WITH many of our rivers on the Severn catchment flooded and unfishable for the June 16 opening of the coarse fish river close season, at least locally the Dane at Holmes Chapel produced some sport for Martin James with three chub on legered crust.

The Mersey match on Sunday at Latchford was won by Derek Bibby with a weight of 29lbs 8ozs 0drs made up of bream to 5lbs, skimmers, and roach caught on groundbait feeder and maggot. Jimmy Byrne took second place with 23-3-0 of bream on the same method.

Our disabled and over 60s match the following day on the river at Kingsway was won by Jimmy Byrne using groundbait feeder and maggot for a weight of 7-8-0, which included a bonus 3lbs bream plus roach and skimmers.

Mike Worley was the runner-up with a catch of three bream and a roach on the same method for 6-10-0.

It’s always great to hear new members catching quality fish soon after joining our club.

This Sunday was a good day all round which saw Declan Evens catch his first 20-pounder – a chunky mirror from Appleton reservoir – and Karl Kenny had a PB with a 22lbs mirror on the same venue.

Lucas Procek, who voluntarily carries out a lot of work on Phoenix Park Lake, had a productive morning session on Sunday.

He had already raked a few pegs clear of weed on Friday and set up on one of them, giving it a further raking before he introduced any bait, which must have attracted a lot of tench as he had three in first 30 minutes – all around the 3lbs mark – followed by cracking 10-pounder.

Lucas cast his second rod to the far bank and landed a 16lbs carp. His tench rod also produced a 22lbs mirror

He loose-fed hemp and some sweetcorn and used a combination of six and 8mm expander pellets, boilies, meat, and maggots on the hook.

The biggest carp was on expander and maggot combo and the tench definitely liked expander on its own.

Our bailiff reports that the access track to our stretch of the River Dee at Worthenbury is very rough, with a number of deep potholes at the moment and you shouldn’t attempt it unless you have a 4x4.

It has probably not been helped by all the heavy rain and floods of late. Any member brave enough to venture down there, please let me know how you fare.

A new Severn bylaw came into force on June 15 that it is catch and release only for salmon on the River Severn and its tributaries.

Members who take the trouble to send in catch reports earn the appreciation of fellow members as it helps them to know how waters are fishing and plan their outings.

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.

Results:

Sunday, First Association Contest: 1, Derek Bibby 29-8-0; 2, Jimmy Byrne 23-3-0; 3, Arthur Plumb 9-12-0; 4, Ray Boden 6-7-0

Monday, disabled and over 60s: 1, Jimmy Byrne 7-8-0; 2, Mike Worley 6-10-0; 3, Derek Bibby 4-6-0; 4, Rod Frazer 3-2-0

Fixtures:

Saturday, Mersey Series: Draw 9am at Kingsway Allotments

Sunday, Mersey Series: Draw 9am at Victoria Park

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