I joined Newton AA in Oct of 2015, I had fished before as a kid and during my years in the Army, I had also represented the Army in Inter Service and other event matches. Although I am not predominately a match angler and much prefer to sit, pressure less, for a few relaxing hours drowning maggots.
I had a total lay over once I finished in the Army and concentrated on finding and maintaining a new career. Once I was fully settled I tried several activities to fill my spare time with, including the building and flying of Radio Controlled Aircraft, this was rewarding and even seen me cross the pond to participate in events. I found the club life far too political and events happened that made me leave this hobby and the Bull Shit that was being displayed in club life. So, for a year or so I was just festering, doing nothing productive with my life. Fishing! done it as a kid, done it in the Army, yep Fishing is what I needed to do. Went out and bought some basic and rudimentary bits of kit to get me going. Now, where can I fish? Tried some local ponds but they were in city parks and plagued with litter, poor quality fish and some really dodgy characters! Although I had a downer on club life I knew I would have to embrace a club to find the waters that would satisfy my needs, I also needed mentors as equipment, tactics and bait had moved on since the last time I went maggot drowning.
After speaking with angling shop staff and those that frequent the shops partaking in a hot beverage, it was suggested I join Newton-Le-Willows AA, pretty local, a great selection of waters and some great guy’s to sit and shoot the breeze with. I did a few day ticket visits at Moathouse to gauge the level of truth in my previous conversations. Found some really knowledgeable folk who were not adverse to administering good solid advice and methods. So I joined, it was the end of the year but was happy to see the permits run until April the following year.
I seen on the website that there were work parties taking place and took this opportunity to introduce myself to the members there, I had a great time and was accepted and acknowledged as if I had been a member for years. I knew then, just from that 3 hours of graft that I had made the correct judgement in joining Newton Angling Association. I enjoy the time the banter and commitment of the work parties and see it as another activity of being a member, we need more people like me!
In early 2018 I was asked to join the Bailiff team as a reward for my continued efforts in the work parties and as another string to my bow as a committed member wanting to give back and see the club and membership grow.
This last AGM I was elected on to the committee and I hope I can serve the members and the club to grow and promote Newton AA.
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