Monikie Angling Club

Club AGM 2023

The 2023 club AGM was held in the Masonic Hall, Artillery Lane, Dundee on Monday, December 4.
There was a good attendance with around 30 members plus the committee present, including ANGUSalive representative, Craig Wilson.
As well as the usual convener's reports, including the president's remarks, fish stockings, boats, hut, website, club bookings, memberships, bailiffs, and the all-important treasurer's report, Craig was able to tell us that the proposed upgrade of Monikie Country Park would not go ahead due to lack of funding.
Prizes were awarded for the Club Championship and Stuart Brymer Trophy and heaviest fish of the month.
One motion was put to the assembled members by Andy Brown:
"that the Club Championship be decided on number of fish caught and returned. No fish to be killed. In the event of a tie the winner to be decided in favour of whoever landed the earliest fish."
The motion was approved unanimously, and the new rule will be in place from Club Championship 2024.

Date for your diaries

Note for members' diaries – this year's club AGM will be held in the Masonic Hall, Artillery Lane, Dundee on Monday, December 4 at 7 pm. Hope to see you all there!

Official handover of defibrillator box

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The defibrillator box purchased by the club – thanks to the very generous donations of club members, visiting clubs and visiting anglers – has been officially handed over to ANGUSalive.
Situated at the front of the main office building in Monikie Country Park, the defibrillator (provided by ANGUSalive) is available 24/7 and will be of great benefit to all park users, including anglers.
Thanks again to all who contributed.
Image shows committee members with ANGUSalive representative, Craig Wilson (fourth from right).

Monikie season closing early

Notice to all anglers. Some not so good news. Due to the weather forecast for more storms and heavy rainfall over the next few days, and lack of anglers booking, the committee has taken the difficult decision to close the fishing for the 2023 season.
The last day will be Tuesday, October 31.
I am sure all anglers – members and visitors alike – join with myself and the committee in thanking our volunteer bailiffs for their hard work over the past season.
As we are closing the fishery a couple of weeks early any anglers who have purchased vouchers for 2023 will be allowed to use them in 2024.
This applies only to purchased vouchers and NOT the evening vouchers given with memberships.
I'm sure you are all aware this has been a very difficult season for all fisheries with some extreme weather. We all hope next year will be better.
Thank you all for your support, and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

lan McLean, President.

Monthly Raffle

April – Winner of Airflo reel or fly line, sponsored by Neil Anderson at Angus Angling, is Gordon McKay. Winner of fly box with flies tied by Aaron Phillip is Alfie Elder.
May – Airflo, Jim White. Fly box, George Keir.
June – Airflo,
Gerald Mould. Fly box, Chris Pyke.
July – Airflo, D Moodie. Fly box, Jim White.
August – Airflo,
J Watson. Fly box, C Gordon.
September – Airflo,
Alan Greene. Fly box, Keith Bonnar.
October – Airflo, sponsored by Neil Anderson at Angus Angling,
Jack Reid. Fly box, Kingsley Davidson.

Great news – defibrillator available to all anglers at Monikie

A potentially life-saving defibrillator has now been installed in the box provided by donations to Monikie Angling Club by members, non-members and visiting clubs.
It is sited on the outside front wall of the Ranger Station in Monikie Country Park, only 100 yards from the Bailiff's hut.
Out thanks to AngusAlive for the defibrillator, which will be available 24/7 for use in an emergency by all anglers and park users.
Anyone wishing to acquaint themselves with how defibrillators work can watch the excellent instruction video provided by the London Hearts charity at the link below.
Previous experience or first aid qualification/training is not necessary but we highly recommend you watch this professionally recorded full demonstration training session which includes FAQs (see here).
Our thanks to London Hearts – The Heart Charity For Everyone – for providing us with the link to their invaluable video.
https://vimeo.com/557677120/e7524918c5

Evening sessions extended

Evening sessions, which were due to close on Saturday, August 19, have been extended by two weeks until Saturday, September 2.
Finishing time is 9 pm. Rod price £12. Two fish per rod limit.
Boats for this session must be booked at least two days in advance.
Please note – members can choose to pay their normal session price of £17 or £19 or use their free evening voucher if they wish to fish for the usual four fish limit
Visitors or clubs are also welcome to take advantage of this session extension but again have to book a minimum of two days in advance and normal visitor/club prices apply with a four fish limit.
Booking times during this period will be 9.00 to 10.30 am and 1.00 to 1.30 pm. Any evening boats must be pre-booked at these times.

