WANSBECK and Cramlington Angling Club, one of the most successful coarse fishing clubs in Northumberland, have secured a five-figure grant from a regional developer to pay for a substantial upgrade of their facilities.
WACAC, with around 470 members, operates from the Blagdon Estate and the QEII Country Park Lake at Ashington, and now a £32,761 grant from the Banks Group, via its Banks Community Fund, has paid for around four feet of silt to be dredged from the bottom of Milkhope Lake. This will help improve fishing conditions by enhancing oxygen levels as well as increasing its capacity, and the grant has also covered the cost of levelling and rebuilding of the west bank to provide an island pier which can be accessed more easily by more of the club’s 70 disabled members.
Club chairman and treasurer Brendan Heslop hopes the improvements will lead to a further increase in members. He said: “While we’ve always provided a popular destination for anglers, there have been some problems with water and oxygen levels, and we’ve seen the silt build up over a number of years, so having it removed is going to make a huge difference to everyone who uses the lake.
“Making these changes has required a major investment that would have been beyond the club’s resources, so we’re grateful to Banks for their donation, which will benefit members now and long into the future.”
Elsewhere this week anglers took advantage of the warmer weather as did the fish, and quite a few skimmers and ide were caught midweek on Aldin Grange to maggot. The Angel complex has seen carp feeding well too, and again, maggot is the bait that is working best.
Sunday’s Open on Lookout started with ice on the ponds, but then the sun shone, and Dave Pearson won with 57lb 11oz, although he went over the net ruling weight and actually should have returned 61lb 10oz. Runner-up Jonny Maven, with 53lb, should have recorded 59lb 7oz. while Richard Wildman was third on 42lb 4oz .
Saturdays Open on Bowes was tough going with all lakes frozen overnight. It took some time to break up. Jonny Trainor won with 8lb 10oz.
Sunday’s Open on the Aldin Grange fishery was won by Norman Laing with 31lb 8oz of carp all on maggot, while place went to Rob Rundlel with 17lb 10oz and third to Steve Anderson with 10lb 10oz.
Hetton Lyons AC held a match at Hetton Pond, Hetton-le-Hole, where Robbie Schindler won with 2lb 9oz of perch and roach taken on pole and worm. Neil Nicholson was runner-up, taking 1lb 8oz, and Lewis Johnson of Hetton AC Juniors fished well to claim third spot with 1lb. The Swale Masters at Skipton saw Martyn Highe top the field with a trio of chub. Scott Lister was runner-up with 10lb 12oz and Steve Hodson third with 4oz less.
On March 16 The Angling Trust (North East) holds an Open Day at the County Hall, Durham. Doors open from 10 am and various speakers will be taking the floor until 3pm. It’s a great opportunity to engage in question and answer sessions. Speakers from the region’s Rivers Trust will illustrate their progress. The event is free and a buffet will be provided. Further details can be had from John Cheyne, AT regions co-ordinator on 01905 759557 or 07794 234546.
The Tyne Rivers Trust have appointed a new head, David Ronn. Malcolm Newsom will now run River Catchment Services. The Angel fishery has announced the start of a new Spring League on the Gateshead complex. It will start on March 17 and run for 12 weeks. Names, and deposits in advance to Ann Adlington tele/fax 0191 4100449; mobile 07867 557 974.
Tomorrow: An open competition will go ahead on the Angel complex.
Sunday: Aldin Grange have a Winter League match arranged to be held on Blackbird Lake – contact fishery manager Mick on 07901538587 to book. Yarm AA re-fish a club match lost to snowstorms earlier this year on their stretch of the Tees. Wansbeck and Cramlington AC hold a Winter League Match on Horton Grange and Big Waters AC fish a prevously postoned match on The Carrs. Opens area also scheduled for Woodlands, Carp Vale and The Oaks.
Tuesday: SENPAC hold their monthly meeting in the Northumbrian Piper public house, Fawdon.
Wednesday: A midweek open will take place on The Angel – drawing at 9am, fishing 10.30am-3.30pm. There is also an open on Woodlands, and Big Waters AC meet in Newcastle CIU Companions Club.
Thursday: An open is scheduled on The Oaks at Sessay and don’t forget the Eshwate coarse fishing season ends tonight, so today brings the last shot at the big roach, rudd and perch that reside in the venue where tickets for the coarse fishing are only £10.