With the glorious sunshine we are all enjoying and an end to the annual spawning rituals of the main target of the north west tip men, the bream, today it’s clearly noticeable that visitors on Carr Mill Dam are appreciating some fantastic sport which lays here just along the East Lancashire Road.
Reports are noted that some good catches of fish are being taken.
The dam in itself is a superb bream fishing water that is packed with skimmers, bream and holding an abundance of smaller species like roach and perch, which provide every angler throughout the summer months the chance of plenty of bites and some excellent sport.
Pike and big carp also feature and many specialists do take advantage of the night sessions, that are permitted under a strict application under the association licence.
Today, as someone who has a mixed interest within the many areas of angling, it’s clear to understand that just like myself, many have turned their personal pursuits around after years on the commercial scene and are now revisiting the natural venues to follow and enjoy a more natural approach in their quests within angling.
As the sun dropped, I could only reflect on the topic during an evening’s conversation with two new members, who I’d witnessed successfully taking quality bream, which had also backed up many skimmers caught using traditional feeder tactics.
With an unlimited number of members, St Helens Angling Association membership is a very worthwhile card that holds a terrific number of waters that can suit every angler’s needs.
As senior membership is just £30 per year, concessionary £10 and juniors £5, this card should be one held within every Merseyside angler’s toolkit.
On the bank and still on the dam, Monday’s match backed up the form guide with Skelmesdale rod Steve Ward taking the match honours on a busy bank holiday with 27.8.0 of bream, skimmers and roach off peg 62.
A joint 18lb saw St Helens Tackle Bait’s Kevin Hall tie with Sean Fletcher off 48 and 65 respectively.
Dave Rigby was in the frame again in fourth place after taking Saturday’s match win with 14.4.0 from peg 54.
On the commercial scene, Wirral’s Gary Baugh made the trip across the water worthwhile as he took the honours on the in-form Mistral Lake.
With plenty of carp in the margins, Gary took them to 8lb on pellet for 119.8.0.
Another Wirral man making the trip, Alan Dewhurst, took second with a close 115.8.0 pipping Tackle Tarts Paul Fletcher’s 111lb.
Wirral’s Jamie Hughes (105.8.0) and Formby’s Kurtis Rothwell (102.12.0) made up the five tons taken as they took fourth and fifth positions.
Sunday on the club scene, a terrific weight was taken by reigning Alliance Leicester member Jamie Bradshaw as he pulled the scales around for 119lb on the club venue.
Bootle’s Billy Smith took second place with 171lb and Huyton’s Mark Wall third with 135.12.0.
The Frank Holding Memorial takes place on Saturday, June 16, draw MCA at 9am.