Frank Lythgoe’s Warrington Anglers’ Association column…

IAN Brodie and his nine-year-old son Rowan are more often than not found with our team of volunteers building pegs or tidying up around Rixton Claypits.

But it was a lovely day on Sunday and they rightly deserved a day-off so the youngster joined his dad there for a carp fishing session.

Rowan was fishing a 16mm sticky bright pink pop-up and his experienced dad some secret concoction to hopefully, as dad’s hope, show his lad ‘how it is done’.

Well, the only one that was done was Rowan’s dad who blanked as the mad keen youngster pipped his dad yet again by landing one of the newly stocked commons which nudged the scales just over 17lbs.

Last Thursday Neil Plunkett had Rixton Claypits to himself and with the fishery looking great it was also one of those days when everything goes right.

He soon located the bream and set up a method feeder with groundbait and micros, offering meat or corn on a short hook-length.

Neil ended up with a bonus tench around 3lbs, three nice sized roach, and called it quits when the 30th bream graced his landing net.

Last week Phill Dawson managed to fit in a brief two-hour session at Grey Mist where, fishing a waggler and feeding maggot and caster, he ended up with three tench which gave him a few anxious moments on his light tackle.

It is not an every-day method nowadays on this fishery but the float and double maggot did the business.

Warrington Guardian: Phill Dawson with one of his Grey Mist tenchPhill Dawson with one of his Grey Mist tench (Image: Contributed)

Ian Swain, a new member, and already one of our volunteers at Cicily Mill Pool, enjoyed a couple of hours there on Monday when fishing the pole at 11 metres and regularly catapulting in maggot with a few casters he caught about 50 roach.

He had tried chopped worm but his reward of a cracking tench fell for his double maggot offering just before he packed up for the day.

But although that was the end of his fishing session there was still some weeding to be done…. thanks Ian. PS Lots of small tench in weed that is being removed is good news for the future.

Warrington Guardian: Ian Swain with the tench he caught at Cicily MillIan Swain with the tench he caught at Cicily Mill (Image: Contributed)

Jimmy Byrne enjoyed yet another session at this same fishery where he reports catching lots of small roach for the first three hours then a better stamp suddenly out of nowhere latched on to his double red maggot offering with a run of fish 12ozs to 1lb.

Our Monday Disabled and Over 60s match this week was fished on our Woodshaw Reservoir fishery where bites weren’t as frequent as expected.

Match organiser Jimmy Byrne was drawn on popular peg one where, with the wind on his back, went on to win with a catch of two crucians, 20 roach, plus a few perch taken on the pole using red maggot or pinkie for a weight of 4lbs 14ozs 0drs.

Next door on peg two Alan Clarke ended up with a similar catch but only one skimmer for 3-4-0 to take second place. Eighteen anglers fished.

Our WAA Headquarters at 52, Parker Street, Warrington WA1 1LT remains closed on Friday evenings but members can simply post to this address or put their membership 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.

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Trent & Mersey Open (Saturday) Billinge: 1 Wendy Locker 5-14-0; 2 Rod Fraser 4-10-0; 3 Jimmy Byrne 4-3-0; 4 Graham Sixsmith 3-12-0.

Disabled and Over 60s (Woodshaw Reservoir): 1 Jimmy Byrne 4-14-0; 2 Alan Clarke 3-4-0; 3 Alan Birchall 3-1-0; 4 Dave Blears 2-13-0.


Monday: Disabled and Over 60s match, Woodshaw Reservoir, draw 9.45am (£5 all-in, exact money only).