A small band of merry men completed an outstanding job during the work party Sunday before last.
Next work party is this weekend.
|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|
|Resources||Angling Trust, Enviorment Agency, Local Authorities, Mailchimp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Email.|
|Who to contact||Chris Finneran 07525360804|
Right… well despite the lack of reports there has been plenty going on behind the scenes with the COTM team. Despite already being well into December I will be announcing the results for Septembers catch of the month sponsored by viking baits a little further on, but first I want to inform you all of a change to the competition for the short term.
Winter is always a trying time when it comes to fishing. Its often far too cosy in the arm chair with the fire roaring away to bother wrapping up warm and braving the elements. Even those of us who love our winter fishing can sometimes find the going pretty hard and can regularly be found questioning our own sanity. However there are still fish to be caught and if you catch the favourable conditions then it can be a very rewarding time.
However, winter entries for COTM over the passed few years have been poor. I have deliberately waited until now to post this in order to see how the 2016-2017 winter was going and with only one entry for October and one entry for November the usual trend is continuing. With this lack of entries there is simply no competition and as such the decision has been made to change how we will run it.
For the period October 2016 through to February 2017 there will be ONE single CATCH OF THE WINTER competition. Entries will still need to be made monthly through the usual channels with the same details to support the picture. There will be a bumper prize from out sponsor VIKING BAITS in the form of 10kg of their top class boilies for the coming season. So as they say, “you have to be in it to win it” get out there and make it happen.
Septembers COTM with Viking baits.
SWANKBALDRIK1 was the first entry and says it all here in his own words.
“Well ive been river fishing for the past 3 years with mixed success had many barbel from atcham but craved a big barbel so last year spent most of the summer at Rossall were i cought big barbel but could not get a double biggest i got was 9.12 oz with many 8lb fish then the double became an obsession with many nights down the a5 and at £20 round trip in fuel a costly one
on my third year after hearing reports of multiple captures with doubles thown in at atcham spent multiple weekends down there with lots of barbel in the net still could not catch that double and last weekend was no different with good fish to 8.8lb
then i see phil ocallaghan who tells me lots of big fish being lost at rossall by multiple anglers i was thinking of a trip there next time and with my van costing me £400 for a new clutch and my misses getting a shift change so i can go the river whenever i like and with the river looking perfect dropping and like bisto I decided to drive down to Rossall on monday night it was sweltering hot and nobody there so jumped in my favourite swim thats hush hush im afraid but what a night started with 6lb barbel then 7.13 then a 4.11 chub snd then my rod nearly got dragged in and I nearly thew my phone in river trying to catch it when I finally stopped it i knew it was big slow side to side motion and a good scrap with multiple runs it was mine and it felt big and weighed in at 10.1oz i was buzzing think it may even be the same fish i cought last year at 9.12 i then had another huge chub at 4.15oz and another barbel at 6.8 and a 3 lb chub was well worth the £60 i spent in fuel in ten days and i want to thank phil for inspiration to get back to rossall yer boy double barbell”
Next up is MRRUSS73 and again his own words say it best.
“best days fishing ever.
Went to Atcham, river on the rise, bright sunny afternoon. The river is in good health (top tip-If you have groundbait on your hands just let the fry deal with it, see pic). As it wasn’t the best tried all sorts of hooklengths and bait, worms, bread, pellets to corn . Resigned to wait for the dark , right up till my rod decided to by pass the clutch and launch itself off rest, just grabbed the butt in time. After a 15 minute fight with a dead wait (prob weed), that ran a couple of times as it approached net. With an aching arm I landed fish and let it rest in flow. When I weighed it I had to take pic of scales, as my eyes aren’t what they were, looked at pic and saw a 5 and a bit, thought it was bigger than that, No it cant be can it, it is, its kilos a 10 1/2 lb Barbel, cue stupid grin and embarrassing bank side jig.. My first double figure Barbel, my Dad will be smiling down on that one.
I was then treated to an amazing sunset (pic) Does it get better than that . . . . . . . .
Yes. . . Yes it does
Had 2 more Barbel, 6 1/2 lb and 8 lb. Happy Days.
