Pairs final will be hosted at Kielder Water

THE final of the WaterAid boats pairs will be held at Kielder Water on Sunday with the reservoir continuing to provide consistent sport to all methods.

An angler
An angler

THE final of the WaterAid boats pairs will be held at Kielder Water on Sunday with the reservoir continuing to provide consistent sport to all methods.

Anglers should note that all boats, normally available from 8.30am to 8pm at Leaplish Waterside Park, are booked for this event. Boat and bank anglers have recorded good catches at Whickhope, the tip of Plashetts, Gowanburn and the Belling.

Hannah Nicholson from East Boldon, on her fourth angling trip with dad James, caught three rainbows on float-fished worm close in at Leaplish Waterside Park.

The Anderson family from Blyth had great day’s fishing from the bank at Tower Knowe, catching seven rainbows. Greg, wife Claire and sons Andrew and David all landed fish with Clare recording the best fish of the week at 2lb 8oz.

After a huge influx of coloured water an almost full Derwent reservoir settled down to provide some fine sport for both bait and fly anglers.

On the fly George Wind landed the heaviest fish of the week at 7lb 8oz.

Bait angler Jodie Ewart from Carlisle caught six rainbows including fish of 4lb and 3lb 9oz.

The north bank at Fontburn produced superb sport with Malcolm Osborne from Hazlerigg weighing in the heaviest fish this week at 9lb 8oz. On her first-ever fishing trip, Jill Nixon from Bedlington caught a 6lb 12oz rainbow.

The ladies had set the standard earlier in the week when Carol Dodd, again fishing with her grandson Kaylem, netted a 5 lb 8oz rainbow which was part of another fine catch taken by them. Christine Nesbit recorded one of the best eight-fish catches at 23lb.

Paul Brooks from Lynemouth recorded this week’s best return with eight for 25lb.

Alfie Wilkinson, being taught to fish by his dad at Grassholme Reservoir, could only cast just past his rod tip but still landed his first-ever fish – a 3lb rainbow.

Nine-year-old Sophie Mathers showed dad how to fish, catching five rainbows to his two.

David Bussey and partner had another memorable session on the fly, taking 10 fish and returning a further 10. J Stacey took eight for 27lb.

At Hury, L Carr had eight to 3lb, returning a further 8. D Bilborough had eight, including one of 4lb and two at 3lb, for 19 lb 8oz.

Anglers visiting Cow Green enjoyed great wild brown trout sport. R Noble caught and returned 17 to 12oz , D Hay netted and returned nine, including the best of the season at 15 inches long and estimated at 1 lb 4oz and M Barber caught and returned 10 to 12oz.

At Scaling, James Featherstone from Billingham caught his eight-fish limit, Alan Marsay from Skinningrove landed a 5lb blue and a 4lb 8oz rainbow and the best fish of the week a 7lb 13oz blue – was caught by 13-year-old Curtis Brown from Boosebeck.


Cow Green: Bibio, Kate McLaren, Mallard and Black, various Hoppers.

Derwent: Black Fritz, Black or Olive Hopper, Dawson’s Olive, Orange Fritz, Black Pennell, Bibio.

Fontburn: Cats Whisker, Dawson’s Olive and Orange Fritz.

Grassholme: Black Tadpole, Orange Nomad, Pheasant Tail Nymph.

Hury: Pearly Invicta, Bibio, Hopper, Kate McLaren.

Kielder: Orange Blob, Cat’s Whisker, Montana Nymph and various Hoppers.

Scaling: Dawson’s Olive, Silver Invicta, Black Pennell.


Cow Green: Worm or float-fished maggot.

Derwent: Yellow Gulp Eggs, Pink and Spring Green PowerBait, Mepps Spinner.

Fontburn: Pink PowerBait Eggs, Worm, Magic Dust or trout pellets in a swimfeeder.

Grassholme: Ledgered Yellow Gulp Eggs, Magic Dust in a feeder, float-fished worm, Silver Mepps.

Kielder: Worm and PowerBait Eggs.

Scaling: Chartreuse and Dark Green PowerBait Paste, Orange and Red Gulp Eggs, Worm, Mepps.


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