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DECEMBER 2009
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24th December 2009 - Seasons Greetings
 
This will be the final entry until Santa has been, so we would just like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Look forward to the new year and great fishing, see you all soon.
 
24th December 2009 - Bag Pack & Raffle
 
Just a quick note of thanks to everyone who took part in the Bag Pack at Morrisons store, Warrington on Thursday 17th December, and to all the customers and staff. Also thanks to those who purchased our Xmas raffle tickets, with the draw taking place on Saturday 19th December. Congratulations to the winners who by now will be tucking into their prizes.
Between both events we raised £507 which will go towards coaching requirements for our adult members to supervise Junior matches. The coaching staff will be an inportant role in the club and future Junior matches, so the money raised will be very useful indeed.
Below you will see photo's of Santa and Mrs Christmas who came along to help sell the raffle tickets at our local pub. Thanks again to everyone...
 
Mr & Mrs Christmas Dot & Mrs Christmas
   
Roly & Mrs Christmas Roly & Santa
   
 
24th December 2009 - Supercup 2010
 
Details of the forthcoming Supercup have been published in the Angling Times this week.
Our draw is Richmonds AC Red v Penketh & Old Hall AS v Partridge Fisheries.
As usual it will be teams of eight from the twenty names we submitted. We await a call from Richmonds who have the home draw, to see where and when we will be fishing.
The first round match has to be fished before Midnight on Sunday 7th March 2010.
As we get any news, we will of course let all those concerned know.
 
5th December 2009 - Winter League 'Bridgewater Canal'
 

Drama unfolding today on the last match of the year and the last match in this year's Winter League.
It was all to fight for between Kev Smith and James Bryan, only those two members could win the league. Before the match Kev was on 39 points and James on 36 points with third place man Alan Lamb on 26 points, so he could not catch up and win the league with only a maximum of 11 points available.
After today's match James managed 4th place and Kev 7th place. Who was going to win.....A quick calculation and we thought Kev had pinched it. But hold on, wait for the excel spreadsheet......Oh No! 4th Place gave James 8 points and 7th place gave Kev 5 points. Lordy Lordy, they are tied on 44 points so it was decided as usual by total weight for the matches in this Winter League.
Nail biting or what! After 5 matches over 3 months who had caught the most fish......It was James he had caught a total of 71lb 3oz 7drm, Kev had to settle for second place with a weight of 58lb 8oz 13drm.
All James could say was "Thank God for Rosemary Wood where I had 33lb 5oz, that has won it for me".

All we can say is congratulations to everybody, if all leagues were like this I would be grey and bald (oh, I already am!). Seriously great fishing, and we look forward to 2010 for more of the same.

If losing on weight wasn't bad enough, Kev also drew the Golden Peg today, so it really is a curse.

To add to the usual match activities we had a draw for a free 2010/11 licence and five £10 vouchers to be used at Cheshire Angling. The winners are as follows:-

Licence: Mr F Davies
Vouchers: Mr A Lamb, Mr J Fagan, Mr JP Bryan, Mr R Wright and Mr JA Bryan.

Well done everyone.

After the match we all went to the Walton Arms Pub for our usual end of year carvery, very nice it was too.
From everyone at POHAS, we hope all of our members have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year, we look forward to seeing you all again to do it all again in 2010.

As usual our links below will take you to all the info, apologies, we have no photo gallery of today's match, but it will be back in 2010...

 
Match Report Click Here
Winter League 2009 Click Here
Matchman Trophy 2009/10 Click Here
 
3rd December 2009 - Winter League 2009 - Final Match
 
This Saturday 5th December sees the last match in this years Winter League and is our 'fur and feather' match. As ever it takes place on the Bridgewater Canal near the Walton Arms Pub in Walton, Warrington, and we will be retiring to the very same pub for a carvery after the match concludes at 2.00pm.
Any member interested in fishing the match should speak to Frank Davies our Chairman. Look forward to seeing you there!
 
NOVEMBER 2009
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19th November 2009 - November Club Meeting
 
Apologies for delay in getting our November club meeting minutes published. However they are now done. To view the minutes of the meeting click here or visit our reports page to view this and other reports.
 
15th November 2009 - Winter League 'Rosemary Wood Fishery'
 

The fourth match of this season's Winter League took place yesterday. Follow the links below to see all the information, ie, full match report, leagues and photo gallery.

The next match is On Bridgewater Canal on Saturday 5th December. Hope to see you Winter fishing people there..

 
Match Report Click Here
Winter League 2009 Click Here
Matchman Trophy 2009/10 Click Here
Photo Gallery Click Here
 
OCTOBER 2009
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31st October 2009 - November Club Meeting
 
Notice to all members that the November club meeting due to take place on Wednesday 4th November, will now take place one week later on Wednesday 11th November. Look forward to seeing you members there...
 
31st October 2009 - Winter League 'Lloyd's Meadow Fishery'
 

The third match of this season's Winter League took place today. Follow the links below to see all the information, ie, full match report, leagues and photo gallery.

The next match is only two weeks away at Rosemary Wood on 14th November. Hope to see you Winter fishing people there..

 
Match Report Click Here
Winter League 2009 Click Here
Matchman Trophy 2009/10 Click Here
Photo Gallery Click Here
 
18th October 2009 - Winter League 'Partridge Lakes Fishery'
 

The second match of this season's Winter League took place yesterday. Follow the links below to see all the information, ie, full match report, leagues and photo gallery.

The next match is only two weeks away at Lloyd's Meadow. Hope to see you Winter fishing people there..

 
Match Report Click Here
Winter League 2009 Click Here
Matchman Trophy 2009/10 Click Here
Photo Gallery Click Here
 
11th October 2009 - Winter League 'Lathom Fishery'
 

The first match of a new seaon took place yesterday. Follow the links below to see all the information, ie, full match report, leagues and photo gallery.

The next match is only a week away at Partridge Lakes. Hope to see you Winter fishing people there..

 
Match Report Click Here
Winter League 2009 Click Here
Matchman Trophy 2009/10 Click Here
Photo Gallery Click Here
 
7th October 2009 - Map Added (Rosemary Wood Fishery)
 
With a match coming soon at the above fishery, we have added a map to our maps and publications page, click here for full list of available maps.
 
