World Fishing Day 2018 Salford Quays Lure Competition Result

We had a great time today on Salford Quays.
For those who haven’t fished Manchesters inner city venues before – have a click of these two links to see what you are missing

Urban Monsters   and Matthew Wright When Are You Coming Fishing In Our Trout Heaven? 

Our Lure Fishing “After Party” at Salford Quays

The weather was fantastic, plenty of people came down to say hello including tv crews from the BBC and

The anglers appeared to use two main tactics – an all out pike attack with big lures in the open waters of the quays – and more specialised perch fishing tactics with mini lures fished down the edge and around features.

The pike didn’t really want to play ball today – with a few follows and dropped hookups but in contrast the only angler who concentrated on small perch had a great time.

Congratulations to Marian Dumitrascu – our winner on the day with 525cm (17ft 3inch) of perch !!

Our winner – And Birthday Boy – Marian with a superb 525cm of perch

Here are a selection of some of the more successful lures that were used on the day.

Perch Slayers

Crank Baits

Even TV Presenter Andy Ford got in on the perch action catching small fish down the edge

As always – the Quays fished well and produced the fish to an angler who has done his homework and got his tactics right.

I can’t omit a mention to all the people who came down for a walk, a chat, a fish (non competition) who made todays event such a great social event….

Lets hope has been a great success – and it is repeated in 2019 – we will definitely get involved again and give people more notice that an event is taking place.


Salford Quays Lure Competition 23rd June 2018

To celebrate World Fishing Day 23rd June 2018, Salford Friendly Anglers Society (the Worlds oldest fishing club formed in April 1817) are holding a lure fishing competition at one of the worlds best urban fishing venues – SALFORD QUAYS

The competition is open to all comers

Meet at Salford Quays Beefeater Pub ( M50 3SQ )

£10 entry

Draw for partners 8.30am

Fish from 9am until 3pm

The competition to be decided by the total length of fish caught using an artificial lure and capture witnessed by your fishing partner (you fishing partner is decided by draw bag on the day) and measured on a fish measuring scale given to you at the draw.

Fishing area – Salford Quays – River Irwell to Manchester Centre – Bridgewater Canal (Castlefield to Throstles Nest) a a map of the fishing zone will be given to all competitors on the day.

All fish to witnessed and measured by your angling partner

All competitors must have appropriate forceps/disgorger – landing net – and unhooking mat

Previous competitions have been won with total length of fish caught over 20ft…..

June is prime time for perch fishing on our urban waterways – come along and support World Fishing Day 2018 with Salford Friendly Anglers Society on the 23rd June 2018

Here is a map of the fishing zone – which covers all the water inside and outside Salford Quays, the upper sections of the Manchester Ship Canal around Pomona Wharfs, the lower River Irwell, The Bridgewater Canal from Castlefield Basins down to Throstles Nest Bridge and the lower River Medlock  – plenty of water for people to have a try at – lots of great fish to be caught




  1. Fishing is with lures only.
  2. Draw 8.30am outside Beefeater Pub – Ontario Quay – Salford Quays – M50 3SQ
  3. Fishing from 9.00am until 3.00pm – all anglers need to have returned to the Beefeater Pub for adjudication by 3.15pm
  4. Winner decided by total length of fish
  5. Fish to me measured from tip of mouth to tip of tail
  6. All anglers must have AND USE landing net and unhooking mat
  7. Even though you are fishing this competition as an individual – you will be allocated a fishing partner on the morning of the match – whom you will accompany all day – your fishing partner will verify your catch report – on the catch report sheet provided at the draw
  8. You must measure each fish you catch on the measure provided, and this catch must be verified by your fishing partner – and recorded on your mobile phone camera, or other digital device.
  9. You must remain within 10 metres of your partner whilst fishing
  10. You must not fish closer than 10 metres to any other fishing pair
  11. You can only fish in locations within a fishing area map which we provide – a copy of which is available by clicking this link here.
  12. The partner drawn out of the bag first, may choose the locations for fishing during the first half of the match, at 1pm the partner drawn second from the bag chooses the locations for fishing within the approved area map.
  13. Each angler may only fish with one rod at a time. (although they may carry as many rods as they wish)

The 1903 Challenge Fishing Match

In 1903 – Broughton Angling Club issued a challenge to Salford Friendly Anglers Soc to fish an inter club match at a local venue – where the losers have to purchase tea for the winners.

