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Membership totals for 2014 so far are as follows - Senior=267 - Oap & Disabled=92 - Juniors=13 and under 12's=18. That gives a total of 390.
14th December 2014

Winter League 7

1st Ian Bullock 2lb 7½oz Peg 31

2nd Nigel Beardsley 2lb 5oz Peg 3

3rd Eric Brown 14oz Peg 9

4th Brendan Heslop 13½ oz Peg 8

5th John Reynolds 10½ oz Peg 29

Another match spoilt by the wind and rain.  Presentation was difficult.

Final 3 for the series are:

1st Nigel Beardsley 10 points

2nd Terry Mather 16 points

3rd Vince Dack & Geoff Lincoln equal 22 points

Thank you from a member

Hi all,

         With the Year nearly at an end i thought I would send you some photos of the carp i have caught this year (see gallery on the left). I would like to say thanks to Paul Brookes for introducing me to the world of Carp Fishing, Also a big thanks to the club for the high standard of Carp that are stocked into the QEII.


Michael Nicholson


12th December 2014

Joining fee waived for 2015 only

For a very limited period WACAC are waiving the joining fee for all new Senior, OAP/Disabled and junior members who join the club before the 31st March 2015. So all you pay is the the yearly membership charge. Please note, the £10 joining fee for Under 12's will however remain in place but their membership however still remains free for their qualifying period of membership at this rate. If you would like to take up this special deal then come along to one of our club meetings in January, February or March and sign up. Please note T&Cs apply, please visit our official website for details on membership charges.

Checklist for Applicants - Appropriate yearly sub, cheque/Postal Order made payable to W.A.C.A.C., 2 passport size photographs (New Members only)


8th December 2014

Winter League 6

1st Terry Mather 3lb 2½oz Peg 32

2nd Keith Melnyk 1lb 12oz Peg 30

3rd Brendan Heslop 1lb 4oz Peg 8

4th Vince Dack 2oz Peg 36

5th Derek Dixon 1oz Peg 38

The wind spoilt it for lower peg numbers as presentation was virtually non existent and no one could buy a bite around the main island swims.


1st December 2014

Winter League 5

1st Nigel Beardsley 6lb 6½oz peg 10

2nd Geoff Lincoln  3lb 10½oz peg 6

3rd John Reynolds 2lb 15oz peg 13

4th Keith Melnyk 2lb ½oz peg 16

5th Tommy Smith 1lb 12oz peg 5

A stiff breeze at times but generally a pleasant day


26th November 2014

Winter League last Sunday

1st Nigel Beardsley 3lb 14oz peg 32

2nd Terry Mather 2lb 10½oz peg 33

3rd Vince Dack 1lb 15oz peg 12

4th Geoff Lincoln 1lb 14oz peg 13

5th George Emmerson 1lb 10oz peg 29

Again not much wind and colder but the fish have moved into the deeps.  Island pegs were poor. Pegs 35 to 40 have been left out since the start of the series by mistake but will be included in all remaining matches.  Thanks to Tommy "Hawkeye" Smith for spotting this 'slight error.

QEII in form for predators

The QEII lake is producing a string of pike over 20lb and a 27lb specimen landed by Alan Reed looks in quality condition (see WACAC Facebook page for pics)


18th November 2014

Winter League 3 Result

1st Geoff Lincoln 6lb 4½oz Peg 28

2nd Keith Melnyk 4lb 9oz Peg 29

3rd Terry Mather 3lb 10oz Peg 13

4th Ian Bullock 2lb 14oz Peg 32

5th Nigel Beardsley 2lb 13oz Peg 8

A near windless pleasant day. Geoff caught a possible record 1lb 12oz ide and Keith caught a 2lb+ tench

OAP/Disabled Final Placings

1st Alan Stevens 8 Points

2nd Les Evans & Phil Watts 11 Points

3rd Jim Appleby 16 Points

4th Vaughan Blake 28 Points

5th Ian Davison 20 Points

Full table in Match Results link on the left

Away Day Result

1st George Emmerson 32lb 12oz

2nd Keith Melnyk 23lb

3rd Phil Watts 22lb 12oz


28th October 2014

Fontburn closed to angling.

