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WDAC offers our membership the chance to fish two trout waters, Winterborne Zelston and Rawlsbury



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Further details on all of our waters and concessions.



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Wildlife images courtesy of Hugh Miles.

WDAC offers our membership the chance to fish two trout waters, Winterborne Zelston and Rawlsbury


WDAC runs numerous matches across the calendar year, encompassing both stillwaters and the River Stour. Matches are also held on non-club waters.



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For full details on how to join and the rates for 2018/19


Further details on all of our waters and concessions.

WDAC offers our membership the chance to fish two trout waters, Winterborne Zelston and Rawlsbury


WDAC runs numerous matches across the calendar year, encompassing both stillwaters and the River Stour. Matches are also held on non-club waters.


JULY 2019

  • 'The Heroes of Kingsbridge' from Club Committee member, Hugh Miles
  • 'Julia's House fishing' from Club Welfare Officer, Sean Harris
  • 'Naming the Pinnock Lakes' from Club Chairman Mike Hirsh
  • 'A new venue' by Club Media Officer, James Nash
  • 'Works at Kingsbridge Lakes' from Club Chairman Mike Hirsh
  • 'National Angling Strategy Launched – get engaged' from Club Chairman Mike Hirsh
  • 'Standing by Club Water not Fishing'  from Club Chairman Mike Hirsh
  • 'Respecting our fellow members' by Club Media Officer, James Nash

The heroes of Kingsbridge

By Hugh Miles

War is a truly awful result of unresolved conflict but while horrible humans are in positions of power and corruption, they will always be a threat to our peace and safety. So we should be eternally grateful that there are those that are prepared to put their lives on the line to protect us and our country’s interests.


Casualties of these horrible conflicts are almost inevitable and though those who suffer are ‘only doing the job they chose’ we need to show our gratitude for their courage in any way that we can. So last week, the Wimborne and District Angling Club reached out to military charity Help for Heroes who support service personnel and Veterans whose lives have been effected by their military service and organised some fishing for them at our delightful four lake Kingsbridge complex in sunny Dorset.

Chris Yates talking quietly about the joys of stalking ... and it worked

Les caught several nice roach

WDAC Welfare Officer Sean Harris offering some amusing encouragement and leg pulls

Many of our members attended to help and coach those that needed it and everyone had a great day, with numerous fish caught, including roach, bream and many good carp. Several families of the servicemen joined in and caught lots too.

Committee member Ian helping them to catch lots of fish in the sun

Rob Hughes showing the way to success

There was even a BBQ laid on to sustain the Help for Heroes participants so they could catch even more and with England’s International Carp Captain Rob Hughes and the legendary ex. carp record holder Chris Yates there to help, a good time was had by all.

Rob with a pretty ghostie

A happy gathering of friends

What’s more, one or two who never have the courage even to go outside enjoyed their time by the waterside, maybe because they were among those whose easy and light-hearted manner allowed them to relax and catch fish.

Keith with yet another skimmer

Veteran himself and club secretary Stuart's great friend Mark with another chunky carp

There is no doubt that angling provides rare healing properties and it’s the club’s intention to repeat the dose for Help for Heroes as often as possible. Long live those brave men and women who struggle as a result of looking after us all ... and what we all enjoyed on this day was the smiles and laughter. Happy days for all our Band of Brothers.

Friend Steve finally landed this lean and fiesty carp after the sort of battle he enjoys

WDAC's indefatigable secretary and organiser of the event Stuart Hitchman enjoying the moment with Mark

Naming the Pinnock Lakes

By Mike Hirsh

Naming a particular water facilitates communication. Whether it is in conversation or in writing it is so much easier to explain you were fishing at a location which all parties immediately understand. When one of our Members tells me they were fishing Tranquil at Kingsbridge, I instantly get a visual memory of the place and it also reinforces our links, but the name itself may also provide a sense of fondness for a place. So there is also a need to care about the giving of a new name. [Incidentally my best memory of Tranquil is of a sika deer with a fawn which came up to have a good look at me].


Some waters we may never have fished, but nevertheless evoke strong memories by association, they have a place in the National collective angling memory: - Redmire and the Royalty are obvious examples.


For many years the Club has leased the two lakes at Edmondsham from the Medlycott Trust. Collectively known as the Pinnock Lakes, these have never been named individually. At WDAC’s Committee and in the yearbook these two lakes have simply been referred to as the top lake and the bottom lake. This has been rather unsatisfactory and has, on occasion caused some confusion, particularly since the top lake has been dredged and re-stocked and we talk more about it.


