Lymm AC 2012 Summer Series results…

The 2012 Summer Series saw 13 members register for the 6 matches held at Milton Brook, Whitely Pool, Micklewrights Flash and Grimsditch Pool.

The clubs Match Section is expanding in 2013 and has already identified new venues and dates for both series, you can read more here.

2012 Summer Series Results

Budget Peaked Bivvys under £200

I have been on the look out for a good bivvy in the entry/budget range of the market since I  returned to fishing four years ago.

I have been using my father-in-laws Trakker brolly dome that he didn’t like. It did the job but is more suited as a shelter rather than a 48hr session bivvy. I was for ever banging my head on the mechanism inside.

I have had my eye on a number of bivvys over the last couple of years in the £100-£200 price range.

The main features I was looking for were.

  • 1 man but with plenty of space
  • As much height as possible
  • Peak to stop rain coming in
  • Heavy duty groundsheet option
  • Winter skin option

From asking questions on the club forum and looking at angling material. I had a few option in mind.

Chub S-Plus Max

The S-Plus Max bivvy is the top of the range hooded version of the new S-plus range. With its extended hood, storm side panels and rigid frame the S-plus Max provides maximum all-round protection from the elements.

The frame is manufactured from 5 section 6061 pre-formed aluminium tube, which makes it quick and easy to erect. Supplied with a complete set of in-line tension bars, T-pegs and shock corded pegging points the bivvy is very stable even in strong and gusty winds.

The S-plus Max features a three way door system which offers many options. The door can be opened from the top or bottom and even completely removed if preferred and is fitted with a clear vision panel, mosi window and cover. Complete with detachable lightweight groundsheet and carry bag.

An overwrap and heavy duty groundsheet are available as optional extras.

  • Rigid 5 section 16mm 6061 aluminium poles
  • 5000mm Hydrostatic head waterproof cover
  • Ultra stable in-line frame support
  • Detachable lightweight groundsheet
  • Shock corded pegging points
  • Supplied with T-pegs and carry bag

Costs

  • Bivvy £129
  • Overwrap £80
  • Heavy duty groundsheet £30
  • Total £230

Vision Kashkym Prodome 1 Man

Featuring 3 Easy-Rib style ultra-light 6061 aerospace-grade aluminium pole supports and tension beams, fully taped seams throughout, reinforced pegging points and new windtex fabric technology. The dome has a rubberised heavy gauge groundsheet where the main body of the bivvy sits. The second groundsheet then clips on, and the integrated twin skin is clipped to the main outer skin forming a formidable and state-of-the-art bivvy system. Featuring heavy duty T-Bar pegs, clear infill door panel and durable carry case.

Features include the following:

  • The system features removable groundsheet.
  • Featuring 3 “Easy-Rib” style ultra-light 6061 aerospace grade aluminium pole supports and tension beams.
  • Fully taped seams throughout.
  • Reinforced pegging points and new Windtex fabric technology.
  •  The dome has a rubberized heavy gauge groundsheet where the main body of the bivvy sits.
  • The second groundsheet then clips on, and the integrated twin skin is clipped to the main outer skin forming a formidable and state-of-the-art bivvy system.
  • Featuring heavy duty “T-Bar” pegs.
  • Clear infill door panel and durable carry case.
  • 315(W) x 225(L) x 140(H)

Costs

  • Bivvy, overwrap and twin skin £179.99

Prologic Deluxe Dome 1 Man

Prologics development team found that the perfect colour that really came out as a unique “blend in” at the waterside – was not green – but more brown.

For years, Prologic have worked with their carp and specimen proanglers across Europe, to come up with the new Green colour, that would blend in perfectly with most waterside environments across the EU and that would be a good match for winter, spring, summer, and autumnal colours and tones. A superb 4 season blend in colour that also matches Prologic’s very successful Max4 Camouflage perfectly!

