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Preeswood Pool – Caution

Following reports of a few dead carp/fish in distress (including a suspicion of possible KHV) we have had the Environment Agency visit to check the water/provide advice.

With no dead fish evident on the day of the visit KHV could not be confirmed, and it seems most likely we have a ‘seasonal’ algal bloom – which results in dissolved oxygen levels fluctuating and stressing the fish, particularly as they come out of their winter dormancy.

Anglers can help the fishery during this period by not overfeeding bait and not keeping fish in keepnets (we have a rule banning the keeping of fish over 3lb in keepemets anyway).

In the interests of good fishery hygiene, members are reminded of the benefits of thoroughly drying landing/keep nets between trips to different waters.

As with any of our waters, the Committee would appreciate receiving reports/photos of any dead or seemingly injured/ill fish seen or caught.

Division 2 National – 2019 Info

Once again HAC is hosting this prestigious competition on our stretches of the CRT’s Shropshire Union Canal.

The main competition is being held on Sept 14th 2019, but there are plenty of open and practice matches being held beforehand over the summer, which will result in stretches being closed to members for their duration. Relevant dates will be shown in the new [2019] Clubcard, but the planned dates plus fuller details can all be viewed now HERE

This post would not be complete without mention of the huge amount of work our ‘very own’ Dave Watkins and Terry Nutt are putting into the organisation of this event. Their dedication not only brings a significant boost to the club’s finances [which can be spent for benefit of all members] but also raises our profile with CRT, the Angling Trust and other bodies – and not forgetting other anglers/clubs too.

As ever, some volunteers are needed to help out on the main day, and beforehand, and Dave would be grateful for any offers on this front. his details are in the Clubcard  and can be found on the CRT webpages – see link above.

Funeral – Jim Humphreys

It is with great sadness that we have to inform members of the sudden death of Jim last Friday [8th March].

Jim was not only a long term supporter/member of HAC, but also took that extra step of serving The Club’s interests by being on The Committee for many years too. We will miss his contribution.

On behalf of The Club, Terry Nutt [Secretary] has expressed our condolences to his wife [Val] and family; and they will no doubt be in the thoughts of many members who knew Jim.

A celebration of Jim’s life has now been arranged for 12 noon on Friday 22nd March at St Alkmunds Church, Whitchurch. Jim’s wife, Val, requests that those attending opt for smart casual dress, ideally with a hint of royal blue in respect of his love of Chelsea football club.

Meet the new Chairman

At the recent AGM Barry Pilgrim retired as our Chairman, with the thanks of the Committee and members present expressed for his succesful couple of years in the role. In his place the Committee was very grateful to have a willing volunteer to take his place, namely ERIC BROWN.

Eric brings great enthusiasm and angling experience to the role, and has provided this following brief profile for members curiosity/interest.

Hello. I am 56 years old and have been fishing for around 52 of those years. I have caught 86 species of fish in 16 different countries and have tried many disciplines, and indeed am trying new ones as we speak (pole and dropshotting).

I have been in many clubs and have always got involved in some way shape or form, and have really enjoying my time in HAC. I’ve met some really great people and especially those on the committee – in fact it took me a while to realise I was on The Committee (last year) thanks to Terry [Nutt’s] special manipulation skills!

The team running this club are really special and I feel honoured to be part of it.

In the past I have particularly enjoyed teaching kids to fish (friends and family), but have now taken this to a new level by becoming a level 2 coach for the Canal and River Trust.

I am a qualified first aider and have also passed my safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults.

Ultimately I would like to develop a junior section within the club, with a goal of entering a team in the junior national – no pressure there then!

I also have some ideas on future proofing the club: things like stock ponds ,netting parties and
breeding our own fish to cope with predation.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I look forward to meeting you all on the bank sometime – but don’t forget if any of you want to get in touch at any time i’ll be pleased to hear from you – contact details for me and the other committee members will be on the new clubcards out soon.

AGM News – £5 Fee increase 2020

We had a reasonable turn out for the AGM – but, as ever, more would always be welcome!

On a separate post you’ll find some details of our new Chairman, with this post simply is intended to alert members to a resolution that was passed to increase annual ADULT membership fees by £5 – i.e. for those paying both the normal adult rate and those paying the discounted OAP rate.


In making this change the Committee wishes to stress that it is the first increase in many years; and despite having healthy membership levels it is needed to reflect increasing club costs and the significant money that has been, and indeed still is, being spent on improving/re-stocking our varied waters.

It is hoped members view the increase as amounting to less than the cost of an average single day ticket on most commercial waters, and will feel that the revised annual fees still represent very good value compared to other local clubs.

Lost Tackle – FOUND @Preeswood Pool

Re: below, this has now been recovered byTerry Nutt when fishing. WELL DONE TERRY, ONE THAT DIDN’T GET AWAY!

One of our members has had his rod and reel, etc pulled off his rest and into Preeswood pool on Saturday 16th Feb.

If found, or maybe seen floating, our member would dearly like it back – so please get in touch with Terry Nutt [details on clubcard] and he will put you both in touch/help facilitate its return.


AGM 2019 – Wed 13th Feb

This years AGM is fast approaching, and will be held at at the Hodnet Social Club – starting at 7.30pm.

As usual, some food refreshments will be provided later on.

If you have anything you’d like raised at the AGM, have a resolution you’d like to submit or would like to put yourself forward to join the Committee please do get in touch with Terry Nutt, or another committee member, ASAP but BEFORE 22 Jan 2019 – as the committee meets the following day to finalise preparations for the AGM.

In addition to the election of a new Chairman (Eric Brown), one other topic that may be debated is the need for a small increase in membership fees – which if formally tabled and passed would be the first for several years.





October CRT ‘Fishing Taster’ sessions

Members are advised that CRT are running two free sessions on our waters for people/youngsters who wish to try out angling.

These are on October 26th at Preeswood Pool and October 28th by bridge 51 on the canal nr Soudley.

Members wanting to fish those waters on that day will may not be able to fish particular swims – but your co-operation is requested. The events operate from 10AM – to 4.30PM.

If members know anyone who may wish to take part, as them to ‘book in’ via the CRT website:


Let’s keep it friendly!

Your Committee is sorry to have to report that some of the temporary signs recently erected at Riley’s Pool were subsequently defaced by some disparaging comments being added about a member of the committee.

Such comments are not only childish, but are potentially hurtful to persons so named and also risk bringing the club into disrepute. As such they are completely ‘out of order’ and will not be tolerated. Disciplinary action will be taken if perpetrators are identified.

This club runs on goodwill, and especially the goodwill of those on the Committee who put a huge amount of their time, and much effort [often unseen], into running the club – for the benefit of all.

In the spirit of openness, the committee would like to stress that if ANYONE has ANY ISSUES they feel need to be raised/aired they are very WELCOME to CONTACT any member of the Committee – by phone or or email – and they will be fully considered.

Contacts are in the clubcard and on this website.

Many Thanks

Ted Cartright Trophy – Results

After a gap of a few years, the Ted Cartright Trophy was fished for on Sunday 10th Aug at Preeswood Pool.

Congratulations to the winner Geoff Perkins, with 38lb, 4oz.


2nd was Bob Parrish with 31lb, 5 oz; 3rd Roy Cooper with 20lb, 11oz and 4th was Liam Moore with 19lb, 4oz.

All bags consisted of carp in the 2-5lb bracket, the winning pegs being 4/12/9 and 10 respectively.

Note. Ted Cartright was a founder member of the club.