EAST LOTHIAN ANGLING ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
HELD ON MONDAY 21st JANUARY 2013
IN THE TOWN HOUSE, HADDINGTON
1. Apologies:- B Davidson, J Knox, Jackey Dodds. Patrick Fothringham from FDSFB.
2. Present - 16 members
3. Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting held on Monday 23rd January 2012. These had been distributed. Their acceptance was proposed by John Proctor and seconded by Hugh Dignon.
4. Matters arising from previous Minutes – None
5. President’s Welcome – the President welcomed those present to the meeting and thanked them for coming out in the falling snow.
6. Review of the Past Year. Clive Baker gave a review of the activities of the
Association over the past year. Many of the items had been highlighted in the
Newsletter but Clive expanded on some of them. The river had been well
stocked again this year, and the river above the West Mill Weir had been
retained as a natural wild brown trout fishery. The fishing had been difficult
this year as the river had been in spate several times and the Haddington Show
had been cancelled as the site was flooded. Clive was thanked for his Review.
7. Newsletter. Clive Baker was thanked for producing the Newsletter again this year.
8. Treasurer’s Report – John Medley went through the audited Accounts for
the year to 31st December 2012. The number permits sold was slightly down
on the previous year, probably due to the poor fishing conditions created by
the high water levels. There had been no special expenditure items this year
which lead to a marginal surplus over the year.
The adoption of the Treasurer's report was proposed by David Elder and
seconded by Tom Robertson.
9. Catches and Catch Returns – Tony Hawkins presented the statistics from
Log Books kept by 12 Committee members and from 87 Catch Return Cards.
The proportion of permit holders sending in their catch return cards increased
to 20.8% this year. From the Log Books a total of 634 fish were caught in 161
trips to the river, with 12 smolts 1 sea trout being caught. The Catch Return
Cards received from the 87 members showed that they had caught 1791 brown
trout, 44 sea trout and 2 salmon. All catch figures were slightly up on the
previous year. Tony was thanked for his report.
10. Election of Office-bearers. John Proctor was re-elected as President (proposed by Scott McIntosh and seconded by Tony Hawkins) Scott McIntosh was re-elected as Vice-President (proposed by John Medley and seconded by Clive Baker)
11. Election of Committee. Of the existing Committee one member Clive Baker had completed his four year term on the Committee. Clive was prepared to stand for re-election and was proposed by Scott McIntosh and seconded by John Proctor and was duly re-elected. The Secretary explained that there was also a vacancies on the committee as one member was leaving the area and asked for any nominations. Steven Dora was proposed by Hugh Dignon and seconded by Tony Jones. As there were no further nominations Steven was duly elected.
12. Permit Prices – The Committee had discussed the price of permits for the 2013 season and recommended that the permit prices should remain the same as in 2012 i.e. Full permit £33, Junior £15, OAP £20, Under 12 £2 and Day Permits £7. The voucher given to members sending in a Catch Return Card having purchased a Full, OAP, or Junior permit would remain at £5. The permit prices for the 2013 season were proposed by Scott McIntosh and seconded by Tony Jones and agreed by the meeting.
a) The riparian owner of the Herdmanston water had requested that anglers do not take their vehicles onto Herdmanston Farm and also reminded anglers that dogs are not permitted on that land.
14. Date of next Annual General Meeting - Monday 20th January 2014
15. Presentation by Effie Renton -Chairperson of The Friends of the River
Tyne. Effie outlined the activities of the Friends over the few months that they had been in existence having taken over from the Tyne Trust in 2012. She pointed out that the aims of the Friends were very similar to those of the Association, i.e. the wellbeing of the River Tyne.