Features include the following:

  • Alu ridged Stormsafe frame.
  • 100% Water Proof 5000mm Outer Fabric.
  • Wide double stitched taped seems.
  • Extra tough 100% waterproof ground sheet.
  • Flip out doormat.
  • Roll back front and side panels.
  • Flex front door, with several options.
  • Back wall mozzi mesh ventilation window.
  • Oversized zippers.
  • Rod holder straps front bow.
  • Multi aligner pegging points.
  • 13 Deluxe Ground Pegs included.
  • Oversized carry bag.
  • Removable groundsheet.
  • One man dome: 215x260x125cm & 11kg
    Two man dome 260x345x170cm & 15.6kg

Prologic Deluxe Overwrap

Features include the following:

  • 100% Water Proof 5000mm Outer Fabric.
  • Wide double stitched taped seems.
  • Roll back front and side panels.
  • Rod holder straps front bow.
  • Multi aligner pegging points.
  • 13 Deluxe Ground Pegs included.
  • Flex frontdoor.
  • Oversized zippers.
  • Oversized carry bag.
  • Sizes & Weight:
    One man overwrap 215x260x125cm & 3kg
    Two man overwrap 260x345x170cm & 3.9kg

Costs

  • Bivvy, wrap and heavy duty groundsheet £150 from climaxtackle limted stock left.

Final decision

So after a lot of thought I decided that any of these bivvys would be suitable and would gladly have brought all 3 of them.

The Chub is the perfect one to buy for a first bivvy costing £130 and the groundsheet/overwrap can be brought separately.

The Vision one is a great all round package and I think would have been the one I would have picked from these three.

Eventually I choose the Prologic one mainly due to the full package ticked all the boxes for me. The offer from Climaxtackle was the clincher £150 and I got everything I wanted.

I was such a good deal that both myself, Steve and Phil got one.

I will post up a long term review in the future to let you know how we are getting on with the bivvy. So if you are on the look out for a budget bivvy take a look at anyone of these three!!

If you’ve got some tackle you would like to review or be reviewed then please let me know.

Tight lines

Barrie

Sun shines on Lymm AC members at the September Barbel Fish-In

A total of 10 anglers and 6 mentors attend the September Barbel fish-in on the clubs River Severn stretch at Atcham. The events 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. It’s also a great social event allowing club members the chance to meet up and enjoy a chat before the fishing starts.

Ash and I had travelled up the night before and had a decent evening session taking around 10 barbel and chub between us, the best two being 8lb and 7lb on the nose. As predicted at 11pm the fog arrived and there was a noticeable drop in temperature, the fog remained until mid morning and made for some great photo’s rolling across the river until the sun eventually burnt through mid morning.

A few anglers met at the Raven Cafe for a breakfast before arriving at Atcham for 12:30pm. After a brief introduction and demo the barbel hunters made their way to the allocated pegs, the sun was well and truly up by now and the day ahead was going to be a tough one for catching barbel.

The use of the affectionately named ‘Duffers Peg’ was employed once again and was manned by the Barbel Fish-Ins founder ‘Sir’ Cliff (of Atcham) Taylor who proceeded to trickle a pouch full of pellets in every now and again to build the swim up and get the barbel feeding. The plan was to rotate the anglers on an hourly basis to ensure they had a good chance of catching ‘ole whiskers’ from this well known spot.

As before we allocated pegs in the right hand field and everyone set up with much enthusiasms and high spirits for the hours ahead.

The afternoon’s fishing proved hard going and it was looking likely that the barbel had switched off when a shout from midway up the field indicated an angler was in!! I arrived a minute or so later to find Jason grinning from ear to ear and playing a rather enthusiastic Atcham barbel, once landed it was duly weighed and agreed to be 6lb which is just above average for the resident shoal fish.

Jason admires his first fin perfect Atcham barbel at 6lb…

…and one from the front, smile for the camera!!

