Frank Lythgoe’s Warrington Anglers’ Association column

FIVE-YEAR-OLD Amber James enjoyed a successful short session accompanied by her dad Martin at Ackers Pit on Sunday.

Using a five-metre pole and fishing a large bread-punch offering, her patience was rewarded with a nice sized bream.

Amber James with her bream catch

Amber James with her bream catch

Two more young members, Marley and Leon Preston accompanied by dad Mark, enjoyed a four-hour tench session at Grey Mist Mere where the family had 11 bites between them and landed six fish.

These were the first tench ever caught by Marley and Leon, all on maggot feeder with red maggot on the hook. The session was only cut short when they ran out of maggots.

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Marley with his tench

Last week, thanks to Apem Ltd, a good mix of 28 double-figure carp were stocked into Phoenix Park Lake along with 1700 mixed roach and perch, the latter including quite a number over the 1lb mark and a few around 2lbs.

From there, following a positive result on the dissolved oxygen levels at our High Legh fishery, the team stocked a similar roach and perch mix of approximately 1500 fish at this venue.

This is still closed but hopefully it will be re-opened soon to members again.

Simon Jones targeted the bream at The Mount on Saturday where he managed to land six to around 4lbs fishing a groundbait feeder and double maggot. He also had a netful of cracking roach to 1½lbs.

Ian Rogers reports catching three carp there, the best a mirror of just over 17lbs on homemade boilies.

On Friday committee member Mike Dench enjoyed some great roach sport at Appleton Reservoir. He fished a groundbait feeder and red maggot for a net of around 12lbs.

On Monday the first Disabled and Over 60s match since the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions eased took place on the Bridgewater Canal at Walton.

Only 14 anglers attended but I am sure the numbers will go up as we head towards summer. Ron Durr was the winner with 3lbs 3ozs 0drs of roach and a single skimmer taken on the pole alternating between bread and pinkie.

Despite the small turnout for the working party at Sandiway Small lake on Saturday some essential peg improvements were made. Thanks guys.

There will be more opportunities in the near future for anyone who missed out on this occasion.

You can still renew memberships along with your night permit simultaneously online from our Warrington Anglers’ Association website.

It works a treat on mobile, tablet, or laptop. You must use the required numbers from both your postcode and membership number as printed on your booklet address label. Most tackle shops advertised in your membership book are open for click & collect.

Our WAA headquarters at 52, Parker Street, Warrington WA1 1LT remains closed on Fridays until further notice.

Members can post to this address, or put their book or request in an envelope with their payment and a stamped addressed envelope through our HQ door where mail is collected and dealt with most days.

Alternatively, you can post to Warrington Anglers’ Association, PO. Box 71, Warrington WA1 1LR where mail is collected weekly.

Reports, pictures, or funny stories are always welcome. Email or give me a ring on 01928 716238


Disabled and Over 60s match: 1 Ron Durr 3-3-0; 2 Jimmy Byrne 3-1-0; 3 Neil Buist 3-0-0; 4 George Barber 2-14-0

Fixture: Monday: Disabled and Over 60s at Woodshaw Reservoir, draw 9.45am, £5 all-in exact money only, no change given. Covid-19 rules apply.