Trout fishing goes into extra-time

North East anglers fishing Northumbrian Water's trout waters received an end-of-season bonus with the news that the premier fisheries will remain open until the end of next month.

North East anglers fishing Northumbrian Water's trout waters received an end-of-season bonus with the news that the premier fisheries will remain open until the end of next month.

And there will be no limit bag at Derwent, Grassholme, Kielder (bank only) and Fontburn reservoirs where anglers can keep all trout they catch.

Stocking with top quality rainbow trout from Lartington and Fontburn fish farms will continue at these reservoirs where day tickets will be reduced by £3 to £14 and £15 at Kielder.

There are no concessionary rates and the fishing lodges will be open from 9am to 3.30pm. Scaling Dam also has an extension to the end of November and coarse fisheries Whittle Dene and Hury will also stay open with a £2 reduction.

Don Coe, Northumbrian Water's Operational Manager said: "This is the first time anglers have had the opportunity to fish Kielder late in the year. It's a spectacular venue that is well worth a visit on a fine autumn day."

There is a special reduction at Scaling Dam where the ticket price is reduced by £6.50 to £10.50 (no concessions). However, Scaling will not be stocked during November but Pike anglers should get some good sport with the "Toothy Critters" that inhabit the reservoir.

NThe River Tyne came up trumps for Roberta (Bobby) Barter when she got among the salmon catching one of 10lb on the South Tyne and then a beauty of 16lb 8oz and a sea-trout of 4lb, on the Chesters beat on the Lower North Tyne.

Bobby took the fish on her husband David's favourite spinning lure Dave's Delight - a variant of a Flying Bucktail. Not to be outdone, husband David landed a 10lb salmon which he returned and then another fish of 14lb.

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer