Scunthorpe and District Angling Association was formed around 1960, so that the club could lease the fishing rights on the river Ancholme from the then Lincolnshire Water Authority. The club soon grew in membership; later adding additional waters by joining other clubs to form the Keadby Canal Joint Angling committee, leasing the canal from Keadby basin to Maud’s Bridge (later to take overall control). Several sections of the tidal Trent (South Clifton, Girton and Besthorpe) were also added to the portfolio.
Meanwhile, in the 1970’s, another local angling club was formed when a group of local police officers took up the lease of the farm reservoir in Lodge Lane, Flixborough from the Sheffield Estate, and were known as Scunthorpe Police Angling Club. Later these police social clubs lost financial support, and the angling section of Scunthorpe was only able to carry on trading by opening up the membership to anglers outside the police force.
The popularity of the Flixborough pond meant there was a sudden influx of members and to accommodate the club decided to take on more waters. The club portfolio grew, year on year, with the lease of Lady Pitt Farm on the non-tidal Trent, and the purchase of Yaddlethorpe Ponds which soon became particularly popular. Membership grew and as a result the name was changed from Police Angling Club to the Scunthorpe Pisces Angling Club to reflect these changes.
SDAA and SPAC continued separately over the next few years until an amalgamation of the two was completed after a period of consultation and discussion to form a new body, Scunthorpe Amalgamated Anglers.
Today, the new organisation benefits greatly from the significant joint portfolio of waters, additional membership and vast knowledge and experience of the new committee and officials.
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