Well that's it for this year.  No more roach from Fontburn.

Pictures of the 132lb that were caught from Fontburn and stocked into Horton Grange


27th October 2014

Fontburn off on Wednesday

It's official. Due to the low water levels no fishing is allowed on Fontburn this Wednesday despite a good haul of roach yesterday of 132lb during gale force conditions.  All fish went into Horton Grange.

Watch this space for more news. There could be an alternative

Geoff Lincolns 10lb haul from last weeks Winter League


20th October 2014

Condolences from everyone at the club to Derek Dixon who's wife passed away last week. Also mother of the chairman Tony Dixon of course.

Winter League 2 result

1st Geoff Lincoln 10lb 5oz peg 31

2nd Vince Dack 3lb 3½oz peg 23

3rd Craig Goodall 1lb 13½ peg 10

4th Nigel Beardsley 1lb 5oz peg 6

4th Derek Dixon 1lb 5oz peg 22

Fished on a very blustery day and the fish are starting to show in the deeper pegs now

***  Winter league on 2nd November rescheduled for the 23rd November  ***


6th October 2014

First Winter league Result

1st Terry Mather 3lb 11oz

2nd Nigel Beardsley 3lb 1oz

3rd George Emmerson 2lb 11oz

4th Craig Goodall 1lb 10 oz

5th Brendan Heslop 1lb 7oz

18 anglers braved the pleasant conditions

Final Placings for the Summer League

1st Chris Weddell 7 Points

2nd Les Evans 12 Points

3rd Davey Jobe 13 Points

4th Brendan Heslop 22Points

5th Norman Wright 23 Points

Final Placings for the Evening Series

1st Geoff Lincoln 14 Points

2nd Nigel Beardsley 17 Points

3rd Vince Dack 22 Points

4th Ian Hunter 25 Points

5th Phil Watts 26 Points



4th October 2014

Final Summer League result

Fished at Woodlands, Thirsk

1st Chris Weddell 70lb + and one that got away at the weigh in - probably over 80lb in total

2nd Les Evans 43lb 3oz

3rd Brendan Heslop 33lb 12oz

Winter League match change

Due to the roach transfer from Fontburn on the 2nd of November, the winter league match scheduled for the same date will likely be rescheduled into the new year - watch this space.


11th September 2014

Fontburn dates for removing roach

October 26th Sunday

October 29th Wednesday

November 2nd Sunday

November 5th Wednesday

All anglers must register at the lodge before fishing.  £10.00 per day. Fishing from 09:00 till 15:00


9th September 2014

Final evening series for 2014

Fished on Brenkley last Sunday

1st Nigel Beardsley 6lb 12½oz

2nd Vince Dack 5lb 7½oz

3rd Geoff Lincoln 4lb 1oz

Some nice carp and tench made up the bulk of the weights


5th September 2014

Woodlands Summer League result

A slow start form most but the fishing picked up in the last couple of hours

1st Chris Weddell 64lb 8oz

2nd Harry Wade 48lb 4oz

3rd Alan Kelly 41lb 13oz

Last match in the evening series

Will be fished on Brenkley this Sunday.  Lake closed from 12 noon.  Draw 1pm fish 2pm till 7pm


11th August 2014

Evening Series result - 1 more to go

1st Geoff Lincoln 11lb 3oz Peg 12

2nd Ian Hunter 7lb 3oz Peg 17

3rd Nigel Beardsley 5lb 8oz Peg 3

Summer Series The Oaks - next 2 at Woodlands

1st Chris Weddell 52lb 5oz

2nd Norman Wright 35lb 3oz

3rd Davey Jobe 34lb 6oz

Brenkley Bream

Colin Baileys' bream over 3lb caught on Brenkley



21st JULY 2014

Pairs Match Horton Grange

Most anglers welcomed the new pairs format whereby all anglers fished on the same day.  Despite the overnight rain spoiling the fishing there were some good catches.

