Conditions are cold comfort for anglers

ANOTHER week of cold, wet, hail, snow and north and east winds was just what coarse anglers did not want.

ANOTHER week of cold, wet, hail, snow and north and east winds was just what coarse anglers did not want.

On The Angel, water temperature dropped to zero by Sunday with anglers fishing in very tough conditions, yet fish were caught on Bowes.

Tench and ide as well as perch and carp were caught as were the same species on Lookout, while on Bassetts carp, rudd, roach and ide were landed.

The river season ended without any great catches on Thursday with little reported from the Tyne, Wear and Eden bar a few out of season trout.

It does seem the running waters of this region are short of fish stocks at present.

One angler who will be fishing this year’s Angling Trust British Pike Championship Finals in November is Chris Morrison of Hexham.

He took the honours and the £55 winnings at the qualifying match fished at Longtown’s West Pond.

Morrison, of Tyne Lures, landed two pike in the last hour for 7lb using deadbaits on a day when he lost two fish and failed to connect with another three dropped runs.

Les McVittie was second on a day when seven anglers weighed in, but none of the bigger pike showed.

Pike fishing on Esthwaite has been quiet this week, apart from John Arden’s 20-pounder from the car park swim.

However, Stuart Fazackerley and John Ashurst have been doing very well with a succession of jacks and doubles to 20lb 8oz. all taken from the boats on deadbaits and lures.

The pike season finishes at the end of March, when they will be at their heaviest weights.

Sunday’s Open on The Angel was won by Alan Mc Guire with 27lb 14oz, while Martin Craig was runner-up on 17lb 2oz and John Foster taking third on 11lb 4oz.

Wednesday’s open went to Richard Wildman with 20lb 4oz with John Dryden taking second on 15lb 13oz and Graham Skirrey third, on 14lb 15oz

At Aldin Grange on Sunday, Dave Barret won the open with a hard-fought net of 12lb 8oz fished through artic conditions.

Second was Bob Linsey with 9lb 8oz and third spot went to Martin Cryer with 5lb 4oz.

On the Tees perch, more than 2lb showed in encouraging numbers during the Yarm Open and Jimmy Messor of Darlington won with 32lb of “stripeys”all taken to worm.

The North Yorks/South Durham match saw Rob Stubbs land four chub caught on bread to win with 14lb 8oz. Tomorrow’s Angling Trust Open Day event at County Hall in Durham is an exciting prospect with a full agenda now confirmed.

The chairman will open the event at 10.30 and at 10.35 the first speaker Paul Frear of the Environment Agency will explain “where does your rod licence money go.”

From 10.55am there will be discussions on EA-funded Angling Club projects with a question and answer session.

Angling Trust Freshwater Campaigns will be described by Mark Owen from 11.30 and a game fishing presentation from Stuart Wardle 12.15.

After a break for the Buffet, a Rivers Trust presentation will take place at 1.00 followed by a talk on Angling Trust Development Work – by Clive Copeland around 1.50.

At 2.00, a coarse fishing presentation with Eric Edwards will take place before chairman’s closing comments from 2.30.

Entry is free and, if you would like to attend, it would help if you could please confirm your attendance in advance by emailing John Cheyne on or just turn up on the day.


Tomorrow: An open competition goes ahead on the Angel complex and The Angling Trust’s Open Day takes place at Durham's County Hall.

Sunday: The Angel fishery sees the start of a new Spring League on the Gateshead complex that will run for the next 12 weeks. Names, and deposits in advance to Ann Adlington tel/fax 0191 4100449; mobile 07867 557974. Big Waters AC fish a match on Bowes and opens are also scheduled for Woodlands, Carp Vale and The Oaks.

Tuesday: A meeting of The Tyne Anglers’ Alliance takes place at the Empire CIU Club on Salter’s Road, Gosforth, to which all member clubs are asked to send a delegate.

Wednesday: A midweek open is scheduled on The Angel – drawing at 9am, fishing 10.30am-3.30pm – and there is also an open on Woodlands.

Thursday: The Oaks at Sessay hosts an open.


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