Phil does it again with a new club record barbel!

Just under three weeks ago, Lymm member and Severn regular, Phil O’Callaghan set a new club record for barbel with a stunning fish of 11lb 5oz from the club’s stretch of the river at Rossall. Well, he’s been at it again!

Phil arrived at the river at about 5.45 p.m. and only had a couple of hours to spare. His target species this time was chub and he spent an hour so trotting a float until the light began to fade. With no action forthcoming on the float (save for a couple of missed bites) Phil changed over to a small maggot feeder set up, with 5lb line straight through to a size 14 hook and all on a 1.25lb TC Avon rod.

On his second cast of the feeder, he noticed a couple of ‘taps’, when the third ‘tap’ came, Phil struck and all went solid! Realising he had hooked a fair size fish, Phil took his time playing it not wanting to lose it, nor wanting to cause it any damage in such shallow water.

A good ten minutes later and the fish was in the net. Given that the river was so low, Phil ‘rested’ the fish by walking it out into deeper water midstream prior to a couple of self take shots with the camera and, of course, the weighing of the fish itself. Once up on the scales, they gave a reading of 12lb 5oz – smashing his previous record by a full pound! Phil said that it was a “lucky” catch – we just think it was great angling! Well done, Phil.

"....they gave a reading of 12lb 5oz!"

“….they gave a reading of 12lb 5oz!”

Phil O'Callaghan's NEW club record barbel 12lb 5oz September 2013

Phil O’Callaghan’s NEW club record barbel 12lb 5oz September 2013

If you would like to have a chance of catching specimen fish like this, check out our website www.lymmanglersclub.com where you can find details of lots of different waters to go at, including the incredible value of the ‘Rivers and Canals’ membership at just £35. We look forward to hearing from you – tight lines!

Tony Lawton nets a fine Fields Farm mixed bag!

Lymm member, Tony Lawton, has been in touch to tell us of a recent pleasure session on Sandy Pool at Fields Farm Fishery. Tony took a real mixed bag including common carp to 6lb 9oz, mirrors to 6lb 5oz, perch, tench and bream throughout the day.

In Tony’s words, “A cracking days fishing and I’ll be going back there again!”

One of the carp from a fine mixed bag.

"A cracking days fishing!"

“A cracking days fishing!”

All 5 pools at Fields Farm are available on the Lymm card, if you’d like to fish there or any of the numerous waters available to Lymm AC members, then visit our website www.lymmanglersclub.com We look forward to hearing from you.

Greg beats his pb carp in style.

LymmAC member and bailiff, Greg Winstanley, has been targetting the carp at Lymmvale in a bid to beat his peronal best and to try for his first ‘twenty’. Well, he recently managed to do both and you can read below Greg’s account of his memorable capture……

Well where do I start……  The beginning I guess! After much deliberation (5mins) I decided to take Thursday off work and have a bit of a social with a friend on ‘The Vale’. Thursday morning started at around 4:30 a.m. with an easy coast up to Lymmvale from Derby, unfortunately where I work.  After a stop at the Golden Arches for a fill up, I eventually arrived still in the hours of darkness, at around 5:45 a.m.

For those who have never had the opportunity to visit Lymmvale, it is probably the most magical of all the Lymm waters. that is true for both night and day! Being able to watch the place come alive is a favourite pastime for me as you get to see and hear things that most people don’t.  I had the lake to myself for approximately half an hour to absorb all the goings on and cast an eye around some of the likely places.  Even though there seemed to be more ‘fishy’ swims, I decided on opting for the Sandbank Swim as it’s very comfortable to fit two bivvies  and be able to sit and chat without disturbing the rest of the anglers.

After setting up my swim and baiting up a likely margin area, I cast out my rigs and sat back to make my first brew of the session. This is where things got started… Guy and Andy from the Lymm estates maintenance team turned up and informed me that there was going to be some pruning and bark chip spreading going on around the Sandbank and adjacent pegs, so I would have to vacate the area.  As you can imagine I was devastated and reluctantly packed up! By this time my fishing buddy, Mark,  had arrived and we spent the next couple of hours, where possible, helping the lads and acting as site foremen.  Oh yeah, plus giving them some humorous abuse/banter! By the way excellent job lads, the effort these lads put in is matched by no other.

