Old River Match Result 18th August 2016

The Old River – the fishing enigma

10 anglers fished – the weather was perfect – the fishing wasn’t

Congratulations to

1st Alan Baguley 1lb 4oz (1 big eel 2 small roach on red maggot)

2nd Karl Tucker 1lb 3oz (20+ small roach on maggot up in the water)

Most other anglers caught a few small fish for a couple of ounces with only a few (including mine) dry nets.


Old Riv Eel1Old Riv Eel

Where are the tench that we stocked ??? Where are the skimmers we saw spawning earlier this year ?? Where are the bigger roach ??

The Old River throws up lots of questions but gives few answers……..

Salford Quays Fishing Match Result 10th August 2016

An  eagerly anticipated evening match fished from 6 until 9pm.

10 anglers fished – nearly all using rod and line (slider or tip)

Salford Quays F

But the weather was against us = strong wind and driving rain made fishing difficult – and weights were lower than expected.

Salford Quays Perch


1st place Karl Tucker 1lb 6oz (a single perch caught down the edge on maggot)
2nd place Darren Smith 1lb 2oz  (4 perch on the slider / worm)
3rd place Derek Kenyon 4oz

The fish were there though and a few anglers had hard luck stories of missed big fish….

We will be holding more matches on the Quays this year – so watch out for updates to the match calendar

Vote For Salford Friendly To Help Restock Salford Quays

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to vote – WE WON !!!

We will be purchasing a number of 3lb carp to the value of £1000 in the very near future to stock in Salford Quays

We will let everyone know when the fish delivery takes place so that anyone interested can see them being released……..

we won

Salford Council run a funding scheme called recycle and reward – where the general public can vote for good causes in Salford to receive £1000 to spend on a community project

We would like you to vote for us by clicking this link 

If we get enough votes to win – we will spend the £1000 buying carp to help restock Salford Quays

mirror carp

mirror carp

Match Result 27th July 2016 River Irwell

Rain in the 24 hours preceding the match led to the river being up a foot, coloured and really pushing through – certainly not ideal conditions

8 anglers braved the conditions  – but only one angler landed a fish

Dennis 1

Congratulations to Dennis Mulcahy for landing the only fish of the night a 1.5lb chub – caught using maggot feeder tactics

Well done to all other competitors for sticking it out – and commiserations to those who bumped off good fish (it could have been so different !!)



Fishing Match Result 13th July 2016

The first of this years series of evening fishing matches was held at Piccadilly Basin on the Rochdale Canal….

A 5.30pm draw – and we fished from 6pm until 9pm

11 anglers turned out, with a mix of pole and rod and line approaches..

Ronan on peg 2 (nearest to the lock gates at Piccadilly) found the skimmers on maggot on the far side of the boat channel and caught a very respectable 4lb8oz.


Mike Duddy came second with 2lb2oz of roach caught on hemp and caster


Phil Clayton in 3rd place with 1lb2oz of roach


Nearly all anglers caught a couple of fish, with only one angler being unlucky to dry net…..


Summer Fishing Matches

We are going to hold some Wednesday evening fishing matches (its been a while).

In the true spirit of Salford Friendly Matches – you can feed your peg as soon as you have drawn, help and advice is given to any angler who might be a beginner – and serious verbal abuse given to those who claim excellence but don’t display any.

Irwell Roach

All matches draw at 5.30pm
Fish from 6pm to dusk
£3 to enter

13th July – Rochdale Canal – Piccadilly Basin, Manchester – M1 2HG

27th July – River Irwell – Mocha Parade, Salford – M7 1RE

3rd August – Waterdale – CANCELLED

10th August – Salford Quays – Ontario Quay – park at the Beefeater, Salford Quays – M50 3SQ

17th August – Old River Irwell – Ferry Lane, Irlam M44 6DN

To book on matches please email       admin@salfordfriendlyanglers.co.uk

Poachers Fined For Illegal Fishing At Drinkwater Park

drinkwater park poaching

In October 2015 one of our members called a committee member to report 2 people fishing on Drinkwater Park Lake who he thought were fishing illegally (5 rods each) and that he had observed them killing fish and putting them in a bag…

Usually we try to deal with this sort of issue by a swift visit to the lake to “have a word” with the anglers in question, to ensure that they comply with our fishery rules in future. However on this occaision our usual response team were all otherwise engaged so using the information on how to report fisheries crime to the police we called our local police station and reported that there were two people who we suspected of fishing illegally – giving the Home Office crime codes which detail the laws being broken and the appropriate response that the Police should make.

