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Neate’s lake Shepherds Way

Category : Club News

Neate’s Lake at Shepherds Way will re-open for fishing this Saturday 22nd September 2018, please note there is a temporary rule in place regarding  banning groundbait & allowing a maximum of half a bag (half a kilo) of pellets per angler.This will be in place until we see a significant rise in the water level.

The match for the Roach cup will be fished for on Neate’s lake this Sunday 23rd September 2018, the small lake will be open members to fish.

Many thanks should go to Paul, Roger & Nigel for all the work they have done to get Neate’s lake re-opened.

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Half yearly tickets

Category : Club News

Half yearly winter ticket can be purchase from 24th September 2018 on line, via the club’s web-site (


Adults/oap £80.00 (this amount includes the £29.00 joining fee, payable for the first year only), junior £22.00, disabled/associate £62.00, (this amount includes the £29.00 joining fee, payable for the first year only),

Please note any former member of Barnet D.A.C who has been a member within the last five years ( since 2013/14 season) can purchase a half yearly ticket & would not have to pay the joining fee, but these people can only obtain this ticket from the tackle shops or by post (cheques made payable to Barnet D.A.C & sent to: Barnet & District Angling Club, 11, Liscombe, Birch Hill, Bracknell, Berks. RG12 7BY ), price for adults £51.00, oap/assoc/disable price £33.00 & juniors £22.00, forms are available from the shops or on line, former members cannot buy half yearly tickets on line via pay-pal.

Half yearly Winter tickets valid from 1st October 2018– 15th June 2019, will be available to purchase via pal-pal as from Wednesday 24th of September 2018, or you may purchase from local tackle shops as from 28/29 September 2018,

London Colney Tackle or Potters Bar Angling.

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Request for Treasurer

Category : Club News

We are looking for a club treasurer and are hoping there may be a BADAC member who has the necessary book keeping experience and would like to get more involved in the running of the club. You would be required to keep track of incoming and outgoing funds, maintain a simple balance sheet, process membership payments and issue passes. You will be entitled to a Hon fee plus payment of expenses for travel on club business, phone/broadband use and stationary. You will be supported by the club chairman and secretary and will be required to attend six club committee meetings per year. The role would be ideal for a member who has run a small business and/or has some finance knowledge and has a little free time and enthusiasm to offer to the club.

If you are interested and would like to know more please contact Rick Dolan (Chairman) or Paul Hutton (Secretary).         07802304312

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New Club Secretary

Category : Club News

Please note that as from the 1st September 2018, we now have a new club secretary, who has taken over from Dave Porter who was the club’s secretary for 20years+,details below:

Mr Paul Hutton

85 Highland Drive

Bushey, Herts

WD23 4HH

mobile number 07802304312


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Help Required

Category : Club News

The following message was received by the Club over the Weekend.

“As I’m sure you’re aware earlier this year B.A.D.A.C and the Fishing Fraternity in general lost a long standing member when Mr George Favell passed.

As a mark of respect and remembrance another B.A.D.A.C member did, at his own expense, have made a Brass Plaque (similar to others installed at Shepherds Way – see attachment) which he duly fixed to a tree directly adjacent to Peg 6 Shepherds Way. This being “virtually” the only swim George could manage to get to due to his lack of mobility. For whatever reason and certainly by persons unknown, this plaque has been removed.

It has been suggested that it was stolen because the thief thinks it’s actually made of “Brass”

If you know of anyone who may have removed this Plaque or know of its whereabouts please return it to the club ASAP. This type of behaviour is not what we expect as a club.

Thank you


Sonning 1st August

Category : Fishery Reports

Another good day at Sonning with 34 Roach between 6oz and 12oz, 9 Dace 3oz to 5oz and 1 Bream about 1lb. Baits Hemp and Tares, Sweetcorn, Maggot and Caster all worked on the day, float or feeder also worked.

London Colney Tackle Shop

Category : Club News

For your information London Colney Tackle Shop will close every Wednesday at 12.00 o’clock as from 18th July 2018, until further notice.

Help Required

Category : Club News

We are looking for a Tree Surgeon/Gardener to carry out some works around the site at Shepherds Way.

If you or you know of someone that would do the work please get in touch with The Chairman on 07989 136620 or

Sonning River Thames 10th July 2018

Category : Fishery Reports

80 Roach two of them over 2lb Dace 4oz to 5oz Perch of 8oz and a Barbel of 8lb plus, Chub 4lb plus, all on the same day. This was in the day time not a bad days fishing.


London Colney Lakes

Category : Club News

The article below was in the Harrow Times & Watford Observer dated 26.06.18, concerning London Colney Lakes.

A community of fishermen who are using the same spot in Hertfordshire for 84 years say they have been treated “poorly” since the decision not to renew their licence was taken.

Barnet and District Angling Club have fished the waters of Broad Colney Lakes in St Albans for decades – but in May the club was told the land was due to be sold.

They were left heartbroken when Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust told them the news.

Club secretary of 20 years, David Porter, said he noticed the club’s membership “diminish” significantly since receiving the news, to 350 from at one time around 600 members. He said the drop was brought about because of the “loss of the lakes”.

The club formed in 1934 and the original “lease” to fish the London Colney waters – a “key” area for the community – was established by “gentleman’s agreement”.

Then, in the 1980’s, the club was given an official licence in the form of a ten-year rolling agreement.

However, in 2014/15 the decision was taken by the Trust not to renew the licence on a ten-year basis and a one-year contract was offered and accepted, with three subsequent renewals thereafter.

Then in May this year, the angling club received an email telling them they “no longer had the right” to fish in Broad Colney while negotiations were happening.

David, 70, said: “This has had a major effect on the Club. They started to put restrictions on the areas where we could fish all based on health and safety issues, which we couldn’t argue with.

“The sale of the land was always out there but had been mooted. Then we were told a year ago there would likey be a sale.

“We’ve had a big drop in membership, its diminished the club because the more members you have the more money you can get, the more you can do – and up to now our licence allowed us to make improvements to the lakes.

“No credence was given to 84 years as a tenant. We wanted to open it up to more people and bring in the young; to go for grants to improve the fishery but that didn’t hold a lot of weight. The club feels strongly we have been poorly treated by the Trust.

“If you’re a golfer at your local club and it closes and you have to travel around you deal with it, there is little allegiance to something you can’t have anymore.”

David said the club would still like to “come to some agreement” to continue fishing at Broad Colney.

Dr Tom Day, Head of Living Landscapes, Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust:“We have been happy to lease part of Broad Colney Lakes to Barnet and District Angling Club over the years but that lease has come to an end and their tenancy has expired.

“In the past we have extended the lease on a rolling basis to the club but last year the decision was made to put Broad Colney Lakes on the market as it no longer represented the best use of our charity funds that could be used elsewhere to greater effect.

“This meant that we were unable to extend the lease as we have done in the past as we won’t own the site going forward. The sale is currently in the hands of our solicitors and there is no confirmed sale as of yet.”