Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

You Can Bank on the Beck for Big Catches; ANDREW WILKINSON'S Weekly Look at the Local Angling Scene: TROUT TOPICS

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

You Can Bank on the Beck for Big Catches; ANDREW WILKINSON'S Weekly Look at the Local Angling Scene: TROUT TOPICS

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RAINBOWS to 12lb have been caught in a week of non-stop action at LOCKWOOD BECK.

That one fell to G Stephenson, who tempted it with a Black Zonker.

Andrew Grabham returned an 8lb brown, one of 24 fish he caught on CDC Shuttlecock, Diawl Bach and red Flexi Worms from the holly bush area.

John McGarrell caught 30 over a two day spell, with nymphs under an indicator from the top moorside block proving the key method.

Alan Byfield caught three stunning rainbows of 5lb 8oz, 11lb and 9lb. He returned both of the bigger ones.

Fish are falling to a range of patterns and as the lake is open until 9.45 anglers can enjoy the best of the evening rise.

TORRENTIAL rain coloured the Mill Lake at WEST HOUSE, but as it clears the sport has been excellent particularly as the water has cooled.

Chris Harris of Stockton caught a 6lb rainbow trout and a 4lb 5oz brown in the same session.

Ben Race of Great Ayton landed a stunning 14lb rainbow caught on a Black Cormorant, after targeting the fish for over an hour.

Barry Mitchell caught a 12lb rainbow off the top, one of six he caught.

Mike Flenley of Hartlepool rainbow and his nine-year-old son David a 4lb brown.

A double stocking of fish has gone in to further improve the rod bending action.

Different methods have been taking fish with dries working very well at times, while the fish have sometimes switched onto Buzzers.

When the water has been coloured lures have come into their own.

Fishing at dusk with dries has been productive, the top patterns being Shipman's and Emergers all catching.

AT SCALING, the west end of the dam has been the best area, and produced the biggest fish of the week, a 5lb 6oz rainbow to N Watson of Middlesbrough.

Stock fish have quickly spread over most parts of the reservoir, so there is the chance of a fish or two from any spot.

Legered worm/Powerbait cocktail is one of the best methods, while fly anglers have caught fish on Sedge patterns, and small black Fritz, especially from the east end of the South shore. …

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