Frank Lythgoe’s Warrington Anglers’ Association column

ANGLING can continue during the lockdown which starts today, but everyone needs to adhere to the restrictions put in place by Government.

What you can and can’t do has been laid out by the Angling Trust and will be updated on their website (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS).

A rainy day at Ackers Pit didn’t dampen the spirits of Tommy Lawton, aged seven.

With his dad Wes they had gone through the motions without a single complaint from this keen young angler, albeit with nothing to show for their efforts.

As they started to pack up the youngster’s red maggot offering was taken by one of the resident carp which he landed. I would like to bet his letter to Santa mentions fishing tackle.

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Muddy conditions around some of our fisheries haven’t put members off with Rixton Claypits producing a decent catch at this time of the year for Graham Riley when he fished a groundbait feeder and double maggot for a final count of five bream around 2lbs plus a very late in the season tench which he reckoned was around the 5lb mark.

At Appleton Reservoir, Simon Oldfield had 20 decent roach on double red maggot with a few on corn sorting out some better stamp fish.

The Sunday Mersey Match Series was fished on the Victoria Park stretch with swollen and coloured river conditions leaving anglers struggling for bites.

Karl Guy needed only 1lb 14ozs 0drs to take the winner’s envelope for the first time. He caught a few small skimmers and roach on feeder and maggot and was followed by Jimmy Byrne, who drew an end peg, with an all roach net of 1-12-0.

Our Disabled & Over 60s Monday match was fished by 15 members on the Bridgewater Canal at Moore. George Barber, aka ‘The Breadman’, was the winner with 3-2-0 of small roach taken on the pole at 11metres.

WAA headquarters at 52, Parker Street, Warrington WA1 1LT is closed until further notice. Members can post to this address or put their book or request in an envelope with their payment, a stamped addressed envelope, through our HQ door where mail is collected and dealt with most days. Alternatively, you can post to Warrington Anglers Association PO. Box 71, Warrington WA1 1LR where mail is collected weekly.

I really need your catch reports at this time of the year as sport slows. Email or give me a ring on 01928 716238.

Results: Mersey Match Series: 1 Karl Guy 1-14-0; 2 Jimmy Byrne 1-12-0; 3 Paul Fields 1-6-0; 4 Jim Gannon 1-3-0. Disabled & Over 60s: 1 George Barber 3-2-0; 2 Ron Durr 2-8-0; 3 Jimmy Byrne 2-6-0; 4 Ray Boden 1-13-0.

Note: Matches are cancelled until further notice under Covid-19 restrictions.