Coarse angling: Season is off to a flier for pike rods

The traditional start to pike fishing has been unusually encouraging on local venues

The traditional start to pike fishing has been unusually encouraging on local venues.

Alan Dixon of Fawdon had four small pike from Bolam Lake, the best 5lb, and Alan Greaves took a fantastic near-20lb pike from the Tees near Middleton-One-Row.

Ryton and District AC’s Stargate Pond, always a decent pike venue, yielded a brace weighing 11lb and 19lb 8oz to one angler, both falling to herring.

At Whittle Dene the Northern Reservoir remains the favoured area with the majority of reports coming from this popular location, and roach, perch and skimmers continue to be recorded in healthy numbers.

Dave Coster had another good short session on Sunday with more than 10lb of roach with some shallow swims offering bigger fish, but Big Waters AC member Trevor Hall had the best day this week taking 70 quality roch for 17lb 8oz to corn tipped with elderberry.

Despite lower temperatures they are still carp to be caught on Aldin Grange as Paul Turner from Durham proved when he landed a dozen to 12lb on maggot and caster.

Woodpecker lake never stops giving bumper nets of ide, skimmers and crucians, maggot or caster is all you need to hit magical nets, while further new carp stock will be arriving in the next month.

On The Angel complex big bream to10lb 2oz are being caught in good numbers on Bowes with the best carp out a 21lb 3oz common, taken by Billy Edwards from Gateshead fishing meat. Bassetts is still producing some good fish, while Lookout is fishing well for silvers throughout the day and carp in the early morning or later in the afternoon.

The TAA-run Throckley Reigh continues its good run of form with a 4lb chub caught on Saturday and perch and roach featuring in most catches.

The TAA has stocked the water twice over the past three years, with help from the EA and applied this spring to get help to improve the pegs on the fishery from the same source, but needs more imput from the club members that use the water to really succeed.

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