Coarse angling: Sport's in plentiful supply at Whittle Dene

There has been some encouraging sport at Whittle Dene as a result of the mild winter and higher water temperatures, leading to some impressive catches

Whittle Dene
Whittle Dene

There has been some encouraging sport at Whittle Dene as a result of the mild winter and higher water temperatures, leading to some impressive catches.

All banks on the Lower Reservoir are fishing well with the feeder or pole successful. Barry Evans netted a 7lb mixed catch of skimmers and roach while Ken Brown had a busy day landing 101 roach plus two gudgeon and two rudd for approximately 8lb.

Aldin Grange has seen plenty of carp caught recently from both the Match and Blackbird lakes mixed with skimmers and roach. Mark Collins fished a banjo feeder with a 6mm pellet over fishery feed pellets to take 19 carp and skimmers despite gale force winds in two three-hour sessions. Paul Blenkin fished hard into the wind to take lots of smaller carp with some better Ide using maggot and fishery pellets.

North East bird-watchers out-populated anglers at Ferryhill and District’s Middleton St George Water Parks last week, as a Glossy Ibis had dropped into the club’s Fighting Cocks reservoirs, which have yielded some decent carp of late.

On The Angel complex there have been some great catches as fish are stoking up for spawning. The lighter mornings and later sunsets have seen season ticket holders take advantage of the prolific dusk and dawn catch rates. Maggot, caster, worm, pellet, paste and meat are all doing well as hook baits.

Steve Wood won the first match in the Greys-sponsored Whittle Dene Spring League on Sunday, using the pole on the Lower to net 8lb 11oz of roach. Nick Jose was second with 7lb 14oz of roach, while Jimmy Messor ‘s return of 7lb 4oz of skimmers earned him third spot.

Wednesday’s Open on Lookout went to Chris Pine with 41lb 14oz, an ounce more than John Dryden’s return of 41lb 13oz, while Colin Pine was third on 32lb 7oz. Sunday’s Angel League match was won by John Foster with 55lb 7oz with John Dryden once again runner-up, this time with 52lb 3oz, while third spot went to Martin Craig on 48lb.

Big Waters AC’s seventh match of their Winter Series was fished on Bowes Lake at the Angel, where Barry Evans won with 29lb 5oz, ahead of Steve Knowles on 28lb 13oz, while Lee Richardson took third.

Pike angling on Esthwaite Water remains open until the end of this month. Venue specialist Fonz Howard added more notable fish to his winter collection with a great brace weighing in at 17lb 12oz and 19lb 6oz.

Rod licences expire on April 1 and need to be renewed before fishing. The cost for a trout and coarse fish adult licence is £27, or £18 for over-65s and disabled anglers, with a junior concession (aged 12 to 16) £5 and under-12s free.


Sunday: Spring League on The Angel and another Spring Series on Whittle Dene takes place.Big Waters AC fish their final match in their Winter League Series on Kestrel Lake. Sunday also sees Aldin Grange host their final Winter League match on Blackbird Lake, £12 all in £ 5 peg fee £7 pools including golden peg.

Tuesday: WACAC hold a club meeting at 7.30pm at Dudley social club. Dudley, Cramlington and Stanley and District AC hold a Club meeting at East Stanley Club

Wednesday: Midweek Opens on both Woodlands and The Angel.

Thursday: An Open on The Oaks at Sessay.


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