6th October 2009 - 2009-10 Matches
 
The Senior Matches for 2009/10 are now for all to see on the matches page. There is also a link on the same page to the Junior matches for 2010.
Hope to see you at the matches.
 
3rd October 2009 - Club Meeting - October
 
Don't forget club members, our next monthly club meeting takes place at the Maltings Pub on Wednesday 7th October starting at 8.00pm. Food will also be served, hope to see you there.
 
3rd October 2009 - Presentation Night 2009
   
Last night saw our 20th Presentation Night held at Roosters Club, Warrington.
The room was full of club members, families and friends to see the presentation of trophies compered by our 'Resident MC' Roly.
Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you to everyone who supported the evening and giving their time and money so generously.
As is custom we had our Raffle, Ladies Prize Draw, Stand-Up Bingo, Quiz, Junior Member Draw and we also had Human Maggot Racing which seemed to go down well (see photo gallery).
Finally thank you to all the club members who helped to put the event together and assisted during the evening, including, Frank, Roly, Paul, John, James, Alan, Adam, Dan, Joe and Mike.
Special appreciation also to our guest of honour Alf Smith, founder member of our club and still active at the age of 88 (almost 89) who presented the winners with their trophies.
See you for Prize Night 2010 on 1st October 2010 same time, same place!
To see all of the photo's visit the gallery page or click on the trophy photo to the right.
Presentation Night 2009
   
SEPTEMBER 2009
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28th September 2009 - Marathon Men
   
Yesterday two of our 'healthy' members took part in the Macclesfield half marathon. Over 1,000 men and women took part in what is a tough hilly course. Both Dan Chesterson and John Bryan took part and we are pleased to say completed the course. Dan managed 705th with John 799th. 869 finished the race out of a starting group of over 1,300.
John was also raising money for Macmillan Nurses, so if anyone would like to sponsor him, he will hang on to the form for a while.
You can contact us via the website.
From everyone at POHAS, well done!
Marathon Man
   
26th September 2009 - POHAS now on Facebook
   
Following the popularity of 'Facebook', we have now got a page on this world famous site. So you can get in touch with us via our Facebook page. To find us, click on the link to the right, or search for us on Facebook by typing pohas fishing. You will also find a link at the bottom of our home page. POHAS on Facebook
   
23rd September 2009 - Presentation Night 2009
 
It's that time of year again.
We will all be at Roosters Club on Friday 2nd October from 7.30pm onwards where this years presentations to the match/league winners will take place.
As usual we will have a hot buffet to feed the attendees. We would like to see as many club members as possible at the event, and if you haven't been before you can be assured a great entertaining evening.
We also have free giveaways to Junior Members, along with our usual Stand-Up Bingo, Raffle etc. As they say " You have to be in it to win it".
Entrance cost is £5 for adults which also includes your buffet, Junior members have free entry.
Look forward to seeing you there!
 
23rd September 2009 - Brownlee's Work Party
 
Thanks to members Frank Davies and James & Paul Bryan for yesterday evenings work on Brownlee's. Frank busied himself collecting several bags of litter left in and around Brownlee's which included beer and pop cans, fast food wrappings etc. Whilst James and Paul replaced some of the Barley Straw bags which were added to reduce algae growth.
Another good job done, thanks gents!
 
21st September 2009 - Summer League 'Bradshaw Hall'
 
The last match of Summer took place last Saturday at Bradshaw Hall. This has decided this year's Leagues and Matchman.
Below you will see the quicklinks to the full match report, leagues and photo gallery.
The matches all start again with our Winter League which starts at Lathom Fishery on Saturday 10th October. Before that we have our Presentation Evening at Roosters Club on Friday 2nd October starting at 7.30pm.
Hope to see you there...
 
Match Report Click Here
Summer League 2009 Click Here
Matchman Trophy 2008/9 Click Here
Photo Gallery Click Here
 
14th September 2009 - Junior League 2009
 

Our final Junior match took place on Saturday at Whitegate Pool. It was disappointing to see a poor turnout from our Junior members, who in the past have asked us for more and longer matches, when they can't be bothered to turn out for the ones that have been arranged on their behalf (moan over!).
Anyway, thanks to those who did make the effort to the match, we hope you enjoyed the fishing and the 'chippy lunch'. The league is now complete so congratulations to everyone who fished the matches throughout the Summer. Well done to Josh Turner for winning the league, another close battle which went down to the last match . We don't have a photo gallery for the last match as our paperazzi was away, however below you will see quick links to the full match results and the final Junior League. Also we have put a quicklink to the Junior matches for 2010 (yes we are organised), so you can put the dates in your diaries, PDA's, Phones, Blackberry's whatever!

Our Presentation Night when the trophies and other goodies are handed out, takes place at Roosters Club on Friday 2nd October and the fun starts at 7.30pm. Look forward to seeing you all there.

 
Match Report Click Here
Junior League 2009 Click Here
Junior Matches 2010 Click Here
 
7th September 2009 - Junior Match Fixtures 2010
 
With still one match to go this forthcoming Saturday at Whitegate for the 2009 League, we bring news of the dates for 2010.
By clicking here, you can see the dates/venues for 2010. Get the dates in your diary.
 
7th September 2009 - Match Fixtures 2009/10 Revised
 
Readers will have seen our 2009/10 matches published here in the news section on 3rd September. There is one amendment to the Senior match list. That is the match intended for the 3rd July 2010 at Makins has been changed. The match will now be on 26th June 2010 and at Boddington Reservoir. You can see the revised listing by clicking here or follow the link on the matches page.
 
6th September 2009 - Summer League 'Boddington Reservoir'
 

Yesterday saw the latest match of the Senior's Summer League for 2009.
To find out results, see the leagues and the gallery, use the links at the side of the page or the quicklinks below.

The next and final match of the 2009 Senior Summer League is on Saturday 19th September to Bradshaw Hall Fishery near Bolton. Hope to see you there...

