Reddish Angling Club
Reddish Angling Club

07.12.22 AGM 2022


The Annual general meeting provided a lot of healthy discussion and debate, with the members clearly demonstrating their continued concern for fish care and the environment in general. It is a testament to the club that we continually strive to enhance the way we perform our sport and maintain the waters we use. The committee thank all the members for their input and assistance.


Rule amendments were as follows - 


All fish must be handled with the utmost care. No fish to be unhooked on the ground, this includes laying your landing net on the ground. If an angler is unable to unhook a fish in the landing net on their lap, an unhoooking mat must be used. 

The fish must not leave the area of the peg it was caught, any pictures to be taken quickly and the fish not held more than 6" above the ground. It must then be returned to the water on  the peg from which it was caught.


Pleasure anglers no longer have to vacate the pond for Tuesday night matches and may fish from any peg they wish.


On Sundays, when a match is held on Jackson's, pegs 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 are reserved for pleasure anglers.


All fishing line used (both mainline and hooklengths) must be no more than 10lb breaking strain.


Only one hook may be used at a time (no fancy multi-hook rigs).


Honorary members must renew their membership each year to retain their honorary status.




30.11.22 Delivery of new aerator.


The new aerator has been delivered. All looks fine. It will be fitted in the early spring (the water is too cold to get in at the moment). This additional aeration should greatly help the pond, the plants and most importantly, the fish, in many ways.

















17.11.22 Rat trap !


The rat traps have been refilled with new bait by Lee. Thanks Lee.



01.11.22 Discount for RAC members


All RAC members are given a 10% discount on all purchases over £10 at Paul Hett Ltd in Hyde. 
The shops has a well stocked selection of fishing tackle, large bait selection and is well stocked. They cater for all methods, match, carp, sea etc
Warren, Phil and Luke are always on hand for any advice. 
To activate your discount please inform any of the above at point of sale, you must                                                                                    be able to produce your valid membership                                                                                    card.

Shop phone number 0161 368 9200

Opening Hours:


Monday - Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday -  Closed




22.10.22 Work Party


Another good turnout for a very important work party.


The willow trees on the Rothay Drive side were given a really good cutting back today. The mammoth task which cost us around £2,000 to complete last time was done for just over 

£150 !!


The fantastic support from Dave Walker from Spectranet Systems Ltd enabled us to perform the task ourselves.


Danek Imiolek was point man, actually doing the cutting from atop the cherry picker while others removed the cuttings, maintained chainsaws, provided brews and did general tidying up. Residents from Rothay drive came to help too (for which we are very grateful).


Others cleared all the paths of fallen leaves (of which there was the usual mountain).


Additionally a water test was performed.


Ph 8.4
Ammonia 0ppm
Nitrite 0ppm
Nitrate 0ppm


Levels all where they should be.


A heartfelt thanks go to all the members who helped today (in no particular order)


Danek Imiolek

Bob Popiolek

Paul Wright

Alan MacWilliams

Rick O'Pray

Laurie French

Bart Kennelly

Gary Rushworth

Mike Bickley

Louie Brown

Gillian from Rothay Drive (sorry dont know your surname)

Mel Betts

Paul Johnson

Harry Kaye

Thomas White

Phil Dudley

Mark Wheatcroft


Did we mention Dave Walker from Spectranet Systems ;) ?






28.09.22 Working Party


There will be a work party on Saturday 22nd of October from 9.00am until the job is finished. We will be cutting back the willow trees on the Rothay drive side of the pond (makes sense to maintain them rather than having to pay a lot of money to a tree surgeon). The help of members will be greatly appreciated. Pegs 9 to 18 will be closed for the duration of the work (fishing is not permitted during a work party).


10.09.22 Membership now full.


A waiting list for new members will be compiled. Please contact the membersip secretary if you wish to be added.


31.08.22 Presidents Shield Match rescheduled.


The presidents shield will now take place on Sunday 11th September



31.08.22 Committee notices of motion.


The notices of motion from the committee for consideration at the AGM 2022 can now be seen here -



16.08.22 Notices of motion.


Any notices of motion must be submitted in writing by the September meeting (proposed and seconded by currrent members). They cannot be discussed until the AGM in December.



03.08.22 Additional aeration for Jackson's.


The club is to purchase an additional aerator identical to the one we already have. It  is to be situated in the other side of the pond. Studies have shown that the aerator we have does a great job, but does not completely oxygenate the whole of jacksons. In the picture you can see clearly the limit of its effect leavng half of the "wall side" stagnant. We hope to                                                                                                                       have it fitted in the next

                                                                                                             2-3 weeks.


26.07.22 New Match Secretary announced.


We are pleased to announce that long time club member Rob Holtom has taken on the role of Match Secretary. Rob has experience of the position having served previously on the club committee and assisting Alan Swift with the organising of matches. Rob is keen to develop the match section and will be announcing his ideas in the near future. Welcome back Rob !



