. How this kind of event continues into the 21st century is hard to understand but continue it does despite the standards outlined in the Water Framework Directive. The Ogmore Angling Association will continue to monitor their rivers and tackle any sign of pollution.

 

 

 

 

Brown trout of the season entry

 

Caught by Mr. Paul Embley from the Ogmore on the 21st July, a cracking fish of 4lb 15 oz. Can you beat that?

 

 

 

 

 

Bridgend Show 2011

 

OAA  members  Geraint Jones (left) and John Allen (right) representing the club at the Bridgend Show. Photo by Wynne Griffiths.

OAA  members  Geraint Jones (left) and John Allen (right) representing the club at the Bridgend Show. Photo by Wynne Griffiths.

 

The Association was pleased to attend the Bridgend County Show on the 8th, 9th and 10th of July. Despite dreadful weather during the first one and a half days, the weather made up for it during the second half with plenty of visitors. The Association's stand was a showcase of the work we carry out on the Ogmore catchment. Also displayed were many photographs of specimen Ogmore fish and historical information about the river and Association. The biggest draw to the stand was our fly tying section who carried out tying displays for the duration of the show. Many thanks to all those who contributed, Harry Carvill, Dave Lewis, Em Williams, Ian Finylas, Andrew Davies and Gerwyn Stoneham.

Wynne Griffiths

 

 

 

Mystery of the damaged schoolies

Damaged school sewin

A number of damaged school sewin have been taken in South Wales recently, here's one from the Ogmore last night, 4/7/11, photographed by Ian Finylas, the second such fish he's caught this season.

It looks like net damage but where are the nets being placed?

Please send a report of any similarly damaged catches to I.F., Conservation Officer (see Contact page)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juniors Comp

 

Ethan Saunders with a good brace of fish taken in difficult conditions . Photo - Audrey Stoneham

Ethan Saunders with a good brace of trout taken in difficult conditions, well done Ethan!

Photo - Audrey Stoneham

 

Junior members of the Ogmore Angling Association competed in their annual competition on Saturday 25th July at Merthyr Mawr. Despite what were very difficult conditions some fish were caught.

Over previous years the event has coincided with a particularly hot spell of weather with low water conditions - a fisherman’s nightmare! - however, substantial rain before and during the event caused the river to rise over two feet above normal levels and into full spate.

Despite the less than ideal conditions the eventual winner, Ethan Saunders aged 11, managed a brace of brown trout. Also, for the first time in many years, a sea trout was caught on the day by Ethan who commendably returned the fish unharmed to the river to continue its journey upstream.

Thankfully a break in the weather enabled the traditional barbeque to take place following the event at the Dipping Bridge.

Ethan collected his trophies and prizes at the Association’s half year meeting which were presented by a senior member of the Association, Mr Harry Carvill. Well done to all the juniors who braved the difficult conditions on the day.

 

 

 

A nice sewin, returned, from the town centre, late June 2011

 

 

Returning those large fish -

A paper discussing the evolution of salmon populations has proposed that the retention of larger fish has caused the remaining fish to have a predisposition towards attaining smaller body sizes and shorter sea feeding times –

From New Scientist - “Body size is a heritable trait, so the genes within those eggs – some of which are associated with late maturing and large body size – are also lost.”

 

 

 

 

 

WELSH WATER FINED

POLLUTION caused by Welsh Water resulted in the deaths of about 50 fish and eels.

Welsh Water admitted causing crude sewage and poisonous matter to flow into Nant Cefn Glas river a tributary of the Ogmore in Bridgend on or before February 13th last year, Bridgend magistrates’ heard.

Martin Rees, prosecuting, said inspections were carried out in which 11 dead eels and 43 dead fish were found, as well as sewage fungus on the riverbed. A carcass count” a few days later found 19 fish and one eel.

Welsh Water was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £4,550.61.


 

CORMORANT WATCH

CORMORANT predation has had a major impact on fish stocks in local and national rivers. The Angling Trust has built a  new easy to use website to gather vital data to help persuade government of the need for action to protect fisheries.
Anglers can record sightings and activity of cormorants anywhere in the UK, directly onto a Google Maps driven micro-site at http://www.cormorantwatch.org/  . Users will also be able to scroll around the map and zoom in to view details of each recorded cormorant sighting and watch the real picture of cormorant predation in UK waters build up week by week.

 

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