Frank Lythgoe's Warrington Anglers Association column...

THE annual carp stocking with VS Fisheries C6 fish takes place on Thursday, November 4, from 10am to 10.30am at Moore Quarry, after which to Sandiway Lakes. Members welcome as always.

Scott Broadhurst and his mate fished Wide Hole for the first time on Sunday but were not put off by the relentless rain.

They managed a load of nice roach, perch and a clonking bream of easily 6lbs.

Whilst trying to show off his catch, Scott slipped and ended up in the water accompanied by his fish which amused his friend and a fellow angler. Still, a great day in the worst weather conditions.

Andy Corr enjoyed another session on the Bridgewater Canal at Grappenhall on Sunday, catching loads of roach on bread punch.

A bit further up the canal, Billy Sanders fished in Lymm village and was targeting predators and ended up with five perch to just over a pound on small Berkley lures.

Mike Pritchard fished his weekly Saturday angling escape on the Mersey last weekend, setting up on peg 8 along Kingsway allotments.

The river level was high but he still ended up with 19 roach to 14ozs plus a solitary perch fishing a waggler close in and alternating between double flouro-pinkie and bronze maggot and pinkie.

Phill Dawson fished the Alyn on Friday for the first time hoping to catch his first ever grayling but cut his visit short due to the weather.

Undeterred, he was back on the river the following day with his dad and was rewarded with two of these beautiful fish often referred to as the lady of the stream.

Dad managed only one but it was the biggest. An enjoyable session in picturesque surroundings.

Dave Saunders spent a few hours on the River Vyrnwy at Llansantffraid on Wednesday afternoon, enjoying a session lure fishing before the rain came and water levels became too high to fish.

He only managed a couple of fish – a pike on the second cast around 6-7lb and then right at the end as the light was fading, a corking wild brownie which was promptly returned. Both fell to a small 5cm Salmo minnow trout lure.

Nick Burrows was the winner of this week’s Sunday Mersey match series fished on the Mersey Walk stretch from peg 71.

He fished a whip to start off with some chunky roach to which he added a decent sized skimmer and a bonus bream of around 4lbs for an overall weight of 8-3-0.

Pete Jones was the runner-up with 5-6-0 made up of roach and, like the winner, added an essential bonus 4lb bream.

The river was understandably running through due to the heavy rain, which saw some anglers really struggling for bites. Fifteen anglers fished.

Our disabled and over 60s Monday match – this week was on the Trent & Mersey Canal at Farm Road – saw a low attendance due to the monsoon conditions.

But things got even worse when most anglers reported not having any sign of a bite seeing a few fish on the surface gasping for breath, with the odd dead one floating by.

It soon became apparent that something was seriously wrong and the match was abandoned.

It turned out that there had been a pollution incident, resulting in a fish kill in the marina at Billinge with dissolved oxygen levels down to 3%.

There is a working party on Saturday at Sandiway small lake starting at 9am. Also, the Beech peg will be closed for improvement work on Saturday so any member fishing there overnight Friday will need to vacate by 8.30am. All volunteers more than welcome.

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 – Match Abandoned

Mersey Series match: 1, Nick Burrows 8-3-0; 2, Pete Jones 5-6-0; 3, Ray Boden 3-2-0; 4, Jimmy Byrne 2-6-0


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

Monday, disabled and over 60s, Woodshaw Reservoir: Draw 9.45am. £5 all-in. Exact money only, no change given. Covid-19 match rules apply.