THE vast majority of our river fisheries were bank high and unfishable this past week and as a consequence our regular Sunday Mersey event was cancelled in the interests of angler safety for the first time during this current coarse season.

Weather permitting, the draw on Sunday will be 9am at Mersey Walk.

However, there were a few exceptions and the River Dane at Holmes Chapel has produced some good-sized grayling and a few chub for those mad enough to brave the conditions.

Legered maggot was the most productive method.

Our Disabled and Over 60s match on the last Monday of 2013 was won by match organiser John Dagnall, who saw the old year out with his first win of the season.

He had a perch of 1½lbs in his winning net of 2lbs12ozs10drs to take the main prize money.

John’s arch rival Lenny (end peg) Dutton, who was on the next peg, came fourth.

The first match of 2014 match saw committee member Graham Belton claim the first prize of the year, seeing the New Year in with 3-0-12.

He was followed by George Barber, who was sporting a new feather in his famous hat, on 2-13-10.

To prove that you can’t keep a good man down, Lennie was again in the money by taking third place.

Grey Mist Mere is worth a visit for some predator action and also the odd carp are being caught.

Phoenix Park has also been producing reasonable sport with single figure pike.

A disturbing development reported by one of our bailiffs is the discovery of a number of pike lying dead on the towpath of the Sankey St Helens Canal.

Those who carry out such sickening acts are despicable.

Unfortunately in this medium I cannot use the descriptive words that immediately came to mind, but suffice to say if found the culprit(s) will be named and shamed.

Any information on this matter will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Keep sending your catch reports to 01928 716238 or

HQ 52, Parker Street is open as usual between 7pm and 9pm on Friday, for subscriptions, new memberships/night permits or any queries.




Disabled and Over 60s (30/12/13): 1, John Dagnall 2-12-10; 2, Trevor Bainbridge 2-9-0; 3, George Barber 2-3-10; 4, Lenny Dutton 2-3-0.

Disabled and Over 60s (6/1/14): 1, Graham Belton 3-0-2; 2, George Barber 2-13-10; 3, Lenny Dutton 2-1-0; 4, Ron Durr 2-0-10.

Forthcoming events:

Sunday: Mersey Series, draw at 9am on Mersey Walk (Fish 40’s to 70’s).

Monday: Disabled and Over 60s, draw at 10am (Gun Club car park). Call John Dagnall at Cheshire Angling 635486.