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Our next match, which is for members only, will be our Christmas match to take place on Sunday 17th December at Kingslake. Meet for 10.30 am, fishing 11.30am until 3.30pm. Match fee on this occasion is £15, plus if possible could members pay their 2024 subs of £10. Also to help spread some festive cheer please "bring a bottle" or some cans.
As in previous years the format will be total bag length, all fish to be measured, no size limits and the prize structure is to be based on:
Total bag length
Longest fish (round)
Longest fish (flat)
Thank you to everyone who has supported the club throughout the year. Check out the final league places for 2023 by clicking here. You can also view your results from this and previous years by clicking here and then on the relevant year.
Details of our forthcoming matches below.
The new year gets underway on Sunday 28th January with our Memorial Match which will be a pairs match, the venue and time being Vale Park, fishing 10am till 2pm. Our opening Clubman League encounters (which for 2024 will encompass a new league format) to be on Friday 9th and Friday 23rd February. Further info on these and our new league format to be posted soon.
This year's competitive Clubman League concluded at Guinea Gap where the format was based on each angler's best flat and round combined. As expected, it was the usual Mersey stalwarts - namely dab and whiting - that began to fulfill the criteria with rockling, pouting and flounder also making appearances.
As the match progressed all anglers were recording fish and although some could not find a flat fish it was clear that there were enough flat and round combinations to complete the top 10 places. It therefore seemed inevitable that a better longer species of fish would determine the winning places; and thus it was dogfish that proved decisive. With cards checked, the winner was Roy Watterson with his combination totaling 86cm. Second was Simon Colman with 79cm, narrowly beating Gary Tull in to third who recorded 78cm.
There were cash prizes for the top five with Clubman Points being awarded to the top 10. See the table below for a complete round up and check the Points Table for the final places of 2023.
Thank you to all who participated
2023 WSA Clubman League winner Paul Bonner
Combined flat and round total competition.
Species caught: dogfish, pouting, whiting, flounder, dab and rockling.
20 anglers - £200.
Pay out 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th - £150
Top ten - £50
With our Clubman League for this year nearing its conclusion, Vale Park was the venue that played host where the format was total bag length made up of each anglers longest fish of each different species with a 10cm bonus for each different species after the first one.
Fish were caught from the off and initially it was mainly small fish intertwined with a few quality whiting that began to fill up the match cards. As high water approached, dogfish came on the feed boosting species numbers and bag lengths.
An unusually early fast-flowing ebb tide made the fishing difficult in the latter stages but after another close encounter the winner was Steve Bonner, his last cast sole securing four species for a total of 174cm.
Second place went to Mark Roberts, his three species accumulating 165cm. Graham Lea's four species gave him 158cm for third.
There were cash prizes for the top five with Clubman Points awarded to the top 10 accordingly.
Thank you to all who took part.
A well-earned break from Clubman Points afforded the opportunity for a pairs match, with the format being a species hunt. As it turned out, this format was certainly endorsed, as collectively, there were nine different species recorded among all the anglers. Pairs were drawn via match cards, and in terms of results, the winning duo would be the one with the most species, with the total length of that number deciding any ties.
Fish were caught right from the get-go and steadily throughout the duration of the match. However, for a while, there were only a small number of species landed. As time progressed, the numbers increased, making for a closely contested competition. At the conclusion, a check of the match cards revealed that only one pair had caught four different species, ensuring a win for Steve Bonner and Connor Whittingham.
There was six pairs with three species all having very close totals. So with the calculations made it was second for Graham Lea / Bill Lindfield, third for Peter James / Roy Watterson and fourth were Phil Ord / Mark Roberts. Thank you to all who took part.
Format on this occasion was each angler's two longest fish added together plus a flat fish pool. However, with the river once again in poor form, even this proved tough going and resulted in several anglers failing to record any fish with others having varying degrees of success in their pursuit of Clubman Points.
As ever, it was a tense wait until the final whistle to determine the winners and allocation of points and cash prizes. With match cards reviewed, Steve Crowder landed top place having accumulated 87cm from his plaice and eel combination. Dave Evans' card listed several flounder; his two best giving him 62cm confirming a second overall, with Paul Bonner taking third.
The flat fish pool was almost a carbon copy of the winners, Steve having the best at 33cm whilst Dave and Paul tied on 32cm.
Thank you to all who took part.