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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Kyle Hickman with his 1lb 8oz

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Callum McCormack with his 8oz roach catch

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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.

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Juniors Report Round 1

Sunday 23rd March 2014 saw the start of the Spring Series and Academy. A frosty, rainy and windy morning greeted us and fishing prospects didn’t look good. Throughout the day fish were very few and far between, however, a good turn out of very keen anglers meant that if fish were out there they would be caught. Jack Stansfield drew fancied peg 6. Image   An early fish and a few bites when no-one else was catching put Jack into the lead, however, there were still a few hours left. On the other side of the lake, newcomer to Lymm AC, Ben Foster, was using the long pole on peg 14 (car park) to feed a few micros and maggots ensuring feeding was kept tight. His 13m line to the island started to see activity around half way through and two nice skimmers meant that he overtook Jack for the lead. Next door, Megan Higham, who was fishing her first match, managed to sneak in a skimmer late on meaning that on a day where fish were elusive, she shot straight up the leaderboard.

Winner on the day, Richard Hansley, left it very late. Throughout the day he fished straight out in front for small fish and kept a few pellets going in down the edge which paid off big time! Two carp caught on GOT Expander Pellet near a recently removed tree stump saw him take first place with style. Richard did really well to steer the fish away from snags and sneak a landing net under the fish, he managed to lose one to the snags. Image Richards winning weight of 5lb 10oz of prime carp Image Ben’s three skimmers all caught at 11-13m Image   Image

Angling for Beginners

Angling for Beginners

Introduction to Angling Course begins 23rd March

2014 Spring Series Academy

Registration in now open online through Lymm Angling Club website for the course. £35 includes a junior membership valid until end of December, a beginner kit including fishing pole and a four session beginners course at our Spring Pool base near M56 J10.

 

Juniors Final match of the year

Sunday saw the final Lymm AC Juniors event of the year, it was also the final of the Autumn Series of six matches. Sarah Taylor finished 7th on the day after a bad draw which was good enough to take the title. On the day David Smith caught a carp, tench and two bream within four casts which was good enough the win with 7lb 4oz. Second place was taken by Nathan Brooks with 6lb 5oz mainly of skimmers and roach caught on pellet. Jack Stansfield came third on the day with 5lb 12oz of corn caught skimmers. As mentioned took the series title with 10 points from Kyle Hickman with 18 points then interestingly four anglers were tied on points and the collective weight meant that Alex Warham, Callum McCormack, Elliott Mavers and Jack Ross all on 29 points, Elliott and Jack also had the same weight.

Nathan Brooks with 6lb 5oz of skimmers good enough for second place

Nathan Brooks with 6lb 5oz of skimmers good enough for second place

Richard Hansley with 2lb 6oz of Roach.

Richard Hansley with 2lb 6oz of Roach.

Sarah Taylor with her final catch of small roach. 2lb 13oz

Sarah Taylor with her final catch of small roach. 2lb 13oz

Callum Mccormack's one fish for 14oz

Callum Mccormack’s one fish for 14oz

Alex Warham struggled but managed 5oz of roach

Alex Warham struggled but managed 5oz of roach

Kyle Hickman few fish for 4lb 12oz good enough for 4th place.

Kyle Hickman few fish for 4lb 12oz good enough for 4th place.

David Smith winning catch of 7lb 4oz

David Smith winning catch of 7lb 4oz

Jack Ross with his method feeder caught skimmers of 3lb 15oz

Jack Ross with his method feeder caught skimmers of 3lb 15oz

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Elliott Mavers stuggled and managed to catch 1lb of fish late on

Elliott Mavers stuggled and managed to catch 1lb of fish late on

Final series standings

Final series standings

As the final event of the year we had several trophies to give out. Our Most Improved Angler of the Year went to Richard Hansley, our Newcomer of the Year was won by Callum McCormack and Angler of the Year won by Sarah Taylor. We had over £100 worth of tackle and bait donated by Taskers Angling and Cheshire Baits meaning we could everyone who took part and really good prize, including rods, holdalls and tackle.

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Sarah Taylor collecting the Dave Smith Memorial cup for winning the Autumn Series

Sarah Taylor collecting the Dave Smith Memorial cup for winning the Autumn Series

Team Mavers collecting the Warrington Guardian Dads & Lads trophy.

