Juniors Academy, places available for Sunday.

2013 Autumn Series starts this Sunday, 4th August.

Our Academy sessions cater for novice anglers and include 4 lessons, this year’s junior permit, 4m whip and starter kit all for only £30! Sign up now!

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For more experienced anglers we have a series of six matches in which anglers compete against each other in friendly competition. We have a number of highly experienced coaches on hand to give top tips and advice.

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For more information contact Chris Finneran on 07525-360804 or email christopher.finneran@gmail.com

Who’s Counting?…………. A Fisherman’s Journey by Tony Mair

A Fishermans Journey

We’ve been contacted by club member Tony Mair who lives in London but travels the counties in pursuit of his love of fly fishing, his mission is to ‘catch a trout from a river in every county’. Tony has asked us to share his Blog after visiting Lymm AC’s Peover Eye.

Having successfully achieved his goal Tony has written about his day on the beautiful Peover in his Blog http://afishermansjo…07/18/cheshire/ You can show Tony our support by subscribing to his Blog and increasing his following. 

He also said to pass on his regards to fellow members Paul and his son Jack and friend Phil whom he met at Peover!! Well done Tony and good luck with the rest of your mission.

For more information about this and other waters on the Lymm card, visit our website www.lymmanglersclub.com  we look forward to welcoming you to our club.

Mission accomplished!! A quest for barbel by design.

Lymm Angling News author and veteran carp angler Mark Johnson decided to ring the changes and venture out for the first time in many years to the River Severn at Atcham in search of his first Barbel, Mark takes up the story which he’s kindly allowed us to share from his own creative Blog aptly named Carp and Stuff.

A long time ago, I caught my one and only barbel. I was running caster under a stick float through a little glide near to Byley Bridge at Middlewich, catching small chub and dace on a lovely, autumnal morning, at least I think it was autumn, the memory becomes weaker as I grow older. One thing I remember quite clearly, is the moment I hooked that barbel. It was no monster, I didn’t weigh it (don’t even think I had scales then) but looking back I would say it was around 3lb. The fight it put up was incredible and something I have never forgotten. Sadly, that was around the time that I gave up fishing the river, instead focussing all of my ‘fishing’ attention on my love of carp angling.

Fast forward some 30 years or more and since my joining Lymm AC, I have spent more and more time looking at the river catch reports, checking out the forum threads with barbel pictures therein, etc, etc. It was an ‘itch’ that needed ‘scratching’ and something had to be done. So, with much web browsing and several visits to tackle shops, I had sorted myself out with a 2-rod barbel set-up. I was also receiving advice and encouragement from people on the Lymm forum, with one in particular being a great help.

Thursday 11th July saw me making the fairly lengthy journey to the Lymm stretch of the Severn at Atcham for an afternoon/evening session in the hope I could catch my first barbel ‘by design’. I’d decided on the lengthy drive as oppose to the comparatively easy drive to the Dane after seeing recent catch reports showing several barbel coming out on dusk and into darkness. I arrived at about 3:45pm and after having a walk along the bank, I settled on a nice open swim but, more importantly, the trees either side offered protection from the blazing heat of the afternoon sun, just walking from the car with my kit had left me dripping in sweat.

".......my heart almost pounded from my chest"

“…….my heart almost pounded from my chest”

Once settled in, I spent the first hour just trickling some bait in to a couple of spots and getting the rods setup, I didn’t actually start fishing ’til about 5.10.pm. Both rods were set up with 2′, 8lb fluorocarbon hooklengths and a 10mm halibut pellet on a short hair, one on a cage feeder with mixed pellets of 4, 6 and 8mm, the other on a running 1oz in-line lead using small pva mesh nuggets of 10mm pellets. By 5:30pm I’d had my first fish, a little chublet of about a pound, my first river fish for over 30 years! 45 minutes later and my heart almost pounded out of my chest as the left hand rod ‘wrapped’ round and was pulled from the rest, was this it, my first proper barbel? No, it was a bream. Undeterred, I rebaited and got the rod back out and removed the bream ‘snot’ that seems to get everywhere!

Small but perfectly formed.

Small but perfectly formed.

At 6:55pm, I had another little chub, small but perfectly formed and gloriously coloured, this was followed twenty-five minutes later by another chub of about 3lb. For the next hour or so, things went very quiet, no more little ‘raps’ on the rod tip and I was beginning to think that this was the much documented quiet spell as the barbel move in and shove the other fish out. The sun had now set leaving that beautiful ‘afterglow’ on the horizon, surely it was barbel ‘bite-time? I took this opportunity to get fresh baits on both rods and get them back on their spots.

Just after 9:30pm, I started noticing little ‘shudders’ on the rod tips, not knocks or raps, just a gentle vibration that I couldn’t fathom but just knew that everything felt ‘right’ – 15 minutes later and all hell broke loose as my left hand rod hooped over and the clutch started screaming, I hit into what was obviously a barbel (or a Ryan as I’ve christened them – one for the footy fans there!).

