THE drop in temperatures have put fish off the feed and a more delicate approach has been needed to convert shy and half-hearted bites.
On The Angel, where hail and frosts hit fishing, fish are feeding but shoaled again, although good catches were made by match and pleasure anglers alike.
Ide of 3lb 3oz and roach of 1lb 2oz were taken by by Alan McGuire and Bream to 8lb1oz and crucians to 2lb 2oz also featured in this week’s catches.
It has been a challenging week for anglers fishing the Whittle Dene complex with wintry conditions affecting catches.
Despite this, decent catches have been recorded from both the lower match reservoir and the northern.
Brian Allum recorded a net of roach weighing 3lb 12oz while D Hambell, fishing with junior James Wilson, caught 38 roach plus a bonus 1lb carp.
Paul Holt of Mary’s Tackle won the first match of the Greys- sponsored Whittle Dene Spring League, catching 3lb 6oz of small roach where icy northerly winds and squally sleet showers marred sport.
Holt caught on the pole from the end peg towards the southern end of the Lower Lake.
However, he did not enter the league, so two late skimmers caught on the feeder earned Dave Coster (Hardy and Greys) the top points with 2lb 6oz.
Malcolm Wilkinson of Big Waters was third with 2lb 2oz.
The fishing was rock hard due to icy northerly winds and sleet showers.
Sunday’s open/league on Lookout was won by Alan McGuire who had 37lb 3oz ahead of Chris Owers with 36lb 2oz and Dave Pearson on 24lb 8oz.
Saturday’s match on Bowes saw Jonny Maven top the field with 43lb 8oz, Jonny Trainor second on 40lb 14oz and Kim Christie third with 27lb 12oz.
Sunderland FAC’s away day at Aldin Grange saw all anglers catch fish despite a cold day.
Darren Aspey won with 34lb 10oz made up of 14lb of ide and roach plus 20lb of carp with Andy McNeil second on 18lb 5oz and N Palfreyman third on 12lb 2oz.
Saturday saw Hetton claim victory against Sunderland FAC at Silksworth in an inter-club friendly match. Nick Nicholson from Hetton was top with 8lb 10oz.
The latest float-only match at Whins Pond was fished in cool conditions but Glen Stevens still managed to net a bream and two tench to win with 13lb 7oz. Jeff Whittle was second with 12lb and Dave Pilling took third with a bream and silver fish catch of 10lb 6oz.
Big Waters AC have entered into an agreement to share the lease of Thornborough Pond with the Four in One Club now that a share agreement between Four and One and Leazes Park AA has ended.
A quiet and picturesque water which offers fishing for perch, roach, rudd, tench and carp, the water is situated off the A69 to the east of Corbridge.
There is a lot of work to be done as weed growth is problematic, but work parties will be announced shortly.
In the last week of February a 16-year-old angler caught two pike each about 2 lb 8 oz from the Big Waters, which is now closed.
It is a most unusual catch, as pike have been almost non-existent in the Big Waters system.
Young Ethan Richardson was star man during the Wigton Youth’s pike fishing sessions at Longtown West Pond.
The 15-year-old was the only angler to catch a pike during both Easter Holiday pike trips.
SATURDAY: Langley Park AC hold a Senior Match on Renny’s Lake.
SUNDAY: There’s an Open match on Aldin Grange Cost: £10 (£5 peg fee/£5 pools). To book, contact the fishery manager, Mick, on 07901538587. Sunderland FAC hold an away day on Renny’s Lake, and The Angel holds another match in their Spring series on Lookout Lake. Opens go ahead on Carp Vale, Woodlands and The Oaks. Four in One AC hold a small club match on Throckley Reigh. A second match in the 2012 Spring series of Opens goes ahead on Whittle Dene where Hardy/Grey’s are providing £ 500 of tackle prizes. Ring Steve for details on 0191 2681613 or mobile 07984808434.
MONDAY: Ryton and District AC have a committee meeting in Blaydon Rugby Club.
TUESDAY: SENPAC hold their monthly meeting in the Northumbrian Piper public house at Fawdon, Newcastle.
WEDNESDAY: Opens are held on The Angel and Woodlands go ahead while Big Waters AC hold a monthly meeting in Newcastle CIU Companions Club.
THURSDAY: There’s an Open on The Oaks at Sessay.