DAVE Gardner and Ken Hewitt decided to take a pike and perch trip to the Bridgewater Canal on Tuesday.

They first tried the Moore area, but after no action moved to Preston Brook. Again, zilch.

In the clear water conditions, it was a matter of find the fish and they decided on a trek to the end of the Bridgewater where the Preston Brook tunnel connects up with the Trent & Mersey Canal.

A change of tactics using the old favourite, maggots, at last brought results and they both caught roach and skimmers to just over the pound mark.

Sandiway Lakes catch reports are rare as some members seem to think that keeping them to themselves is the way, whereas such information undoubtedly helps to both keep and attract new members.

Thankfully, our bailiff Andrew Hewson does not subscribe to this way of thinking and reports catching a lovely 31lbs mirror on Big Sandiway during his Monday session using his homemade boilies.

Our Saturday Mersey match series have now ceased until June 2019. However, the Sunday Mersey series is continuing until the end of the season.

This week’s event at Mersey Walk was won by Alan Faulkner, who fished a groundbait feeder and maggot with a net of skimmers, roach, and eels, plus a bonus bream of around 5lbs for a total weight of 12lbs 8ozs 0drs.

Arthur Plumb was second fishing the same method with 10-3-0 and also included a bonus bream of 6lbs and 3lbs topped up by a few small eels and roach.

Our disabled and over 60s match on Monday was held at Woodshaw Reservoir where, despite the good pleasure catches the previous week, bites were harder to come by than expected.

Graham Belton, fishing pole and pinkie, was the winner with a net of small perch and roach for 5-1-12.

Tim Dwerryhouse was the runner-up fishing the same method with a weight of 4-3-4. I’m sure they all appreciated the tea and biscuits served by the team after the match.

Please send me your catch reports – good, bad, or indifferent – as they help fellow members to gauge how waters are fishing and to plan their outings.

Please email frank@warrington-anglers.org.uk 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. The new 2019 night permits are now available from HQ.


Sunday, Mersey Series: 1, Alan Faulkner 12-8-0; 2, Arthur Plumb 10-3-0; 3, Roy Everson 3-7-0; 4, Derek Bibby 2-1-0

Monday, disabled and over 60s: 1, Graham Belton 5-1-12; 2, Tim Dwerryhouse 4-3-4; 3, Alan Brown 3-1-4; 4, Jimmy Byrne 2-14-2


Sunday, Mersey Series: Draw 9.45am at Victoria Park

Monday, disabled and over 60s: Draw 10am at Hough’s Bridge, Walton