RAA AGM 2018 Summary Notes

Summary of the meeting which is edited content:
AWD opened the meeting on Wed. 21 Nov with 19 people present and 2 apologies. Minutes of the previous AGM were accepted and there were no matters arising.
Chairman and Secretaries reports were presented. Membership is made up of 80 senior members and 33 juniors. The summer junior coaching programme had 31 sessions and 53 different youngsters attending. There were a total of 373 attendances with 39 male and 14 female. 15 youngsters attended at least 10 sessions with 4 attending 20+ and the best 27 sessions. Thanks go to GM Police for the grant from “Giving Back” which ensured equipment for all, bait and free membership once they had completed 5 sessions. Thanks were expressed to coaches, volunteers and parents/carers for their support for the sessions and patience as we worked our way through the problem of not catching fish!
Youngsters not only fished but also received an evenings fly fishing instruction through the Professional Game Angling instructors with whom we have a good working relationship. They have also had the opportunity to learn skills such as rig making and knot tying etc to improve their understanding of the sport. This continues throughout the winter months on Thursday evenings, twice a month.
An advanced group of juniors attended Bradshaw Fishery on Thursday evening to prepare them for our first entry into the National competition. They worked very hard and were pleased to achieve a 4th place an excellent first attemp with hopes to improve in the future. Big thanks to Dave Marshall for “driving” this project and the other coaches for their support alongside parents without whom it wouldn’t happen.
The Lido project has evolved to solve problems related to environment and habitat for the fish. Liaison with many agencies has seen the plan develop and thanks go to Angling Trust, Environment Agency and Institute of Fisheries for advice and support. NW indicated the importance of the work done to bid for grants and the success we have had with funding from the Angling Trust for the work on the Lido. Thanks were expressed to the members and volunteers who have been involved in the Lido project and noted the valuable donation of stone, through a member and machinery which made life so much easier.
NW also identified work being supervised by volunteer members on our other waters and working parties improving pathways at Crown Pools, Clarenden St and Springwood. Thanks were expressed to all volunteer bailiffs and members who have taken responsibility for supervising and monitoring our estate waters.
NW spoke about the new website which still needs some work but now offers the option for permit sales. A whats App group now has AT and EA access which provides evidence of work being carried out.
Lee delivered his report as Match Secretary offering thanks for the work done by everyone. Specific thanks to team captains – Gary Wright, Jake Pope and Gabby Marshall and Paul Corser for support and coaches, parents and supporters of the juniors.
Lee spoke about the variety of senior matches that had been held, providing data on the totals of fish caught, individual performance etc. A charity match in aid of The Brains Trust raised £200 and particularly important that it was dedicated to the wife of a club member.
Juniors had 5 matches which were often “flexible” catering for advanced juniors and those fishing their first match. The commitment that was needed by those that fished the Nationals was highlighted and that many of the advanced juniors had developed to continually improve their personal best weights througthout the year and were now competing in matches with our seniors. A free peg for 1 junior will be offered in senior matches in the coming season. Senior and Junior matches are booked for 2019 and a group of over 50’s matches. Matches are now being booked on fisheries for 2020.
NW presented the Treasurers Report. Neil identified the value of grants bid for and achieved this year and identified the reasons why monies in the account are ring fenced for particular activity and the nature of funding bids and suppliers etc. Neil spoke to the balance sheet that was available to members and responded to questions.
Neil presented thanks for a donation that has been received from MAM ( Match Anglers) for the development of junior angling at the club for the sum of £1205. It was also noted that a funding bid to AT will facilitate storage for the club at Bradshaw Fishery where we have a focus for junior match angling.
All posts for officers were uncontested with Paul Corser taking the role of Assistant match Secretary. Within the coaching structure we made job role/title changes with Allan Dye as Co-ordinator of Coaching; Dave Marshall Lead Coach and Lee Long Assistant Lead coach.
The following were elected as committee members – Peter Knowles; Graham Walsh; Arthur Davies; David Hardman and John Holton. AD reinforced that there was an invite for anyone interested to attend committee meetings to help and support decision making.
The meeting was concluded with Peter Knowles being recognised for his many years of support and membership in the club having held the post of treasurer and still a committee member and regular match angler and accepted as a HONORARY MEMBER.
This is a summary of the minutes for information and a full minute will be placed on the website in the future. If I have missed anything, apologies and there were two many thanks to individuals to mention them all – so Thanks to everyone. I will mention individual thanks to Bradshaw Hall Fishery; Bait -Tec; Fisherman’s Way, Bury; Tonge Angling supplies; Marshalls ( Quarry); PJP plant hire; Environment Agency for their support and a very specific thanks to Marcus whose expertise as a diver has proved very valuable to us on a number of occasions – WHERE WOULD WE BE WITHOUT VOLUNTEERS- THANK YOU ALL.
There will be possible errors or items you consider should have been included, this is my representation of the meeting for general information to be published on facebook so my apologies if that is the case. – Allan

Junior Club Match – Saturday 16th June

Our first Junior Match will be held on Saturday 16th June 9am-4pm at Bradshaw Fisheries – Lake 6.

There are 18 pegs available. To book on please contact Dave Marshall or Lee Long.

If you need to borrow any tackle, please make contact with Alan, Lee or Dave and let them know what tackle you require and to make arrangements to collect from the Lido prior to the match day.

