DEREK Cowell and Steve McQueen both enjoyed a productive day at The Mount last Wednesday, where ‘the pupil’ out-fished the teacher.

Newcomer Steve caught five carp – smallest 8lbs, largest about 12lbs – whereas Derek had three carp, again with the biggest just over 12lbs. They both fished a method feeder with 6mm and 8mm pellets as banded hook baits.

In fairness, Steve put his better catch down to the fact that Derek put him on the better peg, just as I would do.

Ian James had a cracking days’ roach fishing at Appleton Reservoir this past week, where he set up with a small groundbait feeder using double maggot on the hook. He reckoned he had about 25lbs made up of some 45 fish.

Andy Strickland hit the jackpot on Friday after blanking on his previous two visits.

He caught a roach on his first put-in, and pretty much a bite every cast thereafter with loads of roach 6oz to 12oz, plus one perch.

His biggest surprise was the seven tench, one around 5lbs, four around 4lbs and two around 1.5lbs. Two very happy anglers.

Our Woodshaw Reservoir team report that this pocket-sized fishery is really fishing on top form. Regular Johnny Johnson was there again this Monday and caught 50 decent-sized roach, six crucians, and a brace of bream. All fish were caught on caster.

The Sunday Mersey series drawn at Victoria Park saw a new name on the leaderboard in Neil Davies, who fished pole and maggot tactics for an all roach net weighing 13lbs 12ozs 0drs.

Match organiser Ray Boden fished the same method to catch a mix of roach and perch for 10-15-0.

Our Monday disabled and over 60s match was fished this week on the Trent & Mersey Canal at Farm Road and saw local match ace Jimmy Byrne take a decisive win with almost a 2lbs margin over second-placed Alan Brown.

Jimmy fished the pole alternating between pinkie and caster for a weight of 6-12-0, with Alan on 4-12-4.

Thanks to all those who have volunteered to help clear swims on the River Dane. We will sort out dates after leaf fall to make the job easier.

Also, thanks to the small but hard-working team who cleared weedy swims at Cicely Mill Pool this week.

Your catch reports are always welcome and it is nice to let follow members know how waters are fishing. Please email or give me a call on 01928 716238.

WAA headquarters at 52 Parker Street are open as usual every Friday between 7pm and 8.30pm for 2018 night permits/membership renewals, new members, subscriptions, and any queries.

n Results:

Sunday, Mersey Series: 1, Neil Davies 13-12-0; 2, Ray Boden 10-15-0; 3, David Hill 10-13-0; 4, Derek Bibby 8-6-0

Monday, disabled and over 60s (Trent & Mersey, Billinge): 1, Jimmy Byrne 6-12-0; 2, Alan Brown 4-12-4; 3, George Barber 4-10-12; 4, Stu Patterson 4-7-10.

n Fixtures:

Saturday, Mersey Series: Draw 9am at Kingsway Allotments

Sunday, Mersey Series: Draw 9am at Mersey Walk

Monday, disabled and over 60s: Draw 10am at Bridgewater Canal, Delph Lane, Keckwick.