I had been distracted and not noticed the river had come up exponentially and my chair and rod bag were in water so took one rod down While I was putting away had another run dead weight again, still a dead weight, this must be weed or a tree, no this tree has woke up and off it goes, halfway in and it was off again, and again and again, couldn’t do anything, after 4 or 5 runs managed to get to net only for it to get an email sending it to coalbrookdale, nearly got down to backing on spool. Feeling cramp in places I didn’t know existed I eventually got my quarry in the net , big rest for both of us. Apologies for final pics as any further back and I would have been very wet indeed and on my way to Coalbrookdale .
The scales read 5.66 – 0.4 for landing net that makes 11.5 lb woo hoo.
All fish fell to full or half meatballs in gravy (gravy in GBait)
Best Day Ever
I would just like to thank The River Severn, Lymm anglers and the bailiff who gave me tips on peg a couple of weeks ago and my Dad, Cheers Dad for patiently teaching me how to fish the Severn all those years ago.
Tight Lines Everybody
Still grinning like an idiot”
However the winner for the month was ROSSGP with this awesome chance capture.
“I’ll make a late entry, my best catch so far this season.
A perch that went 3lb 14oz then 3lb 15oz on the scales, the net went 14oz so it’s a scraper 3lber.
Caught on a worm on the drop as I was tightening up the line.
Ive just got a mat shot on my phone and the pic doesn’t do it justice. My arl fella got a pic of me holding it up but as it was hot Chris the owner wanted the fish returned ASAP, which I duly obliged. He reckons it wasn’t a 3 and me dad’s scales are out haha.
Lake of tranquility was the venue”
Congratulations to Ross on a fantastic perch and it goes to show that anyone can land a fish that bags them the big prize. He nets 2.5kg of top quality baits from our sponsors VIKING BAITS.
Again I must thank Mike at Viking baits for his continued support with the CATCH OF THE MONTH competition and I am absolutely thrilled to announce this support will continue for 2017.
I am also very please to announce a second sponsor has joined the COTM team. Stoke Leads have been offering their range for a number of years now and their quality is second to none.
Stoke leads operate from a very busy Facebook page where a number of their products can be view along with a full price list. You can access this by clicking here STOKE LEADS or by speaking to the boss man directly on 07881817617.
I would like to welcome KEV to the team and thank him for his support going forward.
What else has been happening then…
Work has been done recently at Grimsditch to combat the issues that we have on the water. It seems that we have been loosing stock to the dreaded black plague. The club has taken the decision to do everything possible to prevent this going forward and Saturday just gone saw a team of dedicated members and officials set out to start this. Sample nettings were taken to learn the extent of the damage. A small number of remaining common carp were rehomed in line with the official policy for the water.( I must stress that this was done with the consent of the E.A as is always the case with the Lymm netting team). A number of fish refuges were constructed and the following day a stocking of pure crucian carp and tench were restocked.
Its that time of year when the clubs netting team are very busy and the estates team are planning the work parties for the new year. If your able to lend a hand and get involved then please get in touch. Many hands make light work and on a cold winters day every bit of help is highly appreciated.
WELL ITS OPEN!!!!!
Having had a walk round recently its safe to say there is plenty of water to go at. At 60 acres it does leave you that feeling that anything could be swimming in there. Talk of double figure tench and bream, 20lb pike,4lb perch,30lb carp, big eels and even catfish have found their way through to my ears. At the time of writing I don’t believe anyone has yet unlocked the code to landing a fish but the conditions have been far from ideal. Pike and a number of carp have been seen, as has a huge shoal of perch. Its a beautiful water to spend a day on as the pictures below show. A visit just to walk the bank isn’t a wasted trip. Hopefully next time I can report something special!
One final note…
Its sad to say that there have been a number of reported incidents of littering recently. This is not acceptable in any instance and any members found to be leaving litter will find themselves in front of the committee and face loosing their card. Its rude, ignorant and shows a complete disregard for the water, the environment, the sport, the other members and the club! Please be sure to take your litter home.
