Young Wharriers are Streets ahead

CATCH them young was certainly the message at Derwent Reservoir last week, when 42 children from Wharrier Street Primary School, Walker, had a first taste of trout fishing.

CATCH them young was certainly the message at Derwent Reservoir last week, when 42 children from Wharrier Street Primary School, Walker, had a first taste of trout fishing.

The Year Six girls and boys were totally absorbed in the sport and many of them caught some super rainbow trout. Northumbrian Water Leisure manager Don Coe added: “These children were the best we’ve had and a credit to the school.”

One youngster, Daniel Mifsud (pictured in the centre of the group photo above) left the best until last when he caught the largest fish of the day at 3lb 8oz on Powerbait.

Not only were the Wharrier Street kids good at catching fish, they also just beat the weather getting off the reservoir just before a massive thunderstorm hit.

Thanks go to Don Coe and his team of instructors and also the sterling work put in by the Environment Agency instructors who also attended on the day.

The rivers continue to be up and down, clearing one day then carrying heavy colour the next.

However, some anglers have taken advantage of this. Out on the River Wear, Dean Ferguson from Park Hill, Durham, landed a cracking 13lb salmon from the Durham area of the Wear which he returned.

He also reported catching 15 sea-trout in recent weeks and he has returned all of them – it is great to hear of such conservation.

Another angler in this mould is Wolfram Kluge from Yorkshire who landed five cracking sea-trout on fly off Tyneside Anglers Syndicate waters who also returned all fish which ranged from 3lb up to 7lb 8oz.

Harvey Marchbank from Guisley landed one of 3lb 12oz on spinner. Frank Lightfoot from Fenham caught a sea-liced salmon of 11lb on a Cascade of his own tying.

Out on NERAC Waters on the South Tyne Ken Baldwin from Wardley caught sea-trout of 8lb and 5lb in the Gooseholme area.

Other members were catching and returning salmon and sea-trout when levels fell away.

THE Environment Agency’s qualified coaches will be out again at Sharpley Springs, Seaham, on Saturday, August 11 and Higham Lakes, Ponteland, on Sunday, August 12, offering taster sessions for Trout Fishing.

Not only will they be attempting to reel in the fish, they will also be trying to ‘Hook’ the anglers.

Beginners who want to try the sport should contact Sarah Baillie on (0191) 203 4138. All equipment will be provided and up to 15 anglers can be catered for.

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