Coarse angling: Catches hold up despite weather

The Steve Roberts Memorial Match went ahead on Sunday despite terrible conditions for anglers

Five feet of flood water, high winds and a river coated with floating leaves greeted the 68 competitors for The Steve Roberts Memorial Match fished on the Tyne on Sunday.

However, despite the tough conditions, reasonable weights were recorded throughout the match length and the winner, Big Waters AC angler Andy Bell, put 12lb 12oz of dace caught on the pole feeder from the Corbridge Cricket club stretch.

Runner-up was Darlington angler Paul Breeze with 10lb 14oz of whip-caught dace from Wellbank Lane at Corbridge, while third place went to Eddie Bridon with 10lb 3oz off Hexham.

Fourth place was long-distance traveller Chris Williams from Cambridge, with 9lb 6oz from Wylam, while match organiser and TAA Tyne rep Steve Hoggins finished fifth with 8lb 10oz on a day when a magnificent £940 was raised for the Stroke Association.

Good sized individual carp are being caught feeding up before winter on The Angel complex.

Brian Hepple from Sunderland caught 22 carp on worm, most after 2.30pm, with the best a 19lb 8oz common - and even in the midweek match an 18lb 4oz common was caught on maggots.

Other catches have seen a quartet of 2lb rudd and the best ide out weighed 3lb 11oz and was caught by Tom Whitfield from Alston, together with two bream of 6lb and 7lb.

Perch have also been showing, with a cracking 2lb 9oz specimen the best of 18 caught by Alan Craig on Lookout.

Mr P Binns was the latest angler to report ferocious sport at Whittle Dene, recording a phenomenal 116 roach catch in one session.

Gary Rutherford also recorded a 52 fish mixed catch of roach and gudgeon from the ever-popular Northern Reservoir.

On Derwent Reservoir, it was another excellent week for anglers braving the elements with good catches taken from the disabled platforms on Saturday - several over 20lb.


Saturday: The LTAA hold the Royal British Legion Open on the Bowesfield stretch of The Tees.

Sunday: Wansbeck and Cramlington AC have another day out at Fontburn pursuing roach, and Sunderland FAC hold a match in their Winter Series Competition on Silksworth Lake. A Winter League Match takes place over both the Yarm and Bowesfield stretches of The Tees, while there are Opens on Lookout Lake, The Oaks and Woodlands.

Tuesday: Tyneside Pike Anglers meet in Blaydon CIU Club.

Wednesday: Wansbeck and Cramlington AC have their final day out at Fontburn pursuing roach, Lakeside AC have a club meeting in The Robin Hood Inn, Jarrow, and there are Opens on Woodlands and The Angel.

Thursday: Open, The Oaks at Sessay.


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