Once the peg work was complete, we moved back in to the Sandbank swim and began setting up (take 2 for me!)  The evening came with no action apart from 5 mins of panic followed by hours of mickey taking –  sorry nearly forgot, I had a bream just before we turned in for a kip – not funny Mark!

The early hours of the morning arrived with still no activity, that is until my margin rod pulled tight and I was in to a nice tench, not my target species but nice all the same. After sending the tinca on its way and as if they where watching me, my second rod pulled tight and I was in again to a much nicer tench.  This one was absolutely mint and a nice male weighing in at 6lb 2oz equalling my personal best.

The morning came and went with nothing else but rain and banter but we still enjoyed the company and watched the bird life on the lake. It came to the point where the final rigs of the session were sent out, we agreed that we would bait up and sit it out until it was time to go.  An hour or so passed and my left hand rod received a slow but definite take… I jumped up and lifted into what I thought was going to be either another bream or a tench. Once the fish had realised it was hooked, it decided it would ‘start its engines’ and kite to the right looking for the weed beds, I knew for definite this was no bream or tench….. The fish definitely knew what it was doing as it continuously rolled over the line trying to rid the hook. When it came to the point of tiring, I had to promptly remove my boots and socks, roll up my combats and join the fish in the water to net it safely (The water in front of the Sandbank is very shallow and no large fish should be pulled across the stony bottom)

After the  fish passed over the net cord I knew I had smashed my personal best and had been graced with one of the mystical Vale Gems. The scales confirmed I had broken my previous record of 17lb 3oz with a pleasing 21lb 7oz stunner. So thank you for reading my most memorable session and let me introduce you to my first ‘twenty’ and new personal best!

New personal best and first 'twenty' for Greg!

New personal best and first ‘twenty’ for Greg!

Our congratulations to Greg for his capture of a stunning fish. Want to have a go for fish like these yourself? Visit our website www.lymmanglersclub.com to view the lengthy list of waters available on the Lymm AC card and details of how to join us  – we look forward to hearing from you.

Juniors: Round 4 of the Autumn Series

Sunday 15th September saw round four of the Lymm AC Juniors Autumn Series taking place on New Pool. The weather forecast was pretty grim with torrential rain and gale-force winds. This week it was bread week and all the competitors were restricted to using bread plus one other hook bait, many settled for sweetcorn which seemed to bring out the carp.

First to tempt a carp was Sarah Taylor who on very light elastic managed to steer a carp into her landing net, after a twenty minute batter both Sarah, the fish and dad Paul were exhausted!! Alex Warham was next to land a carp but only after losing one minutes before at the net. One person sticking to the bread bait for this week was Jack Ross who was feeding small pots of liquidized bread and fishing small bread discs called punch over the top, although he was getting lots of bites this was not resulting in fish. Ricky Teale of Matrix Tackle attended the session to meet the youngsters and offer some expert coaching, working through their tackle and refining their approach although it proved tricky getting the fish to switch onto the feed.

Ricky Teale showing how to get the best presentation of bait to Jack and Phil Ross

Ricky Teale showing how to get the best presentation of bait to Jack and Phil Ross

Further round the lake newcomer David Smith was fishing at 13m towards the island in a howling wind to tempt two carp on sweetcorn. It was a lucky turn of fate that saw his main rig tangle and went over toward the island with a margin rig which almost instantly resulted in the two biggest fish of his catch. Kyle Hickman was pegged next to David and was also lucky to hook and land a carp on sweetcorn, this time Kyle’s approach was set out for the bigger residents of the lake but unfortunately only one fish decided to take his bait.

