Frank Lythgoe's latest Warrington Anglers' Association column

STEVE Lowe has a recent angling memory to live off until fisheries are opened again.

Just before the closures forced by the coronavirus pandemic he visited Worthington Reservoirs where he set up his tip rod and began fishing the feeder, alternating between maggot and sweet corn.

The first hour was slow with just a few small roach and perch but he was nevertheless happy in his surroundings where he could admire the scenery and wildfowl, particularly the herons and the great crested grebes that had paired up for the breeding season.

Steve decided to start fishing steamed bread on a size 12’s about 20 yards out where, during the next two hours, he caught five roach up to 1lb, two hybrids – the largest being about 2lb – and four bream in the 3lbs plus range.

Calling it a day, he packed up his tackle and drinking one last cuppa vowed to return the following week for another session until fate intervened.

With the understandable zero reports I decided that I would dredge my archive reports for some great memories, so this one is from June 16, 2009. Keith Green enjoyed his session on Moore Quarry when he caught leather carp of 15-5-0 and 17-9-0 and a grass carp of 24-4-0.

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Steve Plant sent me a tench catch report from Big Sandiway caught during his early morning session between 5am and 8.30am on Sunday, June 28, 2009. The first fish, a new PB at 9lbs exactly, the second 8-13-0, and the smallest according to Steve ‘the best looking’ at 8-7-0. All fish were caught on feeder fished red maggot.

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Many thanks to our bailiffs and other member volunteers who live within walking distance to many of our fisheries and are regularly keeping their eye on them to ensure nothing is amiss. Thanks also to members of the public who have reported to me anyone they have seen angling. Needless to say their information was passed to the police.

I did make mention last week of the old close season when all fisheries were closed from March 14th to June the 16th to coarse fishing so a lot of us have been in this position before and then it wasn’t the end of the world, just a time when all gardening and household jobs got done.

WAA Headquarters at 52, Parker Street remains closed on Friday evenings until further notice. If you need any further information give me a call or email as below.

Any of your notable past catches or amusing angling stories are welcome. They will hopefully entertain fellow members while the country is in lockdown. Email or call on 01928 716238.