Damp end to 'dog days'

Those anglers who have ventured out on the bright, warm "dog days", although rewarded with good catches, have found the fishing challenging to say the least, but with the arrival of the heavy rain and cooler weather hopes will be high for much improved sport at the region's fisheries over the next few days.

Those anglers who have ventured out on the bright, warm "dog days", although rewarded with good catches, have found the fishing challenging to say the least, but with the arrival of the heavy rain and cooler weather hopes will be high for much improved sport at the region's fisheries over the next few days.

There have already been signs of better things to come at Higham where Andrew Robinson from Ponteland, fishing a Klinkhammer had the week's best rainbow at 8lb 9oz.

Although the lake was closed for weed cutting earlier this week it is hoped that it will re-open in time for the weekend. Anyone planning a trip to the fishery should call ahead to check that the lake is open.

The fishing at Caistron Lakes has also picked up this week following the downpours that helped to bring water temperatures down.

The best fish of the week was a rainbow of 9lb 8oz taken on worm by B Dodds. Boat pair Ivor Mackie and Fred Almond, fishing a sporting ticket, safely released 18 fish up to 3lb 8oz.

Sedge pupa type patterns have worked well with Bloodworm, Invicta, Black Buzzers, Orange Nomads & Cat's Whisker also taking fish at Jubilee Lakes but the double-figure fish continue to torment the anglers who can see them but can't tempt them to take. Hopefully the cooler weather will bring them back on to feed.

Young anglers are reminded that there will be a Junior Competition for boys and girls at Langley Dam on August 10 from 9am to 2pm, £12 for three fish. For full details tel: (01434) 688846.

The biggest fish of the week at the Dam was a rainbow of 8lb 8oz taken on a Green and Brown Buzzer by Morpeth angler Gary Hewitt who also had the week's heaviest bag with four for 22lb. Last week's club match was won by Les Elliott with three for 17lb.

Top rod of the week at Sharpley Springs/Water was Bob Lake who brought a fine fighting rainbow of 15lb to the net. C Davison, fishing a Daddy, had one of 9lb 8oz while Ian Carter had a bag of 13, including well-conditioned trout of 11lb 9oz.

Early morning and late evening anglers are seeing the best of the action at the moment, although the hours in between are not exactly dull with buzzers and up-winged olives spicing things up.

Fishing to suit the conditions has been the best method at Sweethope Loughs where good numbers of fish have been brought to the net despite rising water temperatures. Anglers will be keeping their fingers crossed that the rain and cooler conditions last a few days to bring more fish in the well-stocked loughs on to feed.

L Final, fishing fast sink tip with a Goldhead Dawson's Olive, had three for 8lb, P Gardener of Winlaton, fishing a Montana Nymph, had three for 9lb 4oz, Ian Patrick of Ellington, fishing a Pheasant Tail Nymph, had six for 16lb - all were safely returned - and J Scott of Seaton Delaval, fishing a Black Fritz, had three for 10lb 4oz.

The free to enter Viscount Devonport Sweethope Challenge for Disabled Anglers will take place at the fishery on Saturday, August 26.

Those anglers who have taken part in previous competitions will be contacted directly by the fishery.

Those who would like to take part for the first time should call (01830) 540349. Juniors are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

The lakes at Witton Castle are now fully stocked with full permits at £20 for three fish now back in place. Catch and release tickets are available at £13.

The fishery thanks those anglers who supported them through the difficult time following the VHS outbreak in Yorkshire and although sanctions on fish farm supplies have not been lifted, Witton will be returning to its usual supplier when they are.

During the long, hot "dog days" sporting permit anglers fishing down in the water column with min Cat's Whisker, Brown and Black Zonkers and Dawson's Olive, have been taking fish.

GEORGE MACINTYRE (0191) 201-6154 geomacintyre@blueyonder.co.uk

Higham: Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Damsels, Daddies, Klinkhammers, Black Fritz.

Jubilee: Sedge pupa type patterns, Bloodworm, Invicta, Black Buzzers, Orange Nomads, Cat's Whisker.

Langley: Buzzers, Hare's Ear, Cat's Whisker, Damsel.

Sharpley: Hare's Ear Shipman's, Sugar Cubes, Whickam's Fancy, Sedgehog, CDC Sedge, Caenis spinner, Damsel nymph/adult, Daddies, Poppers, GRHE.

Sweethope: Black Fritz, Black Boobies, cat's whisker, various traditional patterns.

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