WITH all venues now open to local anglers from Sunday, coarse rods have been making the most of their options to fish the region’s rivers.
Initial dace catches from the Tyne have been encouraging, while David Hall had a 3lb chub from Hexham.
The Sands free stretch of the River Wear in Durham yeilded chub to 4lb 5oz midweek, while chub, dace and roach have all featured in catches from the Tees at Middleton One Rowe.
The TAA’s Killingworth Lake surrendered another of its giant bream to a carp angler when he banked a slab of 9lb 8oz.
On the Big Waters complex, roach and rudd have been feeding in the sunshine and Les Goreham had more than 4lb this week.
Derwent Reservoir continues to offer outstanding sport from the Nature Reserve with fish feeding in numbers on this bank.
Barry Evans had the best catch this week with 28lb, closely followed by John Mitchell with 24lb.
This week also saw the best perch of the season netted, a specimen weighing in excess of 2lb 8oz taken on the fly and demonstrating how well the coarse fish population is thriving in Derwent reservoir.
At Whittle Dene, Jim and Darren Harris had a cracking day on Sunday when they both netted mixed catches of more than 15lb, with most of the fish caught high in the water on a waggler fished maggot on the Lower reservoir.
On The Angel complex it has been a week which has seen excellent days fishing.
The best carp out this week was a common of 24lb 13oz taken by Edward Donald and his partner Alison.
Peter Fenwick and son Luke from Newcastle had a good half day with 27 carp to 13lb between them and more than 40 tench, rudd, roach, skimmers, Ide, and orfe all over the 1lb and some over the 3lb mark.
Sunderland’s Lambton Street Youth Centre brought 11 young people to fish on Bassetts and had a great day with a 3lb carp earning the biggest fish prize for Liam Lister.
Twenty-seven fish won the most fish prize from the group with the girls just edging a win over the boys and Rebecca Anderson winning the most fish caught in the girls’ section.
At Aldin Grange, ide to 3lb have been taken on both the Woodpecker and Kingfisher lakes , while Mark Collins from Bearpark fished for sacked 60lb of ide plus five carp up to 5lb.
Aldin Grange are holding a match for Help the Heroes on August 3. Tickets are £20 each. Contact Mick on 07901 538 587 to book.
Tomorrow: An open will go ahead on the Angel complex and Salterbeck AC have a booking at The Broom fishery at Annan.
Sunday: Yarm AA fish an Open Match on their Stretch of the Tees, Wansbeck and Cramlington AC hold their Roy Hebdon Charity match on Horton Grange and Big Waters AC fish their Sir David Burnett Cup on High Stand. Sunderland FAC have an away day to The Oaks and a match in the Broom Series 2013 goes ahead. Opens are also scheduled for Woodlands, Carp Vale and The Oaks.
Monday: An evening match takes place on The Angel.
Tuesday: SENPAC hold their monthly meeting in the Northumbrian Piper public house at Fawdon and Big Waters AC fish their Evening Series on Bigwaters Lake, while the same evening brings another match in The King of Whins series on Whins Pond.
Wednesday: The Angel hosts a midweek – drawing at 9am, fishing 10.30am-3.30pm. There is also an open on Woodlands and Big Waters AC meet in Empire CIU Club in Gosforth.
Thursday: The Oaks at Sessay hosts and open.