Winners Terry Mather and Ian Bullock 9lb 12½oz

Runners up Tony Dixon and Mike Roper 6lb 2oz

Evening Series result Sunday 13th

1st Geoff Lincoln 12lb 3oz Peg 16

2nd Vince Dack 7lb 9½oz Peg 20

3rd Nigel Beardsley 6lb 10½oz Peg 32


8TH JULY 2014

Evening Series result

Still good weights from the island.  Pegs 14 to 29 consistent

1st Terry Mather 7lb 7oz Peg 26

2nd Ian Hunter 5lb 9oz Peg 32

3rd Nigel Beardsley 5lb 4oz Peg 29



4TH JULY 2014

Summer League 3 Oaks close

Alan Kelly showed the rest of the field how it's done after struggling on the long pole at first then switching tactics

1st Alan Kelly 51lb 7oz

2nd Les Evans 51lb 3½oz

3rd Davy Jobe 50lb 13½oz


24th June 2014

QEII Record fish (scales to be verified)

Regan Hogg with his Junior record breaking mirror carp of 24lb 11oz

Evening series result

A lot of anglers found it hard going during last Sundays match as all the fish seemed to be around the shallower Island swims.

1st Geoff Lincoln 11lb 3oz   Peg 27

2nd Phil Watts 2lb 14oz      Peg 29

3rd Terry Mather 2lb 9oz     Peg 19

Brenkley Tench 2lb +

Milkhope producing bumper catches

18lb of mixed fish. Carp Tench roach


15th June 2014

Roy Hebden Match Horton Grange

Still fishing well in certain areas around the Island. Producing some good match weights

1st Geoff Lincoln 8lb 15 oz

2nd Tony Dixon 5lb 14oz

3rd Ian Hunter 5lb 2oz

Some good tench and perch coming out of Horton - This was peg 23 for 4lb+



9th June 2014

Potential new Carp record

Regan Hogg has landed a potential new Junior Carp record from the QEII with a mirror carp of 24lb 11oz (please send a pic to this website)

Evening Series 2

1st Ian Bullock 6lb 1oz

2nd George Emmerson 5lb 15oz

3rd Alan Stevens 3lb 12oz

Harry Cardy needs a lift please?

Young Harry needs a lift to the away trips this year.  Anyone passing the North Shields area looking for some company please get in touch with this site.

OAP Disabled Match 1

1st Jim Appleby 8lb 7oz

2nd Alan Stevens 4lb 13oz

3rd Vaughn Blake 4lb 6oz

Oap Disabled Match 2

1st Alan Stevens 3lb 2oz

2nd Keith Hammill 3lb 1oz

3rd Brian Biggs 1lb 12oz

Pairs competition change for 2014

A 1 off match on Horton Grange for all participants (not many places left) on July 20th.


2nd June 2014

Harry shows the seniors how to fish

The first evening series took place yesterday at Horton Grange with Junior angler Harry Cardy taking the honours.

1st Harry Cardy 5lb 8oz

2nd Tony Dixon 4lb 15oz

3rd Davey Jobe 3lb 9½oz

Everyone caught but the roach had other things on their mind as most found it difficult to get the fish going throughout the match. Skimmers were present in numbers

Old'ns and Young'ns Match

1st Harry Cardy and Harry Wears 1lb 60z

2nd Daisy Hammill & Keith Hammill 11½oz

3rd Thomas Bailey & Colin Bailey 5oz

Milkhope still on good form

Plenty of small roach with a few tench and decent roach are the main catches but the carp are now up to 3lb and growing.!


