Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wear Approaching Splendid Winter Form

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wear Approaching Splendid Winter Form

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A gloomy back-end to the week weatherwise failed to curtail angling activity and with water temperatures still warm for October results have remained encouraging.

The Big Waters at Seaton Burn is still producing quality roach and small bream while mixed bags of roach dace and gudgeon are the norm at Whittle Dene where John Mitchell had a net of over 20lb from the day ticket fishery.

On the local river scene, the Wear is approaching its splendid winter form with most of the popular stretches producing sport. Nets of chub to 40lb are coming from the free stretch above Baths Bridge, with dace and chublet catches to 20lb from the County Hotel, and both species are also showing well at Prebends in nets to 25lb .

Dace catches of a few pounds around Ovingham have featured in a rather quiet week for the region's most northerly major coarse river the Tyne, but the Tees is as consistent as ever, with reports of barbel of 8lb caught on the free water at Neasham and another lost.

A water frequented by few but neglected by many is Throckley Reigh to the west of Newcastle, and the TAA who administer the fishing there are trying to improve angling opportunities at the pond within the popular Newburn Country Park.

Initial talks between the TAA and Countryside Warden Lee Miller have resulted in a call to arms to local anglers to help with a work party this Sunday from 10.30am.

Talks with the Environment Agency have confirmed they too could become involved, as it fits with their aims to develop urban fisheries, but the actual response from anglers to Sunday's planned project will influence whether a bid for EA help could be justified and included in next year's funding rounds.

The Leazes Park Winter League matches now see juniors fish alongside seniors for the remainder of the year but with their own points and league places, which was how junior Lewis Herbertson with 1lb 12oz of roach and perch claimed third spot on Sunday's match. John Jackson, with 5lb 6oz won the event ahead of Colin Rutterwith 2lb 3oz in second.

WACAC's final evening series was fished on Sunday and Gary Kislingbury with 4lb 8oz won from Brian Hutchinson with 3lb 13oz second and Tony Glennie, on 3lb 3oz, third. …

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