The Roche Angling Club was first formed in February 1964 by Derrick Runnalls, Barry Hawken, Richard Schofield and Donald Hooper as a mainly a sea fishing club. Shortly after, the fishing rights to Bilberry Pool were acquired. Bilberry held many small roach and some predatory brown trout and the trout stock was added to by the introduction of several large Brown Trout weighing up to 7lbs. In 1968 carp and tench were stocked, this is believed to be the first ever stocking of coarse fish in Cornwall. Below is a picture of the original stock fish.
Barry Woodcock and associate with some of the original carp and tench that were stocked into Bilberry Pool in 1968
As the popularity of freshwater fishing grew, in 1968 the club obtained the leases for Wheal Rashleigh and Walden Pond. Both of these pools held a large stock of perch and roach with a few larger brown trout. The, then, Cornwall River Authority donated some surplus rainbow trout to the Club which were put into Wheal Rashleigh along with some Carp and tench, which the club had purchased.
To cater for the game fishermen, Pernince pool (near Luxulyan) was leased, and stocked with Brown and Rainbow Trout. Other coarse fishing pools in the area were acquired - North Goonbarrow (Wheal Cock), Blue Pool, Penwithick Pool, Trerice (Electricity) Pool, Large and Small Treskilling. Regular matches, both sea and freshwater were arranged (and still are) with trophies and prizes for the winners.
Each year an annual Dinner and Dance was held at the Hotel Victoria, in Newquay, where the cups and trophies were presented for the best specimen fish caught both in the sea and freshwater. Usually a guest speaker was invited to give a talk after the meal. Monthly meetings were held in the Rock Inn (Roche) where sometimes there was a speaker, or a film.
Below are examples of old membership cards / rule books.
Front cover of a Membership card from 1966 and another dating from 1981
The picture above was taken in 1981 at a sponsored 48 hour fishing marathon held at the Central Tavern in Newquay. Does anyone know the name of the anglers? There are no prizes but it would be good to put names to faces.
In 2006 the club had the opportunity to purchase Wheal Rashleigh, Waldon Pond as well as the surrounding woodland from Imerys. The EA made available a generous grant which helped secure the waters.