Now in its 10th year, the EA/TAA Tyne Championship produced another great result despite anglers having to cope with high winds and two-and-a-half feet of coloured water.
The winner, claiming £675, was Mary’s Tackle rod Matty Prudhoe of Washington with 46lb12oz made up of dace and ten chub taken from the Riding Mill section on the stick float and whip.
Runner-up, at the next peg, was Yarm angler Paul Stainsby with 38lb 12oz of mainly dace. Third place went to local angler John Parkinson with 26lb 4oz of dace from Wylam. Steve Wood, of Burradon, was fourth with 19lb 4oz from Riding Mill and the match, expertly run by TAA Tyne rep Steve Hoggins, raised ï¿½200 for the Tyne Rivers Trust and £300 for the Tyne Anglers Alliance.
National Angling Month, which is timed to coincide with the school holidays has been particularly successful on The Angel complex this week. The youngest angler involved in coaching was Tommy McManus, aged six from Durham. He caught 41 fish in a morning on Bassetts and his best was a 3lb 8oz mirror carp. His brother Ben caught 27, his best a 4lb common carp.
Big Waters AC’s annual junior match was won by a girl for the first time. Hannah Ord, 10, fished well to win the trophy which was fished on Dissington pond near Ponteland weighing in with 5lb 2oz. James Wilson was a close second with 4lb 12oz, while Liam Dalglish was third with 3 lb 8 oz.
It has been a great week of catches on Bowes and Lookout Lakes, with pleasure anglers achieving high catch rates. Whittle Dene continues to fish brilliantly, in particular on the Northern and Lower with roach to over the 1lb mark taken on hemp. Dave Coster reported superb sport on the Lower, where other anglers reported similarly superb returns of skimmers.
Weights are still well up on Aldin Grange, as pleasure anglers record some fantastic sport. Regular rod Edwin Atkinson from Sunderland fished meat and landed carp up to 8lb plus, tench and skimmers with an estimated total weight of between 80 and 90lb.
It’s been a busy match week on The Angel complex, where Chris Owers won Monday’s match with 99lb 7oz. On Wednesday it was Ricky Bennett who returned 52lb 10oz. Saturday’s match was claimed by Richard Wildman who had 78lb 4oz, and Sunday’s Open was won by John Foster with 85lb 2oz.
It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of John Hepworth of Durham City AC. John was the first Secretary for the North East branch of the Angling Trust. His work with Durham City was legendary and it is no exaggeration to say that all anglers in this region owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for his many hours spent improving local waters. He will be remembered with fondness and respect.