Seacombe Promenade, River Mersey

Seacombe Fishing Mark
Seacombe Fishing Mark

Last Sunday (24th Sept.) was the first match of the WSF (Wirral Sea Fishing) Winter League held in conjuction with a BLAS (Blackpool and Layton Angling Society) match, held on the Wirral side of the River Mersey along Seacombe Promenade.

We met up at 9am to sign in for the match which, considering it was the first of the season, had a good turnout of about 50 hopeful anglers. After making our way to our chosen mark and getting set up the shout went up and we all cast our baits seaward.

Myself and Wendy weren’t expecting much but we were hoping to get a few Dabs close in on frozen lugworm and squid as we’d always done quite well using this tactic in the past.

But then the heavens opened, and I mean it hammered it down constantly for about an hour. The forecast had been light rains so thankfully we’d packed waterproofs but even we weren’t prepared for thunder and lightening. As the first bolt struck 50 anglers stepped smartly away from their rods which remained exactly as they were until the storm past about an hour later.

Seacombe, Wirral
Seacombe, Wirral

Modern rods are about 13 foot long, made of carbon fibre and are excellent lightening conductors!

Then the sun came out. It was like a different day and everyone was busy changing baits regularly to try and catch a few fish and get an early lead in the league.

Unfortunately no one told the fish we were having a match and only about 10 were caught in four hours by 50 people (a few Dabs, Plaice, Flounder and undersized Codling and Whiting) – not a good start.

Wendy and I came in joint last – with about 40 others! At this time of year it is difficult to fish the Mersey as the summer species have moved out and the winter fish have yet to arrive so those that caught fish did very well.

We did get some excellent views of Liverpool across the river, where you can see all the famous landmarks.



  1. Duxbury Ramblers said:

    Despite the thunder and lightening looks like you had a good time, never been to that part of the Wirral, the views across the Mersey are great.

    September 28, 2006
  2. Paul Iddon said:

    Not finishing first isn’t always what its all about. It’s the taking part.

    October 2, 2006
  3. Stu said:

    Paul, I agree – we realy only fish the matches to be with our friends. Getting anywhere in the ‘points’ is a bonus.

    October 2, 2006
  4. I lived just down the road in Wallasey for many years and I never knew there were competitions in Seacombe!! I now live in Blackpool and have seen a few anglers on North Pier and now and again on the South end of the Prom. Any ideas if there is much to be caught in Blackpool? If there is I may give it a go as I havent fished for about 30 years but as the sea is only 50 yards from home it might be fun.

    April 12, 2010
  5. Stu said:

    There are quiet a lot of competitions in the Blackpool area, especially in Winter when the Cod are supposed to turn up :). Your best bet to find out more is have a look at the Blackpool and Layton Angling Society website at

    April 12, 2010
  6. Denise said:

    My first trip there will be on Saturday. I know this might sound a bit daft, but im coming from Preston and need directions, but no car so will have to be on train/bus….can anyone help please? Thanks

    July 15, 2010
  7. Stu said:

    Sorry Denise – been in Anglesey for a couple of weeks – did you find it OK?

    July 24, 2010

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