Lymm Angling Club Junior Academy

Academy Curriculum

Alex's first fish during the Lymm AC Juniors Academy

Alex’s first fish during the Lymm AC Juniors Academy

Lymm Angling Club offer a four-session, intensive “Introduction to Angling” course. This guide outlines the areas of coaching that will be provided and the learning objectives for those who attend. Catering for ages 8-16 years.

All sessions are two hours in length. The coaching is fairly intensive and to assist with this goal there will be no more than 1 coach to 4 anglers. Each session builds on the knowledge gained from preceding sessions and in so doing provides a constructive learning experience for all young anglers who attend.

Although the course caters for beginners, anglers who have some fishing experience can attend too. If an angler has some basic angling knowledge, he/she can start at the most appropriate session rather than attending all sessions. Numbers can be limited and preference is given to those who attend previous sessions.

Session 1

This is for anglers with no angling experience.

Equipment provided at Start

  • · Full Whip Set-up Provided

Learning Objectives

  • · Feeding Techniques.
  • · Safe unhooking, landing and putting back fish.
  • · Plumbing depth, casting and identifying fish species

Session 2

This covers anglers with little angling experience.

Equipment provided at Start
  • · Partial Whip Set-up Provided
  • · Floats requiring weights added and hook tying.

Learning Objectives

  • Additional bait knowledge and preparation.
  • How to correctly ‘cock’ floats and tie hooks.

Session 3

This is for anglers with some angling experience.

Equipment provided at Start

  • Small Whip Set-up.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to correctly tie rigs, add correct amount of weight and tie hooks.
  • More bait knowledge and techniques.

Session 4

This is for anglers with reasonable angling experience.

Equipment provided at Start

  • No Set-Up Provided
  • Choice of Whip or Float Rod Fishing

Learning Outcomes

  • How to set up box, bait station, whip or waggler set-up.
  • How to cast accurately with a float rod, how to use a reel and land fish correctly using a float rod set up.

For the latest Junior Academy details and dates visit our website here.

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Ian does it again and looks like the cat that got the cream!!

Viking Baits

The session began on Sunday evening after work, I made my way to Chester Specimen Pool before dark fully expecting a fishless night but to be on the water stalking at first light. The night came and went as anticipated and my idea of getting up at first light was shelved as I slept in until mid morning. With the warm sun rising I made several circuits of the lake dropping in a handful of bait here and there, watching for signs of the elusive carp.

On what must have been my fourth or fifth lap I spotted faint shadows amongst muddied water, a sure sign of feeding fish. Taking a chance, I lowered in my rig which was far more complicated than i’m used to. Anti-tangle, shrink tubed, blow back, snowman thingy connected to a Viking Baits Tigernut boilie and matching pop-up. A bit more technical than my…

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Catch of the Month Competition October 2013.

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

The October 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 has been won by Mike Quinn a great looking Lymmvale Mirror carp of 20lb 4oz.

Mike Quinn's 20lb 4oz, Lymmvale mirror.

Mike Quinn’s 20lb 4oz, Lymmvale mirror.

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!

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.

Lymm AC acquire the final piece of the Llandrinio jigsaw…

Llandrinio The Boat House 03Lymm AC are pleased to announce that as of Saturday the 10th of August members have exclusive 24/7 access to  the final section of our Llandrinio stretch of the upper River Severn.

Once again an initial enquiry last month by local Lymm AC Bailiff Tom Casey led to discussions with the owners and an agreement was finalised last weekend.  At just on 250 yards in length the new stretch now joins our existing one and a half mile length and runs right up to the road bridge making it easier for members to identify the upper limit when roving along this beautiful part of the River Severn.

There is also a camp site available to members which includes toilet and wash room facilities and even has electric hook-up for those who fancy staying over in style!! At a very reasonable £4 per person per night the camping will no doubt encourage long stay anglers to spend more time on this challenging section of river.

Although the river was very low at the weekend there are some lovely glides for trotting by the bridge and the faster flowing white water looks well oxygenated and a very likely holding spot for barbel that are known to run into the 12lb+ mark and hide amongst the streamer weed which is visible along this length whilst the river is low.

Enjoy the new stretch of the Severn which we’re certain will reveal some surprises as the season gets under way and it will no doubt require time and effort to produce the bigger fish but anglers will not be disappointed!!

If you’re a river regular and would like to join Lymm AC you can do so here, with annual membership costing just £35 for a River Severn & Canals card which now offers a total of 7 quality stretches of the River Severn as well as 9 lengths of canal.

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Full memberships start from just £10 for Juniors, Pensioners £35 and £80 per year for seniors and provides access to over 65 still waters, rivers and canals. For more information visit our website www.lymmanglersclub.com, join now and we look forward to welcoming you to our club.

Welcome to a light hearted look at angling….

It was this big, honest...

It was this big, honest…

This section of the Blog is where members recall their funny fishing stories, some of which are actually true!! It’s intended as a light hearted look at angling when, just occasionally, things don’t always go as planned. If you’d like to submit your ‘Fisherman’s Tail’ then please feel free to do so via the clubs Contact Us page or members forum. The club cannot vouch for any of the stories published below however we do ensure that the content is appropriate for it’s intended audience and in-line with our family friendly ethos.

