Frank Lythgoe's Warrington Anglers Association column...

MATTY Finch and his son Koree, 10, enjoyed a belting first trip to Grey Mist on Saturday night, bagging three carp and one tench.

Matty had his first fish within 10 minutes of casting-in and ended up with two 17-pounders plus a quality tench of 4-7-0.

Koree caught the biggest carp – a mirror of 22lbs. All fish fell for Mainline Cell boilies.

Matty Finch with his catch

Matty Finch with his catch

Matty with another of the fish he caught at Grey Mist

Matty with another of the fish he caught at Grey Mist

Garry Whitehead enjoyed his first bit of coarse fishing this year after the pike fishing finished with two hours on the Bridgewater Canal after tea with just some maggots.

He had 10 silvers which included a couple of skimmers and understandably can hardly wait to get back for another session.

Regular column contributors Dave Gardner and Ken Hewitt – aka The Dynamic Duo – visited Statham Pool last week ending up with a five-hour session.

Dave ended up with 16 roach plus a perch with the best around 12ozs, and his mate with nine roach. All fish were in excellent condition.

Quite a number of pike were very visible cruising along the margins but with spawning, their interest was elsewhere.

Adding in their interest in the local birdlife, it was an enjoyable day’s fishing all round.

Scott Broadhurst fly-fished the Dee for trout over the Bank Holiday but despite ending up with none there was a real positive because finally after 45 years he caught not one but two grayling.

Okay, they were not large fish but they meant a lot to him and I hope that when the season opens, he will land more as the Dee has a great reputation for producing decent specimens of this hard fighting species.

Our popular Monday disabled and over 60s match was fished this week on our Woodshaw Reservoir Fishery at Wigan

There definitely wasn’t any sign of ‘the white stuff’ as it was an all-maggot affair, with match organiser Jimmy Byrne comfortably leading the field with a winning weight of 13-10-0.

He fished mainly the pole at 10metres with red maggot and had a cracking first two hours with almost a roach every put-in.

A change to the tip saw him reeling in a skimmer bream with 10 minutes to go but a hungry pike had other ideas.

Nevertheless, he ended up with a decent net of roach including a few skimmers and a couple of small crucians.

Ray Boden was the runner-up fishing the same method with 8-2-0. Twenty-five anglers turned out.

Working parties – Sunday, April 24, 9am start, Rixton Claypits peg improvements. Anyone who can spare a couple of hours to help are more than welcome.

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 membership book or request in an envelope with their payment and a stamped addressed envelope, through our HQ, 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.

There haven’t been many catch reports from members this week, so I really would welcome info of your visits to any of our fisheries. Many members rely on them as markers for their visits to the bankside.

Email or give me a call on 01928 716238.


Disabled and over 60s (Bridgewater Canal): 1, Jimmy Byrne 13-10-0; 2, Ray Boden 8-2-0; 3, John Ashwin 7-10-0; 4, George Barber 7-6-0


Monday, disabled and over 60s, Bridgewater Canal at Grappenhall Trees: Draw 9.45am at Jack’s Bench. £5 all-in. Exact money only, no change given. Covid-19 match rules apply.