Game angling: Great time to be fishing at Caistron Lake

Fishing has been frantic following the first major stocking of the season at Caistron Lake, with a four-hour session rod average of nine

Fishing has been frantic following the first major stocking of the season at Caistron Lake, with a four-hour session rod average of nine.

Most of the sport has been on the surface, with many anglers taking advantage of the wind rippling the surface and using larger flies to create a wake for the fish to target.

The fishery is still waiting for the first springer from its stretch of the River Coquet. However, the level and good condition of the water bode well for the brown trout season, which opens soon.

The first meeting of the Mill and Groom fly fishers at Knitsley Mill took place on Saturday, with 31 fish to 5lb 8oz landed.

The next monthly competition will be on Sunday, April 6 and there will be a Greys International team and individual qualifier on May 10.

South Linden has enjoyed another week of good sport, with more than 300 fish caught and released over both fly lakes. B King of Gateshead had 14 in an eight-hour session and A Dodd of Newbiggin brought 12 to the net in a six-hour session. Good numbers of anglers also recorded full bags.

All lakes at Chatton have been fishing well, with good numbers of fish in the 6lb to 8lb range brought to the net. Among anglers who recorded good bags were Robert Hedley and Abdul Muhit both from Morpeth who each kept five and returned 12; Keith Watson from Stakeford who kept five and returned 10; and Stu Younger from Blyth and Peter Davison from New Hartley who each caught 14.

Alan Young from Ashington and John Graham from Stakeford each brought 10 to the net and Julian Bales from Wooler landed nine. The fishery closes at 6pm.

Best bags of the week at Witton Castle Lakes were taken by T Ross, G Wharton, G Swain and J Walker, who each had 15 fish limits and A Graham with 11. B Conway brought a hard-fighting 8lb-plus Rainbow to the net.

Marcus Wood from Spennymoor caught the best trout of the week at Jubilee Lakes, taking a 4lb 5oz rainbow on a Damsel. He also fished a Muddler to good effect on the top lake, landing one of 3lb 13oz. The lakes are gin-clear, very conditioned and fishing well, which bodes well for the fishery’s Troutmasters competition on Saturday, April 5.

Despite the bright days, the Sharpley Spring trout have still come up to feed, with exceptionally good sport on the catch-only Cuthbert Lake and top-of-the water action on fly-only Hangman’s Lake.

Howard Robinson from Ryton released eight on the Hangman’s, going on to release a further five on the Alice and Albert Lake, while Dan Leonard from Felling also had good top-of-the- water sport, releasing six from a total bag of 16.

John Tuff from Ouston took a fully- finned 11-pounder; Barry Nicholson from Stakeford took three and returned 11, including two five-pounders, and Ian Major from Cramlington brought a 12-pounder to the net.

FLY BOX

Chatton: Buzzers, Bloodworms, Kate Maclarens, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Black Fritz.

Jubilee: Black Gnats, weighted Zonkers, Gold Beaded Daddies, Dawson’s Olive, Damsels, Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Bloodworm.

Knitsley: Buzzer, Bloodworm, Black Fritz.

Sharpley: Pheasant Tail Nymph, Damsel, Montana, Black Buzzer, Pinky, Brown /Green Spider, Hare’s Ear Emerger, Diawl Bach, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph, Griffith’s Gnat,Black Zonkers/Fritz, Cruncher.

South Linden: Black Buzzers, Yellow Dancer, Black Fritz, Cat’s Whiskers.

Witton Castle: Wicked Whites, Apps Bloodworm, Pink Bloodworm, Dawson’s Olive, Buzzers.

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