Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mixed Luck on Tweed

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mixed Luck on Tweed

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Byline: By Richard Gent

Success with salmon is all about being in the right place at the right time and catch returns from the mighty Tweed illustrate the point.

Anglers on the internationally- renowned river enjoyed their best week of the year last week with over 150 fish reported. Fifty seven more fish were caught this week.

But it's reckoned that, overall, the best of the spring action has been concentrated in only half of the beats, with the other half relatively quiet.

Tillmouth had a cracking time last week with 27 fish and Upper Floors logged 28. There were 14 for Sprouston and 13 for Hendersyde. Pleasing for anglers is that most of the catches this year have been fresh springers, with the biggest at 23lb.

Previous weeks saw totals of 79 and 70 fish. April produced record catches for beats in the bottom reaches with low water conditions concentrating stocks there. Ring Tweedline on 09068 666 412 for details of last-minute lets.

Good sport is reported from the Till tributary where prospects look excellent for the coming weeks with runs of summer sea trout arriving and night fishing about to take off.

Recent catches include a brace of 10lb 12oz and 5lb sea trout for Bruce Carrington, of Gosforth, on the Flodden Syndicate stretch, which also produced a 10lb salmon for Malcolm Johnson.

David Weir, from County Durham, caught salmon of 9lb and 6lb 6oz at Lower Tindal and Russell Grayson, of Blyth, grassed an 8lb salmon this week at Redscar. Ring Brian Thompson on (01668) 216223 for details of Ford and Etal Estates fishings.

* A HEAVYWEIGHT catch for Stuart Hambleton, of Sunderland, highlighted another big-fish week on the trout lakes. Stuart hooked a huge 22lb 2oz rainbow at Stonebridge Lakes in North Yorkshire as well as another leviathan of 14lb 6oz and a trout of 4lb 3oz for a bag total of 40lb 11oz.

Paul Pratt, of Newfield, caught huge rainbows of 17lb and 15lb in separate visits to Beamish Lake, near Stanley, where Derek Davison, of Gosforth, also had a 14lb fish.

Jubilee Lakes, at Redworth near Darlington, report plenty of specimen trout, topped by a 16lb 1oz rainbow for Stephen Hodge, of Kiphill, Stanley. …

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