Bridgewater Canal: Pike Fishing For Memories

A warm welcome to this blog update, i hope i find you all well and your nets wet.  In this blog i hope to showcase what fantastic memories can be made along the banks of the very underrated Bridgewater Canal. grab a brew and let’s get into this blog.

The bridgewater canal Runcorn, four and half miles long and a place that holds a special place in my heart as living a stones throw from its urban bank  as a 4-year-old boy I learnt to fish with my Dad.  Back then fishing was owned by Halton Joint anglers who’s fishing signs still adorn some of the old building walls.  This was however Pre commercial fishing days its banks where the places you would find the stars of angling and the canal was home to some huge national matches Back then the canal was a very different beast it had been home to huge shoals of bream, big roach and  of course the un-catchable carp but one species was starting to begin to show in growing numbers and this species was the pike i can remember seeing pike so small they appeared to look like glass on the bottom of the canal, that was a good 15 years ago and we pick this story back up in 2018 where we go in search of that pikes descendants.

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2015, two carp kills, a huge reduction in boat traffic and an even bigger reduction in anglers fishing the canal is a very different animal to the one i fished as a kid.  The biomass lost during the carp kills was taken up with bream. skimmers, roach and tench and as such the pike are now numerous and in amazing condition.  During 2015 the average size of pike was 9lb and multiple catches in one session where not uncommon including good fish to over 20lb

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An avid pike angler i enjoyed a good season that year on the banks of the canal and made many happy fishing memories but that year was tinged as it was during this year i began to see signs of poaching on the canal.    It was during this season i was contacted by a bailiff called Mark and joined a team of passionate anglers who all cared deeply about the canal and its inhabitants and over the past 18 months we addressed the issues head on, found the traps and worked with the Environment Agency.  From a piking point of view there was an impact felt but that impact has been minimised by the hard work of the team and in 2018 its potential can be seen in the short blogs below.

Repaying the carping debt…

In the previous blog about carp on the canal you can see how influential mark was in teaching me how to fish for carp and come the Autumn it was time to repay that debt.  Mark had never fished for pike on dead baits before and was really keen to try to land a double figure pike.

With canal piking i always find simplicity is best and its the mechanics and safety of the rig that are important.  Canals are snaggy and the Bridgy is up there with the best so 60lb braid is a must to leave no baited traces in the water.  Set up wise a simple float stop down, two beads, dead bait pencil float down to a 18 gram ledger weight and a swivel i simply attach a home-made wire trace and your away.

It did not take long for mark to get of the mark with this beautifully marked jack pike, a fish that got the ball rolling and began the hunger for bigger specimens.

October is a fabulous month for piking on the canals as the leaves are yet to fall into the canal and alter its PH level and the canal also still holds a good colour.  The other good factor is sessions after work and mark well and truly had the pike bug as a phone call in the last hour of my work shift conformed

“We going piking for a few hours tonight Danny”

The beauty of piling is how quickly you can have your backside bank side and fishing an in no time the rods where in position and we had the best time of day to come.  Into dusk is bite time for predators and it came as no surprise we both picked up fish and mark upped his PB to just under 7lb

A week later and an early morning start on the canal arriving at first light we cast out our baits, there was only one bite that morning and it fell to mark, sometimes in fishing pictures speak a thousand words and the picture of mark with his new pb of 14lb2oz.

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For this piece i could have chosen any of the pike memories i have made along the towpath of this lovely water way, maybe for future blogs? But i chose this on this as i feel shows how special the canal is and if you put the time in she does release her rewards. A video of this session is available on the link below

Watch marks pike capture here: https://youtu.be/2bWjddzRO4E

I hope you have enjoyed this blog and why not get down the canal and give it a go for yourself and if you like these blogs and would like to see more content let us know in the comments section.

Danny and Mark

Club Policy on Wading

**CLUB STATEMENT**

Lymm Angling Club has reviewed the wading issue and from that review are instructing you the membership with the following.

1. We advise that all members wading to carry out a dynamic risk assessment prior to entering the water, to be aware of your surroundings and take responsible steps for your own safety.

**DYNAMIC RISK ASSESSMENT EXPLANATION**

Dynamic risk assessment is the practice of mentally observing, assessing and analysing an environment while we are fishing, to identify and remove risk. The process allows individuals to identify a hazard on the spot and make quick decisions in regards to their own safety.

2. You are advised to wear a wading belt, flotation life vest and have a wading crook/staff.

3. Read specific water rules, as wading is prohibited on certain waters under the lease agreement.

4. All members are advised not to wade on their own where possible.

Lymm Angling Club excludes all liability relating to wading on Club waters to the extent permitted by law. This does not exclude the Club’s liability for death or personal injury due to the Club’s negligence.

Regards

Lymm Angling Club

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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!

Wrinehill here to stay. 

Over the winter and in the new year Lymm Angling Club are looking to address stock in Wrinehill. Over the last 5 years the club have developed the venue to produce multiple 30lb fish and have numerious mid-20 fish that have the potential to grow on. Due to the nature of the lake, a former rail slag pit netting is impossible so we will hold some events in 2018 to take sub 15lb fish out. The club has a very pro-active netting team and adjusting the bio-mass is one of the key strengths of the netting team’s strategy. The club are mid-lease and have already looking to the future with Wrinehill firmly in the plans.

