Coarse Angling: Weather provides plenty of encouragement for anglers

The latest news from the North East's coarse angling scene

Blustery winds combined with warm weather have seen stillwater fisheries productive, with carp feeding again on the TAA’s Killingworth Lake and fish to over 24lb coming out this week.

At Derwent Reservoir, some outstanding sport is being experienced at both coarse areas with the Nature Reserve section serving up the best catch via Steve Guy, who took 169 roach – with some over 1lb – for a 55lb total in an outstanding session using ground bait feeder with maggot.

Whittle Dene has seen the Northern and Lower lakes continue to produce fair sport for those anglers braving the elements. Mr. D Hamilton and Mr. S Eddy both fished the Northern recording catches of roach and gudgeon.

Brian Allum also had a mixed catch of roach and bream weighing 4lb 4oz, while R Cranmor netted the heaviest catch of the week with 10lb of roach and skimmers.

Some good individual double-figure carp have been coming out at The Angel complex this week.

Best was a 21lb common carp taken by Charles Williams from Manchester, who is working at the Metro Centre and travels home at weekends.

Worm has been tempting some good bream and some cracking silvers out, with best ide at 3lb 6oz and best tench at 7lb 1oz. George White from Morpeth targeted silvers and caught over 50lb before the carp took over and he had 18 carp on pole to add to his catch. Bassetts has seen some cracking days on the pond, with anglers catching more than 100 fish in a day and angling coaching students taking more than 10 in a two-hour session.

Jonny Brown, aged 14, from Sunderland caught a 5lb carp, his best weight since starting his lessons.

Sunday’s Open on Lookout was won by Alan McGuire with 49lb 1oz ahead of Chris Pine, who netted 46lb 10oz, and Barry Evans, who had 35lb 9oz. Saturday’s Open was fished on Bowes and went to Chris Pine with 44lb, while on Wednesday Rob Emery won with 77lb 2oz.

Committee members of the Big Waters AC fished their Seaton Burn complex last week but sport was poor. Club chairman Steve Freyer caught a small roach with his first cast, then remained biteless for the next four hours. Les Goreham’s flying fish did not count, so he failed to weigh in, but a 5lb bream caught George Emmerson, who had all but packed in when it attatched himself to his rod and towed it into the lake.

While this fish was the best on the day, judges Jean and Jim Appleby chose to give the Captain Caster award to 82-year-old Alan Stevens who only occassionally nodded off while motionlessly manning his peg for five hours without a touch.

One of the successes of local carp fishing has been the formation of the Western Reservoir and North Lake syndicates under the auspices of Steve Jackson.

The good news is that winter tickets are now available for both waters, and a new website giving details of the fisheries is now live. Visit


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