Kyle getting ready to land his carp

Kyle getting ready to land his carp

Callum McCormack was on peg 1 and catching lots of small roach when his swim erupted after hooking a carp, only to lose it seconds later after the cunning fish found a snag to hide behind.

Academy

Sunday was the final session of the Lymm AC Junior Academy sessions, a four-week introduction course to fishing. The Coach led sessions go through all the basics to a point that each child is able to fish independently.  Freddie Didd caught the best fish of the day during the academy catching an early carp on sweetcorn.

Freddie's carp taken on sweetcorn

Freddie’s carp taken on sweetcorn

Big thanks to coaches Eric Hazzard, Jim Smith & John Coppock

Autumn 2013 Academy - left: Coach Eric Hazzard and right Coach Chris Finneran. Kids (left to right) William & Luke, Sam, Joshua, Freddie and Jake. Missing - Brad

Autumn 2013 Academy – left: Coach Eric Hazzard and right Coach Chris Finneran. Kids (left to right) William & Luke, Sam, Joshua, Freddie and Jake. Missing – Brad

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Kyle Hickman with his net of 4lb 7oz including a 3lb carp

Kyle Hickman with his net of 4lb 7oz including a 3lb carp

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Callum Mccormack net of roach including a large roach. 1lb 10oz of punch caught fish.

Callum Mccormack net of roach including a large roach. 1lb 10oz of punch caught fish.

Newcomer David Smith with two carp and silvers for 8lb 13oz taking his first win with Lymm AC Juniors

Newcomer David Smith with two carp and silvers for 8lb 13oz taking his first win with Lymm AC Juniors

Elliott Mavers with his net of 5lb 13oz of skimmers caught on sweetcorn over liquidized bread

Elliott Mavers with his net of 5lb 13oz of skimmers caught on sweetcorn over liquidized bread

Sarah Taylor catch of two carp and silvers for 7lb 11oz taken on corn over Liquidized bread.

Sarah Taylor catch of two carp and silvers for 7lb 11oz taken on corn over Liquidized bread.

Thanks to Ricky Teale of Matrix

From all at Lymm AC Juniors thanks to Ricky Teale for spending the day with us and his donation of prizes for the match.

Big thanks to Ricky Teale of Matrix Tackle. (Back Right to Left Ricky Teale, David Smith, Kyle Hickman, Elliott Mavers, Chris Finneran. Front Left: Callum McCormack, Jack Ross, Sarah Taylor and Alex Warham)

Big thanks to Ricky Teale of Matrix Tackle. (Back Right to Left Ricky Teale, David Smith, Kyle Hickman, Elliott Mavers, Chris Finneran. Front Left: Callum McCormack, Jack Ross, Sarah Taylor and Alex Warham)

Alex Warham taking 5th Place

Alex Warham taking 5th Place

Callum McCormack taking 6th place

Callum McCormack taking 6th place

Our winner for the day David Smith taking a hat of Matrix tackle and a brand new Fish Matrix Ultron 13ft Float rod worth over £100.

Our winner for the day David Smith taking a hat of Matrix tackle and a brand new Fish Matrix Ultron 13ft Float rod worth over £100.

Elliott Mavers collecting his prize for 3rd

Elliott Mavers collecting his prize for 3rd

Jack Ross collecting his prize for 7th

Jack Ross collecting his prize for 7th

Kyle Hickman finishing 4th

Kyle Hickman finishing 4th

Sarah Taylor finishing second on the day.

Sarah Taylor finishing second on the day.

Series Results

Each match is part of a series towards a series winner prize at the end of the season.

Each match is part of a series towards a series winner prize at the end of the season.

Learn how to fish for Pike

Lymm Angling Club are hosting a Pike fishing coaching session on the Bridgewater Canal on Sunday 29th September. Coaching will be provided by the Pike Angling Club.

For many experienced anglers Pike still cause a headache, with rows of teeth and Gill Plating armour. We have a team of experienced Pike Anglers who’ll dispel the myths and show you how to care for these pre-historic creatures.

