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 on: Today at 11:33:21 AM 
Started by martin - Last post by dave
Sorry lads can't make this one but would like to wish everyone in the BFTA a  merry christmas and
tight lines for the new year, look forward to seeing you all in the new season

 Dave M

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 on: December 14, 2018, 05:57:58 PM 
Started by martin - Last post by bracken
Reference Buzzerman's question:

Not too sure of the answer if they are Polar bears??!!! Haven't been to the Arctic sea ice, but David Attenborough films appear to show a distinct lack of arboreal fauna!! Wouldn't be too keen on meeting those Orca packs in a float tube either.

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 on: December 06, 2018, 10:37:42 PM 
Started by martin - Last post by Clayts
You can add Ken Hudson Please Martin..

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 on: December 05, 2018, 10:27:39 PM 
Started by martin - Last post by martin
Names I think are going to Barnsfold.

Dave Carrie
Brian Heald
Steve Frakes
Ric Dunnett
Mark Clayton
Martin Mayers
Kevin Primmer
Ken Hudson

If anyone else would like to join us they would be will most welcome .




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 on: December 04, 2018, 08:53:26 AM 
Started by martin - Last post by buzzerman
Do bears sh1t in the woods

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 on: December 03, 2018, 06:57:40 PM 
Started by martin - Last post by Clayts
I take it we will be meeting at the Miller Cafe for breakfast beforehand..Huh?

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 on: December 02, 2018, 10:55:10 AM 
Started by martin - Last post by buzzerman
It is Martin

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 on: December 02, 2018, 09:05:19 AM 
Started by martin - Last post by martin

What is the date for the Christmas meet, is it the Thursday 27th.

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 on: November 21, 2018, 07:58:12 PM 
Started by andre - Last post by bracken
Herewith posted the AGM minutes.

Please don't give the 'Guvnor' flak - it was me that failed miserably to get my act in gear. I have a lot going on in my life just at the moment and I forgot to get round to the edit of Andre's scribblings. Please accept my apologies.

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 on: November 21, 2018, 07:53:12 PM 
Started by andre - Last post by bracken
BRITISH FLOAT TUBE ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF THE 2018 AGM
HELD ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 27TH 2018
AT THE SANDPIPER GUEST HOUSE, TORQUAY

MEMBERS PRESENT:

Andre Russell, Ric Dunnett, Steve Frakes, Brian Heald, Gary Cragg, Tony Parker, Kev Primmer, Russ Whitmore, Martin Mayers, Steve Naylor, Dave Williams, Jim Shaliker, Chris Knight.

APOLOGIES:

Dave Carrie.

MATTERS ARISING:

There are no matters arising from the 2017 minutes - therefore the minutes were unanimously accepted as a true record, proposed by Steve Frakes and seconded by Ric Dunnett.

SECRETARY / TREASURERS REPORT:

This year we have 91 paid up members and 6 honorary members. We have seen more members from Ladybower and some more interest from Scotland. We have however lost people who are in the catchment area of Lockwood Beck, (Closed), and Ravensthorpe, (no tubing due to excessive and unwarranted launch fee).

 On the balance sheet we are showing £1,600.00 in credit, our major costs remain the BFTA web-site, (bill awaited), Angling Trust Membership and Insurance. Incidental costs such as postage, ink, paper, envelopes and trophy engraving have reduced this year – down to £80.00.

Martin Mayers proposed acceptance of the balance sheet and this was seconded by Brian Heald, the meeting unanimously agreed.

COMPETITION SECRETARY REPORT:

Tony Parker has not attended many events this year due to health issues - so Andre Russell gave a brief summary.
South West attendances have been very good this year, and for the first time the championship leader board had a good representation from the whole membership.

Attendances north of Bristol have been quite poor this year. However, there has been a series of extenuating circumstances, regular attendees like Tony and Martin have had extended periods away from the water due to health issues. Ivan has lost his fight with Parkinson’s Disease and unfortunately can no longer fish at all. We had late spring snow, followed by ‘the beast from the east’ which caused last minute cancelations. Additionally, some re-schedules occurred when people were on holiday.

The re-introduction of Blagdon didn’t happen. Ringstead has now closed. Leighton postponed at the last minute due to an intervention by Yorkshire Water. Add to this the driest summer since 1976, and the impact on Thornton where Severn Trent decided to drop the water level by seven feet to work on the overflow, and all in all I’d say we’ve had a season to forget.

