A recent addition to club facilities on site is the provision of a fully serviced (weekly) Portaloo. This also has a hand wash facility and will be on-site until late Autumn, being re installed in the following Spring
A fifth water, situated towards the South East of the complex, has recently been formed.
Read more about Brasside West Water Rod Usage
Brasside also incorporates a wetland area created to encourage the already flourishing rich mix of wildlife to be found at the site.
The Brasside complex caters for all types of still water coarse fishing. Pleasure anglers have taken mixed catches from the Canal and Backwater,whilst the West Lake continues to produce carp to over 24lbs. Pike anglers can now fish all year round, with fish to mid teens being taken.
The West Lake holds specimen Carp, some Tench, Pike, Bream and Roach
The East Lake is a mixed coarse fishery holding a mix of coarse fish, some larger Carp and Pike; the water was part of the original single clay pit before the water was split in 2005
The Canal Water to the far East of the site was created with match/pole fishing in mind. It contains a mix of hybrid Carp, Ide, Chub, Tench, Perch, Bream and Crucian Carp.
The Backwater again was part of the one single clay pit and was cut off from the main body of water in the Brasside development work. It contains Crucian Carp, Tench, some Carp, smaller Pike, Roach, Rudd and Perch. It is an ideal water for juniors/anglers new to fishing.
A fifth water has been formed to the South East of the complex.
Car parking: In addition to the main car park there are now several located around the site - however, please do not park on the two causeways.
- LITTER & RUBBISH -
Please take yours home, DO NOT leave for others to collect and dispose of!
Please remember, if the rubbish is in your swim, it's yours!
Since the club installed the new otter fence around the complex it has been widely welcomed as a positive step forward in protecting our waters and safeguarding our fish. We wish to appeal to all members to make sure they lock up properly when arriving and leaving.
However, there have been instances of the gate being left open, leaving free access to the fishery. As a member these are your waters, paid for by your club, with your membership fee. It is in everyone's interest to make sure both gates are secured so please check carefully before leaving the Complex
As all members are aware, we have had a problem on the
complex because of predation from Cormorants which has
resulted in reduction of fish stocks.
This has resulted in the club taking a number of actions in
defence. The most obvious one being the cables over the
Backwater and Canal.
Secondly, it has resulted in a change of policy regarding stocking.
We stopped stocking small fish into the East Lake because it
became obvious that the Cormorants were predating them in
the Winter months. We have started stocking fish over
and above the size vulnerable to Cormorants.
The other measure we took was to apply to Natural England
for a licence to cull Cormorants within the terms of the
This worked for a number of years but has to be continued
because of the ponds directly behind Frankland Prison.
Unfortunately because of the passage of time we no longer
have a full complement of shooters registered with the
Would any members who are holders of a properly licensed
shotgun and are willing to cull the Cormorants please
contact me in order that they came be added to the licence.
This is important if we are to be in a position to control the
number of Cormorants predating the complex
VOLUNTEER WORK PARTIES
A lot of work has been going on at the complex over a number of years, with work parties maintaining and improving the pegs, as well as undertaking weed control and the maintenance of access paths . An additional peg has been formed on the East Lake to cater for those wanting to fish overnight.
The new otter fence has helped to protect the complex from predators, which could have devastated our stock. Many thanks to Tony Cockburn for starting the project and to Willy Bates and Andy Wright for coordinating the work. Thanks are also due to the many members who put in a lot of time and effort working on the fence.
A small but dedicated team of volunteers work at least 5 days a week maintaining pegs, etc and many hours have been spent cutting back trees and foliage to allow greater access for anglers. Two pegs have been "reclaimed" on the East Lake and work parties will soon be turning their attention to the weed problem on both the East and West Lakes.
It is unlawful to leave a rod and line in the water which is unattended or over which control can not be effected. (i.e. to be physically at your swim, not relying on alarms/remote sounders whilst away ‘socialising’) .
General and Specific Brasside Water Rules
Please note: These waters are open all year for fishing except at periods when it be deemed not to be in the interests of the fish stocks or for any maintenance work to be carried out
Re Junior Members: As of the May 2012 GMC meeting Junior members are not permitted to fish any club/association water after the hour of sunset. This rule replaces all others relating to Junior members and night fishing, accompanied or otherwise.
Ø All nets/sacks to be dipped in the bins (when/if) provided before commencement of fishing. Please wash and thoroughly dry all nets after every session, preferably left to dry in the open whenever possible. Please also use the trays (again when/if provided) for footwear. Fish are expensive to replace.
Ø No live baiting allowed on any of the Brasside waters. Only sea fish and commercially prepared dead’ baits’ allowed.
Ø No open fires, (only gas stoves etc) Swimming, wading or boating is prohibited at all times. Bait boats can be used (West water only) but please consider other anglers
Ø Any angler found to be under the influence of alcohol or/and drugs will be asked to leave. (Our insurers do not cover and other anglers could be put at risk)
Ø Please remove and take home all litter from your swim. Any litter found will be as assumed to be yours whether it is or not. The Club does not provide litter bins.
Ø Please report catches/ individual large fish taken either by telephone, the club web forum, e-mail or letter, the Club Management Committee NEEDS to know what is being caught, and from which water.
Ø Only D.C.A.C. Members, their guests and exchange Permit holders, are allowed at Brasside. Please ask any one there without a valid permit to leave immediately. Any Member knowingly allowing unauthorised persons to remain/give access to, will be subject to disciplinary action.
Ø Disabled Pegs: (when constructed) If a non Disabled Member is occupying a designated disabled peg they should vacate that peg if a disabled member wishes to use it.
Ø No Guest permits will be issued to fish from 5-00 PM Friday’s to 8-00 AM Monday’s for the West Water. Does not apply to the East, Canal and Back waters
Ø Please use the official D.C.A.C. access gate and car park. D.C.A.C. accept no responsibility for any loss or injury suffered by any Member, or guest of a member
Ø Night Fishing allowed ONLY on the Specimen East and West water.(see Rule: 13. re: Juniors/West water
Ø Under no circumstances should the gate combination number be given to non members. Please ensure the gate is l locked at all times and that the combination number is scrambled.
Ø Any member/angler found to be illegally introducing fish to any D.C.A.C. waters will have their membership/Permit withdrawn immediately and may face prosecution. New fines can now be imposed of up to £50,000, waters drained and cost paid by/recovered from the individual concerned.
Ø Fish to be retained* for the minimum length of time If using a sack, one fish/sack and no fish to be kept overnight.
Ø All other ‘common sense’ rules to apply. Behave responsibly and respect other anglers using the waters.
Ø Anyone found to be under the influence of alcohol will be asked to leave the club water for their own and others safety (Our insurers do not cover and other anglers could be put at risk)
(b) Anyone found to be in procession of illegal drugs will be reported to the appropriate authority and if found guilty will have their membership terminated.
Do not damage trees or bushes and do not interfere with the wildlife. Only personal audio equipment with earphones to be used, and no loud or bad language to be used.
*Except for in official match events, and then large fish to be witnessed and verified and then returned.