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The Society was founded in 1899 by a group of dedicated anglers who fished Stanley Reservoir in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. Today the Society has grown to be one of the more prominent fishing organisations in the UK with members, made up of seniors, ladies, juveniles, and disabled members from all over the country.

Our Waters

With a good selection of still waters and a number of river stretches to tackle we aim to cater for all types of angling. For canal anglers this year we can now offer three stretches   for you to enjoy. The links below will take your to our full Waters List or our Google Map.


2023 membership is now available click the Join Us button below for full details.

Sotas 2022 AGM Report

Details can be found in the Members section of the website or Clicking Here

Proposed Work party dates

Dates and venues will be added once agreed by the Water Development Team. Dates will be uploaded onto this site with further details.

Latest Society News
Astbury Mere Notice

The lake is now shut until further notice due to fish starting the spawning process.


Many Thanks R Watts

Astbury Mere Waiting List

Anyone already on the waiting list and not offered a place for the current season must renew their General Membership ticket to retain their place on the list. Non members will be removed from the list.

National Celebration of Young People and Fishing 2022 w/e 17-18/09/22

This week-end saw over 300 young people taking part in this annual celebration  event.
This will be the 3rd year that SOTAS junior members have been involved in the celebration. Since the SOTAS Academy was formed in 2021,  the numbers have increased as follows :
2020 - 3, 2021 - 15, 2022 - 34
The celebration event follows much detailed planning and preparation aimed at making it fun and enjoyable for everyone taking part and for some quite a competitive element to the match.
Saturday saw 10 of our SOTAS Academy cadets ( 7 to 11 years ) battling it out on the Shropshire Union Canal in Staffordshire and putting in a brilliant performance 
Individually one of our cadets , Oliver Flanagan finished in 4th place out of over 90 taking part with a weight of 1.48Kg
( Interestingly the top 3 places in the Cadets were won by the girls ).
Nathan Morris was not too far behind with a weight of 1.23kg.
Eliza Brook and Joel Wood were both awarded with most promising cadet awards with weights of 1.23Kg and 0.97Kg.
Team wise , out of 30 teams one of our SOTAS Cadets teams took 6th spot.
On the Sunday it was the turn of the SOTAS juniors ( 11 to 15 years ).
Over 190 fished the match on the Shropshire Union Canal in Shropshire 
Individually, one of our SOTAS juniors , Poppy Bishop , finished in 5th place overall with a weight of 3.650Kg  ( Poppy also finished 5th in 2021 ).
Our best weight from the boys came from Seth Leigh.
For the first time SOTAS also entered 3 teams from Saint Peter’s Academy following a number of Let’s Fish events organised with Craig Manifold.
In a new prize category for the Celebration event , Saint Peter’s managed to win the Best School Trophy. 
In conclusion , it has been an hectic week-end with some lifelong memories made along the way - everyone of the SOTAS Academy youngsters have stepped up to the occasion and have made the SOTAS coaches and their parents proud of their achievements.
Roll on next year 👍

Noel's Pool Memorial Match 10/09/2022