Happy 100th Birthday (Mr Salford Quays) Ben Wallsworth


Happy 100th Birthday to Ben Wallsworth, Salford born and bred. Born on this day in Ordsall in 1920.

As a 20-year old soldier at the start of the 2nd World War, he was with the British Army at the evacuation from Dunkirk. He helped knock out a German machine gun and then refused to abandon his own gun position as instructed, staying behind to defend his comrades from aerial attacks when they were trapped on the beaches for three days and nights. Ben shot down several German fighter planes. He was awarded the Military Medal by King George VI for his bravery.

An engineer by trade, he later worked for decades at Farmer Norton’s Engineering Company in Adelphi Street, where he was a strong trade unionist. He became a local councillor in 1957 and over the years represented Weaste, Langworthy and finally Blackfriars wards. His dad had worked at the docks.

By the early 1980s, it saddened Ben to see the derelict docks, empty warehouses and rusting cranes. Along with Les Hough and Roger Rees, he was one of the driving forces behind acquiring the land. Manchester Council wanted £3 million for it; Salford got them down to £1 million (all from a grant). People forget, that for the Council to spend such a huge sum was an incredible gamble. It was an industrial wasteland and “experts” scoffed – who on earth would want to come up north and invest in it when there was absolutely nothing there?

But Ben saw the potential. He knew people are always attracted to water. So his idea was not just for revitalising the area with businesses and offices, but also for shops, hotels, housing and leisure. He’d seen it done in Canada and Australia and believed it could be done in Salford. Within 10 years, £280 million worth of investment had come rolling in and much, much more was to come. Ben’s original vision helped turn the old docks into the modern Salford Quays and helped re-establish Salford’s reputation as a great city of business and enterprise.

More Salfordians now work at the Quays than at the old docks. Millions of people now visit his legacy at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. Ben was Mayor of Salford in 2002-03. He retired as the longest-serving councillor (46 years) in 2005 and met with royalty again when the Queen gave him an MBE.

Last year he was awarded the Freedom of the City. Salford Mayor Paul Dennett, speaks for all Salfordians by putting it simply, “He is a living legend.” Happy 100th Birthday, sir.

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 www.fishingtv.com

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 www.worldfishingday.com 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)

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




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

Possible KHV at Salford Quays


Four club members have walked the entire circumference of the Quays this morning (two groups of two). Conditions were perfect for fish spotting.

There are no signs of any fish in distress – there was one small carp dead floating in the corner of Ontario Basin – it had damage and maggots in its gills – highly likely that this fish was the one that was reported to be in distress yesterday..

So – our KHV scare is now hopefully over – please be extra vigilant so that we can respond immediately if there are mulitple fish deaths.

We have no regrets about raising this issue – better to be a PANIC FANNY and take the safety first option – than to ignore issues and hope they go away on their own..

As ever – being vigilant and reporting things is our best defence against disease – the most important way to prevent the transfer of disease is to dry out your nets and tackle between fishing trips !!

 The club committee would like to thank the angler who reported this fish in the first place – well done.



A carp was caught today which showed possible symptoms of KHV

We are calling the EA first thing in the morning – and will take things from there………..

However until we are able to provide an update – its best if ALL ANGLERS treat the Quays as though KHV is present…….. please disinfect nets and tackle after use

Lets hope that the fish which was caught showing symptoms today – is located again quickly — will all anglers please keep their eyes skinned and report anything unusual/abnormal to us via admin@salfordfriendlyanglers.co.uk

Here a pic of the diseased fish which was caught today …


quays carp2


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