Team Mavers collecting the Warrington Guardian Dads & Lads trophy.

Our joint winners of the Tryer of the Year award

Our joint winners of the Tryer of the Year award

Richard Hansley collecting the Most Improved angler of the year, plus a section trophy from Mersey CADG Match.

Richard Hansley collecting the Most Improved angler of the year, plus a section trophy from Mersey CADG Match.

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Group photo of all that took part in the Autumn Series. Thank you to everyone that took part, all the parents for getting them there and all the coaches who helped throughout the year!

Group photo of all that took part in the Autumn Series. Thank you to everyone that took part, all the parents for getting them there and all the coaches who helped throughout the year!

The year has been a very successful one for the junior section, we have had over 150 participants in our events. Our Academy Section who cater for complete beginners was really popular with six people taking part in the spring and eight in the Autumn Series. We have twelve placed open for next year. On the match front we finished second in the Merseyside Championships, 4th in our first national held on the River Weaver, our cadets finished 3rd in their age group of the same event. Hopefully in 2014 we will continue this success and build for better future.

We begin the Spring Series 2014 on March 24 and run every other Sunday for six events. Our Autumn Series will begin on 17th August. For more details see our 2014 Calendar

Juniors: Round 4 of the Autumn Series

Sunday 15th September saw round four of the Lymm AC Juniors Autumn Series taking place on New Pool. The weather forecast was pretty grim with torrential rain and gale-force winds. This week it was bread week and all the competitors were restricted to using bread plus one other hook bait, many settled for sweetcorn which seemed to bring out the carp.

First to tempt a carp was Sarah Taylor who on very light elastic managed to steer a carp into her landing net, after a twenty minute batter both Sarah, the fish and dad Paul were exhausted!! Alex Warham was next to land a carp but only after losing one minutes before at the net. One person sticking to the bread bait for this week was Jack Ross who was feeding small pots of liquidized bread and fishing small bread discs called punch over the top, although he was getting lots of bites this was not resulting in fish. Ricky Teale of Matrix Tackle attended the session to meet the youngsters and offer some expert coaching, working through their tackle and refining their approach although it proved tricky getting the fish to switch onto the feed.

Ricky Teale showing how to get the best presentation of bait to Jack and Phil Ross

Ricky Teale showing how to get the best presentation of bait to Jack and Phil Ross

Further round the lake newcomer David Smith was fishing at 13m towards the island in a howling wind to tempt two carp on sweetcorn. It was a lucky turn of fate that saw his main rig tangle and went over toward the island with a margin rig which almost instantly resulted in the two biggest fish of his catch. Kyle Hickman was pegged next to David and was also lucky to hook and land a carp on sweetcorn, this time Kyle’s approach was set out for the bigger residents of the lake but unfortunately only one fish decided to take his bait.

Kyle getting ready to land his carp

Kyle getting ready to land his carp

Callum McCormack was on peg 1 and catching lots of small roach when his swim erupted after hooking a carp, only to lose it seconds later after the cunning fish found a snag to hide behind.

Academy

Sunday was the final session of the Lymm AC Junior Academy sessions, a four-week introduction course to fishing. The Coach led sessions go through all the basics to a point that each child is able to fish independently.  Freddie Didd caught the best fish of the day during the academy catching an early carp on sweetcorn.

Freddie's carp taken on sweetcorn

Freddie’s carp taken on sweetcorn

Big thanks to coaches Eric Hazzard, Jim Smith & John Coppock

Autumn 2013 Academy - left: Coach Eric Hazzard and right Coach Chris Finneran. Kids (left to right) William & Luke, Sam, Joshua, Freddie and Jake. Missing - Brad

Autumn 2013 Academy – left: Coach Eric Hazzard and right Coach Chris Finneran. Kids (left to right) William & Luke, Sam, Joshua, Freddie and Jake. Missing – Brad

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Kyle Hickman with his net of 4lb 7oz including a 3lb carp

Kyle Hickman with his net of 4lb 7oz including a 3lb carp

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Callum Mccormack net of roach including a large roach. 1lb 10oz of punch caught fish.

Callum Mccormack net of roach including a large roach. 1lb 10oz of punch caught fish.

