Jason Webb, Eel catching extraordinaire

This year saw long standing Lymm member and Eel fishing specialist Jason Webb (Anguilla) catch a previously unknown and uncaught Lymm Angling Club fish, a rare North West six pound.

His story unfolds….

“I’ve been fishing for Eel’s on and off for more than 20 years, catching plenty of 2lbers, 3lbpers and a few 4lbers… The six this year came after 16 straight blanks on this water… It was a strange night as everything just seemed to switch on… The carp were ravenous and becoming a nuisance as I caught 3 Carp on live baits until about 1 in the morning…. then at around 4am the roll over flicked over and the bite alarm gave just a couple of bleeps.

Picking up the rod and tightening down slowly, I felt for a line bite… and could feel the Eel making short work of my live bait trap…. Striking into the fish all hell suddenly broke loose, the rod hooped right over and an almighty tussle ensued, with line tearing off the clutch.

When it surfaced, I could see the huge size of it and I was a relieved man to get it in the net as it thrashed, twisted and rolled every which way at the net to try and evade capture.

The girth on the Eel was huge and at just under 4 feet long it was the eel I has spent the past 20 years trying to catch…. At 6lb 1oz it was just a couple of ounces short of the all time Lymm Angling club record for that species that has stood for nearly 25 years…

An awesome fish estimated at 50+ years old… which subsequently won me a 2018 UK National Angling award presented by the President of the National Anguilla Club in Birmingham.

People ask me why fish for eel’s? Simple, it’s the buzz of catching a completely unknown, uncaught fish that hasn’t been given a pet name… Priceless.”

Thanks to Jason for the Story and a big congratulations to him from all at the club.

 

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!

River Severn Round Up – Winter 2017

By Chris Hart

There is no better place to start this regular feature in the newsletter of what’s happening on the Clubs extensive River Severn waters than a review of what we have.

The Club’s furthest upstream beat is Abermule, whilst considered to be a game water other species are present, particularly Grayling which may be caught on the fly or trotting maggots. This season has seen an increase in interest. Some interesting posts on the Forum.

We now enter an area where the Severn, Vyrnwy and the Welsh / English border all crisscross each other. At Llandrinio the Club has a couple of miles of river holding Barbel, Chub, Pike, Perch & Roach with a Stretch of the Vyrnwy close by, with a similar fish population. Not overfished, often a lone angler will have unlimited access to swims, ideal for a baiting up and roving approach. This is one of the lesser understood venues where time spent walking and observing will be well rewarded.

Moving downstream to just above Shrewsbury, this is where the real excitement begins for general course fishing and specimen hunters alike. Lymm has two venues in the vicinity the first Montford Bridge, acquired in mid-2016 is turning out to be a real gem, some experienced anglers are beginning to unlock its secrets having produced double figure Barbel together with specimen Chub. Secure parking and a short walk to the River, what more can one ask for.

Rossell is everyone’s favourite venue, beautiful surroundings, wildlife in abundance and so peaceful, that said, it won’t give up its secrets or fish easily, so time spent in quiet observation will be well rewarded, indeed the Clubs river records for Barbel and Chub fell to the clubs Bailiff Phil O’Callaghan, a Barbel of 12lb 5oz together with a Chub of 6lb 9oz tops the current record.

Below Shrewsbury we come to the jewel in Lymm’s River portfolio, which in effect is three adjacent but separate venues each with its own secure parking and covering about a mile and a half of continuous river bank.

The upstream venue is Atcham (Above the river Tern). Secure parking, easy level walking with banks that are not heavily wooded but can be overgrown, so a little pioneering may be required, it is not overfished, Phil O’Callaghan usually organises a work party just before the start of the season, an ideal way to explore this stretch and cut some pegs. Dai Gribble used this venue for an article for Angling Times also to film Korum products in use.

The Middle stretch in this trio is Atcham (Below the Tern). More bankside cover on this section, however, there are pegs cut including some doubles (rules apply) easy secure parking again with level grazed fields makes easy walking with a choice of two meadows. This is the venue for the Clubs annual Barbel day or “Fish In”, an introduction for newcomers or inexperienced anglers to Barbel fishing, under the guidance of experienced anglers with a taster for fishing after dark, or an ideal opportunity to meet likeminded anglers or catch up with old friends. In 2017 we had a guest speaker from the Barbel society, rounding the day off with an aptly named Fish & Chip Supper.

