THE new big fish lake at Sharpley Springs/Water is proving popular with anglers chasing 13lb-plus trout and a chance to enter the fishery’s free weekly draw.
Chester-le-Street angler Joe Forster, fishing a Fluff Cat on an intermediate line about five feet down on the Hangman’s lake, returned a 20lb trout – a personal best.
Stanley Drew from Wallsend returned a fine hard-fighting rainbow of 15lb taken on a Goldhead Damsel on the Alice and Albert.
Kenny Gill also returned a 15 pounder while Mike Stanton from Cleadon took 15 minutes to land a golden trout of 13lb 7oz.
Martin Ruddick used a Rainbow Buzzer to net a trout of 11lb 14oz, B Scott netted a fish of 10lb 2oz and Ryan Burrow took a blue of 10lb.
Peter Dickinson netted a nine-pounder using a Diawl Bach and T Wood brought a hard-fighting eight-pounder to the net.
As the fish feed up for the winter at Jubilee Lakes, the larger specimens that have loitered about all summer have now come on to the feed providing excellent sport for anglers.
Two more nice doubles were caught this week. Sunderland’s Mick Carney has been pretty much out of the fishing scene for a while.
But he started back on the right foot with a19lb rainbow on a Yellow Dancer.
Paul Moore, from Hetton-le-Hole and pretty much a Jubilee regular, used one of Phil Totten’s creations – a Black Bloodworm tied on a Charles Jardine Red Buzzer hook – to land eight fish, including a magnificent rainbow of 18lb 8oz.
Some excellent out-of-season browns to 12lb and rainbows to 8lb have kept anglers going at Lockwood Beck over the last week.
Boat angler Keith Morley caught, and safely returned, a superbly-conditioned wild 12lb brown trout from the bay to the left of the point in no more than three feet of water on a size 16 Bibio.
John MaGarrall caught 15 from the moor side on Buzzers, Clark Mondal had nine, including six browns to 5lb.
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Lockwood: Buzzers, Olive Zonker, Cat’s Whisker, Emergers.
Sharpley: Black/Olive buzzers, Elk Hair Caddis, Wickham’s Fancy, GRHE, Diawl Bach, Damsels, Daddies, Floating Fry.
Jubilee: Red or Black Bloodworm, Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker, Olive or White Zonker and Black and Green lures