Newcomer David Smith with two carp and silvers for 8lb 13oz taking his first win with Lymm AC Juniors

Newcomer David Smith with two carp and silvers for 8lb 13oz taking his first win with Lymm AC Juniors

Elliott Mavers with his net of 5lb 13oz of skimmers caught on sweetcorn over liquidized bread

Elliott Mavers with his net of 5lb 13oz of skimmers caught on sweetcorn over liquidized bread

Sarah Taylor catch of two carp and silvers for 7lb 11oz taken on corn over Liquidized bread.

Sarah Taylor catch of two carp and silvers for 7lb 11oz taken on corn over Liquidized bread.

Thanks to Ricky Teale of Matrix

From all at Lymm AC Juniors thanks to Ricky Teale for spending the day with us and his donation of prizes for the match.

Big thanks to Ricky Teale of Matrix Tackle. (Back Right to Left Ricky Teale, David Smith, Kyle Hickman, Elliott Mavers, Chris Finneran. Front Left: Callum McCormack, Jack Ross, Sarah Taylor and Alex Warham)

Big thanks to Ricky Teale of Matrix Tackle. (Back Right to Left Ricky Teale, David Smith, Kyle Hickman, Elliott Mavers, Chris Finneran. Front Left: Callum McCormack, Jack Ross, Sarah Taylor and Alex Warham)

Alex Warham taking 5th Place

Alex Warham taking 5th Place

Callum McCormack taking 6th place

Callum McCormack taking 6th place

Our winner for the day David Smith taking a hat of Matrix tackle and a brand new Fish Matrix Ultron 13ft Float rod worth over £100.

Our winner for the day David Smith taking a hat of Matrix tackle and a brand new Fish Matrix Ultron 13ft Float rod worth over £100.

Elliott Mavers collecting his prize for 3rd

Elliott Mavers collecting his prize for 3rd

Jack Ross collecting his prize for 7th

Jack Ross collecting his prize for 7th

Kyle Hickman finishing 4th

Kyle Hickman finishing 4th

Sarah Taylor finishing second on the day.

Sarah Taylor finishing second on the day.

Series Results

Each match is part of a series towards a series winner prize at the end of the season.

Each match is part of a series towards a series winner prize at the end of the season.

Juniors round up

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the juniors, we started on our regular junior section event on Sunday 1st September. Our Academy was oversubscribed and really busy following referrals from the Cheshire Show. We had a full group of seven youngsters in the morning and then another six in the afternoon, although very rewarding it is very exhausting going between six or seven anglers all eager to catch fish but catch fish they did.

First timer Megan Higham was able to slip the net under this small Crucian carp

First timer Megan Higham was able to slip the net under this small Crucian carp

Brad with his 1lb plus skimmer

Brad with his 1lb plus skimmer

Morning Academy session is full swing

Morning Academy session is full swing

Afternoon class just as busy.

Afternoon class just as busy.

At the same time the third round of the Autumn Series took place on Spring Pool. For the remainder of the series events have been limited to a specific bait and this week was Worm Week, Spring Pool has a good head of Roach and Perch which is perfect for worm fishing however, on the day the fish were nowhere to be seen and catches were poor by our standard.  Most pegged towards the bottom end of the pool, the shallower water failed to hold the fish the anglers sought. Elliott Mavers and Sarah Taylor were pegged nearer the island and found fish to be more accommodating.

Sarah Taylor match winning catch of 5lb 6oz

Sarah Taylor match winning catch of 5lb 6oz

Elliott Maver good enough for second on 4lb

Elliott Maver good enough for second on 4lb

Callum McCormack caught steadily for 1lb 6oz, third.

Kyle Hickman done well for 8oz, fourth

Kyle Hickman done well for 8oz, fourth

Alex Warham sneaked perch down the end for 7oz, fifth

Alex Warham sneaked perch down the end for 7oz, fifth

Connor Higham managed to catch two fry, good enough to avoid a blank.

One of the said tench caught on corn between the island on New Pool.

One of the tench caught on corn between the island on New Pool.

After the match Callum was practising waggler fishing and managed to tempt tench and large skimmers.

After the match Callum was practising waggler fishing and managed to tempt tench and large skimmers.