26th May 2014

Eugene Bache passes away

Eugene passed away peacefully in hospital on May 19th at the age of 91 after a long illness.  Eugene was a member of WACAC from the very early days and those who knew Eugene will remember him for his love of fishing and being a thoroughly nice chap.

There will be a funeral service at the Cowpen Crematorium in Blyth on Thursday 29th May 11:00am.  Family flowers only but donations may be made to the Macmillan Nurses if desired.

Second Oaks Summer Series

1st Les Evans 52lb 10oz

Jt 2nd Davey Jobe and Ian Bullock 24lb 2oz

3rd Keith HG 22lb 5oz


16th May 2014

Old'ns and Young'ns this Sunday at Milkhope

Prizes aplenty for young anglers who turn up for this event.  Draw 09:00am. Milkhope is starting to produce some brilliant catches.

A fine specimen Rudd



14th May 2014

QEII Carp match May

Overnight 24th to 25th May. Fish 12:00 Noon to 12:00 Noon.  Draw 11:00am 24th.

3 x rods allowed £10.00 entry


11th May 2014

Junior / Ladies Open competition sponsored by Dragon Carp Direct

A good result for Juniors

1st Harry Cardy 3lb 5oz

2nd Corey Leybourne 3lb 1oz

3rd Liam Daglish 2lb 1oz

Biggest Fish Tom Cookson


Carolyn Kelly

A big thank you to Mick from Dragon Carp Direct, Peterlee for supplying the fabulous prizes

The main culprits


8th May 2014

Junior / Ladies Open competition this weekend

Horton Grange hosts the above event on Sunday 11th May.

Meet and draw 08:45am


1st May 2014

Summer League kicks off at the Oaks

Last Sunday saw 29 anglers fishing the first of the summer league matches.

1st L Purvis 32lb 11 oz
2nd T Smith 30lb 4 oz
3rd D Dixon 27lb 15oz

OAP/Disabled matches change

With immediate effect all OAP/Disabled matches will now fish from 10am until 3pm each match will be drawn at 08:45am instead of 07:45am


29th April 2014

A Sad loss

John Clayton passed away over the Easter weekend. A funeral service will be held at West Road Crematorium in Newcastle at 11:30am Thursday 1st May.

John was not only a member of WACAC but also a staunch supporter of angling in the region, particularly the river Tyne.  John campaigned during the 70's and 80's for coarse fishing in the Tyne region and beyond. He was also an official of the Tyne Anglers Alliance (TAA) for some time and ran the University of Newcastle Employees Club (UNEAC) which he started 40 odd years ago.

He will be missed by his fishing friends who offer their condolences to his family.


22d April 2014

QEII carp taking baits

Alan Dunlop landed a nice brace of mirror carp at the QEII recently.

9lb + & 12lb +

The carp are slowly turning to anglers baits. Chris Weddell has had carp over 10lb on his pop up biolie chod rig(s).

The pike are also obliging with Michael Scott landing a 22lb specimen last month

Horton bag up time

Horton Grange is still producing bag full's of roach over 1lb.  Just ask regular Gary Foster who is catching large roach every trip and Colin Greally who is also a regular. With cormorant activity curtailed over the winter a bumper Summer looks likely. Try off the bottom and even just 18" deep. You will be surprised where the fish are!

Brenkley for mixed species

Brenkley's fish population are giving good sport to anglers. Hold back on the bait for some consistent catches of bream, tench and roach. Again Gary Foster is catching decent roach

Milkhope still patchy

Not many people fishing Milkhope but pick your spot and a net full of fish can be had.  Decent roach coming out on the Waggler and single red maggot. Don't be fooled into thinking that it's the sticklebacks having a go when the float won't go completely under, it's the smaller roach. The water is well coloured at the moment so the pole might be worth a try


13th March 2014

Work party this weekend

Saturday morning 15th March meet at Horton Grange.  Build some more cormorant deterrents for Horton and Milkhope. Between 10am and noon.  Just a couple of hours


07 March 2014

AGM 1st April

Any proposals for constitutional changes must be submitted in writing and signed by 18th March

QEII pike thriving

Towards the back end of last year and the start of this year the lake has yielded  a number of 20lb + fish for anglers

Horton Grange best for roach

Last Novembers stocking of big Roach from Fontburn have kept anglers busy over the last month.  Anglers are reporting regular 20lb bags and in some confirmed reports nets over 50lb of specimen roach averaging 1lb. Double maggot works best.

