Whip on the Weaver, Boat Section

Written By
Adam Bowen.



You can park in the public car park, by the side of the river, at the end of Bickley Close, plenty of room and very close to your pegs opposite the boats. Sat nav CW9 8TJ.

Fishing the Weaver has been on my to do list as long as I can remember, I lover my river fishing for varied reasons, but the prospect of a deep slow river with plenty to go at was something I had been looking for and something that not every river in the North West can offer. The River offers plenty of fish in the section I was fishing, reports of good weights from the matches and a fish a chuck if you got it right. The parking was expectational with good pegs cut into the bank, the toe path was very busy but the walkers runners and cyclist seemed respectful of the fishing, it was just the idiots in the canoeist this seem to be unable to use the river unless it was three meters in front of us.

I ventured down to the boat section with Carl McCormack form the team who is currently fishing the winter league, and had filled my head with all sorts of stories of big shoals of Skimmers, Hybrids and Roach. Northwich AA control a great deal of the Weaver and you can get a more then reasonable yearly license or day ticket available from Vale Royal angling and other Tackle shops in the area.

We settled down on the pegs directly opposite the boats and in front of the car park, setting up my seven meter whip and settling on to the peg I was astonished at the quality of this water and equally the depth, fishing seven meters at nearly ten foot deep, on a natural venue, in an urban surrounding. The river however has very little or no movement in it, with light breeze coming up stream as well, the whip was going to be a difficult sell. I started of at seven meters with a 0.8 Dino Chi Chi 4 inches of deck and started to catch fish strait away, feeding small balls of ground bait and maggots.

As the wind picked up the presentation was not right and the bites tailed of, plus my limited knowledge of whip fishing didn't help my cause, so switching to a heavier float it was not quite heavy  enough  and despite a regular Richard Bratt giving me some pointers it was not to be. So I retired for dinner and sat behind Carl for a chinwag and a sandwich. After chewing the fat for a while I messed around on the pole for a bit but it really was not working, so plumbed up  my five meter line, still at about 8 foot deep, and started to feed.

The fish I had had on the deeper line earlier in the day were a sightly better stamp, but the five meter line produced the quantity of fish the river is known for, not massive by any stretch of the imagination, but the action of the whip and the quickness of fishing was impressive. I found a magical depth of eight foot, and with a little flow caused by the boats and the locks the fishing came alive with most of my fish coming in the last hour and a half.

The trick was to flick my rig out and control the fall of my olivette through the water by keeping the line from the whip to the float tight allowing the rig to settle and fall as  natural as possible. Feeding regular was the key, keeping the float moving as much as possible and no and again trying prompt the float to move by gently trying to move the float gently in the poor non existent flow and nine times out of ten it worked.

It was a great day fishing the whip on the Weaver, some new to me and something if your interested in constant bites and doing something a little different, then get yourself down the Weaver it has got plenty to offer.

Tactics: Whip at seven meters 0.8 Dino Chi Chi float olivetet approx 2/3 foot from hook length, 4lb mainline, 2lb hook length to size 18 kazaman B560 hook 4 cm off depth, Whip at 5 meters 1g Dino champion 2004 float, olivetet approx 2/3 foot from hook length, 4lb mainline, 2lb hook length to size 18 kazaman B560 hook 4 cm off depth. Both fished over small nuggets of ground bait and maggots, single maggot fished on the hook on both lines.