 
Match Report Click Here
Summer League 2009 Click Here
Matchman Trophy 2008/9 Click Here
Photo Gallery Click Here
 
3rd September 2009 - Match Fixtures 2009/10
 
At last nights meeting we announced the match fixtures for Winter 2009 and Spring and Summer 2010. To view the matches click here.
 
3rd September 2009 - September Club Meeting
 
Our monthly club meeting took place yesterday evening. To view the minutes of the meeting click here or visit our reports page to view this and other reports.
 
AUGUST 2009
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28th August 2009 - August Club Meeting
 
Our monthly club meeting took place earlier this month. Apologies in getting the minutes posted, holiday commitments and all that! To view the minutes of the meeting click here or visit our reports page to view this and other reports.
 
22nd August 2009 - Summer League 'Cudmore Fishery'
 

Today saw the latest match of the Senior's Summer League for 2009.
To find out the results, see the leagues and the gallery, use the links at the side of the page or the quicklinks below.

The next Senior match is on Saturday 5th September to Boddington Reservoir and is the third and final coach trip for 2009, hope to see you there...

 
Match Report Click Here
Summer League 2009 Click Here
Matchman Trophy 2008/9 Click Here
Photo Gallery Click Here
 
21st August 2009 - Boddington Reservoir Match
 
We can now advise that the peg numbers we have for the above match on 5th September are No's 41 - 65. Apparently someone came third the other day on peg 60 with 245lb, so make sure you have your keepnets with you!
 
20th August 2009 - Junior League Amendment
 
It has come to our attention that we have had to review points awarded on the Junior matches. There was an additional rule which is detailed on page 22 of the 2009 club licence which states that to be eligible for points in the league Junior members must have a valid licence by the second match of the league. Some of those fishing the matches were not eligible and were incorrectly awarded points. This has now been corrected. Apologies for this, however we hope you understand the reasoning for the amendment.
 
17th August 2009 - 'Pairs Trophy 2009'
 
The competition for our annual 'Pairs Trophy' was contested at the last Senior match at Makins which took place on the 8th August. Based as you would expect on combined catch weights, this years 'deadly duo' were Alan Lamb and Ken Whibley who had a combined weight of 81lb 8oz. Well done and congratulations to everyone for a keenly fought match.
 
'Pairs Trophy' Competition 2009
1st Alan Lamb & Ken Whibley

81lb 8oz

2nd Adam Hill & Colin Wibberley 66lb 6oz
3rd Tom Precott & Paul Rowlands 54lb 3oz
4th Kev Smith & Ray Wright 40lb 8oz
5th Frank Davies & Paul Roby 30lb 13oz
6th John Mysiak & Neil Turner 28lb 1oz
7th Graham Wibberley & Bill O'Keefe 20lb 0oz
8th Mike Lewis & Jim Bates 16lb 13oz
 
17th August 2009 - Website Updates
 

Apologies to readers wondering what has happened since the end of July, have we fell off the planet!.......No we haven't, but your webmaster has been away on holiday and stuff has piled up both of the fishing variety and in the day job.

However, several Junior matches have taken place and a Senior match since the last update and they have now been added, see links below. Further updates will be done as soon as time allows.

 
Junior Match - Sycamore Lake Click Here
Junior Match - Blundell's Farm Click Here
Junior Match - Partridge Lakes Click Here
Junior League 2009 Click Here
   
Senior Match - Makins Click Here
Senior - Summer League Click Here
Senior - Matchman League Click Here
 
JULY 2009
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26th July 2009 - Summer League - Wrightington
 

Yesterday saw the third match of the Senior's Summer League for 2009.
To find out the results, see the leagues, use the links at the side of the page or the quicklinks below.
No photo gallery for this match unfortunately.

The next Senior match is on Saturday 8th August to BW Makins which is the second of our three Summer coach trips this year, hope to see you there...

 
Match Report Click Here
Summer League 2009 Click Here
Matchman Trophy 2008/9 Click Here
 
11th July 2009 - Junior League - Brownlee's Pool
 

Second match at Brownlee's for 2009 and probably the best Junior match on it for several years.
Below you will find links to the full match report, the Junior League and as ever, a photo gallery taken at today's match.
Don't forget all match dates and venues can be found via the match page on this website or in your 2009 club licence.

Biggest Junior Fish - So Far!
 
Match Report Click Here
Junior League 2009 Click Here
Photo Gallery Click Here
 
7th July 2009 - Summer League - Bradshaw Hall - Rules
 
For those members fishing the above match on 19th September, we now have the fishery rules available for download, click here, or visit the matches page and the link on it to the maps and publications page which has many other fishery rules and downloads available.
 
4th July 2009 - Summer League - Ockeridge Lakes
 

Yesterday saw the second match of the Senior's Summer League for 2009.
To find out the results, see the leagues and the gallery, use the links at the side of the page or the quicklinks below.

The next Senior match is on Saturday 25th July to Wrightington near Wigan, hope to see you there...

 
Match Report Click Here
Summer League 2009 Click Here
Matchman Trophy 2008/9 Click Here
Photo Gallery Click Here
 
2nd July 2009 - Ockeridge Rules
 
The rules for Ockeridge have been added to our maps and publications page, which you can access via the matches page or click here for direct link to pdf of Ockeridge rules.
 
2nd July 2009 - July Club Meeting
 
Our monthly club meeting took place yesterday evening. To view the minutes of the meeting click here or visit our reports page to view this and other reports.
 
JUNE 2009
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27th June 2009 - Junior League - Brownlee's Pool
 

First Junior match of 2009 took place today at Brownlee's.
You can find all the information you require about this match by clicking on the quicklinks below.
The next Junior match is in two weeks on 11th July, this is also at Brownlee's, hope to see you there.
Don't forget all match dates and venues can be found via the match page on this website or in your 2009 club licence.

 
Match Report Click Here
Junior League 2009 Click Here
Photo Gallery Click Here
 
21st June 2009 - Summer League - Blake Hall
 

Yesterday saw the start of the Senior's Summer League for 2009.
To find out the results, see the leagues and the gallery, use the links at the side of the page or the quicklinks below.

Our Junior League starts Saturday coming on 27th June at Brownlee's.

