I have laid aside business, and gone a'fishing.

Izaak Walton

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Mersey
All you ever gave me was Scarlet Fever!

The picture at the top of my embryonic blog shows the confluence between the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal in Irlam.
(I copied it from Wikipedia, so I hope that takes care of all acknowledgements etc).

Anyway, any lad who grew up near the river and who'd caught the fishing bug back in the 70's used to look at the Mersey and think, if only this was a half decent river what a time we'd have. I'd daydream its deep pools were full of Barbel and the long glides were full of Chub and Trout.

Instead, of course, all it was full of was........ a lethal cocktail of god knows what and usually it had about 3 foot of foam on top. And just to top everything off, it was quite often on fire!
Titter ye not, for it is true.

These days the Mersey has improved and we've all read the reports of growing fish stocks and even Salmon leaping, for god's sake. I wonder though, if I were to cast my lure into these waters, would it be a nice fat Pike that I'd pull from the depths or a trolley from Tesco.

Only one way to find out boys.........

By the way, can anyone tell me how to align the image at the top?


  1. Nice blog - welcome to the dark side.

    I reckon there are pike in that weirpool - but its a hell of a long walk to get there!

  2. Greetings,You have the makings of a fine blog.I'll be sure to be looking in from time to time.Here's to you hooking one of those Salmon fella.

  3. Welcome to blogging, I have fished the mersey since the 60s, never got a salmon but had plenty of garstang trout {DR whites} sorry, But that weirpool looks the greatest place ever for a good pike, I have added a link in my blog to you, And i look forward to reading your future reports, All the very best,