Juniors Final match of the year

Sunday saw the final Lymm AC Juniors event of the year, it was also the final of the Autumn Series of six matches. Sarah Taylor finished 7th on the day after a bad draw which was good enough to take the title. On the day David Smith caught a carp, tench and two bream within four casts which was good enough the win with 7lb 4oz. Second place was taken by Nathan Brooks with 6lb 5oz mainly of skimmers and roach caught on pellet. Jack Stansfield came third on the day with 5lb 12oz of corn caught skimmers. As mentioned took the series title with 10 points from Kyle Hickman with 18 points then interestingly four anglers were tied on points and the collective weight meant that Alex Warham, Callum McCormack, Elliott Mavers and Jack Ross all on 29 points, Elliott and Jack also had the same weight.

Nathan Brooks with 6lb 5oz of skimmers good enough for second place

Nathan Brooks with 6lb 5oz of skimmers good enough for second place

Richard Hansley with 2lb 6oz of Roach.

Richard Hansley with 2lb 6oz of Roach.

Sarah Taylor with her final catch of small roach. 2lb 13oz

Sarah Taylor with her final catch of small roach. 2lb 13oz

Callum Mccormack's one fish for 14oz

Callum Mccormack’s one fish for 14oz

Alex Warham struggled but managed 5oz of roach

Alex Warham struggled but managed 5oz of roach

Kyle Hickman few fish for 4lb 12oz good enough for 4th place.

Kyle Hickman few fish for 4lb 12oz good enough for 4th place.

David Smith winning catch of 7lb 4oz

David Smith winning catch of 7lb 4oz

Jack Ross with his method feeder caught skimmers of 3lb 15oz

Jack Ross with his method feeder caught skimmers of 3lb 15oz

DSCF1362 DSCF1364

Elliott Mavers stuggled and managed to catch 1lb of fish late on

Elliott Mavers stuggled and managed to catch 1lb of fish late on

Final series standings

Final series standings

As the final event of the year we had several trophies to give out. Our Most Improved Angler of the Year went to Richard Hansley, our Newcomer of the Year was won by Callum McCormack and Angler of the Year won by Sarah Taylor. We had over £100 worth of tackle and bait donated by Taskers Angling and Cheshire Baits meaning we could everyone who took part and really good prize, including rods, holdalls and tackle.

DSCF1366

Sarah Taylor collecting the Dave Smith Memorial cup for winning the Autumn Series

Sarah Taylor collecting the Dave Smith Memorial cup for winning the Autumn Series

Team Mavers collecting the Warrington Guardian Dads & Lads trophy.

Team Mavers collecting the Warrington Guardian Dads & Lads trophy.

Our joint winners of the Tryer of the Year award

Our joint winners of the Tryer of the Year award

Richard Hansley collecting the Most Improved angler of the year, plus a section trophy from Mersey CADG Match.

Richard Hansley collecting the Most Improved angler of the year, plus a section trophy from Mersey CADG Match.

DSCF1372 DSCF1373 DSCF1376

Group photo of all that took part in the Autumn Series. Thank you to everyone that took part, all the parents for getting them there and all the coaches who helped throughout the year!

Group photo of all that took part in the Autumn Series. Thank you to everyone that took part, all the parents for getting them there and all the coaches who helped throughout the year!

The year has been a very successful one for the junior section, we have had over 150 participants in our events. Our Academy Section who cater for complete beginners was really popular with six people taking part in the spring and eight in the Autumn Series. We have twelve placed open for next year. On the match front we finished second in the Merseyside Championships, 4th in our first national held on the River Weaver, our cadets finished 3rd in their age group of the same event. Hopefully in 2014 we will continue this success and build for better future.

We begin the Spring Series 2014 on March 24 and run every other Sunday for six events. Our Autumn Series will begin on 17th August. For more details see our 2014 Calendar

Catch of the Month Competition September 2013.

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

The winner of the September 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 Phil O’Callaghan for not one but two club record barbel in the same month, well done that record will stand for sometime!! You can read the full story of how Phil managed to land this amazing Barbel whilst fishing for Chub here.

Septembers COTM winner Phil O'Callaghan with a new club record barbel at 12lb 5oz

Septembers COTM winner Phil O’Callaghan with a new club record Barbel at 12lb 5oz

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 below who entered the competition, keep those entries coming in for next month COTM competition!!

Mike Quinn 24lb 12oz New PB Common Carp Lymmvale

Mike Quinn 24lb 12oz New PB Common Carp Lymmvale

Phil O'Callaghan 11lb 5oz Barbel River Severn Rossall Grange

Phil O’Callaghan 11lb 5oz Barbel River Severn Rossall Grange

Matt Brady 18lb 4oz Mirror Carp Belmont Pool

Matt Brady 18lb 4oz Mirror Carp Belmont Pool

Phil O'Callaghan New Club Record 12lb 5oz Barbel River Severn Rossall Grange

Phil O’Callaghan New Club Record 12lb 5oz Barbel River Severn Rossall Grange

Lymm Admin.

Catch of the Month Competition August 2013.

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

The winner of the August 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 Gary Bagguley with his new PB Mirror Carp, well done Gary!!

Augusts COTM winner Gary Bagguley with a new PB 21lb Mirror Carp

Augusts COTM winner Gary Bagguley with a new PB 21lb Mirror Carp

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, keep those entries coming in!!

Ben Whewell 10lb Ghost Carp Yew Tree Pool

Ben Whewell 10lb Ghost Carp Yew Tree Pool

Gary Bagguley with a new PB 21lb Mirror Carp Serpentine Pool

Gary Bagguley with a new PB 21lb Mirror Carp Serpentine Pool

Frank James Tench 7lb 3oz male caught at Lymmvale

Frank James Tench 7lb 3oz male caught at Lymmvale

John Byres Spring Pool Koi Carp 10lb 4oz

John Byres Spring Pool Koi Carp 10lb 4oz

John’s catch report – Pole fishing for roach on Spring Pool 16 August I was pulled into the lilly pads a few time by bigger fish. This time as the float sank away I lifted into the fish and held on. With 7 sections of pole I was able to manoeuvre the fish out of the cover and into open water. With size 10 elastic it was always going to be a struggle to bring the fish in but eventually it slid over the lip of my landing net. My first ever carp on Spring pool. Deep joy.

Sweet corn and micro pellet. 6 lb line size 10 specialist barbless hook. Weight was 10lb 4 oz after deducting the weight of the sling. John Byres.

And to finish off Augusts COTM entries a fine pair of specimen carp…

Kevin Hollick 19lb 14oz Heather the Leather Carp

Kevin Hollick 19lb 14oz Heather the Leather Carp

Oliver Gilman 23lb 13oz Mirror Carp

Oliver Gilman 23lb 13oz Mirror Carp

Lymm Admin.

Barbel teach-in October 2013

Saturday 5th October 2013, once again saw Lymm AC conduct a barbel ‘teach-in’ on the Lymm stretch of the River Severn at Atcham, an opportunity for people yet to catch the ‘prince of the river’, or ‘novices’ seeking a little extra help, to get some guidance from experienced barbel anglers, in the hope of landing one. I was to join them to cover the day for the club blog.

After a tortuous journey down the A49, encountering traffic jam after traffic jam, I eventually arrived at ‘The Raven’ truck-stop cafe where I was to meet up with Graeme ‘Grazy’ Roberts, Lymm AC’s treasurer, website administrator and anything else that will keep him awake ’til the early hours, for a light lunch, prior to carrying on to the river. The light lunch consisted of two fried eggs, three rashers of thick cut bacon, two sausages, fried bread, tomatoes, beans, black pudding, mushrooms, hash browns, bread and butter and a large mug of tea!

Somehow, I managed to drag myself out of the cafe and followed Graeme down to the car park at Atcham where the anglers taking part had gathered. Unbelievably, we were

Sunglasses were very much the order of the day!

Sunglasses were very much the order of the day!

greeted by temperatures of almost 70° and glorious sunshine, with ‘cotton wool’ clouds scudding across the azure Shropshire sky, you could have been forgiven for thinking it was July, not October!

First inspection of the river was promising, it had been low and clear most of the season, but the recent rains had put a tinge of colour in it and it was up by about 12 to 18 inches, which bode well for the fishing. There were around16 anglers taking part (and forgive me if I don’t name each one as I didn’t take notes as I was introduced to everyone) with a few anglers present yet to catch a barbel, including Steve (steveo) and James, some of the others

Conditions looked spot-on!

Conditions looked spot-on!

present were organiser Phil Hatton, Bill, Pete, Dave, Cliff, Graeme (Grazy), Graeme Barnett, Mathew, myself (not fishing) plus the Barbel Society representatives, with Head Bailiff, Ash, arriving later on.

For this ‘fish-in’ we had been joined by Bobby Baker of the Barbel Society together with two others, they were attending following the recent affiliation between Lymm AC and the Society which benefited members of either by offering reciprocal discounts of each membership scheme.

During the early afternoon, we wandered about the river talking to the anglers and watched the numerous groups of canoeists go by, but we returned to the cars for a while.

One of numerous groups...

One of numerous groups…

 Once there, we were soon treated to a very special moment as a local falconer (I think its the same title for hawks!) appeared in company with a very handsome Harris Hawk. The hawk was sat in the nearby trees watching us all, so after a brief chat with the falconer, it was agreed that Grazy could don the leather gauntlet for a few shots with the hawk (I’ve resisted all temptation to say he pulled a bird!) The next ten minutes or so were spent with the hawk flying back and to from  the glove for ‘titbits’ of food allowing us to get some lovely pictures. To be up so close to such a magnificent creature was marvellous.

DSC_5820S

What a handsome creature – the hawk ain’t bad either!

By mid afternoon, most were settled into their respective swims and fishing, with a ‘gathering’ planned back at the cars around 6pm for a chat and a brew. The river, and this stretch in particular, had been kind to many this season, myself included, but despite conditions looking spot-on, she was sulking and wasn’t offering up her prizes so easily today, the only hope was that she may be a little more benevolent come dusk and the ensuing darkness.

