Prince Al­bert AS

Angling Times (UK) - - UK FISHERIES -

WHEN a club has a lengthy wait­ing list of an­glers you know it’s got to be pretty spe­cial – and that’s the case with Prince Al­bert AS.

The huge Cheshire club of­fers a stag­ger­ing port­fo­lio of waters to fish right through the sea­son at a bar­gain price. Good things come to those who wait, so they say!

There’s a wait­ing list for adults, but not ju­niors, in­ter­me­di­ates and OAPs, all of whom can gain ac­cess to se­cluded meres, big still­wa­ters and rivers that of­fer ev­ery­thing from trout and salmon to spec­i­men carp and bream.

The club is also highly ac­tive on the tu­ition front with free coach­ing days for ju­niors and an ex­ten­sive match cal­en­dar to get young­sters into fish­ing.

More than 250 waters are on the club card, rang­ing from the Scot­tish Bor­ders down to the western side of Eng­land. Night fish­ing is avail­able on many of these, too, and be­cause the club does not op­er­ate a day ticket sys­tem you’ll of­ten have a venue all to your­self.

Fa­mous rivers in­clud­ing the Sev­ern, Trent, Mersey and Dee are on of­fer, plus many smaller in­ti­mate trout waters in Wales with fine bar­bel, chub and roach sport. Fly an­glers have the chance to catch fresh-run trout, sea trout and salmon when the time is right.

For still­wa­ter an­glers, Redes Mere, part of the Capesthorne Es­tate in Cheshire, is a famed carp wa­ter fished by the big­gest names in the sport and home to fish well over 30lb. Bream sport is pro­lific at Combs Reser­voir in the Peak Dis­trict and on Mac­cles­field’s Bosley Reser­voir.

Canal an­glers can fish the Mac­cles­field Canal around Con­gle­ton, and there’s even a com­mer­cial carp fish­ery at Worces­ter­shire’s Cob House Fish­ery.

Con­tact: 0161 4854770 or email sec­re­

Lo­ca­tion: Prince Al­bert AS is based in Mac­cles­field (postal ad­dress PO Box 151, Mac­cles­field SK10 2HR) but the waters are wide­spread. Please visit the web­site (www.paas. for the lo­ca­tion maps of all the waters

Prices: Adult fish­ing mem­bers £120 per an­num (plus £100 join­ing fee), ju­niors £15 per an­num, in­ter­me­di­ates £50 per an­num (plus £50 join­ing fee), OAPs (af­ter qual­i­fy­ing pe­riod) £80 per an­num. There is a wait­ing list of around two years for adults, but none for ju­niors, in­ter­me­di­ates and OAPs. Please ap­ply for mem­ber­ship on­line at

Rules: Main rules in­clude no lit­ter, no tins or glass bot­tles, al­co­hol, fires or guns, and an­glers must be in pos­ses­sion of a cur­rent EA rod li­cence. The club op­er­ates a salmon tag sys­tem with a max­i­mum of two fish to be taken each sea­son. Spec­i­men an­glers must use an un­hook­ing mat

Fa­cil­i­ties: Many coarse and trout lakes in­clude toi­lets but wild rivers are in the main, as the name sug­gests, wild, with few fa­cil­i­ties. Some trout and coarse lakes also in­clude dis­abled fa­cil­i­ties

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