On Friday 13th September 2002 it will be fifty years since the late Richard Walker caught his record common carp carp weighing 44lbs from Bernithan Court near Ross-on-Wye. Its now known as Redmire Pool. To celebrate the occasion I will be broadcasting an interview with the late Richard Walker describing the capture of his record fish.

This story can only be heard on BBC Radio Lancashire At The Waters Edge programme on Thursday 12th September at 7-30 pm with a repeat on Saturday morning at 6-0am. Those living outside the BBC Radio Lancashire transmission area can hear the programme on the internet www.bbc.co.uk/lancashire/sport .

Despite the river Ribble having some four feet of extra water, Liverpool angler Jack Bennet had his best ever catch of fish in twenty years of angling. Jack fished some fast water just upstream of Redscar wood known as Duck Island. Fishing a swimfeeder rig with bunches of gentles on a size ten hook to 6lb line, Jack caught nineteen chub for an estimated weight of sixty to seventy pounds

On the front cover of the Anglers Mail week ending August 3rd, Mike Clark is pictured with a 6-3-0 chub from the famous Royalty Fishery on the Hampshire Avon at Christchurch. Mike's fish was caught on a size 12 hook baited with gentles. What I liked about this picture is Mike is smiling which is quite rare these days when most anglers featured with big fish look unhappy.

John Powlowski of Stoke-on-Trent fished the Great Ouse where he captured a huge barbel of 16lb 13 ounces, while Chris Berry of Northampton is pictured with a 6-11-0 chub from the river Thames. The picture that caught my eye was Mark Barrett with his 3-2-0 rudd from a Cambridge gravel pit. On pages 6 and 7 there is an interesting feature on record fish. You can also see three different pictures of ten pound tench; the best weighed 10-9-0.

If you're a carp angler then the Anglers Mail is your magazine. Every week there are some excellent carp catching ideas and pictures of big carp. For those of you looking for new places to fish there are several pages on Where To Fish This Weekend covering the country. For beginners to this wonderful pastime, there are lots of advice on pages 42,43 and 44. It's well written and photographed. In fact many experienced anglers will learn something. The sea anglers are not forgotten with several pages of coastal reports. Finally here are several pages of match reports including the Ladies National Championships.

Good Catches Countrywide

Despite all the rain, the fish are still feeding. On the river Severn Gordon Cottrell of Wolverhampton had a good catch of barbel. In fact 'good' is the wrong word, it should be super catch of barbel! Gordon had seven barbel the best two fish weighed 12-10-0 and 11-13-0 both on luncheon meat, his next two fish weighed 9-12-0 and 9-14-0 the other three fish were estimated to weigh around six pounds each. Gordon used a North-western Avon rod, fixed spool, 8lb line and a size 8 hook.

Ronald Hall of Suffolk fished his local river Waveney catching a personal best chub of 5lb 11ounces on hair rigged pellet bait fished on a size 6 hook to 6lb line.

John Thompson a carpenter of Accrington Lancashire fished the lower river Ribble catching three good barbel 8-7-0, 9-1-0 and 9-10-0 on hair rigged pellet bait on size 8 hook to 6lb line.

The Anglers Conservation Association have a new Vice Chairman in 70 year young Fred French M.B.E. Fred probably sits on more angling organisations than any other person in the country, this includes being a member of REFERAC. Fred's commitment to angling and anglers is truly amazing. Like me Fred has been a lifelong member of the A.C.A. Fred and I, along with many others, feel every angler should be a member of the A.C.A, who's job in life is taking the polluter to court.

I have just had a couple of days on the river Teme but had to return home after a couple of days fishing in heavy rain. Living in a van isn't so good when it's raining hard, I couldn't dry off my wet clothes. Still, I did catch some nice barbel on bread flake during my short stay, including a fish of 9-14-0 one at 9-6-0 another at 9-3-0 and another I didn't weigh which I thought would probably have gone nine pounds. The swim I chose to fish was about two feet deep - it was possible to see the fish and when the smaller fish approached the bait I would strike it off. I didn't want to catch the smaller fish of six or seven pounds. I was after a double, sadly it didn't happen. All my fish were caught on bread.

During the trip I fished another swim for a chub which I felt could have gone eight pounds. No way did this fish want to eat my bait. I remember on the second morning fishing from seven o'clock until nine o'clock for this chub without moving. I stood behind a tree trunk, holding the rod and watching the bait. As a smaller fish moved in I would strike off the bait. But sadly the big fish wouldn't take, though it did push the bait around with its nose on several occasions. Prince Albert AS members interested in catching good quality fish should give their Teme fisheries a try sometime. It's a delightful stretch of water.

Mike Osborne of Cumbria had a good day on the Teme catching 12 barbel to 8-14-0 and a chub of 5-2-0 fishing either bread or pellet paste as baits on a size 4 hook to 10lb line.


New angling byelaws have been introduced to help protect rare species of fish in Cumbria's lakes.

The byelaws, which came into force on Friday 26 July, prohibit the use of live or dead freshwater fish, salmonids or eels, as bait on 14 lakes. In addition the possession of live freshwater fish, salmonids or eels, with the intention of using them as bait, is also outlawed.

Lakes subject to the new byelaws are; Windermere, Coniston Water, Wastwater, Ennerdale Water, Crummock Water, Buttermere, Loweswater, Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwent Water, Brothers Water, Ullswater, Red Tarn, Haweswater and Thirlmere.