Stocked last week

Carp 8-10"  Tench 6-8"  Bream 8-10"  Crucian Carp 4-5"

Brenkley  100 Bream 200 Tench 100 Carp 100 Crucians

Milkhope 200 Bream 300 Tench 100 Crucians

Horton Grange 200 Bream 200 Tench


14 th February 2014

Winter League final three

1st Brendan Heslop

2nd Keith HG

3rd Tommy Smith


26th January 2014

Winter League 7

On the day

1st Nigel Beardsley & G Goodall both with 2lb 3oz

2nd John Reynolds 1lb 9½oz

In the league

1st Brendan Heslop 1lb ½oz

2nd Keith HG 15oz

3rd Tommy Smith 9½oz

Fished in atrocious conditions until the last hour when the rain stopped and the hurricane blew itself out.


6th January 2014

Winter League 6

1st Keith HG 5lb 2oz

2nd Tony Dixon 4lb ½oz

3rd Brendan Heslop 2lb 7½oz

A challenging day spent breaking the ice for the first half hour but the roach are on top form with one fish weighing almost 2lb


Chairman's Address 2013

Seasons Greetings to all our members

Well once a gain its been a year of mixed results for members fishing the club waters.

 Horton Grange

the clubs main match water has produced some mixed bags of roach, Rudd, perch & Ide, with the odd tench, summer matches being won with weights of 7-8lb, this year added to of the normal stocking Horton also received a stock of 300lb roach from Fontburn, most fish averaging 10oz but with quite a few well over the pound. So well worth a try winter or summer.

 Brenkley pond

 This is the oldest of our ponds and is well stocked with bream carp tench Rudd, ide and roach, but can be a bit finicky at times, but with the right approach a good days fishing can be had all year round.


 This pond had a lot of work done to it to make it deeper and improve the platforms. The pond is a bit of an unknown quantity at the moment as its only been stocked recently and not a lot of anglers fishing it, despite there being a good head of roach Rudd tench bream and small carp.

 QE2 Lake

The QE2 has had one of its best years ever, not only for carp but pike, bream and roach.

Chris Weddle found himself with lots of time on his hands and was able to put together a great carp campaign. Almost every method worked for him, solid bags and single hook baits being top of the list. The key was to find the area that the fish were in. He had fish to 23lb 12oz but other anglers have caught 24lb and 25lb fish. It was not unusual for Chris to catch 10 plus fish in one session.

 The Bream that that were stocked many years ago still make the odd appearance. Each year they have put on even more weight, with some now over the magical 10lb barrier and reports of one now being over fourteen pounds in weight.

 The club had a successful QE2 Trophy Match where over 5 lb was needed to get in the top 3. These sorts of bags of Roach and Rudd were common for pleasure anglers.

 Pike angler Alan Reed showed the way during October with two pike over the magical 20lb barrier, but there were reports of a 25 lb pike being caught in June.

 November saw the first carp stocking from VS Fisheries. This fish strain having been bred by SKY Sports Thinking Tackle contributor and Fish Scientist Simon Scott. A further order has been placed for 2015 but will be the bigger year group C5 (14-16lb). It is hoped that this fast growing strain will push through and become some of the biggest fish in the North East.

 But the club is not just about the fishing, these waters need to to maintained, so If you can spend a few hours to attend a work party and do what ever you can. it would be greatly appreciated.

 Wishing all our members all the best for the new year.

 Tony Dixon



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