25.07.22 The heatwave and how we coped with it.


Last weeks heatwave presented some difficult conditions for fisheries throughout the country. At Reddish Angling Club we took the precautionary measures of temporarily banning keepnets (now ended) and running the aerator 24 hours a day. We kept an eye on the fish to check for signs of any distress and undertook water tests to gauge what effect the high temperatures were having on the water quality. There was an expected,  slight, but noticeable, change in the water test readings. These readings soon returned to "normal".


The work carried out by the members of the club, installing the floating islands, planting a large number of aquatic plants and encouraging bankside foliage; all helped to create shaded areas which reduced, a little, the sunlight absorbed by the water and thereby the water temperature.


We are pleased to say that NO fish presented with symptoms of distress, nor was a single fish found dead during this period. An outstanding achievement indeed.


A massive thank you must go to Lee Cherry for his constant vigilance and outstanding work, but not only during this period. Ever since Lee took on the role of Head Bailiff, he has been the eyes and ears of club enabling the committee to make decisions based on accurate observations. Additionally, he is tireless in his efforts (both mental and physical) to improve the clubs water, its environs and the way it fishes.

The impressive improvement of attendances at the work parties we have held, show that the members approve with the work that Lee does and, by their presence, assist in his aims.


Whilst unprecedented, it is clear that very high temperatures WILL occur again in the future. They may be even hotter, or last for a longer period than we experienced last week and it is vital that we plan for that. At committee level we will be examining ways in which we can introduce practical measures that will help mitigate future periods of very hot weather. We did well last week. We cannot be complacent that will always be the case.


16.07.22 Work party.


Another good turnout for a work party with lots of things being addressed. The growth of grass and weeds on the car park was cut back, it will have a treatment of weed killer applied some time this week.


The dense foliage behind pegs 23-29 was removed so that poles can be used without hinderance. A dead tree behind peg 24 was removed (sorry for your pain Archie). 


Peg 6 has new decking and saftey bar fitted, along with an astroturf top so that its not slippery when wet or icy. The timber used has a 10 year guarantee against rot (we'll see how that goes). It also had a coating of wood preserver. 


The low hanging growth from the willow trees on the Rothay side was cut back.


Lee Cherry, Mark Wheatcroft and William Kelly cut back and took out some of the lilly bed from in front of peg 16 where it was begining to encroach and transplanted to suitable places. (The bay between pegs 1 and 31, between pegs 12-13, 14 -15 which once established will provide cover tor fish and features to fish to).


Lee planted more flag iris to various parts of the pond.


Grass areas were mowed, thanks again Lee.


Jim Fleming created a new slide bolt for the main gate (uses the same key) so that, finally, we have a gate that is easy to open and lock again. 


Work carried out earlier included trimming the bushes along the Rothay drive side and the bushes along the path from the main gate down to peg 1.


A massive heart felt thanks to all that attened, the work you do helps keep our venue in a beautiful and safe state for us all to enjoy.


Simon Thewlis

Jim Fleming
Phil Dudley
Gary Rushworth
Alan McWilliams
Mike Bickley

Danek Imiolek

Laurie French

Rick O'Pray
Archie Davies
Roy Pickford
M Whitworth 
Robert Popioleck
Keith Clowes
Graham Kelly 
Lee Cherry

Mark Wheatcroft

Willam Kelly



14.07.22 Keepnet ban.


There will be a temporary keepnet ban in effect from midnight Friday 15th July for the duration of the hot weather.




05.07.22 Work Party announced.


There will be a work party on Jacksons on Saturday 16th July. We will be repairing peg 6 and dealing with some trees that need attention.



04.07.22 Littering on Jackson's


Cans are not allowed on the pond ! This is the reason why ! Some folk seem to think it’s ok to throw cans and rubbish into the bushes ! Yes it’s hard to believe, when we are trying to get the pond looking good and some folk think it’s ok to leave their rubbish in bushes. Wouldn’t mind but there’s a bin next to car park!  We do have a rule about bringing cans  onto the pond ! Which now will be enforced! No cans allowed.


Lee - Head bailiff (seconded by the whole committe and we are sure the majority of members).







03.07.22 Fish welfare.


We have been told of an instance of a member walking around the pond with a fish they have caught to "show someone". Fish should be returned to the water as quickly as possible. Its OK to take a picture, but not to wander around the pond with it. Fish welfare should be uppermost in our minds. The member involved will receive a warning.


26.06.22 Peg 6 repairs.


The rotten timber on peg 6 has been removed so it is useable (the steel platform is totally stable). We will be replacing the decking in the next week or so to make it a disabled friendly peg again.



11.06.22 Clarification of the rules pertaining to the use of bread on Jackson's.


The following rules are relevant to the use of bread.


20. Floating baits of any kind are prohibited. 
21. Ground bait may be used up to a maximum of 1kg per visit.
22. Liquidised bread may be used (see rule 21). Bread flake/punch may be fished down in the water all year round. 
33. The deliberate feeding of waterfowl is prohibited.


