THIS weekend sees the start of the season on running water as all the rivers of the region open their doors to coarse anglers.
The Tyne, Wear and Tees will all be receiving attention from Sunday, while chub and barbel anglers will be heading for the Swale.
The Big Waters system at Seaton Burn also kicks off the season on Sunday, although three anglers who jumped the gun and were fishing in the early morning sunshine last week caught roach, rudd and a 2lb 12oz bream
Elsewhere the region’s stillwaters have enjoyed another good week.
On The Angel complex there have been excellent catches and Derek Fox from Middlesbough landed seven bream over 8lb – the best 11lb 2oz from peg 16.
Bowes has produced tench, carp and silvers all caught on chopped worm tipped with caster, while Jimmy Hagan from Washington had a very productive Sunday’s fishing with double-figure carp and many other smaller carp, chub, and tench – all falling to mussel or paste.
Lookout saw 14-year-old Antony West land 12 carp, eight crucian carp, 22 silvers, including rudd over 1lb, skimmers, and three tench all in a half-day session.
There has been a complete change in fortune for the roach anglers on Derwent Reservoir as the Dam Wall produced only small catches of up to 7lb as the fish migrate to the section on the boundary with the Nature Reserve.
Nick Jose had two 35lb nets on consecutive days using a waggler.
Malcolm McDonald also had a tremendous day fishing right on the boundary fence.
McDonald started catching on the waggler at about 25 yards.
He was able to feed the fish into the margins and eventually had the fish taking his maggot only three yards from the bank.
On Whittle Dene, Steve Guthrie recorded the catch of the week with more than 20lb of roach, perch, skimmers and gudgeon, while R Thompson’s 15lb catch of mainly roach included a 1lb 8oz skimmer.
Saturday’s Open on the Angel was won by Jonny Trainer with an incredible 101lb 5oz from Alan Mc Guire on 90lb 11oz and Jonny Maven with 86lb 12oz.
Monday’s Open over Bowes and Lookout produced another ton-up when Chris Owers put a staggering 135lb 10oz on to the scales.
Sunday’s Open was again won by Chris Owers, this time with 71lb 7oz from Graham Skirrey on 46lb 12oz and John Foster with 40lb 7oz.
Tomorrow: As well as an open on The Angel, this Saturday brings Fish O' Mania to the region as Woodlands host a round in Britain’s most prestigious match series.
Sunday: Wansbeck and Cramlington A.C. fish a Summer Series match on Horton Grange, Sunderland FAC fish their Summer Open on Silksworth, and Yarm AA start the match series on running water off with a club event on their stretch of the Tees. There are also opens on Woodlands, The Angel, The Oaks and Carp Vale and Aldin Grange.
Tuesday: Wansbeck and Cramlington AC OAP/Disabled anglers’ match is scheduled for Horton Grange. A meeting of The Tyne Anglers’ Alliance at Gosforth's Empire Club takes place, to which all member clubs need to send a delegate, while the same evening brings another match in The King of Whins series on Whins Pond and Big Waters AC fish their Evening Series on the Big Waters at Seaton Burn.
Wednesday: Woodlands and The Angel host opens, while Leazes Park AA hold an evening match available to seniors and juniors from 5.30pm-9.30pm.
Thursday: The Oaks at Sessay hosts an open and Sunderland FAC hold an evening match on Silksworth Lake.