Frank Lythgoe's Warrington Anglers Association column...

AFTER the report of a small carp under a pound from Appleton Reservoir last week, I asked the question if the Ocean fish which we stocked some years back were successfully breeding.

As it was the first that has been reported, I was interested if there were any further catches.

Well, this week one of our bailiff’s friends reported another hand-sized carp amongst a catch of roach taken from the wall area on maggot.

Another member reckons that some were caught last year, so it looks good for the future.

Nicholas Williams fished at Ackers Pit this weekend and was pleasantly surprised that his first fish was an absolutely pristine bream of 3.7lbs.

I explained to him that although the odd small fish may have been amongst stockings of crucians and carp, we have not purposefully stocked bream.

The reality is that the water supply to the fishery comes direct from a small overflow into a manhole from the Bridgewater Canal continuing by pipe under the road and eventually ending up in the pit.

Tiny fry is very often found within the inspection chamber, where some inevitably find their way to our fishery.

I had a report this week of two pike caught on dead-bait from the Bridgewater Canal at Walton. Evidently one was around 8lbs but the biggie was 18lbs.

With the current weather any fish is a bonus as the member who passed on the information can appreciate…he blanked.

Our bailiffs Trev and Barrie were out on Tuesday morning on their daily visit checking a partly iced over Woodshaw Reservoir.

The wind coming off the old slag heap was bitter but it didn’t deter one member, who had been catching roach from peg 29 and landed a decent bream witnessed by the dynamic duo.

The first batches of membership cards have now been sent out but due to Covid-19, it is a longer job than normal.

As I mentioned last week, we have temporarily suspended the renewal option for a couple of weeks while we attack the task of enveloping, franking, and posting.

I even liquidised myself some bread this week with the intention of a canal session but sadly, the licence post-out has but paid to that. Next week, watch this space.

On receipt, members can simply post their 2021 books for renewal to this address or put their book or request in an envelope with their payment and 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.

If you normally pay at one of the tackle shop depots, it may be worth ringing first to see if they are open.

I would really appreciate members to send me any of your pics, reports or stories as at this time of the year, there is not a lot happening. Good, bad or indifferent, they may help fellow members to plan any trips to the bankside.

Email frank@warrington-anglers.org.uk or give me a call on 01928 716238.