Lake freeze can’t stop silver and carp haul

ON The Angel complex some decent carp and silvers including chub, ide and orfe have been caught, even though it has been a week of lakes freezing and then defrosting.

ON The Angel complex some decent carp and silvers including chub, ide and orfe have been caught, even though it has been a week of lakes freezing and then defrosting.

In the west the coarse fishing on Esthwaite, where general coarse fishing continues until the end of February, is still good. Martin Winward reported double-figure bags on every visit and 18lb 8oz of roach and perch on his last visit before the temperature dropped.

Encouraging catches in places are coming from The Wear and Tees and those who have been fishing the enigmatic TAA’s stretch of the tidal Tyne at Newburn are facing a gamble, as some very interesting catches of dace, small roach and immature sea soecies have been recorded one day with the same swims biteless the next.

Sunday’s Open on a frozen Lookout lake saw Malcolm Fox win with 21lb 2oz ahead of Alan McGuire and Graham Skirrey, while Wednesday’s match on Bowes saw Alan McGuire go one better than Sunday and win ahead of Dave Jackson and Neil Brown.

Sunday’s match on Whittle Dene saw plenty of smaller roach caught, despite the cold temperatures. Organiser Steve Wood was top rod with 9lb 2oz ahead of Malcolm Wilkinson with 7lb 11oz, while Paul Hoult made third with7lb 4oz and Eric Brown fourth on 6lb 11oz.

Yarm‘s match on the River Tees was won by Phil Noble with 17lb 13oz of bream, perch and skimmers, while Geoff Douglas was second with 11lb 10oz and Rob Stubbs third on just one ounce less.

Middlesbrough AC’s match on the Swale, Holme featured an in form Ian Kirton who netted five chub for 11lb 3oz, with Dave Robson runner up on 10lb 6oz and Chris Brown third with 9lb 8oz.

CADCAC’s twice postponed Christmas Tankard match at Crofton Lake finally took place on Sunday, and Pete Brown took quantities of small fish close to win with 6lb. Kevin Johnstone took second place with 2lb 15oz to pip Martin Chandler’s 2lb 14oz by a single ounce.

The pike fishing on Esthwaite has been top class recently with a number of leviathans reported, topped by Cumbrian angler Nick Stopford’s catch of a beast of a fish that weighed no less than 30lb 4oz..

Other catches of note were made by Dave Roscoe who took a string of fish with boat partner, young James Macdonald aged 11. The duo also deadbaited from the boats and landed four doubles to 17lb and heavyweights of a 21lb, a 22lb and a 23lb 8oz specimen as well. John Lodge fished the ticket office banking on day ticket and took a personal best ever pike, a 28lb cracker, which fell to a mackerel tail, while Graham Mclean also took a 21lb specimen using the same bait. Pike fishing continues on Esthwaite until the 31st March and general coarse fishing continues until the end of February. Please contact the ticket office on 015394 36541 to book and reserve a boat It’s always good to report a new angling outlet and from March anglers will have another option to consider. Urlsemere Coarse Lake, located off the A67 Urlay Nook Road between Darlington and Eaglescliffe, underwent a total renovation in 2011.

It is approximately one acre in size and contains an existing stock of tench, roach, bream, chub, crucian carp and eels, while further stocking has been carried out with an addition of quality carp. Bookings works on a system that ensures the site is secure. Anyone booked on the lake will receive a text and/or email prior to the booked date with a valid access code to allow access through the automated entrance gate into the fishery.

To make a booking simply complete the online booking form and mailto

Bookings can be made now from 07854 819714 and prices are £7 per day or £5 for juniors and OAPs.


Sunday: Yarm AA hold their Adams Cup match on the Tees and Ripon Piscatorials host an open on the Ure. WACAC contest a Winter League match on Horton Grange and CADCAC fish a Winter League match on Fingal’s Pond at Borwick. Broom Fisheries hold a match in their Winter League Series – call Ewan Weed on 07766 310167 to book. Big Waters AC fish a Winter League match on Rennie’s Lake and there is an open on The Angel. Langley Park AC hold their annual meeting in Langley Park Workingmen’s Club (in the back room) with a 10am start.

Monday: Thornaby Angling Association are holding an open meeting in the Croft Club, Hurworth at 8pm. All members are welcome.

Tuesday: WACAC hold a monthly meeting in Dudley Club and Aycliffe AC have a committee meeting at Neville Parade Methodist Church from 7:30pm (members welcome to attend).

Wednesday: A midweek open is scheduled for The Angel – drawing at 9am, fishing 10.30am-3.30pm – while Lakeside Angling club have a business meeting at the Robn Hood Inn, Jarrow. There is also an open on Woodlands.

Thursday: The Oaks at Sessay hosts an open, while Four in One AC meet at The Rugby Club, Whickham. Ferryhill and District alsohave a meeting – in the Catholic Club, Dean Road, Ferryhill.


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