Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Young Ones Snap Up Their England Spots

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Young Ones Snap Up Their England Spots

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Byline: By George Macintyre The Journal

A couple of weeks ago I said to keep an eye on the region's up-and-coming young anglers.

Congratulations this week to Scott Fenton of Houghton-le-Spring and Scarlett Hodgson of Ashington who have qualified for next year's England Junior fly fishing team to take on Wales.

The pair competed against 38 other youngsters at Grafham. With nearly 10lb of trout needed to make the top ten and a place in the team Scott came third overall with a bag-limit of eight fish for just under 15lb and Scarlett, who had only fished from a boat twice before, was fourth with six for 13lb 12oz. Scarlett is the only girl to make the team.

At Higham this week, there has been excellent dry fly action with hoppers and Shipman's working best.

Tom Linton from South Shields took a 16lb 7oz rainbow on an olive hopper and went on to return a further 22 fish. Allan Wallace from Whickham returned a 14lb fish and also returned a further 16 fish all taken on a damsel.

Michael Langdon from Low Fell took a 11lb rainbow (the fish fell to a Hare's Ear) and Rob Johnson from Westerhope returned a cracking 10lb brown trout.

Despite downpours, anglers at Sharpleywere rewarded by big specimen trout, with Sharpley Springs producing no less than 14 doubles ( the biggest 19lb 11oz taken from the Doxford Lake by Mick Carney from Sunderland fishing a pearly.

Peter Appleby from Newton Aycliffe, well known for his big catches, caught 54 fish in two visits with doubles at 17lb 8oz, 15lb 8oz and a 13-pounder. However, the tagged fish with a bounty of more than pounds 1,380 on its head still eludes Peter.

Visiting angler Andrew Watkinson from Clackmannanshire in Scotland caught a fully finned specimen at 18lb 4oz on a Bloodworm with Tom Reay of Gateshead close behind at 17lb 4oz caught on a CDC. Peter Campbell of Tyne and Wear saw double with his catch of 10lb and 11lb. Other doubles in the 10lb to 12lb range were netted by Alan Price, A Burns and B Dawson.

Grey Rose visiting from Hartlepool caught a 16-pounder on a 40-year-old split cane Hargreaves. It was a good day's sport at Langley Dam's Ladies' competition which was won by Julie Douglas from Prudhoe with two fish for 4lb 2oz, Amanda Cole taking the prize for the heaviest fish (2lb 6oz). …

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