It is not appropriate to throw pieces of bread onto the surface in an effort to attract carp etc. We are aware of at least one instance of waterfowl being hooked because of this (the angler was fishing bread below the surface but throwing pieces on the surface to attract carp).


ALL members are expected to adhere to the rules, as formulated by the club.


Water test 05.06.22

PH 7.6
PH high 7.6
Ammonia between 0 and 0.25ppm (possibly a trace)
Nitrate 0ppm
Nitrite 0ppm

All totally fine.



20.05.22  Rule clarification - Rule 18 states "Braided line and hook lengths are prohibited".

This rule is to be amended to ""braided line and wire traces are prohibited (only monofilament line and hook lengths may be used)" with immediate effect.

It will of course be proposed at the next AGM for ratification by the members.



16.05.22 Drain cover replaced.


The cover over the overflow drain has been replaced. The previous one had suffered some damage in previous high winds. It has now been replaced with a very strong steel cover that has a lower profile and cannot be blown around by wind. Thanks to Paul Slee for sourcing the steel and Lee Cherry & friends for fitting it.












30.04.22 Completion of floating islands.


Following the fantastic work party last week, Lee, Mark, Mike with the help of Dave Mutch completed the installton of the floating islands. 2x 2 metre islands were positoned approx 12-13 meters from the bank between pegs 24/25 and 27/28, along with one (1 metre square) that was a sample given to the club from a floating island suppliers which has been placed in the mouth of the bay between pegs 31 and 3. It will take this summer for all the vegitation to become established on them, although the islands that were set out last week already have new growth on them which is very encouraging.. The floating islands are a big part of the regeneration program which we hope will restore Jackson's to the great venue that we all remember.


23.04.22 Work Party


A work party took place today. See the "Jackson's Pond" page for more details.


20.04.22 Please use the car park


Members are reminded that it is important that they use the car park when visiting the pond. The club rules state that "All vehicles MUST be parked on RAC car park".

This is to maintain a harmonious relationship with the residents of the area.


16.04.22 - Please observe the club rules.


Can I remind all members about that maximum hook size is 10. and barbless!
Braided line is prohibited!

Bailiffs will be checking your hooks and line from now on due to someone useing both today !


The club rules state  - 

"Members of The Club whose conduct is inappropriate, or who decline to abide by the any of the rules, maybe expelled or suspended by a resolution passed at a meeting of the committee, where their entrance fee and subscription s maybe forfeited."

Regards Lee, Head bailiff.


07.04.22 Work party announced.


There will be a work party on Saturday 23rd April. 9.00am until noon. Please try to make it.


01.04.22 Key/padlock changed


The padlock on the main gate was changed today (April 1st) as the new membership year begins. You will need the new key to gain access to the venue.


24.03.22 Warm weather improves the fishing


A few members took advantage of the warm weather to fish Jackson's. Roach, Ide and carp were caught. 


22.03.22 Water test

Ph 7.6
Ph high 7.6
Ammonia 0ppm
Nitrate 0ppm
Nitrite 0ppm
All where they should be.

The aerator is set to run for a hour or so in the early morning.

Banking next to peg 13 repaired, more aqautic plants planted out. Test of materials for first floating island begun. Plans are nicely coming along.



15.03.22 Closed season. 


Members are reminded that the use of keepnets is not permitted during closed season (March 15th - June 15th inclusive, except for bone-fide club matches.)



09.3.22 Sad news.


The club are saddened to hear of the passing of member Derek Orr from Glossop. We send our utmost sympathy to his friends and family.



18.02.22 Water Levels


With all the rain Jackson's is unsurprisingly over full once again. Pegs,20,21 and 30 being the worst affected. Head Bailiff Lee has checked the overflow drain and found it to be somewhat blocked. That has now been cleared (by Lee) and, once the rain lets up levels should return to normal. The trees seem to have withstood the high winds quite well, with none falling, only the usual bits of small branches and twigs to contend with. Largely due to the preventative work carried out last year by Laurie & friends. 
Thanks also to Lee for cutting back the brambles that were growing near to the paths and removing some of the logs and branches that had recently been cut down. (he's putting the rest of us to shame). In the meantime, great care should be taken if visiting the pond



14.02.22 Sad news.


The club has just learned the sad news of the passing of long time member Jimmy Kirwan.

Jimmy was an integral part of the club for many years and will be greatly missed by many of the members. :(



06.02.22 Want to fish RAC matches this summer  ?


 Members who would like to fish the clubs summer league should contach Match Sec Paul Slee so that we can get an idea of numbers etc. Contact details can be found on the "Contacts" page of this website or message him via the clubs facebook page here - 


23.01.22 Expansion of club membership


RAC are pleased to announce the expansion of the clubs membership with an addiitonal 50 places. New members (who must be proposed and seconded by existing club members), are invited to apply - details can be found here -


The extra places will be available from the joining meeting on Wednesday 16th of March.


