Salmon trophy is claimed already: Rob Stephenson landed the catch to claim Coquet Trophy

Rob Stephenson, fishing an Odin spinner, landed the first salmon of the year from the River Coquet to claim the Coquet Trophy for the first fresh salmon to be landed on the river – last year’s winner, Gordon Black, landed his fish on April 8

An angler having his last cast before leaving a muddy river
An angler

Rob Stephenson, fishing an Odin spinner, landed the first salmon of the year from the River Coquet to claim the Coquet Trophy for the first fresh salmon to be landed on the river – last year’s winner, Gordon Black, landed his fish on April 8.

The fish, which weighed approximately 9lb, was brought to the net at the Jack Rock.

Caistron has continued to fish steadily with fish again being caught from the bottom. The best tactics have been lures fished slowly with a sinking line. There have been a few good catches to the net.

Still little has happened on the salmon fishing front but the fishery’s stretch of the River Coquet river is in fine condition and should this continue all bodes well for the season. The lake should be stocked this week, weather permitting.

The final of Jim Tucks Fritz ‘n’ Flies competition was held on Saturday, with 46 anglers landing 261 fish for a rod average of 5.5. Top rod on the day was Alec Bowler from Ayr who landed 16 fish.

Matty Divine from Hadston caught 12, returning a 12lb 2oz rainbow to Dunnydeer Lake and one of 10lb 4oz to Chatton Lake, while Davie Bilbrough from Gosforth and Willie Emery from Newbiggin each landed 12. The fishery closes at 5pm.

Good sport has been enjoyed at Higham where a healthy spring stocking will be introduced to all lakes this week for the fishery’s open day on Saturday. John Collins from Ashington returned 13 and Simon Hathaway from Throckley returned seven.

Sport has picked up at South Linden. G Maddison of Bedlington and P Davison of Blyth each caught and released 10; P Talbolt of Cramligton caught and released nine; and D Pickles of Choppington caught and released six.The well-stocked bait lake is fishing well, mainly to worm. The car park has recently been resurfaced. The banks are drying out a bit but are still slippery and fishermen are urged to take extra care.

It has been another week of blustery winds and changeable fishing conditions at Sharpley Springs.

Although there has been good fishing across all lakes, the windy weather has meant that anglers have had most success drifting buzzers in slow figures of eight or pulling lures such as Zonkers and Bloodworms.

Tai Mitchell from Northallerton, fishing on the Alice and Albert caught – but lost – the biggest fish of the week, an estimated 20lb rainbow.

The biggest bag of the week was recorded by Tom Reay from Felling with 12 from the Doxford. Phil Stewart from Whitby, also fishing the Doxford, had a great day’s fishing, bringing a 10lb rainbow to the net.

Fishery regular Eric Carmichael had five to 8lb, whereas Sid Dixey netted fish of 8lb and 5lb and catch-and-release angler David Todd from Gateshead returned rainbows of 8lb 8oz and 6lb on the Alice and Albert.

It was another productive week at Knitsley Mill where good numbers of fish are still being brought to the net.

Names are being taken for the next monthly competition, which will be on Sunday, March 2 with a 9am start. For further information phone 07960 747417.

FLY BOX

Chatton: Buzzers, Hoppers, Bloodworms, Diawl Bachs, Hare’s Ears, various lures.

Higham: Buzzers, Bloodworm, Damsels.

Knitsley Mill: Bloodworm, Buzzers, Black and Green Fritz.

Sharpley: Corixa, Bloodworms, Yellow Worm, Black Zonkers, Dawson’s Olive, Pinky, Black Buzzer, Cat’s Whisker, Green Buzzer, Yellow Dancer, Pheasant Tail Nymph.

South Linden: Dancers, Bung fly, Black lures, Black Buzzer, Black Bibio.

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