With renewed enthusiasm we pressed on into the evening and it wasn’t long before Jason’s swim was delivering the goods again, this time his son Harrison was the proud captor.

A couple of swims downstream Mike had his new PB chub under the guidance of mentor Phil Hatton who did the honours with the photography…

A new PB Chub for Mike…

As the much awaited darkness arrived the barbel hunters settled in for the evening. Ash and myself tackled up our own rods again as our guests for the day Steve and James had left having thoroughly enjoyed themselves despite the lack of action.

James, Ash and Steve…

With young Mathew and his dad fishing the next peg upstream I’d decided the next barbel would be theirs and after an hour or so my rod bent over and I was in. Mathew arrived a few seconds later and took over the fight, the look on his face told me he was totally enjoying the moment and it was a real pleasure to see someone so young play his first barbel to the waiting net.

Mathew’s first barbel, does he look pleased or what?

Careful handling of these magnificent species is an integral part of the fish-ins so Mathew was shown the correct way to do it and most importantly of all to rest the fish in the net before releasing them back into the river, this one took a while to recover and seemed quite happy to just hover in the open net taking in oxygen before swimming off down into the streamer weed below us.

As another great day by the river drew to a close the Barbel Fish-Ins proved once again that learning new methods, meeting great people and achieving new goals is all possible in this great club of ours and this band of merry barbel hunters are already planning their next trip.

We’ll certainly be running the fish-ins again in 2013 but if you haven’t managed to make one of this years events and still fancy having a go just get in touch with the fondly named ‘River Rats’ and someone will be more than happy to take you out with them on one of our many fantastic river stretches. Until next time I’ll wish you tight lines and leave you with some photo’s from the day.

Grazy.

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Belmont and Shakerley deliver the goods again…

Leon Easy had a first time visit to the very popular Belmont Pool and didn’t come away empty handed in fact he managed to get a double take and had the pleasure of landing a couple of very nice carp at 21lb and 19lb 5oz. Leon also caught 2 other carp on the same session.

Belmont Pool is a popular carp water on the Lymm AC card.

Shortly after Leon visited Shakerley Mere and managed a Mirror carp that tipped the scales at 26lb, well done Leon a great achievement after so many hours on this venue.

Shakerley Mere where Leon has had many good sessions recently.

Leon continues to target Shakerley Mere and says “After putting many hours in on this venue with no result  I hit a good spell in my angling. Focusing on my rigs and bait I found the right balance for me at Shakerley. I am currently still catching on every trip to Shakerley and am very proud to say that I really love the place!!!! On this particular trip I landed 4 fish and lost 3, the biggest being this fish named by the local lads who fish this venue ‘R6’ due to the scaling patterns. Its currently my personal best to this day and I’m persuing a few fish I have spotted which are even bigger.”

Stop press!! Leon has had a successful session at the ever popular Belmont Pool taking 3 carp at 26lb, 21lb and 19lb 5oz.

Keep up the good work Leon and keep us posted on your achievements!!

Clint has a great session Serpentine Pool with Pepperami and Pallatrax paste

Early September can be a little unpredictable but the late summer weather saw Lymm member Clint Walker enjoy a great session on the banks of Serpentine (Beech) Pool.

I noticed that other anglers were struggling on this often boilie dominated water, so thought I’d ring the changes by fishing pepperami wrapped in paste to give the fish something different to consider; presented on a size 8 hook with a Pallatrax Stonze weight (lead clip rig) to anchor my baits tight to the island and far bank margin. I’d already lost one fish on Pallatrax Jungle pop up before I’d had time to set my rod pod up (rods in first before bivvy!) but then it went very quiet despite being able to see fish patrolling the far margin. The change of bait worked and I even had a double take which resulted in the two bigger fish being landed within a minute or so of each other!

