Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Angling: Can You Think of Anything Worse? as the Winter Weather Begins to Bite: COARSE ANGLING

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Angling: Can You Think of Anything Worse? as the Winter Weather Begins to Bite: COARSE ANGLING

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Byline: By TONY CURNOW

WHEN you're sat shivering, watching the end of a motionless quiver tip rod with tears streaming down your face from the biting cold wind and a dew drop on the end of your nose, you could be forgiven for thinking there is nothing worse.

But last weekend a lot of anglers had to do just that to get a single bite.

Ironically, however, winter fishing for other anglers can be quite brilliant.

If you look at the normally prolific Woodlands complex at Thirsk that played host to 15 anglers last Sunday, T Neesam of Woodlands Tackle needed just 7lb 4oz to win.

Runner-up D Widrik of Skipton caught 4lb 6oz and Gordon Webb of Daiwa Cleveland came third with 3lb 14oz. It must have been soul destroying.

But, yet again, Northallerton DAA's 37 peg match on the River Swale around Scruton and Morton had a lot of anglers in a blind sweat with hungry chub throwing themselves at baited hooks.

Matty Prudoe of the RSPS group set his stall out at Scruton and led the way with a terrific 94lb 1oz of chub accompanied by a few grayling by fishing the stick float with maggot.

Steve Evans of Doncaster fished bread and wasp grub for his 73lb 15oz net of chub further upstream, while S McCardle of Brotherton also enjoyed chub sport with a third placed 67lb during a match that saw 13 double figure weights.

Mike Broadley's dominance of stick float fishing on his beloved River Tees for more than four decades is the stuff that legends are made of.

So it was no surprise to see him top of the list during Yarm AL's 55-peg Fur and Feather match last Sunday.

But this year he had to share the spoils and the prize table with up and coming match angler Mark Arrowsmith of Newman Scott.

Mike drew peg 79 on Stricklands and fished the stick float with maggot and caught four chub for 8lb 14oz while Mark opted for the long rod with maggot from peg 119 on Yarm shallows to catch smaller chub but in greater numbers, for the same weight. …

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