ALTHOUGH most rivers are suffering from lower flows, anglers are still heading out due to their primeval urge and excitement of fishing running water.
Ian Ostern’s trip to the Wye produced four barbel including a PB at 13-0-4. All fell to usual feeder tactics involving halibut pellets.
Roger Dunning fished stick float alternating between maggot and caster at the bottom end of our Worthenbury stretch for a cracking day in the deeper water with dace, chub, moving where it shallows to a run for grayling with fish to 1.5lbs.
Keen young angler Lewis Hermes loves the Mount, where on Friday our bailiff snapped his stunning linear mirror of 15-8-0.
Lewis was back on Monday for a short session, ending with a 7lbs mirror topped by a 22lbs common.
Bailiff Brian Jones reports roach catches on the feeder, while the fish of a lifetime nudged the scales over 3lbs.
All fell to 10mm boilies with a secret twist, avoid the carp and the roach move in.
Monday’s Woodshaw Reservoir Junior Series winner was Lewis Turner with a mixed net for 5-0-0. Runner-up was Dane Rawlinson, 4-5-0.
Lewis’ final match win clinched the series’ Individual Championship with 91.5 points and total weight of 63-1-0, leaving James Brown runner-up with 86 points.
The Mersey fished well as match organiser Ray Bowden won with a mixed net of roach, chub, dace and a .75lbs perch for 7-11-0.
Runner-up Jim Gannon collected 7-3-0, having made the frame at every Saturday series match.
Pike were active throughout (they don’t count), pity because Derek Bibby landed a 10-pounder.
The Mersey was kind to Briars Cup Open winner Neil Buist, who fishing a groundbait feeder and maggot from peg 72 clocked up his second win of the season.
He had a decent bream and a good back up of skimmers for 12-8-0, runner-up Jeff Shaw finished on 9-8-0.
Keep catch reports coming on 01928 716238 or firstname.lastname@example.org. HQ 52, Parker Street is open 7 and 9pm Friday.
Results: Mersey Saturday Sweepstake: 1, Ray Bowden 7-11-0; 2, Jim Gannon 7-3-0; 3, Derek Bibby 6-15-0; 4, Paul Harding 4-7-0 3-9-0. Briars Cup Open (Mersey): 1, Neil Buist 12-8-0; 2, Jeff Shaw 9-8-0; 3, Derek Bibby 9-0-0; 4, Martin Lenihan 5-2-0. Woodshaw Junior Series: 1, Lewis Turner 5-0-0; 2, Dane Rawlinson 4-5-0; 4, James Brown and Joe Pimblett 2-15-0.
Final League Positions: Lewis Turner 91.5 points, James Brown 86, Dylan Anglesea 81.5, Matt Dawber72, Dane Rawlinson 70.
Disabled and Over 60s: 1, Derek Bibby 6-4-6; 2, Pete Wernham 4-12-0; 3, Barry Chambers 4-0-0; 4, Geoff Brooks 3-13-3.
Forthcoming events: Saturday, Mersey Sweep: Draw 9am on the bank at the Kingsway North Allotments, contact Ray on 07790317714. Sunday, Mersey Series: Draw 9am near allotments Victoria Park fish 34 back. Monday, Disabled and Over 60s (Mersey): Contact John Dagnall at Cheshire Angling 01925 635486. Inters/Juniors Summer Series (Mersey): Draw 6pm Victoria Park. Contact Helen Dagnall 01925 635486. Tuesday, Minnows Summer Series: Bridgewater Canal, draw 6pm opposite Euclid Avenue. Contact Helen Dagnall.