Stansfields win Dads & Lads Match

The annual Lads and Dads match took place this year at Makins Fishery near Nuneaton. This formed part of a practice for the Angling Trust Cadet/Junior/Intermediate National taking place at the same venue in two weeks. We booked Lake 4 which is Makin’s big fish water with a large head of carp over 10lb plus huge shoals of 3lb+ bream.

The day itself saw changable conditions starting with overcast and a breif spell of rain before clear skies and warm weather. With the whole lake to ourself we spread out into 4 corners and the 4 pairs of adult and child had a section of lake to aim at.

In the end Ben Flower was top angler on the day with 50lb of mainly bream with a helping of carp but his partner Chris Finneran only managed to cature 23lb of carp with some bream meaning their total was 73lb. On the other side of the lake was the Jack and his dad who were catching fish for fish all day meaning that there weight was close together Jack had 37lb 1oz and his dad 37lb 10oz. The Hickman’s started perfectly but the fish seem to dispare in the middle part of the match however, son managed to beat dad. Mark had 11lb 2oz and son Kyle managed 16lb 8oz. Final pearing were the Sephton’s on the bottom of the lake Kev (dad) managed to hook some the monsters of the lake but failed to bank many of them he weighed an respectable total of 44lb 7oz, while son Yestyn found 16lb 1oz of Carp.

Ben Fowler with his 50lb and new personal match record. Pairs total of 75lb.

Ben Fowler with his 50lb and new personal match record. Pairs total of 75lb.

Mark Hickman 11lb 2oz

Mark Hickman 11lb 2oz

Kyle Hickman's 16lb 8oz giving a pairs total of 27lb 10oz

Kyle Hickman’s 16lb 8oz giving a pairs total of 27lb 10oz

Yestyn Stephton's 16lb 1oz giving a pairs total of 60lb 8oz

Yestyn Sephton’s 16lb 1oz giving a pairs total of 60lb 8oz

Kev Stephton's catch of large carp of 44lb 7oz

Kev Sephton’s catch of large carp of 44lb 7oz

Chris Finneran's catch of 25lb

Chris Finneran’s catch of 25lb

Ian Stansfield with a catch of 37lb 10oz.

Ian Stansfield with a catch of 37lb 10oz.

Jack Stansfield catch of 37lb 7oz just three oz from beating his dad. Pairs total of 75lb 1oz winning by just 1oz.

Jack Stansfield catch of 37lb 7oz just three oz from beating his dad. Pairs total of 75lb 1oz winning by just 1oz.

 

 

Lymmvale produces a thirty!

Lymm AC member, William Tabern, paid the ‘Vale a visit recently for a carping session. He’d already had a few of it’s residents on previous visits and was looking to continue in the same vein. In any event, it was another result for William, as he outlines below……

“I arrived at the ‘Vale and with my little girl, Rihannon in tow, had a quick walk round hoping to spot some fish. I found fish in three different areas so placed buckets in a couple of swims before having a chat with another member who informed me that he’d had a result in the shape of a 29lb+ fish, excellent news for him.

I got the barrow loaded up and as I did, I noticed that the chap in the swim where I had seen the most activity, was packing up to leave so, not wishing to look a gift horse in the mouth, I quickly retrieved the other two buckets and shot in there! The rods and brolly were set up and I began to watch several fish (including one called ‘The Cow’) and their patrol route(s).

Having observed their movements for a while, I placed a kilo of chopped and whole SS4 boilies (courtesy of Pukka Squirrel Baits) on a spot that was just a rod length off the bank and watched as the fish returned and immediately got their heads down. Picking my moment carefully, I lowered a single hookbait, with a tiny bag of crumb, onto the spot and sat back. After 30 minutes, I felt as though something wasn’t right and so it proved, as I swung the rig back in to find it covered in weed.

A few minutes later, another rig was being swung out, this time with a pop-up attached and the spot was topped up with a little more bait and I again sat back. Just ten minutes had passed when the rod was almost ripped off the banksticks – I was in!

From the moment I leaned into the fish, I knew it was one of the bigger ones as it went on run after run, slow and deep and after plenty of heart stopping moments, over the net cord she slid!

