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Release of the fishing rights to Milton Brook

In what is a very unusual reversal I have to inform you that the club will be giving up the fishing rights to Milton Brook on 31st January 2013. I say an unusual reversal because normally we would be adding to the clubs portfolio .

This has been a difficult decision for us to reach because we know how popular it has been with members. We have soldiered on until we went some way to replacing the venue. We now feel that we have done this by taking further pools on Chester Lakes with Doddleston Lake providing similar stocks to Milton Brook. This will provide an alternative to members living within the Chester and District area. In the South of our catchment we have acquired fishing rights to Fields Farm which again provides several pools containing Carp. We are also presently looking to add to our long list of still waters.

It is always a pity when waters have to be given up but I am sure you will all understand that every water does untimately  have to provide a comfortable safe environment in which to enjoy a days fishing and Milton Brook was no longer doing that.

I am sure those of you you understand the finer issues of this great sport will know that this reluctant decision has been made for the right reasons.

Neil Boaz

Fisheries Manager

Budget Peaked Bivvys under £200

I have been on the look out for a good bivvy in the entry/budget range of the market since I  returned to fishing four years ago.

I have been using my father-in-laws Trakker brolly dome that he didn’t like. It did the job but is more suited as a shelter rather than a 48hr session bivvy. I was for ever banging my head on the mechanism inside.

I have had my eye on a number of bivvys over the last couple of years in the £100-£200 price range.

The main features I was looking for were.

  • 1 man but with plenty of space
  • As much height as possible
  • Peak to stop rain coming in
  • Heavy duty groundsheet option
  • Winter skin option

From asking questions on the club forum and looking at angling material. I had a few option in mind.

Chub S-Plus Max

The S-Plus Max bivvy is the top of the range hooded version of the new S-plus range. With its extended hood, storm side panels and rigid frame the S-plus Max provides maximum all-round protection from the elements.

The frame is manufactured from 5 section 6061 pre-formed aluminium tube, which makes it quick and easy to erect. Supplied with a complete set of in-line tension bars, T-pegs and shock corded pegging points the bivvy is very stable even in strong and gusty winds.

The S-plus Max features a three way door system which offers many options. The door can be opened from the top or bottom and even completely removed if preferred and is fitted with a clear vision panel, mosi window and cover. Complete with detachable lightweight groundsheet and carry bag.

An overwrap and heavy duty groundsheet are available as optional extras.

  • Rigid 5 section 16mm 6061 aluminium poles
  • 5000mm Hydrostatic head waterproof cover
  • Ultra stable in-line frame support
  • Detachable lightweight groundsheet
  • Shock corded pegging points
  • Supplied with T-pegs and carry bag


  • Bivvy £129
  • Overwrap £80
  • Heavy duty groundsheet £30
  • Total £230

Vision Kashkym Prodome 1 Man

Featuring 3 Easy-Rib style ultra-light 6061 aerospace-grade aluminium pole supports and tension beams, fully taped seams throughout, reinforced pegging points and new windtex fabric technology. The dome has a rubberised heavy gauge groundsheet where the main body of the bivvy sits. The second groundsheet then clips on, and the integrated twin skin is clipped to the main outer skin forming a formidable and state-of-the-art bivvy system. Featuring heavy duty T-Bar pegs, clear infill door panel and durable carry case.

Features include the following:

  • The system features removable groundsheet.
  • Featuring 3 “Easy-Rib” style ultra-light 6061 aerospace grade aluminium pole supports and tension beams.
  • Fully taped seams throughout.
  • Reinforced pegging points and new Windtex fabric technology.
  •  The dome has a rubberized heavy gauge groundsheet where the main body of the bivvy sits.
  • The second groundsheet then clips on, and the integrated twin skin is clipped to the main outer skin forming a formidable and state-of-the-art bivvy system.
  • Featuring heavy duty “T-Bar” pegs.
  • Clear infill door panel and durable carry case.
  • 315(W) x 225(L) x 140(H)


  • Bivvy, overwrap and twin skin £179.99

Prologic Deluxe Dome 1 Man

Prologics development team found that the perfect colour that really came out as a unique “blend in” at the waterside – was not green – but more brown.

For years, Prologic have worked with their carp and specimen proanglers across Europe, to come up with the new Green colour, that would blend in perfectly with most waterside environments across the EU and that would be a good match for winter, spring, summer, and autumnal colours and tones. A superb 4 season blend in colour that also matches Prologic’s very successful Max4 Camouflage perfectly!

