THE mild spell continues to attract anglers to Whittle Dene where roach and gudgeon are still providing good sport to maggot, as Ian Hunter proved when he caught over 8lb of fish this week.
Elsewhere, the high water levels have made the Tees difficult to fish, although some fine roach catches have been reported near Stockton, while the Wear and Tyne have seen little angling activity to speak of.
Eden grayling have been providing sport with fish pushing 2lb recorded from the Carlisle parks and on the Swale chub have been responding well to liquidised bread.
Sunday’s League match on Lookout went to Dave Jackson with 35lb 14oz, while Alan McGuire on 27lb 1oz was runner up and Jonny Maver jnr made third with 26lb 8oz .
Anglers competing in Wednesday’s Open on Bowes had to fish from peg 19 towards 14 as the lake was frozen and this was only area which started de-frosting.
However, Graham Skirrey won with an all carp catch ahead of Jonny Trainer who had perch, ide, and chub all taken on maggot. Big Waters match on Bowes was won by Les Richardson from peg 23 with Trev Walker runner up from the next peg.
Yarm AA’s match on the Tees saw Tony Leeming land two bream with skimmers for 10lb 10oz ahead of Andy Dargue who had 8lb 6oz and Derek Reeney with 8lb 4oz.
The LTAA march on the Tees at Bowesfield was tough going and Dave Watts needed only 4lb 9oz of skimmers and roach to win, ahead of Mark Burnip on 3lb 3oz and Dave Walker with 2lb 13oz.
Elsewhere on the region’s rivers, the Ripon Piscatorials Open on the Ure went to Fred Hardcastle who netted ten chub on bomb using cheese to weigh 34lb.
Pike anglers should note that a 2012 Angling Trust British Pike Championship qualifying match will take place on Longtown’s West Pond on Sunday, February 26.
The match is £22, with fishing from 10am to 3pm. Phone 01228 674519 for to book.
With more than 100 pegs on a wide choice of coarse waters, including the purpose built canal, the Broom Fisheries near Annan has become one of the most popular coarse fishing locations in Britain. An opportunity to catch barbel, roach, tench, perch, bream, a wide variety of carp, ide, gudgeon and chub arises, and a wide range of baits and tackle are on sale from the well-stocked tackle shop and café. The fishery is open from 8am until dusk every day (closed this Tuesday) and the price of an adult day ticket is £7.
Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing is a book which inspired many anglers who started fishing in the 1950s and 60s, and the classic comic strip publication is going to be revived, through a film for television.
The producers are looking for young anglers aged between eight and 14 to play Peter.
In the first series, there will in fact be four ‘Peters’ and more details on applying for these parts will emerge in the next week or two.
Sunday: WACAC contest their Winter League match on Horton Grange and Yarm AC fish their Mike Grainge Memorial Trophy on the Tees. There are opens on The Angel, Carp Vale and Woodlands, while another knock-up goes ahead on Whittle Dene, which is open to all from 9pm.
Tuesday: WACAC have a club meeting from 7.30pm at Dudley and Weetslade Social Club, Clayton Street, Dudley.
Wednesday: A midweek open is scheduled on The Angel – drawing at 9am, fishing 10.30am-3.30pm – and there is also an open on Woodlands.
Thursday: The Oaks at Sessay hosts an open.