WITHOUT a doubt the going has been tough for local coarse anglers during the freezing weather. Cold winters of the past have not stopped dace shoals showing up in force on the Wear – but they have this year.
The lack of fish at hot spots like The County Hotel is the biggest talking point and the sheer number of feeding freshwater cormorants have led many to speculate that this invasive sub species is responsible.
Jimmy Messor won the match at Yarm with 10 lb 11oz made up of seven perch, taken on chopped worm. Nick Jose of Chester-le-Street was second with 10lb 5oz.
Thornaby AA’s match at Croft was won by Barry Stephenson with nine chub for 20lb 9oz, ahead of Martin Chapman with 13lb 10oz.
Don McLean from Lennoxtown is a fortunate man. Not only is he one of the few anglers to have caught a Scottish barbell – he landed a 2lb fish during the Broom £1,000 final on the Annan fishery – he went on to win the match, putting a total of 10lb 10oz onto the scales and a grand into his pocket.
Anthony Longstaff won Sunday’s match on The Angel ahead of Neil Middlemiss with Ben Huggins third.
Match anglers are being warned that Yarm AA are re-introducing a £5 penalty fine from this year for anglers who put their name down for a match but fail to turn up without any notification.
The popularity of the Yarm matches has seen too many no-show incidents recently. The club stress that if you find that you will not be able to get to a booked match then it is your duty to notify the match committee before the draw starts, so that pegging arrangements can be adjusted. Any fines collected will contribute to the maintenance of the club’s fisheries.
Pike anglers have suffered badly with the deep freeze seeing many traditional waters frozen over and unfishable. However piking is still continuing on the few rivers that hold the species and sprat has been the in bait for Tees fish around the Stockton and Yarm areas.
Following last year’s successful membership open evening, Leazes Park AA are holding another one this Tuesday from 7pm. It will give the chance for current members and anyone who wishes to join the LPAA the chance to join on the night.
Concessionary members are asked to bring along either their blue badge or disabled rod licenses, and new members are asked to bring a passport-sized photo.
SUNDAY: The Angel starts a Winter League which will run alongside The Open. Tel 0191 4100449 to book. CADCAC visit Lonsdale for a club match, there is a match on the Tees and stillwater Opens are scheduled for The Oaks, Woodlands, Carp Vale and Raker Lakes.
TUESDAY: Leazes Park AA will be holding a membership open evening from 7pm, which will give an opportunity for current members and anyone who wishes to join the LPAA the chance to join on the night.
WEDNESDAY: There is a midweek an Open match on Woodlands.]
THURSDAY: There is another Open on the Oaks at Sessay.