115 years later – we have thrown down the gauntlet to Broughton Angling Club to re-run this match on Sunday the 10th June 2018.

The match to be fished at Broughton Park Lake, Salford…..

Challenge Letter From Broughton Anglers 1903

Challenge Letter From Broughton Anglers 1903


A venue that was once North Manchesters premier tench fishery but has fallen on hard times in recent years – we are working with Broughton Anglers to restore this lake to its former glories as a fishery.

Supported by the Angling Trust and by Salford Council – we have recently restocked the lake with carp and tench… and started a program of introducing new oxygenating water plants….

Here’s a view of some of our new fish




De-Silting Kingfisher Lake

Please be aware that Kingfisher Lake will be closed to all access (fishing, walking, mooching, having a look) from 25th January until 2nd February – to allow contractors to de-silt the top end of the lake (see area marked in red on map below)

Kingfisher Lake probably has the highest fish density of any of our waters, and care is being taken by the contractors to ensure that the work they do doesn’t result in a de-oxygenation/fish kill scenario

Our local Environment Agency fisheries team have been assisting/advising the contractors. Stop nets and silt screens will be placed in two locations from bank to island to ensure that there is as little disturbance as possible for the fish in the main deeper part of the lake.

Kingfisher Lake De-silting Jan 2018

Kingfisher Lake De-silting Jan 2018

The area shown in red is going to be excavated to a max depth of 6ft but and average of 3ft..

For anyone wondering about the volume of fish in the lake – please take a look at this video showing a sample netting in 2015.

We can now look forwards to creating some new pegs,, and maybe holding a match or two on this lake during the coming summer

Website Upgrade In Process

Please bear with us – we are in the process of upgrading our website – all our pages still exist – see drop down menus – however the way the content is being displayed for the next 48 hours or so isn’t as user friendly as it used to be.

Oh No

We should have things right in the next 48 hours (or so )

Don’t forget that our next club meeting takes place Weds 17th January – 7.30pm at the Railway and Linnet Pub in Middleton M24 1GQ – everyone welcome

No Plaice For Racism In Fishing

There’s no plaice for racism in our sport.

A fishery owner has put up this sign at his fishery — I didn’t realise we were still living in the 1930’s – very sad to see such blatant racism.

No Polish Or Eastern Europeans Allowed

No Polish Or Eastern Europeans Allowed

Also very sad to see – in fact disgusting to see – that the Police don’t think that its any of their business to prevent this sort of thing from happening, as they told the complainant to go to the Equality And Human Rights Commission – who also refused to take this case forwards….

So the complainant (A respected UK based Polish Angler) has decided to take out a private prosecution.

You can read more about this case here via this link 

Salford Friendly Anglers Society have pledged £200 to support this threat of court action – we urge you to make a pledge to help too  – there’s no place for racism among the brothers and sisters of the angle.

Remember this blast from the past ? There’s no difference.


We apologise for the terrible Plaice pun – we couldn’t resist



A Historic Challenge From Broughton Angling Society Dated 1903

Back in 1903 it was commonplace for angling clubs to issue challenges to other local clubs..

We found this invitation to hold a fishing competition from Broughton Angling Society dated 1903 – challenging The Salford Friendly Anglers Society to a match.

I attended a Broughton Anglers Society meeting last night (the 5th Dec 2017) and showed their committee members this document – and informed them that we accept their challenge. Match to be held summer 2018 at Broughton Park Lake, Salford. I am looking forwards to them buying my tea!

Bring it on.

Here is a copy of the original challenge letter, with a deciphered version below.

Challenge Letter From Broughton Anglers 1903

Challenge Letter From Broughton Anglers 1903

Translated Copy of letter from Broughton Anglers 1903

Translated Copy of letter from Broughton Anglers 1903


River Irwell To Receive Major Fish Restocking

Great news today from the EA –  that a winter restocking is on the way for the River Irwell

10,000 roach, chub and dace are on order from the EAs fish farm at Calverton  and will be stocked in the Irwell at a variety of locations downstream of Burrs Country Park

This is great news for the river which has suffered terribly in recent years from a variety of pollution incidents and from massive amounts of avian predation

All of this has been paid for out of our rod licence money……. there really is no excuse not to buy one.

