Game angling: Environment Agency reveal Tyne upstream counts

The River Tyne upstream count for March was 30 - compared with a high of 144 for the same month in 2012

Dave Carrick A salmon angler casts a fly
A salmon angler casts a fly

The Environment Agency (EA) has announced that the River Tyne upstream count for March was 30. The highest count recorded during March was 144 in 2012.

The total for the first three months of the year was 33. The highest count for this period was 283 in 2005.

The EA has also announced the winners of the 2013 prize draw for the logbook scheme it runs for salmon and sea trout on the River Tyne.

Robin Gould of Blandford, Dorset won a Sharpe’s Gordon 4 salmon rod; Lynne Tempest of Farnham, Surrey won a Hardy Carryall Bag; and David Halton of Matfen, Northumberland received a Wychwood Gye landing net and bag.

The scheme, which involves anglers keeping a diary of the fishing trips they make in order for the EA to monitor trends in fishery performance more closely, had around 250 participants in 2013. The EA is always keen to recruit more anglers and anyone who would like to take part should call Niall Cook on (0191) 203 4130.

On Saturday, Thrunton Long Crag Trout Fishery was opened by Dr Ted Wise from Whinney Loch near Coldingham who has been involved at the fishery since the onset.

Around 50 invited guests attended and many enjoyed a few hours’ sport in the afternoon, with Alan Chapman landing a 6lb rainbow trout. A total of 25 anglers turned up the following day, catching all around the lake. Neil Blackburn from Bedlington had the biggest fish of the day – a 10lb 10oz rainbow; Rob Frame returned 16 including a 10lb rainbow and two six-pounders; and promising young angler Brad Mackie returned 16 to 8lb.

Some of the first brown trout, which have been in the lakes for several months, were caught and released after a hard fight.

The lake continued to fish well during the week, with father son Simon and Elliot Guthrie bagging five averaging over 3lb. Brothers Peter and Rob McEwan from Alnwick caught a matching pair of 3lb blues on Sunday, returning on Tuesday to bag two rainbows in the 4lb to 5lb range.

Richard Wood from Belsay logging another good week at Higham Lakes, returning 47 over two afternoons. Scott Nellings from Ashington released 20 and John Ashcroft from Alnwick released a 13lb rainbow. Paul Wright from Wallsend weighed in an 8lb 6oz rainbow caught on worm.

Peter Pattinson and Ray Fothergill had a great day’s boat fishing at Kielder Water, landing more than 20 trout from all areas of the reservoir. Bank angler Terry Horton landed a 4lb rainbow and Keith Milburn had five for 11lb 2oz.

A Whellans fished with son, Kyle, at Fontburn to land a bag of five rainbows and two blues that included a brace of 3lb trout. Seven-year-old Kyle had the fish of the week – a 5lb rainbow.

Dave Fairhurst, fishing a “loyalty day” permit, had the heaviest catch of the week with nine rainbows for 21lb 12oz. John Hedley fished the North Shore Bay and caught an eight-fish limit for 16lb 8oz.

See tomorrow’s paper for more game angling news.


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