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Following Sunday’s match the juniors were preparing for our first national taking place on the River Weaver, we had been up the Saturday before the match for a practice and held a prep night at Whitley Hall on Tuesday. We started with casting practice and then moved inside to prepare rigs and reset elastics.

Each taking turns to cast toward a upturned bucket in a field 30 yards away.

Each taking turns to cast toward an upturned bucket in a field 30 yards away.

Even big kids getting involved.

Even big kids getting involved.

The National Junior Angling Association (NJAA) National itself split between the River Weaver on the Northwich AA stretch at Harford Bridge and Vale Royal Pools. We were able to put on team of anglers aged 14-18 in the Junior section and one team of cadets aged under 14. Our match plan was to target the roach however, it wasn’t to be. Overnight rain meant that the river carried a little extra colour and pace meaning that most of the weight was taken on the feeder. Northwich AA able to secure the win by a superior weight on count back after being tied with Matrix Tameside. The Junior squad was able to secure fourth place out of six teams who made the trip to the North-west, for our first year in the competition I think this is a great start and we hope to build on our experience. The cadets struggled in a venue that really failed to preform, weights were really down and all competitors failed to register more than a pound of fish. Matrix Tameside was able to secure first place and Sarah Taylor who also fishes our matches came second overall.

Top performer of the day was Kyle Hickman who finished second in his section.

Top performer of the day was Kyle Hickman who finished second in his section.

Next week sees our fourth event in Autumn Series on 15th September and we have a special guest, Ricky Teale Managing Director of Matrix will attend. We have asked Ricky to spend time with our match section offering advice and pointers as well as attending the presentation at the end of the match. It also sees the fourth Academy session and this week lesson is about attaching rigs to the short poles that each youngster has been using for the last three sessions. They will also get a certificate and goodie bag, let’s hope it is the start of a very enjoyable angling journey.

Ricky Teale of Matrix who will attend the next Junior event on 15th.

Ricky Teale of Matrix who will attend the next Junior event on 15th.

Juniors: 2nd Round of Autumn Series won by newcomer

Sunday 18th August saw the 2nd Round of the Lymm AC Juniors Autumn Series taking place on New Pool. We had 8 anglers in the match, new comers Jack Stansfield and Elliott Mavers joined the regulars. Recently we changed the rules to limit the matches to one bait which will change every event and this week it was HEMP Week. Anglers were allowed to use half a pint of any other bait plus as much hemp as they wish to use. So for many it was which bait they would add to the hemp. Most of the match was split between caster and sweetcorn.

The match started well for Jack Stansfield pegged in the right hand corner of New Pool and few small skimmers took his corn bait for an early lead. Sarah Taylor pegged next to Jack was fishing just off the island and hooked a carp which proceeded to take off around the back of the island, in the struggle sections of Sarah’s pole came loose and took off with the carp, luckily both were rescued shortly afterwards. Elliott Mavers was quiet getting on with netting lots of small roach on his caster hook bait but could not find any larger residents.

Back to the fishing and a small battle was happening between Connor Higham and Callum McCormack pegged next to each other between the islands, both were catching well throughout. Connor fishing with caster found his fish to be smaller than Callum’s who chose corn. Alex Warham and Kyle Hickman were pegged to the right of the pool and benefited from the hair cut the lake had received over the last few weeks. Alex was quick to net a small carp after two hours of fishing and Kyle left it to the dying seconds to hook a small carp which on light elastic took just under 10 minutes to land.

The next match will take place on the 1st September on Spring Pool.

Callum in fine form catching his way to 5lb 11oz

Callum in fine form catching his way to 5lb 11oz

Callum McCormack sporting the new Lymm AC Juniors teamwear talking to the 'enemy'.

Callum McCormack sporting the new Lymm AC Juniors teamwear talking to the ‘enemy’.

Freddie's brother Jake Didd catching a lovely crucian carp during his first session in the Lymm AC Academy.

Freddie’s brother Jake Didd catching a lovely crucian carp during his first session in the Lymm AC Academy.

