THERE has been little else recently that has worried game and coarse anglers as much as the plans to build a hydro scheme in the River Tyne at Hexham.
The biggest problem has been the developers’ reluctance to engage in talks with the angling fraternity, who have warned of the potential dangers this scheme can bring, but now Hexham MP Guy Opperman is going to chair a meeting to ensure people will be able to hear directly from the scheme’s representatives and ask questions.
The meeting will be held at 7pm on March 27 in the Tynedale Function Suite, Hexham Auction Mart. The Tyne Rivers Trust will be presenting an update on the new fish pass at Hexham bridge before Hexham River Hydro presents its proposal for its scheme.
The meeting, however, is unlikely to be open everyone, and clubs, trusts and organisations have been invited to send a maximum of two representatives from each organisation.
After many months of pushing for a debate time is now of the essence, and confirmation of attendance needs to be in by March 21 to Mr Opperman’s Office: 014343 603 777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The season on the region’s running waters ended midweek with double-figure barbell reported from the Swale at Morton, while on the Tyne around Hexham a few early dace have been caught by John Burns and a quartet of chub by David Hall.
Elsewhere the leviathian pike which equals the biggest pike ever to be caught in England has been reported at 46lb from day-ticket Wykeham Lakes near Scarborough, North Yorkshire
With water temperatures rising, fish are switching to feed and some good catches have been reported from The Angel complex. At Whittle Dene Iain Hunter had 131 roach for 10lb 2 oz from the Lower Reservoir, while Paul Hoult had 12lb and Trev Wilson 11lb from the Northern. On Aldin Grange carp nets of 35 to 40lb have been reported from Blackbird Lake, while Edward Rutherford bagged 50lb on Saturday and 23lb on Sunday. Norman Laing netted 30lb of ide and his brother Ray took 50lb as did Chris Surtees, with maggot and pellet doing the damage.
The Angling Times Clubman Contest on Sunday saw an Angel side fishing on their home lake beat a team from Woodlands.
Peter Cairns was top rod with 55lb 10 oz.
Neil Brown made runner-up with 39lb 14oz with Craig Kent third on 36lb 15oz. Sunday’s match on Bowes was won by Dalton Mullenger with 20lb 1oz ahead of Ray Wallace on 13lb and Malcolm Fox with 9lb 13oz, while Wednesday’s Open on Lookout was won by Alan McGuire with 59lb of carp.
Yarm AA's last match on the River Tees until June was won by Derek Fox with six bream and eight skimmers for 34lb 9oz taken on feeder and maggot. Richy Besemer was runner up with 25lb 14oz and Graham Jones on 25lb 10 oz was third.
One fishery getting ready for the switch to Stillwaters is Charlton's Pond at Billingham operated by Billingham AC, where approximately 400lb of big bream between four and six Ib were stocked in the large lake.
The Angel are taking names for the Spring League on Lookout Fishing, starting this Sunday for 12 weeks. Phone Ricky on 0191 410 0449. Aldin Grange also has a few Opens planned this year with the first match planned for March 25. Phone Mick on 07901538587 for details.
Sunday: Wilton AC visit Tollerton Ponds while The Angel Spring League starts for the next 12 weeks. Opens scheduled for Woodlands, Carp Vale and The Oaks while an Open ran by Hartlepool and District AC on Hurworth Burn Reservoir will be popular.
Tuesday: A meeting of The Tyne Anglers Alliance to which all member clubs are asked to send a delegate at the Empire CIU Club on Salters Road Gosforth
Wednesday: Open on The Angel drawing at 9am fishing 10.30am-3.30pm, and there is also an Open on Woodlands
Thursday: Open on The Oaks at Sessay