Features include the following:

  • Alu ridged Stormsafe frame.
  • 100% Water Proof 5000mm Outer Fabric.
  • Wide double stitched taped seems.
  • Extra tough 100% waterproof ground sheet.
  • Flip out doormat.
  • Roll back front and side panels.
  • Flex front door, with several options.
  • Back wall mozzi mesh ventilation window.
  • Oversized zippers.
  • Rod holder straps front bow.
  • Multi aligner pegging points.
  • 13 Deluxe Ground Pegs included.
  • Oversized carry bag.
  • Removable groundsheet.
  • One man dome: 215x260x125cm & 11kg
    Two man dome 260x345x170cm & 15.6kg

Prologic Deluxe Overwrap

Features include the following:

  • 100% Water Proof 5000mm Outer Fabric.
  • Wide double stitched taped seems.
  • Roll back front and side panels.
  • Rod holder straps front bow.
  • Multi aligner pegging points.
  • 13 Deluxe Ground Pegs included.
  • Flex frontdoor.
  • Oversized zippers.
  • Oversized carry bag.
  • Sizes & Weight:
    One man overwrap 215x260x125cm & 3kg
    Two man overwrap 260x345x170cm & 3.9kg


  • Bivvy, wrap and heavy duty groundsheet £150 from climaxtackle limted stock left.

Final decision

So after a lot of thought I decided that any of these bivvys would be suitable and would gladly have brought all 3 of them.

The Chub is the perfect one to buy for a first bivvy costing £130 and the groundsheet/overwrap can be brought separately.

The Vision one is a great all round package and I think would have been the one I would have picked from these three.

Eventually I choose the Prologic one mainly due to the full package ticked all the boxes for me. The offer from Climaxtackle was the clincher £150 and I got everything I wanted.

I was such a good deal that both myself, Steve and Phil got one.

I will post up a long term review in the future to let you know how we are getting on with the bivvy. So if you are on the look out for a budget bivvy take a look at anyone of these three!!

If you’ve got some tackle you would like to review or be reviewed then please let me know.

Tight lines


Tabley big un! New club record at 36lb

We decided this year to step up our fishing and start putting our efforts in to one water and chose ‘The Moat’ due to the rumors regarding big old fish and not being able to find any info regarding the place, so we decided to find out for ourselves. and what a start!

We arrived at 12.01 on June 16th and were amazed to find people already on. Not to worry turned out a blessing in disguise.

Well after a very quiet night and morning and seeing very few sighting of fish or people the all important moment arrived at 6:45pm. The rod screamed away to what at first felt like a big bream the way it was flopping side to side but it eventually it woke up under the tip and tried to get me in the snags on the left hand side, and shortly after my trusty gillie netted it for me.

We both realized this was a decent fish as soon as we seen the gut on it!! We checked the scales were all in order with the sling the dial was clocking the the pounds off like no tomorrow but eventually the needled settled at 36lb and we couldn’t believe it after hearing rumors of biggest being 29lb, we then weighed it on Mikes scales and 36lb again.

Mike was sure it was a new club record and spoke to Jez to let him know who confirmed this as a new club record …..I can’t describe how happy I am, sorry if i woke anyone up with my little scream but I was ecstatic and I still am.

What a start to the season, but is the fun over before it began? I plan to stay on Tabley Moat this year to see if i can have any of the other residents……watch this space!!


Frank Warwick to attend Juniors spring series final

We are delighted to announce that fishing legend and Lymm AC vice president FRANK WARWICK will be attending the final of the spring series on the 24th of June. Please come down and show your support to the junior section. Big thanks to Frank for breaking from filming to attend.


More New Waters For The Club

The Committee are pleased to announce that agreement has been made between the club and Chester Lakes for club members to enjoy access to all the waters in the commercial side of Chester Lakes. At this present time it is five pools in total with another shortly to be opened in the woods area.

In addition to the fishing members may also use the on site facilities which includes the Cafe, the Tackle shop and the toilet facilities. Their main lake Dodleston Pool is heavily stocked with Carp to 16lbs and because this is an 8 peg only carp lake you must book on this pool within the tackle shop.

The other pools are free to members provided that there are no matches booked on the day. Members MUST BE AWARE OF THE SITE RULES AND STRICTLY ADHERE TO THEM WHICH INCLUDES THE USE OF BARBLESS HOOKS ONLY AND SOME BAIT RESTRICTIONS. You must ensure that you avail yourself of all the waters rules before fishing.

The site manager will bailiff these waters and may endorse any wrong doers passing their details back to our Head Bailiff for club action. Any breach of rules will resort in that member being refused further access to the fishery and the good name of Lymm AC must not be put under threat. Access takes immediate effect and it only remains to say enjoy your fishing! Further details about each of the lakes can be found here on the Chester Lakes website.