For now I will leave it here… there are other whispers coming my way regarding a few new topics but I will save them for next time. As it is, get wrapped up, keep warm and get out there.
Be lucky…Tight lines.
|Job Role||We are looking for someone who on a weekly basis can collect the post from our PO Box and send the appropriate member of committee either in person or by post.|
|Expected Time||<2hrs per week|
|Resources||Envelpopes and stamps provided by the club|
|Who to contact||Chris Finneran|
We are looking one or two poeple to co-ordinate our volunteers. We have many events such as nettings, work parties, junior events, etc where volunteers are needed. This role would be to work with the event organiser to share the details with a select group or the whole club. Co-ordinate responses and share back with the organisers.
Expected Hours: <2hrs per week
Resources: Whatsapp, SMS, Social Media, Email (Mailchimp)
On Committe: Not required but can be
Interested?: Please contact any member of committee
Well its been a while and I would love to say I have been so busy fishing that I haven’t found the time to update the blog. But sadly this isn’t so… work has had me on a different continent and I am struggling to add up the weeks since I last saw the bank…. However this is set end with a cheeky evening session tomorrow so fingers crossed I can winkle one out. Anyway, enough of that……Where shall I start????????
CATCH OF THE MONTH with VIKING BAITS
Its a double write up this time round with the results for both June and Julys COTM competitions. Its great to see so many entries coming through and a complete verity of species being entered. The voting system will be changed from August and a selected committee will be charged with picking the worthy winner each month.
June saw no shortage in entries for the competition and good range in species too. The bar was set very high from the get go and I felt this month would see a change in the trend of voting. As you can see some cracking fish were entered.
The clear winner in the end however was our first ever lady entry. Sian Lund-Smith with her roach-Bream hybrid from village pool took the prize from VIKING BAITS. A very well done and congratulations from us here at Lymm AC. We look forward to seeing the pictures of your catch using your new bait!!
July’s catch of the month saw the popularity of the competition continue as again a good number of quality fish entered. From the off I suspected this would be a difficult one to call with a few special fish in the mix for the prize.
In the end there was one clear winner. BIGdave landed this stunning Mirror carp from lymvale. After a day with zero action this 20lb fully scaled mirror picked up his bloodworm boilie a little after midnight. A huge well done and congratulations on such a belting capture.
I would like to thank everyone who entered and everyone who voted in the recent months. Its safe to say the competition is growing and is welcomed and supported by the membership. A special thanks must go out to VIKING BAITS as without their continued support there would be no competition. I do have to say at this point that a number of the entries from the last few months have come on their top quality HNV baits. To find out more click HERE or visit their facebook page by clicking the like below:
Not ONE but TWO new waters to announce…
The club have recently announced to acquisition of two new waters for its membership. The first is a new stretch of the mighty river Severn. Its actually the opposite bank to our existing section at Bicton. However I am lead to believe that access is much improved and it offers some lovely swims. Details below are lifted from the clubs webpage.
Access to the beat is via a small 3 car parking area that is no more than 20 yards from the river and it is then completely flat running to the downstream limit at the head of the island and the upperstream limit at the entrance to the campsite. This will no doubt appeal to the less able angler who wishes to park close to their peg and not have to trek across muddy fields to reach the river.Fish stocks will of course be the same as the opposite bank so anglers can expect very large chub and barbel, roach, perch, pike and dace are expected to be the main species for the coarse angler with grayling, trout and salmon providing sport for the game angler from the nearby River Perry which feeds into the lower limit of the Bicton stretch.
With a very famous downstream neighbour who’s ‘Passion for Angling’ is known throughout the angling world you’ll be fishing a very sought after stretch of water. The owner has agreed to partner with the club on the understanding that the members treat the venue with the utmost respect and work in harmony with the farm and its equestrian interests.
There are a few water specific rules that must be strictly adhered to at all times;
Gates must be left as per the gate specific signage.
Livestock have right of way.
Strictly no dogs.
