Huge catches claimed at Witton Castle Lakes

ANGLERS have enjoyed excellent sport at Witton Castle Lakes where 158 rods averaged 3.2 fish per customer.

ANGLERS have enjoyed excellent sport at Witton Castle Lakes where 158 rods averaged 3.2 fish per customer.

The West Lake and Big Lake have fished well with P Bilbrough and A Scott landing rainbows up to 8lb on Black Buzzer and Hare's Ear respectively.

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Gordon Turnbull of Kibblesworth returned a well-conditioned 14-pounder to Caistron lakes while local angler Willie Dixon safely returned eight including a 12-pounder and F Hamilton had eight.

Chris Watson and a party of friends from Rothbury enjoyed a good day's sport. Chris was the top rod, landing 12, while the party accounted for more than 50 fish. The hotspot for bait rods this week has been Murray's Point with Stuart Carlisle catching eight for 23lb.

It was another really good week's fishing at Jubilee Lakes where Alan Proud of Redcar had a 7lb rainbow. Rob Clarke from Newcastle brought a 6lb 8oz trout to the net; John Wildon from Middlesbrough landed one of 5lb 13oz; and Mrs Chris McKay from Swaledale had fish of 5lb 8oz and 4lb 7oz.

Stuart Sexton from Richmond was the clear winner in the Troutmasters competition with 11.

At Scaling Dam, Sarah Parkin from Whitby who landed nine and reeled in the biggest fish of the week at 6lb 9oz – a golden trout to net the £200 sweep prize.

Mark Hammond from Redcar had an active day at the east end of the dam wall, landing an eight-fish limit, including a 3lb rainbow. Mitchell Hillyard, 12, from Loftus, caught his very first fish on his first visit to Scaling. Six youngsters fished the Angling Development Board's Junior Development Pathway northern loch style coaching day at Lockwood Beck on Monday, catching 35 rainbows to 3lb 8oz. The 2012 TEFF Greys National Bank Championships, individual and team heat scheduled to be held at Lockwood on April 14 has been cancelled.

At Aldin Grange, Dean Appelby had 30 fish in a session while Kai Scott had 10 in four hours. Blythe Palmer won the Troutmasters competition with four for 10lb 8oz.

Naworth fished steadily all week with D Cruikshank landing the heaviest of the eight doubles for the week, at 14lb.

J Gibson landed three doubles – 10lb, 10lb and 12lb – to dry fly one evening early in the week; D McKnight landed nine to 11lb; C Clayton landed one of 10lb; Alan landed 10 to 10lb on fly, N Foster landed 12 to 10lb and M Carter landed a rainbow of 9lb.

The best catch of the week was made by M Proudfoot, with 18 fish to 4lb; J Gibson, on a second visit, landed 18 fish to 4lb; and J McNeill landed 11.

At Grassholme, S Wheatley had a well-conditioned 5lb 8oz fish in a limit catch which also included trout of 3lb 8oz and 3lb 4oz. Kevin and Sheila Duffin from Darlington took a 12-fish couples limit to 4lb while W Peebles had a limit catch at 19lb 8oz.

Thomas Jameson persuaded girlfriend Emily Atkinson to go fishing for the first time and she caught a tagged fish on her very first cast to claim the £200 sweep.

A total of 21 limit catches signalled another brilliant week at Hury where fishery regulars Mr and Mrs Ramshaw recorded a limit catch for 19lb.


Caistron: Small black lures, Damsel Nymphs, Buzzers.

Cow Green: William's Favourite, Bibio, Black Spider, Small Buzzers.

Derwent: Dawson's Olive Hot Tail, Dawson's Olive, Black Fritz, Cat's Whisker, Orange Fritz.

Grassholme: Devastator, Dawson's Olive, Cat's Whisker, Kate McLaren.

Hury: Shuttlecock Buzzer, Dry Black and Peacock Spider, Kate McLaren, Devastator.

Scaling: Dawson's Olive, Black and Orange Fritz, Kate McLaren.

Witton Castle: Black Buzzers, CdC patterns, Hare's Ear, Shuttlecocks.


Cow Green: Ledgered brandling.

Derwent: Orange PowerBait Eggs tipped with worm, Magic Dust in a swim feeder.

Grassholme: Ledgered PowerBait and Gulp Eggs Magic Dust in a feeder.

Scaling: Worm, White Gulp Eggs, Orange PowerBait, Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs.


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