The next Senior match is a coach trip on Friday 3rd July to Ockeridge near Worcester, hope to see you there...

 
Match Report Click Here
Summer League 2009 Click Here
Matchman Trophy 2008/9 Click Here
Photo Gallery Click Here
 
18th June 2009 - Larford Lakes 2010
 
At the end of May we announced here on the news page that we have arranged a match on 'Arena Lake' for 21st August 2010.
We know it's early to mention it, and we will of course mention it again nearer the time, but we have the Larford venue rules.
It is worth pointing out that some of the rules relate specifically to Arena, so for those considering the match, please read the rules. As we always say, it is up to the Angler to be aware of rules.....so don't say we haven't told you.
Click here for Larford rules, or visit our maps page which has maps and rules for many venues.
 
16th June 2009 - Blake Hall
   
Four days to go before the Summer League starts at Blake Hall.
Keep your eye on the weather by clicking on the symbol to the right.
Blake Hall Weather
   
9th June 2009 - Summer Leagues
 

It's nearly time for the Summer leagues to start for Juniors, Intermediates and Senior members.
The Junior series kicks off at Brownlee's on 27th June, Juniors, please meet at the poolside 9.00am, if you haven't got your club licence yet (tut tut), you will be able to purchase on the day for £5, this will last you up until 15th March 2010, value for money or what!!
Intermediates (club members aged between 15 - 18) your three match series starts at Sycamore Fishery on 1st August, anyone requiring transport should meet by Brownlee's at 9.00am.
Seniors. your matches begin on 20th June at Blake Hall. Meet at venue at 8.00am (after booking on the match of course....speak to Frank). You will also notice that we have introduced a third division this year in the Seniors League.
Due to the number of anglers fishing we decided to reinstate Div 3, you can view the Summer league via the Matches page or click here. Names are shown alphabetically until results begin and is based upon final positions in 2008. Any new members will automatically be entered into Div 3.

Anyone requiring a club licence can obtain one in several ways. Either via a bailiff who you will meet while fishing either Brownlee's or Whitegate Pool, alternatively contact Frank Davies (Chairman) after 6pm on 01925 652327, or Paul Bryan (Club Secretary) on 07803 662159. Licences are valid until 15th March 2010 and cost £15 for adults, £10 for OAP's and £5 for Juniors.

It is also important to remember that anyone fishing in the UK (club member or not) aged 12 or over also requires an Environment Agency Rod Licence, available on-line or from your nearest Post Office. Being caught without one could cost you £2,500.

Look forward to seeing you on a match....Tightlines.

 
8th June 2009 - Guestbook back on line
 
On the 17th May we reported problems with our Guestbook which prevented people viewing or posting to it.
We are now pleased to report that it is now back on-line and awaiting your comments.
 
6th June 2009 - Match Bookings 2010
 
For club members who regularly attend our league matches. Put the date of Thursday 25th June in your diary.
At 8.00pm in 'The Maltings Pub', we will be holding a meeting to discuss potential venues for our matches in 2010. If you want your say in where we may fish in 2010 get to the Maltings for 8.00pm.
 
6th June 2009 - June Club Meeting
 
Our monthly club meeting took place earlier this week. To view the minutes of the meeting click here or visit our reports page to view this and other reports.
 
2nd June 2009 - 'June' Fishing Meeting
 
Just a quick note to members that our monthly club meeting takes place tomorrow evening.
Usual place and time, 8.00pm at 'The Maltings Pub'. Look forward to seeing you there...
 
2nd June 2009 - Fishomania 2009
   
For those of you trying to follow this year's Fishomania and get the results, will be pleased to know that they are available via Sky Sports on-line.
If you click on the adjacent Fishomania logo, you will be able to get the news as it happens.
You see, it's not only ASDA who are "Happy to help!", so are we!
Fishomania 2009
   
2nd June 2009 - Angling Trust
   
Following several meetings, conversations and club meetings we are pleased to announce that our club has now become a member of the recently launched Angling Trust.
The Angling Trust is the new, single organisation that represents the sport of Angling (Coarse, Sea & Game) in England.
Membership of this new organisation gives our club great opportunities to develop the club, to meet the needs of current and hopefully future members.
You can visit the Angling Trust website by clicking on their logo to the right. Anglers can also become individual members and the more anglers that join, the more say we anglers can have with the 'powers that be' in maintaining, developing and protecting our sport in England. (apologies to those anglers in Scotland, Ireland & Wales).
Angling Trust
   
MAY 2009
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22nd May 2009 - Great News for Match Anglers
   
What good news for our keen match anglers. We have managed to secure a booking at Larford Lakes, Worcestershire for Saturday 21st August 2010 on 'Arena Lake'. This lake is now probably the best pool on the venue and we have grabbed it!
We know it is over twelve months away, but if you are one of our match fishermen, put it in your diary for what is likely to be a great coach trip...
Larford Lakes
   
17th May 2009 - POHAS Guestbook
 
It has come to our attention that there appears to be an error on our guestbook. It is believed to be on our server. Once we have received confirmation that the error has been corrected, we will let you know via this news page.
 
17th May 2009 - Spring League Result
 

After yesterday's match at Border Fishery the 2009 Spring League has been decided.
John Bryan battered the opposition with a weight of 64lb 14oz to win yesterday with his nearest rival achieving 29lb 2oz. The win also gave him a single point victory in the Spring League over the favourite Neil Davies.
You will see the links below to the match report, leagues and match gallery.

Our Summer League starts on 20th June at Blake Hall, hope to see you there...

John, on his way to Spring League title
 
Match Report Click Here
Spring League 2009 Click Here
Matchman Trophy 2008/9 Click Here
Photo Gallery Click Here
 
13th May 2009 - Weather Forecasts
   
Viewers to our website will over recent months have seen the weather forecast link on several of the pages originally direct from the met office. We have now found another website which also gives forecasts for various activities, eg, Golf Courses, Skiing, sports venues and more importantly Fishing.
So if you click on any of the weather links they will now take you to myweather2.com and a forecast for Warrington. Follow the links on their page to view the forecast options.
We hope you find this site useful as it relates directly to our sport amongst others.
myweather2.com
   
11th May 2009 - 'Border Fishery'
 
Your webmaster has been beavering away to generate a map for members fishing the above match which takes place this forthcoming Saturday. Or for anyone wanting to know where this venue is. For those with SatNav you can use the postcode CW2 5QA which will take you to Waybutt Lane. At the end of this lane is Border Fishery. For map in pdf format click here. Thanks to those wonderful people at Google Maps for providing the information.
Match rules are detailed in yesterday's news below.
 
