The “Jack Reece” Angling Book Library

The clubs President Jack Reece has been a keen sea angler all his life, not only has he fished here in Hastings, but he has fished all over the world.

Over the years Jack collected over 6,000 books all of them about fishing. About 3 years ago Jack decided he would like to donate his prized book collection to the Club, and on accepting his very generous offer we set about organising them and creating our very own Library.

Our Library is split over two rooms and new titles are still regularly being added as we plough through them. We opened our Library at the beginning of 2013 and it is still there for our Anglers to borrow books and enjoy.

The links to the ever growing lists are ;



If you have any questions please contact Nicola via the club.

Happy Reading


It is with much regret & sadness to announce that Jack Reece QPM died peacefully on 2nd November 2015 .
Jack was our Clubs President up until March this year, after which he was awarded the title of “President Emeritus” by the Committee.

Jack was an amazing man who from a very early age enjoyed Sea Angling, going onto fishing all over the world making many friends in the process. It was his Life’s passion & anyone who knew Jack would have heard one of his many tales of his Angling Adventures.

When Jack wasn’t fishing he worked as a Policeman in Hastings making sure everything was in order , looking after the community by catching scallywags & rogues. Jack went on to become Chief Detective Superintendant of Sussex Police, leading the team to the bombers who attacked the Government at Grand Hotel in Brighton in the early 1980s
Jack described his police work as a little bit like fishing , ” you get the right bait you catch the fish, the bigger the bait the bigger the fish”.