Clint Walker enjoys a pleasant day session with this 23lbs 7ozs Mirror Carp on Serpentine Pool

Lymm AC angler ‘Caring for fish and the environment’

When Lymm AC angler Graeme Roberts snagged up solid on a river Dane chub there was no question about how to resolve the situation, the shoes, socks and pants came off and in he went to rescue the distressed fish.

I had decided to have a night on the Daisybank stretch of the river Dane after Ian had landed a lovely 9lb 8oz barbel the week before. Arriving for around 7pm I found my first choice swim to be free and settled in for a 24 hour session. Day shelter up and bed chair installed it was no more than 10 minutes before the first sign of action.

The night passed with a number of barbel and chub keeping me on my toes the best being a fairly active 7lb 2oz that bolted off downstream and took a while to bring to the net but after returning the last fish at 6am it was time to reel in and grab a few hours sleep.

My good friends Ash and Uncle Phil arrived and set up a few swims away from where I’d based myself for the night session. The weather was fairly unpredictable and we had a brew and started fishing again. I must have nodded off because the next thing I heard was the screaming tone of my bite alarm as I reached over and grabbed the rod which was just inside the day shelter.

Instead of belting off downstream the fish decided to kite left straight into the undergrowth of the bank, I tried to bully the fish out but to no avail, the feeder was snagged solid on the marginal reeds and I could see the fish splashing around on the surface. I took the bail arm off to give it slack as the barbless size 10 usually pops out in these circumstances but it didn’t and the fish was becoming more and more distressed.

A quick call to Phil along the lines of ‘I’m going in mate don’t let me drown’ and I was soon down to my undies and club shirt (not a pretty sight!!). After tying my rope around my waist the landing mat was used to provide a launch pad and cover the nettles and I was in…not too cold to be honest. Using my landing net handle as a staff I edged closer to the fish feeling the line down to where it was occasionally splashing around.

Once there I could see the chub just resting on the other side of the snag so I scooped it up in my net to make unhooking a bit easier, it wasn’t deeply hooked to be fair and the forceps soon had the hook out from it’s bony lips.

It was a decent chub of around the 4lb mark so I claimed it as caught, netted and unhooked and held it up for a quick photo before resting it in the net for a couple of minutes before watching it swim off strongly downstream.

I’m certainly not the first to go in after a snagged fish and it probably won’t be the last time I do it but I would always ensure it’s safe to do so and ideally make sure someone else is about to watch your back especially on a river.

First time visit to Peover Eye for Gordon reveals a few of it’s secrets

This was my first visit after joining Lymm AC in late June. On arrival I had a look over the bridge and thought it is only small – not sure what I was expecting, probably something like the Dane. However I decided to walk upstream and investigate and got to the end of the upstream field and tackled up using a stick float, thinking I would start here and work my way down the swims.

I fished single caster on the hook and loose fed casters and a few maggots. Missed a bite second trot down however nailed it next trot. Felt like a lovely fish and eventually got it to the top and it was a rainbow trout. I slipped my landing net under the fish and brought it to the side  but when I lifted it out of the water no fish – flaming mice in the shed had put a big hole in one side of the net and the trout had got through the hole.

Unfortunately the hook then pulled out of the fish – not a good start. However things improved and I caught 8 trout in total all between 1lb and 1lb 7oz, 1 roach and 3 perch from various swims on the way back downstream. I also was snapped a few time as I was using only 1lb 14oz hook link. From a water that didn’t look awe inspiring I had a wonderful 5 hours fishing. In the words of Arnie “Asta La Vista” but with stronger hook links. A lovely spot to fish in an ideal country setting teeming with wildlife.

Ben tackles the River Severn at Atcham for the first time…

Ben Topham had a trip to Atcham and catches one of the resident Barbel as well as getting some advice from our local bailiff…

River Severn at Atcham.