Cars must be parked so as not to restrict access for tractors and farm machinery at all times. If the car park is full then members must not park their vehicles causing an obstruction and alternative parking must be found. Permission has been given to drop your fishing tackle off at the car park area then return your car to the over spill car park in the paddock at the top of the track.
No vehicles beyond the car park area.
Catchpenny Pool (announced by the fisheries manager)
I have today received communication from the owner that the club have acquired the lease to Catch Penny Pool at Lower Withington which is near to Jodrell Bank. I know in some quarters its been the worst kept secret but it has been a long time (3 months) dotting the eyes and crossing the Ts. I will in due course finalise with the owner when we will open to the membership but in the meantime there are to be no visits and no sightseeing while we put into place all the things that need to be done to get us to an opening date.
The pool is about 20 acres in area and slopes off to depths of 18 feet plus. Previously the pool was in the hands of Prince Albert specifically as a trout water until the present owner acquired ownership about 3 years ago. It had been his intention to stock it and run it as a syndicate water and to this end some 300 Carp were put in the pool about 3years ago. Other than this stocking there will be a number of trout still there and those knowing the history will tell you that there are large Pike and some original large Carp. Over a couple of years I have kept in touch with the owner and we now have a lease for the next 5 years and hopefully beyond. I do know and have seen pictures of two Carp at 25lbs which have been out by the people who have been managing and feeding the stocks for him. The image can be found on Google Earth by putting in Catchpenny Pool , Lower Withington. We will give you a progress report as there are things put in place. It will of course have its own water specific rules and biodiversity will be high on the agenda with such a valuable commodity.
Pictures of the lake are difficult to come by but I managed to get a little glimpse using the internet. It looks to be a real natural gem!
Watch the club forum and facebook pages for further announcements.
So what else has been happening???
Aston pool has reopened. However only the pegs along the railway bank are to be fished. Its encouraged that members get on this water as it seems there are still a few fishing with out permits! The club are aware and will continue to monitor the situation.
The big girl has broke the 70lb barrier. As I am sure you have heard the big cat from lymmvale has been landed at a record weight. She pulled the scales round to a whopping 70lb 2oz… More details of this can be found by clicking the link below.
So that’s about all for now, and as I am sat here sweltering I am thinking that it wont be too long before we are complaining about it being wet old and windy. So make the most of the warm sunny weather whilst its here….get out on the bank… be lucky and enjoy it.
It seems that the carp have decided the time is now and have begun the annual spawning. The club do their upmost to ensure this happens with as little added stress to the fish as possible and will close waters that appear to have the vast majority of carp spawning. As I type this Belmont estate, Wrinehill and Lymmvale are all closed. I expect others to follow in the coming days and weeks but as we all know this wont be for a prolonged period. I advise anyone to check out the clubs home page on the website for up to date information on the situation.
You can visit this by clicking here.
****Please be aware that the planned catfish teach in will be held on Whitley pool this comming weekend 3-5th JUNE. The water will be closed to any member not fishing the event. With the carp seeming to be spawning on the vast majority of waters why not come down at 1500 on the saturday to learn about catfish rigs and tactics.****
Just before I end this very short piece I will share some very interesting news that has been whispered in my ear this morning…. A new club record common carp has been landed… Its a stunner of a fish and more details will follow in the next piece.
Please accept my apologies for the delay in getting this piece out. A number of factors have held it up and I will ensure that this isn’t the case in the future.
C.O.T.M with Viking baits
We tried a new method for deciding the winner of the catch of the month for March and we will be sticking with this for the time being. The final three entries were all worthy winners but as with any competition there can be only one top place. After watching the voting develop over the week the final winner was forum member BIGFOOT.
“Last minute entry 16lb 2oz fully scaled mirror caught at lymmvale on 31st March at 6am on a cold morning! Lost a fish at 4am then a cast to showing fish produced another run within an hour!”
Congratulation to “BIGFOOT” on his winning fish and what a stunning specimen it is! He lands himself a bumper prize of 2.5kg of quality boilies from our sponsor viking baits.
As always I wish to extend an huge thank you to viking baits for their continued support of the catch of the month competition. Visit their website by clicking HERE and find them on facebook by clicking this LINK.
