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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

 

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

Minutes of the first meeting of the Freshwater Fish Preservation League

Minutes of the first meeting of the Freshwater Fish Preservation League

 

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

Restocking The Old River

Over the last 18 months we have been making a big effort to improve the fishing on the Old River Irwell in Irlam.

In addition to renovating/replacing most of the pegs – we have been hunting down grants and other sources of funding to spend on fish.

Our original restocking during 2013/14/15 saw us stocking nearly 4500 bream, 1000 rudd, 1800 roach and 500 fingerling tench.

This seemed to make little to zero impression on catch returns – as they were a mere drop in the ocean in comparison to the area of the lake.

Fast forwards to spring 2016 and a fantasticly generous grant from The Hamilton Davies Trust saw us changing our restocking policy and instead of stocking large numbers of small fish, we decided to go for lower numbers of bigger (more expensive) fish. So using the grant from HDT we bought 350 x 1lb tench.

Cracking new tench for the Old River Irwell in Irlam

Cracking new tench for the Old River Irwell in Irlam

It took 10 trips with the bin to and from the pick up truck - great to see so many big fish being stocked

It took 10 trips with the bin to and from the pick up truck – great to see so many big fish being stocked

We then spent the rest of the year improving pegs and building access steps.

This winter, we have stocked 75 2lb+ common and mirror carp – see video below

And then followed this up with another 15o tench between 10 inches and 2lb see videos below

At long last – anglers are now beginning to enjoy great sport again on the Old River – go down give it a try and then tell us how you get on.

Vote For Fish !

It’s voting time again - please click this link to the Salford Council Recycle and Reward Scheme  and vote for Salford Friendly Anglers Society.

If we get enough votes – then we can get £1,000 to purchase fish for the Old River in Irlam

tench6 re-stocking tench tench3

It took 10 trips with the bin to and from the pick up truck - great to see so many big fish being stocked

Last Day Of The Trout Season 2016

For anyone who is interested – today is the last day of the trout fishing season for this year – trout fishing starts again on the 15th March next year.

The reason for a trout close season exists- is to allow the fish to spawn in peace – and for the eggs and alevins to hatch and develop undisturbed by anglers feet.

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A gentle reminder to all our members that we consider the River Irwell above Bury to be a trout fishery, the River Roch to be a trout fishery, the River Irk to be a trout fishery (yes we do!) and the Bolton rivers above the confluence of the Irwell to be trout fisheries.

Please refrain from fishing these waters during the trout close season – as there are plenty of other places to fish with bait and lures where you are much more likely to catch your target species coarse fish than the locations mentioned above.

Thank you for your cooperation

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Fishing Close Season

North West Street Lure Festival 2016 – Result

27 anglers took part – on a sunshine bathed Salford Quays

Nearly everyone caught fish – with the winner being decided on the total length of fish caught

1st place Steven Wilson 553 cm (18ft 2 inches)

Winner - Steven Wilson 553cm - great bit of fishing

Winner – Steven Wilson 553cm – great bit of fishing

 

street-lure-pike

 

2nd place Matus Strohner 470 cm (15ft 5 inches)

3rd place Cosmin Antonie 420 cm (13ft 9 inches)

4th place Dragos Dumitrescu 283 cm (9 ft 3 inches)

5th place Craig Evans 280 cm (9 ft 2 inches)

6th place Branislav Kosak 197 cm (6ft 6 inches)

7th place Alexander Takacs 194 cm (6ft 4 inches)

7th place Maciej Szuchmilski 194 cm (6ft 4 inches)

9th place Mindaugas Petrikas 187 cm (6ft 2 inches)

10th place Craig Gilbert 180 cm (6 ft ) – awesome thats SIX FEET of fish !! as tall as me in perch – well done Craig !!

10th place Gregorz Pawlak 180 cm (6ft )

A great effort from everyone concerned – and a great social event both before and after the competition

Many thanks to our event sponsors www.favorite-fishing.com 

I will add more photos below as people send them in to me

pre match

pre match

pre match

pre match

pre match - discussing tactics

pre match – discussing tactics

getting ready

getting ready

ready for the off

ready for the off

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