Lymmvale charity Tench fish-in a big success

All reports suggest that a good time was had by all and thank-you’s go out to Phil Hatton for organising and overseeing the event, Bill Last (and Grazy Roberts) for keeping every one fed(up) and of course, to all those who took part in the event itself.


The fishing wasn’t anything to write home about, but a few fish were caught and as can be seen in the attached pics (pics courtesy of Club President, John Prescott) various people were recipients of prizes at the end of the weekend, including:

Malcolm Hough for the biggest tench.

Steve Holland for the smallest tench.

Biggest fish prize (any species) went to full-time carp angler, Cliff Taylor.

Paul Fisk received the Presidents award.

Phil Hatton for most fish caught.

Ash ‘The Hoff’ Davidson for his duck rescue.

Well done guys, glad to hear everybody enjoyed themselves!


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However, the biggest ‘thank you’ of all goes out to every single one of you that kindly donated to this years fish-in chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. As a result of your generosity, we are not far shy of our intended target of £2,000, a fantastic effort and each and every one of you can be justifiably proud of yourselves, thank you!


As well as the fish-in, we also had the ‘charity auction’ that ended on Friday night. I’m pleased to say that every ‘lot’ sold and this obviously helped swell the charity coffers, again thank you to all who placed bids. Can I just remind anyone that placed a ‘winning’ bid, that you need to get details on how to pay which you can do by sending an email to

If you have already paid – thank you!

Spring has sprung!

Looks like the recent fair weather has got the ‘tincas’ stirring. Lymm AC member, Mike Brown, did a session on Lymmvale, bagging himself a couple of fine tench. One at 5lb 11oz and the other, a fine, darkly coloured specimen of 7lb 6oz! Of course, this bodes well for the annual tench fish-in at the ‘Vale in just over a weeks time, let’s hope the fine weather continues!


Congratulations, Mike on a superb specimen. If you would like to catch fish like this and are not yet a member, then visit Lymm AC’s website where you will find details of all our waters and details of how to join. We look forward to hearing from you!

‘On a roll’ – a great week for Justin !

Lymm AC member, Justin Furzer, is, as the title suggests, on a roll! Read Justin’s own account of a fantastic week with limited fishing time available…..

Having only limited time to fish this week and also having commitments over the following two weeks, meant I was determined to use my time wisely to bank my first big carp of the new season.  I’d had a couple of commons on a local water just under 20lb, close to my home of Chester in March, but had decided it was now time to fish some Lymm waters deeper into Cheshire/Staffordshire in search of some better carp. With the warmer weather developing and having seen some of the fish were on the move whilst carrying out some work with the estates team at Lymmvale, I decided it was time to plan a few sessions:

Friday April 4th – Wrinehill Pool

16:00: I started off with a good friend on an exploratory visit to Wrinehill Pool. We decided between us that the size and depth of water would be a good place to start at this time of year. Having not fished it before, we also wanted to see what the pool had to offer. As we both had commitments during the day, we arrived early afternoon and arrived to see the lake almost full but after walk round, saw a couple of swims free that looked like they might produce a fish so, after spotting a couple in-front of a double swim that was free, we rushed back and grabbed our gear as we’d just spotted some other anglers turn up and didn’t want to lose our chosen spot!I quietly got a few bits and bobs out whilst observing what everyone else on the lake was up to. I already had a rig in mind and this rig would be suitable to fish in this area, so I set up my rods afresh whist keeping an eye on the water. 

We’d familiarised ourselves with the water bailiffs on the pool, shared a few brews between us all (kindly made by Rob not me!) and after seeing a few more fish show, in particular one much better looking fish in the margin, I waited for them to move off, baited the spot with some of Viking Baits tigernut boilies, set my traps ambushing the water in-front of me and settled down for the night.

Saturday April 5th

08:45:   I didn’t have any action during the night. We had already been up and about quietly, watching the water and sipping some morning coffee and a having piece of toast (thanks again Rob! ) when one of my rods roared off!  Once I had bent into it and could feel the hard and steady surging, I knew it was a good fish, not one of the smaller inhabitants of the lake. After a good, solid fight, with the fish not wanting to give up for a good while, I brought it to the surface to see it was a large common. After a last minute surge, the fish gave up and we slipped the net under it to see it was yet another stunning North West Common! Result!


A great way to start the week - 25lb 20z of immaculate common carp!

A great way to start the week – 25lb 20z of immaculate common carp!

Wednesday 9th april – Lymmvale

After a blank, with less than perfect conditions to say the least, on Monday evening, I arrived in the same swim after a good friend from the Lymm estates team had very kindly told me he’d seen some fish under a tree next to the swim and they’d been there all day. So, after a quick check with him again to confirm they were still there, I picked up my gear and set-up in preparation.

As much as I wanted to have a go at them straight away, I had some work to do on a swim further down the pool with the rest of  the estates team beforehand. Conditions were going to be stable for the evening so I was confident I’d get a go at them and the pool was quiet, so no reason for them to move on from their current sanctuary just yet.

19:00:   I crept back in the swim after finishing the work to find the fish still there. I’d spotted two big Mirrors, ‘The Cow’ (a big koi) and a couple of ghosties around 20lb+, so I quietly baited the swim, again with a few of the Viking Baits freebies, sat back and watched. After a couple of minutes one of the fish rolled on the bait and was readily feeding, so after all went quiet I baited again, this time a little more, then crept back to my rods, swung my hookbait into the area, sat back and waited. After ten minutes or so the rod sprang into life and I was into another carp! The fish peeled off back under the tree and after a moment where I thought I might lose the fish, I kept firm but steady pressure on the rod, eased the fish back into open water and I was on top of it again. All down to me and the hook hold now!

I had to step into the water and get wet feet to net the fish safely as the peg was raised above the waterline and the angle was difficult, the water was still painfully cold, but after beating the fish and getting it to the surface,  it was ready and I slipped the net easily under a big, dark backed, scaley mirror! What a result, this one was bigger than the common at the weekend for sure! Luckily, a good friend was nearby to come and take some snaps for me and when we hoisted it up on the scales, they revealed a weight of 28lb 2oz! I was made up, ‘over the moon’! An absolutely stunning (almost) fully scaled mirror carp! 

Justin's Lymmvale 28lb 2oz near fully scaled beauty!

Justin’s Lymmvale 28lb 2oz near fully scaled beauty!

I did manage to hook  another before they moved out by nightfall but, unfortunately, it was lost, sadly it came while we were taking snaps of the fish on the bank. Another ten minutes and I’m certain the fish would have been mine and in the net. I wonder which of the fish it was, ‘The Cow’ maybe? It was a shame I couldn’t have started for them earlier but, then again, two stunning fish caught in five days, I was grateful for that and, of course, there’s always the next time!

Congratulations, Justin, superb angling and a lovely little write up!

If you fancy having a go for fish like these, simply visit the Lymm AC website where you will find details of all our waters and, more importantly, how to join! We look forward to hearing from you.


Catch Of The Month Competition March 2014




Welcome to Lymm Angling Clubs Catch of the Month Competition March 2014

The March 2014 Catch of the Month competition with alternate monthly prizes provided by club sponsors, Viking Baits and Redeye Baits has been won  by Steve Roffey (aka barbus63)

With just a couple of days of the river season to go, Steve went looking for some barbel action on Lymm’s Atcham stretch of the River Severn. He did manage a barbel, but his day will be remembered for the capture of a 9lb 8oz ‘spawned out’ salmon, a fish that gave Steve 20 minutes of “the hardest fight I’ve ever had from a fish in this country!” Congratulations, Steve, an unusual but, nonetheless, memorable capture!

Steve's hard fighting salmon!

Steve’s hard fighting salmon!

Want to join Lymm AC? Simply visit to view our website where you will find details of all our waters and how to join, we look forward to hearing from you!

Juniors Report – Round 2

Round 2 of the Spring Series saw better conditions than the previous round. Rain looked on the cards but the strong wind had gone and a warmer day looked to offer better fishing.

Straight away fish were there to be caught and young Darius on peg 1, who fished his first match the previous round but blanked, got off to a great start with a string of small roach.

Young Megan Higham, who did so well last round, drew the fancied peg 6 and Nev Henshaw spent the day with Megan going through techniques to get the very best out of the peg. It wasn’t long before she was off and catching, using 4mm expender pellets over a bed of micro pellets feeding using a small pole pot meant that any fish would tightly shoal around the feed and offer bites to catch a number of fish.


The best start however, went to Ben Foster who, on his first cast, foul hooked a 3lb carp in the tail and managed to scoop it into his landing net at the second attempt.

Callum McCormack fishing the same peg as the one he blanked in last round got off to a familiar start with bites being hard to come by. He ended up getting bites using his top 3 kit offering maggots close in. He managed to hook a big fish, however, using light elastic the fish got the better of him this time.

Sarah Taylor, pegged at the bottom of the lake, was quietly adding fish to the net throughout the day. The newly sponsored Maver angler put a really good net of fish together without a great deal of fuss.

Pegged next door, Josh Lyon could not get any big fish to play ball, however, he got on with catching some nice roach and skimmers.


Ben Foster with his first Lymm win. Catch of 11lb 14oz


Sarah Taylor catch of 10lb 9oz good enough for second


Josh Lyon catch of skimmers and Roach for 3lb 11oz


Megan Higham managed to put a net of skimmers together for 3lb 3oz with the help of Nev


Kyle Hickman with his 1lb 8oz


Callum McCormack with his 8oz roach catch


Darius with his 13oz of roach

Jack Stansfield catch of 8lb 12oz of skimmers caught early.

Jack Stansfield catch of 8lb 12oz of skimmers caught early.

IMG_0146 IMG_0150 IMG_0152 IMG_0153Next match will now take place on Sunday 27th April rather than Easter Sunday as originally scheduled. No change to any other dates at this stage.

Juniors Report Round 1

Sunday 23rd March 2014 saw the start of the Spring Series and Academy. A frosty, rainy and windy morning greeted us and fishing prospects didn’t look good. Throughout the day fish were very few and far between, however, a good turn out of very keen anglers meant that if fish were out there they would be caught. Jack Stansfield drew fancied peg 6. Image   An early fish and a few bites when no-one else was catching put Jack into the lead, however, there were still a few hours left. On the other side of the lake, newcomer to Lymm AC, Ben Foster, was using the long pole on peg 14 (car park) to feed a few micros and maggots ensuring feeding was kept tight. His 13m line to the island started to see activity around half way through and two nice skimmers meant that he overtook Jack for the lead. Next door, Megan Higham, who was fishing her first match, managed to sneak in a skimmer late on meaning that on a day where fish were elusive, she shot straight up the leaderboard.

Winner on the day, Richard Hansley, left it very late. Throughout the day he fished straight out in front for small fish and kept a few pellets going in down the edge which paid off big time! Two carp caught on GOT Expander Pellet near a recently removed tree stump saw him take first place with style. Richard did really well to steer the fish away from snags and sneak a landing net under the fish, he managed to lose one to the snags. Image Richards winning weight of 5lb 10oz of prime carp Image Ben’s three skimmers all caught at 11-13m Image   Image

Catch Of The Month Competition February 2014




Welcome to Lymm Angling Clubs Catch of the Month Competition February 2014

The February 2014 Catch of the Month competition with alternate monthly prizes provided by club sponsors, Viking Baits and Redeye Baits has been won  by Graeme (Grazy) Roberts for his stunning River Dane, new personal best, double-figure barbel of 10lb 6oz, caught on the last cast of the day, using free lined luncheon meat and his ‘old tackle’! Well done, Graeme, a superb capture!

Graeme's new PB barbel and his old tackle!

Graeme’s new PB barbel and his old tackle!


Want to join Lymm AC? Simply visit to view our website where you will find details of all our waters and how to join, we look forward to hearing from you!

Impressive win for Lymm AC’s match team!

On Sunday 6th April, Lymm AC’s match team fished their 1st round tie of the Angling Times Supercup competition, they had been drawn to face  Warrington Blue. As Lymm were the home team,they had choice of venue and  decided to fish the match at the Chester Lakes complex, with the match taking place on Ecclestone and Aldford Pool with eight anglers on each lake.


Warrington have a good reputation as a small fish and canal team, so the decision was made to fish the match at Chester Lakes as this is a carp orientated water where pellet fishing would be the main tactic, which would hopefully see the Warrington outfit out of their comfort zone.

Being a team match format, each angler only has to beat the person next to him (one versus two etc) the points are scored one for a win and two for a loss. Lymm had a brilliant result winning 8 points to 16 which meant it was a whitewash. So comprehensive was the victory, that only one angler on the Lymm team failed to double the weight of their opponent!

The individual pools for the match were to be paid out for the top two on each lake, Mark Dineley finished in top spot on Aldford Pool with 25lb 12oz, runner up was Jimmy Byrne 19lb 10oz. On Ecclestone pool Mark Davies was the clear winner with 105lb 3oz, this was an incredible 40lb more than the whole Warrington team combined! Colin Hall finished 2nd with 20lb 2oz.

Lymm AC would like to congratulate the team on what was a fantastic result for the team and club against local rivals and wish them all the very best of luck in the next round – well done all!

Are you interested in match fishing in a club environment? Take a look at our website to find out how to join!

Lymm AC Online Charity Auction

This years annual tench fish-in takes place at Lymmvale on the weekend of 26th and 27th April. All the monies raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. The fish-in itself is now fully subscribed, but you don’t have to be attending the fish in to donate! Simply visit the Just Giving page to make a contribution, no matter the amount!


In conjunction with the fish-in, commencing at 8pm on Saturday 5th April and live until the eve of the fish-in, will be an online auction where you can bid on all manner of things fishing related! There are already several ‘lots’ on the auction site, including boxed sets of hand-crafted floats, framed prints, plus bait and carp indicators. barbpicMore items will be added to the site over the next couple of weeks as we receive them from the donors, so make sure you keep visiting the auction to keep an eye out for any new additions!

Remember, it’s live from 8pm on Saturday the 5th April and you can start viewing the auction by visiting Lymm AC’s Online Charity Auction


If you have any fishing related items that you would like to donate to the auction (please, no mud covered stuff or rotting nets etc!) please contact us at – you’ll be contributing to a fantastic cause!


If you would like details of how to join Lymm AC, then simply visit where you will find information on all of our waters and how to join – we look forward to hearing from you!

Catch Of The Month Competition January 2014




Welcome to Lymm Angling Clubs Catch of the Month Competition January 2014

The January 2014 Catch of the Month competition with alternate monthly prizes provided by club sponsors, Viking Baits and Redeye Baits has been won  by Dave Penny for his Micklewrights Flash ‘croc’ of 14lb 12oz. Well done, Dave –  cracking pike!

Dave's 14lb 12oz Micklewrights pike!

Dave’s 14lb 12oz Micklewrights pike!

Want to join Lymm AC? Simply visit to view our website where you will find details of all our waters and how to join, we look forward to hearing from you!