Leamington Angling Newsletter January 2020

Big One – Stoneleigh.

29th February & 1st March

Big Saving for Leamington Angling Members

20% Off

The Big One is back in 2020 so get your diary out and pop the dates in now. We are exhibiting at the NAEC Stoneleigh on 29th February & 1st March. Join us and get your 2020 fishing season off to a flying start with the new season Leamington Angling Membership (see below). Plus, the world’s biggest and best tackle manufacturers will be bringing all the latest gear for 2020. Whether you’re a carp or match angler or fish purely for pleasure, you’ll find everything you need from rods, reels and poles to bivvies and bait.

At the Legends Theatre, a star-studded line-up of your favourite fishing stars and top celebrities including Jeremy Wade will be sharing their valuable advice and top tips to get you catching more fish, plus live demos on the indoor lake.

Bring the family for a day or the weekend, with FREE ENTRY for children under 12 Plus there is free car parking at both shows, with early entry for advanced ticket holders. Save 20% off adult prices when you book an advanced ticket with code TACK20.

We look forward to seeing you at The Big One!

Join us at Stoneleigh – NAEC, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire Sat Nav: CV8 2LZ.  You can SAVE 20% off a standard adult ticket, paying just £9.60, using voucher code TACK20 at the online checkout at www.thebigoneshow.co.uk


New Membership Books

The new Leamington Angling Association membership books will be available soon

Membership Prices 2020 – 2021
Adult £40.00
Senior (over 65) £28.00
Disabled £28.00
Junior (up to 18) £10.00
Each time you fish at Jubilee Pools, Snitterfield Reservoir or Napton Reservoir, there will be a daily charge of £3.00 for Adults and £2.00 for Concessions.
Members may bring a guest to fish at £7.00 per day.

Members often ask “how is it that membership subscriptions are so reasonable”?

The answer is that the Association is run by volunteers who are anglers themselves and who are keen to make our waters the best they can be. So when you meet one of your bailiffs or see a work party in action, you know that these are members like you and are giving their time and effort freely. Of course, along with the cost of renting our waters, there are materials to be purchased for making pegs safe and comfortable, repairing tracks and access paths and buying fish for restocking.

Wasperton work party March 2019

Very soon you will be able to buy your membership book from any of these tackle shops:-

Baileys Fishing Tackle 30 Emscote Road Warwick   CV34 4PP          tel 01926 491984

Banks & Burr 25-27 Claremont Road Rugby  CV21 3NA                       tel 01788 576782

Lanes 31-35 London Road Coventry  CV1 2JP              tel 02476 223316

Rugby Tackle 155a Bilton Road Rugby  CV22 7DS                tel 01788 544913

Castaway Fishing Tackle 86 Warwick Road Banbury OX16 2AB   tel 01295 254274

Solihull Angling Centre 253 Longmore Road Shirley, Solihull B90 3ER      tel 0121 733 7775

Stratford on Avon Fishing and Outdoors Ltd. 29 Timothys Bridge Road. Stratford Enterprise Park. Stratford Upon Avon. CV37 9NQ                               tel  01789  267992

Tackle Shack Nuneaton, 1 Donnithorne Avenue, Nuneaton, CV10 7AF   tel 02477 673456

Browns Angling, Browns Road, Daventry, NN11 4NS tel 01327 702200

Alternatively you can get your membership book from your bailiffs

If you would rather send a cheque, make it payable to “Leamington Angling Association” and send to the secretary. email for the address. PayPal is also available.


Ryton Pool – Parking Concession

We have secured a big saving for Leamington Angling Members at Ryton Pool in the Country Park. Currently, the annual parking pass for the park is £40 but Leamington Angling members can get one for HALF PRICE! It’s best to buy now before the April price review. Just take your Leamington Angling membership book to the Ryton Visitor Centre and you can get your 12 month parking pass for £20.

You don’t need a parking permit for the wheelbarrow Barry.


Paul Hitchman – Stratford upon Avon

My ‘click-counter’ read 124 fish which is a minimum ‘cos I normally miss a few in the heat of the moment. Mostly dace, a couple of chublets, a few chunky roach (around 4oz) and quite a few bleak. All on ‘wag & mag’ feeding bronze maggots and freshly cooked hemp. I hope they grow, spawn and their fry survive. At times it seemed that the dace were holding an annual convention in my peg with dace from all over the world coming to the event !

That was Wednesday 8th and I was looking forward to more of the same at the coming weekend. Then on Thursday morning I took the dog for a walk around the park at Bidford and found that the river had risen 18 inches overnight and was brown and hammering through. So it looks like it’s back on the stillwaters again on Sunday !


