ALTHOUGH recent strong winds have hampered angling ability and leaves are problematic especially to those ledgering, coarse anglers have still been out in good numbers.
The Tyne is still producing small dace in the middle stretches despite the recent dip in temperatures and the Wear too is producing dace, although of a much better stamp.
Both of these rivers have benefited by the recent stocking of small roach by The Environment Agency on Tuesday, as roach, especially on the Tyne, seem to be reproducing less well than dace and chub.
The Swale has been tempting a lot of chub hunters, with Alan MachMichael of Winlaton taking a double-figure net of chub from Morton.
Pike Anglers will be excited to hear that, at last, they will now have access to fish four 2008 ACA Pilke Qualifier matches within an hour’s drive of Newcastle. Respected fisheries manager Chris Bowman has arranged four matches on Longtown’s West Pond , with the winner from each match qualifying for the ACA Annual Pike Championships. They are only 27 pegs available so advance booking is essential and the match dates are November 25, December 9, January 13 and February 3.
The draw is at 9am with fishing between 10 and 3pm. To book, ring Chris on (01228) 674519.
Without a doubt Piking interest is increasing in the region. although venues are still hard to find. Northumbrian Water has helped by ensuring their Scaling Dam fishery will be open for pike fishing during the whole of November. Permit prices are £10, and ranger, Derek Gill (01287 644032) is a most useful contact.
Lakeside AC are reminding members that subscriptions to the club were due for renewal on November 1.
At a cost of only £13 for Seniors and £6 for Juniors, OAP’s and Disabled anglers it must represent one of the best value for money coarse clubs in the region. The TAA affiliated club has no joining fees.
If you wish to join the lakeside angling club you can download the membership form from their website, www.lacclub.co.uk, and post the form to Kenny Barnes, LAC Secretary, 26 Duke Street, Pelaw, Gateshead, NE10 0QO, or come along to a business or social meeting at The Lakeside Pub at Fellgate and join there.
A small and disabled-friendly coarse fishery, Tranquil Waters, is now open to day ticket anglers.
Based at Belle Vue Farm, Hall Road, Stanhope, the new water was only stocked this year with carp up to 4lb. It has four concrete fishing platforms, permanent rod rests, unhooking mats, and car parking.
The cost of a day ticket is presently £5 until April 1, and one rod per person is the rule, with the pond closing 30 minutes before sunset.
For full details, email email@example.com or call (01388) 526225.
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SATURDAY: There is another Angel Open while Middlesbrough AC fish a club match on Forest Lane Ponds.
SUNDAY: Yarm AA hold an Open on their stretch of the Tees and Aycliffe AC host a Winter Series match on Aycliffe Pond, while Wansbeck and Cramlington AC have a Winter League match on Horton Grange. CADCAC fish a club match on The Broom Fisheries, Annan. There are also stillwater Opens scheduled on The Oaks, Woodlands,Carp Vale, The Angel and Raker Lakes
TUESDAY: There is a meeting of The Tyne Anglers Alliance to which all member clubs are asked to send a delegate at the Empire CIU Club on Salters Road. Gosforth.
WEDNESDAY: There are midweek Open matches on both Woodlands and The Angel.
THURSDAY: There is another Open on the Oaks at Sessay.