Really close in Northumberland County Blind Association charity competition

Only 3.5oz separated the top five seniors at this year’s Northumberland County Blind Association charity competition at Fontburn

Only 3.5oz separated the top five seniors at this year’s Northumberland County Blind Association charity competition at Fontburn where the south shore bay produced the best sport, providing the winner and both runners-up. W Smith took top place with 16lb 13oz, while A Dodd and T Bourne tied on 16lb 12oz.

C Turnbull won the junior section with 14lb from J Bowden with 6lb 1oz.

Other notable catches this week included Irvine Brace with a limit catch for 16lb from the south shore; M Roper with eight for 17lb; D Charlton with a limit catch, including a brace of 3lb fish, for 17lb 4oz. Dave Madderson had heaviest catch of the week, eight rainbows for 18lb and G Slaughter had heaviest fish, a 5lb rainbow.

At Caistron, Simon Wilson had four to 6lb 12oz, and Gladys Nicholson of Washington and Neil Tomaselli of Wallsend each landed eight – all on Black Buzzers.

The fly lake at South Linden has continued to fish well. C Fuller of Bedlington caught and released nine, with Cat’s Whisker his best fly; G Maddison caught and released 10 on Buzzers. With the recent rain, the fly lake has been freshened and the bait lake has refilled and been re-opened.

Fish of the week at Chatton Trout Fishery was a 16lb rainbow returned by Colin Harris from Whickham. Jim Tuck from Ashington returned one of 15lb. The fishery closes at 10pm on Fridays.

Fishing has been slow at Higham lakes over the past few weeks early morning or evening being best. The top rod this week David Billbrough from Gosforth, who returned 17, including a 4lb brown trout. The only double-figure fish reported was a 13lb rainbow by Jay Simpson of Ashington.

The hot weather continued to make fishing challenging at Witton Castle Lakes – although some regulars had good returns. Best bags included 15 for B Freeman, 11 for A Spencer, 10 for G Walton and seven for N Midegely.

There have been no reports of fish landed on Wear or Tees but recent rain should see a good run soon.

At Kielder Water, L Frankland netted five rainbows for 10lb 5oz. Sam White had the week’s heaviest bag – six rainbows for 11lb 8oz from the slipway at Hawkhope. Best trout was a 4lb 5oz rainbow by Graham Robson at the south side of the Dam Wall. At Derwent Reservoir on Sunday, Peter Pattinson and Ray Fothergill fishing the deep water in front of Henry’s Plantation, each netted limits.


Chatton: Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Damsels, Nomads, Pheasant tail Nymphs, Hare’s Ears, CDC patterns.

Derwent: Black Hopper, Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Zulu, Diawl Bach, Black Spider.

Fontburn: Black Fritz, Orange blobs, Black Gladiator, Daddies.

Higham: Various dry flies, nymphs, Diawl Bach.

Kielder: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Clan Chief

South Linden: Black Buzzers, Cat’s Whiskers, CDC patterns, Fritz patterns, Egg Fly.

Witton Castle: Small Black Pennell, Damsel, Black/Olive CdC patterns, Hare’s Ear.


Derwent: Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs.

Fontburn: Ledge red Chartreuse PowerBait.

Kielder: Worm, Green PowerBait Paste.



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