Sanderson takes top catch at Sharpley

STEVE Sanderson, fishing a Bloodworm, brought the biggest fish of the week at Sharpley Springs/Water to the net, safely returning a 15lb 2oz rainbow.

STEVE Sanderson, fishing a Bloodworm, brought the biggest fish of the week at Sharpley Springs/Water to the net, safely returning a 15lb 2oz rainbow.

V Marshall, fishing a Whitecap, landed a hard-fighting fish of 9lb 8oz while T Cardno brought five to the net, including a well-conditioned 10-pounder.

There were three double-figure fish landed at Jubilee Lakes this week with South Shields angler Jack Hodgson, fishing a Cat’s Whisker, taking the largest at 15lb 12oz. Bill Campbell of Eaglescliffe had one of 13lb 13oz on a White Fritz and Paul Hull of Evenwood, fishing a Hot Tail Damsel, netted a rainbow of 13lb 5oz.

The trout are still rising steadily on the top lake where CdC patterns and other emerger patterns have done well lately with olive or grizzle Zonkers also accounting for good numbers of fish.

J Pearce had the largest fish of the week – 7lb 6oz – at Langley Dam where C Kirkhope recorded the heaviest bag with five for 17lb 8oz.

Both loughs at Sweethope have continued to fish well this week with J Scott, fishing Dawson’s Olive and Hare’s Ear Nymphs, bringing 10 fish to the net while C Hartley landed three for 11lb 8oz. Neil Irwin from Barrasford had the week’s best fish to fly with a well-conditioned 10lb rainbow taken on a Black Hopper. Bill Henderson, with a cracking fish of 8lb 12s, had the heaviest trout taken on worm.

Fishing continues to be excellent at Witton Castle Lakes with the temperatures just right to keep the flies hatching and the fish feeding.

Glen Appleby of Peterlee had the week’s best fish with a 17-pounder that fell to a Black Zonker. Danny Walton of Coxfield, also fishing a Black Zonker, had a cracker of 16lb 6oz while Tom McCabe, fishing dry flies, had well-conditioned fish of 9lb and 5lb. Westerhope angler I Robertson, fishing a sporting permit, had a good day’s sport, safely returning fish of 10lb, 6lb and 3lb. Bank anglers at Lockwood beck have had some of the best catches as a lot of fish have been feeding quite close to the bank. Mark Walker used his favoured method of a bite indicator and small Cat’s Whisker to catch 51 fish over three days from the dam and wood side. The best fish returned was a 6lb brown.

John McGarrell caught 29 fish over three days from the Whitby end of the dam on size 16 Black Buzzer, safely returning a number of rainbows and blues from three to 6lb and one brown of 6lb 8oz. Don Finlay caught a superb 10lb 4oz rainbow from the high bank on Black Buzzer. Ian Morrison kept four for 10lb from the dam on Cat’s Whisker. On Thursday the fishery had a surprise visit from Charles Jardine, Charles caught a lovely 9lb rainbow from the high bank on Buzzer and said it was probably the best fight he ever had from a fish of that size on water the size of Lockwood.

Boat anglers have had some good sport as well. Paul Madison and Keith Morley caught 14 and lost as many on a mixture of methods with Paul catching the best fish of the week at 12lb on a Cat’s Whisker.

Les Davison caught a lovely 11lb 12oz rainbow on Red Buzzer under an indicator. George Sidgwick and John Anderson caught 12, keeping two for 9lb 2oz and returning the best brown of the week at 7lb. Tim Grove kept a fin-perfect 7lb rainbow and Norman Quigley kept three for 10lb 4oz.

The fishery will be allowing bait fishing from November 1 to January 31. For more details visit or ring the fishery on (01287) 660501.


Jubilee: CdC, Damsels, Zonkers, Cat’s Whisker, White Nomad, White Zonker, White Bunny Leech.

Langley: Diawl Bach, Black Hopper, Black Gnat, Cat’s Whisker.

Lockwood: Buzzers, Cat’s Whisker.

Sharpley: Waddam’s Hare’s Ear, Brown Sugar Cubes, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Olive Buzzers, Green Fs, Foam beetles, Olive Fritz, Sedgehogs.

Sweethope: Black Hopper, Dawson’s Olive, Hare’s Ear.

Witton: CdC Hare’s Ear, GRHE, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Black Zonker, Dawson’s Olive.


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