|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|
Lymm AC are attending the Northern Angling Show at the beginning of April. So far we have been given stand 37 near the Preston Innovations stand.
These shows are great for the club to be represented and show off our club to prospective members.
We will be issuing memberships on the day for new members and renewal. We will offer a 10% discount from all membership classes.
We are looking for club members to volunteer to talk to prospective members and give other club members advice. In return this will count as an overstamp day and you will get access to the show for both days.
For any questions or you would like to volunteer drop Chris Finneran a note: Christopher.Finneran@gmail.com
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.
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We will start as usual with the catch of the month, sponsored by viking baits. I have decided to change how the competition is voted for this month. All entries are submitted to small committee for consideration. Between them they have over 100years of angling experience and are well versed in every discipline of the sport. I have done this to ensure that each catch is judged fairly on its particular merits.
August is always a bit hit and miss with regards to results on the bank. High pressure and high temps can sometimes make it slow going. But if you find yourself fishing when that weather changes the rewards can be out of this world.
In his own words the first entry from AL Green:
I Did 48hrs on lymmvale last week , in extremely wet and blustery conditions with a cold NW blowing I Had a great session overall finishing up with 23 tench each and everyone between 5-7Lb and 4 Carp between 15 & 21lb. The fish I’m entering although it wasn’t the biggest of the bunch by any stretch , it was probably the prettiest carp I’ve ever had the pleasure of landing and a credit to the quality of fish in the vale. Sometimes size is simply irrelevant and this was one of those , Just a beautiful dark big scaled slate grey mirror.
The second entry this month and the first of three Barbel comes from John Hunsley.
9lb 13oz from Poachers field – Wroxeter on the evening of 21st August. it was caught on a rising river on a 12mm Krill dumb-bell fished on the inside line about 2 rod lengths out.
Third entry is another Severn Barbel.
Forum member Edward caught this barbel at Atcham. At 9lb 14oz caught on the 13th of August on double pellet it was the second fish of the evening and is reported to have put up on hell of a fight.
The 4th and final entry was from junior member James O’connor submitted by his dad. a 6lb 4oz Barbel taken from the lake of tranquillity. The proud fathers words:
It gave the 10 yr old a fantastic scrap on his little 6 ft float rod , but with the clutch set right n some Words of wisdom from his fishing coach ( cough ,cough ) after a battle of a good 10 minutes he slipped it in the net . Good old worm was the bait , the smile says it all and a fish he won’t forget in a hurry ( 3 days on , he’s still telling me his arms aching ) Anyone who’s fished this water will tell you how hard these fish fight , once hooked they just refuse to surface.
There can be only a single winner and for the month of August this is…… AL GREEN.
I know that the prize goes to AL not just for the capture of his carp, but for the total catch of his session. The committee wish to remind people that each entry is indeed measured on its individual merits. Its not always going to be the biggest fish that wins the prize.
Well done AL, it was indeed an amazing haul of fish that is more than worthy of the top prize. I must that all of the entries for catch of the month and remind you all that you need only to be in it to stand a chance of winning it.
It goes with out saying that out sponsors Viking baits are doing us proud by continuing to support the competition so our thanks as always go out to them. I personally have just returned from a weeks fishing in France where their baits helped me put together a very decent result in difficult conditions. A brace of upper 30’s taken hours apart on the very popular ‘tigers mix’. Visit their website by clicking here >> VIKING BAITS <<.
What else is happening….
CATCHPENNY POOL is open for angling.
The lake has been open for about a fortnight and early reports are very positive. Good numbers of fish have been banked. They appear to be around mid doubles but at the time of writing I know of 3 different 20lb plus fish. Please make yourself aware of the water specific rules for this venue before venturing onto the banks.
One of the bigger fish landed so far…
Yet another new water.
I am sure you are aware already the club recently announced its acquisition of another new water, Nunnsmere in the heart of Cheshire. This water has seen very little in the form of angling pressure due to it being something of a private no access site. Stories abound of what is in there, massive pike, huge carp, giant perch and god alone knows what else. Evidence of any of these super fish has yet to surface but we can all day dream about the possibilities whilst we wait for the club to finish any works required before its opened to fishing. Carp and pike have been witnessed by club officials doing their duties but with 60+ acres there are plenty places to hide. I must stress at this stage that there is STRICTLY NO ACCESS to the site until its opening is announced. But to wet your appetite here are a few pictures…
Thanks to mancman for the pictures.
