David is Boyd up after border raid

Scottish raider David Boyd netted five trout to win the Jack Charlton Trout Cup at Kielder Water.

Scottish raider David Boyd netted five trout to win the Jack Charlton Trout Cup at Kielder Water.

David beat off competition from 86 disabled anglers to win the cup with his haul of 7lb 4oz.

Runner-up was Tyneside rod Lorraine Chapman, who also was the top woman angler with four trout for 6lb 13oz.

David Williams won the Allgood Trophy for the best wheelchair rod, with David Phillips, of the Alan Carr Fishing Friends, runner-up with two trout for 2lb 1oz.

The Northumbrian Boat Pairs Shield went to Keith and Kenneth Bowes with four trout for 6lb.

Angler of the match was Erica Prescott from Portland School.

Best worm-caught trout was a 3lb 5oz rainbow landed by Gary Daley of the Percy Hedley, while Nicholas Gowland caught the top fly-caught fish weighing 2lb 15oz, which won him the Brian Dawson Memorial Shield.

The top club team was the Percy Hedley with an average of 1.43 trout per angler.

Meanwhile, the spring restrictions are taken off tomorrow as far as keeping salmon is concerned, but anglers should still be returning any spring fish they catch.

Among the stocks on local rivers there will be fish that are colouring up and these should still be put back.

Stonebridge Trout Lakes produced big catches this week. Richard Brown (Consett) landed a 20lb 8oz rainbow on a White Buzzer, while Stephen Walling, also from Consett, landed a 20lb rainbow on a Green Damsel. He also returned a massive 22lb 8oz rainbow.

This short-lived record fish was then beaten by Wingate angler Alan Corr, who caught an even bigger rainbow of 22lb 12oz on a White Buzzer.

For the specimen hunter, Stonebridge has some monster fish around at present.

With rainfall back with a vengeance, local rivers should get a good run of salmon and sea-trout after the very quiet spell of late.

With worming now available on the River Coquet, members of the Northumbrian Anglers Federation cashed in on the Blackbird's Fancy to catch some excellent brown trout.

David Smith from Rothbury landed the best one of 2lb 6oz. Gareth Black, from Whickham, landed a 5lb grilse on the Coquet, the first of this year's summer fish.

Heat four of the Esthwaite Water Open Pairs Competition was won by Consett rod Tom Nelson and John Henderson with 12 fish for 26lb 6oz. Runners-up were Mick Taylor and Martin Hewitt with 12 fish for 24lb 6oz.


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