Lymm AC Juniors 2016 Autumn Academy

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:

Wanted: Postman

Job Title Postman
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
Location Sale, Manchester
Resources Envelpopes and stamps provided by the club
On Committee No
Who to contact Chris Finneran

Wanted: Volunteer Co-Ordinator

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

Location: Home

Resources: Whatsapp, SMS, Social Media, Email (Mailchimp)

On Committe: Not required but can be

Interested?: Please contact any member of committee


The big one…(including COTM and new waters)

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????????





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.

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 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.

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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.

New stretch of the River Severn
The club are pleased to announce a new stretch of the River Severn at Montford Bridge is now available to members. The opposite bank to our Bicton stretch has not been fished for over 2 years but thanks to our local river bailiff team we have negotiated the fishing rights for our members making the River Severn & Canals membership even greater value at just £40 per year.

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.

New Catfish record at 70lb 2oz for Shaun Gough

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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.

Tight lines.




New Catfish record at 70lb 2oz for Shaun Gough

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.Lymmvale 70lb 2oz Catfish #2

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!!Lymmvale 70lb 2oz Catfish

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.

Its that time of year again.

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.


Tight lines.

Catch of the month results and whats happening now.



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”

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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.

Monthly update and Catch of the month for February 2016

gear-viking-logoFebruary 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 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!!


Tight lines.



Lymm Angling Club Junior Academy

Academy Curriculum

Alex's first fish during the Lymm AC Juniors Academy

Alex’s first fish during the Lymm AC Juniors Academy

Lymm Angling Club offer a four-session, intensive “Introduction to Angling” course. This guide outlines the areas of coaching that will be provided and the learning objectives for those who attend. Catering for ages 8-16 years.

All sessions are two hours in length. The coaching is fairly intensive and to assist with this goal there will be no more than 1 coach to 4 anglers. Each session builds on the knowledge gained from preceding sessions and in so doing provides a constructive learning experience for all young anglers who attend.

Although the course caters for beginners, anglers who have some fishing experience can attend too. If an angler has some basic angling knowledge, he/she can start at the most appropriate session rather than attending all sessions. Numbers can be limited and preference is given to those who attend previous sessions.

Session 1

This is for anglers with no angling experience.

Equipment provided at Start

  • · Full Whip Set-up Provided

Learning Objectives

  • · Feeding Techniques.
  • · Safe unhooking, landing and putting back fish.
  • · Plumbing depth, casting and identifying fish species

Session 2

This covers anglers with little angling experience.

Equipment provided at Start
  • · Partial Whip Set-up Provided
  • · Floats requiring weights added and hook tying.

Learning Objectives

  • Additional bait knowledge and preparation.
  • How to correctly ‘cock’ floats and tie hooks.

Session 3

This is for anglers with some angling experience.

Equipment provided at Start

  • Small Whip Set-up.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to correctly tie rigs, add correct amount of weight and tie hooks.
  • More bait knowledge and techniques.

Session 4

This is for anglers with reasonable angling experience.

Equipment provided at Start

  • No Set-Up Provided
  • Choice of Whip or Float Rod Fishing

Learning Outcomes

  • How to set up box, bait station, whip or waggler set-up.
  • How to cast accurately with a float rod, how to use a reel and land fish correctly using a float rod set up.

For the latest Junior Academy details and dates visit our website here.

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