Game Angling: Tweed Foundation receive welcome funding

The latest news from the North East angling scene

An angler in action
An angler in action

Fishtweed have presented a cheque for £3,000 to the Tweed Foundation to be used towards its programme of biological research, monitoring and habitat enhancement.

The money, raised through anglers giving donations when making bookings on the FishTweed website, was presented to foundation director Nick Yonge by FishPal chief executive Mark Cockburn.

Ladies Fishing are holding a Ladies’ Day at Chatton Lakes on Saturday, with anglers meeting at 9.30am for a 10am start. The cost, including coaching, fishing, lunch and refreshments, is £20 and £5 for youngsters up to 17. The group follows this with a trip to the Forum Cinema, Hexham, on Sunday for a screening of Kiss The Water, a portrait of Megan Boyd. Anyone wishing to join them can meet up at the cinema where the film starts at 4.45pm. The cost is £6.

Chatton Lakes are fishing exceptionally well with quality fish and good bags. Len Broxson from Tanfield took a 6lb rainbow in the top 2ft of Chatton Lake. James Gardiner from Amble also had one of 6lb and David Wafer from Wallsend netted a 6lb 9oz rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake.

Peter McCaron and Steve Dargon, both from Newcastle, had a good session on Chatton Lake, with Peter landing nine to a 5lb 8oz and Steve netting seven to 6lb.

The trout remain very deep at Caistron Lakes and, with the run of cooler weather, fishing is tricky.

However, those anglers willing to brave the cold have had good sport, with Billy King landing four to 10lb.

A couple of kelts have been landed on the Caistron stretch of the River Coquet, but there has been nothing major salmon-wise to report yet. The fishery is holding another open weekend this week for people to come along and have a look at what we can offer.

South Linden season ticket holders G Maddison and David Maddison of Bedlington caught and released 10 and nine, respectively, whereas B King of Gateshead caught and released five.

Anglers have enjoyed good sport throughout the week at Knitsley Mill, where the middle lake is still producing quality fish despite being slightly coloured following the recent rain. Good numbers of bait anglers are also taking advantage of the conditions to bring good fish to the net.

The next monthly competition will be on Sunday, March 2 with a 9am start.

Corbridge Parish Council stresses that there is no free fishing at Corbridge. Fishing on the north bank, upstream of the bridge, and the south bank, downstream of the bridge, is restricted to Corbridge parishioners and is not available to visitors.

There is affordable fishing three miles away at Hexham Tyne Green. Contact Northumberland County Council tourist office for further information.

The best catches of the week at Naworth were made by M Proudfoot with 23 to fly and B Rowley with 11 to 15lb on fly.

The rod average at Jubilee Lakes this week was five. Phil Totten had the week’s best trout at 4lb 13oz, while Dave Jones from Whitby had one of 4lb 11oz, Shaun Brennan from Crook took a 4lb 8oz rainbow and Ross Goulden from Newbiggin had one of 4lb 5oz.

At Sharpley Springs, Edd Dunbar from Washington returned three to 15lb 8oz, Tom Jones, also from Washington, returned an 11-pounder from a bag of seven and Antony Meadus from Chopwell, who fished for the naturalised brown trout at Sharpley, safely returned two for 8lb.

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