ANGLING: NANTWICH Angling Society has obtained fishing rights on eight beats of the River Dee just outside Farndon for members to enjoy coarse fishing.
This is a new development for the club and enables members to fish the Dee - well-known as one of the best coarse fishing rivers in the area. More beats will be added to the scheme during 2006.
Secretary Janet Wilson said the move came in a bid to prevent the extra cost of fishing the River Weaver in Nantwich being paid by the members.
She explained: 'We currently have fishing rights on the River Weaver in Nantwich town centre, and will continue to fish on the canals under the British Waterways Scheme up to March.
'But due to British Waterways putting up their rent considerably, we felt that we could not pass the increase over to the members, as prices were going to treble over the next two years. We have therefore decided to offer members an alternative venue on the River Dee.'
Members can fish the River Dee beats providing they have a NAS 2006 ticket with the card for the River Dee attached. Maps are available showing the beat details with directions.
Prices for a yearly-ticket are £8 for adults, £3 for juniors, £5 for senior citizens and £3 for ladies. Cards are available in Nantwich from Haightons in Market Street and Stapeley Angling Centre at Stapeley Water Gardens. In Crewe, they are available at Tilleys in Nantwich Road and Carp N Match in West Street.
Mike Dixon and Jonathon Coulson shared the top weight of 11lb 7oz as Coppenhall Flyfishers contested the Thwaites Trophy Match in their second match of the season at Ellerdine Fishery, Shropshire, on Saturday.
Ross Saunders took third place with 10lb 12oz, while other weights were: Justin Pointon (10lb 6oz), Phil Dixon and Glyn Ollier (10lb 6oz), Jack Dickin (10lb), Alan Barnet (9lb 5oz), Glen Moody (9lb 1oz), Bob Marshall and Mick Laycock (8lb 10oz).
Mike Dixon leads the way in the matchman of the year standings with 16 points.