At the end of our call to the Police Station I asked if anyone was going to bother attending – and was pleasantly surprised to be told that an officer was already on the way..

10 minutes later we recieved a call from a Police Officer who had apprehended two people fishing with multiple rods, no licences, not members of the club and with dead fish in a bag……

Now that the legal process has taken its course – we are very happy to report that the people in question have been prosecuted and fined a total of £431 for poaching and unlicensed fishing offences – which we consider to be a great result

Many thanks to PC Richard Garland of GMP Bury South and to Ian Wood of the Environment Agency for all the hard work you have done behind the scenes to bring these people to justice and to protect a community angling facility.

And many thanks to the Angling Trust for providing the information on your website which told us how to report this incident properly




Agecroft Pond Restocking

We were recently awarded a grant of £750 from Salford Fund 4 Good to help us re-stock Agecroft Pond (situated behind Forest Bank Prison)

With our grant money we purchased hundreds of small crucian carp – which well go on to breed soon and create a permanent population of crucians in the lake.

Great news, as it adds another species of fish to a lake which was created in 2000 by the construction of the prison.

Here are some pics from the day.

The Arnold brothers - cock a hoop that new fish are being stocked into their local fishing pond

The Arnold brothers – cock a hoop that new fish are being stocked into their local fishing pond


beautiful Crucians


Agecroft Pond

Salford 4 Good



Agecroft Pond Gets Help From Salford 4 Good

Salford 4 Good


One of our club waters Agecroft Pond has been off most anglers radar for a while now. I think that might change !!

Located behind Forest Bank Prison, is a small lake tucked away, and only has half a dozen pegs.

During most of 2015, anglers were denied access to the lake as United Utilities and the Forestry Commission were conducting works nearby. A result of this work was that a new access road was constructed to take the heavy machinery needed to complete their works. Great News – a new access road.

In addition to the new access road to facilitate the construction of a new sewage pumping station, the Prison has also undertaken building works – resulting in section 106 monies (community improvement cash !) being payable to Salford Council – the conditions attached to this money was that it had to be spent near the Prison…. Now there are not that many community facilities/areas near the prison – so the money was spent on Agecroft Cemetry improvement works – and also on creating disabled fishing facilities on Agecroft Pond

These pics show the pond un-improved – and then with the new pegs. The new pegs are a bit in your face at the moment – but should a lot better with a soon to be applied tin of green hammerite paint.

So – now we have a pond with a new road, a car park, new benches and new pegs.  Brilliant.

18 months ago we stocked 1000 roach into Agecroft Pond – courtesy of the Forestry Commission.

Yesterday we secured a grant from the Salford Community Volunteer Service to restock 200 small carp into the lake.

Crucian Carp

Crucian Carp

common carp

common carp

Phil Clayton played a blinder answering the questions from a committee of 9 non fishers – and we came back home last night with a cheque for £750 – which was originally fund raised by people in Salford who wanted to make community improvements in our area.

How it used to be

How it used to be

How it is now

How it is now

And here are our new disability friendly pegs


New platforms

New platforms

Now we are looking forwards to a re-stocking of carp next week – and seeing the place take off as an angling venue.

Roach Rudd Perch Pike, the odd small chub, now crucians and small mirrors …. a great place to get some peace and quiet and a few fish too




Old River Irwell Gets “Bags Of Help”

Fantastic news – The Old River Irwell Restoration Project has been awarded £10,000 from the Tesco 5p carrier bags  “Bags Of Help” scheme. Thanks to everyone who voted for our project.

tesco bags of helpWe plan to use this grant money to re-build the disabled pegs behind the Boathouse Inn, to create a new public bird feeding area at the top end of the lake, and also to re-build 10 pegs and create new steps down to them.

Work should commence at the beginning of May 2016 and last a month.

In addition to this fantastic grant from Tesco to rebuild some of the fishing pegs, we have also recently been awarded a grant to £2226 from the Hamilton Davies Trust in Irlam – with this money being used to purchase 300 10 inch tench. This is part of our ongoing restocking program that commenced when re-took over the lease on this lake in 2012 after the devastating pollution incident in 2008.

And the good news doesn’t end there. We have also been successful in a bid to the Salford Councils Recycle and Reward Scheme – being granted £1,000 to re-furbish the 13 floating Islands we installed in 2013 on the Old River..

As you can imagine – we are thrilled to bits that grant giving organisations are recognising the hundreds of hours of volunteer work our members have already completed on this venue.

With new fishing pegs, new floating islands and an ongoing restocking program – things are looking up for the Old River in Irlam – a venue that Salford Friendly Anglers first stocked in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee.