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AGM – Wed 1st Feb 2017

Our AGM is nearly upon us, so please do consider coming along to hear about the Club’s succesful past year and what lies ahead.

The meeting is held at Hodnet Social Club and starts at 7.30PM – with light refreshments planned.

There are no plans to increase membership fees, but The Committee is planning to propose some changes to our Club Constitution, Angling Rules and Membership Categories, as outlined below:

a/ To amend Fishing Rule 2.1 of our Angling Rules to reflect the new EA rod licence terms [2 rod, 3 rod and 4 rod licences available from April 2017], but to impose a max 3 rod limit at club waters

b/ To amend Fishing Rule 2.3 to give The Committee the right to not only restrict our rules but also relax them on occasion, e.g. to accommodate special events.

c/ Amend our Constitution and related Schedule of Membership Fees to permit The Committee to grant free memberships to certain people, e.g. owners of Club Waters, and also in future long serving committee members.


HAC hosting of the CRT Pairs Qualifiers a success

Hodnet A/C hosted the first qualifying match of twelve national matches which sees 5 pairs from each match competing in a final later in the year. This match was sold out with 50 pairs [100 anglers] lining the banks of the Shroppie Union Canal at Goldstone.

Leading the individual stakes was local Newport remedial specialist Michael Nutt, with an excellent weight from one peg from the Oak Tree being a catch of mainly bream for 22-15-0; 2nd was Wayne Kearney from a peg in Hinstock Wood witha bag of 13-14-0; 3rd was Alan Crook with 12-14-8 by the Goldstone Boats; 4th Dave Mawby with 12-3-0; 5th Dave Edgerley with 11-1-0

There were 12 sections, the lowest section winning weight was 7-1-0

Leading pairs were Alan Crooke/Dave Bradley 96pts    Wayne Kearney/Daz Shaw 93pts   Paul Turner/Neil Turner88pts  Ben Sherrat/Jason Cunningham86pts Dave Edgerlly/Kevin Clarke 84pts

Teryy Nutt said “My thanks to all fellow organisers and helpers on the day and John Ellis C/R/T National Fisheries manager for his presence on the day. Hodnet have been entrusted with the Welsh Qualifying leg on the Llangollen Canal at Whixall on Saturday 8th October, and tickets are available through the angling trust on line. I must stress you do not have to be an individual member of the angling trust to enter.”

New Water at Goldstone

From 1/4/16 members can fish our new pool at Goldstone – the Top or ‘Common’ Pool – a former Market Drayton Anglers water.

Details HERE

Preeswood Progress

A spell of fine weather has enabled Martin to crack on with the work, and the scheme is entering its final stage.

The poolside paths have been levelled and part surfaced, and the new easy access (disabled access) pegs built.

The bank around the other side of the pool has been reduced in height/widened, making access to pegs that side easier too.

Work on the car park and approach paths plus construction of new pegs on the widened bank is proceeding.

The pool remains open for fishing, but clearly the contractor needs to have priority in terms of access to areas where they need to be working – and for safety reasons members cannot fish them at the same time.

New access path - top of pool

New access path – top of pool

View of pool corner

View of pool corner

New single peg

New single peg

New double peg

New double peg

New access path from car park

New access path from car park

Diseases & Invasive Species

This topic has an increasing importance as anglers, predators and wildlife inadvertently move items around the country.

Our membership rules already forbid fish movements, but members can play an important part in bio-security by paying heed to the useful information and advice recently issued to us by the Environment Agency, which can be downloaded from the links below:

Severn Newsletter

Keeping fish diseases out

Topmouth Gudgeon


Work Party – please help

As intimated last year when we took it on, some work is required at Hammerlsey Spring Pools to make it easier/safer to fish.

We’ve now set a date for this, the morning of 22nd March 2016, and are aiming to start at 0900.

We hope that a reasonable number of members will turn up to lend a hand, each doing what they are capable of/comfy with – to mix cliches [or advertising strap lines] ‘every little helps’ and ‘many hands make light work’…!

You can park in farm car park that day, or use the field parking – as usual. Bring a few small hand tools [nail removers/jemmy/saw/loppers, etc], the main aim being to repair/scrap damaged fishing platforms and clear the banks of obstructions.

Preeswood Progress

As you may be aware, work has started at Preeswood.

Real progress is being made, see our updated webpage for details/photos.

AGM news

At the AGM a new and enlarged committee was installed – so many thanks to those new people for volunteering their time.

We also now have a new Chairman, Barry Pilgrim, who takes over from Colin Perry.

Terry Nutt, Secretary, paid tribute to Colin’s years of service to the club and much hard work – which has seen some major improvements made over the years. Those present wholeheartedly agreed with these sentiments. Whilst no longer Chairman, Colin is to remain on the committee and will no doubt continue to contribute to the well being of the club.

A revised constitution was also adopted, plus [to operate from 1/4/2016] new fees, new angling rules and a revised schedule of club waters. The website will be updated to reflect these changes over the next few weeks, and new clubcards are in the process of being printed.

Re-stocking completed

A spell of good weather means that the planned re-stocking, of Hammerlsey Spring Pools with a range of silver fish and Preeswood with some carp,  has been completed.

AGM – 4th Feb – Don’t forget!

HAC 2016 AGM is being held tomorrow [4th Feb] at 8pm in Hodnet Social Club.

Various proposals on the table, see earlier posts, voting in new [mainly same as current one] committee and some free grub around 9pm.

See you there!