Following a discussion in Committee and a request made to the Estate, the lakes are to have individual names.  The top lake is to be Medley’s after the Trust and the bottom lake is to be Julia’s named after Julia Smith, who has devoted much time and energy and shown real care for these lakes in her management of the Estate over many years. As Julia, would never have dreamed of naming them in this manner it is fitting that the Club can take the initiative. The Club books and web-site information will be amended accordingly in due course.

Works at Kingsbridge Lakes.

By Mike Hirsh

From sometime after the middle of August, for a period of about two months, land adjacent to the A351 and in the area near to the track that lies between Packhorse and Tranquil will be subject to significant engineering works.  These works will involve clearance and levelling followed by importation of inert material to provide a hard surface.


The Key Advice for Club members and any guests in this context are:


• Do not walk/fish inside, or park vehicles for any reason close to, any demarcated areas associated with these works. It is anticipated that a cordon of red and white tape plus cones etc. will be in position.


• As access for vehicles and plant will come from the west down the existing track; please ensure that you park clear of the track as it runs through our Club car park and provide no other form of obstruction


• Please ensure that the gate, normally closed at the car park end of the track that runs between Packhorse and Tranquil is also kept clear of obstructions so vehicles and plant can pass and re-pass. Do not take advantage of the gate being open to park along the track.


• Be polite to workers on site at all times and give way to contractor traffic.


• Any member who ignores the above advice may be considered in breach of Club Rule 10 concerning discipline in relation to behaviour that is injurious to the interests of the Club.


This work is being contracted by the Dodd family, who as many of you know live half way along the existing track, and this work has been the subject of a long negotiation.


The ink is yet to dry on the final papers and I am at this stage, therefore, not tempting providence by explaining the background and the full details of the work. I will therefore write again on this matter at the beginning of September.

National Angling Strategy Launched – get engaged

By Mike Hirsh

As those of you who read the National Angling Press will know, the National Angling Strategy Board is publicising its new strategy which was unveiled at the end of last month. The Board has the Angling Trust, the EA, the Angling Trades Association, Get Hooked on Fishing and the Canal and Rivers Trust as its members.  As many of you will know the Angling Trust has had an existing strategy and our Club, has been beneficiaries of some of the initiatives through the Angling Improvement Fund and training initiatives too. The new strategy has been produced following a survey of over 35,000 anglers last year. Key to the responses was about how to make more information available about where and how to fish and the importance of both physical and mental health benefits of fishing. Martin Salter, chief spokesman for the Angling Trust is leading on this initiative too and has a powerful voice in ‘high places,’ and I am sure we would all wish the initiative to succeed. However, it does need the Club’s active support.


The six objectives to improving angling participation over the next five years are:


• Develop awareness and knowledge of Angling - that is about improved visibility

• Increase Angling participation – make it easy for anglers to be recruited and re-engage anglers who are no longer fishing.

• Develop social benefits through Angling – healthier happier people through getting out and fishing.

• Develop sustainable places to fish. Anglers need to be involved in creating healthy sustainable fisheries and agencies need to tackle problems and improve sea and freshwater stocks.

• Increase Angling’s economic impact by being more financially sustainable and adding value to UK communities along coasts and in rural areas.

• Understand angling data and evidence to inform other elements of the initiative and facilitate the explanation of Angling’s impact.


WDAC is already engaged or has recently been engaged in initiatives that meet some of these objectives, but it is important to continue to improve too.


The Club has a weakness in respect of our own data – the Club has poor evidence on where our Members fish because we do not insist on returns, apart from at our trout lakes. We do know that all fishermen fished less in 2018 than in 2017 because there was an extended heatwave when most people’s patterns of behaviour altered – and many fishermen stopped fishing!


The Club has been reviewing fish stocks and the management of its lakes, but the Stour presents a much bigger issue where the EA has a critical role.


To make a real impact, ourselves, over the next five years we need more members helping to do stuff at the grass roots. Please come and join in with working parties and the days we engage with the public. If you want to improve part of a fishery by weed clearance or a litter pick just let us know.


Your next opportunity is at Creekmoor on Sunday the 18th August when the Club is engaging in a family fishing day and partnering up with the local Community Association which is going to provide the refreshments. Creekmoor Ponds are a classic sustainable urban fishery right in the middle of housing where the Club’s partnership working with the BCP Council is continuing to pay real dividends in helping to engage with children and the local community. Stocked with carp from Poole Park, there are some terrific fish to be caught as well as a good head of other coarse fish. Brian Heap, Club President, caught some cracking roach earlier in the year when the Club was engaged in a day of taking children fishing in conjunction with the Council. Please email or telephone Sean Harris, the Club’s Welfare Officer, who will be delighted to sign you up to help, even if it is for only part of the day.