If you are already on the waiting list, the membership secretary will be in contact with you closer to the time.

03.01.21 High water level.


The water level remains high, but the unusually warm spell has woken the carp up. If one were inclined a good day might be had while the warm(ish) spell lasts.



09.12.21 Bad Weather !


The huge amount of rain that we have had recently has resulted in some flooding. Peg 30 in particular is badly affected. The overflow drain is doing its job, so levels should return to someting like normal soon. If you do go on, please make sure you fish from a safe peg.






















05.12.21 Notice baord updated.


The notice board as been updated with the revised rules.
















Helen Stanfield stepped down after many years as Club Secretary. Working tirelessly for the good of the club, Helen was heavily involved in securing the grants from the EA, formulating the planting scheme to regenerate Jacksons and was an immensely skilled administrator. She will be hugely missed from the committee.







01.12.21 - Annual general meeting.


See the AGM 2021 page for details of elected officers and the outcome of the notices of motion.


29.11.21 - tree removed.


The tree beside peg one had become dangerously unstable due to the high winds and has been removed.




Water test 27.11.21

Ph 7.8
Nitrite 0ppm (undetectable)
Ammonia 0ppm (undetectable)
Nitrate 0ppm(undetectable)
Results identical to previous test. Water quality is spot on.



Work party 27th November. 


Poorly attended. Many thanks to the members who did attend (in no particular order).
Dave Mutch
Alan MacWilliams
Rob Popiolek
Paul Behan
Mike Bickley 
Helen Stanfield (provided the spraying equipment)

All the leaves were removed from all paths around the pond. Natural organic weed killer applied to the moss that is growing on the path to the left of the main gate and to some areas of path that have weeds growing in them as a test to see uf they can be controlled by that method. Excess growth around the car par area removed. Locks oiled. The removal of the tops of the trees last year meant that thankfully we suffered no damage from the high winds last night. Some more aquatic plants were added in the bay between pegs 1 and 31, along with the area to the left of peg 23. Water tested perfomed.

Water test 07.11.21

Ph 7.8
Nitrite 0ppm (undetectable)
Ammonia 0ppm (undetectable)
Nitrate 0ppm (undetectable)
Good to see the ph come down. The water continues to be in good condition.


***** Work Party *****


We will be holding a work party on Saturday 27th November 9.00am until 12noon.

We will be clearing any unwanted growth and any fallen leaves and debris. 

Please make an effort to be there, its your club, your water......


19.10.21 Paths repaired. 

Some small parts of the path next to the overflow pipe were repaired today by Lee Cherry and Les Maddox.

The pond is fishing quite well for pleasure anglers with lots of perch and ide showing, along with some large crucians and decent barbel.


23.09.21 Rat Trap. 

The rat traps were rebaited with fresh bait - thanks Lee Cherry


19.09,21 Jackson's fishing pretty well.


Paul Slee fished peg 6 today and reported a good mixed catch including lots of roach and ide, bream, a barble and a few carp.


21.08.21 24 hour charity match on 28-29th August.


This coming weekend (noon Saturday to noon Sunday) see's the annual 24 hour charity match in aid of Francis House Children's Hospice. Many charities have suffered from a huge drop in income due to Covid-19, whilst still delivering the essential service that they do. So its really important that we raise as much as we can. Please participate if you can (contact Paul Slee for details) or sponsor a participant if you cant. Alternatively, you can made a donation at any club meeting or give it to a committee member who will pass it on.
There are some great prizes to be had kindly donated by Partridge Lakes Fishery and Absolute Angling Centre. Many thanks to them.

16.08.21 Return to HWMC


We are please to inform you that meetings will return to our usual venue at Houldsworth Working Mens Club from the next meeting (1st September 8.30pm)



16.08.21 Match fixture change.


The Manchester Airport pairs trophy which was scheduled for this coming Sunday (22nd August) is postponed and will now take place on September 5th combined with the Cliff Duffy memorial Trophy. Participants will be fishing as one of a pair for the Airport trophy, with the Cliff Duffy Trophy going to the individual winner. 
A chance to pick up 2 trophies in one match !!



29.07.21 Removing old line.


Lee Cherry spent time today removing old line and debris from around the trees. He opens his second hand float shop next week.










25.07.21 All Hooked up.


The electricity installation is now complete with power to the CCTV mast. All that remains is to have the camera installed. 


14.07.21 Resumption of meetings.


We are glad to announce that RAC meetings will resume on Wednesday 4th August at The Houldsworth Arms, Houldsworth Square, Reddish 8.30pm. There is ample parking at the rear and disabled access.


Any members who have any proposals (Notices of motion) for rule changes etc please submit them in writing along with the name of the proposer and seconding member. 
The Notices of Motion will be read out at the September October and November meetings, before being discussed and voted on at the AGM in December.


Please note the change of venue.



08.07.21 Water restored to a safe level


The water level has risen by at least 12" so the use of keepnets can resume along with the matches scheduled to take place on Jackson's.

