Author Archives: Martin Barlow

River Thames, Sonning

Category : Fishery Reports

Dave Ruddle caught this 5lb 13oz Chub on maggot at Sonning on 31st January and a Barbel of 15lb 3oz on 5lb line on 6 February – well done Dave.


Andy Binstead

Category : Club News

A plaque has been added to the bench at Shepherds Way in honour of the memory of Andy Binstead who sadly passed away a couple of months ago. Andy’s wife Lisa and daughters Hannah and Charlotte attended Shepherds Way on Sunday with Richard Drury to mark the occasion.

I am sure that a vast majority of Club members knew Andy personally and can now share a private moment in his memory when visiting Shepherds Way. Lisa intends to keep Andy’s shop (Potters Bar Angling Centre) open for business as usual. Plese note, that the shop does not open on Wednesdays nor Sundays.


River Ouse, Blunham

Category : Fishery Reports

An afternoon’s catch for Stuart Butterfield.


River Severn, 8 – 10 September

Category : Club News

7 anglers (Dave Ruddle, Malcolm Foster, Mark Saunders, Ray Mouratsing, Robby Bond, Trevor Williams and Vincenzo Bisogno) made the annual pilgrimage to fish the River Severn over the weekend 8-10 September . The fishing was extremely difficult in the middle of the heatwave and water levels were at least half a metre down. Thankfully, some fish were caught and below are some of the photos from the weekend.


River Thames, Sonning – 3 September

Category : Club Match

Ray Mouratsing with his winning catch of 9lb 12oz on the River Thames at Sonning in the first Thames Trophy club match of the season.


Drone Footage – Shepherds Way

Category : Fishery Reports

Many thank to Richard Drury for supplying drone footage of Shepherds Way.


River Thames, Sonning

Category : Fishery Reports

A report on our stretch of the River Thames at Sonning by Fishery Officer Dave Ruddle.

Sonning continues to fish well.

I was fishing there yesterday (5 July) and had 6 Bream, the biggest was 8lb 15oz. Also, there are good bags of Dace to be had.

If you haven’t fished before it is well worth a try.

If you need any help or advice on this excellent venue then Dave is the man to speak to.


Open Day – 13 May 2023

Category : Club News

The Annual Open day took place on Saturday 13 May and was well attended by both Club members and new anglers looking to fish at Shepherds Way and join BADAC for the coming season.

A big thank you for their efforts yesterday to Mark and Stacey Saunders, Christine and Dave Ruddle and the Committee members who were on hand to give help and assistance – Richard Drury, Paul Hutton, Roger Manser and Ray Mouratsing.

Photos below from the day.


From a bygone era

Category : Newsletters

Enclosed is the first ever copy of Quill, the BADAC club members Newsletter.

Thanks go to Dave Ruddle for supplying.


Turnford Angling Consortium pits

Category : Fishery Reports

Pictures below of a named carp “the chestnut common” caught last weekend by Bryn Cook at the railway pit topping the scales at 38lb – well done Bryn.