"Bite-time"

“Bite-time”

This thing went like a train and I couldn’t do a thing as it powered all over the place, then the hook pulled! I had a quick word with myself just as a reminder that I had location, bait and tactics spot-on, it was just unlucky and out went the rod again.

Ten minutes later and the same rod literally takes off again, another powerful, hard-fighting fish, but this time there were no dramas and I netted my first ever, caught by design, barbel. It’s size was immaterial, but for the record it went 6lb 7oz and looked superb. After giving her a few minutes recovery in the net, I got a couple of quick self-takes and then held her in the water, before watching her ‘kick’ and swim off – get in! She had literally just vanished from view , when the remaining rod flew off the rest and the clutch started howling! This resulted in another barbel, a mere baby at 3lb, but perfection in miniature.

By now it was around 10:30pm and I knew I was in with a chance of one or two more, however, it was now pitch black in my swim under the tree canopy and I couldn’t see a thing. It was at this point I realised I’d kept up my tradition of always forgetting something when I go fishing – in this instance it was my head torch! I decided it was pointless trying to continue, so I packed up and headed for home a very happy chappy!

“It went 6lb 7oz and looked superb”

“It went 6lb 7oz and looked superb”

Mark Johnson

Catch of the Month Competition July 2013.

Welcome to Lymm Angling Clubs Catch of the Month Competition July 2013

The winner of the July Catch of the Month competition with a prize of £50 worth of Nash PegOne & Fish Frenzy bait from sponsors Fishing UK previously Baileys Bait & Tackle in Woolston, Warrington is Ian Futcher with this stunning Lymmvale Common Carp, well done Ian!! 

Members can find out how to enter this months competition by clicking here, good luck and remember you’ve got to be in it to win it so get out there and start catching.

Well done to everyone who entered the competition and with August half way through it’s all to play for as the weather continues to prove challenging to anglers.

July's winner Ian Futcher 20lb Common Carp Lymmvale

July’s winner Ian Futcher 20lb Common Carp Lymmvale

Craig Roylance 19lb 6oz Ghost Carp Lymmvale

Craig Roylance 19lb 6oz Ghost Carp Lymmvale

Ian Futcher Carp Chester Specimen Lake

Ian Futcher Carp Chester Specimen Lake

Mike Whewell 16lb Mirror Carp Belmont Pool

Mike Whewell 16lb Mirror Carp Belmont Pool

Shaun Roffey 8lb 12oz Barbel River Bollin

Shaun Roffey 8lb 12oz Barbel River Bollin

Robert Kenyon 8lb 2oz Barbel River Severn Atcham

Robert Kenyon 8lb 2oz Barbel River Severn Atcham

Catch of the Month Competition June 2013.

Welcome to Lymm Angling Clubs Catch of the Month Competition June 2013

Junes ‘Catch of the Month’ competition was the most competitive to date and had plenty of good quality entries. Once again it’s been a very difficult decision for the judges with the Catfish record beaten twice, a PB Common Carp of 31lb caught in the margins and some quality specimens of Tench, Barbel, Chub and Golden Tench. After much discussion it has been decided to split this months prize between two top captures.

The first prize of £50 worth of Nash PegOne & Fish Frenzy bait goes to Nev Evans who is the new club record holder for the Wels Catfish at 65lb 6oz caught at Lymmvale and second place of a £20 tackle voucher from sponsors Fishing UK previously Baileys Bait & Tackle in Woolston, Warrington goes to Paul Edwards with his magnificent 6lb Chub caught on his first visit to the newly acquired Bicton stretch of the River Severn.

Nev Evans with the 'new' Lymm AC Wels Catfish record of 65lb 6oz, June 2013

Nev Evans with the ‘new’ Lymm AC Wels Catfish record of 65lb 6oz, June 2013

Pauls' 6lb chub from the newly acquired Bicton stretch.

Pauls’ 6lb chub from the newly acquired Bicton stretch.

Well done to all who entered this months competition and made it such a fiercely contested event!!

Members can find out how to enter this months competition by clicking here, good luck and remember you’ve got to be in it to win it so get out there and start catching.

In no particular order the following members submitted entries for the month of June;

Billy Smith 4lb+ Golden Tench New Pool

Billy Smith 4lb+ Golden Tench New Pool

Ian Futcher 25lb 4oz Mirror Carp Chester Specimen Lake

Ian Futcher 25lb 4oz Mirror Carp Chester Specimen Lake

Ian Futcher 64lb Wels Catfish Lymmvale

Ian Futcher 64lb Wels Catfish Lymmvale

Mark Harrison 7lb 2oz Tench Lymmvale

Mark Harrison 7lb 2oz Tench Lymmvale

William Tabern 31lb Mirror Carp Chester Specimen Lake

William Tabern 31lb Mirror Carp Chester Specimen Lake

Shaun Roffey River Severn Rossall Barbel 9lb 14oz 16th June 2013

Shaun Roffey River Severn Rossall Barbel 9lb 14oz 16th June 2013

Roger Carswell - One of 15 Severn barbel in a session at 8lb 14oz.

Roger Carswell – One of 15 Severn barbel in a session at 8lb 14oz.

