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STURMINSTER & HINTON ANGLING ASSOCIATION

Email or phone your catches to the Secretary - click on 'Contacts' - and we'll get the news on the website and in the local press.
19th September 2019
We have a new outlet for S&HAA permits: the Fiddleford Inn. For more details click on 'Permits and Prices'.
5th March 2020
Members please note that the tackle shop at Todber Manor will no longer be selling S&HAA Season permits (Day and Week sales continue) or Lodden Lakes permits. They will remain available via our Membership Secretary:
Click on 'Contacts'
20 July 2020
Once again the crowds have arrived to take advantage of the good weather and our river. Several members have reported incidents preventing any enjoyment of angling because of the inconsiderate, selfish behaviour of some of these 'visitors'. Boating on the river is not allowed without the express permission of the Hinton St Mary Estate. The 'boats' along with with litter, trespass and disturbance of the wildlife is intolerable and any comments or complaints made by anglers nearly always results in ignorant abuse.
Members please note that any incidence of anti-social behaviour should be reported by calling 101 and it is advisable to report incidents also to : https://www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online/asb-and-nuisance-communications/  this will ensure that a permanent record of the report is created. More serious incidents where life may be in danger or a crime is in progress should be reported by dialling 999.
With suspected illegal fishing or pollution occurrences the environment Agency should be called on 0800 807060.
The important thing to note is that if incidents are not reported nothing will be done about them, the more incidents are reported the more likely action will be taken by the authorities.

5th August 2020
In the last few days there has been a report of MINK being seen at Fiddleford weirpool. This is the first reported sighting of these destructive animals for about 20 years. If you see any mink activity please report it to a committee member - click on 'Contacts' above.
Please note that the grass has been cut at Sowley and Little Ham fields above Fiddleford weirpool hence fishing there from now on is OK.
'Visitors' should not be swimming in the river where you are fishing and should refrain from doing so. The use of any form of boat without permission from the Hinton St Mary Estate is expressly forbidden, the people who are currently allowed are four club members, for river maintenance purposes, and the Bryanston School for their annual canoe race held every December. Note that there is No Public Right of Navigation on English and Welsh non-tidal rivers. This has been stated in law texts and supported by case law. If canoeists claim to have the right to canoe via membership of British Canoeing (formerly the British Canoe Union) they are wrong.
1st September 2020
ANOTHER JOB OFFER!
Mappowder lakes continue to provide our members with good fishing in a pleasant environment. The venue has been maintained to a high standard, mainly by Gary Turner who has done outstanding work there over the last several months. Gary will continue his work in the future but, because of his legacy injury problems, some help IS ESSENTIAL. Therefore a volunteer (or two) would be welcomed. The work involves general maintenance such as driving the 'sit-on' mower, some strimming, keeping the small trees tidy and occasional clearing of weeds from the ponds. Contact either of the Secretarys (present or future) - click on 'Contacts', or Gary direct on 07896 678256 or at tazgaz@aol.com

14th Sep 2020
Update.
Many thanks to members Jamie Bumby and Paul David for volunteering for this important job.


Members please note that the area below the car park, next to the mill entrance at Sturminster is NOT to be used as a car park. If you want to fish by the wall by all means transport your tackle down there but then park in the proper car park.
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24th August 2020
S&HAA member and England International Des Shipp won last Sunday's closely-fought match on the river at Sowley and Ham fields length with 10lb-odd of roach and returned to the Ham stretch today for a practice session.
The river had risen a foot or so after the recent rain, the colour was good and there was a nice flow on the water. These good conditions proved perfect for an excellent few hours of roach fishing and Des caught a superb net of quality fish totalling 35lb with fish up to 12ozs.
2nd September 2020
After several years sterling service Keith Goddard will be retiring from the job of Membership Secretary in a few weeks time. This is a post which is vital for the efficient  running of the Association and a volunteer would be most welcome. Whilst retaining the present method of membership administration the introduction of an on-line system is being considered. A new committee member to take up this essential post is needed soon. Please contact Keith or the current secretary (Dave Rigby) or the new secretary (Simon McCready) for more details: click on 'Contacts' for details.
CHARITY MATCH

S&HAA are hosting an OPEN river competition on our waters around Sturminster on Saturday September 26th.
The match will be in aid of the Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance service and all are welcome to attend and support this worthy cause.
For further details please contact Ian Paulley on 07970 228076
17th September 2020
PLEASE NOTE:
The outlet for tickets sales at Candy's Newsagents in Sturminster will no longer be selling S&HAA angling permits.
All tickets can still be obtained at March's Electrical in Sturminster, the Fiddleford Inn, Conyers in Blandford, Revels Fishery and the Todber Manor tackle shop will continue to sell Day and Week tickets only.
All tickets continue to be available from Keith goddard, Membership Secretary, click on 'Contacts'  for details.
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