Leamington Angling Newsletter April 2020

All Leamington Angling Waters are Closed at present. We will let you know when anything changes.


Dave Evans – LAA river Avon

Hi Anthony,    Now the season has finished on the rivers I can share these with you. The bream is 8lb 2, the barbel are 12.6 and 13.3 and the chub is 4.12.

All caught on the Warwickshire Avon on our stretches and all caught from February to March. Not too shabby really for a carp angler.

Regards,   Dave Evans 


Jon Arthur at Napton Reservoir (not recently!)

Jon Arthur sent us this memory from around thirty years ago.

Tench fishing at Napton Reservoir with my big brother and his best mate Paul. The cheeky looking one in the middle with the gappy teeth and army hat is me!



From the Archives: January 30th 1957

probably from the “Morning News”

“It’s the largest fish caught in the district for over half a century.” So said Mr.J.H.Walker, secretary of the Leamington Angling Association, when referring to a chub caught by Mr.Ashley L.F.Scrivens of 2 Swan Street, Leamington.

The fish, now in the hands of a taxidermist, weighs five pounds and is 22 inches in length, with a girth of fourteen inches. It was landed in the club’s waters, Welch’s Meadow, last Saturday afternoon.

Mr.Scrivens, obviously pleased at his success, has entered his catch in two angling competitions sponsored by national newspapers.

Aged 59 and a motor mechanic, he has been fishing all his life. He said: “ I was trout fishing in Ireland at the age of five years.”


Hi Anthony,

These photos are from Ireland in the mid 1980s.

The net had 89lb of roach and I was only 2nd in the match, Mark Butler won with 96lb.

Ian Clarke 


I’m sure that was a bite!

More loose feed or perhaps some groundbait?


Those were the days

Hi Anthony,

A few more photos of the RLSAA old juniors and others trip to Northern Ireland.  This was organised by committee man Bob Morris and led by ex world angling champion Ian Heaps.  One photo is of Mark Butler’s winning weight of 96lb, another photo is of John Strain’s third position weight of 82lb, then a photo of a bit of friendly banter on the ferry and then a picture of me waiting to weigh in a roach catch on the famous Hoy’s meadow stretch of the River Bann in Portadown, Northern Ireland.



You may be able to assemble some sort story for the newsletter.

Best of luck

Ian Clarke, Chairman


The Angling Trust has launched a new website to keep us entertained during the “lockdown”.

Take a look, there’s something for everyone.


and speaking of Ian Heaps……..Interview with Ian Heaps from the Angling Times’ Go Fishing Online series, one of the most successful match anglers of his day. Includes a fabulous description of the day he won the World Angling Championship in Poland in 1975.




Leamington Angling now has a new Facebook Group page. Take a look. This will eventually replace the old page. You need to join this group to be part of it.



Snitterfield Reservoir

Hi Anthony, 

Couple of pics from last September. Fellow member Dave Woodford with a Snitterfield crucian plus a photo of a nice crucian I had. 

Be happy at the moment to catch a stickleback!!!!  Think tackle will be worn away if I clean it anymore. 

Let’s hope we can go fishing soon, hope everyone staying safe 

Take care 

Mike Bothwell 


Fishing Tackle

If, like me, you have been poking around in your mountains of fishing tackle, you will probably have found some items that need replacing. As most of us have a bit more time on our hands, now would be a good time to put some fresh line on those reels (the 2004 stuff is becoming a bit brittle) or replace that broken landing net handle that you fixed with araldite back in 1998.

I like looking at baits and tackle on the internet but, when I have found something I really want to buy, I make a phone call to one of our excellent local tackle shops and ask for some proper advice. Contrary to popular belief, I very often get a better deal from a local shop than from internet traders.

So, with that in mind, here’s a list of tackle shops who support the Association and now it’s our time to support them in these difficult circumstances. Some may not be open all the time so check websites, Facebook and phone to make contact. Buy locally, support your local tackle shop. They can renew your membership too.

Baileys Fishing Tackle, 30 Emscote Road, Warwick.  CV34 4PP  tel 01926 491984
Banks & Burr,25-27 Claremont Road, Rugby.  CV21 3NA  tel 01788 576782
Browns Angling, Browns Road , Daventry.  NN11 4NS  tel 01327 702200
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
Tackle Shack Nuneaton, 45 Attleborough Rd, Nuneaton. CV11 4JB  tel 02477 673456
Fishing & Outdoors, 29 Timothy’s Bridge Rd, Stratford.CV37 9NQ tel 01789 267992



Photos please…..

Obviously we are struggling for content for the newsletter under the current difficult circumstances, so take a look through your archives of fishy photos and send me a contribution. You can scan prints and email them and say a bit about what, when and where.

Anthony    anthony@spaphoto.co.uk


Green Spaces Newsletter

Warwick District Council publish this newsletter about our green spaces and Leamington Angling gets a mention regarding our efforts with netting the Abbey Fields Lake. A few more pictures are below.




Leamington Angling Membership

You can renew your membership at any of our local tackle shops that are open or on line here:-


Although we can’t fish at the moment, we would encourage you to renew your membership as we still have rents to pay for our waters.

If your circumstances have changed due to the current emergency, you can use your previous membership book until 30th June.

This might be the right time to renew your rod licence (check the date as it’s now 12 months from the last renewal) or put it in your diary “to do” list.

BUT make sure you are not being ripped off. ONLY use the proper Government website…


NEVER pay more than these prices….


Licence type Trout and coarse 2-rod Trout and coarse 3-rod Salmon and sea trout
1-day £6 Not available £12
8-day £12 Not available £27
12-month £30 £45 £82
12-month – over 65 or disabled £20 £30 £54
12-month – junior (13 to 16) Free Free Free

You must always carry your rod fishing licence when you’re fishing or you could be prosecuted.
You can be fined up to £2,500 for fishing without a rod fishing licence.
Children under 13 do not need a licence.
Licences for children aged between 13 and 16 are free. You’ll still need to get a junior licence.

Finally, let’s not forget that all rivers are closed until June 16th for the close season.


Keith Friswell – Napton Photos




Hi Anthony,

A couple of photos from November when the water level was up at Wasperton.  One of the bottom car park and one from the first car park looking down to the river.


Take care, keep well



All Leamington Angling Waters are Closed at present. We will let you know when anything changes.


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