ALTHOUGH excess water has hampered sport, in the tidal areas where the extra water does not affect the river sport has been encouraging.
Stan Henderson has had some success with dace from the Four in One stretch below Wylam bridge.
Silksworth Lake in Sunderland has been in fine form for winter roach fishing, where Lee Tatters amassed 151 roach for 11lb and Steve Wood took 97 for 13lb during a session last Saturday.
On Aldin Grange, fishing has still been steady despite the vast differences in weather and silver fish are dominating the nets with Paul Renny from Newcastle taking fish to 3lb on maggot as carp and tench slow down with the temperatures Sunday’s introduction of 200 pastie carp into Blackbird Lake should start the spring off with a bang.
At The Angel, the mixed weather has made fishing difficult. However Alex Burton managed 87lb 9oz on Wednesdays fishing through the channel between the islands with maggot clip with six to eight maggots. A Fly fishing for carp session on Saturday on one bank of Bowes produced some very good carp, the best going 15lb, but a 4lb bream also took a fly, a quite unexpected fish off the top of the water.
Bassetts has produced some cracking fishing with good averages of 40 to 50lb of fish in a half-day session.
Whittle Dene continues to provide some good sport with all three lakes producing respectable catches.
Brian Allum recorded the heaviest net this week with 8lb 4oz of roach caught using waggler with maggot and sweetcorn.
Alan Sharpe recorded 4lb 8oz of roach, gudgeon and perch, again using waggler tactics, and P Tilestone recorded a 3lb mixed catch of roach, gudgeon and skimmers.
Sunday’s Open on Lookout went to Dave Pearson who had 21lb 13oz, while Chris Owers and John Dryden tied for runner-up spot with 11lb 11oz apiece.
On Saturday, the match on Bowes was won by Jimmy Messor who had 33lb 12oz ahead of Colin Pine with 31lb 3oz and Chris Pine on 29lb 12oz, while Wednesday’s midweek Open saw a much better return, Alex Burton winning with a weight of 79lb 3oz.
Sunderland FAC fished their first Winter League match on Silksworth Lake where Iain Foster won with four skimmers for 9lb 14oz ahead of guest angler Steve Woods who had 8lb 12oz and Iain Nicholson and Neil Middleditch, both with 7lb 13oz.
Geoff Lincoln won the Winter League match at Eden Meadows on Sunday with 13lb 9oz ahead of Jeff Ions with 12lb 10oz.
Dr Barnado’s will be the chosen charity to benefit from a match fished on Derwent reservoir on November 18.
Tickets are already available from local tackle shops, ID, Mary’s and Darlington Angling centre and anyone who wants to find out more or book a ticket can ring Steve Woods on 0191 268 1613 or mobile 07984 808 434.
TOMORROW: An Open takes place on The Angel.
SUNDAY: Wansbeck and Cramlington AC fish a Winter League match on Horton Grange. Sunderland FAC contest a Winter League Match on Silksworth Lake, while Yarm AC contest their winter league fished on their club stretch of the Tees. Ferryhill and District AC hold a match on Shafto’s. Wilton AC have a club match on Forest Lane Ponds. A Winter League match on Eden Meadows takes place. Telephone 01429835836. Big Waters AC have a club match on Aldin Grange. Sunday also sees Opens scheduled for Woodlands, Carp Vale and The Oaks.
TUESDAY: SENPAC hold their monthly meeting in the Northumbrian Piper public house at Fawdon.
WEDNESDAY: Big Waters AC hold their monthly meeting in Newcastle CIU Companions Club while both The Angel and Woodlands hold midweek Opens.
THURSDAY: An Open takes place on The Oaks at Sessay.