January continues to be milder than normal, as proved on Sunday when anglers fishing The Angel braved cold conditions to catch carp and silver fish, thanks to patience and light rigs.
It seems hard to believe that carp fishing in January in England’s most northerly counties would be nothing but a waste of time, yet catches, albeit sparse, prove otherwise. Some members of the Whittle Dene syndicate have been busy over the last week or so with a few fish being caught. At Kingfisher Lakes in Longtown Tom Nicholson took a fine 15 lb mirror carp.
Angler of the week was Cleveland’s James Hinley who had to fish the lower Tees in tough conditions due to rising and falling water levels. Undeterred, James offered float-fished sprat which was picked up by a fantastic pike, one of the best reported from the Tees that weighed in three ounces shy of 25lb.
A cold River Swale was in poor form for Northallerton’s match at Morton on Sunday and it was a 4lb 6oz chub that won the day for John McAllister. Steve Evans was runner-up on 3lb 6oz while Nathan Proctor was third with 2lb 8oz.
Wednesday’s Open on Lookout went to Graham Skirrey on 22lb from John Dryden who had 20lb 5oz and Richard Wildman with 9lb 8oz, while Saturday’s match on Bassetts was won by Mark Wilson who had 27 fish.
Sunday’s Open on Lookout Lake was fished in cold conditions but John Foster managed 7lb 2oz to win from John Nelson who had 5lb 9oz, while Richard Wildman was third with 5lb 4oz.
Big Waters AC’s recent Winter Series match on Woodlands was won by Nigel Ripley with 24 lb 10 oz of carp and skimmers, while Barry Evans came second with 23lb 7oz and Steve Guy, on 20lb 9oz, took third place.
CADCAC’s final Winter League match on Crofton was hard-going and Willie Sawyer won with a trio of small roach for 3oz. Only two other anglers weighed in, both with one small one ounce roach apiece.
The Tyne Anglers Alliance has its AGM on Tuesday to discuss making a case to the EA for improving the recently restocked Throckley Reigh. Changes to rules for fishing Killingworth Lake, available for perusal at thetaa.co.uk will be voted on and a proposal that the TAA cease holding monthly meetings when there is an Angling Trust event will also be discussed. As the North East Division of the Angling Trust grows it is expected that more interest will migrate from the TAA to the trust. The North East Trust has suggested specific regional meeting dates of May 14 (Tyne,) September 15 (Tees) and December 4 (Wear).
Saturday: An open match takes place on The Angel.
Sunday: Yarm AA hold their Prince Charles Trophy match on their stretch of the Tees and there are Opens on Lookout Lake, Woodlands and The Oaks. Another match in the Aldin Grange Winter Series goes ahead on Blackbird Lake, while Big Waters AC fish a Match in their Winter Series on Bowes Lake.
Tuesday: Tyne Anglers Alliance hold their AGM in The Empire CIU Club off Gosforth High Street.
Wednesday: Midweek Opens are being held on both Woodlands and The Angel.
Thursday: Open on The Oaks at Sessay.