WITH record temperatures over the Easter holiday, it was equally pleasant to catch a few unseasonal rays of sunshine as well as fish.

Mike Pritchard enjoyed a short stint at Ackers Pit on Saturday where he started his session with waggler fished red maggot and pinkie, soon changing to caster for some better stamp fish.

He ended up with around 30 roach to 1lb plus a brace of rudd around eight to 10 ounces.

Anthony Rough spent four hours of Good Friday morning on The Mount at Buckley fishing a waggler and feeding maggots, with a single maggot on the hook. After a steady start, the action picked up with a bite almost every cast.

Anthony ended the session with 15lbs of roach – the best a few ounces short of 2lbs. He reckoned it was good news that there appeared to be lots of fish showing from the recent stocking and he missed a lot more bites than he hit!

Anthony was back at the venue again on Tuesday, only this time he decided on the pole at 9metres as his preferred method of attack.

Fishing up in the water at 3ft depth, his float didn’t stop going under all day. A lucky break came when he tangled his rig which gave him a chance to eat his sandwiches.

Philip Brown escaped from Grey Mist to Rixton Claypits on Sunday and enjoyed a good bream session with not a tench in sight.

He ended up with 12 to 14 slabs and only finished fishing when he ran out of groundbait.

Grey Mist proved irresistible to returning member Bill Stanley, who christened his new membership after a 30-year absence with a personal best tench of 5lbs 12ozs 0drs and followed this up with a 6-10-0 specimen.

A smaller one of 4-8-0 followed but then his PB went again for the third time with a fish of 7-6-0.

He was very appreciative of fellow anglers, who kindly put him on the right method and caught all his fish on maggot. Bill commented, “All in all, a spectacular introduction to WAA.”

Tom Fahey also had a half-decent day on Grey Mist but unfortunately, he had to cut the session short when his bed-chair collapsed and he injured his back – but not before catching a 21-3-0 mirror topped by another of 26-4-0 plus a tench just under 7lbs. All caught on Sticky Baits Krill boilies.

Our disabled and over 60s match was on our Woodshaw Reservoir Fishery at Wigan on Monday where in a very close match with only a single fish between the first three anglers, Jimmy Byrne ended up the eventual winner with a catch of skimmers and crucians for a weight of 12-2-11.

Alan Pendlebury took second place with a similar catch with 11-12-15.

Thanks to those members who send catch reports as they help fellow members to weigh up how waters are fishing to plan their outings and give me something to write about!

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 9pm. New members are welcome to call in and join, current ones can renew their subscription, or night permit.


Disabled and over 60s – Woodshaw Reservoir, Wigan: 1, Jimmy Byrne 12-2-11; 2, Alan Pendlebury 11-12-15; 3, Trevor Gray 11-9-10; 4, Tim Dwerryhouse 9-9-14


Monday, disabled and over 60s: Draw 10am at Bridgewater Canal, Pickerings Bridge