CALLUM White and his dad Michael have been having some great success with perch on the Bridgewater Canal at the Manchester end.

Despite being only recently introduced to our sport, Callum, nine, has been catching some impressive specimens on soft plastic lures.

And another youngster, Olive James, four, has been introduced to our sport this week by her dad, Martin, who took her to the Bridgewater at Grappenhall for her first taste of angling. She caught two roach on bread-punch followed by four perch on worm.

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Olive James with one of her perch catches


Anthony Rough reports just having returned from his annual trip to our stretch of the river at Hay-on- Wye. The river was running slow and clear with fishing on the first day hard with only one barbel and six chub.

Fishing the same swim on the second day was much better with five barbel to 5lbs, some good-sized chub, plus smaller ones. Anthony fished a groundbait feeder on both days with meat or pellet hookbait.

His only problem was with a swan that he befriended which kept pecking him until he fed it which as he loves nature was one of the highlights of the trip.

Ted Small, after reading members’ catch reports in my column, was spurred on to try the Weaver Navigation for the first time this year.

He had the place to himself and was soon into fish with plenty of bites from roach, perch, and a few skimmers until eventually he was plagued by gudgeon. All were caught on red maggot and waggler.

Our stretch of the Vyrnwy at Llanymynech seems to be attracting the attention of members with Chris Henstone this week reporting a couple of hours trotting with a centre-pin and maggot for a bite every cast. Lots of chub, dace, roach, and bleak. Worth a visit.

The Sunday Mersey Match Series was fished on the Mersey Walk stretch of the river, with Ray Boden the clear winner over second placed Harry Billing.

Ray fished short pole and maggot for a mixed net of roach and perch weighing 14lbs 3ozs 0drs. Harry, with the same mix of fish, weighed-in 10-7-0 taken on the pole using maggot and pinkie. Twenty anglers fished.

Our Disabled & Over 60s Monday match was fished this week on the Bridgewater Canal at Stage Lane. Match organiser Jimmy Byrne was the winner with an all-roach catch weighing 4-11-0 taken on pole and bread with some better stamp fish on caster.

Terry Dunn was the runner-up with 3-0-0 of roach on maggot. Fourteen anglers fished.

Our WAA Headquarters at 52, Parker Street, Warrington WA1 1LT remains closed on Friday evenings but members can simply 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.

Catch reports and pictures are always welcome. Email or call me on 01928 716238.


Disabled & Over 60s: 1 Jimmy Byrne 4-11-0; 2 Terry Dunn 3-0- 0; 3 Rod Fraser 2-11-0; 4 Roy Rogers 2-9-0. Mersey Series Match: 1 Ray Boden 14-3-0; 2 Harry Billing 10-7-0; 3 Neil Davies 9-8-0; 4 Bas Chambers 8-9-0.

Fixtures (exact money only, no change given. Covid-19 match rules apply):

Sunday: Mersey Series Match (members only): Draw 8.45am, Victoria Park. Entry £5 and £5 optional pool. Monday: Disabled & Over 60s: Draw 9.45am, Bridgewater Canal at Hill Top Road. Entry £5 all-in.