A water test was also carried out today.

PH 8.4
Nitrate 0ppm (undetectable)
Nitrite 0ppm (undetectable)
Ammonia 0ppm (undetectable)



01.07.21 Postponement of matches on Jacksons.


Matches that were scheduled to take place on Jackson's are postponed until the water level improves. They will be rearranged where possible.



01.07.21 Lock oiled.


The padlock on the main gate has been lubricated. Any members experiencing difficulties please let a committee member / bailiff know.


01.07.21 Portaloo delivered.


We have hired a portaloo as a temporary measure (until we can sort out a proper facility thats more user friendly for all anglers). It will be serviced (emptied and cleaned) once a week. Members are asked to leave it in the condition that they would like to find it. 

23.06.21 Toilet for Jacksons


By popular demand, we will be hiring a serviced portaloo. It will be delivered on Monday 28th and will be in place for the summer / autumn. Members must use it in a respectful way.



22.06.21 *** Temporary Keepnet Ban ***

From midnight 22.06.21 a temporary keepnet ban will be in place. This is due to the low water levels and is to help reduce the stress suffered by the fish stocks. 
The Manchester Airport pairs trophy that was to take place on Sunday 27th June has been postponed. A new date will be announced in due course.



14.06.21 *** WORK PARTY *** Saturday 3rd July 9.00am until noon(ish)

The paths need a bit of a tidy up and there are snags in the area of pegs 22-23 that we hope to clear out.
Please make an effort to attend.


12.06.21 More pond plants


A selection of aquatic plants have been added to the pond. Water lillies were placed in the shallows in front of peg 23 and in front of peg 30. Both have cane marker to show where they are so that anglers can avoid them until they become established. 

Oxygenators were planted in the carp bay and the bay between pegs 21 and 22. Additionally, reed mace were planted at the back of the bay between 1 and 31, and 21 and 22. The watermint that was planted last month appears to have taken well and should provide a good amount of cover in the area of pegs 31 - 1.


01.06.21 We now have power.


The electricity is now finally up and running. The areator is set on a timer to run during the early hours of the morning and we are bringing the CCTV back online.


25.05.21 More flag iris has been planted in the bay between pegs 1 and 31, along with some water mint. Its hoped that this bay will become as popular with the carp as the "carp bay". The rat traps were rebaited today too.

29.04.21 Work Party


Work Party. Saturday 1st May. We ask for assistance this coming Saturday. We will be digging a trench from the electrical cabinet to the cabin and removing the cages from the pond. 9.00am onwards. All assistance greatly appreciated


14.04.21 Change of Chairman


Co-opted Chairman Danek has stepped down. Helen and Mike will revert to their elected positions (Helen, Club Sec. Mike, Chairman).


28.03.21 Membership Renewals.


Members are reminded that they have until the 31st of March to renew their Memberships. From April 1st any remaining places will be offered to new members.Members are reminded that they have until the 31st of March to renew their Memberships. From April 1st any remaining places will be offered to new members.



25.03.21 Summer match fixture list


The summer match fixture list is now available on the "matches" page. Its is available in word and PDF format. 


25.03.21 Boaty Macboatface ?


We looke dat the viability of repairing the boat that we have on Jackson's, but it has been decided that it is beyond economical repair. Fortunately, a replacement has been obtained by Danek at a very low price. Its in much better condition and has been modified to ensure that any wear and tear from use is minimised. Now, what shall we christen it ??


01.03.21 Paul Slee Co-opted as Match Secretary


We are please to finally fill the role of Match Sec. Paul Slee, who has performed this role previously, is enthusiastic about providing interesting competitive fishing at some great venues, whilst maintaining the traditional trophy matches that are fished on Jacksons. 2021 will be a difficult year to get exactly the matches we want due to the uncertainties caused by covid, but Paul says he'll work towards a complete fixture list for 2022.


22.02.21 Wanted - Match Secretary.

Following the announcements today, it is LIKELY that match fishing will resume at the end of March. With that in mind it should be possible to begin planning a summer league fixture list. Any members interested in the post please get in touch.



06.02.21 Problem with F1's ??


Routine bailiff patrols have found a number of dead fish. The issue appears to be confined to the F1's that were stocked in November. 
The Environment Agency and the fish supplier have been informed. The EA performed a water test (05.02.21) which found the water to be in very good condition. 
The EA will investigate as a matter of urgency and we will report as more information becomes available.



31.01.21 Results of water test 

PH 7.6
Ammonia 0ppm (undetectable levels)
Nitrates 0ppm (undetectable levels)
Nitrites 0ppm (undetecable levels)

This indicates no current water quality issues.


15.01.21 - Electricity supply almost complete


Northwest Electricity completed the hookup of the cabinet on Jackson's to the mains supply in the street. Now we have to find the best possible rate from an electricity supplier.


