Armstrong creates a buzz

The windy weather made it more challenging for anglers at Sharpley Springs/Water this week.

The windy weather made it more challenging for anglers at Sharpley Springs/Water this week. But Derrick Armstrong, using mainly Black Buzzer and Diawl Bachs, bucked the trend to bring in 32 trout to the net.

Blyth Palmer, meanwhile, safely returned 18 fish, the largest a 12lb rainbow taken on a Zonker. John Holland returned 14 and bagged a 10lb 8oz rainbow on the Doxford lake. Trevor Wadds, fishing a Diawl Bach, had the week's heaviest fish at 12lb 12oz.

Black buzzers are still the first line of attack, either drifted on the breeze or held in the feeding zone with the help of an indicator. If this doesn't work, lures are taking fish when suspended under a bob and twitched.

Nomads are particularly effective at present, as are Dawson's Olive variants. Rubber bloodworms, fished buzzer-style with a slow figure-of-eight retrieve, are also taking quality fish.

The cold, changeable winds also made angling difficult at Jubilee Lakes and this was reflected in the rod average that dipped to 2.2.

The only decent fishing on Friday was after a particularly nasty storm, with strong winds and heavy rain.

The temperature lifted slightly afterwards and the winds calmed for half an hour and fish were caught. But - as if often the case - the winds then picked up again to make life hard once more. Darlington angler Lance Roberts, fishing a Black Humungus, had the week's heaviest fish at 18lb 13oz. Lee Haslam of Stokesley took a fine fish of 18lb 6oz on a Black Zonker.

At Sweethope Loughs, anglers are still having to battle against strong winds and cold wintry conditions but D Devon from Ashington had a cracking 9lb rainbow in his bag of three fish.

Stu Younger was back among the fish with two for 7lb, safely returning a further seven.

At Lockwood beck, 111 anglers turned up for the opening weekend of the season, bringing 579 rainbows and 22 out-of-season browns to the net. A total of 151 fish, average weight 2lb 4oz, were kept and 450 were safely returned.

Bank anglers made the best sport with lures. Mike Ayton caught 38 from the top moor side block, including the week's heaviest fish, a cracking 7lb 8oz over wintered rainbow.

Dave Marshall had 30 and Andrew Bowker had 25 from the dam. Andrew Grabham caught 23 from all over the lake and Dave Sanders had 15.

Boat anglers Andrew Davison and Ray Barrett caught 21 between them, keeping five for 12lb. Anglers are reminded that browns are out of season until March 22.

Caistron's good start to the season has continued with some good catch and release sporting bags recorded, pushing the rod average up to 5.6.

* NORTHUMBRIAN Water's trout fisheries are open to the public on Saturday, except for the wild brown trout waters of Cow Green, Selset and Balderhead, which open on March 22.

For further information and a free fishing guide ring 0870-240-3549.

Alternatively, you can visit www.nwl.co.uk/Gofishing.aspx

Caistron: Corixae, Fry Imitations, large Buzzer; various lures. Rod average: 5.6. Jubilee: Black Humungus, Orange Blob (Barr's Flexi), Black Buzzer and Black Zonker. Rod average 2.2.

LOCKWOOD BECK: Dawson's Olive, Dawson's Nomad, Black Fritz, and Cats Whisker, Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Buzzer and Bloodworm. Rod average: 5.4.

SHARPLEY: Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Bloodworm (try Olive), Dawson's Olive, Black/Green Nomads, Cat's Whisker.

SWEETHOPE: Various lures, weighted Buzzers.

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