River Irwell Social Evening

EVENT CANCELLED – WEATHER FORECAST IS SHOCKING LATER THIS AFTERNOON

 

A bit short notice but who cares.

This Sunday evening the 22nd September – we will be holding a “social fish in” on the River Irwell at Agecroft in Salford.

Parking at Whitewater Drive Salford, M7 3AP

It’s up to you what you do – fish, chat, walk the dog/wife/kids…. whatever.

A few anglers have said that they will be fishing the stick float for dace/roach/chub – another member has said he will be lure fishing.

No set plans other than to fish from 4pm until dusk, and then retire to the nearby Racecourse Hotel on Littleton Rd for a beer.

Everyone welcome.

Old River Match Result 14th Sept 2019

We held another match on the Old River in Irlam today

Only a few anglers found the fish

1st Tony Shep 10lb 5oz – 3 lovely tench

2nd Pete Kay 2lb 5oz – a net of roach and small skimmers

We raised £30 for the restocking fund

Many thanks to Mike Donigan of Monton Bait & Tackle who donated a £10 tackle voucher for the winning angler.

 

We had planned to hold two further matches in September at Drinkwater Park and The River Irwell in Salford…. sadly both of these events have been cancelled. We will be announcing more fishing matches for October, November and December very soon.

Match photos below

Drinkwater Park – A bit of weeding

Like any garden – if left alone for any length of time – the weeds can take over.

A lake is no different – and while the club have been spending time and effort combating the blanket weed that has ruined summer sport over the past few years… some of the swims have become a little overgrown. Mainly due to a reduction in numbers of anglers fishing the lake.

The work the committee has undertaken in recent years with restocking and blanket weed reduction measures now appears to be paying off, with tremendous fish being caught from the more popular (clear) swims. Just take a look at these two fantastic fish below to get an idea of the quality of fish that is being caught on Drinkwater Park this summer.

There not only large fish such as carp and tench coming out though… anglers fishing single maggot on the waggler are catching tremendous nets of roach rudd perch and bream.

As the club are entering into fund raising mode again – we thought that moving some of our club matches from the Old River in Irlam to Drinkwater Park Lake would be a good idea, and a nice change of scenery for the regular match supporters.

So… we decided to hold a few work parties to make a start on clearing out bull rushes and raking out the fringe lillies.

Many thanks to everyone who has turned out on the two work parties we have held so far (with another due to be announced soon)

We started off with a view like this

And ended up with a peg that now looks like this

And another peg that now looks like this

And the came back again to open a third peg up at the top end of the front lake.

Over the next week or so…. we hope to open up a total of 20 pegs on Drinkwater Park (front and back lake) and then start holding a match a month in September, October and November.

Its well worth the short walk from the car park — but just remember that you need to give your approach a bit of thought at this venue…. its not a good plan to be throwing out leads and bait that sink out of reach in the middle of dense weed beds…. find the clear spots, pop up you baits, and give the fish a chance to find it.

Many many thanks to everyone who has volunteered their time. Very much appreciated.

Old River Match Record Broken

We held a match on the Old River Irwell in Irlam this evening to have some fun and raise funds for the Friendly Anglers Fund

1st Chris Fletcher – 16lb 12oz (5 tench) a new match record !

2nd Gregg Garbett – 6lb 8oz (2 tench plus bits)

3rd Paul Nelson – 6lb (2 tench)

4th Mike Duddy – 1lb 12oz (1 tench)

5th Mike Clare – 1lb 10oz

6th Mike Cootes – 1lb 9oz

7th Brian Donaghy – DNW

Well done Chris – you smashed it this evening

A really encouraging set of weights with fish being caught all over the lake…. great news that the Old River is in full recovery mode after the big pollution event of a few years ago.

We are holding another match on Saturday evening the 17th August – draw 4pm fish until dusk – £10 all in.

Please book on in advance by sending £10 to admin@salfordfriendlyanglers.co.uk via paypal

Plenty of room for everyone – lots of fish coming out, and good company

The new total raised for our Friendly Anglers Fund now stands at £275..

If you can’t make it to one of our fishing matches and would like to donate to The Friendly Anglers Fund…. you can do so by sponsoring 4 of our club members in the 13 Arches Half Marathon via this link 

 

River Irwell Carp

We should stop describing Salford angler Kaden McCarthy as “young” and start using the word expert.

Kadens latest fish, a 25lb common carp from the lower River Irwell certainly cements his position as one of the best anglers in our club.

Check out this River Irwell Carp

River Irwell carp

River Irwell Carp

And for us mere mortals – The Irwell holds a good head of carp downstream of the M60 – but finding them and then catching them is a different story !

Well done Kaden.

If you’re interested in having a look at some more amazing fish from local waters take a look by clicking this link below – all of them caught by Kaden

Manchester Monsters Of The Deep

 

Engineering Works Drinkwater Park

Large scale engineering works are going to be taking place over the next 8 weeks in Drinkwater Park, as works are undertaken to protect the footings of the footbridge across the River Irwell between Drinkwater Park lake and Agecroft Pond side….

The Forestry Commission are placing large rock boulders around the bridge footings to protect against flooding.

There will be 20 ton wagons and large earth moving equipment on site,,, so please take care.

We will be asking if the contractors can help us out with a few odd jobs while they are on site  .. so please be aware that your days fishing might be interrupted on the odd occasion

National Angling Strategy 2019-24

Remember when we asked you – our members to take part in a National Angling Survey back in 2018 ?

