Frank Lythgoe's Warrington Anglers' Association column...

OUR Members Mersey Series on Sunday was cancelled due to further damage to the temporary fix on the Howley Weir that caused unsafe low river levels.

Likewise, Warrington Rowing Club were forced to cancel their events at the weekend.

I understand that a permanent fix is due this month, but it is not looking too promising to save the remaining Mersey Series matches before the onset of the close-season.

Nevertheless, levels will be assessed on Friday before a decision is made about this Sunday's match.

Jim Tate reports enjoying a three-hour winter session catching some of the newly introduced roach at Ackers Pit.

He fished pole and maggot at 11 metres to land a dozen chunky specimens.

John Ponting also managed a few hours on the fishery and, after setting up a waggler, caught a nice roach on his first cast followed by three more within the next 10 minutes.

Then they simply disappeared, but that’s fishing!

Keith Ellis reports catching a brace of perch, both around 1.5lbs from the Grantham’s Bridge stretch of the Bridgewater Canal, fishing a fat minnow sinking lure.

He was gutted when just before packing up lost a double-figure carp at the net. Yes a carp! They do eat other fish.

The Disabled and Over 60s match this week saw a change of venue to the Trent & Mersey Canal at Farm Road.

Everybody caught, but the results were the lowest weights that I have seen for some time.

Match organiser Jimmy Byrne fished a tiny bread punch and pinkie to catch 15 tiny roach, perch, and gudgeon for a weight of 0lbs 8ozs 3drs.

Roy Rogers took second place with a similar catch for 0-7-10. Seventeen anglers fished.

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

Come on folks, get in touch with your catch reports. They are especially welcome at this time of the year as sport slows and there are not as many of you on the banks. Lots of members rely on your shared information for their angling visits. Email

Results: Mersey Series Match, cancelled due to low river levels.

Disabled and Over 60s (Trent & Mersey Canal): 1 Jimmy Byrne 0-8-3; 2 Roy Rogers 0-7-10; 3 George Hollis 0-6-7; 4 Steve Brookes 0-5-14

Fixtures: Sunday: Mersey Series: Mersey Walk, draw 8.45am, match is dependent on river levels which will be inspected on Friday.

Monday: Disabled and Over 60s, Bridgewater Canal, draw 9.45am, Walton Church (£5 all-in, exact money only).