OK - lets stop this one from drifting into oblivion
I am offering to organise this match
Our club can offer a 36 peg venue - free of charge - so if we have a 5 peg fee then we can raise up to 180 to go towards charity in remembrance of Cleggy and Breamie - our much missed team captains
We can then add in an obligatory 1 side bet for each angler - to beat the angler on either side (so it will cost each angler 2 in side bets plus 5 entry)
I'm asking Dave to set the date - the venue on offer is The Old River Irwell in Irlam (which is a lake created when the Manchester Ship Canal was built)
Postcode is M44 6DN
Link the venue is here - https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-2.412293,470m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en-US
It's available on
Sept 9/10 16/17 and 23/24
There is a pub on site which will do breakfasts and after match drinks etc..... theres good parking too.
The lake is special to our club because we first took over the fishing rights and restocked it in 1897 after the construction of the Manchester Ship Canal - and a series of fishing matches was held to celebrate Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee -
Our club nearly folded after the first world war when most of our club members were lost as part of the Manchester and Salford Pals Battalion attack at Thiepval Ridge on the Somme and the club gave up fishing rights to the Lancashire County Palatine Angling Association who in turn after a few years passed on the rights to The Boathouse Angling Club.
In 2009 the Old River suffered a near total wipeout of fish stocks and the Boathouse Angling Club folded as a result- and our club were asked by the local council in 2011 to take the lake back under our wing and to try to restore the lake to its former glories as match venue.
Since 2011 - we have restocked the lake with over 5000 skimmers to 2lb, 1000 small rudd, 2000 roach, 1000 tench to 2lb and 150 carp between 2 and 3lb.
Over the last few years - despite the restocking the fishing on the lake has been tough - however since the restocking of the carp in Feb this year - the fishing on the lake has been transformed - as the carp are forcing a bit of competition for food - so the fish which were previously ignoring anglers bait are now hard on the feed.
Pleasure sessions are seeing anglers using bread/corn/pellet or meat catching up to a dozen carp and tench - plus assorted small silvers in a session.
Maggot Drowners have played a significant role in us getting funding for the restocking of this lake (remember my threads asking people to vote for carp or vote for tench in funding competitions from our local council? - I reckon that the support from Maggot Drowners has helped us secure over 3k of funding for fish stocks !!)
In addition to the new fish - we have also re-furbished over 30 of the 36 fishing pegs - and the place now looks spot on....
So its an 18 a side match
Total entry cost is 7
I will let everyone know the cost of a brekkie after speaking to the landlord of the pub (it will be a reasonable price)
If Dave is happy to set the date from the list above - then everyone else will have to fit in around it.