A turbulent weekend of dreadful weather saw anglers struggling right across the region on most of our venues.
Tackling awful weather as anyone can imagine does have its limitations and with almost any kind of presentation difficult, even enticing a bite or two when the goings tough can be commendable no matter where you are.
Incredibly, even now, well into the throws of winter over at Warrington’s Partridge Lakes it seemed that the calendar had turned a few pages on Friday as social media coverage showed an incredible clutch of young ducklings swimming around Covey 5.
True to form though was the fishing, as again the hard-hitting weather saw the form even on this prestigious complex well below par.
The popular over sixties match competition here saw Widnes rod, Phil Barwell take the top honours, as he topped the field with 31.10.0.
Steve Kelly took the runners up spot with 25.04 followed by Norman Finch who took 18.13 for third.
Rounding off the year with their final Match of 2018, on their home venue on Sunday, the Alliance Leicester Angling Club, although with numbers down for this one, saw a fantastic weight take the top honours on the fabulous Chapel Pool.
Typically the fish were ‘tight’ in many areas and conceding this many anglers duly struggled on a very cold and difficult day.
But taking advantage of some cover presenting punched bread on the hook was Liverpool’s Mike Crombleholme who had a fantastic days fishing using just ‘two’ slices of bread throughout the day.
Crom’ took an incredible winter ton for a magical 109.8.0 that smashed Southport’s Jamie Bradshaw’s 40lb challenge on the day into second place.
Dave Langton (Southport) saw him highlight how difficult the day had proved for the rest of the field as he took 16.4.0 for third place.
Over at St Helens on the huge Carr Mill Dam on Saturday, this venue running alongside the East Lancashire Road saw even the usual diehards struggle as admittedly they also had the weather getting the better of them.
Renowned for their grit and ability to ‘dig in’, the awful conditions saw some of these hardened ‘tip’ men off, with weights also proving to be considerably down on the day.
Given a little shelter within the cover of end peg 160 on the noted tree’s on the dam wall itself, Billinge rod Alan Turton took the days honours with just 7.13.0 on taking a couple of bream and skimmers.
St Helens local Mick Lever took second place with 5.9.0.
Mondays match saw a good turnout which saw David Bailey take the best weight of the day with 12.8.0 over second placed Dennis Knight 7.12.0.
Liverpool District AA once again pledged their support to the stocking of the Leeds-to-Liverpool canal this week with the introduction of over 1000lb of roach into the canal at Maghull.
Liverpool and St Helens AA Licences for 2019 are now available from local tackle shops.
Finally, I’d like to take the opportunity to wish readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.