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Angling: Otterspool is a Mersey hot spot for cod fishing in the cold

As the year drew to a close this week, on reflection as anglers, I think each and every one of us has been appreciative of the mildness of the weather so far this winter.

With temperatures touching the double figure mark at times over the last month, trips onto the bank have for many been very successful and with that more frequent than usual over this period.

On the seafront, it has been noted that cod have been taken in many different areas along the Mersey with Otterspool in particular producing some good sport for those enduring the colder evenings on the right tide.

On the sea match scene, anglers turning out last weekend on the banks of the Mersey at Wallasey Town Hall steps were greeted with some excellent weather for a relaxing days fishing, although the river was admittedly described by some as ‘lumpy’ on arrival.

Fishing wise, even under these conditions sport was excellent in the noted areas, as the field of 24 rods enjoyed some great sport.

Wirral’s Gary Ritson took the best of the day’s tally with a top measurement of 281cm with 24 dabs and whiting for the day’s top honours.

True to form on the river, Gary used a mix of black lug, mackerel and squid.

Martin Bleasedale also from Wirral had a similar catch, he took 17 fish for his 237cm and second place.

Guy Wynstanley rounded off the top three fish for 233cm got him into third place.

Inland commercially and still on the Wirral, Lingmere Fishery has been in excellent form for match anglers and those looking for a decent days sport on this prolific fishery in Moreton.

Obviously, with winter tactics more applicable at this time of year, again given the weather sport has seen a great deal of activity with fish still responding towards many different offerings which are tactically put before them.

Fishery owner Steve Openshaw led the Christmas break with a terrific catch for 60lb to take Friday’s open match.

Widnes rod Phil Barwell, a regular always in the frame at Lingmere, notched second place with a catch for 43.8.0.

Bob Griffiths rounded off the top three positions with 40.5.0.

Over at Millhouse’s Mistral Lake at Downholland on Sunday, this awesome venue is another that is producing sport that is second-to-none.

Wirral’s Chris Smith took the best weight of the field of 39 rods using bread tactics for 66.14.0.

Maghull’s Allan Millar took second place opting for a dead maggot approach which successfully saw him take 43lb.

Finally, over at St Helens on the East Lancashire Road, I’m glad to say my final trip of the year onto the huge expansive Carr Mill Dam saw me take the top honours on the associations New Year’s Eve match.

Drawing the dam wall on 158, my two bream and skimmers for 9.12 using traditional feeder tactics was enough to beat Ken Dooley’s 9.2.0 from his peg on the sunnies.

It was nice to see the year out with a win at Carr Mill Dam with this 9lb 12oz catch of bream

It was nice to see the year out with a win at Carr Mill Dam with this 9lb 12oz catch of bream

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