Talks are ongoing over new fishery

THE recent mild weather has coaxed more anglers than usual to the region’s fisheries and lots of coarse anglers have been out, many keen to christen their new rods and reels they have received as Christmas presents.

THE recent mild weather has coaxed more anglers than usual to the region’s fisheries and lots of coarse anglers have been out, many keen to christen their new rods and reels they have received as Christmas presents.

The rivers have been coming into form, with the Wear around Durham City still consistently good and in the west Eden grayling have been obliging when water levels have allowed.

The interest in coarse fishing continues at an incredible rate and the biggest news is that over the past two years the Environment Agency and the TAA have put a lot of effort into the planning of the new coarse fishery being constructed at Wydon Burn, Hexham. Although the water chemistry won’t be right to introduce fish until September 2008, it is now time to start discussions about its future.

Plans on the running of the water will be discussed at a site meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 9. EA fisheries manager Phil Rippon has confirmed he would like to see the development of the fishery as a partnership between a local club with experience in running fisheries, and local organisations, acknowledging the need to offer day tickets to the public too. The EA will bear the initial costs of stocking the lake in September with a variety of species suited to the size and characteristics of the lake. The earmarked species are crucian carp, tench, rudd, roach, perch and possibly bream.

Anne Moyle, from Get Hooked on Fishing, and Steve Frear and Gary Rutherford from Big Waters AC have confirmed they will be joining the TAA in the discussions with the EA.

Views from local Wydon Park anglers or, indeed, Hexham Anglers are being invited and anyone interested can ring Phil on (07770) 792852 to either attend the meeting or register their interest.

Blyth Freshwater AC is a growing club and has two coarse fisheries to offer its members, in addition to the waters of the Tyne Anglers Alliance that Blyth is affiliated too.

Recently some hard work by club official Bill Martin in seeking financial help to better the fisheries has paid off and grants have been obtained to improve access to the club’s waters. Membership is now open to local anglers at a price of only £20, plus £5 joining fee and a £2.75 key charge.

Contact Bill by writing to him at 47 Shelley Crescent, Blyth, or by phone on (01670) 546725.

Diary Dates

Saturday: An Open takes place on The Angel and Middlesbrough AC have another Open on the Swale.

Sunday: Big Waters hold a Winter Match on Eden Meadows, while stillwater Opens are scheduled on The Oaks, Woodlands, Carp Vale and Raker Lakes and a pairs match takes place on The Angel over both Lookout and Bowes Lakes.

Wednesday: Midweek Open matches on both Woodlands and The Angel take place, while Wansbeck and Cramlington AC hold a club meeting in Cramlington CIU Club.

Thursday: Another Open will be held on the Oaks at Sessay.

Friday: The "Fish Tyne" project will be launched at Corbridge Village Hall, St Helens Lane, Corbridge. Log on to www.fishtyne.co.uk to be given further details.

NOTE: The next Loch Ken Open will be held on January 6. To book call organiser Derek Kelly on (07788) 726495.

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