Mescar is magic!

IAN CHAP­MAN Good-sized lakes and good sport

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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

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