This is a recent acquisition to our waters covering a distance of 2 miles upstream from Essex Bridge to 500 yards above Hoo Mill Weir. There is good fishing to be had on this stretch of the Trent including Chub to over 5lb, perch to 4lb, double figure barbel and pike. Good shoals of dace, roach, chub, perch and gudgeon can be found together with the occasional bream, grayling and trout. Recent matches have produced mixed bags of 20lb plus. Maps and access points are available on joining. It is a classic stick float water although stronger ledger gear is recommended for the barbel the best caught 11-4 although larger specimens have been lost.
The Club has a pristine stretch of this class 1 river which given its size produces good catches of fish all year round but especially in winter. The club has over 2 miles of river running from Manor Golf Club downstream past the Blythe Inn. There are large shoals of chub and dace all along this stretch. Roach, perch,pike and gudgeon can also be found in certain spots. Rainbow and Brown trout abound with the best Brownie weighing in at 10lb 1oz, in recent years fish to 7lb 8oz have been authenticated. Whilst it responds best to a small river approach catch and move big catches can be had from individual pegs.
There are 2 pools on the Willows site with easy access and parking the first being within yards of parking. The pools are well laid out with well placed stages for easy fishing. Jono's pool comprises of 16 pegs with many different species of fish providing good sport all year round. There are silver fish in abundance with a good head of crucians, F 1's. mirrors and commons into double figures together with perch, orfe, ghosties, goldfish and barbel. Matches on here are often won with 40lb plus weights of mixed bags with the fish responding well to pole tactics and waggler.
Dave's is a good size pool over an acre in size 200 yards up the hill from Jono's. Lovely mature pool with margin vegetation, lily pads and a small island. Contains the same species as Jono's but the fish here tend to be of a bigger size especially the carp with many doubles and the occasional 20lb+ being caught. Catches of 60lb + are not uncommon. Pole, waggler and feeder all score well on their day.
Following discussions with Stone & District AA, all members of Bibby's Angling Club are now able to fish the Trent/Mersey Canal between meaford lock bridge 33 to lock 26 at Aston. included in the package is the River Trent at Stone one field above the road bridge and approx 500 metres below the bridge to the field with a fence. Both contain excellent numbers of fish offering easy parking and access good mixed bags can be had from both waters.
An agreement has been reached with Stone Private Angling Club for our members to fish this water until the end of November 2020.
The Shropshire Union Canal at Shebdon this is pristine canal water set in a tranquil
countryside location. There is over a mile of easily accessible fishing from Shebdon Bridge to
the food processing factory at Knighton. The stretch is full of fish having been used as a
venue for the national and pair’s championship in recent years. Bream to 5lb, roach to over
1lb, perch to 3lb, and loads of gudgeon, occasional carp, pike, rudd and chub. Bags of bream
to 40lb have been caught from the boatyard, beware of overhead cables.
Directions from Stone take the B5026 to Eccleshall; turn left at mini roundabout A519 to
Woodseaves. Immediately after the average speed camera turn right onto Back Lane 200
metres turn right onto High offley road follow for approx 2-3 miles come to canal road
bridge (Shebdon Bridge). There is a lay by immediately before the bridge park here you can
fish either side of the road bridge.
Otherwise carry on over the canal bridge turn right onto Shay lane approx 300 metres come
to a large lay by at the former pub Wharf Inn park in lay by. Immediately opposite the pub
there is a track going up the embankment you can fish to the right or left half mile or more
Postcode ST20 0RH.
Bridget’s Pool at Trent Vale this is a 14 peg pool with fishing platforms ideal for family’s lots
of silver fish, tench to 4lb and carp to double figures.
Directions From Stone or A500 travel north on A34 to Trent vale turn left at Tesco
supermarket lights follow road round come to car park pool approx 50 metres to the right of
Postcode ST4 6PW
Jammies Pool at Abbey Hulton, This is a deceptive estate pool with a number of features
that produces some excellent specimens a 24lb plus mirror as featured in the anglers mail,
there are 6lb tench, 5lb bream , good roach and for the predator angler perch 3lb plus and
pike to 17lb.
Directions Take the A52/A5009 Leek road into Abbey Hulton turn right after Trentside
Angling Centre onto Whitehouse Road; take second right Abbey Road follow road for
approx400 metres park in lay by pool to your right.
Good morning everyone
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 in England.
The Head of Sports Participation at DCMS 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!
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Stay safe and very best fishes
CEO – Angling Trust