Academy newcomers Freddie Didd getting to grips with fishing and off to a great start

Academy newcomers Freddie Didd getting to grips with fishing and off to a great start

Alex Warham's 4lb 15oz with this lovely small carp

Alex Warham’s 4lb 15oz with this lovely small carp

Callum McCormack with his 5lb 11oz

Callum McCormack with his 5lb 11oz

Jack Stansfield on his first match with us taking winning spot with 13lb 5oz of mainly skimmers caught on corn over hemp

Jack Stansfield on his first match with us taking winning spot with 13lb 5oz of mainly skimmers caught on corn over hemp

Sarah Taylor with her 8lb 3oz of fish and got to keep her topkit.

Sarah Taylor with her 8lb 3oz of fish and got to keep her topkit.

Newcomer Eliot Maver's 2lb 7oz

Newcomer Eliot Maver’s 2lb 7oz

Kyle Hickman with his carp and 6lb 12oz for third place.

Kyle Hickman with his carp and 6lb 12oz for third place.

Sarah Taylor wins Autumn Series Opener

On-form Sarah Taylor won the first match of the Autumn Series with 11lb of mainly small roach caught shallow, but her catch also included a tench and large skimmer caught on pellet feeder.

Sarah Taylor's 11lb

Sarah Taylor’s 11lb

Academy starts with a fish to remember.

Young Alex started the Lymm AC Academy this week and what a way to start – talk about beginners luck! This 3lb carp fell to single maggot first cast much to the envy of the onlookers. The Academy is set up for novice anglers to go through the basics.

Alex's first fish during the Lymm AC Juniors Academy

Alex’s first fish during the Lymm AC Juniors Academy

Introducing Bait Week

Our next event is all about HEMP

Lymm AC Juniors are introducing ‘Bait Week’ to our regular junior matches. We are always looking for ways of getting young people to try different methods and, to make our matches more interesting, we are going to restrict participants to one primary bait together with one hook bait of their choice. So, for our next event on 18th August, each young angler is allowed to use as much hemp as they wish and then up to half a pint of any other bait such as caster, maggot or corn. We are using New Pool, part of a two-lake club fishery that has a good head of roach, plus tench and carp which will suit the bait this week.

For each event, the primary bait will change. For the next event held on Spring Pool, on the 1st September, it will switch to worm followed by bread and pellet. We will go through the tactics and various methods of preparing each bait with the young people that attend.  We also link to youTube videos via our Twitter and Facebook pages to help everyone prepare.

For more information about this and other Junior events at Lymm AC, visit our website www.lymmanglersclub.com  we look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

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!

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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.

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For more information contact Chris Finneran on 07525-360804 or email christopher.finneran@gmail.com

Juniors Spring Series – Final

Today saw the final match of the Spring Series taking place on Spring and New Pools. The weather looked promising with bright sunshine greeting us for the draw. Fish were moving around both lakes and prospects looked good for some big weights. The series was all but won by Sarah unless she finished in last place.

Fishing was good from the start with everyone catching small fish on maggot. Callum McCormack was first to put a net under a nice skimmer and Sarah was quick to catch a pound of roach.

On Spring Pool, Alex Warham set up a short line and was catching Perch and Roach on his top three. Kyle was fishing long on pellet and getting lots of bites. Jack Ross fished two lines, one at 6m and another at 5m off to the side, bites were slow for Jack but it wasn’t long before he started to put a few fish together.

Callum McCormack caught well but struggled to hit bites with the warm water fish were very active and line bites were a problem. Sarah Taylor pegged next door was also catching well but fish weren’t as big. On the other lake Kyle was living up to his reputation as the bit machine and catching steadily. At the weigh-in Callum McCormack won the match with 11lb of skimmers up to 3lb.

Alex Warham caught 2lb of roach and perch all caught short on maggot.

Alex Warham caught 2lb of roach and perch all caught short on maggot.

Jack Ross with 2lb 1oz of roach and perch

Jack Ross with 2lb 1oz of roach and perch

Kyle Hickman's 7lb of mixed silver fish

Kyle Hickman’s 7lb of mixed silver fish

Sarah Taylor's 8lb was enough for 2nd place and series title.

Sarah Taylor’s 8lb was enough for 2nd place and series title.

Callum McCormack  winning weight on 11lb of some nice sized skimmers

Callum McCormack winning weight on 11lb of some nice sized skimmers

Final placings of the series. Well done to all that took part and congratulations to Sarah Taylor.

Final placings of the series. Well done to all that took part and congratulations to Sarah Taylor.