07.01.21 Latest from the Angling Trust. (Jacksons is open)


The Government have now formally responded to the representations made by the Angling Trust. We have promoted the huge benefits of fishing on individual health and wellbeing and have been able to present a case to which the Government have listened. On this basis I am pleased to announce that fishing will be permitted during the third national lockdown.
The DCMS Sports Team confirmed the following;
“fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors”
This has also been confirmed by DEFRA;
“Cabinet Office have now officially confirmed that angling / fishing (incl. sea fishing off private boats, water sports) can be considered exercise and are hence permitted.”
We have worked extremely hard to reach this position and we as anglers have a duty to abide by the strict conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick to the Government’s rules and ensure that angling remains part of the solution and does not cause problems.
Please bear in mind these key points which will be reflected in the new Angling Trust guidelines which we will publish shortly:
- This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May
- We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply.
- The government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not.
- Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing.
- The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever.
- To remain within the law you should follow the government’s guidance, and only fish locally within the district where you live. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways.
We are once again able to enjoy the sport we love at a time when many others can not and we must ensure that every angler adheres to the rules.
I would ask all anglers who are not members to join the Angling Trust and give us your support. We have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome and that is only possible thanks to the support of our new and existing members. I would ask all anglers who value their ability to go fishing to make the same commitment as your fellow anglers have and join the Angling Trust. We are stronger together!
Membership - Angling Trust
Stay safe and very best fishes
Jamie Cook
CEO – Angling Trust


04,01.21 National lock down - Advice from the Anging Trust


We need to await tomorrow’s publication of the regulations necessary to enact this evenings announcement on a national lockdown by the Prime Minister. We will take professional advice and carefully review what they mean for angling and then publish guidelines for anglers, clubs, fisheries and all associated with our industry. We have spent today lobbying Cabinet members for outdoor recreational activities to remain specifically permitted and are disappointed that this may not be the case. We will publish an update as soon as we have it.


27.12.20 Remaining winter league matches cancelled.


Due to the uncertainties surrounding covid (and not currently having a match sec), the remaining winter league matches are cancelled. Hopefully, matches will be resumed in the new year when a new Match sec can be appointed (assuming covid restrictions allow).


12.12.20 Fish hides introduced. 


To give some additional protection for the fish from the cormorants, we have installed two sets of cages with fine netting on the top but with more open sides. The sets have been placed in the deeper water roughly in the centres of the Rothay Drive and "wall" sides. They both have bamboo canes so that anglers can see where they are and hopefully avoid snagging up on them. These cages are fixed into placed (not floating) and IF they seem to do the job, can be planted up on the top with vegetation. Lets hope they help.


01.12.20 No AGM / News letter to be sent out.


Tomorrow (the 1st Wednesday of December) would normally be the club AGM. Due to the covid restrictions, that cant take place. 
Instead the club will send a news letter (including the yearly financial statement) to each member. 
Where we have an email address, it will be sent electronically. Otherwise a hard copy will be delivered to you. 
That might take a few days. If you have changed address or contact details, please let the membership secretary know asap. 
Any members who have any questions or observations etc, please contact the relevant committee member.


25.11.20 Introduction of new fish.


New fish stocks were introduced to Jackson's today comprising

40x 10-12" barbel
40x 1lb bream,
60x 8-12oz common & mirror carp
60x 1lb F1 carp
40x 8-10" chub


All the fish were in immaculate condition.



12.11.20 Hand sanitiser dispenser fitted.


As part of the clubs anti-covid regime we have installed a hand sanitzier dispenser inside the entrance to Jackon's. Please use it as apporpriate when handing the entrance locks etc.


04.11.20 Fisheries Office Steve steps down


Fisheries officer Steve as stepped down from his post. A new bench with a suitable plaque will be placed on the flagged area behind peg 5 in recognition of his long service to the club. In the short term it is not envisaged that the post will be filled. This is due to the high workload that is required as part of the regeneration program to restore the fishing on Jackson's to its former glory. Instead, the work will be undertaken by the whole committee with the help of club members. Any members who would like to get involved, please let us know. 


04.11.20 Covid update from The Angling Trust


Fish safely, locally and respect the ‘rule of two’ during lockdown
Having now examined the government’s new Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations the Angling Trust is pleased to be able to offer some initial guidance and interpretation to anglers and fishery providers. Our formal guidelines will be published following further consultation with colleagues at Sport England and DCMS once Parliament has debated the regulations today and passed them into law.
Overall the Angling Trust is pleased that ministers have recognised the value of allowing angling and some other forms of outdoor recreation to continue through the forthcoming lockdown period. However, the new rules are more complicated than we had hoped and anglers should be fully aware of what we can and can’t do in the next 28 days.
How to Fish
The regulations are clear and you can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with one other individual. The Rule of Six is now effectively the Rule of Two for most of us. The tightening of the rules on ‘gatherings’ means that match fishing or any other organised fishing event is prohibited by law during lockdown. However, competitive fishing will be able to resume once there is a return to the three tier system of restrictions.