CHAIRMANS REPORT:

From a personal point of view my season reflects a lot of the issues mentioned above. I have had my lowest attendance record for as long as I can remember. My £300 season ticket at Thornton worked out at £50 per trip this year, not exactly value for money I think you’d agree.

On a positive note though, we have acquired a new ally at Ladybower, where tubing is really become very popular with the local anglers and our membership has swollen because of this. The South West region is continuing to flourish, with Kev and Dave Williams championing the cause down there.

Wimbleball has a new tenant, and fly-fishing/tubing has been re-instated. I am hopeful that Blagdon will be back for us next season. Kev and John Even have spent some time at this fishery working to try and get us back on to this perfect FT water.

United Utilities finally gave us a definitive response to our efforts to get tubes back on their waters - un-surprisingly it was a NO! At least they are not messing us around anymore, albeit this now leaves our north west members with no waters at all.

So on to the competition season. Sadly the Steve Parton Memorial was cancelled due to lack of water at Thornton. A last minute venue change to Eyebrook was considered, but eventually this too was cancelled at the last minute due to 50mph winds on the proposed date.

Kev Primmer was the outstanding performer in the SW Trophy competition, with six wins through the season. Snowbee sponsor this competition and it is my pleasure to announce that the Snowbee trophy this year goes to Kev.

The Pairs Trophy was fished this season at Ladybower. The consistent pairs performer Ric did the business again with an exceptional bag of fish, but unfortunately it was not enough on the day. Gary, put in a great performance releasing small fish caught early on in the competition and bagging the better fish later on in the day. Tony Barclay was Gary’s partner on the day, Tony is a very good consistent angler and this turned out to be the dream team on the day. Our congratulations go to the 2018 Pairs Champions - Gary Cragg & Tony Barclay.

The autumn trophy fished today at Kenwick, was a very interesting affair, not particularly for the fishing but more for the antics of the participants. Gary managed to launch himself without his tube! It took me three attempts to launch with my flippers on my feet - rather than stuck in the mud!? The Chemical twins stayed competitive to the end, with Ric edging Steve on the number of fish landed. Dave Williams had a late flurry but couldn’t catch Ric, so this years’ Autumn trophy is presented to Ric Dunnett.

Finally, the Jim Clements Cup for the top angler of the season. Ric has become the nearly man on so many occasions - and this year looked as though he could edge it. However fate and the weather conspired against him and once again he finds himself in second spot. This this years’ title goes to Gary. To be fair, Gary has fished well this season, I have witnessed his best performances which have come when we’ve had really good attendances, the most notable being the Cornish Open where the two of us found a nice little pod of rainbows and at the end of the day. The table doesn’t lie if you win when the pressures on - you pick up the silverware. Well done to the 2018 champion Gary Cragg.

I would like to place on record my personal thanks to all of those who have supported the events this year under very difficult circumstances. In particular I would like to thank Dave Carrie who has helped me with the reports in Tony’s absence, and has kept the scoreboard up to date for us.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS:

All bar one of the Officers have agreed to stand, Tony Parker has indicated that he wishes to stand down from the position of Competition Secretary.
From the floor it was proposed by Steve Frakes and seconded by Brian Heald that Dave Carrie be considered for the position of Competition Secretary. After confirmation by phone call to Dave, the meeting unanimously agreed. From the same source, it was proposed to re-elect all other officers en-bloc and the meeting also agreed this.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:

Due to the different times of the year that people apply for membership, the meeting discussed applying a £1/month membership fee. After some discussion it was decided that the extra revenue was not required and the fee would stay at £10 per calendar year. The Secretary will advise applicants of this fee for those who approach us at the end of the year.

The scoring system was discussed again with Russ proposing a return to the 1,2,3 system, this was seconded by Dave Williams. The meeting voted 5 for, 5 against and 2 abstentions. The Chairmans’ casting vote went against the change.

The minimum number of competitions to qualify for a score on the championship table, (currently 4), will be scrapped. After discussion the meeting decided unanimously that it made no difference to the scoring system or the outcome of the season.

Chris Knight raised a point of interest for discussion. Members were asked to consider how we can promote angling and tubing in particular to juniors. Ladybower are participating in a ‘fishing for schools’ program, which the BFTA will support where we can.
    
There was no other business to discuss, the meeting was therefore called to a close.

Andre Russell  (Chairman).

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