Northumbrian coarse anglers will be delighted to learn that a new water, Felmoor Fishery, has just opened.
Situated in Felmoor Park, Eshottheugh, between Morpeth and Alnwick, it is a 16-swim day ticket coarse fishery set amid beautiful countryside, while still being easy to access via the A1.
The lake is newly stocked with just under 900 carp to 6lb (mirror and fully scaled) and some tench from 1lb to 6lb.
The cost is £10 a day per rod, or £15 for two rods, and 82 fish were caught on opening day between six anglers.
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A lot of anglers have been out recently and the Big Waters at Seaton Burn has proved encouraging where catches of perch and rudd have been recorded by early morning anglers, along with bream pushing 5lb.
The Wear has yielded a few chub around Durham, while a lightly-fished Tyne saw dace in the streamier mid stretches. However, the Tees at Yarm has still been fishing well for bream and dace, while elsewhere on the river a bonus barbel of 4lb 10oz taken by Mick Mills added to a catch of dace and chub totalling 16lb from Hurworth on Tees.
Yarm AA’s match on the River Tees saw Ken Golightly of Shotton win with 18 lb 6 oz made up of 15 skimmers.
Sunderland FAC’s away trip to Brafferton was a success with Kevin Duncton talking pride of place with 45 lb 6 oz of mainly carp. Brad McParlin was second with 28lb, while Bobby Nash was third with 24lb 12oz.
Wels Catfish are often a summer target for predator anglers in southern England, but their availability of this introduced species is sparse.
However, only an hour from Newcastle the Lonsdale Fishery, east of Carlisle, which offers angling holidays, has a few catfish present in their Reed Lake. Indeed the heaviest local coarse fish ever to be reported in this column was the wels caught there in 2011 by James Nichol of Billingham, who was plug fishing for pike and landed a massive 63lb wels that took 45 minutes to land.
Carl Wadsworth had caught what was probably the same fish the year before in 2010 when it weighed 55lb.
Elsewhere, Grafton Mere at Boroughbridge in North Yorks has wels, with fish of 29lb and 30lb falling to halibut pellets. Details from (01423) 322045. The Catfish Conservation Group offers membership for only ï¿½15. Apply to The Retreat, Heath Lane, Ewshot, Farnham, Surrey GU10 5AW. Telephone (01252) 852528
SATURDAY: There’s an Open on The Angel , and the complex also holds group Angling Coaching Sessions every Saturday morning.
SUNDAY: A North East Superleague event goes ahead at Sessay. Big Waters AC Contest their Yorkshire Cup match on Woodlands. Wansbeck and Cramlington fish a Junior and Ladies event on Horton Grange. Also today TAA Tyne rep Steve Hoggins is organising an event to be fished over the North Tyne, South Tyne and The Rede to try and establish the size of the coarse fish populations on several stretches. There are Opens on Woodlands, The Angel, The Oaks and Carp Vale.
MONDAY: There’s an Evening match over Lookout and Bowes Lakes.
TUESDAY: The Tyne Anglers Alliance hold a meeting in The Empire CIU Club, off Gosforth High street, to which all member clubs should send a delegate. Big Waters AC have an evening match on Dissington and Wansbeck and Cramlington fish a OAP/Disabled match on Brenkley.
WEDNESDAY: Leazes Park AA fish the final match in their Summer Series as well as Opens on both Woodlands and The Angel.
THURSDAY: There’s another Open on The Oaks at Sessay and Sunderland FAC contest an Evening Match on Silksworth Lake.