PHILIP Brown has had a series of productive sessions at Grey Mist Mere, starting last Thursday.

Despite high winds, he caught five tench with the best at 7-12-0.

All were caught using a block-end feeder with three maggots on the hook and fake corn on the hair.

On Monday he landed only two fish; a tench of 5-12-0 topped by a mirror carp weighing in at 20-4-0.

Two tench around 6½lbs followed the next day.

There is still plenty of predator action on the Bridgewater Canal and Shaun Kennedy reports catching three perch there on Sunday, with the best around 2lbs.

He also landed two pike, weighing seven or eight pounds, in between.

Shaun used a green fluorescent rubber drop-shot lure to 5lbs BS line.

A reminder to members who fancy trying their hand: in the interests of fish welfare, always carry an unhooking mat.

Thanks to those members who have posted advice on our Facebook page regarding a new stretch on the Weaver Navigation.

A postcode nearest to the start, at Frodsham swing-bridge, is WA7 3GF and that takes you to houses approximately 100 yards away.

I've had encouraging conversations with members who have fished there in the past when they caught mixes of roach, hybrids, skimmers, perch, and quality bream.

Some time ago I took a fish-finder that showed large shoals in parts; it's definitely worth a look.

It was hard work for participants in our Mersey Series match at Victoria Park on Sunday, and newcomer Kevin Hall needed only 1-8-0 to record his first win.

He fished a groundbait feeder with red maggot and pinkie on the hook to catch small roach and hybrids.

Second-placed Mike Dench also used feeder tactics for his two fish; a tiny roach, plus a bonus chub for a weight of 0-13-0.

Following a week's rest because the canal was frozen, our regulars were happy to be back on the cut again for Monday’s disabled and over 60s match at Hough’s Bridge.

George Hollis held off Jimmy Byrne, who finished as runner-up, when he put together a winning catch of 4-1-10 made up of roach and perch caught on bread and pinkie.

Keep sending catch reports - good, bad or indifferent, they help members weigh up how waters are fishing - by email to or call me on 01928 716238.

If you haven't yet received your 2019 card then get in touch.

Our association headquarters at Parker Street are open every Friday, between 7pm and 9pm, for newcomers call in and join while current members can renew their subscription or night-permit.


Mersey Series, Sunday: 1, Kevin Hall 1-8-0; 2, Mike Dench 0-13-0; 3, Pete Howard 0-10-0; 4, Roy Everson 0-9-0.

Disabled and over 60s, Monday: 1, George Hollis 4-1-10; 2, Jimmy Byrne 3-3-8; 3, George Barber 2-6-2; 4, Ron Durr 2-5-7.


Sunday, Mersey Series: Draw 9.45am, Mersey Walk.

Monday, Disabled and over 60s: Draw 10am, Bridgewater Canal, Hough’s Bridge.