IT takes a lot of time and effort to organise and peg matches on the Tyne but, thanks to the massive effort put in by the TAA’s Steve Hoggins coarse anglers now have three established matches on the river that attract anglers from all over Northern England.
Sunday’s Steve Roberts Memorial match proved the point the Tyne is back on the match fishing calendar as 61 anglers participated, with 12 recording double figures, as the match raised £559 for the Stroke Association.
The winner was Steve Woods of Burradon, pegged at Riding Mill Pumping Station, who fished maggot to take 88 dace and four roach, the best one going over a pound, to record a winning weight of 26lb 2oz.
Runner-up was Bob Walker from Darlington AC pegged at Hexham, and he fished stick float with maggot for dace and four bonus chub to 1-8 for an impressive 21lb 4oz.
Fast-finishing Geordie Pickering was third with 16lb 4oz from a swim at Corbridge that yielded 10lb of dace in the last hour alone. Coarse angling access to the Tyne is still difficult however, so sincere thanks must go to all the clubs and riparian owners who kindly donated the use of their water.
Hexham AA, Hexham Angling Syndicate, Nothumbrian Water, Lord Allendale, Bywell Estates, Mr Robert Dickinson and the Northumbrian Anglers Federation, plus all the many people Steve liaised with to make it all happen. Following negotiations with the Tyne Anglers Alliance, the Environment Agency has announced that the Tyne is to be stocked with 6,000 roach on Tuesday, November 13. This will consolidate the 10,000 stocked last year, as recent catch statistics show that roach are not recruiting as well as dace or chub. The Wear is also due to be stocked.
A clear and sunny week made stillwater fishing tough, many fish only switching on from 3pm. But on Bowes, Jeff Layton in two visits this week bagged over 45 carp – between two and 5lb – apiece on each three-hour session using maggot and paste.
The best large carp was a fully-scaled mirror of 25lb 10oz taken by visitor Tony Jackson from Cornwall, taken by ledgering a maggot clip using 10 maggots. On Lookout Lake, fishing feeder to the island has been producing perch to 2lb, koi to 8lb, rudd over 1lb and bream to 4lb 6oz while Bassetts is still producing well with coaching still being busy with adults and juniors entering into the sport.
Hury was lightly fished this week as a lot of the regulars were on the banks of nearby Grassholme taking advantage of the offer of reduced permit fees with no catch limit, however, the dedicated roach enthusiasts who stuck to Hury were well rewarded with some very nice nets up to 12lb being caught.
William Noble had a very successful day taking a 10lb 7oz net from Newhouse Bay on pole and single maggot.
SATURDAY: There is an Open on The Angel while one of the biggest Opens of the year, The Zetland Trophy, organised by Middlesbrough AC takes place on the in form River Swale. To book tickets, price £15 each, tel 01642-899288.
SUNDAY: Durham City AC. hold a Club Match on the Wear between the Cathedral and Prebends. An Angling Times North-East Winter League match takes place on the Tees, and Leazes Park AA Juniors fish their Winter League Series in the city centre venue . There are also stillwater Opens scheduled on The Oaks, The Angel, Woodlands,Carp Vale and Raker Lakes, while Wansbeck and Cramlington AC have a Work Party arranged.
TUESDAY: The Tyneside Division of the Pike Anglers Club meet at The Highlander, Front St Winlaton, Blaydon, to which all pike anglers are welcome.
WEDNESDAY: There are midweek Open matches on Woodlands and The Angel while Lakeside hold their AGM at the Lakeside Pub.
THURSDAY: There is another Open on the Oaks at Sessay.