11th May 2009 - Whitegate Work Party
 
A fine evening in May saw several members join a work party at our Whitegate Pool.
This work party is a follow up to hedging planted back in November 2008. The only access that will remain is via the gravel path seen clearly in the photo to the right.
Therefore it was necessary for us to remove the bridge which spanned the water gully.
You will see from the photograph below the gully as it is now. The railway sleepers which were originally used to construct the bridge have been re-used as backfill to one of the deck structures, clearly seen in the photo to the right and bottom right.
We would like to thank the members who came along to help out, they were, Frank, Alf, Roly, Joe, Paul R, James and John. Thanks men! A great job well done.
Railway sleepers removed from bridge re-used behind decking
   
Bridge removed on Whitegate Pool alternative view of deck with railway sleepers
 
 
10th May 2009 - 'Border Fishery'
 
Our next match is at Border Fishery this forthcoming Saturday.
If you visit our maps & publication page you will find the match rules for Border. (See here for pdf).
 
10th May 2009 - Spring League - 'Sycamore Fishery'
 

The second match in our 2009 Spring League took place yesterday at Sycamore Fishery. Just to remind you all that below you will find quick links to all the relevant information including the match report which shows all those members who fished, the placings and weights caught. The Leagues are also shown and a picture gallery taken on the day (can you spot yourself).

You can of course use the links at the side of each page to view all other reports, leagues and galleries from past matches/seasons should you wish.

Look forward to seeing you all at the next match on 16th May at Border Fisheries. Don't forget you need two keep nets.

Hope to see you at Border....

 
Match Report Click Here
Spring League 2009 Click Here
Matchman Trophy 2008/9 Click Here
Photo Gallery Click Here
 
7th May 2009 - May Club Meeting
 
Our monthly club meeting took place yesterday evening. To view the minutes of the meeting click here or visit our reports page to view this and other reports.
 
APRIL 2009
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28th April 2009 - POHAS Website
   
Another milestone has been reached by the club today.
Since the relaunch of the club website in March 2006 we have had 20,000 unique visits to our site. Proving that our club is one of the most popular and visited fishing websites in the UK.
Thanks to everyone who has visited us, we hope you enjoy the site. We are always looking to improve so if you have ideas for things for us to include, let us know, just use the 'contact us' button on the left of the page to send us an e-mail.
20,000 visitors
   
28th April 2009 - Rod Licences
 
We know we mention this several times, but it is important that all anglers have an Environment Agency rod licence before fishing anywhere in the UK. This is in addition to our club licence if you are one of our POHAS members.
The maximum penalty for not having a rod licence is £2,500. A visit to court and £500 fines are commonplace. I'm sure for the sake of £26 (Adult Coarse and Trout Licence), it is the cheaper option.
Get your rod licence on-line
 
 
28th April 2009 - Frequently Asked Question "Closed Seasons"
 

On many occasions we are asked about closed seasons, and is there still a closed season. The short answer is yes and no, however there is a long answer.
In 1994 the NRA (National Rivers Authority) carried out an extensive public consultation on the matter. The result of this was a new byelaw introduced on 13th March 1995. This byelaw retained a closed season on Rivers, Streams, Drains and some sites of special scientific interest. Stillwaters then became exempt. Some of the reasoning being that most stillwaters are of single ownership and this allows the owner to manage the fish stocks and to impose whatever restrictions are needed, included non-statutory closed seasons.

Hope this answers a very popular question.

 
 
25th April 2009 - In the news again
 
News of the recent work undertaken at Brownlee's has made it into the Warrington Guardian this week. There is still more work to do with the newly installed islands to be planted along with planting in the margins which are to be extended. Nice to see that we are being noticed!
 
POHAS in the news
 
20th April 2009 - Land Ahoy!
 
Somewhat of a cryptic title we know, however earlier this evening several members congregated at Brownlee's Pool to install the two artificial islands supplied to us free of charge by the Environment Agency.
Thanks to the members who helped, they were John Burgoyne, John & James Bryan, Frank Davies, Roy Sutton and Paul Bryan. Special thanks to Ken who spent three hours dredging the pool to remove leaf litter and to John Bryan who bravely sailed out in a dinghy to locate the islands.
We have posted a few pictures below to give you an idea of the evenings entertainment.
The next stage is to plant the islands which will be done soon. Once again thanks to all for the invaluable effort and also to our friends at the Environment Agency (you know who you are) for the donation of the islands.
 
Brownlees Brownlees
   
Brownlees Brownlees
   
Brownlees Brownlees
   
Brownlees Brownlees
   
 
19th April 2009 - Spring League - 'Partridge Lakes'
 

The first match in our 2009 Spring League took place yesterday at Partridge Lakes. Just to remind you all that below you will find quick links to all the relevant information including the match report which shows all those members who fished, the placings and weights caught. The Leagues are also shown and a picture gallery taken on the day (can you spot yourself).

You can of course use the links at the side of each page to view all other reports, leagues and galleries from past matches/seasons should you wish.

Look forward to seeing you all at the next match on 9th May at Sycamore Fishery.
Don't forget we have maps to most of our regular fisheries including Sycamore, you can access them by going to the matches page and scrolling down to 'maps and publications'.

Hope to see you at Sycamore....

 
Match Report Click Here
Spring League 2009 Click Here
Matchman Trophy 2008/9 Click Here
Photo Gallery Click Here
 
17th April 2009 - Partridge Lakes
 
Just a reminder to all members fishing on Saturday at Partridge Lakes and all matches, you need to have two keep nets at all times.
Please don't ask for sympathy if a venue refuses you fishing because you only have one net. It ain't a hardship to throw an extra keep net in with your tackle. Don't say you haven't been warned.
 
