Frank Lythgoe’s Warrington Anglers Association column

NICK Shenston and Dave Saunders managed to fix up a new Warrington Anglers Association private fishing sign on our stretch of the Vyrnwy at Llanymynech to hopefully deter illegal fishing.

They report that there are plenty of small chub and grayling to be caught on both float and fly tactics.

Andy Corr, who regularly shares his catch reports with members, reports a cracking session on the Weaver Navigation where along with his mate they both had decent nets of silvers, perch and skimmers including some big gudgeon.

They fed dark groundbait with hemp and dead maggots at 5m and fished maggot over the top.

Dave Edwards reports a catch of 15 bream from Wide Hole on a groundbait feeder and double maggot including three perch – one he reckons was a good 1½lbs. The bream were around the 2½lb mark.

We intend to improve the parking presently on the adjacent field, which is owned by our club.

Terry Dunn was having a decent session on the Cock-fight length of the Bridgewater with around 9lbs of fish already in the net, but a strange thing happened not once but twice.

As he was bringing in small roach, something grabbed them but when the fish were pulled free there were no bite marks.

It’s quite likely these were taken by decent sized perch – possibly worth a go by the drop-shotters.

The Sunday Mersey Series match was fished at the Victoria Park stretch of the river and saw Harry Billing take his second win on the venue on consecutive days.

Harry had won the Northern River Masters qualifier on Saturday with an impressive weight of 19lbs 11ozs 0drs and followed this the next day with 10-3-0 which was enough to take top spot.

He fished the pole for roach and perch but swapped over to a size 22’s and pinkie for the second half of the match when sport slowed.

Jimmy Byrne took second place with around 5lbs of roach and perch on the pole plus a couple of skimmers taken when he briefly swapped over to a small groundbait feeder for a weight of 7-2-0. Twenty-one anglers fished.

Our disabled and over 60s Monday match was fished this week on the Bridgewater Canal at Acton Grange.

In what turned out to be a low-weight event, Roy Rogers was the winner with 3-12-0 of roach and perch taken on pole and maggot.

Jeff Stoll was the runner-up with a similar net for 3-3-0. Twelve 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 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.

Catch reports from members, pics or funny stories are always welcome. Email or give me a call on 01928 716238.


Disabled and over 60s: 1, Roy Rogers 3-12-0; 2, Jeff Stoll 3-3- 0; 3, Jimmy Byrne 2-8-0; 4, George Barber 1-15-0

Mersey Series: 1, Harry Billing 10-3-0; 2, Jimmy Byrne 7-2-0; 3, Jeff Shaw 6-10-0; 4, Steve Lewis 4-8-0


Sunday, Mersey Series (members only): Draw 8.45am at Mersey Walk. Entry £5 and £5 optional pool. Exact money only, no change given. Covid-19 match rules apply.

Monday, disabled and over 60s: Bridgewater Canal at Stage Lane, draw 9.45am. £5 all-in. Exact money only, no change given. Covid-19 match rules apply.