Following the recommendations from the Prime Minister and Angling Trust WATERS ARE OPEN from Wednesday 13 May.
Where there is a public footpath ( Lido & Burrs), ensure that there is at least 3m for the public to pass you and 15m between pegs ( Angling Trust recommendation). At this moment in time we would expect anglers to be on the grassed areas on the Lido and Burrs.
We expect RAA members to respect the need to ensure both they and any members of the public remain safe at all times. You will need to have your current RAA permit for 2020 and EA licence with you and be prepared to show them to a bailiff or any member who shows you their permit. NO DAY TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE. This decision will continue to be reviewed by the club and be dependent on the attitude and behaviour of anglers. Permits are only available through the club website currently.
“Let angling be part of the solution not the problem in helping to defeat COVID-19”
Following the Christmas Party and presentation the end of January saw us start our winter programme in the classroom at the Lido. We planned to host the advanced young anglers on a Monday evening ( every other week) and the developing youngsters on a Thursday evening ( every other week) and started to teach some of the basic skills needed to enable them to be able to make their own rigs and tie their own hooks.
On Thursday 6 February the classroom session was run by Allan and Neil and involved them dissecting two trout ( bought from the market) to be able to look at the biology of the fish. Investigating the outside first we saw scales, gill covers, eyes, mouth, lateral line and the various fins. Internally we saw the spine and ribs, Liver, heart, stomach, intestines and swim bladder and discussed how much of this works to keep the fish healthy.
Howard Kelly joined the Monday group on two occasions to discuss and demonstrate important facts about fishing with rods. We learned a lot about the structure of different rods and reels and how you would choose which was best for a particular occasion. Howard also spent time on rigs, shotting patterns, hooks and all the important things if you are going to improve your fishing. Lots of questions were asked and answered by Howard.
Another Thursday in February saw Tony Quinn and Warren leading a session on invertebrates. These are tiny little organisms that live in the lakes and rivers. We looked at a sample from a river that Tony brought and samples from the Lido and used magnifying glasses to see and identify them. It was interesting to hear how many of them would turn into flies at some point and leave the water where they lived. There were also leaches, which take blood from the fish they live on. It was very interesting and the coaches found it as interesting as the juniors.
Another Thursday saw Tony Quinn and Jeff showing the group how the fly fishing anglers tie artificial flies to represent those leaving the water and then becoming food for the fish. The artificial flies are lures used by the anglers to catch fish like trout but can also be used to catch coarse fish. We learned how to tie a fly and actually made one which we got to keep.
Colin Scott not only spent time talking to the juniors about improving their angling skills but presented a development session for the coaches so that they can develop some consistency about what they are saying about specific skills particularly in the development of the “nationals squad”.
By March we were getting more and more excited about the nights getting lighter and being able to start fishing. The Monday advanced group had a very interesting session run by Dave Marshall about using paste for fishing. These are some of the juniors that will go to the National Championship and may well use paste in their attempt to be successful. They got to mix paste and look at how you make sure that it stays on the hook whether it is made from groundbait or pellets. Using the tank they also got the opportunity to be able to see how it breaks down and how it can be presented in the water.
Dave Marshall gave the juniors an interesting session on bait and how to best present it. The juniors were able to consider how to hook bait be it a maggot, worm or pellet and present it to give them the best chance of catching. As always they took the opportunity to practise and ask as many questions as they needed to.
Ramsbottom Angling Association thinks that youngsters should have the opportunity to experience different types of angling to be able to develop their interest and skills. We use commercial waters, our own waters and catch various coarse fish and sometimes game fish. Catching Pike is a different experience and we have had sessions to provide this experience supported by the Pike Angling Association. These have been popular sessions and provided fun and knowledge to improve the members skills and knowledge.
The Guru Talent Pathway ( North and Midlands) took place on the Partridge Lakes. This was a great experience for our developing junior match anglers who came back having had specialist coaching and opportunity to fish developing their personal skills.
As part of our ongoing commitment to encourage more people to try angling and get more people fishing, more often, Ramsbottom Angling Association have joined forces with Bradshaw Hall Fisheries in Bolton on Saturday 20th July 2019 to support the Angling Trust’s initiative Spring Into Fishing.
Never been fishing before? No problem – tackle, bait, instruction, day fishing licences and info on fishing clubs and places to go are all included free. Or if you’ve tried fishing already then come and learn beginner’s skills from qualified licensed angling coaches. It doesn’t matter what age or ability – everybody’s welcome.
Parents and Grandparents – bring the kids, have a go yourself and discover how fishing is a fun, exciting, cheap and healthy outdoor activity. It’s also a great excuse to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.
To book your slot simply call or text 07513 289491.
|Coaching Times||Pegs||First Name||Surname||Age||Postcode|
|10.00 – 10.30||1||Lucy||Henderson||11|
|10.30 – 11.00||1||Joe||Crook||15|
|11.00 – 11.30||1||Theo||Wiggans||10|
|11.30 – 12.00||1||Paul||Ainsworth||Snr|
|12.00 – 12.30||1||Kaitlin||Judge||14|
|12.30 – 1.00||1||Sadie||Horsfield||11|
|1.00 – 1.30||1|
|1.30 – 2.00||1||Arrk Group||Snr|
|2.00 – 2.30||1||Arrk Group||Snr|
|2.30 – 3.00||1||Gareth||Arthern||Snr|
Today, we held our 2nd junior match of the year at Bradshaw Hall Fisheries Lake 7, where we had 8 of our juniors taking part. Once again, we split the match up into 2 sections; Section 1 Advanced Juniors and Section 2 Up and Comers.
