Frank Lythgoe’s Warrington Anglers’ Association Column

TED Small visited our Frodsham stretch of the Weaver Navigation on Tuesday for the second time.

It took him an hour to get the fish feeding but in the next three hours Ted ended up with 27 fish and pulled out of a few more.

Half were perch up to about 8oz plus eight roach and six skimmers with the best fish a 12oz roach.

He reported that all the fish were in fantastic condition and fought really well.

He fished a waggler just over a rod length out with a single red maggot on the hook.

Stephen Wharton managed to fit in a couple of hours fishing at Appleton Reservoir on Wednesday and soon spotted showing carp which he targeted.

He baited with a light scattering of 14mm boilies with a white pop-up on the hook and was soon rewarded with a cracking carp which he didn’t weigh, but the photographs do the fish justice.

Craig Lynskey had trouble booking our popular Appleton Reservoir for Saturday night as it was full so decided on Rixton Claypits as a second choice.

Craig reckons that it must have been fate as he first caught a decent bream followed around 11pm by his personal best common carp about 15lb which after a fifteen-minute fight lay in his landing net. “Well chuffed.”

Ian Johnstone reports fishing Worthington Lakes on Thursday with a small groundbait feeder and double maggot to end up with a net of 13 bream, some chunky roach, and a bonus lower double figure carp which was the last fish of the day and took some time before it lay safely in his landing net.

Our Sunday Mersey Championship was held on the Mersey Walk stretch of the river and saw a slight drop in weights from the previous week but nevertheless it still produced the goods for the 2020 Mersey Champion John Green who put 8-5-0 of roach and skimmers in the weigh basket to clinch the title. John fished maggot on both feeder and float tactics.

The next three weights were much closer but Alan Faulkner took second place with 6-12-0. Twenty-one fished.

This week our Disabled & Over 60s Monday match on the Trent & Mersey Canal at Billinge was won by local rod George Hollis fishing the pole using worm and red maggot.

He included a cracking perch which was only a few drams short of 2lbs in his mixed catch of roach and perch for a total of 6-2-0. Ray Boden was the runner-up with 4-5-4. Nineteen fished.

WAA Headquarters at 52, Parker Street remain closed on Friday evenings until further notice. Members renewing can simply put their book or request in an envelope with their payment, a stamped addressed envelope, and post it through our HQ door where mail is collected and dealt with most days. If you need any further information please give me a call or email as below.

Please keep those catch reports coming; they are all very much appreciated by fellow members. Email or give me a ring on 01928 716238.

Frank Lythgoe

RESULTS: Mersey Match Series: 1) John Green 8-5-0, 2) Alan Faulkner 6-12-0, 3) Dave Hill 6-5-0, 4) Derek Bibby 6-1-0.

Monday Disabled & Over 60s: 1) George Hollis 6-2-0, 2) Ray Boden 4-5-4, 3) George Barber 3-15-0, 4) Richard Baker 3-4-0.

Coming events:

Sunday: Mersey Match Series, Members only (23 pegs) Must book on. Draw 9am Victoria Park Peg 34 back. (Please Note £5 pool or £10 all-in, no coins and exact money…no change given).

Monday: Disabled & Over 60s Draw 9-45am Bridgewater Canal, Granthams Bridge, Stage Lane. (Please note £5 all-in, no coins, exact money….no change given.