Pike Fishing Hots Up on the Derwent!

River Derwent pike from Belper & District Angling Club waters for Jonah Cooper

The 2018 pike angling season is underway at Belper

October 1st marks the beginning of the traditional pike fishing season for anglers around the country. The beginning of October has this year coincided with dropping temperatures, after the long, hot summer of 2018.

Pike anglers have been out in force on our stretch of the River Derwent, with captures reported up & down our stretch, including double figure pike being caught as far upstream as Ambergate, and a true river specimen pike of 20lb+ reported from nearer to Belper town centre!

Pike can be fished for with a day ticket (must be purchased in advance) on our stretch of the Derwent and season ticket holders may also pike fish at Wyver Lane Pond and the Erewash Canal.

Venue regular, Jonah Cooper, was into some pike action earlier in the season. He reported the capture of the three pike below, up to 14lb, using our catch report page. Jonah landed the larger 2 pike on lure and the smallest fish on herring deadbait.

Three pike up to 14lb caught near Belper on the Derbyshire River Derwent
River Derwent regular, Jonah Cooper, with three pike up to 14lb

With large shoals of roach, dace, perch, chub and bream showing all along our stretch of the Derwent, the pike have plenty to feed on! They are therefore spread right along our length for the majority of the year, then during the colder months the predators will never stray too far from the large shoals of bait fish. Find these and you’ll find some hard-fighting Derwent pike. Anglers who are happy to put in some “leg-work” can be rewarded by finding large pike in some of the areas few other anglers ever visit.

Please remember to complete out catch report form, to send details and/or photos of your captures from Belper & District AC, directly to the club.

We recommend that anglers visiting the River Derwent to fish for pike, ensure that they are confident and competent at unhooking these delicate fish. Ensure you have adequate unhooking gear (e.g. long-nosed forceps, needle-nosed pliers and side-cutters), as well as a large landing net and unhooking mat. Please always use a wire trace, strike quickly and return all pike to the river as soon as possible. If you are inexperienced at pike fishing, please take an experienced pike angler along with you. If you’d like to try your hand at pike fishing, but don’t have anyone to show you the basics, please contact the club (we may be able to put you in touch with a pike angling member).

For more information & advice about pike fishing and pike welfare, please visit the Pike Angler’s Club of Great Britain website at:  https://pacgb.com

You can also find more information & tips on pike safety, safe handling and unhooking, in the video below and at the following link: http://www.just-fish.co.uk/wp/pike-unhooking-video-safe-tutorial/

There are also many informative videos available to view online, giving good fish care & unhooking advice, such as this one:

River Derwent Barbel Capture for Jonah

Jonah Cooper with a River Derwent barbel, near Belper

Member and venue regular, Jonah Cooper, sent us details of a superb River Derwent barbel he caught recently, close to Belper.

Jonah regularly send us details & photos of his catches using our online catch report form. He kindly grants his permission for us to publish them on the site.

Here’s what Jonah had to say about the capture:

“[The barbel] took a piece of Luncheon Meat just before 9:45pm. I’d been fishing from about 4-ish and I was going to pack up for home in about 5 minutes before it took a huge run downstream. Cracking fish, returned safely.”

Well done Jonah! That looks a superb barbel; please keep the catch reports coming.

River Derwent – new season captures June 2018

River Derwent Chub caught at Belper

Alfreton-based angler and BDAC member, Andrew Kennedy, enjoyed a great early morning float fishing session on our stretch of the River Derwent near Belper last week, showing the river’s potential for both coarse and game species.

He sent us details of his session using our catch report & photo form and had the following to say:

“I had a really enjoyable session on the Derwent last Saturday morning, before work. I got off the mark for the season with no less than 5 species! With chub, trout, barbel, perch and grayling all caught. I landed a total of 4 chub, ranging from 3lb to a specimen chub just shy of 5lb; all on the float. Most fish took trotted caster or worm, with the barbel taking a banded pellet on swimfeeder. Great fun and just reward for a dawn start!”

You can fish our length of the Derbyshire Derwent on both season permit and day ticket.

Have you been catching on BDAC waters? Please send us details of your captures, with photos too if possible. You can choose whether the information you send us is kept private by the club, or made public on our website.

Information on all captures is helpful to the club because it helps us to monitor fish stocks and growth rates on our venues.

