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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.

Membership & Stanley Head Parking

From 2024 both Membership and Stanley Head Parking is available via the website. Click the Join Us button below for the full details of both. 

Sotas 2023 AGM Report

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

Proposed Work party dates

Further dates to be set. 

Latest Society News

Important Information



I have been informed that KHV is on the rise again, and could show up in the potteries again. As we are nearly at the beginning of the season, will all members carry out dipping/ drying of keep nets and landing nets between waters. The club as worked hard and invested heavily into our waters, none of us, i’m sure want to see that undone.

K. Grocott


Stanley pool

Just to inform members, the barrier at the Stanley head entrance is temporarily out of order. Short term, members can park on the main car park, as you come in off the lane. An update will be issued as soon as it is repaired.

Massive work party carried out at Stanley Pool over last weekend. A tremendous effort from everyone involved and the work has already made a very noticeable difference. Its going to take a couple of years perhaps more to complete everything, but we have made a fantastic start. We would like to thank everyone that turned out and got stuck in.







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.

Canal Starter Kits 

Browning Pit Bull2. 4mtr. Pole with 2 top sections fully elasticated. £29.99 

2 X Pole rigs. £9.00 

Disgorger. £1.00 

Plummet. £1.00 

Normal Total Price £40.99 

Trentside special Price £35.00 

Plus Receive a £5.00 gift voucher for future purchases. (Excluding maggots and Worms) 


Contact Trentside Angling for all your Angling Needs 


For the remainder of this season, the club will allow any member to park on the North Staffs Sailing club car park. This is the entrance to the pool from Puddy Lane. Your SOTAS sticker MUST be fully displayed in your windscreen or dashboard. This concession DOES NOT apply to the entrance through Stanley Head Education Centre. The status quo for that entrance still applies. This trial period for the remainder of this season, if we have no issues going forward it may see this step becoming a permanent arrangement.

2023 Daiwa Global Communities Celebration Event – 21st October 2

2023 Daiwa Global Communities Celebration Event – 21st October 2023


This national event organised by the Canal and Rivers Trust brought together 180 young anglers fishing on the Shropshire Union Canal. Daiwa sponsored this event and generous fishing tackle prizes were distributed to all the competitors.


25 of our SOTAS Academy members were selected by the Canal and Rivers Trust to take part in this event.


The conditions were not ideal with the storm conditions the day before the match and a big well done to everyone who braved the weather conditions.


A special mention to 2 of the SOTAS Academy members – Theo Karadia for winning the Cadets Category with an impressive weight of 3.4 kilos and Regan Grice for winning the Young Juniors category with 2.6 kilos.

National Celebration of Young People 2023

2023 National Celebration of Young People and Fishing Event – 16th and 17th September 2023


This weekend saw over 300 young people line the banks of the Shropshire Union Canal to take part in the biggest celebration of junior angling organised by the Canal and Rivers Trust. Participating in an event like this allows the youngsters to gain confidence and to take their angling journey to the next level. Everyone taking part receives prizes and for those lucky enough to catch a gudgeon they receive their own gudgeon mug.


2023 was a record attendance for SOTAS - 42 cadets and youngsters who have been coached by the Academy entered this event. The numbers attending have increased as follows :


2020 ( pre SOTAS Academy )  -  3

2021                                           - 15

2022                                           - 34

2023                                           - 42


A special mention to the youngsters from Saint Peter’s School who managed to win the Best School Trophy for the second year in a row.


It was a hectic weekend with many special memories being made. Every one of the youngsters who represented SOTAS stepped up to the occasion and made their parents and the SOTAS coaches very proud.

Astbury Mere Waiting List Applications

Changes to Astbury Mere Carp Waiting List Rules :-

Only General Members  of Stoke-on-Trent Angling Society will be eligible for acceptance  onto the waiting list. 

Anyone wishing to be considered for Astbury Mere Waiting List will first have to be a General Member of SOTAS then needs to download and complete the Application Form Click Here and email to or post to the address on the  form  and  provide  your current Membership Ticket Number. If approved their name will be added to the list on this page together with their position number.

Click Here to view Astbury Mere Waiting List website page.

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.

New "Water Maps and Details" 

A new set of detailed Society Waters Maps have been completed. As well as a map and directions they give details of stock and species and other useful  information for each water  You can view  and download  them by Clicking Here

New Astbury Common Record

Steven Cross as landed a new common carp record for Astbury Mere. Congratulations Steven. Anyone wishing to see the photo's Click Here or visit the blog page.

 £1 Juvenile Ticket Retained for 2024

The £1 juvenile ticket has been retained for 2024 with a view to attracting more juveniles.


Special rules will apply i.e. child protection, fishing in the same peg with an adult, 3 rods max per peg.

It is hoped that this new initiative will provide a gateway into the sport for the young of today to become the anglers of tomorrow.

The mission of Stoke-on-Trent Angling Society is to manage, serve and promote angling. To assist members and participants in their various forms of involvement in angling. To adhere to all the laws of angling and to encourage and facilitate the involvement of as many people as possible in angling activities.

Trentside Angling Centre

For a wide range of match and specimen equipment.

Specialist in tackle and bait.

Discount for SOTAS Members.

5% up to £25. 10% over £25 (bait excluded).

Call in the shop :

1254 Leek Road, Abbey Hulton, 

Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 8BP

Tel: 01782 555593



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