The Wrinehill 30 Club

Bridgewater Canal Friendly Lure event

Great day on the Bridgewater Canal on Saturday 4th November with 19 Lure anglers mainly from the Eatern European community coming together to experience a very dismal day in Runcorn. 

Saturdays weather offered anglers showers and 10oC and due to a week of showers meant that the canal was crystal clear, all in all not a great start. Saying that the Bridgewater Canal Motorboat Club provided Bacon butties at registration to mood. 

The event came about after a couple of interactions with poachers from the Eastern European community which resulted in an operation between the club and the EA resulting in prosecution of one person who was wanted on a warrant and deported. Eager to get the most use out of the Canal we engaging the Building Bridges team within Angling Trust to organise an event, working together with David Lees, Angling Trust regional officer for the North West we began organising. 

New to me, Lure matches are different affair than matches I am used to. Lure matches consist of pairs of anglers who are selected at random at the start of the event. Rather than the results being based on weight, Lure matches are based on cumulative length of fish with Pike, Perch and Chub counting and having minimum size limits. Anglers are trusted to record their catches between the pair of anglers along with photo including a tape measure. 


 Results; 1st place and biggest Pike Ciprian Dascalescu (right), 2nd place Krzysztof Pisiak (middle), 3rd place and biggest Perch Jakub Potrykus (left). Well done all in some very difficult conditions. .

Catch of the Month July/August

Well the votes are cast and results are in for Catch of the Month during July and August. As we have done for the last few months we have run the competition through the club’s Facebook page. 

This month’s winner is Luca Belmonte aged 7

Entering the photo his dad gave an account of the capture: 
“I took my son to atcham last week for his first proper taste of night time barble fishing.(24/08/17)

this is part of the evening…

His first brace of fish. As soon as his first one had hit the net the other rod hooped over resulting in 2 in the net at once. The first was 7.5lb and a new p.b. beaten seconds later by a 9.9lber, to say he was over the moon and itching to get back is an understatm

Many thanks

Piero (proud dad)”

Picking up his prize of baits from RG Baits

RG

Big Beam Match Result 09/07/2017

Yesterday round 7 of the summer series was held on Big Beam pool at Fields Farm Fishery. We had a good turnout of twelve anglers taking part. Chris the owner had allocated us pegs 1-31 allowing us plenty of room so we pegged it out using alternative pegs from 9-31. At the draw everyone wanted one of the noted flyer pegs 15 or 17 at the top end of the lake with one angler even suggesting these pegs shouldn’t be used to make it fairer though I didn’t hear him complain when he drew peg 17!!!
The conditions on the day weren’t great for fishing with bright sunshine and little breeze but it was nice to be out on the bank in the warmth and although they weren’t the best conditions virtually everyone had a descent days fishing. Most of the catches were made up of F1s and carp with plenty of small skimmers also caught. Most caught on meat or pellet either fishing tight across or down the edge where the bigger carp showed up later on.
Yesterday round 7 of the summer series was held on Big Beam pool at Fields Farm Fishery. We had a good turnout of twelve anglers taking part. Chris the owner had allocated us pegs 1-31 allowing us plenty of room so we pegged it out using alternative pegs from 9-31. At the draw everyone wanted one of the noted flyer pegs 15 or 17 at the top end of the lake with one angler even suggesting these pegs shouldn’t be used to make it fairer though I didn’t hear him complain when he drew peg 17!!!
The conditions on the day weren’t great for fishing with bright sunshine and little breeze but it was nice to be out on the bank in the warmth and although they weren’t the best conditions virtually everyone had a descent days fishing. Most of the catches were made up of F1s and carp with plenty of small skimmers also caught. Most caught on meat or pellet either fishing tight across or down the edge where the bigger carp showed up later on.
The good form of Geoff Burgess continued as he finished in third place, drawn on peg 21 Geoff fished across fishing shallow to catch F1s and carp on banded pellet.


In second place was Barry Holbrook drawn on flyer peg 17 (cough) Barry didn’t catch until the last two hours when the fish turned up in the margins to catch several good carp on meat and paste.


 
Mark Davies won the match from the other noted peg 15 fishing the pole on his top three with banded pellet to catch small skimmers and F1s then switched to the margins to catch a better stamp of carp on meat.

The backup weights were good with only a few pounds separating the top eight anglers.
 
1st M.Davies 37.06
2nd B.Holbrook 28.14
3rd G.Burgess 27.04
4th J.Byrne 26.04
5th C.Finneran 23.08

Next match 23rd July at Shakerley Mere on the motorway bank.

Junior Section Manager

Description Details
Job Title Junior Section Manager
Job Role We are looking for someone to run the club’s junior section. The possition is open to anyone to form 3-5 year plan to recruit new members to the club, new anglers and encourage existing juniors to participate in the sport more frequently. Need to be a Level 2 Angling Coach but help can be provided.
Expected Time <5-10 hrs per Week in the Spring-Autumn
Location Home
Resources Angling Trust, Enviorment Agency, Local Authorities, Mailchimp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Email.
On Committee Yes
Who to contact Chris Finneran 07525360804