15th April 2009 - Spring League 2009
   
For those of you who may have forgotten, the leagues start this Saturday 18th April with our Spring League and the first match which is at Partridge Lakes on 'Covey 3'.
If you want to fish this match and you haven't booked on it, contact our Chairman Frank Davies on 01925 652327.
Partridge Lakes
 
Partridge Lakes
 
3rd April 2009 - Brownlee's Work Party
   
Today we had the first of our 2009 work parties.
We were on Brownlee's and with the help of Frank, Ken, James, John and Paul we managed to remove a substantial amount of leaf litter which had built up over the Winter. We gave our new generator and pump an airing to help oxygenate the water and we also added twenty onion sacks full of Barley Straw around both pools to help prevent any algae problems.
Leaf litter removal

On Monday evening we are hoping to be able to install the two artificial islands supplied to us generously by the Environment Agency. This will give added features to Brownlee's, add extra plants to the local area and also help encourage additional wildlife in and around the pond.

If any members are available on Monday evening (6th April) from approximately 4.00pm onwards we would be happy to see you there.

 
"Le onion sacs"
   
Our helpers Brownlee's Fountain!
   
2nd April 2009 - Environment Agency Rod Licence
 
A polite reminder to all anglers that Rod Licences expire on 31st March each year. If you haven't got your 2009/10 EA Licence yet, get on down to your local Post Office, or visit the Environment Agency website to do it over the internet.
Remember if you are caught fishing without one you could be subject to a £2,500 fine.
 
2nd April 2009 - Brownlee's Work Party
 
As agreed at last nights meeting, we will be having a work party on Brownlee's tomorrow to install the artificial ponds and other additional works.
Any club member who would like to help, please visit Brownlee's from 5pm tomorrow (3rd April).
 
2nd April 2009 - April Club Meeting
 
Our monthly club meeting took place yesterday evening. To view the minutes of the meeting click here or visit our reports page to view this and other reports.
 


MARCH 2009
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25th March 2009 - Whitegate Pool
   
We have received a telephone call today from Sankey Valley Rangers.
It concerns discarded fishing line around Whitegate Pool.
The club licence clearly states (Rule 8, Page 5 of current
licence
), "Litter must be removed or placed in the bins provided".
There has been an unfortunate incident today when a Moorhen became entangled in fishing line left by an angler. The bird was in obvious distress according to a Sankey Valley Ranger who attended the incident. The bird evaded capture by the Rangers and to the best of our knowledge is around somewhere still entangled, or possibly worse met an untimely end brought about by the fishing line.
Penketh & Old Hall Angling Society is a Community based club, and anyone leaving litter is causing work for others upset to local residents and more importantly as in this case endangering wildlife - Not community spirited!!.
We would like to remind members of their duties, anyone found disregarding the rules will at the least be asked to stop fishing and leave the property,or persistent offenders will be excluded from the club.
The rules are there for a very good reason and we hope you feel they are not unreasonable.
Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
Moorhen
Library Picture
 
   
21st March 2009 - Pre-Season Match Results
 
The weather forecast was good, the day was full of promise, on the drive down to Cudmore the sun came up, hardly any breeze and we had a good breakfast in the Cudmore Cafe.
Typical POHAS luck, as soon as we started to set up on 'Pool 2' the breeze picked up which eventually turned into a strong cold breeze then it clouded over.
If you were shaded by the trees it was quite warm (Neil), everywhere else was like being in an icy wind tunnel.
Weights today were not brilliant but as we know the big fish have been taken out and transferred to other pools, they have been replaced with babies! Although to be fair the small Carp that were caught were in a good condition and they were not F1's - 'Proper Carp'!.
Fifteen brave souls fished today, most fished for the full five hours (all-in was at 9.30), some had a rest from the hurricane (inc your webmaster).
Thanks to everyone that turned out and we look forward to seeing you all when the league starts on 18th April at Partridge Lakes.
You will see from the peg numbers that end pegs were the kiss of death and most of the weights were pulled from the middle.
Results for today's practice are shown below, well done to Alan, Ken and Adam who were 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. See you all at Partridge...
 
Name
Peg
lbs
oz
Position
         
Alan Lamb
43
11
0
1st
Ken Whibley
45
7
6
2nd
Adam Hill
52
5
0
3rd
Mike Lewis
57
3
10
4th
Frank Davies
56
3
6
5th
Darren Roby
53
3
2
6th
Mike Roylance
46
2
14
7th
James Bryan
40
2
4
8th
Bill O'Keefe
41
2
0
9th
Kev Smith
55
2
0
9th
Paul Rowlands
59
1
12
11th
Darren's Mate - Paul
60
1
0
12th
Jim Bate
42
-
-
DNW
Neil Davies
50
-
-
DNW
Phil Clare
51
-
-
DNW
 
17th March 2009 - Pre-Season Match (updated 18/03/09 - 12.00pm)
   
Just a reminder to members, should you need it. Our pre-season refresher takes place this weekend at Cudmore on Pool 2.
Links on the news item below will give you all the info you need.
Hope to see you there.. Weather looking good so far!!
Weather Update 21st March 2009
   
4th March 2009 - Pre-Season Match
 
We have only a few spaces left on this match which takes place at Cudmore Fishery on Saturday 21st March. For those of you who haven't been before there is a map available (click here). For those using SatNav the postcode shown on Cudmore website is ST5 5HW.
 
4th March 2009 - March Club Meeting
 
Our monthly club meeting took place this evening. To view the minutes of the meeting click here or visit our reports page to view this and other reports.
 
2nd March 2009 - Rod Licences 2009/10
   
As promised in our news on 27th February the Environment Agency have now gone live with their website page so as you can conveniently order your new Rod Licence on-line.
Click on the image to the right and that will take you directly to the 'EA' website.
Please remember after 31st March 2009 your current Rod Licence will expire. Failure to show a valid licence when asked by an EA official could lead to an appearance in court and/or a fine up to £2,500.
Buy Your Rod Licence On-Line
   
2nd March 2009 - ASDA Collection Day
 
It is with regret that we have had to postpone our collection day at Asda Westbrook which was due to take place this forthcoming Sunday 8th March. Unfortunately Warrington Borough Council were unable to supply us the necessary collection licence which we require in the timescale we had.
We hope to be able to rearrange this event for later in the year.
 