Well now a new National Angling Strategy has been devised which uses the data from this survey and has been put together by Adam Brown – who works for www.substance.net in Manchester (who also happens to be a Salford Friendly member)- and a National Angling Strategy developed and adopted by the partners listed below.

The strategy will be implemented by a new partnership body – the National Angling Strategy Partnership Board, coordinated by the Angling Trust with representatives from the Environment AgencyCanal and River TrustAngling Trades Association and Get Hooked on Fishing. The board will be responsible for delivering the strategy as well as securing the additional funding needed to deliver on the strategy’s aims and objectives.

The strategy was researched and written by Adam Brown, Head of Research at Substance after widespread consultation with the angling community and using feedback from the National Angling Survey 2018 which engaged 35,000 anglers. The responses included the need to make better information available on where and how to fish and the need to emphasise the health, well-being and environmental benefits of participation in recreational fishing.

You can download the strategy here: Angling for Good Report

A summary report is available here: Angling for Good Summary

Survey Report – Coming Soon.

Aims and Objectives of the National Angling Strategy

The aims of the National Angling Strategy are to:

  1. Increase participation in angling to:
  2. Increase the numbers of people getting active outdoors through angling.
  3. Improve the health and well-being of those that take part.
  4. Help people and communities develop with skills, education, volunteering and facilities.
  5. Connect more people to nature through angling for their well-being and to improve the environment.
  6. Increase the economic impact of angling and in particular deliver economic benefits in rural and coastal communities and revenue to clubs, fisheries and businesses.

 

Its Objectives are:

  • Objective 1 – Develop awareness and knowledge of angling.

A marketing campaign, backed by research, with new information on how and where to fish.

  • Objective 2- Increase participation in angling

An increase in angling participation by 2024 and increases in females, young people and BAME communities taking part.

  • Objective 3 – Develop social benefits through angling

An increase in people getting physically active through angling, delivery of angling for health programmes; and an angling volunteer programme.

  • Objective 4 – Develop Sustainable Places to Fish

Involve anglers more in environmental improvement work and science, develop more local and accessible places for people to fish and develop more community waters.

  • Objective 5 – Increase Angling’s Economic Impact

Deliver a trade-backed market development plan, new funding for developing the angling sector and tackle shop and angling tourism support.

  • Objective 6 – Understand angling data and evidence

Develop an angling research programme to inform future actions, stakeholders and angling commerce interests, and to evaluate the strategy’s success.

 

The Salford Friendly Anglers Society will be discussing this report at its next club meeting – and seeing how we can align some our our activities to support this national strategy.

Restocking Our Waters

We’ve put together a few clips of us restocking our clubs waters……

Enjoy the fishing….. take your children/grandchildren with you – its your duty as an angler and as a good parent

Take you litter home with you when you’re finished

More Irwell Heartbreak As Pollution Strikes Again

Yet again…. we are sad to report that there has been another significant pollution incident on the River Irwell just days before the new coarse fishing season starts again on the 16th June.

Hundreds of dead fish were seen in the River upstream of Bury – with big wild brown trout to approximately 4lb in weight being observed floating belly up dead in the water.

Local angler Andrew Buttery reported the incident to the Environment Agency on Friday evening  – but it was too late in the evening for an EA officer to turn out. The Environment Agency did attended on Saturday morning – but by then the river was swollen by heavy rains and most of the evidence had washed away. Thankfully we have a comitted EA fisheries team in our area – they were out again on Sunday afternoon looking for evidence, and have been in touch with us to discuss the information that local anglers have. They will be out on the river again 1st thing Monday morning looking for a potential pollution source. Lets hope they find the culprit and prosecute.

See pictures below

In recent months there have been numerous foaming incidents on the River Irwell – many of them being reported late on a Friday afternoon – there appears to be a theme.

Over the past 3 years – the River has taken a real hammering – pollution from the Tesco fuel spill at Haslingden, never identified pollution that killed all the Invertebrates over a 30 mile section, pollution from an oil company, the regular Friday foaming incidents, and now this latest devastating fish kill.

How the poor old Irwell suffers

Anglers, and other river lovers need to be vigilant, ALL angling clubs need to communicate with each other better and we would love to see a much better network of “River Guardians” working with the Mersey Rivers Trust to keep a better watch on the river, monitoring invertebrate and fish populations… creating a network of people to locate sources of pollution and be eyes and ears on the ground for the EA. In particular we need people from the Helmshore, Irwell Vale, Rossendale area. If you are interested in joining our network of “River Guardians” please contact admin@salfordfriendlyanglers.co.uk

Its our river – we need to work better together to protect it from those who don’t care.

Irwell Pollution June 2019

Irwell Pollution June 2019

Junior Competition Winners 4 & 5

Congratulations to Rachel and Archie – latest winners of rod and reel combos.

Its great to see the wonderful pictures of excited youngsters catching great fish which members are sending in.

Rachel Holgate and Archie Phythian both win a matching  9ft pellet waggler rod and reel combo for these great fish and fab photos

winners

Rachel caught a nice little mirror carp – and Archie a lovely big Crucian – lovely fish – great fishing – we hope you enjoy your prizes.

Don’t forget — it’s your duty to take your kids/grandkids fishing – spread the love !!

We have lots more prizes to hand out to youngsters this summer – the size of smile is far more important than the size of the fish..

Get out – get fishing – take photos – win prizes !