The final length is Atcham (Wroxeter) colloquially known as “Poachers”, I’m reliably informed prior to Lymm acquiring the Riparian rights some members allegedly made guest appearances! The bankside is the same as the adjacent fields, secure parking, one slight downside there is a steep hill to navigate to the riverside, however, it can be reached from the adjoining stretch.

Now to the important bit. This whole stretch is known for large shoals of specimen Barbel running to double figures, Chub abound with Pike, Roach and Perch together with Carp. A 10lb Barbel was caught here by one of the Junior anglers on the annual Barbel day in 2015.

Finally, with this amount of Riverbank we have strong Team of Bailiffs on hand to help and assist Club members in addition to preventing poachers and ensuring the club rules are adhered to. The team for the Severn & Vyrnwy catchment area are Phil O’Callaghan, Steve, Russ, John and Dale. Most live in or around the Shrewsbury area and having fished the area for many years have a wealth of experience with intimate knowledge of the club’s waters, they are approachable and always willing to help.

© Christie December 2017

 

Dave Steen with a 10lb 6oz Barbel from Atcham (below the Tern) Caught on a lump of Spam, soaked in Spicy Sizzling Sausage. Dave’s Favourite flavour. (I think the fish quite like it as too!)

 

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Paul Edwards is a great all-round angler who applied his extensive knowledge to unlocking the secrets of the Clubs recently acquired stretch of the Severn at Montford Bridge. Here is Paul with a fine Specimen Barbel from this venue weighing in at 7lb 10oz captured on a 15mm Source Boilie.

 

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Pauls Planning and diligence paid off with his first Double Barbel from this stretch. The fish is very distinctive because it is blind in one eye. It weighted 10Lb 12oz again caught on 15mm Source Boilie.

 

Steve is a well-known character and Bailiff with Club members; indeed, he was the first person I encountered whilst fishing a Lymm Water (Rossell) on my very first day as a member. Once the formalities were dealt with, Steve shared his extensive knowledge and experience of the water with me. Here he is with a 6lb 10oz early July evening Atcham Barbel, caught on a double Source Boilies, fished with a feeder loaded with Source Ground bait together with crushed Boilies.

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Young Alfie Booth with a Barbel caught at the annual 2014 Barbel day at Atcham. Alfie is able to fish accompanied by his Dad under club rule 17 without extra charge, designed by Lymm Angling Club to encourage youngsters into the sport.

Juniors Spring Series – Final

Today saw the final match of the Spring Series taking place on Spring and New Pools. The weather looked promising with bright sunshine greeting us for the draw. Fish were moving around both lakes and prospects looked good for some big weights. The series was all but won by Sarah unless she finished in last place.

Fishing was good from the start with everyone catching small fish on maggot. Callum McCormack was first to put a net under a nice skimmer and Sarah was quick to catch a pound of roach.

On Spring Pool, Alex Warham set up a short line and was catching Perch and Roach on his top three. Kyle was fishing long on pellet and getting lots of bites. Jack Ross fished two lines, one at 6m and another at 5m off to the side, bites were slow for Jack but it wasn’t long before he started to put a few fish together.

Callum McCormack caught well but struggled to hit bites with the warm water fish were very active and line bites were a problem. Sarah Taylor pegged next door was also catching well but fish weren’t as big. On the other lake Kyle was living up to his reputation as the bit machine and catching steadily. At the weigh-in Callum McCormack won the match with 11lb of skimmers up to 3lb.

Alex Warham caught 2lb of roach and perch all caught short on maggot.

Alex Warham caught 2lb of roach and perch all caught short on maggot.

Jack Ross with 2lb 1oz of roach and perch

Jack Ross with 2lb 1oz of roach and perch

Kyle Hickman's 7lb of mixed silver fish

Kyle Hickman’s 7lb of mixed silver fish

Sarah Taylor's 8lb was enough for 2nd place and series title.

Sarah Taylor’s 8lb was enough for 2nd place and series title.

Callum McCormack  winning weight on 11lb of some nice sized skimmers

Callum McCormack winning weight on 11lb of some nice sized skimmers

Final placings of the series. Well done to all that took part and congratulations to Sarah Taylor.

Final placings of the series. Well done to all that took part and congratulations to Sarah Taylor.