A licence to thrill as nights shorten

ANGLERS planning to go fishing over the Easter weekend should remember to set their clocks forward one hour on Sunday and also be aware they need a new 2013 Environment Agency licence if they plan to fish on Monday – the 2012 licence expires at midnight on Sunday.

ANGLERS planning to go fishing over the Easter weekend should remember to set their clocks forward one hour on Sunday and also be aware they need a new 2013 Environment Agency licence if they plan to fish on Monday – the 2012 licence expires at midnight on Sunday.

Despite the severe cold, there were good numbers of double fish landed and good bags recorded at Sharpley Springs, where the ‘balmy’ weather on Thursday resulted in increased buzzer activity.

Bags of 14 to 18 fish were recorded, Graham Peart from Peterlee and Edd Dunbar from Washington each landing 18.

Double-figure fish were brought to the net by Keith Bowes from Ellington, who took a 14lb rainbow on a Yellow Dancer, while Colin Berwick from South Shields and Anthony Meadows each had 12-pounders.

Glenn Appleby was top rod in Greys’ competition with 11 on Buzzers and indicator.Anthony Meadows was second and Dean Appleby third.

Anthony Greaves, a member of the newly formed Mill and Groom Fly Fishers, set the Knitsley Mill record with a 21lb rainbow, which was safely returned.

The lakes stayed ice-free and good numbers of anglers brought fish to the net.

On Sunday, 14 members of the Mill and Groom Fly Fishers landed 32 fish, with 12 weighing between 3lb and 8lb.

Middlesbrough anglers Richard Cook and Lee Cartmel landed rainbows of 10lb and 18lb respectively.

The next monthly competition will be on April 6 with an 8.30am start.

Anglers who braved the conditions at Chatton were rewarded with good sport on a variety of flies and lures, Montanas, Cats Whiskers, Bloodworms and Pheasant Tails.

South Linden was also hit by the weather, but this week’s Big Fish Weekend is scheduled to go ahead.

The fishery is stocking the fly lake with a good selection of trout, some exceeding 20lb, and many other quality double-figure fish are being introduced. No booking is required.

Four-year-old Christopher White from Gateshead, fishing with his dad Carl, landed the best fish of the week at Fontburn – a fine 5lb 8oz rainbow.

Dave Madderson had seven rainbows, including one of 4lb 8oz, for 12lb, and Barry Wilson recorded the first limit catch of the year with eight rainbows for 13lb.

The best catches of the week at Kielder Water were taken from sheltered areas on the north shore and from Tower Knowe.

Ian Donaldson caught the best fish of the week at 3lb 4oz, while Derek Maughan had the heaviest bag with four rainbows for 9lb 2oz.

At Derwent Reservoir, Lanchester angler Robbie Dodds, fishing on the south shore near the first fence, landed the heaviest fish of the week at 6lb 8oz.

This week’s best eight-fish limit at 20lb was taken on the fly from the Bay of Plenty by L Wilkinson.

Anglers braved a freezing cold gale for the Troutmasters fish-off at West House. In a closely fought contest, Dan Holmes won after landing 12 fish.

FLY BOX

Chatton: Montanas, Cat’s Whiskers, Bloodworms, Pheasant Tail Nymphs.

Derwent: Dawson’s Olive, various Boobies.

Fontburn:Gold head Hares’ Ears, Buzzers, lures.

Kielder: Dawson’s Olive, Orange Fritz, Cat’s Whisker.

Knitsley Mill: Green Buzzer, Bloodworm, Bunny Leech, Black Fritz.

Sharpley: Black Buzzer, Black Nomad/Zonker,Pinky, Red Devil, Okey Dokey, Cat’s Whisker.

BAIT BOX

Derwent: Yellow and Orange PowerBait Eggs, Red Gulp Eggs.

Fontburn: Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs, Magic Dust in a swimfeeder, White Gulp Eggs.

Kielder: Worm and Orange PowerBait Eggs.

 

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