Salmon days for Tyne's anglers

Salmon sport has been steady on the Bywell Syndicate beat on the Tyne recently.

Salmon sport has been steady on the Bywell Syndicate beat on the Tyne recently. Among the catches was a 13lb salmon by Kit Pumphrey, at Lower Church, on fly.

Urwin Wood had a 12-pounder at Island on the fly. Kevin Dick from Bill Quay had a good day, catching four salmon to 14lb on fly.

Brian Hankin from Bishop Auckland caught an excellent 14lb salmon at Pipeline on fly, while John Little from Kirk Merrington had two 6lb grilse on fly.

Out on Bishop Auckland AC waters on the River Wear, Ian Cox from Castleford landed sea-trout of 5lb, 4lb 12oz and 4lb 8oz on a Black and Silver tube in coloured water.

Keith Robson fished Vinovium and landed a 7lb 8oz sea-trout on a Black and Silver tube fly.

On the Tees at Eggleston, Glen Scott caught an excellent 15lb 4oz salmon on Bishop Auckland AC waters.

On NERAC Waters on the South Tyne, Gary Johnson caught three salmon on worm, all returned.

Out on Tyneside Anglers Syndicate waters, John French from Teesside landed a 20lb salmon on fly and a cracking sea-trout of 10lb 7oz also on the fly. Alan Auton from Ingleby Barwick caught a 12lb salmon and a fresh run sea-trout of 7lb on worm. Tony Thompson of South Shields returned a colouring sea-trout of 4lb 8oz also on the worm.

The North Tyne is in need of some fresh water and, with no Kielder releases in the offing, rainfall is needed. Several of our northern rivers did get a rise or two in the recent days.

Whickham angler Simon Robinson qualified for the England team at Chew Reservoir on Saturday. Eleventh place was good enough to get Simon into the international team. This is the third time he has qualified for both the rivers and loch style teams. Another northern rod, Fred Bainbridge, also qualified on the day.

Winners of the 2006 Esthwaite Water Open Pairs Final were Graham Bell and Steve Bland with 12 fish for 21lb 10oz sharing £1800 worth of prizes including cash, tackle and season tickets.

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