Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Major Hauls for Pike Men

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Major Hauls for Pike Men

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Angling remains encouraging with the Tees especially giving some fine chub sport around Middleton. At Stockton, 14-year-old Kurt Williamson caught several pounds of roach and a surprise 2lb bream from the free stretch adjacent to the Netto car park.

The Wear and Tyne continue the chub thread but the short coarse season on the Eden, that drew to a close recently, resulted in frustration for coarse rods as high water levels rendered fishing impossible.

Although the colder weather often mars general coarse sport, pikers have been doing well with a species not at all deterred by a cold snap.

At Esthwaite Water recently Andrew Laird, fishing a half mackerel, tempted a 29lb 4oz monster, the biggest pike of the season so far and which was part of a six-fish haul.

A pollan deadbait accounted for a hefty 28lb 11oz specimen for Joe O'Rouke and Dave Roscoe took a string of double figure fish on static deadbaits topped by one of 28lb 8oz.

On the Tees, too, pikers have still been doing well with George Middlemas getting his angling year off to a brilliant start by catching his best ever pike, a 24lb 8oz monster, which came from the Bassleton Wood stretch to a bait of legered herring.

It took George from Stockton 15 minutes before he netted the big fish and silenced his wife Kate, also an accomplished angler, in the process, as a 22lb pike she caught from Semerwater had given her the family bragging rights until then.

On the match scene, Ian Lumb of Chester-le-Street won Sunday's Open at Yarm with 8lb 9oz of dace using maggot from Colin Huggins with 6lb 4oz in second and Peter Wadge of Shotton third with 5lb 11oz.

Sunday's Ripon Piscatorial match on the Ure saw Terry Morgan round up over a dozen chub to return just under 43lb with grub and caster being the killer baits.

John Moffat was second with 18lb 2oz and Pat Adams with 17lb 7oz was third.

Still representing one of the best value for money purchases for local angling, the revised price for a coarse ticket to fish all of the Northumbrian Anglers Federation on the Tyne has been announced at pounds 25 for the season. …

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