My first visit to Atcham since joining the club, caught the 5lb12oz barbel about 9:30am. Nothing then for a couple of hours, then Steve Holland showed up doing his bailiff work. I explained to him that I was a novice river angler and he kindly gave me some great advice about feeding the river. I followed his advice and had a mad hour about 6.00pm where I caught a further 3 barbel (all about 3lb) and a 2lb chub. All fish caught on 12mm halibut pellets using a 3oz ground bait feeder . Thanks once again to Steve for his advice.

History of Farm Pool by Jason Webb

Farm Pool is a small mature pool situated between Foggs Lane and Knutsford Road in the pleasant surroundings of the Cheshire countryside. It is a small peaceful place and if you’re looking for tranquil surroundings with a great day’s fishing then you won’t go far wrong. It is stocked with plenty of silver fish and small Perch, tench to 4lb and a few Chub. Carp to around 15lb’s have been caught and it is also home to Lymm A.C’s record Perch which weighed in at just over 4lb although it has eluded captors for several years now. On previous nettings eels in excess of 5lb’s have also been netted.

The pool has been around for a long time, a lot longer than most people think… Several stories have circulated that it was created by a land mine explosion during World War II, but unfortunately this story has no truth.

The exact origin of this little old pool is unsure, but researching through the archives of old land maps supplied by Cheshire council, Farm pool can be traced back to the Tithe and land apportionment mapping Act of 1836. It was a lot different back then with two pools on the same field. As shown on the map below. The owner of the land was a Sir Edward Antrobus and he leased this field along with Antrobus Farm and some surrounding fields to a James Webster. Farm Pool field was just used as Meadow and Pasture land
with some of the surrounding fields used to grow Oats and Wheat. The second pond was part of a drainage system but now there is very little evidence to show it was once there.

Tithe Map dated 1846 supplied by Cheshire Council is the oldest map currently available showing both Farm Pool and the drainage pool.

A map from 1910 below shows both pools still on the same site. The date the drainage pool dried up is currently unknown.

Aerial photograph’s of the area taken around 1970 show only Farm Pool on the site.

There appears to be only one island on Farm Pool at this point and not quite where the two islands are today…

This little pool has been around for a long time. Please respect it and its surroundings when you visit it. Always close the gate after you and enjoy the mystery of the place like the many people before you have.

Written by Jason Webb (Mancman) on 13/09/2009 with the help of Cheshire Council and old-maps.co.uk.

History of Grimsditch Mill Pool by Jason Webb

Grimsditch Mill Pool is located a short distance up Grimsditch Lane just off the A49 in the pleasant surroundings of the Cheshire countryside. It is arguably one of Lymm Angling Clubs most picturesque waters, nestled amongst the fields and trees it offers the pleasure angler a great days fishing in stunning surroundings. The pool about 1 acre in size has some great features which include islands, reed lined margins and overhanging trees. The water is predominantly known as a silvers water although many people have been taken by surprise by some of the larger residents that inhabit the pool.

Over the last few seasons with careful fishery management the water has made good progress and now holds a good stamp of fish with regular catches of Roach up to 1lb, Bream and Tench up to 4lb and many lower double figure Carp. In recent years a few Mirrors and Commons to just over 20lb have also been banked. And as a mixed fishery Rudd, Perch and Golden Orfe make regular appearances along with eels, some of which are up to 3lb.

Some of the more elusive residents include Grass Carp, Catfish, and a few Chinese Silver Carp, which are still believed to be present. It was some time in the late 80’s, early 90’s when Grass Carp were first stocked and now some of these are reportedly in excess of 20lb. As for the shy Chinese Silver Carp there was a small stocking of these in the late 1980’s and they have proved virtually impossible to catch as they are filter feeders, their normal diet is made up of plankton, detritus and miniscule particles. One or two
are still believed to be present but have evaded capture.

The UK Catfish association recognises Grimsditch as a Catfish inhabited water and there were a small number originally stocked in the mid 1980’s. These don’t appear to get caught very often; the last one was caught several years back and weighed 15lb but bigger are believed to be in there.The variety of species present along with the quality and condition of the fish being caught in such an idyllic setting puts Grimsditch Mill Pool up there amongst the best mixed fisheries in the North West.