Respecting our fellow members

By James Nash

Disappointingly, a Club member has reported significant damage to their vehicle whilst parked at the Kingsbridge Complex.


Under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to damage a fellow members property. We should all be able to use the Club's facilities without fear of incidents such as this. In this instance a member has caused damage to another’s vehicle and has even failed to notify the owner of the vehicle.


Whether the damage was caused accidentally or not, this is not something that should ever happen. Please ensure you are respectful to other members at all times, it's the very least we can do.

Standing by Club Water not Fishing

By Mike Hirsh

As you would expect, I have now got used to standing by water and curbing my frustrations at not being there to fish. In the last month I have been to Kingsbridge, Hatch Pond, the Stour above Canford School and Winterborne Zelston without casting a line. It does not mean, however, that my eyes are closed.


At Hatch Pond, I was waiting to meet Steve Neale, as I needed his advice and ideas about the yellow pond lily problem (more on this topic in a future newsletter), and I spent a while watching the movements of  some large fish, slowly working their way through the lilies. There were odd lines of bubbles and the occasional waving of lily pads. Of course, I never actually saw a fish; but I did mark the spot for further investigation. I also wondered if I would have seen the movements at all, if I had been there to fish rather than standing still with just a notepad in hand.


At Kingsbridge I was delighted not to be fishing because it was raining and rather nasty. I did think if I had committed myself to be out for the day, I would not have been happy.  Conversely, on the Stour the weather was too hot to fish, but the water was full of minnows. I was in a rush fitting in this visit between other things, but I did wonder how one could measure the total weight of minnows in our stretch of the Stour as a proportion of the total fish population – it must be huge! Do we need to know this to better understand the River?


I got down to Zelston last Sunday evening (the 21st) at about six o’clock. I was primarily there to see for myself the repairs to the stock fence on the west side of the lake, as there had been a concern that the young stock in the adjacent field were about to cause its collapse. I had sent a  text to the farm late one evening and two men with all the gear had arrived the following day and replaced about twenty of the posts. It is a really good job done without fuss, which is good news for the Club. Anyway, as normal the water was crystal clear, although the weed is growing as it always does at this time of year and the level is starting to drop as the springs are no longer running with any force. There were six trout around the springs which tended to suggest some colder water was still present and one was a real cracker! I got down to the south platform and right by it, in about six feet of water, were two eels. They were calmly working their way up the weed fronds intently staring at each leaf and then picking off water snails in a rather dainty manner. It was absorbing behaviour that I do not recall seeing before and a real bonus. It was a magic five minutes before I quietly left them to their supper – one of those eels was a real brute too which made this grazing on snails all the more interesting.

Julia's House fishing

By Sean Harris

Following last year’s event Wimborne and District Angling Club were approached again to  take a group of kids and carers from Julia’s House to the famous Todber Manor Fishery.


The event was planned for the evening of Friday July 5th;  with the sun shining and with help from a group of committed club volunteers and coaches, we had the privilege of making a difference to their wellbeing with fun, lots of laughter and a lots of fish. I think the carers were more competitive than the kids though! Events like this really do allow us to pass on the joy of fishing to others and hopefully inspire more people to get out in the fresh air,  enjoy a sport that is both friendly and healthy and appreciate the nature that surrounds us.


A heartfelt thanks to everyone who came along and supported, without you we would not be able to facilitate such inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable sessions. Speaking to each volunteer after the event it really moved them to see these kids trying there absolute best and the sense of accomplishment in fishing for the first time,


A big shout out to Todber Manor for the kind use of the lake for free and the excellent facilities that really makes this the venue so suitable for disabled anglers.


The month of August will see us running our Family Fish Day at Creekmoor Lakes, please look out for more information that will be posted on our Social Media accounts

The venue, kindly provided by Todber Manor Fisheries.

A new venue

By James Nash

The Club is absolutely delighted to announce the availability of a new venue, which we have have on an initial trial basis for the month of August.


Higher Bulbury Ponds, located near Lytchett Matravers, will offer members the choice of six small ponds. The ponds are stocked with various strains of carp as well as rudd.


It's imperative that members respect that the car pack, access track and ponds themselves are all located within the owners garden. We have a month's trail on this venue, which will not be extended if we do not leave the fishery as we find it.


Full details can be found on the link below - keep us posted with your catch reports - it'll be fascinating to find out a little bit more about the stocking!


The Club would like to thank both Head Bailiff Steve Neale and Club President Brian Heap for the work they have done to acquire the new venue.



A brimstone butterfly in the beautiful Dorset countryside.


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