About Us

About Exeter & District Angling Association

In 1970, two long established Exeter angling clubs; the “Exonia Angling Association” and “City of Exeter Angling Association” amalgamated and became one; the new “Exeter & District Angling Association” was born (E&DAA). The obvious result of this amalgamation saw not only a large membership under the one name, but also additional waters for local anglers to fish.

The Association membership comprises of pleasure, match and specimen anglers, and as such, our waters reflect all styles of coarse angling, whether it be small seclude ponds, or one of our prolific rivers such as the Exe, all however, offer excellent, affordable fishing.

The E&DAA now controls over 26 miles of fishing in and around the Exeter area, covering canal, ponds and rivers. The Associations aim is to provide low-cost, varied fishing for local anglers, this is confirmed by the Associations relatively low adult and junior membership fee. Association membership currently stands at well over 800 anglers.

One of the newest addition to our portfolio of waters being our Kia Ora fishery – Cullompton, first opened in 2003; it has since undergone a heavy stocking programme, these stocks are being further added to on a regular basis. As a direct result, Kia Ora now produces good year-round catches and is now the club’s premier water. More recently, purpose built twin ponds, adjacent to the Exeter Canal were created. Built on behalf of the association, by the Environment Agency in 2009. These ponds, although providing excellent all year road catches, are primarily for the introduction and nurturing of junior anglers. Frequent junior coaching days/evenings are held on these waters.

In addition to the club’s many coarse fisheries, unusually for an angling club, the Association also owns the game and coarse fishing rights on part of the River Exe (Weirfield fishery) and River Otter (Ottery St. Mary). An additional 13 Salmon beats are available on the River Exe.

For the specimen pike and carp angler, perhaps the best venue being the Exeter Ship Canal, with pike in excess of 30lb and carp to 40lb plus, whilst not an easy water, the rewards can be great for the dedicated specialist angler (see carp/pike anglers page). As a point of historical Interest, the 6-mile long canal was constructed in 1563 and the first ship canal to be built in Britain.

The match fishing side of the Association is a buoyant one, with regular open matches held year-round. In addition, the Association, has an active inter-association section with matches being held on our, and neighbouring clubs waters in Devon and Somerset.

Principal Officers

Roly Palmer

Roly Palmer

Trustee
Duncan Hill

Duncan Hill

Trustee
Phil Hoult

Phil Hoult

Bill Turner

Bill Turner

Trustee
Terry Anderson

Terry Anderson

Trustee
Vince Thorne

Vince Thorne

Kate Jarvis

Kate Jarvis

Lucy James

Lucy James

Rich Schoelkopf

Rich Schoelkopf

Paul Marks

Paul Marks

Trustee

Committee Members / Trustees

Zac Newton (Chairman), Paul Marks (Trustee), Ray Bowden (Disability Officer), Kevin Dobson, Bert Palfrey, Alan Davis, Paul Doran, Dave Walton, Barry Marchant, Brian Sussex, Phil Hoult, Gary Thornton

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