Lymm AC Charity Tench Fish-In 29-05-15 (23)

Just a final update to thank all of you who supported the event at the weekend and our online auction ending tonight. It was without doubt the biggest and best event to date and has set a very high standard for the future.

As of Friday afternoon together we’ve raised over £3560 so with only a few hours left until the auction ends we’re not only going to hit our £4000 target we’ll smash it into next week!!

  • £1714 Auction Bids So Far
  • £1137 Just Giving Donations Includes £400 From Tench Fish-In Weekend
  • £355 Members £1 Donations
  • £355 Lymm AC’s Match for Above

The total funds raised will receive an additional £600 or more Gift Aid via the JustGiving page when all monies are collected and paid in which when all said and done is a superb effort from all concerned.

Please continue to use the links below to our JustGiving Page and auction to keep spreading the word amongst social media, family and friends, remember the auction ends at 8pm tonight!!. Thank you again for your support of the event and donations for the auction. Next years event is yet to be finalised but all will be invited to return and do it all again!! On a personal note it’s been great to meet up and have a social with everyone and I’m looking forward to fishing some new rivers once the season gets underway. For next years event I’ll be taking a step back from the organising team and Bill has said he’ll be doing the same with regards to the catering and sourcing the auction lots as well as everything else as both jobs have proved challenging and exhausting to say the least however we’ll still participate and no doubt the event will be just as much fun to be part of and raise a few quid for next years charity which the membership will vote on and nominate at the AGM in October this year. In the meantime and on behalf of the organising team we wish you tight lines and bendy rods for the new season whatever you’re fishing for!! Best wishes, Grazy.

Below is some of the highlights of the weekend and if you’ve any other photo’s you’d like to share send them to me at and I’ll include some of them in the promo materials over the next week or so.

If Carlsberg made cakes!! Big thank you to Bruces Mum for making this amazing creation, shame to cut into it really but it tasted just as good as it looked!!

Winner of Best Overall Weight Any Species Malcolm Hough and deservedly so, what a session with no less than 9 tench to 7lb 2oz and a stunning Lymmvale mirror carp of 29lb 14oz giving ‘Huffy’ a number of new PB’s – well done mate on a session of lifetime!!

Huffys 29lb 14oz mirror carp so good he landed it twice!!

One of Huffy’s nine tench lovely conditioned Lymmvale warrior (the tench that is not Huffy!!)

Aaron picks up the award for biggest male tench at a respectable 6lb 6oz the biggest of 4 he had during the weekend. He’s also been unofficially awarded the most hollow legs award by Mr Last for the amount of breakfast barms and burgers consumed in a 36 hour period!!

The biggest female tench went to Bruce at 6lb 8oz a great effort rewarded after a weekend of focussing on his marginal swims and fending off the local coots!! 

Baz had a clonking session taking a respectable eight tench to 5lb 5oz and at one point getting his feet wet in the margins to rescue a tench that had tangled with the roots of a nearside bush.

Jerry Gleeson hadn’t fished a still water for nine years however his determination and happy go lucky attitude saw him land three tench to 6lb well done mate and not a bad début for an out and out barbel angler!! He was duly rewarded with a Lymm AC polo shirt collected on his behalf by Matt who said something about “He’ll be lucky to get this before Christmas” or words to that effect!!

Matt Marlow had fished Lymmvale many moons ago but chose a familiar swim to settle into a steady campaign and after some pearls of wisdom from Head Water Keeper John Stubbs targeted both carp and tench which paid off with this 23lb Cheshire beauty and a 4lb female tench. Well done and thank you for donating a £50 voucher for Heritage Custom Made Saddles and a membership for King Edward Angling Society which offer a private syndicate stretch on the river Goyt, it really is appreciated by us all.

Rob Hilton has become a seasoned campaigner on Lymmvale and chose the Sandbank peg along with his fishing partner Paul Fisk. They both got stuck into the fish and had a great weekend apart from some bloke in salopettes trying to get them to fish with cane rods and Mitchell 300 reels, he was escorted off their peg by security and didn’t bother them after that 🙂

What do points make? Prizes!! Many thanks to Paul Fisk for donating not one but two big bags of Fiskys Fantastic Feeders I’m sure Huffy will wrap them up for my Christmas present once he reads this!! Also thanks to Bill for the superb Tinca trophies and Phil for the Tench Fishers mugs.

The fifth Barbel Society guest Bobby Baker drove all the way from Scotland after a weeks Salmon fishing to his home near Welshpool then all the way up to Lymmvale arriving early on the Saturday morning. After choosing a swim on the west bank he float fished and ledgered in the margins taking 3 tench to 4lb 12oz.

The remaining anglers were all winners in my book and most had a tale or two to tell at brew breaks and the BBQ. Everyone managed to catch apart from me but in my defence your honour I wasn’t there to fish and apart from sticking a rod out for the big cat on Saturday night spent most of my time having a gab to the lads and helping out a brew time (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!!)