Spomb and Mini Spomb Review

I first encountered the spomb a few years back now at a charity fishing competition. It caught my eye at first because of its bomb like appearance, after watching the angler use it to cast 10kg of pellets over the course of the weekend. I got to watch its flight and its accuracy, I was also impressed with the lack off spillage unlike what I had myself encountered using a spod. I was also impressed with the lack of disturbance it made when being retrieved it aquaplanes across the top of the water. (always reminds me of a waterboatman)

I have been using one now for nearly 3 years and have not looked at spod since. No need to have a spod for all occasions the Spomb does it all. Pellet, Boilies, particles, maggots groundbait balls E.T.C . If you want to get something in your swim if it fits inside you can get it there with the spomb.

I use my spomb with a fox warrior spod rod and would recommend using at shock leader as I cracked my first one of and lost it when I knocked the bail arm over on a cast.

When I saw that they were producing a mini Spomb I couldn’t wait as I had been that pleased with my Spomb. But to have a Mini Spomb meant that I could deliver smaller amounts of bait to my swim with reduced disturbance. The mini Spomb is a 1/4 of the size off it big brother, holding around 10-15 15mm boilies where as it big brother holds 60 ish.

The capacity of the mini Spomb. It can take 35 x 10mm boilies, 17 x 15mm boilies and when fully loaded with a heavy bait, like sweetcorn, it weighs 3 oz (85 gm).

I got to use my mini spomb last weekend and was very impressed with it. I was able to deliver a good handle full of maggots to my swim and small amounts of boilies with minimal disturbance and quite good accuracy for me. I also used it on my 3lb test curve carp rod which was more than up to the job of casting the mini Spomb out to my required baited spot. So no need to fork out on a dedicated spod rod.

I would highly recommend that you take a look at the Spomb if you are after a spod.

Spomb’s retail for £12.99 rrp for the Spomb and £9.99 rrp for the Mini Spomb

For more info and stockist see their website Spomb

Spomb video

Mini Spomb video

Center Pin Review

Hello all

Thought it would be worth telling you about one of my recent purchases as there are a fair few river rats on the forum who might be interested.

I always fancied a centre pin reel for long trotting on rivers and such and saw the budget offering from Avanti in Anglers Mail recently so thought, for the money, it may be worth a look.

I did a bit of digging on line and apparently it is very similar to one offered by TF gear but at less cost and that, when out of stock at Avanti they change hands on eBay for up to £50. I figured that I may get out with it half a dozen times per year at a push and couldn’t justify spending lots on one that would get little use.

I’m a great believer in, buy cheap, buy twice and you get what you pay for but feedback all seemed ok so I took the plunge. I have been sorely disappointed by Avanti/ Dragoncarp products in the past but threw caution to the wind and blew a full £30 of my own money on the reel.:w00t:

48 hours of waiting by the letterbox flap later… :unsure:

First impressions were very good. The reel comes in a rather natty, faux velvet drawstring bag to stop it getting scratched and is finished to a high standard. It weighs around 8.5 oz and has a solid positive feel to it. The twin handles feel robust and are made from varnished wood that is pleasing to the touch. (oooh er missus… :ymca: )

The ratchet mechanism is simplicity itself – surely it won’t go wrong in many, many years.

The reel is smooth as silk and spins for getting on 1 minute if you give it some beans.

All in all things look superb but as a ‘pin’ virgin I have nothing to compare it too and am yet to use it in anger so cant make comment as to every day use and how well it would stand up to the rigours of combat fishing, sand and being dropped. I’m sure like anything though if you look after it it will look after you!

To summarise, if you fancy giving ‘pin’ fishing a go but wont be on the river every day of the year I would say that these are worth a look.

Since writing this review they have replaced the reel with a mk2 version

£40.00 & £6.00 P&P  http://www.dragoncarpdirect.com/products/Marco-Cortesi-Mk2-Excellence-Signature-Centrepin-reel.html

(All you need now is a wicker creel, checked shirt and floppy hat to complete the authentic Mr Crabtree look)

Got a new product you want reviewing feel free to contact us

Rod Tip Repair

I bought my self a Fox Warrior carp rod a couple of years ago and have managed to snap about 3 inchs of the top of it in my bag. I took it to my local tackle shop where they repaired it for a fiver. I dont think the tip was pushed on to well as  it managed to bend off, not had chance to get it repaired just after the tip came off. I had some spare time yesterday so I took it to the tackle shop to get it repaired, I was a little disapointed  as the didn’t really have   much tips rings in stock to do repairs but was happy for a non matching top ring to be put on the rod. As long as it was useable I am happy, but they were unable to repair it because they didnt have a lighter. They gave me the stuff I needed to repair the rod and I was quite surprised how easy it is to replace a top eye.

So I thought I would share how easy it is to replace that damaged top eye on your rod.

You can get a pack of eyes for £1.25 http://www.mullarkeys.co.uk/fishing/rods-(includes-kits-and-combos)/rod-building-equipment/1/mullarkeys/12390/ all you need then is a small needle to warm a little heat gun glue under and your back fishing

So something you could do on the bank, hope this helps to save you guys some money and gets you fishing again on the bank asap.