02.10.2020 - Covid update


The Angling Trusts advice that at the moment  fishing is still permitted. Matches and pleasure fishing (observing the strict covid rules) are to continue. The match this Sunday at Moss Farm (Aprils) is still on. We will update you if/when things change.


29.10.20 Head Bailiff resigns


Head Bailiff Archie as resigned with immediate effect. A replacement will be recruited at the earliest opportunity.


04.10.20 More tree work


Pegs 10 to 18 will be closed on Monday 5th of October for more essential tree work.


14.09.20 "I hear that we are taking all the carp out"  - NO, WE DEFINATELY ARENT !


A number of members have expressed some confusion regarding the removal of SOME of the carp from Jackson's. We would like to make it clear that only a select few carp are to be removed. This is part of the regeneration program that has been widely discussed at general meetings (October and November 2019)and reiterated at the AGM in December 2019.

It shall be recounted now for clarity for all. 

In order to improve the overall fishing on Jackson's, the club will implement a series of plans to improve the environment within the pond. Firstly, the application of siltex which will address the issues surrounding the silt. The silt in Jacksons is inert. It does not support any plant life and very little of the natural food that would usually be expected to be present in a water like ours. Essentially, the siltex activates the silt in such as way as to stimulate the growth of pond weed, micro-organisms, crustaceans etc. 
The siltex will be applied twice in the first year, at least once the second year, after which a view will be taken on its effectiveness and whether more will be applied yearly, every other year, or not at all. 


Pond weeds will be planted of varying types in appropriate places so as to create weed beds in suitable positions. These weed beds will create badly needed cover for the fish and other fauna and oxygenate the water. We have consulted with leading pond weed company Aqualife regarding the types and placing of appropriate plant life and are excited about the improvements that this will bring.


Finally, we will slightly adjust the balance of the fish stocks. Jackson's is capable of holding a finite total biomass of fish. The Environment Agency continually tell us that we have too many carp in the pond. Many of us will recall the last time we followed the EA's advice which resulted in us losing a lot of carp, along with a lot of members.  We are totally committed to NOT allowing that to happen again. 
In order to reduce the total mass of carp, and thereby free up space for new fish to be added; we will SELECTIVELY remove a number of carp in the 10lb range. ALL, the biggest carp will remain, along with all the carp of 9lb and below. We all like to land one of big brutes and there are a good number of fish 12lb and above, whilst there are  a lot of carp in the 4-8lb range. Again, we reiterate that ALL these fish will stay in Jackson;s. 


The fisheries officer has ordered a a delivery of new fish which will be introduced in October this year. The order includes


40x 10-12" Barbel (the last batch have proved very successful)
40x 1.5lb Bream, 
30x 8oz common carp
30x 8oz mirror carp
60x 1lb F1 Carp, 
40x 8-10" chub 
and a handful of large tench.


We hope that this makes the position clearer.


02.09.20 Treemendous work.


Temporary peg closures. 
On Monday the 7th September pegs 10 to 25 will be closed for the cutting of trees. Its a major task and will involve a team of tree surgeons.
Members must use only pegs 1 to 9 or 26 to 31 so that the work can be carried out safely.



26.08.20 None RAC match incident


Some of you may have heard of an incident that took place recently during a trip that some of our anglers made to Shropshire. The trip was not an offical club event. The committee has discussed the events that took place and conclude it now closed.



26.08.20 Trees


A number of the trees surrounding the pond are in a potentially dangerous state. They need urgent attention. Banks Office Laurie has been consulting with an number of tree surgeons and there will be some major work undertaken ASAP. The branch that fell earlier in the week could easliy have resulted in death or serious injury and must not be allowed to happen again. 

Following on from the immiediate essential work, Laurie will be putting together a plan that should result in the safe maintenance of the trees which should result in a lower overall cost. More details will follow when the plan has been finalised.



26.08.20 Reduction in rodents noticed


Laurie has been monitoring the reported sightings of rats and it does appear that his efforts to tackle the problem are resulting in a reduction in the number of them. The methods he has used are relatively inexpensive, envrionment friendly and best of all - working. 



25.08.20 Pegs 12-18 closed


A large willow tree branch has blown down. That stretch will be closed until it can be safely removed and the other trees checked to ensure that they are safe.


18.08.20 Help with boat repair ?


The fiberglass boat that we use on the pond is in need of a little TLC.

If anyone has experience of patching up with fiberglass please get in touch with Banks officer Laurie, it would be a great help.



17.08.20 New car park gate


Unfortunately, a members key broke in the lock on the car park chain. Temporarily we fitted another lock that uses the exisitng key. Nobody really liked the chain as a security solution to the car park access, so we are in the process of replacing it with a balanced lift up barrier. This should prove much easier for people to use.



01.08.20 Rat Trap

We are addressing the proliferation of unwanted rodent life by setting a number of traps around the banks. Please do not disturb them, they will be checked regularly by the Banks Officer.


