Monday, 23 July 2012

Sainsburys Pond Match 22nd July

A good turn out of 1 anglers filled every peg on this small local venue. Sainsburys Pond is run by King William IV Angling Club who very kindly donated the use of this water for a Salford Friendly Stocking Fundraiser.

The day started very well, with a gusting southerly wind and overcast skies. Most anglers caught well for the first hour - then the clouds dissapeared for the day - along with the fish.

We were looking for target weights of 20lb+ to frame on this match, but despite the lake being stuffed with carp and tench - only two small tench were caught all day.

John Bailey took the honours with a bag of decent skimmers for 5lb4oz - and for a change everyone caught.

Here are the full results:

1. J Bailey          5lb4oz
2. B Gresswell   4lb4oz
3. P Clayton       3lb
3. M Duddy       3lb
5. Paul               2lb6oz
6. J. Ledward    1lb12oz
7. I. Goodwin    1lb 10oz
8. D. Mottershead 1lb9oz
9. A Mack         1lb
Meddyman         DNW
Big Lee              DNW
Gary B               DNW
Paul                   DNW
M Daglish          DNW

As always the main thing was to raise some money for our re-stocking fund, with another £90 being raised at this event.
Our fund now stands at £893 - I'm going to check all our collection tins that we have put on the counters of local pubs and tackle shops this week. Hopefully we will collect more than the tins cost!
We have also put a bid in for some Community Funding from Salford Council - fingers crossed we get something back from this - the majority of which will go into re-stocking and coaching qualifications for our members.

Our NEXT MATCH is at Maceys Fiseshery at the end of Gigg Lane in Bury on Sunday 5th August. This match is not a fund raiser as we have to pay peg fees on this commercial fishery. Were holding it so that we can fish a venue where we will hopefully have the chance of bagging up! There are 28 pegs on this venue - so your welcome to join us.
If your worried that you might not be up to match fishing standards - then please dont - i can assure you that  were very amateur league rather than premier league. Everyone fits in no matter what their standard of angling - and we also changed our policy of payouts to encourage people to participte. No more 1st, 2nd, 3rd taking the pot of money. Were now looking at sections only paying out smaller amounts to 1st and 2nd in each section - thus giving more people chance of winning a little cash.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Your Stories

Every now and again - its good to hear from some of our members about their diverse fishing experiences. Heres two for you to enjoy - the first a trip to to Spain by JayZS - the second a day somewhere much closer to home from Derek.

This was one of 19 cats I caught over a 6 day period a couple of weeks ago.   Fishing was in an area that was near desert, very hot, dry, full of mosquitos, and with Egyptian Vultures soaring overhead, no doubt looking to pick up what was left by the mozzies.    No ordinary mozzies these: on day one they were biting me through a denim shirt.   The photo shows the largest of the fish at 151 pounds.  It also shows me dressed, undergoing tropical conditions, with the temperature hovering over 40, plastered with mosquito repellent, wearing two shirts, two pairs of trousers and even a scarf to try to keep enough blood in my veins to maintain a degree of circulation. 
The largest fish came on my very  last cast of the week, and took a good 25 minutes to subdue. That was 25 minutes of me pulling constantly as hard as I could on a 5 pound test rod.  The fish happily cruised both up and downstream against my maximum pressure, in a river that was swollen, and well up into the tree line.   One idiot asked me whether I might like to hand him my rod, whilst I took a rest.     Silly question of the week.   Although I was visibly tiring there was no way that fish was going to be landed by anyone else.  I would rather have lost it.  On returning the fish, it swam off as if nothing at all had happened to it, looking perfectly fresh, but leaving me exhausted on the bank.

Interesting species, but a great advert NOT to interfere with nature by introducing new species to a river system.   The cats are, sadly, a major environmental disaster, and should serve as a warning for us here in the UK, to think very carefully about all these new species we have been introducing willy-nilly into Britain. 
Locally I worry about:   Cats--> Sale Water Park-->breeding success-->Mersey flood--> overflow into SWP-->Excess drains back into Mersey, taking young cats with it.    Result, well on the Ebro the cats have, I am told, exterminated the chub, bream, barbel and pike over a very wide area!  A German scientist introduced just 18 Wels into each of two spots on the Ebro.   And the cats have certainly bred in SWP.


Bars of Silver

We've all had our fill of all this rain! Ok for ducks and fisherman.  On a plus side (for me anyway) all this rain as meant that the rivers been up and down like a brides nighty, all good stuff if you can hit it right.
At work last Friday after a long week my mind started to drift as I had that warm memory drift back in to my mind of last years catches of Roach on the Irwell.
I’d not been fishing down at the Burrs since the winter and then only managing to tempt a few decent Chub but no sign of my favourite fish, the elusive Irwell Roach.  Warm temperatures and a dropping river was all I needed and by 3pm I was down on my favourite peg with hemp and caster at the ready.  The sudden down poor during the day had turned the river brown, and the flow looked right, the only down point was the strong wind!
As usual there were no other anglers about and I had the pick of the swims although I’d only got the one on my mind, hopefully I might tempt a few bars of silver in to the net.

Whilst I was setting up a Kingfisher flashed by obviously on the hunt for a minnow for her hungry young, hopefully a good omen.  For a change the strong wind was in my favour and with the aid of a large stick float I was able to hold a steady bow in my line and kite my rig down any part of the river.  I’d just had a couple of casts when my mate Alan (ex-pat) was over from America popped his head over the bank. Alan also a keen fisherman back in the States had come to see how the once polluted Irwell was doing. On cue I bumped a fish off; my anticipation heightened, things were looking good. Next cast I was total focused as I guided my float down the same line waiting for the float to bob under. Sure enough I’m into a fish not one of the biggest but better than any stocked fish. I proudly presented Alan with a lovely specimen of 8 ounces; pleased as punch.  For once the elusive Roach had made an appearance rather than me just Romanising about it.
I had only meant to say for a couple of hours but I couldn’t miss the chance of a bumper catch so kept at it and by the end of the session was reward with a net of 13 lovely Roach and 2 nice Chub.  Not a big net by most anglers’ standards, but some quality fish that had probably never been caught before.   
No doubt I won’t be that long before I’m back down there tempting those elusive Irwell Roach. 

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Big Dave RIP

I'm very sad to be the bearer of bad news.
One of my best fishing/rugby pals "Big" Dave Robinson passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. His last day was spent with his old school pal Mike Borkin who told me that there were smiles and laughs right until the end.
Good bye Dave - a great fisherman and a very good friend

I'll be saying my final goodbyes at Blackley Crem next Monday the 16th July at 2pm followed by a beer at Unsworth Cricket Club