What else has been going on…
Work is ongoing on the lake lane site. New pool has seen the last of the work complete and work has already begun on the adjacent Spring pool. The club has big plans for this site going forward and the reconstruction of the pegs is only the beginning. Only a small number of volunteers complete this work and the will be ever thankful to them. If anyone wishes to offer their services then please get in touch with either the head of estates or the head waterkeeper, both have their numbers listed in your membership card.
Some of the examples of the work done so far..
Some recent catch news…
Viking baits team member Nathan Whitehead is continuing what is proving to be an incredible 2016. Nathan has recently landed his 3rd 30lb+ fish of the year from Lymmvale.
Be it pure dedication or borderline insanity his continued pursuit of the vale carp is really paying dividends as these photos show.. “Sir I doth my cap to you and wont pretend to hide my intense jealousy”
Despite all this carp action there is hope still for us predator anglers. The cats are beginning to wake up and even yours truly has managed to land a few in the last week or so. Added to this I expect the eels will soon start to feature in the catch returns and with the calibre of eels anglers in the club I hope to have some picture for the next blog update.(no pressure Jason 😉 )
This bring me nicely onto the final point of this months blog.
We are holding our first ever catfish teach-in on whitley pool over the weekend 3-5th JUNE. This event is being supported by catfish pro and we plan on using the time to assess the catfish stocks of whitley pool. Fishing places are limited but a rig and tactics demo will take place in the compound at approx 15:00 on Saturday 4th. EVERYONE is welcome to attend and learn how to best target these awesome creatures.
See the clubs facebook page and forum for more details or call/text Dave on 07967645332
That’s all for now…. tight lines, take care and be lucky.
February Catch of the month.
I will start with quickly boxing off the catch of the month for February. Something of a dire month for entries with just a single fish entered. Member “MR ADAM” fished the clubs section of the bridgewater canal on a cold still day. He says that the conditions led him to believe the fish would be dormant on the bottom so started his session bouncing buldawg lures on the canal bed in a hope to lure a pike into striking. After a few hours with zero to show for his efforts he decided to switch his approach and clipped on his most outrageous jerkbait in his box. It proved to be a good move as his very first cast saw a pike follow his lure in. Over the next hour Adam landed 4 pike and had as many follows again. He mentioned that seeing a pike hit his jerkbait just inches below the surface in crystal clear water was a sight to behold.
Adams best fish of the day scraped 10lb
Adam wins 2.5kg of top class bait from our sponsor VIKING BAITS. At the time of writing this there are already a few decent entries for March, showing that the fish are waking up and starting to feed. Or maybe the fairer weather is drawing a few more anglers to the bank. Either way lets be sure to get plenty of entries in for catch of the month. Remember each submission will be judged on its individual merits, its not always the biggest fish that wins!
Don’t forget that all members get a discount from Viking baits so if your looking for top quality bait at realistic prices then have a look at the website www.vikingbaits.co.uk or click HERE.
Moving on to other things now. This time of year is when the club runs its annual work parties and invites members to come and work on the waters to earn their overstamp. I am hearing that the number of attendees are down this year and work is slow going. Now I appreciate that everyone has very busy lives these days and time on the bank is getting hard to fit in let alone time to go and do work parties. But trust me when I say that everyone who attends gets far more out of them than an overstamp. Be it information and advice from other members or a sense of feeling proud of your efforts at the end of a day. Everyone is always welcomed and no one is turned away so please consider attending one of the remaining dates for this year. (Saturday 9th April/Sunday 17th April.) Meet at whitley for 9am.
Some images of work completed on the recent work party held on lake lane.
Now a real positive to finish this piece on….
As part of a deal agreed with the owner of “lake lane” the club has taken on the rights to the third lake on the site. As its a new water there is work ahead for the fisheries team to stock this lake and tailor it to the needs of the club. As well as this there has been another new water announced. A farm pool out in the Holmes Chapel countryside. More details to follow on the clubs forum.
This makes 4 new waters added to the clubs portfolio so far in 2016 and I feel there are more to come. A very well done to everybody involved!!