So that’s just about all for now. We are entering a special time of the year for angling when the fish start to feed up for the coming cold periods. The leaves on the trees are signalling the changing of seasons and for an avid pike angler like me that means only one thing………. “Winter is coming!”
Tight lines, Be lucky!
In a change to advertised dates our Academy will start on Saturday 10th September. Places are available for £35 and includes more than 8 hours of qualified angling coaching, a complete beginner pack including a 3m fishing pole, line, hooks, weights, disgorger, fishing guidebook and dairy, a fishing seatbox and a certificate all worth over £50.
To learn more or to sign up, see the below details:
|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.
The big Cats at Lymmvale are regular visitors to the bank in the warmer months and each year they seem to put on a few pounds. This season has been no exception and one lucky angler had a new club record and a 22lb and 50lb+ Catfish as backup in the same session, Shaun Gough takes up the story.
I arrived on vale Friday afternoon and settled in the Sleepers swim. After a lead around I put my right rod on a clear spot on the sand bar about 30 yards out and the left rod just off the tree to the left margin spodding pellet and boliie over both spots.
Around 7pm I had a take on the left rod. Feeling like a tench but surprised to see a common carp coming to my net of about a pound smallest I’ve seen in Lymmvale. Just before dark topped up spots with a few more spods of freebies.
About 2am Saturday morning the right rod was off. After a 10 min fight I had a 22lb Catfish in my net. Nothing else happened for the rest of the night and through Saturday. Kept on topping spots throughout the day then around 7pm I started getting liners on the right rod. Just before dark I decided to move the left rod out the margins and fish both on the sand bar. Topping up the swim with a the pellet and boilie I had left as I was planning to leave early morning. Then around midnight woke to 3 bleeps on the left rod. Climbing out my bag I watched the bobbin slowly settle back. Thinking another liner I was just about to climb back in the bag when it tore off a one toner bait runner screaming I lifting into it and flicked off the bait runner.
The clutch still screaming as it striped 30-40 yards then stopped. I knew I had a cat and I knew it could be a new PB as never felt power like that. After a half hour fight I slipped the net under it. Looking into net I though a new PB and got to be 30lb+.
Phoning my mate who was fishing near cabin. He came running around just as I was about to lift it out the water. I thought my net was stuck on bottom. I tried to lift it, It’s heavy I said to Kieran as I carried to the mat it could go 40lb. Kieran lifted it as I looked at scales which settled on 50lb 11oz. Smashing my PB by 24lb 11oz.
Buzzing I couldn’t sleep after. I nodded off to sleep around 3:30am and was woke at around 4am to a screaming Delkim. Lifting into it I knew I was another cat, stripping line like nothing I’ve ever seen. It started kiting to left and was praying it would stop. There was an angler on the car park swim and was worried I was going to pick up his lines not fighting it I just kept a tight line and hoped it would go back into open water.
The fish was out at about 60 yards and my line was so close to the tree then it stopped kiting and headed back for open water. Once it was back into open water I started to gain line. Took about 20 mins to get my marker elastic on to reel knowing then it was at 30 yards. Then it was stale mate for about 10 mins just leaning back into it swapping arms as they felt like lead then it started moving again and I soon had it under my feet.
One last run saw it take out my left rod before I had its head in net. I was struggling to get it into my 42inch net but looking in I couldn’t believe my eyes!!
I phoned Kieran who came around to do the honours again. Lifting the scales to see error on reading 60lb the scales bottomed out fortunately Kieran brought his big scales and as we lifted it onto our shoulders I couldn’t believe my eyes 70lb 2oz what an unbelievable session I’d had.
The photos aren’t the best quality but as the BIG cat has just been banked again at the same weight so we know it was weighed correctly!!
If you’d like to fish for a Cheshire 70lb+ cat fish as well as many other fine specimens you can join Lymm AC online here.