AT the time of writing, the next stage of more new stock being introduced into Appleton Reservoir looks set to take place tomorrow, Friday, weather permitting.

This is to further improve the potential of this fishery.

I am receiving encouraging reports from members of much-improved catches of not only carp, but tench and roach, so it would appear that our previous stocking operation has been effective.

I was talking to a member this week that has had occasional red-finned beauties approaching 2½ lbs.

If you are looking for some pike action during the holiday then the Bridgewater Canal is worth a visit.

It is currently producing lots of small jacks, but you are always in with a chance of a double.

Our weekly match reports of where lots of small silver fish are being caught offer a good guide to where the predators will be lurking.

Overlook the River Mersey and you will be losing out because this accessible fishery holds some real specimens.

It is worth paying a visit to Baileys Tackle and having a chat with Bernard Anderson who has had no small measure of success in the past from the river.

Don’t forget that night permits expire on December 31 and must be renewed to night fish. Bookings will not be taken on 2012 permit numbers.

I wish you all a happy new year and send any catch report to 01928 716238 or HQ 52, Parker Street is open as usual between 7pm and 8.30pm on Friday, for subscriptions, new memberships/night permits, or any queries.

Forthcoming events: Saturday: Pairs match, Bridgewater Canal, contact John/Helen Dagnall at Cheshire Angling for details, £10 all in. Sunday: Mersey Series, draw at 9am on bank near the 40s pegs, entry/pools £10 all in. Monday (New Year’s Eve): Disabled and Over 60s, draw at 10am at Star Inn, call John Dagnall on 635486.