Enjoy,

Lymm Admin.

Shaun stalks the elusive Bollin Barbel

With my local River Bollin being so low and clear recently I finally got round to some fish location work with hopes of finding a Barbel or two (something I was hoping to do during the closed season).

Well I could not have picked a hotter day to do it and my biggest mistake was wearing shorts! Not ideal for battling through un-trodden nettles, brambles, thistles and worst of all 8ft tall giant hogweed plants.

Anyway this is what I did and it was hot and painful work but when I spotted a lone Barbel emerge from the near margin then disappear into the deeper water it was worth the pain just for that! Now to be honest I did see at least two other individual Barbel amongst two separate small groups of chub but these were smaller and how do you get them to take a bait before the chub?

To cut a long story short I managed to catch one chub from each group as expected and as I was returning chub number two I couldn’t miss the unmistakable pinkish orange shape of the lone Barbel I had seen earlier casually waddling between some streamer weed just upstream! So obviously I re-baited my single swan shot link ledger set up, made a cast just upstream of the fish and began a very slow retrieve to keep in touch with the rig and before I knew it I was connected to my first Bollin Barbel and probably my last for a while!

I had made my mind up I was going to catch a Bollin Barbel this season and I knew stalking in clear water was my best chance of location so I’m very happy indeed that my plan came together. I have been back several times now looking for more Barbel without success so feel luck definitely played a part!

Here’s the quite distinctive fish, it weighed 8lb 12oz.

Shaun Roffey 8lb 12oz Barbel II River Bollin

Shaun Roffey 8lb 12oz Barbel River Bollin

Shaun Roffey 8lb 12oz Barbel River Bollin

And one from the other side – Shaun Roffey 8lb 12oz Barbel River Bollin

Shaun.

Rob has a red letter day at Atcham

River convert Rob Kenyon decided on an evening visit to the clubs River Severn stretch at Atcham with very pleasing results, Rob, who’s recently taken to river fishing, takes up the story…

I had a great day yesterday after deciding to go to Atcham. Driving over the river I saw it had a bit of colour which I’ve heard is good for Barbel so my confidence was high.

Arriving to find I had the whole place to myself so I thought I would try and find Poachers field as local bailiff Steve Holland had put a picture on the forum and it looked very fishy. Eventually I found the swim and started feeding halibut pellets for an hour whilst I set up and had a nosey around putting the rods in at 4:30pm.

It didn’t take long before my rod bent right over and a huge battle ensued, my 9ft Shakespeare XT1 has never been bent so much in fact I don’t think I’ve ever had a bend in my rod like that, awesome fun but after 5 minutes of hard fighting it was in the net and weighed in at 8lb 2oz and a new PB for me!!

Robert Kenyon 8lb 2oz Barbel River Severn Atcham

Robert Kenyon 8lb 2oz Barbel River Severn Atcham

This was shortly followed by two more at 3lb12oz and 4lb 2oz, I knew then I was in for good day. I then got snapped up by my best fish of the day and then lost another at the net due to tangled lines.

Robert Kenyon 3lb 12oz Barbel River Severn Atcham

Robert Kenyon 3lb 12oz Barbel River Severn Atcham

Robert Kenyon 4lb 2oz Barbel River Severn Atcham

Robert Kenyon 4lb 2oz Barbel River Severn Atcham

I was fuming at losing the ‘big one’ but not for long another bend in the rod resulting in another Bertie Barbel 8lb 7oz yet another PB and all this before it had gone dark.

Robert Kenyon 8lb 7oz Barbel River Severn Atcham

Robert Kenyon 8lb 7oz Barbel River Severn Atcham

Into darkness we went slowly at first and then bang another Barbel and I’ve got to say playing a Barbel in the dark on the River Severn is quite an experience something I would recommend to any one. This one tipping the scales at 5lb 7oz and then one more about 12:30am at 7lb.

Robert Kenyon 5lb 7oz Barbel River Severn Atcham

Robert Kenyon 5lb 7oz Barbel River Severn Atcham

Robert Kenyon 7lb Barbel River Severn Atcham

Robert Kenyon 7lb Barbel River Severn Atcham

I called it a night, one very happy man and it was off on the long journey home getting in at 3am, totally shattered but still smiling!!

Lymm Admin.

Who’s Counting?…………. A Fisherman’s Journey by Tony Mair

A Fishermans Journey

We’ve been contacted by club member Tony Mair who lives in London but travels the counties in pursuit of his love of fly fishing, his mission is to ‘catch a trout from a river in every county’. Tony has asked us to share his Blog after visiting Lymm AC’s Peover Eye.

Having successfully achieved his goal Tony has written about his day on the beautiful Peover in his Blog http://afishermansjo…07/18/cheshire/ You can show Tony our support by subscribing to his Blog and increasing his following. 

He also said to pass on his regards to fellow members Paul and his son Jack and friend Phil whom he met at Peover!! Well done Tony and good luck with the rest of your mission.

For more information about this and other waters on the Lymm card, visit our website www.lymmanglersclub.com  we look forward to welcoming you to our club.