I did, however, managed a couple of hours on the stock pond with my old mate Penno once all the proceedings were done and dusted and at least I managed a roach or two – “Grazy never known to blank!!”

The venue was stunning, the fishing was on form but I couldn’t end this write up without thanking my good friend Mr Bill Last for the superb food that just kept coming and coming until we waddled back to our swims for a quick lie down!! It’s without doubt the most successful fund raiser yet and that is due to Bill’s shear enthusiasm and determination to reach our target, floppy hats off to ya mate you’re a star.

That’s it from me apart from saying a BIG THANK YOU again for all your support and donnations, please have one last push this afternoon and tonight on sharing the links, the auction ends at 8pm Friday evening!!

All the best, Grazy.

Charity fund raising for Macmillan Cancer Support gets off to a great start!!

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Charity Fundraising For Macmillan Cancer Support – Update

Well a week after launching our auction and we’ve £813 bid already and thanks to those who’ve donated directly or paid their Tench Fish-In entry fees to our JustGiving page there’s another £470 making our total raised so far £1283, still along way off our target of £4000 so this is another call for everyone to dig deep and donate even a quid, it’s anonymous if you wish.

So go on let’s start ‘Giz a Quid’ week off amongst all our friends and family and share this link, it tells them all about our fund raising cause and has buttons to donate to the JustGiving site or view our auction.…

We just added 2 new lots to the auction so first up is a cracking Starbaits Session Bedchair and Session Chair generously donated by club sponsors TASKERS ANGLING big THANKYOU to them and all our donors without whom we wouldn’t have 34 superb angling lots up for grabs.

Bedchair Combo

The second lot added tonight will tempt the old skool anglers, an exquisite set of handmade floats in a varnished wooden presentation box so get bidding or donate directly and thank you for your support!!

Floats & Float Box 2

Lymmvale charity Tench fish-in a big success

All reports suggest that a good time was had by all and thank-you’s go out to Phil Hatton for organising and overseeing the event, Bill Last (and Grazy Roberts) for keeping every one fed(up) and of course, to all those who took part in the event itself.


The fishing wasn’t anything to write home about, but a few fish were caught and as can be seen in the attached pics (pics courtesy of Club President, John Prescott) various people were recipients of prizes at the end of the weekend, including:

Malcolm Hough for the biggest tench.

Steve Holland for the smallest tench.

Biggest fish prize (any species) went to full-time carp angler, Cliff Taylor.

Paul Fisk received the Presidents award.

Phil Hatton for most fish caught.

Ash ‘The Hoff’ Davidson for his duck rescue.

Well done guys, glad to hear everybody enjoyed themselves!


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However, the biggest ‘thank you’ of all goes out to every single one of you that kindly donated to this years fish-in chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. As a result of your generosity, we are not far shy of our intended target of £2,000, a fantastic effort and each and every one of you can be justifiably proud of yourselves, thank you!


As well as the fish-in, we also had the ‘charity auction’ that ended on Friday night. I’m pleased to say that every ‘lot’ sold and this obviously helped swell the charity coffers, again thank you to all who placed bids. Can I just remind anyone that placed a ‘winning’ bid, that you need to get details on how to pay which you can do by sending an email to

If you have already paid – thank you!

Juniors Report – Round 2

Round 2 of the Spring Series saw better conditions than the previous round. Rain looked on the cards but the strong wind had gone and a warmer day looked to offer better fishing.

Straight away fish were there to be caught and young Darius on peg 1, who fished his first match the previous round but blanked, got off to a great start with a string of small roach.

Young Megan Higham, who did so well last round, drew the fancied peg 6 and Nev Henshaw spent the day with Megan going through techniques to get the very best out of the peg. It wasn’t long before she was off and catching, using 4mm expender pellets over a bed of micro pellets feeding using a small pole pot meant that any fish would tightly shoal around the feed and offer bites to catch a number of fish.


The best start however, went to Ben Foster who, on his first cast, foul hooked a 3lb carp in the tail and managed to scoop it into his landing net at the second attempt.

Callum McCormack fishing the same peg as the one he blanked in last round got off to a familiar start with bites being hard to come by. He ended up getting bites using his top 3 kit offering maggots close in. He managed to hook a big fish, however, using light elastic the fish got the better of him this time.

Sarah Taylor, pegged at the bottom of the lake, was quietly adding fish to the net throughout the day. The newly sponsored Maver angler put a really good net of fish together without a great deal of fuss.

Pegged next door, Josh Lyon could not get any big fish to play ball, however, he got on with catching some nice roach and skimmers.