William's stunner of a mirror carp!

William’s stunner of a mirror carp!

Young Liam was by now at my side and helped with the weighing and also witnessed the scales as they swung round to 30lb 4oz – result! It was even better to see how delighted my little girl was to see a big old carp! Liam also did the photos for me which turned out superb. Cheers, Liam.”

….30lb+ of Lymmvale mirror!

….30lb+ of Lymmvale mirror!

 

Well done, William, a cracking read, superb fish and excellent pictures! If you would like a chance to fish waters like Lymmvale and catch fish such as William’s, simply log on to www.lymmanglersclub.com where you can see details of all  our waters and how to join, we look forward to hearing from you!

 

Catch Of The Month May 2014

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

The May 2014 Catch of the Month competition, with alternate monthly prizes provided by club sponsors, Viking Baits and Redeye Baits, gave the judges a bit of a tough time this month with plenty of great captures reported. However, after much deliberation, the prize goes to Bruce Ruscoe (aka brucespechunter) for his recent Lymmvale session.

8lb 14oz !

8lb 14oz !

In a 24 hour period, he hooked and landed an incredible 28 tench with the best two being new pb’s for Bruce, both weighing in  just shy of 9lb by a few ounces. Bruce also included a 10lb carp as a (Brucie) bonus!

8lb 12oz……..

8lb 12oz……..

Congratulations, Bruce, superb angling, a session to remember and great photos too!

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

More Lymmvale success!

Lymmvale certainly seems to be producing the goods lately, Lymm AC member, Michael Brown, recently visited the water for an afternoon session and bagged a couple of it’s jewels! Read Michael’s account below………

“After watching the weather forecast the night before, I had pretty much given up on fishing the next day. Heavy downpours were expected and after getting drenched a few days previously, I had lost some of my hardcore angling spirit! However, by midday the weather was gorgeous and with little else to do and Lymmvale just up the road, I couldn’t resist a short afternoon session. I arrived to find that there were only a few anglers on and considering it had been warm all day, with the sun beaming down, I opted for the shallow water of the Sandbank peg.

As soon as I got into the swim I could see groups of carp grazing across the shallow gravel so I hurriedly began setting up the rod with a simple flatbed method feeder rig. I picked a spot over to the left where I had seen the most fish moving and cast out. After a few recasts the bobbin pulled up tight and I lifted into the first fish of the day, which to my pleasant surprise was a lovely 6lbs 2oz tench. Knowing that tench are rarely alone, I recast in the hope of a second capture but the next hour passed without so much as a bleep.

Just as I thought I had only been lucky with the tench, the bobbin slowly edged upwards, I left it for a moment as the take was so slow I thought it may just be a liner, but as the tension increased and line began peeling from the spool, I knew I had hooked another of Lymmvale’s residents.Straight away it was evident that it wasn’t a tench. It was moving slow and heavy, it kited to the right which was a relief as there are a few submerged trees to the left that would have spelled disaster. As it moved closer in I could see through the gin clear water that I had hooked my best carp in a long time.  I slipped the net under its dark brown flanks and breathed a sigh of relief. After a quick photo she weighed in at 27lbs 4oz, just short of my PB. Needless to say I was ecstatic!

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Smiling like a Cheshire cat I cast out yet again and an hour or so later the alarm gave a shrill one toner as line was torn from the spool. I had hooked what must have been the fastest tench I’ve ever had, it flew across the lake with a powerful run and after a lively, if not short lived, fight, I landed a stunning 7lbs 5oz beauty, only 1oz off my PB that I caught from the bench peg back in April.
All in all a great afternoons fishing on a stunning water with some of the northwest’s best specimens!”

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Congratulations, Michael, a couple of superb specimens there and a lovely write up to accompany them, well done! If you would like to experience the sort of fishing that Michael has outlined above, then why not visit our website at www.lymmanglersclub.com where you will find details of all our waters and details of how to join us, we look forward to hearing from you.

 

Sarah Taylor wins Spring Series

On Sunday 1st of June, the final match of the Lymm AC Juniors Spring Series took place at New Pool, Higher Whitley. The day itself brought bright sunshine, high temperatures and not a breath of wind. As such, the fishing suffered and the shoals of silvers failed to show in any numbers. The draw saw Richard Hansley draw the fancied peg and Kyle Hickman on the peg 4 times out of 6.

