Game Angling: Great end to the game season at Caistron

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The Environment Agency has announced that the River Tyne upstream count for October was 4,872 – the third lowest on record and substantially lower than the five-year, 10-year and long-term (1997 to 2012) averages.

The count for the year to the end of October was 31,078 – the seventh highest in our records and slightly higher than the five-year average and substantially higher than the long-term average, but lower than the 10-year average.

As of November 5, no upstream counts had been recorded.

It was a great end to the game fish season on the Caistron stretch of the River Coquet, with 29 fish brought to the net.

Neil Arkley had six in one day ranging from 7lb to 16lb. Gladys Nicholson, who landed last year’s biggest fish, had four to 16lb, Philip Holmes had three wonderfully conditioned fish and Michael Hazelwood had one of 17lb 8oz.

Caistron Lakes are still fishing very well, with several anglers recording 10 fish in four-hour catch-and-release sessions.

Anglers are still enjoying great sportat Sharpley Springs, but should be prepared to use a variety of flies, with good top-of-the-water action as the fish feed up for winter.

Keith Forster from Chester-le-Street safely returned a 23lb rainbow, returning two days later to release 19 on the Doxford Lake whereas Steve Green Sunderland returned 15, Andy Grabham of Long Newton released 14 and Gary Mulholland from Gateshead put back 16.

Henry Walton landed the heaviest fish of the week at Kielder Water with a 4lb rainbow. He also had the week’s heaviest recorded catch with three for 7lb 2oz. Fishing at Kielder ends for the season tomorrow.

Sport has been steady at Chatton where young Toby from Kent had tuition from Bob Smith ( before going on to land his first-ever fish.

Michael Forrest from Amble had a 7lb rainbow from Chatton Lake and Gareth Tilley from Lanchester had four for 19lb, returning another 10, including fish between 4lb and 6lb fish and two browns of approximately 3lb each.

Nigel Turner from The Black Swan in Belford had a lovely 6lb rainbow from Ross Lake, but the fish of the week was caught by Matty Divine from Hadston who returned a 15lb 9oz.

The fishery, which is still being stocked regularly, closes at 4pm this week.

Lee Wilkinson took top place in the monthly competition at Knitsley Mill with two for 10lb 8oz. Scott Nellins was second with two for 8lb 8oz and Wayne Blemmings was third with one for 6lb 8oz.

The next monthly competition will be on Saturday, December 7, with a 9am start.

Jack Vout took heed of the prevailing conditions at Fontburn, favouring a long cast into deeper waters with a ledger rig to land five for 9lb in a three-hour session. Jimmy McMorn from Bedlington soldiered on in freezing conditions to land a 3lb beauty on a ledger set up with a longer cast searching out bottom-feeding fish.

S Henderson had the best fish of the week at Derwent Reservoir, a 4lb 8oz rainbow.


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