Theres also 500 of these beardey gudgeonish looking things.  There is only a small population in the Irwell – and a few more to grown on and reach breeding maturity can do no harm – can’t wait.

Once the date for restocking has been set – I will let people know so that they can come and witness the event and take a few photos.

6 inch barbel being stocked into the River Irwell at Salford Racecourse December 2011

6 inch barbel being stocked into the River Irwell at Salford Racecourse December 2011


Wallness Social Angling Society Spastics Effort 1962

Like many old angling clubs the long lived but now defunct Wallness Social Angling Society was based at the Wallness Tavern, Wallness Lane, Salford (less than 200 yards away from the current Salford Friendly Anglers HQ).

The Wallness Social Angling Society featured regularly in local angling club matches and are mentioned in many of our clubs historical documents. Sadly the pub was demolished in 2012.

As we have been digitising our Societies records we came accros this amazing poster of a fishing match which the Wallness Social Angling Society organised in 1962 on the Macclesfield Canal at Higher Poynton – a charity match in aid of the Manchester and District Spastics Society.

Macclesfield Canal Angling Championship 1962 Poster

Macclesfield Canal Angling Championship 1962 Poster

The Spastics Society still exists under its current guise of the charity Scope.

The County Palatine Angling Association amalgamated/morphed into the Northern Anglers Association during the early 1970s – and N.A.A. still own the fishing rights on the Macclesfield Canal between Marple and Macclesfield.

However the canal at Higher Poynton is no longer suitable for match fishing as it is extensively used for the mooring of narrowboats.

As we searched through our records – we also came across the financial breakdown of the match, the list of angling clubs and individuals who took part in the match, and the companies who sponsored the prizes. A great find.

Financial record of the Macclesfield Canal Angling Championship 1962

Financial record of the Macclesfield Canal Angling Championship 1962

The match raised a total of £173 for the Manchester and District Spastics Society  – a fantastic effort seeing as though that translates to £3,580 in todays money taking into account inflation.  The £5 winning prize money is now worth £100 in todays money.

This is an amazing record of North West Angling Clubs in 1962  – sadly many of them no longer exist, nor do any of the tackle shops listed who contributed to the prize fund.

Canal Championship Matches used to be quite commonplace in the North West until the mid 1980s….. I can remember taking part in a number of Rochdale Canal Angling Championships (sponsored by the Manchester Evening News and their Angling correspondent Don Bridgewater)  – it could be a bit of fun reviving it.




The Freshwater Fish Preservation League


Minutes of the first meeting of the Freshwater Fish Preservation League

Minutes of the first meeting of the Freshwater Fish Preservation League

A meeting was held at the Swan Hotel, Fountain St, Manchester on the 11th November 1908 between committee members of The Salford Friendly Anglers Society, The County Palatine Angling Association and the Moss Side Social Angling Club with the remit of setting up a group of local angling associations dedicated to improving our sport by

1. Observing the close seasons.

2. To stop the taking of undersized fish for the table

3. To halt the practice of killing all fish before the weigh in at angling competitions.

4. To encourage all anglers to become “good sportsmen”

Long before the days when catch and release was the norm – most fish caught ended up as someones dinner.

At the turn of the 19th century it was common practice for match nets to be weighed in dead, and the fish sold by the fishing club match organising committee.

Obviously some enlightened anglers were wise to the fact that practices such as this were damaging our sport and decided to take appropriate action.

The meeting resulted in the formation of the Freshwater Fish Preservation League – who continued as an active organisation until the late 1950s. Indeed “The League” even formed their own match team who were recorded competing in post 2nd World War 1st Division National Matches.

Please click on these two documents below to see them in full size and have a read of what was decided upon one November evening in 1908


Hand Written Minutes Of The First Meeting Of The Freshwater Fish Preservation League

Hand Written Minutes Of The First Meeting Of The Freshwater Fish Preservation League

Over course of the next few weeks we will be adding more documents to our archive – and will create more links to documents and information about this organisation