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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 27th September, 2022)


This lodge in Haigh is one of the places where we went swimming when I was a kid.
It is now given over to fishing, and if you love to go fishing you couldn’t find a more beautiful, peaceful place to do it.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Poet on 27th September 2022 at 08:16

Would this be Forster's Lodge ? If so I'm told there are some whoppers in there .

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 27th September 2022 at 08:28

These modern day fishermen are spoiling the look of our countryside by building fishing platforms from old pallets, why can't they just stand or sit on the grass or a rock to do their fishing.

Comment by: irene roberts on 27th September 2022 at 10:54

I can't speak for fishing ponds, lodges etc in general, but the fishing platforms around this particular lodge seem to be neat and tidy, discreet and matching, as far as I can see, so well done to whoever put them in place. We have a fishing pond in Abram known as "Auntie Polly's" and most fishermen on there are respectful of it, but you will always get the odd ones who make the place untidy with makeshift seats and litter which they blithely leave behind at the end of the day, even when litter bins are provided, which they totally ignore. So annoying, but it has always happened and always will.

Comment by: Fred on 27th September 2022 at 11:22

If it is Forsters you will have to be a member of Warrington anglers to fish there.

Comment by: Mortarmillbill on 27th September 2022 at 11:36

Some of the platforms may be for wheelchair users.

Comment by: Veronica on 27th September 2022 at 12:22

If you are into fishing, that’s a lovely place to go to, in fact it beats the canal side fishing. No traffic going past to disturb the peace.

Comment by: David Barker on 27th September 2022 at 12:44

I guess that's the Brewery Lodge Haigh , Dennis, good photo.

Comment by: Joan on 27th September 2022 at 12:52

The fishermen who fish on the canal in Appley Bridge look like they are on a Himalayan camping expedition with the amount of stuff they bring with them.
and if they happen to catch a pike, they will kill it and leave at the side of the canal.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 27th September 2022 at 13:56

It is the Brewery Lodge David.

Comment by: Cyril on 27th September 2022 at 14:43

Joan, if they kill Pike or any other fish then leave them at the side of the canal to rot then I'd say they aren't proper Anglers or fishermen. As I see it a person catches fish for either the sport or for food, and if they aren't for food then they should be returned alive back into the water as I'm sure the majority does. Maybe the culprits should also be whacked on the the head with a priest and left at the side of the canal to rot.

Keith Floyd and the French are very fond of Roast Pike and he cooked one in Floyd on France, Brochet au four. https://www.traditionalfrenchfood.com/roast-pike.html

Comment by: RON HUNT on 27th September 2022 at 14:50

An ancient recipe for cooking Pike. Remove the gills head and tail Remove the innards and put in the belly a mixture of herbs, slices of apple and peaches, salt, pepper ,etc and place on a pine board 2" thick. Place in an oven and cook for 6 hours regularly basting with a good amount of butter. Remove from oven, throw away the pike, and eat the board..

Comment by: DTease on 27th September 2022 at 15:14

Sounds delicious that RON, but give the pike to the cat.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 27th September 2022 at 15:20

Big fish eat little fish wherever they can find them
And little fish eat smaller fish, and so on ad infinitum

Comment by: Tom on 27th September 2022 at 16:13

A lot of canal bank fishermen go out to catch and kill pike only, and that's because the pike eat the little fish.
They don't just leave dead pike on the bank they also leave maggots.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 27th September 2022 at 16:25

Mortarmillbill you cant get a wheelchair up to that pond.

Comment by: Poet on 27th September 2022 at 16:33

6 hours in the oven Ron . I reckon that recipe would cost you about £47.25

Comment by: Cyril on 27th September 2022 at 18:17

I couldn't eat Pike it would taste as other freshwater fish taste, too much of mud and pondwater, it's the same with Trout even if grilled.

Keith Floyd cooked another Pike when in Argyll and out with a gamekeeper, he showed some bones in the Pike that had barbs on them very much the same as on a fishing hook. The unwary, he said, get these stuck in their throats and they're called the Pikes revenge.

Comment by: Marky on 27th September 2022 at 18:28

The great Jack Hargreaves , as time moved on , grew increasingly concerned about the influence of the City on the countryside . Let’s hope , places like these , not only remain and grow , but are also remain accessible for the many and not just the few. Money speaks, and many vast green areas in our country are bought and owned by people who see it only for profit. Those in the City , their job is to accommodate that . The idea , that these places in Dennis’s wonderful picture are safe, is , in my view , naive . Angry , of course I am . Why should my countryside be taken and others last , in place , and be regarded as untouchable ?

Comment by: frank on 27th September 2022 at 18:49

The fishing rights through Appley bridge [in fact from Halsall to chorley] is controlled by Wigan and district anglers.All fish must be returned to the water.There are no day tickets on the canal now,it is members only.Anyone not adhereing to rules will have their licence revovoked.

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