Welfare of the fish is priority in hot weather

Stillwaters have been absolutely tremendous and anglers are urged to help protect fish stocks this summer during sustained periods of hot weather

Anglers at Kielder Water
Anglers at Kielder Water

Stillwaters have been absolutely tremendous and anglers are urged to help protect fish stocks this summer during sustained periods of hot weather.

Increased temperatures and low rainfall combine to make challenging conditions for migratory fish. As oxygen levels plummet, already salmon have been dying in the Tyne estuary. Michael Donkin, Environment Monitoring Team Leader at the Environment Agency is watching river levels and anglers are asked to promptly report any signs of diseased or dead fish to the agency’s incident hotline, 0800 807060. Water releases from Kielder should help.

Wheatley Hill AC are reminding members the club has introduced a temporary ban on Keep Nets on their lake due to the hot weather, as has Aldin Grange with other clubs expected to follow the ‘fish welfare first’ policy.

The sport on offer at Whittle Dene has amazed all involved with the fishery with skimmers and roach feeding in huge numbers. Mr P Watts recorded the heaviest catch ever reported from Whittle Dene in this column, no less than 50lb of skimmers from the Lower.John Parkinson also recorded a catch of 39 skimmers, whilst Dave Coster had 20lb of mainly roach up to 1lb taken on hemp.

What a week it’s been on Aldin Grange too. Four 100lb plus nets in the same day with a couple of 70lb in for good measure. Ray and Norman Laing fished maggot to net ide up to 3lb before switching to meat as carp moved in, both lads had well over 100lb each. Blackbird Lake saw Stephen Wilson and David Mcenna both net 100lb each with mixed nets of carp tench f1s skimmers and roach taking anything on hook.

Another great week on The Angel complex saw five match ton-ups and cracking pleasure weights with some catching over 300lb on an evening. Mal Gardner caught 56 carp of 4-14lb, roach and rudd over 1lb, ide of 3lb 8oz and a perch of 2lb 1oz, all on pellet waggler at 12 metres out. Gary Wardle coaching on Bowes saw his group have their best day, four students topping 200lb each.

Saturday’s Bowes Open returned cracking weights with three ton-ups and three 90lb plus weights. Winner was Rob Emery with 144lb 3oz with Ricky Bennet on 115lb 9oz in second and Alister Morris third with 100lb 7oz.

Alan Mc Guire won Wednesday’s Angel Open with 111lb 5oz and on Monday Chris Owers had a winning 107lb 3oz.

WACAC’s OAP match at Brenkley was won by Jim Appleby with 4lb 6oz (72 fish). At Yarm AA’s Float Only Match on the Tees at Yarm on Sunday was won by Dave Harris with 18lb 13oz, from Nigel Rance of Darlington, 13lb 5oz


Tomorrow:A match on The Angel takes place.

Sunday: A North East Super league event will be held at Yarm/Bowesfield and Sunderland FAC have an Away Day to Stonebridge. Wansbeck and Cramlington AC fish a Summer Series Match on Woodlands. There are also opens on Woodlands, The Angel, The Oaks and Carp Vale and the first-ever match takes place at Felmore Fishery near Alnwick, where a �20 entry fee sees contestants fishing from 10am-5pm with the winner taking �100. Limited spaces are left, so to book call either 07446 187255 or 07590 374286. Finally, Axwell Park and Derwent Valley angling club is hosting another one of their popular Open Days at Rowlands Gill Park from 10am-3pm.

Monday: An evening match over Lookout and Bowes Lakes takes place.

Tuesday: Another match in The King of Whins in scheduled on Whins Pond, while The South East Northumberland Branch of The Pike Anglers’ Club hold a meeting in the Northumbrian Piper, Red House Farm, Fawdon.

Wednesday: Big Waters hold a club meeting in The Empire CIU Club off Gosforth High street and there are Opens on both Woodlands and The Angel

Thursday: The Oaks hosts a midweek open.


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