Wear tops the charts for catches

The mildest January in years has coaxed anglers away from their firesides and onto the waterside, where the Wear around Durham is still the most consistent for sport with dace, roach and chub.

The mildest January in years has coaxed anglers away from their firesides and onto the waterside, where the Wear around Durham is still the most consistent for sport with dace, roach and chub.

Bream and roach have been showing in catches at Stockton in the free water with bread or redworm accounting for the better stamp of bream.

Aldin Grange fishery has remained steady over the last few weeks with anglers taking almost double-figure nets on all of its waters with ide, roach, rudd, skimmers and chub featuring.

The fishery introduced nearly 1,000 carp last week with 600 going into Blackbird Lake, 200 into the Silver Lake and 150 into the match lake.

On Lookout Lake, colder water temperatures have meant that the catch rates are better later in afternoon, but carp, perch, rudd, roach, ide, bream and tench are still being caught. Liam Shilling, using sweetcorn and pole, caught golden tench, roach, and rudd fishing eight metres out.

Despite the lowest water temperature in 13 months, carp are still feeding on Bowes, although bites are shy with many not pulling the tip around.

Fish are feeding mid water on Bassetts where, on Sunday, Anthony Longstaff had a good day catching rudd, ide, roach and golden orfe, despite very low water temperatures.

CADCAC anglers fished the final match in their winter league at Lonsdale Park recently and first place went to Warren Richardson with 17lb 9oz of roach. Chris Scott was second with 10lb 14oz and that was enough to see him crowned as winner of the winter league with 268 points for a third consecutive year.

Steve Kean, an Angel regular, won last weekend's Angel Open with 14lb 7oz from peg three, ahead of second-placed Steve Wood, of Burradon, with 9lb 15oz, and Colin Pine in third with 5lb 2oz.

Once again Esthwaite has produced some unbelievable action on the pike fishing front with fish reported from both boat and bank.

Paul Downey bank-fished with static deadbaits to record fish of 17lb, 20lb 2oz and 20lb 8oz, while his fishing buddy Adam Davis took a specimen of 21lb in the same session.

Alex Barton continues his excellent run of form, taking his 11th 20lb-plus pike since the season began - a 24lb 1oz monster that took a large spoon. And that capture saw him notch up the incredible statistic of landing three 20-pounders in three sessions for the local Crosthwaite-based angler.

Wansbeck and Cramlington AC club offers some of the best fishing for North-East anglers and already 250 have renewed or joined since last month. With private fishing on the Blagdon Estates that cover Horton Grange, Brenkley and Milkhope, WACAC also run the QE2 fishery at Ashington, while their members have access to all TAA waters, such as Killingworth Lake, to which the club is affiliated.

Fees are as follows: Seniors £30 per year, plus a one-off joining fee of £12, with OAPs and disabled anglers paying £18 with a £7 joining fee. The junior rate is £15, plus a £7 joining fee, although youngsters under 12 have their subscriptions free if joining with an adult.

The annual prize-giving of Scott's Coarse AC will be held next Saturday at The King's Arms Hotel, Melrose, and club official Duncan Ross is asking all members, if they have a trophy, to please return it to him as soon as possible. Contact Duncan on (01361) 883608.

DAVID HALL (01661) 886188 david-hall@standing-stone.co.uk

Tomorrow: Another open match will take place on The Angel.

Sunday: Stillwater opens are scheduled on The Oaks, Woodlands, Carp Vale and Raker Lakes, while Big Waters AC contest a club winter league match on Aldin Grange, and the Tees holds two opens over the weekend.

Tuesday: The Darlington branch of the Pike Angling Club of Great Britain hold their monthly get-together in the Coxhoe CIU club.

Wednesday: A midweek match takes place on Woodlands, while in the evening WACAC host a club meeting at Cramlington CIU club.

Thursday: Another open is scheduled on the Oaks at Sessay, while Four in One AC hold a club meeting in The Bay Horse Pub, Front Street, Whickham.

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