Today's the last day on the rivers until the season on running waters re-opens in two months’ time.
It’s been a terrific last week for Craig Scott, who fished the Tyne Anglers Alliance’s stretch of the tidal Tyne at Newburn on Tuesday. Craig was alerted to the presence of dace dimpling on the surface at high tide and fished a waggler into the shoal only a foot below the surface. Before the tide changed and the fish moved on, the Newcastle 20-year-old had accounted for 78 dace plus two small roach all caught on single maggot.
The glorious weather has seen angling activity rewarded on the region’s stillwaters. At The Angel, where water temperatures rose to 7.4 degrees, great catches have been recorded on all three lakes, with Ide over 2lb in abundance as well as tench, carp, skimmers, rudd and roach.
At Horton Grange, the big roach stocked from Fontburn last November have been making an appearance. WACAC club members are reporting regular 20lb bags and confirmed reports of nets over 50lb of specimen roach averaging 1lb.
Fish are also starting to feed in earnest at Aldin Grange, where Billy Todd from Spennymoor landed a good net of small carp plus plenty of Ide from the match lake, as did Paul Blenkley who fished red and white maggot over fishery pellets and ground bait. Norman Laing from Washington returned back to the Silver Lake and was rewarded with a 45lb bag of Ide and skimmers.
Sunderland FAC’s Spring Starter match on Silksworth was won by Ian Foster with four bream for an encouraging 10lb 2oz. Roy Gillett had a mixed bag of 6lb 8oz to take second place while Adam Garrett made third spot with 2lb 10oz of roach. Further north Mark Trueman fished well to win the March Sunday Open on The Broom fishery at Annan with 29lb 2oz, ahead of Myles Watt with 14lb 4oz and Steve Royale with just 2oz less.
Sunday’s Match on Whittle Dene was won by Nick Jose with 9lb 3oz from Dave Brown on 8lb 2oz, with Dave Pearsons (6lb 7oz) just shading Dave Costers (6lb 4oz) for third place. There will be another knock-up this Sunday, before the Spring League starts in earnest the week after.
Sunday’s Open on Lookout was won by John Foster with 65lb 2oz, while Jonny Trainor, with 57-lb, made runner-up. Colin Pine took third on 42lb 8oz.
Yarm AA’s match on Sunday was won by Derek Reeney with 23lb 5oz of perch, caught on worm, ahead of Brian O’Keefe on 18lb 8oz and Geoff Douglas who had 13lb 9oz.
Dave Munt, Angling Trust RO for the North East, is inviting clubs to apply for donations of tackle products for coaching and prizes to support National Fishing Month events. The form can be obtained from Dave via e-mail on David.Munt@Anglingtrust.net or by phone on 07854239715.
FRIDAY: The last day on the rivers so Yarm A.A. contest their End of The season Open on The Tees and North Yorkshire/South Durham also hold a Last Chance match.
SUNDAY: The Angel Spring League commences whilst Big Waters AC fish a match in their Winter League Series on The Angel. Aldin Grange host a Winter League match on Blackbird Lake, £12 all in £ 5 peg fee £ 7 pools (including golden peg) and another knock up match open to al,l takes place on the Lower Reservoir of Whittle Dene.
MONDAY: Ryton and District A.C. hold a club meeting in Ryton Rugby Club.
TUESDAY: The Tyne Anglers Alliance bi-monthly meeting in The Empire Club, Salters Road off Gosforth High Street to which all member clubs should send a delegate.
WEDNESDAY: Midweek Opens on both Woodlands and The Angel.
THURSDAY: There’s another Open on The Oaks at Sessay.