Wishing everyone a happy 2019 from all at Warminster and District Angling club. To get us off to a good start to 2019 we are pleased to announce that the club has successfully secured the lease of 3 miles of the Bristol Avon between Avoncliffe and Limpley Stoke. This iconic stretch of the river is known for its specimen fish from double figure Barbel to double figure pike. This is a great acquisition for the club and gives members direct access to some of the best river fishing in the area
The club is very pleased to announce that the first recorded Barbel from our Stretch of the Frome was caught last week, estimated at 3-4lb. Well done to Keith Candow for his capture and for sending us the pictures. For those who don’t know our stretch of the Frome was stocked with 2k Barbel fingerling 4-5 years ago and they have waited until now to make an appearance. Let’s hope it’s the first of many more and with the recent habitat improvements to the river we could have a very nice Barbel fishery in the making.
After a very successful AGM in May the Committee has been busy acting on all the discussions and ideas that were raised during the meeting. We have continued with the ongoing improvements to all of our fisheries through work parties and certain individual's dedication. Those of you who fish at Crockerton will have noticed the new platform that has appeared and hopefully you have been taking advantage of it. More platforms are planned for Crockerton and also at Witham Friary, with several easy access platforms being installed there allowing our less abled members the chance to fish the lake more safely. There is also plans to install toilets, an improved car park and access. This is all part of the larger plans to get Witham back to it's former glory. Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART) have now completed a project on our stretch of the river Frome and the committee are very happy with the outcome. It is hoped that the habitat improvements will improve juvenile recruitment, fish refuge and as a result better fishing for members. Again this is the start of a larger plan to improve the river over the coming years and hopefully to start running river matches again. Fishing has been tough this summer with the heatwave that hit the UK however with things starting to cool down there has never been a better time to get out there and catch a few fish. Looking towards the Autumn and winter there is plenty opportunity for members to get involved in work parties and to share your ideas for our fisheries, please get in touch via the email address or on Facebook and we will be more than happy to welcome your input.
On a final note it was with great sadness that we had to announce the passing Of Stanley Curtis in June, as one of the founding members he has seen the club through thick and thin. He was such a passionate fisherman and as a founding member cared so deeply for the success of his club. His legacy will live on through our new teaching kids to fish program and The Stan Curtis Trophy which will be a river based match (more info to follow).
The WDAC AGM will be held on Friday 18th May @ 19:30. Hunters Moon, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 9PA. All members are welcome to come along and hear what the committee and volunteers have been up to over the last 12 month. We will also be holding our yearly raffle and presenting our competition trophies and awards. We look forward to seeing you all there.
Firstly we would like to wish all our members a Happy New year. Now the bad bits, over the Christmas period our lock up was broken into and our ride on mower was stolen, the police have been informed and are investigating the incident.
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the resignation of our Vice President Archie Moore. Archie has been with the club for over 50 years but has sadly had to resign on health grounds. Archie has reigned but will still continue to support the club in its future.
Crockerton will be closed on Wednesday 21st of February 2018 as the British Army have chosen our club waters to hold their match day. We would like to wish everyone taking part good luck and tight lines.
Our next AGM has been set for Friday 18th May 2018 at 19:30 start. For all our members that would like to hear about how the club has been getting on over the last year please fill free to come along. We also hold our members competition prize giving and our yearly raffle. (tickets for the raffle can be purchased from Steves Tackle)
New stock has arrived
The good news as promised, after much hard work and investigation by the committee, advice from Peter Rolfe (book crock of gold, and phone calls) and the dealing with David Rance and his team from Sport and Leisure Fisheries Ltd,who i can't recommend highly enough. The bottom lake at Witham has been stocked with 2300+ fish, a mixture of Tench and crucians. While we have been invoiced for 2 to 7 inch crucian and 4 to 10 inch Tench some of the tench are closer to 14 to 16 inch fish. These are all quality farmed fish which have never seen a hook or net before and i would ask that for the time being we don't use keepnets at Witham. Thanks for your support
Throughout the year maintenance needs to be carried out on all our club waters to keep them fishable. We normally carry out this work during the spring and summer months. Depending on the numbers that turn out to each work party will depend on the level of distruption during your fishing time. The more people that turn out the less amount of work parties needed to complete the work so disruption is kept to a minimum. We thank you in advance for all your help and supports. Keep and eye on our Facebook page for all up and coming events and planned work parties.
Club rules being broken
We've had reports of members breaking club rules, littering, camp fires, drug taking and not adhering to number of quests and age limits. We have regular patrols on all our club waters and also CCTV. Such behaviour will not be tolerated and bans/warnings will be written for those involved.We would also like to thanks our club members for helping to catch the offenders and protecting our waters.
Changes to our Facebook page and members forum
You can now share all your fishing related pictures, videos and comments direct to our facebook page. with regards to our members forum, the forum will be changing from an external forum to a forum attached to our website to make things simpler for our users.
New Members Forum
Our new members forum is now ready to use. Please follow the link at the top of this page to sign up.
Blandford joins our exchange ticket program
We are pleased to announce that Blandford & District Angling Club has joined our exchange ticket program. The club has around four club water with numerous species of fish for all angling types. The exchange tickets will be available soon and we will announce it on the site and Facebook page when they are received. In the mean time if you would like more information on the club please visit their Facebook page @blandfordanddistrictanglingclub
Witham Friary Closer Dates.
Witham Friary will be closed to all anglers on the following dates due to duck shooting taking place:
We would like to apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused. However please fill free to use use our other club waters.