WHAT is a real rarity nowadays – a monster pike – has been caught on the River Tyne.
The fish was caught on a flying c off the NERAC water at Widehaugh, near Hexham, by salmon angler Ross Middleton of Sunderland, and it weighed 25lb.
Prior to Kielder, pike were established over much of the Tyne, and indeed still are found in very small numbers on the South Tyne and Rede.
But NERAC officials confirmed that the fish is the very first pike caught from Widehaugh in more than 40 years, and an older member stated no one has caught a pike there since 1960.
Ross – who also caught a salmon of 13lb the same day – and NERAC are to be congratulated for returning the magnificent pike alive to the water.
Angling has enjoyed some excellent sport recently with Leazes Park and Killingworth Lake yielding some fine carp. Andy Mac accounted for a superb 6lb 3oz tench from a club water and at Middleton Water Parks, run by Ferryhill AC, some great catches have been made during the evening.
It has been a grand week on the Angel complex with great catches at dusk and dawn and mixed fishing through the day.
Peter Watkins from Crookhall, Conset, took a personal best mirror carp when he landed a 15lb 12oz specimen and a terrific 11lb 6oz bream was taken by Norman Wilson fishing Bowes.
Lookout produced 17 crucians for Edward Cummings, the best 2lb 9oz, and he also had seven tench plus mixed silvers and carp in his session.
On Aldin Grange plenty of carp, big skimmers and tench are being caught with worm, caster and maggot all producing bites. Sport has improved dramatically on the scenic section of Derwent Reservoir by the Nature Reserve as many anglers have moved their focus into this.
Maggot fished on the waggler has netted dozens of fish from this area over the past week with fish moving out into this shallow bank.
Whittle Dene has enjoyed a healthy attendance throughout the week with some superb sport with gudgeon, bream and perch.
Anglers fishing the Northern enjoyed the most consistent catches with those favouring pole and waggler with maggot as an attractant seeing the best results.
Mr. R Thompson netted the best return, a cracking 25lb mixed catch of roach and skimmers, closely followed by Brian Allum who reported an impressive 21lb 8oz mixed return.
WACAC’s Summer Series Match on Cedar Lake saw Bill Prideaux top the field with 37lb 7oz followed by Chris Weddle on 37lb 3oz and Bill Weddle 31lb 14oz with no blanks recorded.
Sundays Open on Aldin Grange went to 16-year-old Martin Cryer who took the match with 44lb. Second place went to Dave Barret with 36lb 8oz and third spot was claimed by Mark Henderson, who had 26lb 8oz.
Sunday’s Open on Lookout saw Paul Jackson top the field with 62lb 4oz ahead of Graham Skirry on 37lb 6oz and Dave Pearson who had 36lb 12oz.
Peter Wilson was top rod at the Bowes match taking 72lb 10oz using paste with Lee Slater runner up with 40lb 11oz and Chris Pine third on 40lb exactly. With the River season opening on June 16, the Angling Trust are trying to improve interest in fishing running waters by introducing a new set of matches fished on rivers only.
And in this region the Tees has already been selected as one venue, with the Swale and Ure also being suggested.
Tomorrow: Open on The Angel plus a friendly match in the form of Sunderland FAC v Hetton
Sunday: Wansbeck and Cramlington AC Juniors & Ladies event on Brenkley Pond; Big Waters AC visit Carrs Lake No 1 plus ppens on Woodlands, The Angel, The Oaks and Carp Vale
Tuesday: King of Whins match on Whins Pond; opens on both Woodlands and The Angel
Thursday: Open on The Oaks at Sessay and Sunderland FAC hold an evening match on Silksworth Lake