THIS weekend marks the last chance to visit the Whittle Dene complex before the venue closes down – from Monday – until March, and while only three anglers recorded catches this week the water continues to fish well with excellent mixed nets coming from the Great Southern.
On Lookout Lake Alex Burton had a great session on Saturday despite the snow, taking six carp, four ide and a tench in only one hour’s fishing.
In general fishing into the wind has proven to be the best tactic to find sport on the Angel this past week with maggot proving the best hook bait. On Bowes, Brian Matheson had 25 carp giving an average of 10lb, whilst Bassetts, well sheltered, has seen high numbers of skimmers, ide, roach, tench and carp being caught despite the cold.
River Tees, at Yarm staged the final match in the North-East Winter League and it was Richard Besemer, of Daiwa Cleveland Angling Centre, who won with 17lb 8oz of bream.
Dave Woods of Dunelm was second with 15lb 2oz with Daiwa Cleveland Angling Centre top team on the day. The final league placings saw Newman Scott finish ahead of the pack and they were crowned leaders ahead of the Shimano Quaker and Daiwa Cleveland sides. Roach to 1lb 8oz featured in CADCAC’s Winter League match on Lonsdale Park, where Steve Dixon topped the field with 15lb 12oz – ahead of Chris Scott with 15lb 6oz and Colin Griffin on 13lb 1oz on a day when almost everyone weighed in. On the Tyne at Newburn, the University of Newcastle EAC’s Xmas Cheer match was won by Alan Stevens using mackerel strips to tempt two flounders for to win with 2lb 6oz.
Neil Brown found himself winning a match in December in a most unseasonable way when his 13lb 7oz net of crucians was top weight in Sunday’s Open on Lookout Lake. Mark Carlin of Langley was second with 5lb 3oz and Dave Hudson third with 3lb 13oz.
Junior anglers are being well cared for locally with the news that two TAA-affiliated clubs are taking positive steps to promote angling among youngsters.
Lakeside AC, based at Fellgate near Hebburn, voted to give free membership into the club for all juniors for an experimental period of 12 months.
Lakeside voted this rule in at their recent AGM as they want to get as many youngsters as possible involved in the sport and off the streets, and the police too have showed their support the club by donating £220 donation to help achieve their goal.
Good news for juniors continues as north of the Tyne, Big Waters Angling Club, have announced at their Annual General Meeting last week that there will actually be reducing the junior rate for this coming year, and in fact all other members will see no increase in the annual subscriptions.
Coaching in winter continues on Sunday mornings in groups – and one to one if required throughout the week – whilst the possibility of obtaining an ONC in Angling and the Environment is a realistic prospect at The Angel.
Students of all ages are taking up this challenge through winter where classroom and bankside fishing is offered.