2017/2018 Fishery Report

As we think once again about hanging the nets up for another year I though as is the norm to give a resume of what has been done. The clubs activities are only a fraction of times past as it relies heavily on people to assist and too often the tasks are being done by people who double up on top of other duties. There is no fun in being in six foot of cold water in the depths of winter but in a perverse sort of way no greater reward when you pull a good netting off. I have to say with the team with have they have been there and done it many times and a poor day is a rarity . It is with this background that on top of looking after club waters we do get many outside requests for help.

Back in early spring last year we got such a request from Persimmon Homes to oversee the drain down of a pool in Ellesmere Port and recover the fish. Beset with many obstacles including a caravan the team none the less were able to recovered many fish all of which have been used in  club waters or currently held in stock ponds. Fish recovered included Carp, Tench, Crucians and hundreds of silvers. Moving further into the normal netting year we had requests from a Carp Syndicate in Lancashire to net and remove silvers and Pike as well as helping them to move their Carp between the two waters.  From this we have been able to top up club waters with many hundreds of pounds of quality bream , silvers and large Pike. Club waters that have benefitted from these fish include Nunsmere, Whitley Nature Reserve, our own Whitley to the tune of 75lb of mixed silvers, nearly 500lb in Grimsditch and 150lb of silvers into Lake Lane.

Internally we have been able to top up protected holding waters from predation and have now been able to drip feed them into the pools. Spring and New have both had quality Bream, Barbel and silvers. From our holding I have also taken the chance to put silvers back into Whitley after years of absence and so far they seem to be thriving.  Pike have gone into Nunsmere and Whitley the biggest just shy of 20lbs. Additionally we bought in some VS Carp for Nunsmere about 42 in total about 7/9lbs click here more info. These should do well and kick on quite quickly.  About 15 Carp have also gone into Whitley Nature Reserve (Whitley 2) and both these pools are the start of work in progress.  Grimsditch is another water despite all the cormorant activity that I expect to start showing some promise.

In amongst the plusses I suppose a big disappointment was having tried to engage regulars in the removal of some Carp from Wrinehill that help was not forthcoming and so we now have to embark on how we are going to remove about 35 fish. It would have been so much easier to have had bankside help who could have been part of the decision making. In due course we will be making an announcement but in the meantime we will consider the best way forward.

Belmont so far seems to be recovering well from its past two winter/spring set backs. The pools between them have more than enough Carp to stock the waters twice over. What occurred was natures way of reminding all of us that there are only so many fish a water can sustain.

I have recently made an application for some Tench to be stocked into Tabley Mere it is of course a SSSI and this is by no means certain to be granted.

There are many other fish been acquired from a commercial fishery which are held in reserves should  they ever be needed. These consist of Roach, Rudd Bream and Perch. With so many waters there is always a need for help and assistance . If you feel inclined that in future nettings you can help in some small way and it only remains for me to thanks those members who have given their time and effort. 

May I wish you all a good season and Tight Lines!

River Severn Round Up- End of Season

A most disappointing end to this season with the weather playing a major part in frustrating the efforts of Severn anglers to venture out. Heavy frosts, prolonged heavy rain in the Welsh Mountains together with several large falls of snow and subsequent snow melt meant the River was up and down as was the water temperature.

Never-the-less our intrepid bailiff Phil O’Callaghan made the effort every day to visit the river to report on levels and temperature, most useful when planning a session in changeable or inclement weather. Water temperatures ranged from 1.4°c to 11.3°c. Whilst the height of the River did not break any records it seemed to be constantly in flood.

Atcham after the flood Feb 2018

Wroxeter Receeding Flood Water

Phil who seems able to find fish in all, but the most appalling conditions tells me he had a very poor end to the season. That said he ventured out to Atcham in one of the many snow storms as the photograph attests too, more surprising than the picture he did catch!

Phil Atcham winter 2018

Is this the Abominable Snowman ?

 

I planned to write a Winter Piking feature on the Severn for this edition and had arranged with Steve Holland to meet up where I could carry his tackle, make the tea and take photographs of the monsters he banked. Sadly, the weather was so unpredictable we could not find a suitable window. I will certainly do it this winter so if anyone is interested in joining us please PM me I am happy to arrange a day.

As the colder weather moved in towards the end of October and into November Members attention turned to winter Chub, the catch returns showed an increase in activity and modest returns, however, I am not sure they tell the whole story. Its very important we complete arrival slips and catch returns. It is in all members interest to get into the habit of completing them.

Whilst on the subject of Chub I am delighted that one of Lymm’s prolific River anglers Roger Carswell has contributed to this edition. Rogers Barbel captures run into three figures every year and am told he can be found on the Severn most days in the season whatever the weather.

Here is Rogers Winters Tale.

1. Chub article

Rogers Winter Chub

 

Winter presents anglers with many challenges, the river is often up and coloured and there is also the threat of snowmelt and salt, which is the kiss of death. Whilst the winter river may not be as inviting as it is in the warm summer months, there are still many opportunities for good sport. This last winter the River Severn was very unsettled, temperature and level wise, so persistence and picking the right time to fish, were very important. To illustrate that it’s still very much possible to catch fish under adverse conditions, I’d like to recount an early March day on the riverbank when many people’s first choice would definitely not have involved going fishing.

