NORTH-EAST angler Simon Harbottle, the man who recently set a new Scottish record, has been enjoying more bream success as part of as group of anglers enjoying a superb group catch of well over 1,000lb on Lochmaben’s Castle Loch.
Simon set a new high when he landed a superb 14lb specimen, a fish that dwarfed previous record holder Martin Mitchell’s 11lb 7.5oz record, which, in turn, was only set in November last year.
And the Castle Loch Bream are really growing as Simon’s group catch of 130 bream averaging 9lb apiece proves. Only a few years ago the big two-ton bream bags taken by CADCAC anglers saw the individual weight then average out at between 5lb to 6lb, and my best bream from the water was 8lb back in 1998.
In total the three-man group estimate that they caught in excess of 1,300lb of bream in just over 24 hours and that included a magnificent specimen of 13lb 14oz – one of the best ever catches ever reported in this column.
Rivers have been troubled with leaves but big fish are starting to appear on the Wear where Scott Jose fished double caster on the tip to take a specimen of 2lb 3oz.
Whittle Dene continues to perform well with many anglers catching good mixed nets, as illustrated by Steve Robson and his dad who spent a great day together catching 70 roach, five gudgeon and two perch, with one of the roach weighing in at an impressive 1lb.
The roach at Hury are in prime condition and can be expected to give some excellent sport in the coming months as Hury will remain available for fishing throughout the winter.
Maggot and a whip are all you need for a satisfying day out, or alternatively use a feeder with liquidised corn and maggot on windy days.
A truly unbelievable result took place on Sunday’s Middle Swale Championships, fished on the River Swale, when Ray King of RSPS, heaved out a stupendous catch of 135lb of chub, using waggler and bronze maggot, to leave the rest of the field standing.
Pete Wilson used chopped worm to good advantage when he won the CADCAC Winter League Match on Crofton, netting four bream, three roach and three perch for a winning weight of 11lb 10oz..
At Woodlands, Andy Dargue was top rod during the North-East Winter League Match with 93lb 15oz of, carp, pole and meat, with his Shimano Quaker team best side of the day.
OVER the past few years The Ferryham Association has seen a decline in the number of member clubs and this has in turn led to increased fees for the remaining clubs in order to secure the fishing rights.
Unfortunately the spiraling cost has hit Aycliffe AC and, after considering the views of their members, Aycliffe AC has now been forced to withdraw from the association.
Therefore, their members should note they are no longer entitled to fish Ferryham Association water.
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SATURDAY: There is an Open on The Angel, while Middlesbrough AC fish a club match on Woodlands, and The Broom Fishery stages a Guy Fawkes charity open followed by fireworks and refreshments. Call John Wright on 01461 700209.
SUNDAY: The Steve Roberts Memorial match is on the Tyne with money going to the Stroke Association, while Aycliffe AC host a Winter Series match on Aycliffe Pond and Leazes Park AA fish their Winter League Series. There is a match on Silksworth Lake in Sunderland and Yarm AA hold their Bill Simpson Trophy match on the Tees, while CADCAC fish a Winter League match on Lonsdale. Sunday also sees stillwater Opens scheduled on The Angel, The Oaks, Woodlands, Carp Vale and Raker Lakes
TUESDAY: The Darlington branch of the Pike Anglers Club hold a get together in the Coxhoe CIU club, and on WEDNESDAY there are midweek Open matches at Woodlands and on The Angel, and WACAC host a club meeting in Cramlington CIU club.
THURSDAY: Four in One AC hold a club meeting in The Bay Horse in Front Street, Whickham, from 7.45pm, while another Open goes ahead on the Oaks at Sessay.