Coarse angling: People flocking to the region's still waters

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Another week where local angling has been improving has witnessed increasing number of coarse anglers visiting the region’s still waters - especially youngsters taking advantage of Easter holidays.

On Aldin Grange at Bearpark fish are feeding well, as John Naylor and Barry Hindmarsh illustrated when they fished maggot and pellet tight to the island for a mixed net of Ide and carp, ending with approx 50 lb each.

Wayne Harrison did even better when he fished maggot and caster in the water, ending his session with 87 lb of silvers made up of ide, chub and skimmers

The Angel complex has seen nature at its best this week, providing fish with natural feeds such as bloodworm and fresh water shrimp as fish are preparing to spawn.

Monday saw mayfly hatch and fish duly fed on them, while frog and toad spawn were also eaten and great fishing has been recorded with large bream, ide, tench, roach, rudd all featuring.

At Whittle Dene, Steve Wood continues to record consistent catches. In a busy session he recorded the heaviest catch of the week with 81 roach for 9 lb. P. Regan signed out a 3 lb catch of roach while M. Wraith caught a fine 2 lb 7 oz Brown Trout on the Southern. Dace, gudgeon and skimmers also continue to feature in catches, with maggot scoring as top bait.

The final week of the pike fishing at Esthwaite Water went well with a notable number of good fish being caught. John Bradley took a personal-best fish when he netted a superb specimen of 28 lb.

Sunday’s Open on Lookout was won by Derek Fox who netted 58 lb 2 oz ahead of Dave Pearson on 51 lb 14 oz and Colin Metcalf third, with 47 lb 15 oz .

Saturday’s Open on Bowes Lake was won by Rob Emery with 46 lb 6 oz ahead of Ray Laing on 44 lb 5 oz and Jonny Maven with 38 lb 15 oz

The latest match on The Broom fishery at Annan saw Carlisle tackle dealer Pete Wilson top the field with a 46 lb 12 oz net made up of ide, chub and roach caught on pole tactics from a peg on Bruce’s Acre.

Martin Salaman was runner-up with just under 20 lb of quiver tip-caught carp and skimmers whileGeoff White made third spot his with 18 lb 12 oz.

Big Waters AC travelled to Woodland Lakes for the last match of their Winter Series last week, where Steve Lamb took the honours with 40 lb 13 oz, Mal Gardener was second on 39 lb 3 oz and Barry Evans took third with 37 lb 1 oz.

The final top three placings in the league are Barry Evans with 46 points, Paul O’Donnell with 41 points and Lee Richardson with 40 points

The latest match on Woodlands fished over Partridge, Skylark, Curlew and Wagtail lakes, produced truly outstanding weights.

Chris Pentland landed carp up to 12 lb, to weigh in a terrific 209 lb 10 oz return, while runner-up Chris Owers had 108 lb 7 oz and third-placed James Gadd also topped the ton, with 106 lb 13 oz.

A series of Saturday matches are being held on the in-form Whins Pond fishery near Penrith which are open to all.

Cost per match is £ 15 inclusive of day ticket and meets are at 8.45 a.m. Contact Tony on 07741 205062 to book a ticket.


TODAY: Tonight from 7pm, continuing into Saturday at 7pm, Durham City AC hold a carp overnight match on West Lake.

SATURDAY: There is an open match on Bowes Lake and an open on Whins Pond takes place, meets are at 8.45am. Contact Tony on 07741 205062 to book.

SUNDAY: There’s a Summer Series Open on Aldin Grange, a Spring League on The Angel and another Spring Series on Whittle Dene takes place. WACAC Junior and Ladies fish a match on Horton Grange. Big Waters AC have an away day on Skylark Lake. Contact Jim/Jean Appleby for further details and to register interest on 0191 2921415.

Sunderland FAC fish their Steve Brown Memorial Match on Silksworth Lake. In addition there are open matches on Carp Vale, Woodlands and The Oaks.

WEDNESDAY: There are midweek opens on both Woodlands and The Angel.

THURSDAY: Another open takes place on The Oaks at Sessay


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