Arriving on the bank at around 2pm because the overnight temperature was belowfreezing, and I didn’t see much point in starting early. The river was about six inches above summer level and my thermometer revealed a water temperature of 2.6°C, which is pretty nippy, but as all River Rats know, the ever-reliable chub can still provide some decent sport in the coldest weather. Bread can be a devastating bait when the river’s like this, so I’d rough liquidised a loaf and had another thick-sliced loaf to provide me with hook bait. My rod carried a 4oz quiver-tip and the reel was loaded with 5lbs breaking strain line. The plan was to feed the swim with liquidised bread via a 2oz open ended feeder, but instead of always casting to the same spot, I would cast randomly to search for the chub, and so as not to put too much feed in one place. At the business end I fished punched bread mounted on a hair off a size 10 hook – I placed a shot an inch back from the hook so that the bread was popped up just off the bottom. To cut a long story short, the first fish was hooked after twenty minutes and bites came steadily until I packed up when nightfall arrived. A total of eight chub found their way into my landing net, which meant that one happy angler left the bank with a smile on his face!

PS I ‘d just like to explain my hook bait and hair-rig in a little more detail.On the end of the hair, I fixed a Preston Innovations quick-stop – this is a hollow, bayonet shaped piece of plastic which is pushed through the bread using a special needle, it then turns through 90° and acts as a stop. I mounted five or six 8mm diameter punched pieces of bread on the hair. The first piece of bread that I punch is from a slice of bread that has been micro-waved and rolled, the remaining pieces are punched from a slice of fresh bread. The quick stop is then pushed through the pieces of bread whilst they are still in the punch. The micro-waved piece of bread is tougher and helps to keep the other, softer pieces of bread in place as they swell up in the water.

2. Chub article

Rogers Punched Bread Rig

Many thanks to Roger for his contribution.

As I write this we are a month into the closed Season so only a couple to go, looking  forward to a new season here’s a couple of dates for your Diary. Sunday the 27th May is a Severn Work Party, attending a Work party is an ideal opportunity to meet likeminded anglers in addition to learning about our waters, details will be posted on the Forum nearer the date.

Saturday 1st September is the Annual Barbel day at Atcham, this is always the first fishing event into my diary each year. The Basis of the day is to introduce novice or first time Barbel anglers to this incredible species, also an opportunity for old friends and acquaintances to catch up and an ideal opportunity to introduce youngsters to the sport, not forgetting of course catching a few Barbel, last year Lawrence Breakspear from the Barbel Society entertained us with his methods for catching bigger Barbel. All are welcome, all you need is a Lymm membership card together with a EA licence, if you don’t have the appropriate tackle we will lend you some. Applications are via the forum.

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2015 Barbel Day Alfie Booth being coached and into a big fish.

 

I plan to report on the first couple of weeks of the new season, early in July, so will welcome contributions on your start to the new Season.

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Something to look forward to after a bad winter, Steve Taylor with a Fine Speciman from Montford Bridge in 2016

 

Thanks again to Phil and Roger.

Tight Lines

Christie April 2018

Oasis & Poplars Pools Match Result 25/03/2018

Round 6 and the final match of the winter series was held on Oasis and Poplars Pools at Hampton Springs Fishery today.  Overnight the temperature had fallen to below zero resulting with a frost and although we had clear blue skies and bright sunshine with the breeze it remained cold.  Eleven anglers turned up today including John Davies (Fred) fishing his first match.

Going into the match it was close for the top three places especially with £50.00 going to the winner £40.00 to second  and £30.00 to third place. Peter Howard and Geoff Burgess were battling it out for third place whilst John Osborne and Mark Davies were tied on 7 points for 1st and 2nd place.  The match was split with six on Poplars and five on Oasis paying the top two on each pool. The points would be split as a separate match on each pool, as it happened Peter and Geoff were drawn on Oasis whilst John and Mark were on Poplars.

The match on Oasis was won by Geoff Burgess who got off to a flying start and never looked back dobbing bread across to the island from peg 5 catching quality carp and F1s, thus ensuring third place in the series.  Jimmy Byrne finished in second place on the pool with a mixed bag of fish from peg 11 including crucians, tench, roach, skimmers and F1s.

The match on Poplars got off to a eventful start with Fred hooking a descent carp which snapped the top kit of his pole however, Fred still managed to land the carp😳.  The battle for the series between John and Mark was all even after the first hour except for a couple of descent perch caught by Mark.Eventually Mark came out on top as he managed to catch carp and F1s from his margin on corn including a 13lb 3oz specimen to win the series with a perfect 4 point score.

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ohnson ended the series on a high with a catch of carp caught down the edge and across to the island on the Pole to take second place on the pool.<

Oasis Pool

1st G.Burgess 35.13

2nd J.Byrne 13.01

3rd P.Howard 11.00

Poplars Pool

1st M.Davies 63.00

2nd K.Johnson 39.03

3rd F.Davies 13.08

Winter Series

1st M.Davies 4 points

2nd J.Osborne 7

3rd G.Burgess 8

4th P. Howard 10

The match was also the last one run by  me and John as it’s time for us to move on to pastures new!  However, we would like to thank the club for supporting the match section and to all the member who have fished the matches especially the diehards.< strong>We’ve enjoyed our time running the matches and have made some good friends, most of all though we have had some really good laughs with Geoff and Peter keeping us entertained!😃

 Regards Mark