Defibrillator to be installed soon

We have now taken delivery of a defibrillator box, thanks to generous donations by members, and non-members, and presented it to the Ranger Station in Monikie Country Park.
AngusAlive will install a defibrillator inside the box and It will be mounted on the front wall of the building. It will be available 24/7 for use in an emergency by all anglers and park users.
Training in the use of a defibrillator has already been provided for some club members but anyone wishing to acquaint themselves with how they work can watch the excellent instruction video provided by the London Hearts charity at the link below.
Previous experience or first aid qualification/training is not necessary but we highly recommend you watch this professionally recorded full demonstration training session which includes FAQs.
Our thanks to London Hearts – The Heart Charity For Everyone – for providing us with the link to their invaluable, and potentially life-saving video.
https://vimeo.com/557677120/e7524918c5

Aaron is Club Champion

Aaron Phillip netted two fish for 3 lbs, and returned one for 2 lbs to win the Club Championship fished on the evening of Friday, July 7, a session which proved to be very difficult for all competitors.
Robert Gibson was runner-up with two fish for 4 lbs 3 ozs and no returns.
George Potts came in third with three fish for 3 lbs 11 ozs, with none returned.
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Evening consession sessions extended

The Committee is pleased to announce the £12 concessionary evening sessions FOR MEMBERS ONLY have been extended until evening sessions close on August 19. There is a 2 fish per rod limit.
Those who wish to fish catch and release, using debarbed or barbless hooks, are free to do so.
However, members who wish to fish with a 4 fish limit have the option to pay the normal evening session prices of £17 or £19 per rod.
NB – The concessionary price excludes members fishing on a visiting Club Booking.

Fishery closed Saturday, July 8

Everyone please note that the fishery will be closed on Saturday, July 8 due to a Triathlon event taking place in Monikie Country Park. Both ponds (Island and North) will close entirely. No day or evening sessions. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Club Championship boat pairings

Here are the boat pairings for the Club Championship, to be held on Friday, July 7.
Tight lines, guys!
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Kenny Nets Stuart Brymer Trophy

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The club was well represented with an excellent entry for this season's Stuart Brymer Trophy.
In all, 10 boats set sail at 6 pm with 20 anglers all keen to top the rainbow trout catching charts.
After four hours, it was Kenny Giblin who reigned supreme with a total catch of six fish for 11 lbs 8 ozs.
This was a remarkable achievement on an evening which proved extremely difficult to tempt fish to fly.
Alex Murray was second with a total catch of two fish for 4 lbs 1 oz, and Kenny Forbes third with two for 3 lbs 11 ozs.

April

Winner of Airflo reel or fly line, sponsored by Neil Anderson at Angus Angling, is Gordon McKay. Winner of fly box with flies tied by Aaron Phillip is Alfie Elder.

May

Airflo reel or fly line, Jim White. Fly box with flies, George Keir.

June

Airflo reel or fly line, Gerald Mould. Fly box with flies, Chris Pyke.

July

Airflo reel or fly line, D Moodie. Fly box with flies, Jim White.

August

Airflo reel or fly line, J Watson. Fly box with flies, C Gordon.

Club Competition Dates

Club Chambionship
Heat 1, Tuesday June 20, 2023
Heat 2, Tuesday June 27, 2023
Boat pairings here
Final, Friday July 7, 2023

Stuart Brymer Trophy
The Stuart Brymer Trophy competition will be held on Friday June 2, 2023.

Trial concessionary price for evening sessions – members only

In an effort to increase the use of evening boats, a trial period has been agreed which offers concessionary prices to CLUB MEMBERS ONLY.
From Saturday May 20 until Friday June 30, 2023, these special evening session prices will be charged at £12 per rod for a 2 fish limit.
Those who wish to fish catch and release, using debarbed or barbless hooks, are free to do so.
However, members who wish to fish with a 4 fish limit still have the option to pay the normal advertised prices of £17 or £19 per rod.
This concessionary price does not affect the catch limits etc for the free evening voucher which is included as part of the annual club membership.
NB The concessionary price excludes members fishing on a visiting Club Booking.

