A rod designer for Northumberland's Hardy Greys tackle company at Alnwick has admitted catching a national record-breaking grayling, taken two months ago.
Howard Corston accounted for a superb 4lb 4oz specimen from a local undisclosed river using a cream czech nymph which weighed a full ounce above the current record of 4 lb 3 oz, but chose to quietly return the fish and forfeit any new claim in the process.
As I was once fortunate enough to hold the grayling record myself, for a grand total of ten days with a fish of 2lb 14oz caught from the Jed in 1979, I fully appreciate the way this species seems to be much more popular among anglers nowadays and it seems to be growing larger too.
On the Eden, graylin catches continue to be encouraging and 11-year-old Thomas Beck accounted for a superb 2lb 8oz specimen from the Carlisle AA stretch of the river.
While grayling and dace have been showing on the Tees, the method of roving from swim to swim, while fishing with a cage feeder and using bread as bait, has been proving successful with chub to 3lb being caught.
Stillwaters were still producing fish before the big freeze and it was a good week on Aldin Grange before being spoilt by frost.
Carp had their noses down taking maggot and Russel Brown from Chester-le-Street bagged fish to 4lb plus tench and small silvers.
The final North East Winter League match was fished on the River Tees at Yarm on Sunday.
Paul Richmond was top rod with 10lb 3oz of dace caught on stick float and maggot, ahead of Geoff Douglas on 8lb 13oz and Darren Campbell who had 7lb 4oz, while Peter Smith of Washington was fourth with 7lb.
Browning Quaker won the match ahead of Daiwa Cleveland Angling Centre and Maver Newman Scotts in third, and those placings were identical to the final league placings which saw Browning Quaker win in style with Daiwa Cleveland Angling Centre runners-up and Maver Newman Scotts third.
Sunday's match on Eden Meadows went to Les. McGinley with a fine return of 19lb 13oz ahead of Geoff Lincoln on 15lb 5oz, while Jim Ions with 7lb 7oz took third place.
CADCAC's penultimate Winter League match on The Broom fishery saw Pete Brown top the field with 6lb 11oz of roach ahead of Pete Wilson with 6lb 4oz and Andy Davidson on 5lb 13oz.
This week’s annual meeting of the Tyne Anglers Alliance saw a fair distribution of officials from member clubs.
Dave Anderson of Lakeside was re-elected chairman with Four in One's Stan Henderson elected vice-chairman and WACAC's Brendan Heslop Treasurer.
Les Gorehan of Big Waters is secretary and junior rep along with Colin Rutter of Leazes Park AA.
Rob Murray of the Pike Anglers Club is looking after the new website (thetaa.co.uk) and University of Newcastle EAC's David Hall is again fisheries officer.
Two anglers who have supported the Environment Agency’s fish scale sampling programme have won new fishing equipment in an annual prize draw.
Tom Watson of Throckley and Glyn Hall of Consett have each been handed a fishing reel by the Environment Agency as a reward for their help in supporting the Angler Scale Sampling Programme for a number of years.
SATURDAY: There is an open on The Angel and Washington and Harraton hold a club match sweep at Aldin Grange Fishery, Bearpark.
SUNDAY: Big Waters AC hold a Winter League match on The Carrs, telephone Paul O’ Donnell 0191 2851218 or Nigel Ripley 0191 2170218 to book. Wansbeck and Cramlington AC hold a Winter League match on Horton Grange. Yarm AA hold their Prince Charles Trophy match on their stretch of the Tees. There are also opens on Lookout Lake, Woodlands and The Oaks, as well as Eden Meadows. Starting this Sunday, a series of monthly matches are going to be held on Hemlington Lake on the outskirts of Middlesbrough, open to all and at £12 all in. Telephone 07851413806 to book.
WEDNESDAY: There is an open match on The Angel and also an open on Woodlands.
THURSDAY: There is an open on The Oaks at Sessay.