A JUNIOR match at Woodside Pool revealed a new club roach record at 2lbs 2ozs 0drs, with the specimen fish caught by Spring Series Junior Academy participant Conor Higham.
Witnessed and weighed by Junior Section organiser Chris Finneran, Conor may need a lesson in holding fish for a photo, but he did extremely well to bring it in on light tackle.
Woodside Pool provides a base for the Junior Section and the Academy Series is proving very popular with beginners, allowing them to ‘give it a go’ without buying all the tackle first.
Chris Finneran has worked hard to secure grants and funding to support the academy and recently announced a sponsorship deal with Miracle Baits started by Steve Gregory, a three-time UK record holder.
Chris, a keen match man himself, said we will be involved in developing the range of pellets and pastes for use in matches.
Ian Futcher has been fishing the same stretches of Lymm canals for a number of years, but a recent tip off by another member led him to a new stretch and he was duly rewarded in a single session with a string of specimens including a double figure common carp, an eel, a tench and a decent bream.
In preparation for the forthcoming river season a work party tackled the river Severn and the club’s stretch at Atcham.
Despite torrential rain 12 members turned out to cut pegs and steps into the famous banks of this great fishery.
With the river season kicking in from June 16 many members will head for Atcham and will no doubt benefit from the hard work and effort put in by fellow members.
The first club event at the venue is the barbel fish-ins, which run twice a year and are aimed at giving river novices the chance to hook into their first barbel and experience the tremendous fight you get in the flow of a river like the Severn.
Each novice is allocated a mentor for the day and the pegs at Atcham are allocated to give them the best chance of a barbel.
The 2012 events will follow a similar format to previous years but will start at noon to encourage anglers to fish on into the late evening, when barbel are known to be more active.
Both sessions will start with the BBQ which is expertly run by Bill Last followed by a quick induction session before members make their way to the pegs.
The July event will take place on Saturday 21st July 2012 followed by the September event on Saturday 8th September 2012, some members have previously made a weekend of it and stayed over till the Sunday, myself included, but if you just want to have a taste of river fishing for the mighty Barbus Barbus then the Saturday’s will provide you with that opportunity and you may even win a prize, donated by the club, on the day!