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Your 2018-19 Committee

At the AGM the existing committee was largely re-elected, but with the welcome addition of two new (co-opted) extra members willing to help look after the club, namely Dan Yale and Eric Brown. Special thanks are due to them both, as without ‘new blood’ the club, like all others, could not continue to thrive.

To see/contact members of the Cttee view the ‘Contact Us’ page.

AGM – 7th Feb 2018

Members are invited to attend this year’s AGM, which starts at 7.30pm at Hodnet Social Club on Wednesday 7th February 2018.

We have had a good year as a club and this is your chance to come along and find out more about what has been done and what is planned. A small free buffet will be provided.


Anyone wishing to stand for election to the committee or wishing to put forward a rule change, etc, should contact the secretary immediately and then, in accordance with our constitution, ensure that suitable written information is provided to the committee before our next meeting on Wed 24th January.

National Competition

As you may be aware, our club played a big part in this years CRT angling competition finals.

In particular, Terry Nutt and Dave Watkins devoted a huge amount of time and effort to this and not oly was this recognised by CRT but deserves the heartfelt thanks of all our members for raising the profile of our club and the CRT waters we fish. Well done guys!

You can find more info and results on this webpage.

Cormorants and Gooseanders

The Angling Trust have sent us a round robin e-mail, part of which [pasted below] maybe of interest to members.


The Angling Trust recognise the enormous damage that cormorants and goosanders can do to fish stocks in both rivers and still waters. We want to do more to enable fishery managers to be allowed to control these highly destructive birds.

We’ve written to the Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, demanding a doubling of the number of cormorants licensed to be shot in England annually to 6,000 and for the removal of requirements for evidence that goosanders are damaging fisheries before a licence will be issued.

We’ve relaunched the Cormorant Watch website for you to log sightings of cormorants and goosanders. The data provided will help us push for more effective control of these birds in England, Wales and Scotland, where goosanders in particular predate heavily on declining salmon stocks.

New local source for bait

We’ve been asked to let members know that the ‘Blooming Tails’ pet shop in Market Drayton has started selling some fishing tackle and bait, including maggots. They say they get fresh bait delivered every Tuesday and if any of our members need other bait – such as worms/casters – then they can add them onto their weekly order for you.

This will undoubtedly be a useful local service, so please spread the word and, more importantly, try and support it.

Their shop is open Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday 9:00-5:00 and Thursday 9:00-4:00.


Mr Steven Quigley

Blooming Tails Pet & Fishing Tackle

17 High Street

Market Drayton


Tel 01630 652413

P.S. For those that know him, I can confirm that Roy Cooper still sells some tackle/bait from his home, but he welcomes this new facility as he now spends a lot of his [retirement] time ‘on the bank’, i.e. fishing! Lucky man.



Preeswood Pool Event – 16th July

On the afternoon of Sunday 16th July, from 3pm to around 6pm, Preeswood Pool will be used for a ‘Get Hooked on Fishing’ event, a free coaching event aimed at encouraging youngsters to consider angling as a hobby/pastime/sport- and run for the club by the Get Hooked on Fishing charity. In return they only ask:

a/ For loan of a club water – which HAC is happy to provide.

b/ If any club members have spare items of fishing tackle, would they consider donating them to the charity for re-use by youngsters wishing to start fishing. You can drop them off with Terry Nutt beforehand or bring them along on the day.

b/ Some club members attend to assist with general advice/coaching on the day.

Marcus Watkin is the main organiser of this event on behalf of the club, and has already emailed members with a request for assistance. If you’d like to confirm your help or contact Marcus with any queries, please e-mail



BEWARE – Canal fishing? Check dates

If planning to fish our canal waters between now and Aug you need to beware of various qualifier/practice matches that may be taking place on various sections ahead to the ‘national’ on Aug 19th.

See details HERE


3 Day Festival – Results

Day 1: Preeswood Pool

1st John McCann22-6-0 2nd Ian Watson 19-2-0 3rd Roy Cooper 18-6-0

Day 2: Ryleys Pools

Terry Blyde 22-9-0 2nd Pete Burrell 13-7-0 3rd Dan Yale 12-12-0

Day 3: S/U Canal Betton

1st Pete Burrell 19-12-0 2nd ColinRoberts 12-4-0 3rd Bob Parrish 9-2-0

Overall winner Pete Burrell 4pts

2nd Colin Roberts 7pts 3rd Terry Blyde 8pts 4th Ian Watson 9pts  5th Roy Cooper 10pts

HAC Hosts 2017 Div 1 National – Beware canal water closures

As a club we are very proud to have been chosen to host this premier angling event, scheduled to take place on August 19th 2017, with much of the match being fished on our stretches of the Shropshire Union Canal, plus those of other nearby clubs.

This does mean that our canal waters will be closed on that day, and also on quite a few other days beforehand – all to accommodate various related open/practice matches plus the CRT Pairs match on August 13th.

Match dates will be shown in the new Clubcards (available shortly) but you can find full details of the events and canal sections involved HERE, together with MAPS of the Section lengths hereA – F  G – J and K 


AGM decisions

At AGM existing committee re-standing were re-elected.

Membership fees remain the same as last year, partly because we had increased income from more memberships – so keep spreading the word!

The main rule change agreed was that, as per EA rules, if you’ve got the right rod licecne you can fish more than one rod – but on our Club Waters only up to a max of 3 rods, and provided that you do so from one swim only and they stay under your direct control at all times, i.e. no leaving the swim with tackle in the water.

New club cards are being prepared and will be availbale shortly.

Tight Lines!