Mescar is magic!
IAN CHAPMAN Good-sized lakes and good sport
North West regional Where To Fish columnist Ian Chapman clocks up thousands of miles every year visiting fisheries countrywide with top notch anglers. This week the professional photographer visits Mescar Fisheries, at Lydiate, on Merseyside.
THINK it’s fair to say that running any business that brings you face to face with ‘Joe Public’ can be challenging. It takes all sorts to make a world, and I would imagine you soon realise that when you create a day ticket fishery!
I’ve known Andrew Molyneux, who owns Mescar Fisheries, at Lydiate, on Merseyside, since he first opened, around 17 years ago.
He's a very fair-minded, wellliked, easy-going chap who has
Icreated an absolute gem of a fishery. It has a great following from locals and is also popular with visiting anglers from further afield.
As I chatted to him, he told me of a few astonishing tales of ‘unwanted’ events that have occurred at his lakes over the years, which if I had been him I would have probably locked the gates long ago!
However, thankfully, Andrew said that on the whole the good has far outweighed the bad. And the fishery he has made here is a real credit to him and his hard work, with a helping hand from Mother Nature!
The venue is a big benefit to the local area and community, too, attracting wildlife and giving local anglers somewhere excellent to fish.
It’s always nice to spend a day fishing in pleasant surroundings that are well kept and offer good facilities, but catching some quality fish is what really makes you feel that you have had some ‘bang for your buck’! Andrew is a crack angler himself, and since my request to do this feature was delivered at such short notice, he kindly volunteered to fish and show me how to get the best from Mescar Lake in particular.
On site there are two goodsized lakes: Mescar, which was the original, and Mistral. Off site Andrew also offers good fishing on Green Lane Ponds, just down the lane. A couple of his pals were fishing there, and I was due to drop in on them later.
Mescar Lake is 4.5 acres, with 62 pegs. It's an open lake with six bays and one island, and an average depth of 6 ft. Species wise, carp dominate, with fish topping 20 lb, but there are also prime roach and a good few rudd to 1 lb 8 oz, some nice golden orfe, skimmers and bream to 5 lb, chub to 2 lb and a few outstanding perch to well over 4 lb that show well in winter.
Mistral Lake next door opened back in 2007, has room for 58 anglers and holds some lovely carp, barbel and chub. Match weights on both lakes regularly top 100 lb, and even in the colder months you can still expect some excellent bags. The venue’s matches regularly attract the likes of three-times Fish'O'Mania Champion Jamie Hughes, which I reckon is a great endorsement.
I let Andrew get started on his peg by the car park, and had a little wander around Mescar Lake. And it wasn’t long before I found Brian Thomas, from Mawdsley, in Lancashire, enjoying a good tussle with a typical Mescar common carp of around 6 lb. He’d already had half a dozen before that, all taken off the top on bread.
Arriving back to see Andrew, his elastic was ‘singing’ in the wind as he struggled to control what was obviously a substantial carp. A few dramatic and exciting runs ensued, before a common of around 10 lb was