FEBRUARY 2009
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28th February 2009 - Pre-Season Match
 
Hi there members,

Just to let you know, we have booked Cudmore 'Pool 2' for Saturday 21st March for a pre-season match.
This is to blow the cobwebs off your tackle and prepare you for the forthcoming season ahead. It is a standalone match and doesn't count towards the Matchman Trophy or any of the leagues.
As it is not an 'official' club match, peg fee's are £7 payable on the day.....and don't forget you need two nets. It's not a club match, so if you want to bring a mate who is not a club member you can, however we will ensure that all club members are accomodated before any additional anglers.

Apparently Pools 2 & 6 have had fresh stocks added, so hopefully it will fish well.
We have booked 15 pegs (which we have to pay for), although the pool will take up to 20.

Hope to see you there.
 
27th February 2009 - Rod Licences
 
Hello there fishing friends.
It is almost time to buy your annual rod licence from the Environment Agency, 2009/10 licences will be required from 1st April onwards.
The 'new' licences will be available from 2nd March. You will then be able to purchase via your local Post Office or online at the Environment Agency website.
We will put a link here on our news page once it is available on Monday.
Please remember that whether you are a member of our club or not, if you fish and are aged 12 or older YOU MUST HAVE A ROD LICENCE failure to provide proof of a valid Rod Licence when asked to do so by an officer from the Environment Agency could lead to a hefty fine (up to £2,500 currently), and/or an appearance in court, we can advise that the 'EA' have a zero tolerance policy, so if you are caught without a licence, be prepared for any consequences.
 
26th February 2009 - Teccy Info
 
We have updated entire website so as those accessing it via "yer fancy phone", ie, Blackberry's and Google Phones etc can access menu's to navigate the site.
The old 'Flash Buttons' have been replaced with rollover images which are much friendlier for new phones.
Googlephone
 
25th February 2009 - Ken Stilgoe
     
Today saw the funeral of one of our club's founder members Ken Stilgoe.
Viewers to our site will have seen the recent announcement of Ken's passing.
The funeral took place today at a full Penketh Methodist Church with family and friends in attendance. Ken's nephew John who's apt cartoon you will see to the right gave the Eulogy which gave a concise account of Ken's life.
On behalf of all club members Chairman Frank Davies and Club Secretary Paul Bryan attended the service. The commital was to take place at Springwood Crematorium which followed the service.
We would like to pass on our deepest sympathy to Ken's family and friends at this sad time.
Ken Stilgoe Ken's Cartoon
 
     
21st February 2009 - Supercup Round One
   

As they say in the football world, "The boys did well", unfortunately on our day in the fishing world we didn't do enough. It was always going to be tough as canals are not our strong point.
The match fished on the Leeds-Liverpool canal today from 11.00am til 4.00pm. The weather was OK with overcast skies and an air temperature of 8½°C. There was a breeze but nothing too bad.
Ken had a bad day when some passer by caught his rucksack on Ken's No4 section and broke it! Suffice to say he was less than impressed. Let's hope the insurance man is in a good mood when Ken gets in touch with him.

The final scores today were:-

POHAS Supercup Team

Alliance & Leicester 20 Points, Mersey Dockers 16 Points and POHAS with 12 Points.
Alliance & Leicester go through to the next round so good luck to them, make sure you go on and win it, at least we can then say we lost to the eventual winners.
We have to say a few thank you's so here goes. Thanks to all those who were in our 2009 Supercup squad this year and to the eight who fished today, they were Alan, James, Neil, Ken, John, Phil, Tom and Jack. Special thanks to James and Alan who were Captain and Vice Captain respectively.
Thanks to Paul Charnock Captain of Mersey Dockers for organising the match as they were the home team, and extra thanks for organising the MCA Club to do breakfasts before we started. That leads us on to thanking the staff at the MCA Club for doin' the brews and the food, much appreciated guys!
Finally thanks to both teams for a match fished in a sporting manner.

Although we didn't win the match today as a team, Neil Davies won the match as an individual and pocketed some cash for doing so. Well done Neil, especially as you couldn't make the practice match! That must tell us something!.....By the way, Neil' winning weight was 4lb 7oz.

   
20th February 2009 - Neil's been to Elle and back!
   

Congratulations to club member Neil Turner and his partner Paula. At 4.33am this morning Baby Elle joined our fishing community. It's Neil's best catch for a while at 4lb 1oz.
Mother and baby are doing fine, although it was rumoured that Neil was looking for his keep net to put Elle in!

Seriously though, congratulations to you from everyone at Penketh & Old Hall Angling Society

Baby Elle
   
16th February 2009 - Ken Stilgoe (Updated 22:15)
 
 

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Ken Stilgoe, one of our clubs founder members passed away yesterday (Sunday 15th February).
Ken had been fighting a long battle with illness.
On behalf of everyone at Penketh & Old Hall Angling Society we would like to pass on our deepest sympathy to Ken's family and friends.

Ken's Funeral is to be held at Penketh Methodist Church on Wednesday 25th February at 2:45pm.

Ken Stilgoe
 
   
14th February 2009 - Happy Birthday Alf
 

We can't let the day pass without wishing a big Happy Birthday to Club member Alf Smith who is also one of the club founder members way back in 1983.
We don't think he'll mind us saying, Alf is celebrating his 88th birthday today. So when you see him, wish him a Happy Birthday.

Enjoy your day Alf!

Alf
 
12th February 2009 - Supercup Team Announced
 

Following the recent practice match and after much head scratching, James and Alan (Captain and Vice Captain) have selected their team for the 1st round match which takes place on Saturday 21st February against Mersey Dockers and Alliance and Leicester. Good luck, we hope the weather improves a bit.

Any team member unable to fish, please let us know as soon as possible.

The draw takes place at the MCA Club at 9.30am. If you are hungry, arrive early as breakfasts are being served from 7.30am onwards (Ray Pagan sez so!).

