Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Basketball: Wear Again Provides First-Class Sport

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Basketball: Wear Again Provides First-Class Sport

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Byline: DAVID HALL

THE Wear again dominated catches on North-East rivers with the fine form continuing around Durham City. Dace, chub and roach are providing first-class sport.

The Tees too has been excellent in the lower reaches where bream and to a lesser extent chub have been the predominant species, while the Tyne has still been out of sorts and seen little attention from coarse rods.

While anglers have struggled on most stillwaters, The Angel's Lookout Lake produced the goods for Alistair Johnson from Chester-le- Street. Ledgering hair-rigged sweetcorn, he took a catch of both tench and carp around the 2lb mark.

Lonsdale has been fishing well in the west when weather conditions allow and Chris Scott won a CADCAC match recently with 36lb of roach on a day when three other weights exceeded 20lb.

Two matches were fished on the Angel last weekend with Dave Hudson winning the first with 44lb 6oz from peg One, ahead of Dave Foster, with 33lb 2oz, and John Foster (22lb 10oz).

Steve Wood won the second match with 21lb 8oz from peg 23, ahead of Wetherby pair Stuart Turner - with 17lb 10oz - and Martin Whitaker (8lb 1oz).

On the Tees at Yarm, Bob Ramshaw put together a superb winning weight of 29lb 11oz on Sunday made up of lobworm-caught bream and chub from a peg on the golf course. Ian Bates was second with 16lb 6oz and Keith Ward third on 14lb 8oz.

The first match in Big Waters' Winter League took place recently at Sessay, where Scott Lister caught 11 carp to corn to win with 27lb 12oz, ahead of Nigel Ripley in second with 23lb 6oz of ide and chub.

Pike anglers are having increased success as more visit the lochs over the border in south west Scotland. Andrew Gill, from Washington, had a fine fish of 11lb from Loch Ken, while a total of seven pike to 6lb 5oz were taken from Loch Arthur by a trio of Newcastle anglers, who missed more runs than they connected with.

Piking on the Tees, Talkin Tarn and the QE2 have been fairly good, although no heavyweight specimen fish have been reported this week. …

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