Ben Foster with his first Lymm win. Catch of 11lb 14oz


Sarah Taylor catch of 10lb 9oz good enough for second


Josh Lyon catch of skimmers and Roach for 3lb 11oz


Megan Higham managed to put a net of skimmers together for 3lb 3oz with the help of Nev


Kyle Hickman with his 1lb 8oz


Callum McCormack with his 8oz roach catch


Darius with his 13oz of roach

Jack Stansfield catch of 8lb 12oz of skimmers caught early.

Jack Stansfield catch of 8lb 12oz of skimmers caught early.

IMG_0146 IMG_0150 IMG_0152 IMG_0153Next match will now take place on Sunday 27th April rather than Easter Sunday as originally scheduled. No change to any other dates at this stage.

Lymm AC Online Charity Auction

This years annual tench fish-in takes place at Lymmvale on the weekend of 26th and 27th April. All the monies raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. The fish-in itself is now fully subscribed, but you don’t have to be attending the fish in to donate! Simply visit the Just Giving page to make a contribution, no matter the amount!


In conjunction with the fish-in, commencing at 8pm on Saturday 5th April and live until the eve of the fish-in, will be an online auction where you can bid on all manner of things fishing related! There are already several ‘lots’ on the auction site, including boxed sets of hand-crafted floats, framed prints, plus bait and carp indicators. barbpicMore items will be added to the site over the next couple of weeks as we receive them from the donors, so make sure you keep visiting the auction to keep an eye out for any new additions!

Remember, it’s live from 8pm on Saturday the 5th April and you can start viewing the auction by visiting Lymm AC’s Online Charity Auction


If you have any fishing related items that you would like to donate to the auction (please, no mud covered stuff or rotting nets etc!) please contact us at – you’ll be contributing to a fantastic cause!


If you would like details of how to join Lymm AC, then simply visit where you will find information on all of our waters and how to join – we look forward to hearing from you!

Some ‘traditional’ fund raising!

The annual Lymmvale tench ‘fish-in’ takes place again this year on 26th and 27th April. As usual, it will be a fund raising event, with this years proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support. As well as the usual donations from participants and non-participants alike, we are pleased to announce that some lovely people have donated some of their own handiwork in the form of beautifully crafted, handmade, traditional floats, which we hope to auction in order to boost the charity fund.

floatspin mallard set wagglers

Donations of these traditional floats have been made by:

Ian Lewis – view his website http://www.handmadef…

Roy Sell – view his website

Stuart Broughton – view his website

and Richard Bentall – view his eBay page…=p2047675.l2562

A HUGE thank you guys, it’s very much appreciated!

To go with the floats, there will also be the chance to win at auction, some delightfully hand-crafted, traditional style float boxes. These are still currently going through their design and artwork stages, but an early stage sample can be seen here…..

boxlids Once complete, these boxes are guaranteed to look beautiful, in fact, it would be a shame to take them on the bank!

Remember, you don’t have to be a participant in the fish-in itself to make a donation to this incredibly worthy cause. There can’t be many people who don’t know someone whose lives have been touched in some way by this terrible illness, so, no matter the amount, visit to donate something towards Macmillan Cancer Support, every donation will be greatly appreciated.

To learn more about Lymm AC and how to join, visit

2014 Work Parties and Overstamps

The following dates have been set for the 2014 work parties:-

Sunday           9th February.

Saturday        15th February

Sunday           23rd February

Sunday           16th March

Saturday         22nd March

Sunday           13th April

Saturday         19th April

If you would like to book a work party please  book at least a week in advance.

You can book by completing the registration form here

A safety talk will be given at Whitley compound at 08:45hrs and work will begin at 09:00hrs, there will be a lunch break at 12:30hrs to 13:00hrs. The work party will end at 15:30hrs.

Please ensure that you turn up on time.

Please ensure that you bring your own proyective clothing (PPE) with you, e.g. sturdy pair of boots, warm clothing (including waterproofs) and industrial/gardening gloves.

Also remember to bring a packed lunch with you.

Learn how to fish for Pike

Lymm Angling Club are hosting a Pike fishing coaching session on the Bridgewater Canal on Sunday 29th September. Coaching will be provided by the Pike Angling Club.

For many experienced anglers Pike still cause a headache, with rows of teeth and Gill Plating armour. We have a team of experienced Pike Anglers who’ll dispel the myths and show you how to care for these pre-historic creatures.

The event start at 10am and is completely free please meet at The Brindley Car Park WA7 1BG. Open to members and non-members but please pre-book by sending an email to

Pike IN

Juniors Academy, places available for Sunday.

2013 Autumn Series starts this Sunday, 4th August.

Our Academy sessions cater for novice anglers and include 4 lessons, this year’s junior permit, 4m whip and starter kit all for only £30! Sign up now!

Autumn Academy Flyer

For more experienced anglers we have a series of six matches in which anglers compete against each other in friendly competition. We have a number of highly experienced coaches on hand to give top tips and advice.


For more information contact Chris Finneran on 07525-360804 or email