Roger Carswell - One of 15 Seven barbel in a session at 10lb 8oz.

Roger Carswell – One of 15 Severn barbel in a session at 10lb 8oz.

Paul Edwards 9lb 4oz Barbel River Severn Bicton

Paul Edwards 9lb 4oz Barbel River Severn Bicton

Pauls' 6lb chub from the newly acquired Bicton stretch.

Paul Edwards 6lb Chub River Severn Bicton

Nev Evans with the 'new' Lymm AC Wels Catfish record of 65lb 6oz, June 2013

Nev Evans with the ‘new’ Lymm AC Wels Catfish record of 65lb 6oz, June 2013

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Jack Tasker Memorial. Free fun day

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Jack Tasker Memorial. Free fun day

Taking place on the Bridgewater Canal on Sunday 21st July in the Old Town the day will begin at 10am. Fun and festivity will take place, prizes for all participants and some spot prizes to be given out all day.

A memorable first session.

Long-standing club and forum member, ‘Huffy’, recently took his nieces’ boyfriend, Adrian, for his first attempt at barbel fishing, with the Lymm AC stretch of the Severn at Atcham being the venue of choice. It turned out to be a memorable evening as Huffy explains……

My nieces’ boyfriend, Adrian, had been texting me throughout the week, enquiring about going down to the ‘mighty’ Severn to catch his very first barbel. So, plans were made for a trip down there last Friday evening. As we drove down, I explained to Adrian(Chop) that there had been a few posts on the  forum only the day before saying that the river was really low and clear and it would be a real struggle to earn a bite before the sun was off the water. Sure enough from 6pm ’til 9pm, the rod tips didn’t move, then roughly 9.10pm, Adrian had his very first ‘two foot twitch’, which resulted in his first barbel of 4lb 2oz.

Adrians' first barbel at 4lb 2oz.

Adrians’ first barbel at 4lb 2oz.

At this point, it was the perfect opportunity to show Adrian the important aspect of fish welfare when barbel fishing. I proceeded to show him how to put a barbel back safely after a long battle, explaining that he should face the fish into the current until it had fully recovered and was strong enough to swim away. A short time later he hooked a very good fish that took him into mid-river and became snagged, this resulted in him losing the fish. On examination of the hook-length, it could be seen that the Drennan sink braid was partially stripped. I explained to Adrian that he should be checking the hook-length after every fish landed if we were lucky enough to get another bite. He was shellshocked to say the least, but a short while later, he was back in action with his second fish of 7lb 1oz.

Barbel #2 at 7lb 1oz.

Barbel #2 at 7lb 1oz.

Adrian was obviously delighted at how things had turned out so far, but he hadn’t finished yet! A short while later, he was into yet another fish, this time the scales read 6lb 4oz and Adrian was ‘buzzing’!

Hat-trick complete with a 6lb 4oz fish!

Hat-trick complete with a 6lb 4oz fish!

By this time it was almost midnight and we had decided to call it a day. Adrian had already packed one rod away and was just about to pick up the other when the tip slammed over and the baitrunner began to sing. After a long hard fight, he landed what was to be the last and best fish of his session, a real beauty at 8lb 12oz !

A really memorable evening for both of us for different reasons. On the way home, Adrian asked me,  “How much is a decent Barbel rod?”. That’s when I thought to myself, ‘job done’ and ‘welcome to river fishing’. By the way, as much as I really wanted to,  I didn’t  fish, I sat with Adrian all evening, offering help and words of advice and to be honest, got more enjoyment seeing him catch than anything else. I really don’t know who was ‘buzzing’ the most on the way home, him or me!

Last and biggest of the session at 8lb 12oz!

Last and biggest of the session at 8lb 12oz!

Our thanks to Huffy for the words and congratulations to Adrian on what turned out to be an excellent first barbel session!  For more information about this and other waters on the Lymm card, visit our website www.lymmanglersclub.com  we look forward to welcoming you to our club.

Paul tempts fine specimens from new stretch of the Severn.

Lymms’ newly acquired stretch of the River Severn at Bicton is already showing it’s potential for specimen sized fish. Club member, Paul Edwards made his first visit to the stretch recently and managed to bank two fine specimens in the form of a 9lb 4oz barbel and a 6lb chub……

Pauls' 9lb 4oz Bicton barbel.

Pauls’ 9lb 4oz Bicton barbel.

“On arrival at the river, I met up with bailiff, Steve Holland and we took a walk along the banks. Eventually I settled for a peg on the bend at the top of the stretch and started baiting by putting ten feeders-worth on each spot. I then relaxed with the first of many cups of tea and didn’t even start fishing until at least an hour after my pre-baiting. Both of the fish came to my upstream rod just as it was getting dark. I was obviously pleased with both of the fish, but the icing on the cake, for me, has to be the chub which, at 6lb, is just a few ounces shy of the club record!”

Pauls' 6lb chub from the newly acquired Bicton stretch.

Pauls’ 6lb chub from the newly acquired Bicton stretch.

For more information about this and other waters on the Lymm card, visit our website www.lymmanglersclub.com  we look forward to welcoming you to our club.