Reddish Angling Club
Reddish Angling Club



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.*


1st Chris Bickley 115pts

2nd Mike Bickley 105pts

3rd Paul Slee 95pts

4th Dean Slee 86pts 

5th Danek Imiolek 72pts

6th Mark Rudol 62pts

7th Colin Cavanagh 54pts

8th Mark Wheatcroft 41pts

9th Paul Benson 33pts

10th Graham Howe 21pts

11th Wayne Slee 19pts

12th Dave Wheddon 14pts

13th Jack Walton 13pts

14th Tom Cherry 12pts

15th Lee Cherry 9pts

16th Simon Williamson 8pts

17th Mark Williamson 7pts

J18th Matt Pinnock 0pts
J18th Tom Robinson 0pts



*15pts for 1st, 14pts for 2nd, down to 0 points for a DNW



Tuesday Night League Table


1st Mike Bickley 109pts

2nd Paul Slee 104pts

3rd Daniel Russell 62pts

4th Lewis Carter 56pts

5th Dean Slee 55pts

6th Matt Pinnock 28pts

7th Mike Smith 15pts

8th Tom Robinson 14pts

9th Danek Imiolek 0pts



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