Coarse angling: Weather contributes to good sport

Paul Blenkin and his son landed 50 carp at Aldin Grange as the pleasant conditions resulted in a good week for coarse anglers

The pleasant conditions have resulted in another good week for the region’s coarse anglers and on Aldin Grange a steady rise in water temperature has encouraged smaller carp to start feeding.

Paul Blenkin and his son had 50 of these fish between them plus ide, all taken on maggot. Norman Laing fished Silver Lake and had well over 50lb of ide , skimmers and a couple of chub, all caught tight up against the island with double white maggot as bait

The Angel too has been in good form with some great individual fish being caught. Peg 17 on Bowes yielded a cracking carp which had lost over 7lb during the winter months, but at least now it will be feeding up again. Fish are being caught by anglers who keep feeding groundbait in small amounts whllst paste, pellet, maggot, caster, worm, are all working well as hook-baits.

Whittle Dene continues to improve slowly with roach and skimmers providing sport from the road bank sides, where both tipped and pole fished single maggot have been working. Steve Wood is holding another knock up match open to all on the Lower Reservoir this Sunday, price £ 15 all in, meeting 9pm, and fishing till 4pm.

Sunday’s Open on Lookout went to John Dryden with 77lb 5oz with second place claimed by Richard Wildman who had 41lb 3oz, while Martin Craig was third on 35lb 3oz. The Match on Aldin Grange was won by Martin. Cryer with 9lb with Mick Fox runner up on 6lb 10oz and John Naylor third with 5lb 10oz

Thornaby AA’s match on the Tees at Croft on Sunday saw Paul Stainsby land five chub to win with 15lb 15oz, ahead of Nigel Spratt of Darlington who had 9lb 8oz and Mick Clitheroe third, with 8lb 12oz. Further downriver at

Yarm, Pete Rambow senior weighed a respectable 22lb 5oz of perch, to win from Rob Emery of Shotton who had 10lb 3oz while John Robertson made third with 9lb 8oz.

Esthwaite Water is still fishing very well for pike, some good fish recently, notable catches were by, Dave Roscow who took fish of 10lb, 12lb, 17lb and 21lb. James Howe took a personal best of 21lb from the car park bank,while Steve Hill took four fish to 16lb on herring. The general coarse fishing is still yielding nets in the 20-30lb bracket, and there is still time to enjoy some of this cracking sport before the season ends on March 14.


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