Elliot lands a cracker – in black & white!

Lymm member, Elliot Knox recently paid a visit to Lymmvale with a view to banking one or two of it’s carp and as you will see below, things went well!

“When I arrived at the ‘Vale, I spotted a few fish in the upper layers and breaking the surface, this filled me full of hope. It was quite a pleasant, warm day and the water where the fish were showing was around 11’ deep. I decided on fishing zig-rigs and given the depth of water, it made sense to opt for an adjustable zig.

The first cast went bang-on the spot. While I was then setting up my second rod, the first one let out a single bleep of the alarm. I’d arrived here having been made aware by people that the carp could be tricky at times, so I looked down in disbelief as the rod hooped over and the clutch started ticking!

A very spirited scrap ensued, but eventually I drew the fish into my waiting net and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the very distinctive colours of a fine looking koi that tipped the scales at 22lb 2oz. The fish put up a hell of a scrap, sadly that was my only action of the day, but I’ll gladly settle for that every time. Now, I can’t wait to get back down to the ‘Vale!”

Elliot proudly showing off his 22lb 2oz koi carp.

Elliot proudly showing off his 22lb 2oz koi carp.

Well done, Elliot on a belting fish and lovely little write up! Should you wish to have a go for fish such as Elliots’, then take a look at our website, www.lymmanglersclub.com where you will find details of all our waters and, of course, joining information. We look forward to hearing from you!

First ‘double’ for Ben!

Lymm AC member, Ben Brady ranks the Daisybank stretch of the River Dane as one of his favourite venues. With just a week of the river season to go, Ben visited this popular stretch still seeking his first double figure barbel. Read his story below………

” I have fished various stretches of the River Dane all my life and I joined Lymm Anglers three seasons ago in a bid to catch my first ever double figure barbel. Since joining Lymm AC, I have fished the Daisybank stretch of the Dane regularly during the winter months, landing many good chub up to 4lb and barbel up to 8lb, but the  magical ‘double’ has always eluded me. Today (8th March) I decided to head down to the river for a couple of hours fishing before dusk. I often find that short dawn and dusk sessions work best on this stretch, particularly when the river is running low and clear. I made the trek down to the river and settled into my chosen swim.

Fishing a simple swan shot leger rig to 10lb line, I trundled a lump of luncheon meat under the far bank tree and waited for it to settle. I had literally been fishing for five minutes when the tip flew round. Fishing with 10lb line to a size 8 hook, I was able to apply enough pressure to turn this fish away from the snags. After several heart stopping minutes the fish rolled on the surface and at that point I knew it was big! The fish then plodded in the margins for another couple of minutes before I was able to draw it over the net. On the scales it went 10lb 5oz, my first ever double figure barbel and from my beloved Dane! To say I was happy with the result would be a real understatement! Fellow angler Mick Woodward witnessed the weigh-in and kindly photographed the fish for me. An incredible moment and an experience that will live with me forever!”

Ben's 10lb 5oz barbel.

Ben’s 10lb 5oz barbel.

Well done, Ben, a cracking fish and well deserved. If you fancy having a go at the sort of fishing Ben has experienced, then simply take a look at our website www.lymmanglersclub.com where you will find details of all our waters and details of our various types of memberships, including the great value ‘all rivers’ card. We look forward to hearing from you!