Chatton's ladies to go festive fishing

MEMBERS of the Ladies Fishing group are going “Christmas fishing” at Chatton Trout Fishery on Sunday, December 12, from 9am to 4.30pm.

MEMBERS of the Ladies Fishing group are going “Christmas fishing” at Chatton Trout Fishery on Sunday, December 12, from 9am to 4.30pm.

The event will include fly dressing classes from Don Coe and Paul Little.

There will also be sessions on entomology and presentations on cork, including how to make a cork rod handle, salmon skins, coarse fishing and games from “who wants to pin the tail on the dog fish?” to ‘A Question of Sport”

The cost of the event including tuition, equipment, materials, lunch and drinks is £15.

The day, including lunch and soft drinks, is free to juniors accompanied by their mothers.

Another week of heavy showers and gales reduced angler numbers at Witton Castle lakes.

However, sport remains good, especially during the calmer times.

Best fish this week went to Westgate husband and wife team Tony and Jenny Ward with a nice 7lb rainbow which took Tony’s deep-fished Minkie.

The fishery is taking bookings for Saturday, February 26 - the opening day of the 2011 season which will be restricted to full tickets only.

There will also be a new stocking policy at Witton for the 2011 season which will see more top-quality rainbows than ever before and the introduction of tiger trout, brook trout and a good spread of hard-fighting blue trout.

To be among the first to fish the redeveloped and upgraded Witton Castle Lakes, call (01388) 488691.

A week of mixed weather has seen a number of good catches recorded at Sharpley Springs/Water with Jay Turnbull well-conditioned trout from the Noose Lake and Derrick Srabhan, Malcolm Brown and Neil Scofield taking big bags from the Doxford Lake.

North Shields rod Micky Rowley had a productive session at Chatton Trout Fishery, landing an 11lb rainbow from Ross Lake and going on to net another quality five-pounder.

Other anglers among the fish included Matty Divine from Hadston who caught 16, while Trevor Wadds from Craster took 14, his son Mark from Longframlington caught eight and John Taylor from Hazelrigg 14.

Derrick Brown from Pegswood had another good session, catching 10, while K Ramshaw from North Shields kept three and safely returned nine and L Short from Berwick landed 10.

Ray Barrett from Guidepost took nine, Phil Raisbeck from Morpeth caught eight and Bill Henderson from Stakeford kept two and safely returned five.

No doubles were reported at Jubilee Lakes this week but, apart from Thursday, not been many anglers were out.

Patterns have been very varied – one angler took a trout right on the bottom on a sinking line with a Black Zonker but saw a trout rising and put a CdC on his floating line to land his next trout.

At Naworth, fly is still doing better than worm, with all the biggest fish landed on fly. K Little and K Robson each landed nice 11lb rainbows while K Spark and T Gray each landed fish of 10lb.

From next week until the Northumbrian Water season re-opens in March there will only be one Game Angling column in Thursday’s Journal.

Fly box

Chatton: Bloodworms, Diawl Bachs, Yellow Dancers, Cat’s Whiskers, Black Buzzers, Dawson’s Olives, Black Nymphs.

Jubilee: Blue Zonkers, Sunburst Blob, Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Bibio, Yellow Dancer, Bloodworm.

Sharpley: Black/Olive Buzzers, Black/Green Fritz, Bloodworm, Cat’s Whisker, Damsel, Minkie, Pinkie, Amber Worm, Zonkers.


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