FISHING SCENE - Lowerhouse Lodge . . .

On our local scene, Lowerhouse Lodge has not fished well for the last couple of weeks.

Elsewhere, the canal is better fished in the mornings before boat traffic, and the last few hours at night might also produce better chances of fish.

But try the same swim a couple of times as the fish will move in on your feed sometime in the day.

Next week we will see a few matches being fished after the local holiday break.

The juniors are coming towards the final match in their League, where the winner plus second and third will pick up prizes.

There will also be prizes for quite a few other juniors, as well as a trophy being presented to the overall winner.

It's the time of year again when we should be trying local rivers.

The likes of the Ribble, Wharfe and Swale are all capable of turning up decent bags of fish if a little thought and preparation is put in first.

The Ribble is producing plenty of small chub and dace, with the odd barbel of up to 6lb at several venues.

Likewise with the Swale, but try Cundall Hall Farm as reports are very good.

The Wharfe around Boston Spa is fishing great at the moment, and I have a report of two anglers with nearly 100lb of fish apiece, so the advice is to fish early in the morning and late in the evening.

Don't forget if you're going on the river to bring your environment licence with you, as you will be asked to produce it.

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of myself and the Pendle Committee to congratulate Mick Cookson on his recent marriage to Ksenia Riabtseva in Moscow the best of luck and good health to them both.


A TASTER day has been organised for juniors, or anybody interested, who would like to try fishing, or just come along to improve their skills, on Sunday, August 15th between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Rochdale Canal along Salford Way.

Everything is supplied such as bait, tackle and licences, and you will be given approximately 20 to 30 minutes tuition by an NFA-trained instructor.

The next open match is on August 1st at Warland to Dead Length, draw up to 8-30 a.m., fish 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. priced at 12.

The next junior match is on Friday, July 23rd at Victoria Terrace, draw up to 5-45 p.m., fish 6-15 p.m. to 8-15 p.m. priced at 1.

The match is on Nehesco Copperashouse, draw up to 5-45 p.m., fish 6-15 p.m. to 9-30 p.m. priced 7.

The next trophy match is on Sunday, July 25th at Cliviger Top Pond, draw up to 8 a.m., fish 8-30 a.m. to 1 p.m. priced 5, with 100% payout, and a 50p peg goes into a pot for fish of the day. To book on, ring Wilf (01706 872812).

Last Tuesday's match was fished on Lanebottom section of the Rochdale Canal by only seven members, the result was: 1, Frank Szakaley 17lb 10oz for four carp and one bream; 2, Richard Winterbottom 16lb 4oz for two carp; 3, Paul Cryer 13lb 6oz for two carp; 4, Graham Mallinson 12lb for one carp and one bream.

The winner fished luncheon meat with a method feeder.

Last Sunday's trophy match was fished on Croft Head Fishery by 16 members in cool weather and heavy showers.

The results were: 1, Tommy Dunn 5lb 6oz; 2, Graham Mallinson 4lb 5oz; 3, Andrew Crossley 3lb 13oz; 4, Chris Harvey, Scott Crossley, Simon McKenna 2lb 15oz.

The fish of the day was a roach of 4oz caught by Tony Green.