JOSH Bamber fished his last night session of 2022 on Appleton Reservoir where he was rewarded with his personal best from this popular fishery.

At midnight his Krill boilie was taken by a cracking mirror carp which weighed in at 25lbs 7ozs 0drs.

Steve Wright also spent his last session of 2022 on this same fishery with his twin boys and was happy with his catch of a 15lb mirror. Despite the youngsters failing to catch on their first angling outing they still had a great time.

Simon Oldfield chose The Mount at Buckley for his last visit to the bankside for 2022 and had no indications of fish during the first three hours so he decided to move to the opposite end of the lake.

His second cast was immediately taken which resulted in a nice looking common which had taken a liking to his legered pineapple wafter.

Chris Connell had a slow start at Woodshaw Reservoir where he was fishing with Johnny Johnson.

He only had one small roach in the first three hours on the tip. A change to a three-metre whip and bread-punch fished over crumb brought about a complete change of luck with a catch of 36 decent sized roach.

They were back a few days later and again had the fishery to themselves but conditions were hard. They still both caught with Chris having eight roach on pinkie.

Our Members Mersey Series match was fished on New Year’s Day upstream of Mersey Walk. Considering the river was full of flood water Ian Titchard, who drew peg 74, put together a cracking net of fish which included two bonus bream and a few small roach for a weight of 9-10-0. Ian fished a groundbait feeder and double maggot.

Ant Higham aka The King of the River took second place with 4-11-0 from peg 71 which, like the winner, included a bonus bream, again caught on the tip. Only eleven anglers turned out, others possibly suffering from the effects of their New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Our Disabled and Over 60s match was again fished on the Bridgewater Canal at Walton and saw match organiser Jimmy Byrne the winner with a catch of more than 100 small roach plus two perch from a peg opposite the toilets near Walton Bridge. He alternated between bread punch and pinkie for a weight of 5-14-0. Second placed Alan Brown fishing two pegs away wasn’t that far behind with a similar net of fish for 5-10-8. Fifteen Anglers fished.

Last week and even on New Year’s Day saw volunteers working on our fisheries at Rixton Claypits and Wide Hole. On behalf of our members, you have our grateful thanks.

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 door at 52, Parker Street, Warrington WA1 1LT 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 are especially welcome at this time of the year as sport slows and not as many of you on the banks. Lots of members rely on your shared information for their angling visits. Email

Results: Mersey Series: 1 Ian Titchard 9-10-0; 2 Ant Higham 4-11-0; 3 Jimmy Byrne 2-5-0; 4 Mike Dench 1-10-0. Disabled and Over 60s: 1 Jimmy Byrne 5-14-0; 2 Alan Brown 5-10-8; 3 George Barber 4-10-0; 4 Ron Durr 4-0-0. Fixtures: Sunday: Members Mersey Series match, draw 8.45am, Mersey Walk, peg 75 back. Monday: Disabled and Over 60s, draw 9.45am, Walton Church (£5 all-in, exact money only).