The wildlife is in abundance with Buzzards, Mink and the resident Heron amongst others all putting in an appearance. When we look back in time, this place has taken on a transformation nothing short of staggering.

Around 800 A.D the area now known as Grimsditch was covered in thick forest. The first settlers in the area were the Vikings who cleared an area of forest and called there settlement “Grims”. The name “Grims” when translated from Scandinavian is “Thor” for the Viking god of thunder. It would have made a good area to settle in due to the natural source of fresh water from Norcott brook and Whitley brook. However it wasn’t long before the Saxons arrived on the scene and took over and this is where the word “ditch” appears
to have originated from and means “earthworks” such as a ridge, banking or mound.

Through the 1300’s and 1400’s the population of the area expanded and with this came the need to bring more of the land around Grimsditch Mill Pool under cultivation. As this land began to yield more cereal crops the need for mills increased and it was around this time that Grimsditch Mill and its pool was created. There were a total of 3 mills in the Whitley area and they were built during the Reign of Henry VII which was from 1485 to 1509.

So Grimsditch Mill pool has been around for about 500 years! But nothing like we know it today. It was much smaller back then and the earliest map available that shows it is dated 1847.

The map dated 1847 is supplied by Cheshire Council and shows a much smaller Mill pool at the car park end. The area next to it, which is now the main part of the pool was called “the twiggery” and was used to grow Rye Grass, Potatoes and Osiers. Osiers were a type of Willow tree used in the art of Wickerwork.
The landowner at that time was a George Jones and he had let the land out to Robert Burrows.The surrounding fields were owned by Thomas Grimsditch, M.P and Mayor of Macclesfield. They were called Pool Meadow and Windmill field and were used as pasture land at that time. Incidentally Lewis Carroll the famous children’s writer famous for writing Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and Through the looking glass was born on Morphany lane just past Higher Lane about a mile from the pool and is believed to have visited it as a child sometime around 1840.

The map below shows the outline of the pool as it is today. It gives some concept to the scale of work undertaken to dig out the “twiggery” in order to create the pool as it is now. A small drainage ditch runs down one side of it to help drain off excess water from the adjacent field.

The nearby Grimsditch Hall was built around 1550, sometime after the Mill and a long time after the hamlet of Grimsditch had established itself. The Hall remained in the family of the Grimsditches until 1864 when the trustees of Thomas Grimsditch sold it after his death. Several episodes of Sherlock Holmes were filmed there and I believe they used the pool for a backdrop in one of the episodes!

A map from 1875 shows wood land next to the Mill pool.

By 1910 this wooded area known as the twiggery had started to turn into swamp land as shown below.

In the 1970’s an aerial photograph of Grimsditch Mill Pool was taken and shows overgrown woodland and swamp. The pool at this point is a completely unrecognisable place.

It was in the early 1980’s that the club took control of Grimsditch Mill pool. Taking it over from the Appleton Prison Wardens. It had fallen into a sad sorry state of neglect and it took a massive effort to transform the place into what we see today. Nearly 200 Willow trees were cut down and then followed the hard work of clearing the area before the diggers were brought in. Once dug out a member of the club at that time was a landscape gardener and he kindly landscaped the islands that are there today. The water soon started to blossom and despite a few setbacks over the years with chick weed growth
suffocating the pool along with the fish kill of 2002 and associated de-oxygenation issues of recent years it is without doubt a fantastic little fishery with a lot of history and guarantees an enjoyable days fishing.

Related photography of Grimsditch Mill Pool:

Above: A picture of Grimsditch Mill Pool in the 1980’s and a more recent winter scene below.

Written by Jason Webb (Mancman) on 21/09/2009 with thanks to Cheshire Council. Information researched through various Internet sources, Cheshire Guardian Archives and Lymm AC members.