All points to Western Reservoir for best carp catches

Carp sport o the syndicate Western Reservoir at Whittle Dene continues to be a great success.

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Carp sport on the syndicate Western Reservoir at Whittle Dene continues to be a great success.

More than 100 carp were banked during May with a good smattering of doubles to 16lb 8oz among those netted.

Up until June 18, more than 32 captures of carp have been reported to me.

The best result was a four-hour session from Scott Everett ,who managed seven fish in four hours including five doubles to 17lb.

Steve Jackson even found time to fish his own water and took four fish to 13lb 8oz in a short visit.

More than 50% of fish landed so far this month have been double-figure specimens, the largest netted to date an 18lb 14oz specimen taken on a zig by Michael Dodd from Prudhoe.

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On The QE2 Lake at Ashington, reports of a 14lb bream and a 25lb-plus pike as well as double-figure carpare exciting big-fish anglers.

The Angel complex has seen good catches too.

Chris Dodds from Blyth on Lookout had a 3lb 2oz perch to triple maggot.

Alan Moore had two 10lb bream on paste and chopped worm from Bowes, and Bassetts has been producing some good carp to 4lb.

On Whittle Dene, John Parkinson reported an excellent catch of 12lb of skimmers.

Dave Coster recorded a 10lb mix of skimmers and hybrids with the Lower now becoming the favoured Reservoir with anglers, with catches of roach, gudgeon, skimmers and perch featuring.

Aldin Grange has seen good bags of fish caught with pleasure bags of top quality ide up to 3lb taken from the match lake along with carp.

The Big Waters complex at Seaton Burn saw a quartet of bream turn up for Andy Bell during the club’s Tuesday night match where Bell won with more than 14lb.

Barry Evans made the most of his draw when he picked the favourite “armchair” peg on High Stand and weighed in three chub and a tench to take Sunday’s match with 16lb 4oz.

Wednesday’s match on Bowes saw a double ton up take place when Richard Wildman was top rod with 128lb 9oz.

John Dryden must be one of the most unluckiest matchman ever when his return of 125lb 5oz only brought him second place.

Thornaby AA’s match on the Tees from Croft to Hurworth saw Mick Clitheroe of Darlington land 10 chub for 29lb to win easily.


Tomorrow: Washington and Harraton Club have a fixture on their own lake and an open competition takes place on Bowes Lake.

Sunday: Wansbeck and Cramlington A.C. fish a Summer Series match on Woodlands, and Sunderland FAC have an Away Day on Brafferton's Ghost Lake. Another match in The Broom Series goes ahead on the Annan-based fishery and Yarm AA fish their Parker Adams match on their stretch of the River Tees, while there are opens on Woodlands, The Oaks and The Angel.

Monday: The Angel hosts an evening match.

Tuesday: Big Waters AC have an evening match on the Big Waters, Wansbeck and Cramlington AC hold their monthly meeting in Burradon Club, while the same evening brings another match in The King of Whins series on Whins Pond.

Wednesday: A midweek open is scheduled on The Angel – drawing at 9am, fishing 10.30 am-3.30pm – and there is also an open on Woodlands.

Thursday: The Oaks at Sessay hosts an open.


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