The latest Warrington Anglers Association column courtesy of secretary Ade Green...

TWO hundred pounds of carp and not a commercial in sight…

Yes, that’s right – 200lbs 8oz was the total weight of the nine carp Aaran Davidson landed out of the 10 runs he had last week.

Aaran had nine mirror carp ranging from 18lbs 4oz all the way up to an impressive 26lbs 12oz.

He was using a spinner rig, size 6 Krank x hook and 15lb boom hook length with a sticky manilla active Wafter.

He used an oldish method of baiting up with a throwing stick about 15 to 20 manilla Boilies at a time to try and get the fish more confident going round picking single baits up instead of feeding on big patches of bait.

Aaran has been fishing Appleton Reservoir a long time and in his own words, “it was a session of a lifetime.”

Simon Tonkinson fished at Statham Pool this past week, where fishing Ledger'd pellet over free offerings saw him catch an 8lbs 3oz carp and also a 4lbs pike that snaffled a roach that he was reeling in.

Now that the river season as started again, Tony Baron and Peter Parkins decided the River Dee was their first trip.

Peter had 10 chub ranging from 3lbs to 4 1/2lbs and a grayling around 1lb. This particular peg over the last couple of years seems to hold a shoal of large chub.

Tony fished further downstream round the bend and had around 50 dace and two chub, the best of which was around 2lbs.

Normally this peg would be alive with dace but it was a bit of a struggle at first to start catching. Red maggots was bait of choice for both anglers.

Stephen Bewes settled on the River Wyre for a session of lure fishing – using his own home-made surface lures, he managed to temp eight chub weighing up to 4lbs plus.

We have had a report this week from Mathew Gower who along with his son Charles, aged nine, took a visit to Grey Mist this week.

Setting their stall out with a pineapple pop-up boilie, it was Charles that who came up trumps with a fish he will remember for a long time and one most would be proud of.

The fish in question was a 5lbs eel – this fishery has quite a reputation for big eels and I bet this one put up quite a scrap.

This week saw the introduction of a set of full gates being fitted to the Grey Mist access road. These were put in place to reduce the number of non-members that frequent the fishery.

As with all other gates and barriers, this new gate must be closed every time it is used. There will be no excuses accepted.

The first match of the new season was a bit of a hit-and-miss affair, with some anglers catching well while others struggled for bites.

The river was very low with very little flow and with the clouds clearing to bright sun in the afternoon, fishing became more difficult.

Jon Green was the clear winner in the end with a catch of mainly skimmers, perch and silver bream switching between feeder and pole methods to keep fish coming.

Neil Buist was secondnd with a respectable 10lbs 5oz with a similar catch, 21 anglers fished.

This week`s match on the canal at Daresbury saw Jimmy Byrne in the frame again, this time as match winner.

Drawing a peg in a wider section of canal, he started fishing at four metres catching roach and silver bream on pinkie and maggot over ground-bait.

When bites slowed, he moved out to 12.5 metres, where he continued to catch 40 more roach and three skimmers before slowing in the last hour.

Al Faulkner was second with 50 fish on pinkie fishing next to the bridge.

Please note, carp are starting to spawn on some lakes – DO NOT cast to these fish and do not cross or remove tape that is there to prevent you fishing or you will be dealt with by the Management Committee.

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.

I would welcome any info of your visits/catches from any of our fisheries. Many members rely on your shared information for their visits to the bank side.

Email or use the catch report link at the top of our Facebook page.


Disabled and over 60s, Bridgewater Canal: 1, J Byrne 4-3-6; 2, A Faulkner 2-14-0; 3, G Barber 2-8-0; 4, R Baker 2-6-3

River Mersey: 1, Jon Green 13-5-0; 2, Neil Buist 10-5-0; 3, Neil Davies 8-10-0; 4, Jimmy Byrne 6-1-0


Sunday, River Mersey, Victoria Park 10.30am-3.30pm: Draw 8.45am under the treets by the allotments. £5 pool with optional £5 super pool

Monday, disabled and over 60s, Trent & Mersey Canal at Billinge: Draw 9.45am. £5 all in. Exact money only, no change given.