On his first match with us Yestyn Sephton drew peg 4 and fished across to catch an early skimmer to put him the lead. Not long after that, Josh Lyon managed to land a skimmer to draw level and keep the match close. Connor Higham managed to land a carp around half way into the match and hopes of another kept him interested.

In the series, long time front runner Sarah Taylor went into the match with a six point lead meaning anything about 5th place would give her the title. A tough match for Sarah saw a small brown goldfish but she could not put together any silver fish, meaning that she had a tense time as the scales come round. In the end a sixth place on the day was good enough to win the series.

 Our series winner Sarah Taylor who had a tough draw on the day ending up 6th with 2lb 3oz . Congratulations for another series win!


Our series winner Sarah Taylor who had a tough draw on the day ending up 6th with 2lb 3oz . Congratulations for another series win!

Yestyn Sephton on his first Lymm AC Juniors match catching 6lb 3oz for a match win

Yestyn Sephton on his first Lymm AC Juniors match catching 6lb 3oz for a match win

A great first series performance from Megan Higham who caught 1lb 5oz of roach for seventh on the day and 5th overall beating her brother Connor Higham.

A great first series performance from Megan Higham who caught 1lb 5oz of roach for seventh on the day and 5th overall beating her brother Connor Higham.

Connor Higham with his carp and a few small silvers for 3lb 3oz finishing 5th on the day and 7th overall in the series

Connor Higham with his carp and a few small silvers for 3lb 3oz finishing 5th on the day and 7th overall in the series

Lymm AC Captain Kyle Hickman with 3lb 4oz finishing 3rd on the day and 3rd overall on the series.

Lymm AC Captain Kyle Hickman with 3lb 4oz finishing 3rd on the day and 3rd overall on the series.

Josh Lyons with his catch of 5lb 12oz of skimmers. Good enough for second on the day and 6th overall.

Josh Lyons with his catch of 5lb 12oz of skimmers. Good enough for second on the day and 6th overall.

 Richard Hansley with a lovely skimmer plus a few small roach and skimmers worth 3lb 4oz for 4th on the day and 4th overall.


Richard Hansley with a lovely skimmer plus a few small roach and skimmers worth 3lb 4oz for 4th on the day and 4th overall.

Sarah Taylor wins the title with 11 points from Jack Stansfield on 16. Kyle Hickman was third on 19 points. Well done Sarah, overall weight was 46lb with a 160lb of fish caught by all competitors

Sarah Taylor wins the title with 11 points from Jack Stansfield on 16. Kyle Hickman was third on 19 points. Well done Sarah, overall weight was 46lb with a 160lb of fish caught by all competitors

 

 

A session to remember!

Lymm AC member, Bruce Ruscoe (aka Brucespechunter on the Lymm forum) recently had a session at Lymm’s ‘jewel in the crown’, Lymmvale where he was targeting the impressive tench residing in there. Arriving at 4 a.m., Bruce was delighted to find the popular ‘Sandbar’ swim available and immediately went in there.

There began, in Bruce’s words, “a session of a lifetime”, as he went on to take 28 tench in the following 24 hours or so and even included a 10lb mirror carp. The best of the tench weighed 6lb 10oz, 6lb 12oz, 7lb, 7lb 1oz, 8lb 12oz ( a new pb) and 8lb 14oz (another new pb!)

First, one new pb at 8lb 12oz……..

First, one new pb at 8lb 12oz……..

…then another at 8lb 14oz !

…then another at 8lb 14oz !

Bruce told us, “the session still hasn’t really sunk in and it really was one of a lifetime. I’m absolutely exhausted though having had about 5 hours sleep in two days and having a run almost every hour last night!”

Congratulations, Bruce, top angling indeed and lovely pictures to back it up. We hope you managed to get a decent nights sleep to recover!

If you would like a chance to catch fish like these, then simply visit our website at www.lymmanglersclub.com where you will find details of all our waters and, of course, details on how to to join us, we look forward to hearing from you.