Season is signed off with huge pike catch from The Swale

THE season on the region’s running waters has ended, with the headline news being the capture of a massive 29lb 3oz pike from The Swale.

THE season on the region’s running waters has ended, with the headline news being the capture of a massive 29lb 3oz pike from The Swale.

Although little in the way of dace chub or roach were reported caught from the Tyne or Wear, chub featured in last-minute catches from the Swale and the Tees, where Yarm AA’s end-of-season match saw Dave Hamilton fish exceptionally well to land almost 25lb and win comfortably.

The stillwater season started in cold conditions but the extra daylight means that better days aren’t too far ahead. Already at The Angel there have been some exceptionally good fish caught.

Rudd at 1lb 13oz, ide over 2lb, carp of 23lb 6oz, a 9lb 3oz bream, tench of 4lb 1oz, and a perch of 2lb 9oz have all been caught in the last seven days.

Saturday’s Open on Bowes was won by Jonny Trainor with 28lb 10oz, while the first match in the Angel Spring League went to Alan McGuire with 69lb 5oz, ahead of Shaun Walker who had 30lb and Dave Pearson with 21lb 14oz.

On Sunday, Big Waters AC’s match on Bowes saw Steve Knowles weigh in a fantastic 99lb 2oz of carp, averaging 4 to 5lb apiece, well ahead of Paul Renny on 46lb 10oz and Dave Hambleton, in third with 28 lb.

Sunday’s Open on Aldin Grange saw a good turnout despite biting winds, and all caught fish, including lots of carp. Dave Barret took the honours with 25lb, while second place went to Norman Laing with 21lb and third to Bob Linsey with 19lb 7oz, all caught fish, and lots of carp among the fish. Aldin has a limited spaces for a knock up on Good Friday. Anyone wanting to fish should contact Mick on 07901538587.

Wansbeck and Cramlington AC’s last Winter League match was won by Brendan Heslop with 13 oz from Tony Dixon with 8oz and Derek Dixon with 1oz less. However, the overall winner was Vince Dack, chased by Terry Mather in second and latest winner, Brendan Heslop, third.

Four-times World Angling Champion Bob Nudd is to visit Newcastle. He will be at the City Hall on the 15th next month to host ‘An evening with Bob Nudd’.

He will be relating anecdotes from over 30 years of championship match fishing.

Tickets are £15 and are available from or from the box office on 0191 2778030.

Diary Dates

SATURDAY: An Open takes place on Bowes, and Wheatley Hill Juniors have their first get-together of 2013 planned.

SUNDAY: Opens take place on Woodlands, Carp Vale and The Oaks and a match in The Angel Spring Series also takes place on Lookout Lake.

WEDNESDAY: A midweek Open on The Angel draws at 9am, fishing 10.30am to 3.30pm, and there is also an Open on Woodlands. Big Waters AC hold a monthly meeting in their new venue, The Empire Social Club, Salters Road off Gosforth High Street.

THURSDAY: There’s an Open on The Oaks at Sessay.


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