Be prepared for the cold to reap the big rewards

A WEEK of clear skies combined with the first frosts appearing this week have blunted the actions of both fish and fishermen alike, but if the angler is tackled up for fishing in colder water temperatures and gets the feed and bait correct, catches can still be good.

A WEEK of clear skies combined with the first frosts appearing this week have blunted the actions of both fish and fishermen alike, but if the angler is tackled up for fishing in colder water temperatures and gets the feed and bait correct, catches can still be good.

The region’s rivers have seen sport remain consistent with some cracking perch up to 2lb 12oz coming from Yarm AA’s water to worm, while dace sport on the Wear around Durham City remains top class.

The Tyne has had relatively little attention from coarse rods this week, but the end of the salmon fishing on Wednesday means water reserved for migratory fish will be available to coarse anglers for next week’s Steve Roberts Memorial match.

On The Angel, many tench have been caught and perch in abundance to maggot or worm, and on Lookout Lake, Steve and Liam Shilling had over 40 fish in a session including good carp.

At Crofton, the colder weather has seen a bit of a nosedive with only odd carp and bream showing along with catches of small perch and gudgeon.

Things have been better at Whittle Dene with many anglers catching good nets of perch, roach and dace.

Ron Dawson caught 14lb of prime roach from the Northern Fishery, while Brian Mitchell had an 11lb mixed net from the Lower Reservoir.

The roach at Hury are continuing to provide good sport with regular Phil Upton recording the week’s best net at 9lb.

Pike anglers are increasing their activity now, and at Yarm a superb 21lb 5oz specimen was caught from the Tees using deadbait recently.

On Esthwaite the big pike are beginning to show with some quality fish being reported from both bank and boat and on lures and deadbaits. Martin Jones took a cracking brace of pike, with a fish of 20lb 3oz followed by a whopper of 27lb 9oz using lures fished from a boat.

John Hicks from Grange took a 19lb 14oz fish from the car park banking that took his static deadbait

The Roy Hebdon Charity cup was fished on Horton Grange with the best weights coming from the deeper pegs.

Davey Jobe won with 3lb 11oz ahead of Dave Gilmore with 3lb 10oz and Tony Dixon on 2lb 9oz, while the match raised £150 for charity.

Sunday’s Open on The Angel was won by Steve Kean Langley Park with 43lb 13oz from peg 38.

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