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Are you fishing for a new outdoor hobby?

FANCY SOME TRADITIONAL FISHING?

Bibby's Angling ClubStone based Bibby’s Angling Club Have room for some more members…………..the Club has a superb package of venues will suited to traditional and pole anglers plus those with a competitive streak! Bibby’s AC has two miles of the Upper River Trent at Great Haywood and if you are wondering where all the Upper Trent chub have gone here is your answer. What’s more it is traditional stick float fishing, – the flow and swims are ideal. Alongside the chub are barbel, with some in the ‘double figures’ range, quality roach, perch and dace with the occasional bream, pike, grayling and trout.

Like most of the Trent sport can go a bit ‘iffy’ in bouts of very cold weather and this is when the smaller River Blythe comes in handy although you can catch here all season long. This river in the Uttoxeter/Kingstone area looks perfect for the roving angler. It is, however, much better than that as some of the swims can be hugely productive. There are loads of chub and dace but just occasional decent bags of roach are reported. You can, in fact, expect the unexpected here as perch, pike and gudgeon supplement the mixed catches. Trout are also possible, a 7 lb 8oz trout was verified not too long ago but before that a 10 lb 1 oz ‘beast’ was reported.

There are three pools at the Willows, Knenhall near Stone and they are true mixed fisheries. They contain carp but are by no means the ‘be and end all’ as far as catches go. Dave’s is the largest pool where carp to around the 20 lb mark are present along with F1s and an unbelievable head of silver fish. Who doesn’t like a session crucian carp fishing? – there are plenty in Jono’s Pool and they provide outstanding catches from time to time. You simply don’t know what you are going to hook next on this trio of venues!

Members can also fish the Trent and Mersey Canal between bridges 33 at Meaford and 26 at Aston. This covers all the feature areas in Stone itself. The canal here is certainly a bit different than most as you can target individual species like big carp, chub, pike, perch or even bream, – they are all there just waiting to be caught. There is an improving head of roach with the outside chance of a 2 lb fish, – not many canal venues can boast that! There are plenty of other species including gudgeon and ruffe  and don’t be too surprised if you latch on to a zander! General baits are caster, bread and worm for a pleasure stint. Drop shotting can work particularly well in the winter months.

You can also fish the River Trent above the main road bridge in the town and for about 500 metres below the bridge. Barbel are sought after here but the stretch does contain all the usual species and is well worth a visit as it continues a steady improvement in sport.

All the venues have comfortable parking and easy access. It is the ideal time to join as Membership starts on November 1st and runs to October 31st. Membership fees are:- Concessions £35; Adult £50; Juniors £15; Under 12’s free. There is a membership form on their website: – www.bibbysac.com/ You can also contact the Club via the website if you require any further information.

Anglers just wishing to fish the Stone canal and River Trent in Stone can purchase a separate licence – Stone & District annual fee Adults and concessions £10, under 16s free but must register/apply as members NOTE SDAC LICENCE is canal only and River Trent in Stone membership only. Alternatively contact or e-mail Kim Jones on 07982162816 or kdj54@hotmail.com

SDAC memberships can also be obtained separately from below

Chestwood Design, Whitebridge Industrial Estate, Stone (Previously –  ALL IN Tackle)

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Norman Hughes – 07834414664 / 01785812802

Mark Wilton – 07927643402 / 01785227452

Paul Dawson – 07403470102 / 01785288910

Alex Dawson – 07478727640

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