Jubilee joy greets the new season

Jubilee Trout Lakes opened up its new season with the welcome sound of screaming reels as its huge specimen trout were leading anglers a merry dance before three massive rainbows were landed.

Jubilee Trout Lakes opened up its new season with the welcome sound of screaming reels as its huge specimen trout were leading anglers a merry dance before three massive rainbows were landed.

Jason Roe from Shildon struggled with his catch before eventually landing a magnificent 19lb 6oz rainbow on a Black Zonker.

Then came the female touch from Darlington angler Karen Cardwell, who lured another beautiful specimen of 19lb 4oz with an Olive Zonker.

Lee Haslam from Stokesley also used a Zonker to tempt yet another superb Jubilee fish of 18lb 4oz. A further six hard-fighting double-figure catches, ranging from 14lb 9oz to 10lb 4oz, were landed in what was often very windy and blustery conditions.

These conditions almost went unnoticed by anglers who were having a great time playing fish and averaging an excellent five fish per visit.

Local rivers opened for salmon fishing today and with water levels falling catches were expected on the Tyne from Hexham down to Wylam. The Bywell Syndicate beats will have a great chance of giving up the first fish of the season after the high water levels of late.

The Tidal beat on the River Coquet was also a likely area for an early spring fish and the Tweed is likely to have early springers after the high water levels of late.

The River Till may also have had some early sea-trout after the plentiful rainfall in January.

Anglers fishing the Tweed system should note that fishing from today to February 15 is by artificial fly only.

Watch this column next week for latest news on fish catches.

Esthwaite Water in Lakeland has produced some unbelievable pike sport from boat and bank.

Paul Downey landed snappers of 17lb, 20lb 12oz and 20lb 8oz, while Chris Harris caught a 22lb beauty using static mackerel.

John Phipps took a 21lb fish from the car park bank on a sardine, while Alex Barton caught his 11th pike of the season weighing over 20lb, with a fish of 24lb 1oz fish on a larger spoon. Barton has landed three 20lb pike in his last three sessions at Esthwaite.

A reminder to all northern game anglers that the North of England Fly Fishing Show takes place at the Nissan Sports and Social Club, Washington Road, near Sunderland, on Sunday.

Salmon, trout and sea-trout anglers will have the chance to view, try and buy a massive selection of fishing equipment and clothing in anticipation of the new season.

The show has its own website www.northofenglandflyfishing show.co.uk

As promised last week, the Ryton and District Angling Club contact details are: Colin Wilkinson, telephone 077208 87969.

Interested anglers waiting to join the club need to make contact. Ryton AC has recently completed some superb work at Stargate Ponds near Ryton.

This was due to the excellent grant they received from SITA. The money has allowed the club to improve banking, access and facilities for disabled anglers.

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