Fiery cross out for bailiffs

Now that evening sessions are in full flow, there are spaces at the club for extra bailiffs.
If you are a member, and would like to volunteer, please get in touch with Bailiff Convenor, Fraser McKay, to discuss.
You can email Fraser at bailiff@monikie-angling-club.org.uk
Remember, if the bailiff duties can't be filled at any session, there csn be NO FISHING.

Defibrillator project update

The club has been donated two top-notch Minn Kota electric outboards. One is a 52 lbs thrust, the other is 36 lbs thrust. These are to be sold in aid of our defibrillator project, for which we have already ringfenced £500. (See below) If you wish to make an offer for either of these motors, please email admin@monikie-angling-club.org.uk in the first instance.

Club defibrillator project

It is the club's intention to install a defibrillator at or near the bailiff's hut at the Island Pond.
The Committee is pursuing several avenues in an effort to secure funding for the defibrillator, which must be housed in a secure box, which costs in the region of £500-£600.
We have been generously donated a 1997 two stroke 4hp Yamaha outboard which we’ve sold for £350.
We have also been given a Minn Kota 36 electric motor for possible sale, and a £50 donation so we are already well on the way to having enough money for the box.
This money will be ringfenced until we can purchase the box.
Anyone who has an old leisure battery can leave it at the bailiff's hut for recycling. These batteries are a good source of income for the club.
And, of course, any other donations to this worthwhile, and potentially life-saving project, will be gratefully received.

Important message to all anglers

The operators of Monikie Country Park, angusAlive, have been in touch with the club to draw our attention to the excessive speed of some anglers driving to and from our car park adjacent to the bailiff's hut at the Island Pond.
ALL anglers must be aware there can be many people, including small children, in the area and must drive carefully and slowly.
Park staff are monitoring the situation carefully and if complaints persist and become official the club will lose access to, and use of, the car park at the hut.
Bailiffs will also warn any anglers they consider to be speeding.
Thank you for your co-operation.

Not too late to renew your membership

If you haven’t renewed your Monikie membership yet it’s not too late to do so.
If you don’t have a membership form you can download a membership form here
You can pay by bank transfer, cheque or postal order.

New season off to great start

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With a full complement of 12 boats out on the Island Pond and three on the North, it was a very busy Opening Day at Monikie on Saturday, March 4.
"But it was a great day," enthuses Club President Ian McLean.
"The weather was cold but nice. Every boat had fish and surprisingly there was a hatch of flies and buzzers for a while.
Fish were being caught on a variety of flies and lines.
Notable catches were
8 fish for 21 lbs – D. Anderson and his boat partner,
8 fish for 18 lbs – K.Dixon and his boat partner.
D. Coupar – one overwintered fish, 2 bs 15 oz.on the North Pond.
A number of overwintered fish were also caught on the Island.
As a change from our traditional opening day BBQ our master chef Brian served delicious mince rolls which were a very welcome change and disappeared quickly.
Thanks to Brian for his cooking and to all who helped make the day a success."

Advance Booking for season opening, Saturday March 4

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Monikie Angling Club looks forward to welcoming all members and visitors to our popular fly fishing venue at Monikie Country Park, near Dundee, for the 2023 season, which opens on Saturday, March 4.

After a lot of hard work by our dedicated members, the beautifully prepared boats are on the water, ready for launch day.

From Saturday February 25 until Friday March 3, you can book boats for the start of the new season by contacting Peter Craft on 07775 136171 between 6-8 pm daily.

This will be open to members and non-members.
NB – Memberships are now due.

There may be some boats on the North Pond available for opening day. If they are not taken by members they will be opened for non-members.
Looking forward to seeing you all.

To read last season's news, click here

Memberships subscriptions due by end February

Monikie Angling Club season 2023 opens on Saturday, March 4.

All members please note:
SUBS ARE DUE BY FEBRUARY 28 AT THE LATEST.

Also, MEMBERS can apply to be in the ballot for opening day, March 4. The ballot is not open to non-members.

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