Heat gives rise to the fish, but also algae

THE long overdue increase in temperatures has given coarse fishing a predictable uplift with catches improving all round.

A person fishing
A person fishing

THE long overdue increase in temperatures has given coarse fishing a predictable uplift with catches improving all round.

However, the warmth has bought some bad news as North Tyneside Council has decreed that all water sports including angling, are to be suspended on Killingworth Lake, due to the emergence of blue green algae, which is only harmful when ingested.

Mind the extra nutrients dumped by the huge amount of swans won’t help. On the Western Reservoir at Whittle Dene, the drier conditions have seen syndicate members catching three to five carp per visit with the average size being 9 lb 4 oz, but over a third of captures recorded double figure fish in the 10-16 lb size bracket. Keith Graham from Wallsend had a cracking result landing fish of 8 lb, 10 lb, three of12 lb, 14lb and 16 lb, probably the best carp catch north of the Tyne. To request an information pack to join the syndicate prospective members should contact kingfisherlakes@hotmail.co.uk

Elsewhere on Whittle Dene skimmers to 2 lb have provided much of the sport this week on the Lower match lake, whilst gudgeon and roach have been pleasing pole anglers. Derwent remains in excellent form with some fine nets of quality roach recorded this week, the bulk of the catches taken within 15metres of the bank on feeder and waggler tactics. The top catches this week were taken by Wayne Grabham and Steve Eddy who both weighed in with18 lb. Davy Watson also recorded a catch over 15 lb that included roach weighing up to 1 lb 4 oz.

On Sunday after all the rain, some cracking individual fish were caught on The Angel. Ide, orfe, roach, tench, all to great sizes, bream to 9 lb 8 oz, crucians to 2 lb 14 oz, and carp to 15 lb 6 oz, were recorded, where fishing early and late is the most rewarding.

On Aldin Grange John Mayall was rewarded with no less than 22 carp ranging from 3 lb to 10 lb also netting skimmers , tench and ide all of which were taken on maggot, whilst in the west Longtown West Pond produced a 19 lb 8 oz pike for Jake Barnes who used a legered smelt deadbait

Paul Hoult won Sunday’s Spring Series on Whittle Dene with 6 lb 6 oz of skimmers taken on the feeder, with Steve Wood in second with 5 lb 2 oz and Malcolm Wilkinson third on 4 lb 4 oz.

Carlisle tackle dealer Peter Wilson won the first CADCAC Summer League match fished at Crofton Lake. Pete netted 26 lb 4 oz of skimmers and bream, ahead of Warren Richardson who had a similar catch for 23 lb 10 oz whilst third spot went to Sean Corless with 6 lb of skimmers.

Sunday’s open/ league on Lookout was won by Stuart Waterhouse on 32 lb, ahead of Eddie Collins who returned 25 lb 11 oz and Rob Schindler with 25 lb 1 oz .Saturday’s open on Bowes saw a tight finish with only a single ounce between 1st and 2cd with Dave Pearson snatching it with 41 lb 6 oz from Jonny Trainor 41 lb 5 oz.Jonny Maven was third with 28 lb 3 oz but topped the field on Wednesday’s open on Bowes with 53 lb 12 oz

Big Waters AC held their first Senior citizens/disabled league match at Dissington Pond where Jean Appleby won, ahead of Les Goreham and Phil Watts. Sundays open on Aldin Grange was won by Neil Nicholson with 38 lb 8oz of carp and ide, with Dave Barret second with 30 lb 12 oz

Aldin Grange, who are holding a jubilee match on June the 5th that will be Open to all, are seeking two junior teams of four to take part in their Air Ambulance match, any persons interested should contact Mick on 07901538587.

Leazes Park AA is a day ticket water known to all, and Day tickets are available from all local tackle shops and even from the kiosk on site but these must be bought before fishing. Alternatively a full 52-week membership is only a modest £ 35 per year.For more information on Leazes Park AA go to http://www.leazesangling.com/ or email lpaa@hotmail.co.uk or simply write to them at Leazes Park Angling Association P.O. Box 272 Newcastle Upon Tyne NE6 4WX.


Tomorrow: There is a match on The Angel whilst Wansbeck and Cramlington AC fish an Overnight Carp match on The QE2 at Ashington.

Sunday: The final match in the 2012 Spring series of Opens takes place on Whittle Dene where Hardy/Grey’s are providing £ 500 of tackle prizes. Ring Steve for details on . 0191 2681613 or mobile 07984 808434. Wilton AC have a club match on woodlands.Stanley & District Angling Club hold a match on The Oaks. Ferryhill and District A.C. hold a match on The Tilery.. Wansbeck and Cramlington AC fish a match in their summer series.The Angel holds another match in their Spring series on Lookout Lake on Sundays draw at 9 am fishing 10.30 am till 3.30pm and Aycliffe A.C. hold a club match on Stone Bridge and CADCAC stage a club match on The Broom. Fishery

Tuesday: SENPAC hold their monthly meeting in the Northumbrian Piper public house at Fawdon Big Waters A.C. fish an Evening Series match on at Dissington Draw 6pm at venue.

Wednesday: A midweek pen will take place on The Angel – drawing at 9am, fishing 10.30am-3.30pm – and there is also an Open on Woodlands, while Big Waters hold a club meeting at Newcastle CIU Companions Club and Four in One AC contest a Midweek League match on Thornborough.

Thursday: Sunderland FAC hold an Evening Series match on Silksworth and there is also an open on The Oaks.

Friday: Aycliffe AC hold a club match on their club water.


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