UNSURPRISINGLY, angling activity has been curtailed over the last week with most rivers carrying far too much water – even if a break from the festivities was called for.
However, some diehards were still fishing the stillwaters of the area with conditions making these anglers work hard for their fish.
Whittle Dene was still producing small roach, mainly from the Lower Lake, but in the west CADCAC’S Crofton fishery has been yielding skimmers and roach.
The commercials at Woodlands, The Oaks and The Angel complex are always good bets at this time of the year.
The Annual P Nichols match fished at Yarm on Boxing Day was won by Bill Blythe, who had 4lb 8oz.
Peter Noble secured runner-up position with 3lb 14oz while Gary Jones and Scott Lister tied for third, both weighing in 3lb 13oz.
On Sunday, Paul Stainsby won the Thornaby AA match on the River Tees at Croft courtesy of a 4lb chub – despite the extra water making it difficult.
Thornaby AA’s Anthony Smith, who lost a big chub earlier in the match, made second when he took a chub of 1lb 13oz on ledgered bread from Hurworth end,.
Dave Alderson came third with a single graying, an outstanding specimen weighing 1lb 9oz, while junior member Ryan Alderson weighed in a pair of grayling for 1lb 5oz.
Sunday saw the latest match in the Eden Meadows Winter League.
Mark Brittain ensured he stayed top by weighing in a winning net of 13lb 10oz.
Geoff Lincoln was runner-up on 8lb 10oz and J Ions third with 6lb 3oz.
The Shimano Oaks Christmas Eve Rover Match was won by James Wood with an excellent weight of 38lb and Martin Chandler secured the CADCAC Xmas Tankard match with 4lb 2oz of skimmers and roach from Crofton.
Before the holidays, Big Waters AC fished the second round of their Winter League series at Carrs No 2 lake at Stockton.
Paul Renny won with 5lb 1oz from Steve Lackenby with 5lb and the consistent Barry Evans with 4lb 7oz.
Meanwhile, Defra has published its first progress reports on UK eel management plans.
The report shows the Northumbria River Basin is just failing to meet its targets for eel stocks along with 10 other river basins in England and Wales.
To work towards the targets, local working groups are being set up in each district for all those interested in eel stocks to work together to address the local impacts.
If you are interested in joining a local working group in the North East, contact Robbie Stevenson on 0191 203 4266.
THE Tyne Rivers Trust is looking to appoint a new director now current director Professor Malcolm Newson is stepping down to take a smaller part-time role.
Interested parties should send a CV and covering letter to the TRT at Unit 8, Shawwell Business Centre, Stagshaw Road, Corbridge NRE5 5PE. Interviews will take place on January 17 and 18.
TOMORROW: An open is schedule to take place on The Angel.
SUNDAY: Matches will take place on the Swale at both Swainby and at Morton, where Northallerton AC Hold an Open. The NYSD Pairs Match takes place on the Tees at Over Dinsdale and there are slso opens on The Oaks and Woodlands. Sunday also sees a Winter League match at Aldin Grange held on Blackbird Lake. Contact the fishery manager (Mick) on 07901 538587.
TUESDAY: Club members should note that WACAC’s regular monthly meeting will not take place due to it being New Year’s Day and that the first meeting of 2013 will be on the January 8.
WEDNESDAY: Opens are scheduled for the The Angel and at Woodlands.
THURSDAY: The Oaks at Sessay hosts an open.