Just so many quality places to catch fish

Euan's fish caught at Limbrick
Euan's fish caught at Limbrick

Southport and District Angling Association was founded in 1906 and is now one of best established angling associations in the North West.

With a large membership, it is well placed to cater to a broad range of coarse angling.

Whether it is match fishing, specimen fishing or just fishing for pleasure, it provides the best angling experience you could hope for.

Among the listed venues, often set in the idyllic Lancashire countryside, coarse angling can be sampled on canals, lakes, ponds, reservoirs or rivers – they have got the lot.

That includes the vast but scenic 190-acre Anglezarke Reservoir in Rivington, well known for bream fishing, with bags in excess of 50lbs a session not uncommon.

It also holds a good head of roach and specimen pike.

There is also the Upper Rivington Reservoir, which is around 57 acres.

The northern part of the fishery is a nature reserve and it holds good heads of bream, roach, perch, chub, rudd, and specimen pike and carp.

Then there’s a stretch of water on the Ribble at Walton-le-Dale where you can catch double figure barbel, specimen carp and pike as well as chub, roach, dace and bream.

And for good measure, there’s nearly four miles of the Rufford Canal, a choice of five stillwaters and of course, the traditional ‘home’ waters of the Crossens drains.

Annual membership costs are: Adults £60, OAPs £40, disabled £40, and juniors (over 11 and under 17) £10.

And if your application form was received no later than February 24, you are entitled to a £10 discount on certain categories. For more details, check out the website http://www.sdaa.org.uk.

Tip of the week: One of the most productive area’s of many fisheries is the first six feet out from the bank.

Fish always patrol along the margins finding plenty of natural food and discarded bait that anglers have thrown in before going home.

If you swim has any sort of feature such as reeds lilies or overhanging bushes, put in a few free offerings of bait off the edge of the feature and try fishing to it .

You will be surprised how productive it can be.

Picture of the week: Just take a look at this cracking mirror carp Euan Fernandez, nine, from Chorley, caught while fishing with his dad and grandad at Limbrick Fisheries on Long Lane, Chorley.

Euan and his family are regulars up there and they always leave with a net full of different species.

Euan caught this beauty on a Marukyu JPZ as hook bait while feeding some Marukyu Jpelletz and his top tip for the venue is to be quiet and have patience.

Euan goes into our monthly prize draw with a chance to win a T-shirt and a fishing tackle voucher for Adlington Angling Centre.

Send your fishing pictures with a write up and any special tips to adlingtonanglingcentre@yahoo.co.uk and you too could appear on this page.