DESPITE the typical April weather – equal shares of sun and showers – excellent fishing has been reported from The Angel complex this week, with roach to 1lb being caught.
Bowes Lake has yielded 7lb bream, a golden tench of 3lb 2oz, Ide over 3lb,and carp to double figures, while Bassets is still providing “a bite a cast” for the smaller specimens.
Whittle Dene has been fishing well too despite a midweek blast of snow and anglers recorded good catches mainly on the waggler with maggot hook baits.
Most fish landed were roach from the Northern reservoir.
Brian Allum took 5lb of roach while Barry.Turner recorded a catch of 50 roach which included a cracking fish of the week in the form of a fine 1lb 11oz specimen.
Keith Brown, though, recorded the best catch this week, landing 54 roach for 7lb 3oz..
The Easter Monday Open Match on Bowes went to Dave Pearson who amassed 53lb 3oz from peg 24 ahead of Jonny Trainor on 45lb 8oz and Malcolm Fox with 33lb 3oz.
Sunday’s Open/League match on Lookout saw D Cain win with an impressive 81lb 3oz, Chris Owers second with 44lb and Neil Brown third on 43lb 11oz, while the weekly Wednesday match on Bowes went to Richard Wildman with 25lb 4oz.
Sunderland FAC’s Steve Brown Memorial match was fished on a cold Silksworth, but Kevin Duncton found two skimmers plus two roach to win with 2lb 4oz to pip runner-up Iain.Foster’s 1lb 15oz, Ray Gillett third on 1lb 9oz.
Big Waters AC have announced night fishing will again be allowed to resume on Marden Quarry.
Places are limited to six anglers maximum, and the quarry must be vacated by 9am and anglers are not allowed to fish two nights consecutively.
No bivvies or tents are to be used and no barbecues or fires are allowed either, although small stoves and angling umbrellas are acceptable. To book, contact Neil Renforth by text only on 07763604839.
An Environment Agency rod licence mix-up has been discovered in that there was an error on the Post Office website, which showed the incorrect expiry date for licences which had been renewed.
This has now been rectified, but if or when your licence arrives and any of the details are incorrect, contact the EA and they will be happy to help.
In addition, a spoof EA Rod Licence is doing the rounds over the internet, showing not a roach, this year's fish, but a cormorant attacking silver fish!
There are still a few places available for an island-building workshop run by the Environment Agency tomorrow at Brasside between 10am and 1pm, courtesy of Durham City Anglers.
It will allow an opportunity to see the construction and deployment of a floating island, and of some fish friendly ‘hedgehog’ reefs, and after the demonstration attendees will have the opportunity to construct floating islands for their own waters.
Admission is free, just bring a packed lunch.
For further information contact Chris Carter on 0191 203 4154 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org