Coaches will be present to assist on the day.

Advanced Group Receive Worm & Caster Training

Ramsbottom Juniors Advanced Group took to Bradshaw Hall Fisheries tonight on lake 9.
The juniors had their pens and paper at the ready to take notes on WORM and CASTER fishing methods which were presented by two fantastic anglers namely Dave Pimlott and Daz Shaw.

 cutting worms

All the juniors asked Dave and Daz lots of questions about worms and casters. They were all shown about how to prepair the bait, chop and hook the worms, how much to pot in and how to build your peg up.This is such a wonderful experience for the juniors to have and to learn so much in one night. Even the adults who attended learnt a few skills tonight.


A massive thanks to Dave and Daz for the time they spent with the juniors. Hopefully they can put into practice what they have learnt tonight.

Team RAA win 2nd Leg of Interclub Match and Retain Trophy

Great win for team RAA wining the second leg of the interclub by a small margin of 3lb 3oz. .. which has made us retain the trophy once again from City Social by a margin of 11lb 10oz over the 2 matches.

CS Match Result

Well done to all who took part … today the match winner was our team captain Gary Wright with 70lb 7oz. 2nd Jimmy (C/S) 44lb 4oz and 3rd Tony Robinson (C/S) 38lb 9oz. Well done to the section winners Lee Long (RAA,) George Maloney (RAA), Alan Dunn (C/S) and Russian Smith (C/S). Big thanks goes out to City Social for a great 2 days out on the lakes … can’t wait for next year #teamraachampionsagain

“Hi just like to thank all the lads that have fished the interclubs recently. We managed to retain the trophy against City Social last weekend .. like to say well done to some of our new team members Simon Ward, Liam Booth and Barry Grigg. Special thanks to Barry Unsworth and Barry Hill for standing in at late notice for the match against Tonge on Scholes’s yard. Unfortunately the place fished even more dire than usual. Our next interclub is against Breighmet anglers on their home water the Croft in Bolton on 24th June. Any angler wishing to represent club please leave message on here or text me on 07939 527854 cheers Gary.”

Tough Day’s Fishing in Match vs Tonge

Unfortunately things did not go to plan against Tonge Angling in the 1st leg of our interclub at Scholes Lane in Tottington. On what was a glorious day, the fishing was really tough as the fish were darting around everywhere but just not biting. We ended up losing the match by 8 points to 2… well done to Jake Pope and Lee Long on winning there points (full results below):

Tonge results

We’ve got it all to do on the second leg fellas …but fortune favours the brave.

RAA take slender lead into 2nd leg against City Social

Well done to team RAA on their victory today in the 1st leg of the interclub match against City Social on Lake 3 at Bradshaw Fisheries. On a very hard day of fishing … we are 8lb 7oz up going into the second leg which is in a fortnight at Witmore fisheries – 362lb 3oz vs 353lb 9oz.

Top of the charts for RAA was Dave Marshall with 74ib 13oz, followed by Jake Pope with 54lb 10oz, but the overall weight was spread out well across the rest of the team.

Match Result

This Sunday coming is our second interclub against Tonge Anglers at Scholes’s Yard in Tottington. Any angler wishing to represent the club on this venue please register an interest on the Facebook post or get in touch with Gary on 07939 527854 ASAP as we’ve not got long to put team together.

Senior Match Result – Sunday 6th May

Well what a hot day we had on Bradshaw Fisheries lake 6 today … with loads of laughter.

1. Barry Hill forgetting his rigs after practicing all day yesterday.
2. Paul Chop forgetting his pellets
3. Liam Booth getting a 9.5 from Graham with Walsh for his great falling abilities.. on his peg.

Well done to:
1st Place – Graham Walsh for winning the match with 44lb 5oz.
2nd Place – Paul Chop on his 2nd position with 31lb 14oz
3rd Place – Barry Hill with his first frame with RAA 3rd with 30lb 2oz

Also well done to all the section winners Simon Ward, John Holton, Gary Wright, and Sam Baldwin.

Full results below:

Results sheet

Next week we take on City Social in our first interclub of the year… so good luck to our team

Junior Coaching Sessions Kick Off in Style

Our Junior coaching sessions started tonight and we had a great start to the season.

We’ve had numerous children on the banks at the lido who have never fished before, which is great news. They’ve all had a bit of fun and went away with smiles on their faces.

The juniors that have attended ranged from 6 years old to 15 years old. As you can see we cater for all ages.

If you would like to come down next Thursday between 5:30 – 7:30 pm then please give Allan a call on 07956 493828 and book your place.

Juniors Perform Well at First Match

The junior’s have had a great weekend at Shatterford Lakes in Kidderminster for their first match of the season. It was a very hard days fishing on all the lakes, but was a great experience for them all. Well done to Luca, Harry, Gabby and Rory for their efforts on a very cold day. You all did wonderful!!

Shatterford Group

A big thank you to the organisers who provided a great goody bag for everyone that fished worth around £200.

Springwood Work Party – A Job Well Done!!

Some hard working lads shifted tons of stone to improve the dam path on our Springwood water today. Big thanks from Allan and Neil, we couldn’t run the club without you. A warm welcome to Dan, new member on his first working party and a real bonus for us. Thanks again and if nothing else pop down for a cuppa on Thursday nights when the junior coaching starts.

 SP work party

To find out to get there just visit our Springwood club waters page.