AFTER a slow start, John Sayer enjoyed a session on The Mount at Buckley.

After going three hours without a touch, he had his first fish a carp of around 8lbs which was quickly followed by a further eight fish – the best at 16lbs 8ozs 0drs plus a tench for good measure.

Our Wigan bailiff team report that Woodshaw Reservoir is producing reasonable catches of roach and skimmers plus the occasional crucian.

Our disabled and over 60s match is there on Monday, where those taking part get pampered with tea and biscuits served by the team.

Saturday’s Mersey Match series on the river at Kingsway North was won by Derek Bibby with 6-6-0 of roach and perch caught on ground-bait feeder and maggot

Barry Chamber – aka ‘The Caster Master’ – was in second place with 5-8-0 of roach taken on pole and caster.

Our Sunday Mersey series match was fished at Victoria Park this week and saw match organiser Ray Boden take the win with 8-6-0 made up of roach plus a solitary perch all caught on pole and maggot.

Derek Bibby, fishing groundbait feeder and maggot tactics, was the runner-up with an all-roach catch for 5-15-0.

Our annual disabled and over 60s prize match was fished this week on the Bridgewater Canal at Hough’s Bridge – more commonly known as ‘The Dead Length.’

On-form Derek Bibby, who just missed out on a treble with a first and second on the Mersey, clocked up another win with a weight of 6-3-13 – no doubt thanks to the fairly recent boost stocking of the canal by the Environment Agency Fisheries Team.

Second place came from the adjacent peg drawn by Barry Chambers, who weighed 4-13-6.

The catches were made up of mainly roach, skimmers, a few rudd and even a small chublet.

There were eight weights over 4lbs and as you would expect with so many fish tightly shoaled, there were a few pike striking. Thanks to Graham Belton, everyone who fished won a prize.

I really appreciate members’ reports – good, bad, or indifferent – as they help follow members to gauge how waters are fishing and to plan their outings.

Please email or give me a ring on 01928 716238.

WAA headquarters at 52 Parker Street are open as usual every Friday between 7pm and 8.30pm. The new 2019 night permits are now available from HQ.


Saturday, Mersey Series: 1, Derek Bibby 6-6-0; 2, Barry Chambers 5-8-0; 3, Ray Boden 5-2-0; 4, Jimmy Byrne 3-6-0.

Sunday, Mersey Series: 1, Ray Boden 8-6-0; 2, Derek Bibby 5-15-0; 3, Eddie Frangleton 5-13-0; 4, Roy Everson 4-6-0

Monday, disabled and over 60s: 1, Derek Bibby 6-3-13; 2, Barry Chambers 4-13-6; 3, Geoff Brooks 4-11-9; 4, Ron Durr 4-11-6


Saturday, Mersey Series: Draw 9.45am at Kingsway Allotments

Sunday, Mersey Series: Draw 9.45am at Mersey Walk

Monday, disabled and over 60s: Draw 10am at Woodshaw Reservoir