The byelaws were approved by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and have been subject to a consultation with anglers and other interested groups. They will be enforced by the Environment Agency.

The aim of the byelaws is to protect populations of rare fish, including vendace, schelly and arctic charr, which live in Cumbria's lakes. These fish are at risk from other species of fish, especially roach and ruffe, which have been introduced in recent years - some say by pike anglers using them as bait.

There are a number of scientific reports documenting the extinction of native fish following the introduction of non-endemic species. The government's Fisheries Legislative Review recommended that where rare fish were endangered in this way, the Environment Agency should ban livebaiting.

Live and dead baiting with freshwater fish are traditional and acceptable methods of fishing for pike, but on these lakes pose an unacceptable risk to rare native fish. Livebaiting is not the only successful method for pike fishing - lures, spinners and sea fish are all effective.

Cameron Durie, the Environment Agency's area fisheries manager, said: "Rare fish in the Lake District are at risk from freshwater fish which often escape having been used as livebait.

"We are sure anglers would not deliberately introduce these fish if they knew the threat they cause. We will be working closely with the angling community to make all anglers aware of these changes."

Other byelaw changes include a ban on the use of maggot, their pupae or imitations, between 15 March and 15 June when juvenile migratory salmonids are moving through the lakes on their way to the sea. The lakes affected are Windermere, Coniston Water, Wastwater, Ennerdale Water, Crummock Water, Buttermere, Loweswater, Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwent Water, Brothers Water, Ullswater, Rydal Water or Grasmere.

Additionally, the statutory close season for migratory trout on all waters in the North West, including Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire, is now from 1 October to 31 March inclusive.

The penalty for breaching fisheries byelaws is a fine of up to 2,500 per offence.

Anglian Waters Report

Rutland Water
With the recent hot conditions anglers have continued to find fish in the top 5 to 6 feet of the water. Fish have been taken in the main basin, with quite a few around the aerators, using anything from sinking lines and lures and nymphs to floaters with nymphs and even dry fly, especially in the slicks below the aerators. Elsewhere try the bottom of the south arm, around Brown island across to Gibbets and the Old Hall with fish being taken out in the open water.

best rainbow 5lb taken by Mick McKlintic on a sinking line and green booby

best brown 5lb plus taken by season ticket holder Terry Betts of Whittlesey, Peterborough

best boat areas Main basin, the aerators, bottom of the south arm, Brown island, Gibbets across to the Old Hall

best bank areas Sykes Lane, Normanton, Old Hall point, Yellowstone

best methods: sinking lines with nymphs and lures, also try floating lines with long leader and nymphs

Ravensthorpe Reservoir
Best rainbow this week was taken by John Frisby of Carlton Curlieu, Leics. John's fish weighed 5lb 5oz and took a dry daddy fromboat anchored off the island weedbeds. Shaun Marriott of Stoke Albany took Rainbows weighing 4lb 6oz and 3lb 9oz in his bag of 8 fish - a mix of dries and lures proving successful. Ravensthorpe regular John Caldwell and his boat partner Digby Lewis enjoyed an exciting session boating 20 fish between them. Cdc's and hare's ear on floating lines took their fish. With Ravensthorpe's prolific damsel hatches beginning to thin out, fish are on the move and prepared to take a variety of small dries, wets and emergers in their search for alternative food supplies. Best results are coming to drifting boats over and off the weed fringes with single grhe, cdc's and hoppers fished almost static on floating lines. best rainbow 5lb 5oz taken by J Frisby of Carlton Curlieu with a daddy long legs on a floating line best boat areas shallow end of reservoir (Coton End) best bank areas domes

Pitsford Water

Terry Pancoust of Northampton celebrated his return to Pitsford Water by taking a superb rainbow this week. Terry caught the 5lb fish off the Cliffs, bank fishing with an intermediate shooting head and a white and green lure. Pitsford's senior Warden Nathan Clayton said it was good to see Terry back at Pitsford following his recent hip replacement operation.

New season ticket holder Brian Mead, of Bozeat, won his first boat league match on Wednesday. Brian has a 'Starter' ticket which is a new introduction at Anglian Water's fisheries this year. Brian boated 5 fish whilst fishing with league leader Richard Slater.

Early morning and late evening are the best times to fish. Floating lines and small dry fly like cdc, hare's ear and sedge patterns with nymphs like damsels and pheasant tails are the favoured methods. The banks around the reservoir are all weed free.

best brown 5lb taken by Terry Pancoust of Northampton best boat areas Duffers, Causeway, small half, sailing club, North Farm Bay, mai

basin best bank areas Bog Bay, Duffers, Sailing Bank, Pines, Rigby's Point

Grafham Water
The best rainbow of the week was taken by Richard Kirk of Rushden. Richard took a super 5lb 15oz specimen on a snail pattern in the mouth of Savages.

Early in the day and the last three hours of fishing are when the fish are feeding heavily. Fishing at this time has been outstanding, with the fish feeding heavily on the still hatching sedge and the ever growing numbers and size of pin fry in most parts of the lake, especially the north shore. With the large weed beds holding a lot of food it is always worth a close look around these with snail patterns. Some large rainbows have moved into the harbour to start feeding on the pin fry.

best rainbow 5lb 15oz taken by Richard Kirk of Rushden

best boat areas G buoy, Marlow Bay, Gaynes Cove, Savages Creek, Rainbow Point, Church Bay, Rectory Bay

best bank areas The Seat, Hill Farm, Stumps, G Bank, Marlow Stones, Dam