Ash with his barbel.

Ash with his barbel.

Darkness didn’t bring the flurry of activity we had all hoped for, but it did bring a first barbel of around four and a half pounds to ‘Steveo’ making him a very happy angler. Phil Hatton managed a chub of 4lb and Ash did a double of chub and barbel within seconds of each other. So the fishing wasn’t as hoped for, but it was day full of banter, cholesterol and the odd surprise, but more importantly it was a demonstration of how a group of like minded people, kindred spirits, can enjoy themselves merely because of the company and despite the lack of action. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as I’m sure did the others.

'Motley Crew'

‘Motley Crew’

The barbel teach-in is one of many such days held by Lymm AC, if you would like to be a part of one, why not join us? See our website www.lymmanglersclub.com for details of how to join, with some very tempting deals including the amazingly valued river and canal membership, plus of course the great deal on Barbel Society membership. We look forward to hearing from you!

Barbel Society discount for our members

BS_logo_vsmall_525851581The club are pleased to announce that they have negotiated a deal with The Barbel Society that offers Lymm members £5 off the cost of the Barbel Society memberships and in return we offer £7.50 off the cost of ALL membership classes eg; the River Severn & Canals card making it £32.50 for Barbel Society members to join Lymm AC and fish our magnificent 7 stretches of the River Severn and 9 lengths of canals. If you fancy trying all our river stretches then take a look at our ALL Rivers & Canals card introduced in 2014 providing access to a total of 18 beats on the river Severn, Vyrnwy, Dee, Peover Eye, Dane and Bollin for an incredible £52.50 to Barbel Society members.

Chairman of The Barbel Society Steve Pope has approved the affiliation and they’ve already started to promote it on their Facebook pages with some very favourable comments coming in.

With the Barbel Society offering half yearly membership from 1st October for £20 that means our members can join now for a mere £15.

For membership details click here http://www.barbelsoc….co.uk/join.asp but to secure the discount until we get both websites updated send an email to Midshires regional organiser Bobby Baker at mrbbaker@icloud.com who will do the rest.

For Barbel Society members to join Lymm AC at the discounted rates just click here and complete the on-line application form. Society members who qualify for our Pensioner or Concessionary membership will pay just £32.50 giving access to all our rivers, canals and still waters, a total of 55 waters listed here.

The Barbel Society is a major player in the angling world and membership allows access to a whole range of resources, fisheries and of course like minded anglers like ourselves, visit their website to find out more details.

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

Phil O’Callaghan’s NEW Lymm AC 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 ‘ALL Rivers and Canals’ membership at just £60 or just £52.50 to The Barbel Society members. We look forward to hearing from you – tight lines!

Taskers SAVAGEAR Open Day Saturday 12th October!

Another great open day at Taskers Angling in Liverpool will be taking place on Saturday 12th October, doors open at 9am. The SAVAGEAR PREDATOR ROADSHOW will be offering all visitors 20% off ALL Savagear equipment from lures to rods, plus product demos from Ant Glascoe Jr. Why not drop in and see what’s going on!!

TASKERS SAVAGE GEAR DAY_PREVIEW

Juniors: Round 4

On Sunday 30th September saw round 5 of the Lymm AC Juniors Autumn Series on Spring Pool. This week it was all things pellet as part of #pelletweek supported by Cheshire Baits.

Spring Pool is the second pool in our two lake complex, the lake has a good head of Perch and Roach plus some large catfish. Hopefully the small number of Ide would play a part for bonus fish.

The day started slowly most struggling for a bite, Richard Hansley however, started feeding 4mm pellet and maggot and instantly found Perch he kept on feeding and in moved the Roach.

Jack Stansfield struggled for the first two hours and never had a bite before a move down to small patch of lilies saw Perch in abundance and racked up over a pound of fish within half an hour.

Series leader Sarah Taylor struggled on the first peg but after an hour hooked a monster fish, fishing light on white hydro, she spent more than 10 minutes guiding the fish round her peg before loosing close to the bank. Most likely a Catfish which would have won her the match.

Callum McCormack 3oz of scratching saves blushes.

Callum McCormack 3oz of scratching saves blushes.

Jack Stansfield caught well in the last hour for second place.

Jack Stansfield caught well in the last hour for second place.

Kyle Hickman managed to fish perch close in for 4th place with 11oz

Kyle Hickman managed to fish perch close in for 4th place with 11oz

Our Winner for the day, Richard Hansley caught 2lb 5oz of Roach and Perch

Our Winner for the day, Richard Hansley caught 2lb 5oz of Roach and Perch

Sarah Taylor had 11oz of Roach and Perch to say in the series lead.

Sarah Taylor had 11oz of Roach and Perch to say in the series lead.

Image

Alex Warham with 1lb 4oz of Roach and Perch

Our next event and final event of the year takes place on Sunday 13th October. We also have a very special guest lined up to attend and present trophies. Keep your eyes peeled to Facebook and Twitter for clues to find out who it will be. So far the series looks all but going to Sarah Taylor but a turn in fortunes could see an interesting final few hours.

Round 5