KEN Hewitt and Dave Gardner fished a session on Monday on the Trent & Mersey Canal at Anderton Marina.

Ken set up a waggler and loose-fed maggot ending up with 18 fish which included three large gudgeon and the remainder roach and perch.

Dave fished pole and maggot and caught 20 roach and single perch on a pole.

Mike Pritchard decided on a change from his Saturday trip to the River Mersey and this week, his second fishery of choice was Ackers Pit.

He fished waggler using maggot and pinkie on the hook but after a blank first hour followed by a couple of small roach, he changed to caster.

The result was what he described as a golden last hour, catching 40 roach to 8oz plus a skimmer.

As a point of interest, bream were not stocked following the Pit being de-watered but will have come in as fry via the Bridgewater Canal feeder pipe.

A few carp coming out of an unsurprisingly very muddy Appleton Reservoir and our bailiff reports one member on Small Sandiway had seven runs which resulted in five carp landed, the best at 24lbs.

Andy Clark and his son managed four carp – all low doubles – from the Mount on a Friday overnight session when they had the place to themselves.

Our Sunday Mersey match series this week at Mersey Walk saw Jimmy Byrne take another win with a weight of 14lbs 4ozs 0drs made up of a 3lb bream, two five pounders, and a brace of small roach.

He fished an 80gm groundbait feeder with double red maggot out of the main flow on what was an out-of-sorts river carrying a fair amount of extra water. His rig was regularly dragged down the swim by the strong current and floating debris.

Pete Howard took second place again this week using the same method to catch a bonus bream of 5lbs to which he added skimmers for 7-15-0.

Our disabled and over 60s match on Monday was fished on the Bridgewater Canal at Hough’s Bridge and saw match organiser Jimmy Byrne clock up yet another win.

He was pegged in ‘The Dead Length’ where there was shoals of small roach with members catching up to 100 fish.

Jimmy started off catching them on red maggot but soon changed and targeted the larger perch by swapping to pieces of worm on the hook to end up with 3-11-12. Barry Chambers was second with 3-8-6.

Thanks to members who take the trouble to send in catch reports which help fellow members to know how waters are fishing and plan their outings.

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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.


Mersey Series, Sunday: 1, Jimmy Byrne 14-4-0; 2, Pete Howard 7-15-0; 3, Jim Gannon 3-15-0; 4, Ray Boden 1-12 -0.

Disabled and over 60s, Monday: 1, Jimmy Byrne 3-11-12; 2, Barry Chambers 3-8-6; 3, Alan Brown 3-6-10; 4, Geoff Brooks 3-3-10


Sunday, Mersey Series: Draw 9am at Victoria Park.

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