Coarse Angling: Weather puts the wind up diehards

Dave Hall brings you all the latest coarse angling news from around the North East

Unsurprisingly, angling activity has been limited over the last week with most rivers carrying far too much water to fish safely.

However, some diehards were still fishing the stillwaters of the area – with strong winds making these anglers work hard for their fish.

Whittle Dene was still producing small roach, mainly from the Lower Lake, and in the west CADCAC’S Crofton fishery has been yielding skimmers and roach, while the commercials at Woodlands, The Oaks and Carleton Hill are always good bets for a bite or two at this time of the year.

On The Angel Complex, good bream, ide, roach, rudd, perch as well as carp are still being caught.

Chub, a species not associated with The Angel, are also featuring in catches – which proves even in a week of heavy winds, torrential rain and ground frost fish are still feeding up in the water.

Pike anglers continue to do well on the Scottish Lochs, Graham Howe of Winlaton taking four fish all on deadbait from LochMaben.

At Esthwaie, John Ashurst took another 20lb specimen while John O’ Rouke had a grand pike of 20lb 2oz from the car park banking area.

Wansbeck and Cramlington AC’s sixth Winter League match was a challenging day, with the first half-hour spent breaking the ice.

However, the roach obliged with one fish weighing almost 2lb.

Winner was Keith Melnyk on 5lb 2oz, chased by Tony Dixon who had 4lb and Brendan Heslop with 2lb 8oz.

Friday’s match on Lookout went to John Foster with a creditable 35lb 9oz.

Graham Skirrey was runner-up on 20lb 7oz while Alan McGuire took third spot with his 17lb 6oz return.

Sunday’s Angel Open, held on a cold white frosty day, went to Chris Pine who weighed in 24lb 13oz ahead of John Foster on 19lb 5oz and Martin Craig with exactly 17lb.

The River Tees at Yarm on Sunday saw Neil Waters of Darlington Angling Centre win the Open match with 11lb 11oz made up of three bream taken on feeder and worm.

Gerry Bowes was runner-up with 7lb 9oz while Mark Arrowsmith was took third place on 6lb 13oz.

The Thornaby AA match at Croft on Tees went to Steve Chantry of Darlington with 8lb 3oz, made up of a single 4lb chub plus grayling taken on stick float and maggot. Barry Stephenson was runner up with 4lb 13oz.

Leazes Park AA are holding a membership renewal night on Tuesday at the club hut and all members are invited to go along to secure their 2014 memberships, which cost £35 per year for seniors, £15 for juniors and £20 for OAPs and disabled anglers.

DIARY

Saturday: An Open match takes place on The Angel.

Sunday: Carlisle and District AC hold a club match at the Broom Fishery, Annan. Yarm AA hold a match on their stretch of the Tees and there are Opens on Lookout Lake, Woodlands, Carp Vale and The Oaks.

Tuesday: Tyneside Pike Anglers meet in Blaydon CIU Club and Leazes Park AA hold a membership renewal night in their hut from 7pm.

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