Lymm Angling Club: Shakerley Mere could be hiding monster bream

4:17pm Thursday 29th March 2012

SHAKERLEY Mere was once renowned for its large bream but it has been quite a few years since the capture of any significance has been reported. That all changed with a new member targeting the mere’s carp and landing a specimen bream weighing in at 14lbs 2ozs 0drs. The huge bream fell at night to white boilies fished at 30 metres and would have qualified for the club’s unofficial record list if its capture had been witnessed and a photograph had been taken.Nonetheless, big fish like this tend to come through in cycles and there is likely to be a year-class that are all around the same weight.

The end of the rivers’ course fishing season tempted a number of members to venture out for a last cast and with barbel and chub being the target species they were duly rewarded for their efforts. At the club’s Atcham stretch of the River Severn a group of dedicated river stalwarts had a magnificent haul of barbel, the best of which weighed 9-11-0. This last-ditch effort also saw the return of Phil Hatton to the banks of the Severn after an enforced lay-off due to ill health. Phil enjoyed landing his barbel and is looking forward to plenty more in the new season.

Graeme Roberts paid his first visit to the River Bollin with new member Paul Davenport and had a pristine barbel within the first hour. Taken directly from the heart of the weir, it weighed a respectable 7-6-0 and fought tremendously well in the fast flow on light tackle.

The course river season will re-open on June 16 but in the meantime many members are turning to fly fishing and targeting the club’s stretches at Peover Eye, the River Bollin and the River Dane for some anticipated hectic game fish action.

Lymmvale will be closed from midnight on Friday, April 20 to noon on Sunday, April 22, due to the annual fundraising tench competition in aid of Help for Heroes. The contest, held over 24 hours, will have prizes for top aggregate weight, biggest male and biggest female (tench that is). Tea and coffee will be available and you may make a contribution to the charity. All members are welcome to attend and we are still looking for raffle prizes – please call the club if you can offer your support.

All fishing places have been filled.

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