Some top prizes on offer for anglers at Fontburn

The 12th anniversary charity fishing competition for the Northumberland County Blind Association at Fontburn Reservoir o

An angler
An angler

The 12th anniversary charity fishing competition for the Northumberland County Blind Association at Fontburn Reservoir on Friday, July 26, will see cash prizes for adults and tackle vouchers for juniors (15 and under).

The top placed adult wins £200, second placed £50 and there will be a £50 prize for the heaviest fish. The top junior will receive a £50 tackle voucher, second a £40 voucher and a £30 voucher for the heaviest fish.

If the heaviest fish has been landed by the top two rods in each category, then the prize will be awarded to the anglers who have landed the next-heaviest fish.

The entry fee is £23 for adults and £10 for juniors. All participants will receive a free golden raffle ticket for a draw to win a 2014 Northumbrian Water Explorer season ticket, currently valued at £797. The draw will be made at the 4pm weigh-in.

The fishing lodge opens at 7.30am. Entry fees and registration from 8am, fishing 8.30am-3.30pm. For more contact Will Lovat on 01669 621368 or the association on 01670 514316.

Wallsend woman Nicola Stronach is a newcomer to the sport in her 30s and made a splash at Caistron by achieving the heaviest bag – seven fish for more than 18lb – to earn a £200 Greys rod.

On Saturday, Peter Sinclair had 35 fish and Billy King had three for 13½lb on Bloodworm. Proprietor Ricky Chatterton said lake fishing was going well, with a rod average of 4.1. Its stretch of the River Coquet was at summer level and needed some rain.

Considering the mixed weather, the fishing held up well at Lockwood Beck; Andrew Smith set a fishery record with an 18lb 4oz rainbow.

In total, 169 anglers landed 694 rainbows to 18lb 4oz and two browns for a rod average of 4.1, 163 rainbows kept at an average weight of 2lb 9oz.

On days when the wind has not been blowing too hard, fish have been rising all over the lake, and in the evening they can be caught one to two rod lengths out from the bank on dry flies. As a bonus, the fishery’s next three stockings will consist mainly of blues from 1lb 8oz to 6lb.

With good hatches of mayfly, Higham lakes are fishing very well to dry flies and the evening sessions are well worth a go. John Simpson from Throckley caught and returned 27 while Iain Martin from Ashington returned 22. Good numbers of fish, ranging from 5lb to 15lb, are being stocked as this is “big fish week”.

FLY BOX

Aldin Grange: Buzzers, Hoppers, Bibio, Beetles, CdC patterns, F Flies.

Chatton: Shipman’s Buzzers, Sedges, Beetles, Hoppers, Diawl Bachs.

Derwent: Dawson’s Olive, Orange Fritz, Black Buzzer, Kate McLaren, Bibio, Blue Zulu

Fontburn: Dawson’s Olive, Humungus, Cat’s Whisker.

Higham: Buzzers, Hawthorns, Damsels.

Kielder: Orange Fritz, Black Buzzer.

Sharpley: Olive Shipman’s, Black Buzzer, Black Foam Beetle, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Hawthorn, Black Gnat, Invicta, Black and Peacock Spider, Pond Olives, Tinheads.

South Linden: Yellow Dancer, Bloodworm, Diawl Bach, Cat’s Whisker, Buzzers.

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