Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Trout Topics

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Trout Topics

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John Jones, one of Teesside's most popular and talented trout anglers, has died aged 87.

The Marske angler, who worked in the steel industry, last fished at LOCKWOOD BECK, where he was a season ticket holder, just a couple of days before his death.

He had fished there for over 40 years, coming into the sport as the modern era of trout fishing arrived.

Lockwood manager Gordon Byers said: "We have lost a dear friend as well as a fine angler. I'm pleased that he was able to continue fishing right up to his death, but the suddenness of it has left a big gap.

"Even this season he could cast a longer line than many much younger anglers. His enthusiasm for the sport never waned. The only time he ever complained was when he caught some of the bigger fish. He said they tired him out. He never left the lake without coming up for a chat and always thanked me for a good day. All our regular anglers will wish to pass on their condolences to his family."

Meanwhile many of the big fish stocked over the last few weeks are showing, Chris Brown returning an 8lb blue in stunning condition.

A total of 31 fish of over 5lb were kept, and others returned in a lively week. Redcar's Alan Byfield caught a 7lb rainbow and Colin Lynas (Guisborough) caught one of 7lb 4oz.

Mike Gadd and Dermot Speight caught 18 from a boat, while Clark Mondal had 12 from the bank on a Dawson's Nomad.

On all but the brightest days fish are being caught on top, and will feed a few feet down even when the sun is strong. Lures, nymphs and dries are all catching. A further 250 fish to 9lb have been stocked.

RAINBOWS to 7lb 4oz - falling to B Shaw of Loftus - have featured at SCALING DAM, where 130 anglers caught 422 rainbows in the last week.

Worm and Polyball has been the key combination for bait anglers, though Powerbait will usually take fish. …

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