The Bess of Hardwick Angling Club


About our little angling club

Our History

The original Row Ponds were dug and built over 300 years ago. The historic chain of ponds was made derelict by the destruction of the dam heads that were destroyed during training for action in the Second World War. In 1963 the founding members of the originally named George and Dragon fishing club began a huge effort to restore the 4 ponds. A newer 5th pond was added a little later. Later the club changed the name of the club in honour of the lady who had the foresight to create this peaceful haven in thissmall valley. We became known as the Bess of Hardwick Angling Club. Many visitors now walk, enjoy and fish in one of the most beautiful areas of the English countryside.


BoHAC Charity work

Each year we hold a sponsored 24-hour fishing competition of three separate angling matches, a trophy ceremony, and a well attended fun day event. On this day our family, friends and invited guests come to enjoy a wide variety of games, kiddies fishing match, raffle and of course a delicious open air barbeque. This event could not happen without the genorosity of our members who each year raise a lot of money for our chosen charity. To date the BoHAC have managed to raise £37,500 and these funds have been distributed to some very deserving causes.


The Fishing

With recent restocking of tench, crucian, and silver fish, fisherman at the BoHAC can now expect to catch a very mixed bag . We have 5 ponds to choose from and our members seldom become bored. The ponds hold variously common/mirror and crucian carp, tench, bream, roach, rudd, perch, gudgeon, and even a few nice chub. No matter which pond you choose you will have a good chance to catch and admire some very beautiful fish.


The Matches

Each season the BoHAC organise friendly, casual matches during both the summer and the winter's league. Many of our members enjoy winning trophies which have been dedicated to the names of past members. Our annual 24-hour charity match is open to all members, their families and invited guests They are welcome to fish provided each participant is willing to donate sponsorship money to our chosen charity. We also hold a pairs match and once per year we organise a fur and feather match which is by tradition is always fished off club waters.


Rules and Regulations

We do have a sensible rule book to safeguard the general public, our membership, our reputation, the welfare of our club, and of course the fish present in our waters. These rules are designed to protect our member's fishing interest and ensure that they enjoy their membership to the full. We enthusiastically and frequently patrol randomly both day and night so that we can eradicate the threat posed by cormorants, poachers and illegal fishing. The BoHAC is now a member of the Protection of Club Fishing Water & Wildlife. This society is backed by the Evironmental Agency, the Derbyshire Constabulary and the local National Trust Hardwick Parkland rangers.

We are now all working together as a close team and will stop all theft or wilful destruction of habitat and wildlife.


Our angling club will never tolerate instances of fish movement or theft.

We will always protect our assets totally and will immediately prosecute                                                                     any person found illegally removing and stealing any fish from our waters. 

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