 
James Bryan
James
Alan Lamb
Alan
John Bryan
John
Phil Clare
Phil
Neil Davies
Neil D
Ken Whibley
Ken
Tom Prescott
Tom
Jack Wright
Jack
 
8th February 2009 - Supercup Practice
 

A big thank you to the hardy squad members who turned out yesterday for the Supercup practice on Leeds/Liverpool canal. It was somewhat parky to say the least! The first hour was spent ice breaking!
Our Supercup Captain James Bryan has put the following brief comments on our forum which we repeat here for our wider audience:-

"The practice was pretty poor to be honest.

Alan, John, Tom, Ken, Phil and myself were the only ones to catch; with Tom being the most successful with around 15 fish.

The canal was frozen this morning which could have been the cause of the poor catch rate (thanks to those who broke the ice for the rest of us).

The team of 8 will be posted on the website soon".

In two weeks time we will know if it was all worth it!
Thanks again to everyone who turned out for their efforts, as James mentioned above, once the final eight have been decided we will be in touch, and of course publish it here on the website, so keep visiting us for up to date information.

 
5th February 2009 - February Club Meeting
 
Our monthly club meeting took place yesterday 4th February. To view the minutes of the meeting click here or visit our reports page to view this and other reports.
 
5th February 2009 - Supercup Practice
 
Following last night's club meeting it is confirmed that there will be a practice match for those members involved in this year's Supercup. Can all those in the squad wishing to attend this 'Round 1 Practice' arrange to be at the venue for 9.30am on Saturday morning.
Meet on MCA Club car park which is off Green Lane in Maghull. Click Here to view map.
 
1st February 2009 - February Club Meeting
 
Our next club meeting takes place on Wednesday 4th February at the Maltings pub starting at 8.00pm. On the agenda amongst other things will be the forthcoming Supercup which some of our members will be taking part. If you are in the Supercup squad it is important that you attend to find out further details.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
 
1st February 2009 - Interrupted Service
 
Apologies to all of those people who tried to access our website from Friday evening until yesterday lunchtime. Unfortunately the server which runs our site had some downtime. We apologise for the inconvenience.
 
JANUARY 2009
27th January 2009 - Doris & Bob Armstrong
 
As you may be aware we all lost a friend and club member Ian Armstrong recently and who's funeral took place last week.
We have received a 'Thank You' card today from his parents Doris & Bob Armstrong.
We would like to share their words with you.
 

"To Everyone of Ian's Fishing Friends"

We thank you for sharing your memories of our son.
We love Ian dearly and all these memories help us to know how happy he was when with you all.
It was wonderful for us to see how many good friends Ian had, and we can at least know he was with such good friends for much of his time.

Doris & Bob Armstrong

 
25th January 2009 - Fishomania 2009  
   
Details are now available for Fishomania XVI on the Angling Trust website. Readers may be aware that the National Federation of Anglers has now been dissolved and replaced by the Angling Trust. Click on the Fishomania logo to see further details. Fishomania 2009
 
21st January 2009 - Goodbye to a Friend
 

Yesterday saw the funeral of our friend and club member Ian Armstrong.
It was testament to Ian that the Church and the Crematorium was filled to bursting point with Family, friends, club members, work colleagues and former work colleagues. This shows the high regard in which he was held by everyone.
There is a black hole left in our lives, we know Ian would want us all to rally round and support each other, because that is what he has done and would do for us all.
As Roly said in church yesterday Ian will be by some celestial pool somewhere having called at a celestial cafe for a bacon butty doing what he does best, catch fish that nobody else can catch.

On behalf of Ian's family, we would like to thank every single person who came along yesterday in celebration of Ian's life. We all have great memories, nobody can take those away, cherish them.

Wherever you are Ian, God Bless and save us a peg!

 
12th January 2009 - Ian Armstrong's Funeral Arrangements
 

Following on from the sad news last week that our good friend Ian Armstrong had passed away, we can now advise the funeral details for those wishing to attend.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday 20th January 2009.

The service begins at St Mary's Church, Liverpool Road, Great Sankey, Warrington at 10.00am followed by a further service at Walton Lea Crematorium, Chester Road, Walton, Warrington beginning at 11.00am.

St Mary's Church Map

Walton Lea Crematorium Map

Ian
 
 
   
9th January 2008 - Whitegate Pool
 
It was brought to our attention earlier this week that there have been a number of dead fish found on our Whitegate pool.
We would like to advise everyone that this matter has been investigated by the Environment Agency and the fish deaths were found to be natural causes.
Due to the recent cold spell and the length of time that the pool was iced over.
Oxygen was unable to transfer from the air to the water because of the ice.
This depleted the dissolved oxygen content in the water which unfortunately has lead to the unfortunate deaths of approximately ten Carp. As Carp are the bigger fish they naturally have a higher requirement for Oxygen and are more susceptible to this change.
The pool is now thawing and holes are appearing in the ice allowing Oxygen transfer to resume.
The 'EA' advised us that there is no problems elsewhere either with the remaining fish or the water. It is an unfortunate event which could not be forseen.
We would like to advise everyone that POHAS take the care and protection of the pools and the fish very seriously and we have close relationships with the Environment Agency who are experts in such matters.
It has been an unfortunate incident and we are discussing with the 'EA' what if anything can be done to prevent such incidents occuring in the future.
 
8th January 2008 - Ian Armstrong
   

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that our friend and fellow member Ian Armstrong passed away on Tuesday 6th January 2009.
Ian had been a club member for many years and was a good angler well known amongst the fishing fraternity in NW England.
He raised the profile of our club by his successes in local and national competitions.
Even though Ian's fishing skills exceeded many of those around him, he never dwelt on it, he was happy to pass on his knowledge and had time for everyone.

We wish to pass our deepest sympathy and condolences on to his family and friends.

We hope to publish funeral arrangements when they are available.

Ian
 
 
3rd January 2009 - Happy New Year
 

From everyone at POHAS may we take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy and prosperous 2009.

As you can see our news page has been refreshed ready for 2009. If you wish to see news from previous years, just click on the year you want at the top of the page.

 


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