Match Results – Harry Fitton Memorial Match, Wyver Lane Pond, 10-06-2018

Wyver Lane Pond, Belper, Derbyshire

Harry Fitton Memorial Match – Results

The last spring match on Wyver Lane Pond was held on Sunday 10th June. This was the Harry Fitton Memorial Match, during which club members managed to raise £50.00 for the local Hospice.

The match results were as follows:

1st –  Peg 10 – P. Hoad – 18lb 13oz (one carp known as “Lynda”)

2nd – Peg 20 – N. Ellis – 9lb 13oz (small carp and bits)

3rd – Peg 8 – T. Carline – 8lb 4oz (tench and bits)

Alfreton Angling Centre Temporarily Closed, After Fire

This morning we heard the unfortunate news that Alfreton Angling Centre was seriously damaged by a fire in the shop, overnight.

For the time being, the shop will be closed. This is not only a blow for local anglers looking for quality tackle & bait on their way to our venues, it also means that the club has temporarily lost a permit & day ticket outlet.

John, who owns the tackle shop, has advised Rod & Line Tackle in Ripley about the situation and is advising his regular customers to shop at Rod & Line until Alfreton Angling is in a position to reopen.

Thankfully, Rod & Line Tackle are also an official Belper & District AC ticket outlet, so anyone in the Alfreton/Ripley area wishing to purchase a ticket can do so at Rod and Line. Contact and location details can be found on our Membership & Ticket Info page.

Please remember that all anglers must be in possession of a valid ticket when fishing club venues, as we do not issue day tickets or permits on the bank.

The club extends our deep sympathy with John and all involved in Alfreton Angling Centre. We hope the shop is back up & running as quickly as possible.

2017/18 River Coarse Fishing Season Now Closed!

Derbyshire Derwent - Belper & District Angling Club

All members & day ticket anglers should be aware that the annual river close season is now in force, from midnight March 14th until June 16th.

The only way you can now fish our stretch of the Derbyshire Derwent is to fly fish for the trout.  Local byelaws apply.

Of course, our members can still coarse fish Wyver Lane Pond and our stretch of the Erewash Canal whilst the rivers are closed, for our stocks of carp, silver fish, bream & tench.

Also, don’t forget to renew your EA Rod Licence which expire on March 31st. It is a condition of fishing club waters that all anglers are in posession of a valid rod licence.

River Derwent fishing peg improvements – new platforms installed at Belper

Fishing peg improvement work on the River Derwent at Belper

Over the weekend the club has been working hard making improvements to fishing pegs on our stretch of the River Derwent at Belper.

Club and committee members made a fantastic contribution to river access during the club’s latest work party. Some of our wooden fishing platforms were rotten and in disrepair, so our team worked tirelessly to remove the old platforms and replace them with two brand-new platforms.

These platforms allow anglers to float fish the river with ease, as they move the peg out several feet from the bank. Of course, this benefits leger and swimfeeder fishermen too, but this extra distance from the bank makes float control whilst trotting so much easier.

These platforms also benefit anglers with reduced mobility, providing a safe, flat and comfortable platform to enable bank fishing for all.

These peg improvements are the latest part of our wider work to improve river access and fishing pegs along our most popular stretches of the Derbyshire Derwent. We’ll provide further updates as and when more improvements are made. If you’re a club member who would like to provide your time to help on future work parties, please get in touch.

River Derwent Pike Taken on a Lure

Jonah - River Derwent pike caught on a lure

Here’s local angler, Jonah, with a quality pike he caught from the River Derwent during a lure session on Christmas Eve.

Jonah was fishing a stretch of the river close to Belper town centre when he took the fantastic fish. Here’s what he had to say:

“It was the third fish I caught that day. Overall I caught 2 brown trout and the massive pike to finish off. It was caught on an Abu Garcia Swimbait”

Congratulations Jonah! What a fish!

The details & photographs of this capture were sent using our catch report form. If you have caught a fish from Belper & District AC waters, please fill in & submit a catch report.


2018 Membership Renewals now due

Happy new year to all of our members; current, past and future!

2018 memberships (permits) are now available from any of our official ticket outlets.  These are valid until December 31st 2018.

For information on our current ticket prices and information on how & where you can buy a permit, see our Membership & Day Ticket Info page.

Tight lines for 2018 from all at Belper & District Angling Club!