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Please note that 2 passport size photos are required.
Cost for each membership year (April 1'st to March 31'st), for 2017 to 2018 season, will remain at £26 for adult and £13 concessions (OAP proof required) and juniors (juniors are under 16 at time of registering), return address on form, please include a stamped addressed envelope.
Fishing is available all year round as we don’t have a closed season now the pond is linked to the river.
Overnight fishing is permitted for members only.
Please note: please follow all the Rules of the pond and keep the area clean. Take your rubbish home or put it in one of the bins by the pond or one of the many on-street bins.
Please help us keep the area in pristine condition by challenging anyone not following the rules, littering or allowing dog fouling. Help can be requested by phone from one of the bailiff’s, and committee members (see contacts), the City “ Community Protection Officers “ or the Police who will be only too glad to assist.
Seasonal report from Andy Spiers - Head Bailiff Iremongers Pond.
We have an abundance of native freshwater fish in our pond and below I list them in order of their size.
Smallest are the PERCH.
These are predatory fish and when small they feed on tiny shrimp-like animals and very small baby fish, known as fry. When they reach a reasonable size they will catch larger fish up-to 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 cm) in length and from a few ounces to a few pounds in weight. There is an abundance of Perch in the pond, the largest caught by a young lad fishing with his dad, was 4.07 lb (1.85 kg) caught on a worm. You can catch Perch on maggots and worms.
Next in size are ROACH.
These can be found in their hundreds in the pond, they are mostly small from a couple of ounces (50 to 60 grams) all the way up to nearly 3 lb (1.36 kg) in weight. Roach love maggots and bread.
Next up are EEL's.
These are not so abundant in the pond but can grow quite large in size, the average for the pond is about 3 to 5 lb (1.36 to 2.36 kg). The British record eel was caught from Iremongers Pond in the 1970's at a weight of 11.0 lb (5 kg). They are scavenger's and feed on anything that ends up on the bottom of the pond and love big fat worms.
The average size caught in the pond are between 4 and 6 lb (1.8 to 2.8 kg) but some have reached 9 lb (4.1 kg).
They feed on and off the bottom on most baits and are targeted early to late spring / summer.
SILVER and BRONZE BREAM.
These can grow up to a weight of nearly 15 lbs (6.8 kg) and I have personally caught a Bronze Bream of 14.07 lbs (6.4 Kg). These are bottom feeders and will gladly take most baits.
COMMON and MIRROR CARP.
These can grow very large indeed and will eat most baits and feed mid water, bottom and off the surface. They will sometimes feed off the top on very warm still summer days.
These fish patrol the bottom depths of the pond and like the Perch are predatory and feed on smaller fish. Be careful, these fish have some fearsome teeth and you will need to take special care if you catch one or you'll get bitten.
Some river Barbel have been hooked of late and these must have come into the pond from the river when it flooded, via the connecting channel, but their numbers will probably be limited to a few.
In the next few weeks to months we will be introducing 200, 4 to 6 inch (10 to 15 cm) CRUCIAN CARP. These are pure bred English fish and are a lovely butter gold colour. They feed both bottom and mid water, they are very shy feeders and small baits will be a must if you want to grace your net with one. They can grow in excess of 4 lbs in weight.
LAST OF ALL AN ECOLOGICAL NOTE.
A recently reported find in the small feeder ponds that drain local ground-water is the 12 SPINED STICKLEBACK. This is a very rare sight and already we've had a visitor from over a hundred miles away just to see them.
Fishing is available for the majority of Native Freshwater fish with the pond being linked to the river via a small channel. Many species have been observed spawning in the pond (see Fish).
There has also been some large carp seen and caught in the pond.
With the 3 stages of development we have been able to increase the number of fishing pegs to 17, with several on the eastern bank being wheelchair accessible.
There is available space in the car-park adjacent to the tram stop and pond that is identified as available for fishermen’s use.
However during the working week this gets used by tram commuters, there is the pub car park (available for patrons only) or several adjacent side roads that you can park on, all within easy 2 minutes walk of the pond.
There is talk that if the tram stop car-park maybe gets a ticket machine in the future, all fishermen may obtain a free parking permit with their yearly membership as the car park was originally designed to replace the bit of roadside parking that was lost to the tram.