31.07.20 Bee-Gone

The bees that were behind pegs 1 and 2 have buzzed off, so those pegs are back in use.


25.07.20 Bees !

A bee hive has formed behind pegs 1 and 2. The pegs are closed for the time being.


25.07.20 Car Parking

Members are reminded that the club rules state that members car must be parked on the club car park when visiting Jackon's pond. It is essential that we maintain our good relationships with residents in the area.



15.07.20 On Wednesday 15th July we were able to hold our first committee meeting since February.


Observing covid rules, we used nearly half of the room in Houldsworth working mens club. As such it simply isnt possible to resume general meetings safely. We will, as soon as it is safe to do so, although nobody has any idea when that might be. We will give members as much notice as possible when meetings do resume. 


With that in mind it wont be possible to read out notices of motion etc three times before the usual AGM in December (even if it actually takes place then). Once general meetings resume, we will read out any Notices of motion at the first meeting, and then hold the following meeting as the AGM. If any member has a notice of motion that they would like to propose, please contact Club Secretary Mike Bickley (email address is on the contact page). The notice will then be published on this website and read out at the first meeting.


Due to the lack of general meetings and the reduction of information flow between members and the committee, we will be posting news updates on this page as regularly as possible. If anyone has anything that they would like to be mentioned, please contact the relevant committee member and we will post on here where suitable. 



CCTV system.

The CCTV system on Jackson's is in need of a major upgrade. Work will commence on the system almost immediately. The upgrade will allow bailiffs greater flexibility in its use, which will in turn enhance members safety and increased protection to the fish stocks and the premises in general. Access to the CCTV system will be very strictly limited and the persons with access will be CRB checked before they can use it.


Club Rules.

Baliffs have reported an increase in incidents of a minority of members acting in serious breach of club rules. We will be addressing this in two ways. The upgrade to the CCTV system will act as a preventative measure, but will also allow us to clearly record any problems that may need addressing. Additionally, from the next period of membership, all members will be required to sign that they have read and will abide by the rules. No new memebers will be joined to the club until they have read the rule book, so that there can be no misunderstanding about what is expected of them.


Waste bait & litter

There have been a number of instances of unused bait being left on pegs. This is strictly forbidden. Waste bait greatly encourages the prevelance of rats which pose a major health hazard to anglers as a vector for Weils disease and other illnesses.

There has also been a fair number of cans left discarded on and behind pegs. Cans are not permitted on Jackson's (put corn, meat etc into a bait box before entering the pond) and please, please take all litter away with you.


Car park keys

Some members have reported problems with keys not working in the car park padlock. Any member who has experienced an issue should mention that to Head Baliff Archie Davies who has a limited stock of replacement keys that have all been pre-tested. 


Pegs 7,8,9

The above pegs which were previously closed due to the 2m social distancing rule can now be used following the relaxtion of the social distancing to 1m+


Committee reshuffle

There was some movement of places on the commitee. Danek Imoleck was co-opted as Chairman. Mike Bickley moved to the post of Club Secretary, while Helen Stanfield moved to Minutes Secretary. Paul Henderson was co-opted as Match Secretary.


Each will need to be ratified at the next AGM.



Club Championship Table

Summer League.

Final Positions.


1. Mike Bickley 52pts

2. Mark Wheatcroft 45pts

3. Chris Bickley 39pts

4. Jack Walton 31pts

5. Chris Ridgway 28pts

J6. Lee Cherry 23pts

J6. Paul Slee 23pts

8. Wayne Slee 21pts

9. Danek Imiolek 19pts

10. Dave Parry 15pts

11. Dave Wheddon 14pts

J12. Tom Cherry 13pts

J12. Dean Slee 13pts

14. Rob Holtom 10pts

15. Mark Bowden 9pts

16. Louie Brown 8pts

J17. Daniel Russell 0pts

J17 Dave Yates 0pts

J17 Luke Yates 0pts


Tuesday Night League Table

Final positions.


1st Jim Fleming 100pts

2nd Lee Cherry 96pts

3rd Mike Bickley 92pts

4th Rob Holtam 68pts

5th Paul Slee 41pts

6th Jack Walton 39pts

7th Mark Bowden 22pts

8th Wayne Slee 15pts

9th Danny Russell 14pts

J10th Louis Brown 0pts

J10th John Turnbull 0pts



Winter League

Current standings*.


1st Matt Pinnock 9pts

J2nd Mike Bickley 10pts

J2nd Mike Smith 10pts

J2nd Dave Wheddon 10pts

3rd Mark Bowden 11pts

J4th Jim Fleming 18pts

J4th Chris Ridgway 18pts

5th Danek Imiolek 19pts

6th Tom Robinson 20pts

J7th Chris Bickley 21pts

J7th Rob Holtom 21pts

J7th Dave Parry 21pts

J8th Paul Wright 22pts

J8th Jack Walton 22pts

11th Graham Howe 26pts


* Worst 2 results will be deducted.

Lowest score wins.

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