Frank Lythgoe’s Warrington Anglers Association column…

MATTY Finch and his son Koree, aged 10, enjoyed their Saturday overnight session on Grey Mist this past weekend.

The keen youngster ended up with a PB tench of 8lbs plus a mirror carp of 15lbs, beating his dad who only managed one tench around the 7lbs mark.

Evidently when the pair are on the water, it is gloves off with no holds barred for who ends up with the best catch.

Bait was sweetcorn and Mainline cell boilies. Well done, Koree.

On Sunday, Robert Ledson christened his brand new Warrington Anglers membership, choosing Phoenix Park Lake for his first visit to one of our fisheries.

Fishing with a maggot feeder, he ended up with four tench plus a pike which fell for dead-bait. Robert is looking forward to his next choice of venue.

Ian Simms enjoyed his leisurely and productive lure fishing session on the Bridgewater Canal at Agden on Monday. He was rewarded with two jack-pike both taken on a small Rapala lure. 

The Dynamic Duo (Ken Hewitt and Dave Gardner) are teetering on the edge of taking up golf following their visit this week to High Legh.

The nearest they got to seeing an actual fish was when Ken was snapped with what was probably a carp and Dave had a few knocks.

A few fish were taking the mickey topping on the surface but were not in a feeding mood. This pair are legends and I really hope that they ‘bag-up’ on their next outing.

The Monday disabled and over 60s match this week was fished on the Bridgewater Canal at Grappenhall Trees and Jimmy Byrne, who drew opposite the tennis courts, was the winner with 40 small roach for 2-15-10 all caught on liquidised bread and punch.

Dave Blears took the runner-up spot close behind Jimmy with just over an ounce separating them – his weight of 2-14-0 included three perch and roach taken on pinkie. Eighteen anglers fished.

Some members were unaware that the Weaver Navigation is covered by the River Coarse Fish Closed Season so it is closed from March 15 and reopens on ‘the glorious June 16.’

A reminder that our AGM is on Thursday at Grappenhall Ex-servicemen’s Club starting at 8pm. Current paid-up membership cards must be produced at the door.

There is a work party on Sunday, April 2, at Rixton Claypits, 8.30am start. Help improve your fishery, any time you can give is much appreciated by our volunteers. 

Our 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.

Please get in touch as your catch reports are especially welcome at this time of the year as sport slows and not as many of you are out on the banks.

Lots of members rely on your shared information for their angling visits. Email


Trent & Mersey Open (Saturday): 1, Rod Fraser 5-9-12; 2, Dave Hodson 4-10-12; 3, Dave Edgerley 4-7-12; 4, Jimmy Byrne 4-2-12

Disabled and over 60s (Bridgewater Canal): 1; Jimmy Byrne 2-15-10; 2, Dave Blears 2-14-0; 3, George Barber 2-7-0; 4, Roy Rogers 2-4-0


Monday, disabled and over 60s, Bridgewater Canal: Draw 9.45am at Beech Road. £5 all-in. Exact money only, no change given.