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.
Please visit the VIKING BAITS website by clicking on the highlighted text of by going to http://www.vikingbaits.co.uk. You can also find them on FACEBOOK.
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.