Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Angel Is Top Venue for Rudd

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Angel Is Top Venue for Rudd

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AS WE enter October, cooler water temperatures are now appearing on stillwaters with the top and bottom foot of water the coldest.

Some great rudd are being caught on The Angel on the drop to maggot, with ide, orfe and roach being caught in the same way. Alan Wright from Whickham had three carp over double figures on Bowes, as well as nine carp about 8lb to 9lb, all on ledger.

Despite the recent gales that ruined angling elsewhere, the sheltered position of Bassets Pond saw the fishery unruffled. It is a place where, if all else fails, anglers can go all out for gudgeon.

It's been a steady week on Aldin Grange, where carp and tench are still feeding but where ides are expected to fill the nets as soon as cooler water prevails.

However, Wayne Harrison, fishing on the silver lake, weighed in 27lb of fish, all caught up in the water to maggot. Sport is slowing up at Whittle Dene on cooler days, but Les Gorehan and Colin Rutter still found roach, perch and dace willing to take a bait of single maggot.

The region's rivers have been kind to coarse rods, with the Swale yielding a 10lb 8oz barbel on Sunday, and Daniel Evans reporting a personal best chub of 5lb 6oz from the Wear, while bream nets to 25lb are still coming from the Tees at Stockton.

Paul O'Donnell was the winner of the Angel Open on Sunday with 56lb 10oz, while the trend for great weights for short fourhour matches continued. Neville Langley, fishing from the golden peg, won with 87lb, just pipping runner-up John Foster by 10oz. The Wednesday match on Lookout Island went to Alan McGuire with 53lb 6oz.

Northallerton's Open on the River Swale at Scruton was won by Chester-le-Street angler Graham Skirrey from Mary's Tackle, whose weight of 79lb 8oz was made up of 30 chub that fell to ledgered wasp grub.

Elsewhere on the Swale, Ghurka winner Matty Prudhoe of Washington won the Idle and Thackley match at Swainby with 18lb 7oz of dace and chub caught on stick floatfished maggot.

Round one of this year's North East Winter League fished on the Tees at Yarm on Sunday saw Mark Coyne, of Newman Scotts, win with 37lb of bream. …

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