NEW member David Walsh fished Rixton Claypits for the first time.

He set up two rods, one using 16mm pineapple pop-ups, and the other on 12mm krill boilies.

It soon became evident that the latter was attracting bream and not carp as he had hoped.

So he changed to a 16mm krill wafter but he couldn’t escape the bream despite changing baits yet again.

The result was that he ended up with 18 bream, the best to just under 5lbs which would have been more than welcome to others. He did manage one small carp. That’s angling folks, better luck next time David.

Andy Corr and his fishing mate Andy Donegan were on the Trent & Mersey Canal on Sunday where they both enjoyed bites all day from tiny roach along with perch, skimmers, and bream. Worth a visit if you fancy a canal fishing session with plenty of bites to keep you focussed.

Robert Wilson enjoyed a session at Grey Mist where after removing another anglers’ litter from the swim before setting up was justly rewarded with a fine brace of tench. He fished using an eight-metre whip with a single piece of corn on the hook over a bed of hemp and adding occasional freebies for good measure.

Wayne Stuart Cole caught a cracking barbel hooked on the very bottom extremity of our Ribble fishery, although actually landing it from the adjacent downstream stretch. It fell to a salmon boilie and it weighed in at 9lbs 8ozs 0drs. Wayne’s best barbel to date from our stretch is 11-14-0.

We don’t get many reports from our River Severn stretch at Loton Park which despite the access issues is a lovely part of the river.

However, Jeffrey Olstead fished there in not what you would call ideal conditions with the water running high and highly coloured.

Despite this he reports catching a decent sized bream around five to six pounds, a species which he had never previously caught from the river. It was taken on maggot in a slack close to the bank.

Wayne Murphy fished an overnight Saturday session on our Appleton Reservoir fishery using a krill bottom bait with a corn topper and feeding krill boilies. He ended up with four carp, the biggest weighing 26-4-0. He will definitely be going again.

Just a word of warning to the few irresponsible anglers who visit this popular venue and choose not to park their vehicles on the car parks provided but leave them elsewhere around the fishery - they will have their membership card seized, no excuses!

Our Monday Disabled & Over 60s match was fished this week on the Bridgewater Canal at Pickerings Bridge, Thelwall.

Mike Worley fished the pole at 11 metres, alternating between caster and maggot to take a decisive win with a weight of 8-8-8 made up of roach and perch plus three bonus bream.

The Breadman (aka George Barber) was the runner-up with an all-roach net of 6-12-3 caught on the pole using one of his homemade floats and his special rig; his bait was as you would expect – bread. Fifteen anglers fished.

Our strictly rod only Second Association Contest took place on Sunday along the Victoria Park stretch of the Mersey.

With only an ounce separating each of the top three anglers it was a really close match, but Neil Buist aka The Engine managed to top the weights from peg 31.

He fished a groundbait feeder and maggot to catch two bonus bream and a decent skimmer to add to his net of roach and perch for a winning weight of 11-11-0.

Match organiser Ray Boden took second place with 11-10-0 of roach and perch caught on the float and pinkie using his 18ft rod. Eighteen anglers fished.

Our WAA Headquarters at 52, Parker Street, Warrington WA1 1LT remains closed on Fridays 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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Mersey Second Association Contest, rod only: 1 Neil Buist 11-11-0; 2 Ray Boden 11-10-0; 3 Harry Billing 11-9-0; 4 Bob Campbell 10-3-0.

Disabled & Over 60s (Bridgewater Canal, Pickerings Bridge): 1 Mike Worley 8-8-8; 2 George Barber 6-12-3; 3 Roy Hollis 4-13-0; 4 Bob Fitzpatrick 4-7-4.