JORDEN Ackers posted pictures on our members’ Facebook page of two cracking perch from ‘a stretch of canal’ but withheld the exact location.

His advice was light lures with decent paddle tails.

Three of our canal fisheries have produced fish of this calibre, namely the Bridgewater, Trent & Mersey, and the not so widely appreciated Macclesfield Canal where in the past quality perch have been landed in matches.

If you fancy a slice of the action, arm yourself with an unhooking mat (pike are a possibility), a light spinning/drop-shot rod and reel, landing net, assortment of lures, and you are ready to go.

Our Mersey Match Series was on again on Sunday following the cancellation the previous week due to flood conditions.

However, not a lot to write home about as understandably at this time of the year anglers struggled for bites but Roy Everson put together a catch of 10 roach and a 4oz skimmer caught on groundbait feeder and maggot for a winning weight of 1-11-0.

Close on his heels was Jim Gannon using the same method who also had 10 roach for 1-8-0 but not the vital 4oz skimmer!

Our Monday Disabled and Over 60s match was on the Daresbury Labs stretch of the Bridgewater Canal.

Bud Lea drew the peg nearest to the expressway to catch eight roach and a bonus 2lb bream on pole-fished bread punch to take a clear win with 2-11-9.

Second placed Roy Brown pegged nearer the Labs and had about the same number of roach for 0-8-13.

A warning to anyone contemplating a trip to the Dee at Worthenbury. Be aware that a member reported recent damage to the access track at Worthenbury, confirmed by our local bailiff due to run-off from flooded fields into the brook.

This is the time of year when there is a vast reduction of anglers on the banks so I would really welcome any catch reports, good, bad, or indifferent, as they help fellow members to know how waters are fishing and plan their outings. Email or call 01928 716238.

Our HQ at 52, Parker Street are open on Fridays between 7pm and 9pm. New members are welcome to call in and join, current ones can renew their subscription or night permit.


Sunday: Mersey Match Series: 1 Roy Everson 1-11-0; 2 Jim Gannon 1-8-0; 3 N Buist/P Howard 1-1-0.

Monday: Disabled & Over 60s: 1 Bud Lea 2-11-9; 2 Roy Brown 0-8-13; 3 George Barber 0-11-8; 4 Ray Boden 0-5-11.


Sunday: Mersey Series Christmas Match, draw 9am, Mersey Walk.

Monday: Disabled & Over 60’s, draw 10am, Bridgewater Canal, M6 Bridge, Preston Brook.