Game angling: Lockwood Beck a brilliant place for rainbows

Sport is on the up at Lockwood Beck, where 139 anglers landed 574 rainbows for a rod average of 4.2

Fishing on Lockwood Beck
Fishing on Lockwood Beck

Sport has improved at Lockwood Beck, where 139 anglers landed 574 rainbows to 9lb 4oz for a rod average of 4.2 - with 175 kept at an average weight of 2lb 8oz.

A Ostle of Seaton Delaval caught and released a 17lb 8oz rainbow at South Linden and G Lumsden of Amble had two sessions, landing nine and 10 - the best at 8lb.

Anglers have again been kept on their toes at Caistron Lakes with the need to change tactics to suit the conditions. A few nice browns have been landed from the fishery’s stretch of the River Coquet.

Trevor Wadds from Craster was top rod in Chatton’s Troutmasters fish-off on Sunday with 11 fish. Mitchell Fawcus from Blyth was second, his best fish was a 12lb rainbow, and Robbie Bell from Berwick, who returned a 10lb rainbow, was third.

The Ladies Fishing group <a href = '('>(</a> meet on Saturday at 9.30am. The day will include coaching to develop angling skills, coaching on spey casting, fishing and fly tying.

Steven Franklin from Consett had a great day at Derwent Reservoir, recording eight for 18lb 8oz, including a 6lb 4oz rainbow. Tommy Lee from Gilesgate landed a five-pounder.

Blythe Palmer from South Shields won Saturday’s Troutmasters fish-off at Jubilee Lakes with 12 fish. Keith Armstrong from Bishop Auckland and David Bramfitt from Esh Winning were joint second with eight apiece, although Keith’s were larger, including the heaviest fish of the day at 4lb 15oz.

At Witton Castle Lakes, L Hardy recorded a 15-fish limit, whereas B Wood and B Grabham each caught 12 and A Spencer, N Hart and C Smith each bagged eight. The best fish of the week were an 8lb overwintered brown and a superb 7lb rainbow trout caught by D Coxon.

Naworth was lightly fished this past week but those anglers who did venture out enjoyed great sport with a rod average of 11. R Bell had the fish of the week at 19lb, M Proudfoot had 58 to 6lb on fly and P Mcneill brought 18 to the net on fly.

The best catch of the week at Sharpley Springs was recorded by Dave Cardwell from Darlington, who brought a 13lb 7oz rainbow to the net in a bag of four, whereas Howard Robison from Ryton had 10, including a 12 pounder.

Tom Jones from Washington returned one of 13lb 8oz and John Whitelock from Sunderland put back an 11-pounder.

Dicky Bean was top rod in the monthly competition at Knitsley Mill with two for just over 5lb.

David Nielson was second with a two-fish bag of just under 5lb, closely followed by Wayne Blemmings in third.


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