Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

GAME Angling

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

GAME Angling

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NINE pairs took part in the final heat of the WaterAid Boat Pairs competition at Kielder Water, with Ray Fothergill landing the heaviest fish of the day at 4lb 2oz.

The top five pairs who go through to the July 12 final are 1, Peter Pattinson and Ray Fothergil (seven for 15lb 9oz); 2, Brian Lille and Phil Rippon (eight for 14lb 10oz); 3, Richard Wood and Bill Webster (seven for 10lb 13oz); 4, Peter Crowe and Ernie Craster (four for 6lb 2oz); 5, Cliff Charlton and Edwin Graham (3 for 5lb 1oz).

Boat angler Ian Gillford had the heaviest rainbow at Kielder Water at 5lb on worm and sweetcorn at the Wave Chamber.

Worm anglers have also recorded limit catches at the mouth of the Belling inlet. Boat anglers have also caught well from the east of Plashetts Quarry, within sight of Robin's Hut, and down the north shore towards Benny Shank.

Fly angler R Maughan had the week's heaviest catch at 19lb 3oz from the bank at Little Whickhope.

The bank from the Reivers' rest at Leaplish towards the Scout Camp at Hawkhirst has been another hotspot with 14 limits in the later part of the week.

The best of the fishing at Grassholme has been in the early morning with the trout rising well to buzzers. With more big fish and golden trout stocked, anglers will have a bonanza in favourable conditions.

Most fish this week have been taken on ledgered baits with Magic Dust in a feeder making the difference for many anglers. C Hill, fishing off the dam wall, had the best fish of the week at 10lb 9oz.

Weather conditions have tested anglers' skills at Hury but those who have been willing to switch tactics to suit the conditions have taken quality fish.

Early morning has seen fish taken on small Shuttlecock Buzzers and Hoppers and as the day has warmed up, those anglers who followed the fish down using various lures continued to take fish.

On the hottest of days, a fast-sink line and a Booby on an 18in cast twitched along the bottom was the best option. The fish returned to the top late evenings as sedges began to hatch. Patterns such as Sedgehogs and Soldier Palmer Muddler have given explosive sport.

Large numbers are on the surface in the evenings at the Derwent Reservoir, leading to some excellent sport on dry flies with Black Hoppers and Daddies. …

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