Frank Lythgoe’s Warrington Anglers’ Association column
A PREDATOR angler at heart, Garry Whitehead enjoyed a session on the Weaver Navigation.
Fishing just under the motorway bridge using a tailed micro lure fishing for perch, he ended up with more than 25 of them caught in the last hour of daylight.
Garry Whitehead with one of his perch (Image: Contributed)
The following day Garry was back there again but this time spending an hour before tea watching his son Thomas, four, catch a net of quality roach and perch.
Four-year-old Thomas Whitehead shows off his catch (Image: Contributed)
This youngster has come on in leaps and bounds in the past few months. On this occasion he was simply fishing with the top two of his dad’s pole using maggot at a depth of around three feet.
Our bailiff team were at Woodshaw Reservoir on Tuesday keeping the fishery immaculate as usual and finishing off the mowing.
One member was fishing on peg 6 from 10am until 3.45pm and reported that it was the best day’s fishing he has had. The angler’s tally was 16 decent crucians plus quality roach.
Mike Pritchard enjoyed his regular Saturday session on the River Mersey just upstream from Howley Weir despite the level coming up almost 18 inches while he was fishing.
Undeterred, he fished a home-made waggler at rod tip alternating between bronze maggot and caster.
Mike ended up with a mixed net of 32 fish made up of six perch, two dace, a small chub and the rest were roach. The better stamp roach up to 1lb were caught on caster along with a decent sized perch.
Our Monday Disabled & Over 60s match was fished on the Trent & Mersey Canal at Davenham Road, Billinge.
Al Faulkner drew opposite the mouth of the marina and mainly fished a small groundbait feeder to catch bream and skimmers plus some smaller roach on the pole for a winning weight of 10lbs 3ozs 0drs. Baits were maggot, caster, and worm.
Al Faulkner with his winning net (Image: Contributed)
Rod Fraser was the runner-up with 6-15-14 of mainly roach taken on pole-fished maggot and caster. Sixteen anglers fished.
The Tom James Open took place on the Mersey on Sunday along the Victoria Park stretch where, following the previous day’s heavy rain, the river was running through ‘fast and coloured’.
Despite drawing the unfancied peg 19 Ade Green was the clear winner and absolutely smashed it with a cracking weight of 24-15-0 made up of half a dozen bream to which he added around a pound of silvers.
Ade mainly fished the tip and banded pellet over his pole line and he more than doubled the weight of second-placed Eddie Frangleton.
Ed, who was close-by at peg 21, added a brace of bream to his catch of perch and roach taken fishing pole feeder with worm and yellow maggot on the hook for 11-5-0. Eleven anglers fished.
Our WAA Headquarters at 52, Parker Street, Warrington WA1 1LT remains closed on Friday evenings but members can simply post to this address or put their membership book or request in an envelope with their payment and a stamped addressed envelope, through our HQ door where mail is collected and dealt with most days. Alternatively, you can post to Warrington Anglers Association PO. Box 71, Warrington WA1 1LR where mail is collected weekly.
Your catch reports are always welcome as lots of members rely on shared information for their angling visits. Email [email protected]
Results: Mersey Tom James Open: 1 Ade Green 24-15-0, 2 Eddie Frangleton 11-5-0, 3 Jimmy Byrne 5-5-0, 4 Alan Pierce 4-15-0. Disabled & Over 60s (Trent & Mersey Canal, Billinge): 1 Al Faulkner 10-3-0, 2 Rod Fraser 6-15-14, 3 Jimmy Byrne 6-11-0, 4 Alan Brown 4-13-0.
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