Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Paul Has the Knack

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Paul Has the Knack

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Byline: By Richard Gent

BIG-fish specialist Paul Hull led the way with success at the double-double in a week of good news all round on the trout waters.

The reservoirs hit top form and bumper catches were reported from the lakes.

But it was Paul, of Evenwood, who stole the limelight at Jubilee Lakes, taking his tally there of double-figure rainbows into double figures with a brace of 10lb-plus fish.

Paul hooked trout of 16lb 9oz and 14lb 8oz in a 15-fish haul which won him the Jubilee heat of the Troutmasters competition.

He has now landed 10 doubles this year at the fishery near Darlington and is well on course to top last year's personal tally there of 19. He also holds the bag-limit record at Jubilee with three trout totalling 45lb.

"Paul keeps on the move, keeps changing flies and doesn't fish any one method. That seems to be the secret of his success," said Dave Hayman, who runs Jubilee with wife Sandra.

"He has his off-days like everyone else, but he's a good all-rounder - equally as good a fishing a buzzer as fishing a lure."

Jubilee has produced a rush of 13lb-plus fish in recent weeks and joining in the celebrations last week were Ray Fothergill, of Newcastle, with a 16lb 6oz trout and Kevin Owens, of Spennymoor, with a 16lb fish.

Meanwhile, the Sharpley complex near Seaham produced some real heavyweight action with a 19lb 3oz rainbow at the Springs for Peter Appleby, of Aycliffe, and a fish of exactly the same size from the Waters for Brian Corkhill, of Gateshead.

John Taylor, of Washington, and Tom Clayton, of Great Lumley, both caught 15lb-plus trout while Dave Forster, of Washington, hooked a 14lb 3oz specimen brown trout. Gary Redhead, of Newcastle, marked his first visit to the Springs with a 14lb rainbow.

Ken Gill, from Newcastle, caught the best of the week at Beamish Lake, near Stanley, a cracking rainbow of 17lb. Simon Cozier, also from Newcastle, landed a 16lb specimen but Miles Cowell, of South Pelaw, outshone everyone with a hat-trick - a 16lb fish and two of 14lb. …

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