History Of Hodnet Angling Club
The Club was founded in the early 70’s by local fishermen living in and around the Hodnet area, the driving force in the early days being the late Mr Ted Cartwright.
The club’s first water was Falls Pit, located on the edge of Hodnet, which was donated by Brigadier Heber Percy of Hodnet Hall for the use of anglers connected to the local Working Men’s Club. Hodnet Angling Club developed from that small beginning and went on to become a stand alone organisation that acquired fishing rights on Plewes & Ryley’s Pools in the early 80’s; closely followed by the Goldstone stretch of the Shropshire Union Canal, plus a stretch of the River Tern. In more recent times Prees Wood Pool was taken on, the end result being that the club now has a varied choice of waters on offer which can meet most angler’s requirements.
The club has been represented in local and national competitions by some of our members who regularly fish our club matches.
Our Canal waters have hosted National Championships such as the Embassy Pairs, Fishomania and Angling Times Winter League Semi Finals. It is a great accolade for the club to be selected to host these major competitions.
Not content to rest on our laurels, the latest addition to our facilities are the Disabled Anglers Platforms and access paths at Ryley’s Pools which were specifically formed to accommodate wheelchair users. The works were completed using funding from the National Lottery. In 2012 the club was one of the first in the West Midlands region to achieve the prestigious ‘Club Mark’ award – which enables suitably vetted and trained committee members to run junior coaching sessions.