Paul Hitchman


River Avon – Stratford Recreation Ground

Local angler Rod was having a fish a Chuck at the Rec.



Colin Arkless at Wasperton

A small maggot feeder filled with bronzes gave Colin Arkless a bite every cast. Dace and roach plus a big one that got away.



Grand Union

Fished Bascote last month and took a fantastic net of quality roach on the punch.

The fish are shoalling up now and finding them will be key to catches.



Avon Team Championship

The Avon was in perfect trim for the much awaited Avon Team Championship. 

First on the day was Sensas Smithies Bait, Narrowly pipping Cadence Superteam and Daiwa Gordon League.

Congratulations also to all the other nine teams. Below are some of the catches.


Jason Grant took this double figure catch also during the Avon champs at the Lido.



Martin Mitchell – Pike

I met Martin on the Avon at Wasperton and he sent me these…….

All these were caught in the last 3 months on Leamington Angling waters, I’ve caught a lot more but never took photos.

Nice to meet you today Anthony.



Kelvin Tallett at the Recreation Ground

Today (25th Jan) I had a few hours on Stratford Rec run by Leamington Angling with the river looking good and as nobody fishing below the Ferry that’s where I’d fish. This is a peg that can produce this time of year and not one I’ve ever fished so time to change that. After arriving well after 10am I set up with a 13ft rod armed with a DH 4×4 insert stick with stung 8s and the pole at 13metres with a 2g DH 17 with an olivette and a single dropper both had 16 hooks to fish double maggots. For the pole I’d fish over Groundbait made up of Bait-Tech Pro Natural Extra and Dark with dead reds in and put in 6 balls to start. I left this line to settle and started on the stick carefully feeding maggots and had my first fish a dace after 30 mins. I caught steadily from then on for nearly an hour but mainly small dace roach and perch. A switch to the pole which I had been feeding through out with odd maggots and balls of GB proved problematic as I was pestered by bleak at first but by not loose feeding and only using GB things improved.

I had some nice roach and a couple of skimmers before the end where I finished with 15-6 to end a great short session. Only down side was a problematic pike which destroyed my net leaving several large holes and I also caught one around 8lb hooked in the scissors. #TeamBaitTech



River Avon – Wasperton Work Party

Here they are, the Wasperton work party. Come rain or shine, they volunteer their time on a Sunday morning, clearing pegs, sorting car parking, improving access tracks. We need more volunteers for Snitterfield Reservoir where we have to clear vegetation from the dam to comply with the new reservoir regulations so contact me soon and we can get a group together. We have strimmers/brushcutters, loppers etc so all we need is a few pairs of hands. Call me on 01926 312319 or email anthony@spaphoto.co.uk


photos from Steve Smith.


Lucy’s Mill – Stratford

Stratford’s Steve Beard took this fantastic 50lb net from Lucy’s Mill.

Only packing up as he ran out of bait!



Darren Cox at Stratford Lido

Hi Anthony
Hope you are very well. Just a quick message to say I had a fantastic day on the Lido last week with Angling Times. Had a load of big roach on the waggler and maggot. The more I fed the better it got. 2 3/4 pints of maggots and 3 pints of hemp later and a fantastic bag of roach. What a river! Thanks as always for the clubs support allowing me to tell the nation how good our river is. It never lets me down. All the best to all fellow members for 2020. How lucky we are!

Best regards


River Leam Pike – Andrew Friesland

Andrew Friesland caught this 12lb 14oz pike from the Leam in Victoria Park.



River Leam – Dave Cook

Dave Cook has been having some great catches on the river Leam, fishing pinkie and breadpunch on the pole.

These were the better fish amongst the double figure catches taken.



Craig Barrell had this big perch from Napton.



Recreation Ground – Stratford

Gale force winds blowing up the river (Saturday 1st Feb) left me wondering why I chose the Recreation Ground that day. My float rod was permanently bent, not by fish but by the wind! After a few roach on the float, the waves began swamping the float so indications were impossible. That wind was cold! Switching to a cage feeder filled with liquidised bread and a big flake on a size 10 brought instant results as the tip whacked round and a hybrid-looking fish battled hard before coming to the net. The rest of the morning on the feeder produced loads of bites and a good number of reasonable roach interspersed with four or five bream around a pound. If it hadn’t been for the wind………

       Hybrid or just an ugly bream?



Jubilee Re-opens on 1st March

Ros and son Jon inspecting the pegs at Jubilee, ready for the 1st March start.




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