Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Angling: Ewart Beats Drought to Land Real Beauty; HOOKED FRESHWATER ANGLING

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Angling: Ewart Beats Drought to Land Real Beauty; HOOKED FRESHWATER ANGLING

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Byline: By DAVID CARRICK

DESPITE the recent drought, a wonderful brown trout weighing 6lb 2oz was caught on the River Coquet by regular visitor Darren Ewart, while fishing the Northumbrian Anglers Federation waters this week.

Darren caught the superb specimen on the fly at Felton on Sunday - the fish was 23 inches long and 14 inches in girth.

The fish puts Ewart firmly in pole position for the Federation Centenary Cup for the heaviest brown trout caught on Federation waters.

And it follows hot on the heels of an excellent 5lb 1oz trout caught by Keith Young from Rothbury recently.

These magnificent fish show the Coquet is still capable of producing some top-class wild brown trout, even though stocks are nowhere near as good as they used to be a few decades ago.

The Tyne is at a pitifully low level at present, and is now desperate for a spate to get fish in safely from the sea.

There are reports of good numbers of fish waiting off the coast.

The Tyne estuary is falling into a critical zone as far as oxygen levels are concerned and, should we get a prolonged drought, the alarm bells will begin ringing for the salmon and sea-trout trying to run the river.

With more salmon running the Tyne, a potential disaster could only be a matter of weeks or months away.

With no plans in place to cope with a large fish kill, anglers can only hope that heavy rainfall improves the situation in the weeks to come.

I have never seen the South Tyne as low as it is at present. I seem to say this every year - and it still gets lower!

It is a pitiful sight at Haltwhistle, with hardly enough flow to cover a pair of shoes.

Despite the very low river levels, anglers are still catching some fish in the region.

Out on Tyneside Angler's Syndicate waters, David Smith from Rothbury landed a nice 9lb 8oz salmon off the Till at Doddington, while his pal Ian Longstaff had one of 6lb 8oz. …

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