Night fishing first-timer lands on his feet at Bishop Auckland

Gregg Lambert from Catterick tried his hand at night fishing for the first time on the Bishop Auckland AC water and had a superb 9lb 8oz lb fresh run sea trout on a black and silver tube

Keith Dobie Late night fishing on the Tyne
Late night fishing on the Tyne

Gregg Lambert from Catterick tried his hand at night fishing for the first time on the Bishop Auckland AC water and had a superb 9lb 8oz lb fresh run sea trout on a black and silver tube.

Another night angler caught sea trout of 12lb 2oz and 6lb on a Dark Mackerel at on Bishop Auckland AC water at Hollywell.

Saturday produced two doubles at Chatton, with Ken Nott from North Shields returning a 14lb rainbow to Dunnydeer Lake and Barry (Basil) Smith from Gosforth landing one of 12lb from Chatton Lake.

The water temperature in the lakes is starting to drop therefore sport should start improving.

On Saturday, 13 anglers took part in the Greys international bank qualifier, with Mark Howard from Berwick taking top spot in the singles. Ben Race from Middlesbrough was second and Billy Thompson, third.

The team going through to the final comprised Mitch Fawcus, Brad Mackie and Ben Race.

The next monthly competition will be on September 7 with a 9am start.

South Linden has fished best in early morning or during the evening session, although fish are still being caught in the hottest and brightest parts of the day.

Fishery regulars G Lumsden of Amble and G Maddison of Bedlington caught and released 10 and eight to 10lb, and 10 and nine, respectively, whereas A Thompson of Seaton Sluice caught seven, keeping two.

Catch and release anglers have been asked to keep the first fish to help turn over the fly lake stock.

The fishery is offering free fishing on the bait lake, with anglers paying for the fish they catch

The returns for the July at Hallington show that 637 anglers caught 1975 trout, an average of 3.1 per angler.

The average weight was 2lb 2oz. The largest trout from West Hallington weighed 6lb 1oz. The largest from East Hallington was 7lb. The largest brown reported was 6lb from East Hallington.

Fish continue to be close to the lake edges and bank fishermen have caught better than the boats.

There are large numbers of fish at the inlet points. Floating lines and small flies are best, Silver Invicta, Kate Maclaren and Viva continue to take trout.

West House Season ticket angler Shaun Burnside has caught up to 12 fish in a session and William Jones of Hartlepool caught eight to on a variety of dry flies.

Water levels remained relatively low at Fontburn and bait anglers found most success fishing the margins. Fly anglers favouring intermediate lines with sink tips and lure patterns also saw some action.

Calmer conditions during evenings saw some hatches and fish rising and those anglers who were quick to alter their tactics accordingly had the best sport.

Families enjoyed some great days with seven-year-old Dominic Baker from Bedlington, fishing with his uncle Simon, helping record a 21lb eight-fish catch limit.

Eight-year-old Dylan Hamilton, accompanied by dad Craig, was quite rightly proud of his standout 2lb rainbow trout, while eight-year-old Daniel Martin, also from Bedlington, outperformed his dad Robert and younger sister Sophie on his way to recording three for 6lb.

Bait angler W Murray landed the heaviest fish of the week at Kielder Water – a 4lb 4oz rainbow – and George Strachan had the week’s best bag with eight rainbows, safely returning two brown trout.


Chatton: Daddies, Muddlers, Buzzers, Orange Fritz, Hoppers, Yellow Dancers, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear.

Derwent: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Bibio, Black Hopper, Daddy, Zulu.

Fontburn: Humungous, Peter Ross and Viva Cat.

Hallington: Silver Invicta, Kate Maclaren, Viva.

Kielder: Clan Chief, Bibio.

Knitsley: Various dry flies, Tinnies, Egg Fly.

South Linden: Hare’s Ear, Diawl Bach, Cat’s Whisker, Black Cormorant, various black patterns.

West House: Diawl Bach, Buzzers, Damsels, Black Nymphs, various dry flies, various Shipman’s.


Derwent: Pink PowerBait Eggs and worm combination.

Fontburn: Yellow Gulp Eggs with Magic Dust.

Kielder: Worm, Orange PowerBait.


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