The event start at 10am and is completely free please meet at The Brindley Car Park WA7 1BG. Open to members and non-members but please pre-book by sending an email to pr@lymmanglersclub.com

Pike IN

Juniors round up

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the juniors, we started on our regular junior section event on Sunday 1st September. Our Academy was oversubscribed and really busy following referrals from the Cheshire Show. We had a full group of seven youngsters in the morning and then another six in the afternoon, although very rewarding it is very exhausting going between six or seven anglers all eager to catch fish but catch fish they did.

First timer Megan Higham was able to slip the net under this small Crucian carp

First timer Megan Higham was able to slip the net under this small Crucian carp

Brad with his 1lb plus skimmer

Brad with his 1lb plus skimmer

Morning Academy session is full swing

Morning Academy session is full swing

Afternoon class just as busy.

Afternoon class just as busy.

At the same time the third round of the Autumn Series took place on Spring Pool. For the remainder of the series events have been limited to a specific bait and this week was Worm Week, Spring Pool has a good head of Roach and Perch which is perfect for worm fishing however, on the day the fish were nowhere to be seen and catches were poor by our standard.  Most pegged towards the bottom end of the pool, the shallower water failed to hold the fish the anglers sought. Elliott Mavers and Sarah Taylor were pegged nearer the island and found fish to be more accommodating.

Sarah Taylor match winning catch of 5lb 6oz

Sarah Taylor match winning catch of 5lb 6oz

Elliott Maver good enough for second on 4lb

Elliott Maver good enough for second on 4lb

Callum McCormack caught steadily for 1lb 6oz, third.

Kyle Hickman done well for 8oz, fourth

Kyle Hickman done well for 8oz, fourth

Alex Warham sneaked perch down the end for 7oz, fifth

Alex Warham sneaked perch down the end for 7oz, fifth

Connor Higham managed to catch two fry, good enough to avoid a blank.

One of the said tench caught on corn between the island on New Pool.

One of the tench caught on corn between the island on New Pool.

After the match Callum was practising waggler fishing and managed to tempt tench and large skimmers.

After the match Callum was practising waggler fishing and managed to tempt tench and large skimmers.

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Following Sunday’s match the juniors were preparing for our first national taking place on the River Weaver, we had been up the Saturday before the match for a practice and held a prep night at Whitley Hall on Tuesday. We started with casting practice and then moved inside to prepare rigs and reset elastics.

Each taking turns to cast toward a upturned bucket in a field 30 yards away.

Each taking turns to cast toward an upturned bucket in a field 30 yards away.

Even big kids getting involved.

Even big kids getting involved.

The National Junior Angling Association (NJAA) National itself split between the River Weaver on the Northwich AA stretch at Harford Bridge and Vale Royal Pools. We were able to put on team of anglers aged 14-18 in the Junior section and one team of cadets aged under 14. Our match plan was to target the roach however, it wasn’t to be. Overnight rain meant that the river carried a little extra colour and pace meaning that most of the weight was taken on the feeder. Northwich AA able to secure the win by a superior weight on count back after being tied with Matrix Tameside. The Junior squad was able to secure fourth place out of six teams who made the trip to the North-west, for our first year in the competition I think this is a great start and we hope to build on our experience. The cadets struggled in a venue that really failed to preform, weights were really down and all competitors failed to register more than a pound of fish. Matrix Tameside was able to secure first place and Sarah Taylor who also fishes our matches came second overall.

Top performer of the day was Kyle Hickman who finished second in his section.

Top performer of the day was Kyle Hickman who finished second in his section.

Next week sees our fourth event in Autumn Series on 15th September and we have a special guest, Ricky Teale Managing Director of Matrix will attend. We have asked Ricky to spend time with our match section offering advice and pointers as well as attending the presentation at the end of the match. It also sees the fourth Academy session and this week lesson is about attaching rigs to the short poles that each youngster has been using for the last three sessions. They will also get a certificate and goodie bag, let’s hope it is the start of a very enjoyable angling journey.

Ricky Teale of Matrix who will attend the next Junior event on 15th.

Ricky Teale of Matrix who will attend the next Junior event on 15th.

Paul Jones smashes his PB by 10lb!

New Lymm AC member, Paul Jones only recently returned to fishing after a lengthy break and as a former ‘pleasure and occasional match angler’, only started specifically targeting carp  in the past couple of months.

Tuesday 3rd September saw Paul arrive at the Belmont estate at around 6 p.m. for an overnighter, however, on finding the main pool full of anglers, he decided to set up on Serpentine for the night and fished the end bay peg on the left. After an hour or so getting set up, preparing hook lengths, pva sticks etc, Paul was eventually settled and was fishing one rod over to left of the bay and the other fished to the opposite bank.

It was well into darkness before any action was forthcoming when, at 10.40 p.m., his right hand bite alarm burst into life, signalling a fast take. There then followed quite a lengthy fight, with the fish allowing itself to be drawn to almost within netting range, then powering off again taking line against Paul’s delicately-set clutch on several occasions. Eventually, the battle took a swing in Paul’s favour and the fish was drawn over the net cord.

On weighing the fish, Paul was immediately ‘blown away’ to learn that he had easily beaten his previous PB carp of 15lb with a mirror of 25lb! A couple of quick photos were done and the impressive carp was slipped back, leaving Paul overjoyed and with a grin a mile wide! He went on to capture a further two carp during the session.

'Blown away'

‘Blown away’

If you fancy having a go for some quality carp like this, or any other style of coarse fishing at Lymm’s numerous and varied venues, then simply visit the website www.lymmanglersclub.com  We look forward to hearing from you.

A “few hours after work” brings new club record barbel!

Lymm AC member and River Severn regular, Phil O’Callaghan, took advantage of a lovely evening to have a a few hours fishing on the Lymm AC stretch of the Severn at Rossall after work, he’s glad he did!

Another glorious, Severn sunset.

Another glorious, Severn sunset.

Phil arrived at his swim around 6 p.m. and set about putting three feeders full of bait in his swim. With the river level being low, Phil found that the peg he was on was about 3′ above the water, with that in mind, he made sure he could get in the edge ok to avoid having to manhandle any prospective catch up the bank – it was a plan that was to pay dividends later on.

At around 7.50 p.m., Phil received his first action to his rods, but instead of an anticipated ‘three foot twitch’ from a barbel, there was just a ‘tap-tap’. Phil was already thinking chub and lifted into the bite and into a fish. This fish remained fairly static and he realised that he  was in fact attached to a barbel and possibly a good one at that.

As he played the fish under another glorious Severn sunset, Phil was telling himself that this could be a bit special and in his words, “something inside me was telling not to lose this one and to take my time.” With the river level so low, the fish couldn’t find deeper water so it did the next best thing, it decided to “run for Shrewsbury!” as Phil described it. While having the chance, Phil managed to get in the edge, position himself properly and ready the net.

The moment of truth....

The moment of truth….

It wasn’t over yet though, the fish had other ideas and went on about half a dozen more powerful runs before it eventually went in the net to be rested, while Phil prepared to weigh it and get a quick self-take shot of his prize. Once on the scales, the dial showed a reading  of 11lb 5oz, a stunning fish and a new Lymm AC, barbel record. For the record, Phil’s tactics included a free-running feeder, together with a 3′ hook length, a size 10 barbless hook and a hookbait of an 8mm halibut pellet.

Phil O'Callaghan with the new Lymm AC record barbel of 11lb 5oz.

Phil O’Callaghan with the new Lymm AC record barbel of 11lb 5oz.

Our congratulations go to Phil for what is a fantastic capture of a superb specimen – well done, Phil! If you would like to have a chance of catching specimen fish like this, check out our website www.lymmanglersclub.com where you can find details of lots of different waters to go at, including the incredible value of the ‘Rivers and Canals’ membership at just £35. We look forward to hearing from you – tight lines!