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.
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.
Callum McCormack caught steadily for 1lb 6oz, third.
Connor Higham managed to catch two fry, good enough to avoid a blank.
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.
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.
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.