Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Turning Point in Midweek

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Turning Point in Midweek

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FISHING remained tough last weekend with swollen rivers and strong winds making life difficult for the region's coarse anglers, although a midweek improvement in the weather saw angling activity increase.

About 1500 day tickets have been sold for Whittle Dene but only five anglers braved the conditions to fish last week.

With depths of over 30 feet in the Lower Reservoir fish are now in the deeper areas and proving difficult to tempt but with the season ending at sundown this Sunday some anglers are sure to be having a last fling.

Pikers are slowly increasing their activities and while floods had recently closed the Castle Loch fishery at Lochmaben a few pike anglers ventured out at the weekend some catching up to seven fish in a session, although most fish were under 10 pounds.

The new coarse fishery planned for Wydon Burn at Hexham has now got over its initial construction difficulties and looks like being on course to open in the spring or early summer. The TAA confirmed that around 1,000 small tench and a further 1,000 crucians have now been placed in the water that Hexham Anglers Association are expected to run in conjuction with the TAA, and plans for roach to be stocked by the EA are also in abeyance.

The final round of the NE Winter League took place on the Tees at Yarm on Sunday where Ray Hughes of Shotton won with one bream and some roach for 9lb 12oz.

Richie Bessemer was runnerup with 8lb 12oz and Peter Wadge third with 7lb 15oz followed by Trevor Walker of Big Waters ID Tackle with 7lb 9oz.

Newman Scotts were top team on the day ahead of Darlington Angling Centre, but the final placings saw Browning Quaker clinch the title with Newman Scotts runners-up, and Daiwa third.

Darlington BT contested their Xmas cheer match on Sunday on the Tees at Coniscliffe. Mark Rogers won with two chub for 7lb 5oz. Conditions were worse during Northallerton's match on the Swale where a single chub weighing 3lb 10oz won it for John Wilkinson. …

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