With a decent weather forecast for a change, we were hoping for an enjoyable day on the bank. The draw some a few repeat pegs from match 1 (Charlie and Peter), with Lucy in her first ever competition drawing the ‘death peg’ (as sportingly informed by her older brother – but fortunately actually related to a different lake 😊).
The match started off fairly slowly across the whole lake, but then each person started to work out how their peg was working. Surprisingly, it varied significantly across the lake with maggot working in some areas and pellet in others – plus we had a few showers that weren’t welcome.
In Section 1 – Advanced Juniors, Charlie took the top spot with a weight of 43lb 3oz followed in second by Harry L with 12lb 13oz.
In Section 2 – Up and Comers, Zoe took first place with a weight of 34lb 12oz (individual PB), second place went to Rory with 18lb 11oz, and 3rd place was Peter with 12lb 8oz.
Well done to all who took part today especially Charlie and Zoe on their great wins 🎣🎣🎣🎣. Also, a special well done to Lucy fishing her first ever match and working hard all the way through to the very end.
Thanks to all the coaches and supporters for giving up their time to help today, much appreciated. And a special mention to Colin, who has become the clubs diving champion today 😂😂😂
Lee (match secretary)
Whitmore East Canal was the chosen venue of City Social for the second leg of the inter-club match. Following on from our home leg on Bradshaw Fishery Lake 4, Team Rammy were trailing by 15lb 6oz, so the guys were up against it. As normal Lee ordered in some foul weather, but tried to pass it off this time as not being his fault!! The word on the street was that heavy feeding was going to be the order of the day, and so gallons of maggots were ordered in to make sure we were all prepared.
Well, it turned out that the complete opposite was to be the case, with heavy feeding killing the swim straight away. It proved to be a tough day fishing, testing everyone to their limits to work out how to get a bite, but the boys did us proud by winning the match with 199lb 15oz to City Social 118lb 14oz.
This gave Team Rammy the win by 81lb 1oz, which meant that we retain the trophy for another year by an overall weight of 66lb 11oz. Well done to Gary and his team of 10.
And a special well done to Charlie, one of our three Junior musketeers representing the club, on winning the match overall with 48lb 3oz (this lad is one to watch out for in the future).
Thanks to Tom and the anglers from City Social for once again brilliant enjoyable inter-club. See you all again next year.
Lee (Match Secretary)
On Sunday 19th May we held our first Junior Match of the year at Bradshaw Hall Fisheries Lake 7 with a full complement of 12 juniors taking part. With a wide range of experience on show we split the Juniors up into 2 sections, Section 1 Advanced Anglers and Section 2 Up and Coming Anglers. Lake 7 can be a bit tricky, but if you find the right approach on the day it can be productive.
The sun Gods shone down on everyone and a very enjoyable days fishing was had by all.
The winner of the Advanced Anglers was Harry B with a weight of 30lb 4oz
And the winner of the Up and Coming Anglers went to Jess B with a weight of 22lb 10oz
Well done to all who took part and a big thank you goes out to all the Coaches, supporters and parents for the help and support.
The next junior match will be Saturday 1st June on Bradshaw Lake 6
Lee (match secretary)
Saturday 18th May saw our fourth senior match of the season for the G&N Auto trophy, held on Sycamore Rowan with 10 anglers taking part. This water can be tricky venue as the fish tend to spook very easily, but there are a good few lumps to be caught so judging the right tackle and approach can be difficult.
Despite the forecast, the day proved to be quite pleasant which made a change from the previous matches!!
1st place and completing his hattrick of wins was Jason Wright with 50lb
2nd Graham Walsh 38lb 12oz
3rd Simon Ward 35lb 9oz
Well done to all who took part… Next week we take on City Social in the second leg of the interclub at Whitmore (East Canal).
Lee (match secretary)
Sunday 12th May saw what could have been not only the first day of Summer but was also the first senior interclub match of the season. Gary and his 10-man team faced off against City Social on the 1st leg of the match on Bradshaw Lake 4.
On the day it was the tale of the two sides of the Lake, with the wall side fishing particularly hard. In the end City Social take a 15lb 6oz lead into the next leg to be held at Whitmore on 26th May.
On the day Matty Waddy (Rammy) won the match overall with 91lb
2nd was Ste Clues (City Social) with 77lb 4oz
3rd was Matt Williams (City Social) with 74lb 8oz
Section wins went to Ste Williams (City Social) & Aaron Wright (Rammy)
Well done to all who fished… Looking forward to the 2nd leg.
Lee (Match Secretary)
The third Senior match, (and the first League match) took place on Lake 9 at Bradshaw Hall Fisheries on Saturday 27th April. Although the Match Secretary (Lee Long) had informed everyone that he had booked the weather, I’m not sure where he had booked it from as it was extreme; incorporating rain, wind and being bitterly cold. Congratulations to all 17 anglers who stuck it out in the testing conditions.
Following his win in Match 2, Jason Wright again took the honors with 46lb 6oz
2nd place went to Matty Waddy with 43lb
3rd place was Lee Long with 39lb 15oz
Section wins went to Gary Wright (again) and Jake Pope.
Well done to the framers and all who took part.
Next match is a 10 man club match against City Social on Sunday 12th May, Bradshaw Hall Fisheries – Lake 4. Captain Gary Wright will be notifying those who have made the team over the next couple of days.
The next general match is a League match at Sycamore – Rowan (22 pegs) on Saturday 18th May.
Please bring the following with you:
Ramsbottom Angling Association permit
Environment Agency rod license
Please contact Lee on 07931 570581 to book on.
Lee (Match Secretary)