The last few weeks haven’t been easy for the anglers – all the elements have been thrown into the mix to ensure they stayed away from the river banks.
The odd angler has persevered. They have been rewarded for their gallant efforts.
Predator anglers have made up the bulk of the anglers on the banks, but the odd match man has also been rewarded, all be it being small roach showing on the pole line on Ten Mile Bank. A few small jacks to 4lb have also been recorded from TMB.
Middle Level has strangely produced the better stamp pike, a couple of doubles recorded, one of 19lb 8oz and the other a smaller one at 11lb 4oz. Also a few jacks to 6lb.
Springside has again been the in form venue during the last few weeks, although last weekend it was frozen over along with Tottenhill, and even Bear Lake had ice on it too.
Carp to 11lb and tench to 3lb have been showing to luncheon meat on carp style feeder tactics, and maggot on the tip on the standard method feeder. Tench are showing to maggot on the tip.
Roach and rudd have been showing on the waggler, and pole when targeted with pinkie, maggot and caster.
Bear Lake: The odd fish are showing when anglers are present.
Changing times: January 2006 .
During these two weeks 10 years ago, silver fish nets to 54lb were reported from the Cut Off Channel, matches were receiving 35-plus anglers and plenty of fish were showing, match weights needed to frame were in excess of 23lb.
Winning weights were recorded between 32-37lb.
Ten Mile was also producing solid displays with bream and skimmers making the weights in catches recorded to over 58lb, midweek catches were showing well between Browns Farm and the Chapel.
Match results from Townsend Lakes Fishery
Sunday, Woodpecker Pool. Eight fished after late start from breaking ice on swims.
Results: 1 Colin Begbie – peg 4 – 20lb 2oz – long pole pellet and chopped worm castor over groundbait, all silvers, no carp shown; 2 Steven Hillman – peg 15 – 13lb 10oz – long pole pellet; 3 Bob Coulson – peg 17 – 12lb 14oz – castor and maggot.