North East fisheries are still providing top sport

The superb form of local stillwater fisheries continues as anglers are making outstanding catches

Anglers at Higham Lakes Trout Fishery
Anglers at Higham Lakes Trout Fishery

The superb form of local stillwater fisheries continues.

On The Angel complex it’s been a repeat of last week, with more outstanding catches for pleasure anglers and match anglers.

Brian Hall from Chapel Park caught 48 carp averaging 4 to 5lb, and Conner Travis caught a 27lb 10oz common on Bowes using double 10mm pellet on hook with hemp, maggot and pellet in pva bag. He also caught 16 others from 8lb, as well as bream to 9lb 11oz.

Bassetts has had some great catch rates with national fishing month coaching, and youth clubs getting members coaching, as well as pleasure anglers – all in all great fishing and lots of new anglers coming into coarse fishing.

The outstanding sport continues at the Whittle Dene complex with hot weather doing little to deter fish from feeding vigorously.

Mr C Goodall recorded the heaviest catch this week, fishing the Lower with maggot and worm feeder tactics accounting for a 28lb mixed catch of perch, roach and skimmers.

Mr R Thompson caught 30 skimmers totalling 20lb while Mr E Eames, fishing the Southern, landed 15 perch and 17 roach using red maggot feeder.

Mr R Gullon made two visits, firstly recording a catch of eight carp, 20 skimmers as well as the odd roach and perch.

His second trip was even more successful, taking a cracking 25lb haul of roach caught on bread.

It's been an excellent week on Aldin Grange, with Blackbird lake bang on form. Carp were the dominant species as Stephen Walton from Newcastle proved, landing 15 carp mostly in the 6lb category.

Sunday's Open on The Angel saw Neil Brown win with 100lb 3oz from John Foster with 86 lb 2oz and John Dryden with 75lb.

Saturday's Open on Bowes went to Alan McGuire with a superb 122lb 11oz while John Foster won Monday’s match on the same water with yet another treble-figure weight of 104lb 14oz.

The Annual TAA Junior Open, fished on Wydon Water at Hexham as part of National Fishing Month, was a success.

James Wilson was top junior for the second consecutive year, with a good net of small fish weighing in at 2 lb 8 oz. Second spot went to nine-year-old Liam Dalglish with 1lb 4 oz, while his brother Jake was third with just 3oz less. All three fish for Big Waters AC and received a trophy donated by the TAA who provided additional medals for all contestants.


Saturday: Open on The Angel , and the complex also holds group Angling Coaching Sessions every Saturday morning

Sunday: Wansbeck and Cramlington A.C. contest the QE2 Trophy on their Ashington fishery,whilst there is a North East Super league on the Tees at Yarm/Bowesfield. There are Opens on Woodlands, The Angel, The Oaks and Carp Vale and the Swale.

Monday: Evening match on The Angel.

Tuesday: Wansbeck and Cramlington AC hold a club meeting at Dudley & Weetslade social club. Dudley, Cramlington and Stanley and District AC hold a meeting at East Stanley Club.

Wednesday: Opens on both Woodlands and The Angel.

Thursday: another Open on The Oaks at Sessay takes place.


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