Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Angling: These Are the Dace of Our Lives

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Angling: These Are the Dace of Our Lives

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Byline: Tony Curnow

The River Wear around Durham is producing some really big dace, with a 1lb 4oz fish caught last week by British dace record holder Simon Ashton.

Such are the size of the dace in the River Wear that a couple of years ago during a North-east Winter League match, I thought I had caught a net full of small chub.

I never lived it down when I was told they were dace!

A simple stick float or waggler set-up with maggot and caster as bait on a size 20 hook to 2lb floating mainline and 1.7lb bottom, will tempt even the biggest of them.

The current British record for a dace is 1lb 5oz 2dr. Who knows? Another record fish for the North-east could be just around the corner.

Telephone 0191 3847584 for the latest information on the venue.

ORGANISERS at Sport England have kicked anglers in the teeth again after a dismal approval of just pounds 135,000 a year in support of angling until 2009.

Swimming received pounds 5,492,775, rowing pounds 3,532,222, sailing pounds 2,630,000 and canoeing pounds 2,150,555, leaving angling as the poor cousins of water users yet again.

When you consider that angling is the biggest participation sport in the country and in a year when a new campaign kicks off to get more people into angling, their miserly decision leaves a lot of eyebrows raised

AROUND the area this week the fishing has lived up to all expectations, considering the arctic blast that hit us on Saturday night.

The 15th River Swale Preservation Society Team Masters fished brilliantly for those pegged on chub shoals and a new match record for the event was recorded.

The 240-peg match is a must fish event for any team in the North-east and remains as the single biggest event in our area.

Keith Mottram (Aireborough) was the man celebrating his gold medal with an outstanding net of chub of 123lb 12oz. …

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