IT is getting to that time of the year again on our canal fisheries as temperatures fall and inevitably with less boat traffic, the clarity of the water improves.

Yes, its predator time again.

Paul Knowles baited with sardine on Tuesday to land a new PB of 13lbs 7ozs 0drs from the Bridgewater and Jess Steele also caught a double on the same day.

Grey Mist is still producing a few carp – on Friday, Trevor Royle landed an 18-pounder and on Tuesday of this week, Phil Brown caught a 22-2-0 mirror.

Both were daytime catches. Definitely worth a visit.

Alistair Hemphill, a Countryside Ranger with Flintshire Council, is trying to organise some angling teach-ins on one of their pools near to The Mount on July 26 and September 6, with two 15-peg sessions each day, 11am-1pm and 1pm-3pm.

He is looking for angler volunteers to provide guidance. Anyone interested, please drop me an email.

This isn’t a fishery report as such but it has the potential to be harmful and cast a shadow on our sport.

On Friday evening, October 11, seven boats from a cruising club moored up at Hough's Bridge, Walton, to attend a 40 years inaugural celebration at Warrington Sports Club.

At the outset, a fisherman on the canal bank grumbled about being disturbed by boats arriving.

The next morning the first boat that had moored discovered that his cover had been slashed several times and most panels on the towpath side had been scored such that the panels will need re-painting. No other boats were touched

It is imperative for all concerned that the person responsible is caught. Any information to me in confidence please.

Our Sunday Mersey match series held this week at Victoria Park was won by Jimmy Gannon, who as many will know does a lot to ensure pegs are up to standard and tidy on the water.

He fished a ground bait feeder and maggot to catch of skimmers and roach for a weight of 6-7-0, just beating Mike Dench into second place by a couple of ounces.

Mike caught skimmers on the feeder but changed to bolognese and loose-fed maggot to add a few roach for a total of 6-5-0. It was nice to see ‘The king of the River’ making an appearance.

Our disabled and over 60s match on Monday was fished on the Bridgewater Canal at Pickerings Bridge and saw Derek Bibby take the winners envelope.

Derek fished the pole on maggot and caster for 6-2-2 of roach and perch. George Hollis was the runner-up with 4-4-0.

Regarding the ‘no legering rule’ on Ackers Pit, for clarity this does include the use of leads such as olivettes and any type of bulk lead fixed or otherwise used for legering.

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.

Email 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.


Sunday, Mersey Series: 1, Jim Gannon 6-7-0; 2, Mike Dench 6-5-0; 3, Ant Higham 4-11-0; 4, Ray Boden 3-15 -0

Monday, disabled and over 60s: 1, Derek Bibby 6-2-2; 2, George Hollis 4-4-0; 3, Roy Rogers 3-11-0; 4, Jimmy Byrne 3-10-0


Sunday, Mersey Series: Draw 9am at Mersey Walk

Monday, disabled and over 60s: Draw 10am at Preston Brook, under M56 bridge