Anglers do their bit for charity

The WaterAid fishing competition hosted by Northumbrian Water at Derwent reservoir saw 63 anglers raise £1,150 for the charity which works to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene education in Africa and Asia.

The WaterAid fishing competition hosted by Northumbrian Water at Derwent reservoir saw 63 anglers raise £1,150 for the charity which works to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene education in Africa and Asia.

Despite fly anglers having to contend with a stiff on-shore breeze, fish were caught throughout the day with several bags of eight fish recorded.

The overall winner for the fly section was Paul Dunn. He also had the best fish at 9lb 4oz, winning £50 of fishing vouchers for the biggest fish, £100 of Hardy Greys vouchers for the best catch on the fly (20lb 3oz for five) and a Northumbrian Water season permit for the 2008 season.

Second and third were Adam Maclennan (18lb 6oz for eight) and George Sedgewick (16lb 2oz for eight).

Although the multi-bait anglers had a slightly more challenging day, there were still some excellent catches.

In a closely-fought battle, Shaun Kinahan triumphed by seven ounces with seven for 13lb 7oz, winning £100 of Hardy Greys vouchers and season permit.

Meanwhile four fly fishermen from Northumbrian Water swept the board at the Anglian Water WaterAid competition at Rutland Water, taking the overall team of four trophy and first, second and third place individual honours.

In windy and tough conditions the team - Scott Everett, Alistair Baker, Brian Lillie and Don Coe - landed 14 fish on a day when only 89 trout were weighed in by 112 rods.

Their success came a week after a Northumbrian Water team was among the national honours at the Water Industry Game Fishing Championships at Farmoor reservoir near Oxford.

Fishing from boats, Everett was first with four for 10lb 2oz, Baker took second place with five for 9lb 9oz and Lillie came third with four for 8lb 2oz.

Northumbrian Water fishery manager Coe also managed to catch and add to the team total when the majority of competitors blanked.

He said: "For the second time in less than a week anglers proved they can do the business in national competitions. Trout fishing in the North-East is truly a force to be reckoned with."

The next Northumbrian WaterAid fishing fundraiser will be the Kielder Water boat pairs fly fishing competition on Sunday June 24.

For further details contact Leaplish Waterside Park on (01434) 250294.

GEORGE MACINTYRE

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