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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.

- Work Party Astbury Mere Sunday 8/1/23 - meeting for 8am start at the equipment container

Latest Society News
Important Notice to all Members

As everyone is aware, with postal strikes and the oncoming of Christmas, the postal service is in a bit of disarray. They are prioritising parcels so our 2023 tickets are being processed very slowly to say the least. I would ask any members who are waiting to be patient. I would also like to add, that anyone who has not sent for their new ticket to be aware that they can pay and collect their new ticket at the clubs general meeting, which will be the 12th of January and the  9th of February, at the Victory WMC Smallthorne from 8pm. 
              Also as the 2022 ticket is not yet invalid, if you retain it and have a receipt for a 2023 ticket and are waiting for your new ticket, the club will allow you to
 fish from the 1st of January 2023. 

I want all our bailiffs to be aware of this and show some common sense. Hopefully this situation will not last too long. Once normal services have been restored,  we will revert back to “no ticket no fishing “.
        K. Grocott
   Fisheries Manager.

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

Today saw a landmark in our Club’s history in terms of the number of youngsters attending a junior match.

22 fished which is the biggest number taking part in a SOTAS junior match in the past 50 years.

Because of the demand for this celebration match this had to be fished on 2 pools - Noel’s Pool and North Road.

The overall winner was Brandon Sleem who weighed 8lb 15oz from peg 8 on North Road pool and becomes the 2nd person to win the Noels Memorial shield.

2nd place went to Louis Glenn with 5lb 7oz from peg 7 on Noel’s Pool.

3rd place was Brandon Sumner with 4lb 6oz from peg 14 on Noels Pool.

The top cadet on the day was Oliver Flanaghan with 3lb 14oz from peg 6 on Noels Pool.

A big well done to everybody who took part. 

Thanks to :

John Skidmore for kindly donating the Shield and for the prizes for the top 3 places.

Trentside Angling and Nathan’s of Burslem for the tackle vouchers.

Angling Trust and Sport England for the Get Fishing Award Certificates and the 4 metre whips.

Click here or visit the blog to view all pictures in full.

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 2023

The £1 juvenile ticket has been retained for 2023 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.

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