THE pleasant weather persuaded many anglers to venture out.
At Whittle Dene it’s been the busiest its ever been at this time of the year. Roach and gudgeon have been providing the bulk of the sport with pole fished at 11 metres doing the trick for Dave Coster and Steve Woods, who both weighed in around 10lb apiece.
On the rivers, the Wear around Chester-le-Street has been good for roach and dace, with the Federation stretches of the Tyne attracting anglers catching dace and, nearer to Hexham, the odd chub.
The Tees has been in good order for stick float fishing at Yarm with weights of 14lb 8oz reported made up of roach to 8oz, as well as dace and perch.
In the recent Northallerton AC match at Scruton, Paul Bosomworth topped the field with six chub taken on steak for 24lb 2oz, while the Saturday match at Cedar Lake at The Oaks was won by Anthony Stock of Daiwa Cleveland Angling Centre, with 20lb of carp to 5lb.
Broom Fisheries have announced details of their Winter League 2012, which will be limited to 20 anglers. The matches will be held on January 15, February 5 and 19 and March 18. Entry is £60, payable on January 15 (includes peg fees), £10, and optional pools are available for each match. Bloodworm (1 hook pack) and Joker (1.1 pints) will be allowed, and the draw will be 8.45am, fishing 10.30am to 3.30pm. To reserve a place, contact Ewan Weed on 07766310167.
The North East day ticket complex that many expect to produce the next record pike after yielding a monster of 45lb 14oz earlier this year has thrown up another big fish, a 30lb 12oz specimen.
Just eight tickets per day are allowed to fish North Yorkshire’s Wykeham Lakes on Thursdays to Mondays. To book call 01723863148
Pike rods looking for a change of venue could be tempted to visit Windermere where the Newcastle EA staff recently fished their Annual Pike Match. Although the fishing is free, Windermere is deep and, realistically, to reach the pike-inhabited areas you will need to hire a boat or you can launch your own craft after registering it with the Parks Authority for £10 and paying £5 per year to use it.
Dead sea baits and lures are all that are permitted, and the drop-offs into around 20-40 feet tend to be the best places. Contact the lake warden on 01539442753.
Big Waters AC have acted responsibly in banning day ticket angling on Marden Quarry, where a handful of miscreants threatened the fishing for everyone.
Club members are now welcome to renew angling on the Whitley Bay water but should note the new rule changes which came into force at the AGM. These are: No floating or artificial baits to be used at Marden, no alcohol or non-prescription drugs allowed on any club waters, and finally under-15s cannot fish alone and must fish with adult supervision or a club coach
Esthwaite pike fishery will be open over the New Year holiday period including New Year’s Day. Today there’s a special one-off Open match on Forest Lane Ponds at Easingwold to cater for the holiday matchmen.
SUNDAY: Open Matches are scheduled for The Oaks, Woodlands, Carp Vale and Raker Lake, while an Open on The Angel also goes ahead, as do Opens on the Tees and Swale.
TUESDAY: Wansbeck And Cramlington AC hold a club meeting in Dudley and Weetslade Social Club, Clayton Street, Dudley, and the Darlington and County Durham branch of the PAC hold their monthly get-together in the Coxhoe CIU club.
WEDNESDAY: An Open takes place on Woodlands while another Open takes place on The Angel.
THURSDAY: There’s a Midweek Open on The Oaks.
FRIDAY: A special one-off Open match takes place on Forest Lane Ponds at Easingwold, North Yorks.