Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

SHILBOTTLE Angler Brian Douglas Celebrated [...]

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

SHILBOTTLE Angler Brian Douglas Celebrated [...]

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SHILBOTTLE angler Brian Douglas celebrated the opening day of the salmon fishing season on the River Coquet by landing the first fresh salmon of the season - for the seventh time.

Fishing a black and white Devon - affectionately called the "Toon Army" - Douglas landed a cock fish at 8.30am on Monday to lift the Coquet Trophy and three years' free permits.

Douglas, who has fished every opening day since 1978 - and a good number before that - said the fish had been in the river about a week but was in good condition. The early catch of the first salmon would have been a relief to Federation members who had to wait until May 4 last year - the latest the first fish has been caught since records began in 1957 - until Robert Newton of Hadston near Morpeth, landed a seven-pound fresh salmon at High Park just outside Felton.

The Federation has acquired a stretch of single bank fishing for four rods on the south bank of the Coquet at Harbottle for this season.

This water is likely to be of most interest to trout anglers. In an effort to prevent overcrowding and to limit the numbers fishing on any given day, anyone wishing to fish this stretch must obtain a special permit from head bailiff Willie Farndale (01669) 620 984.

Full details, including car parking, can be found on the Federation website at www.northumbriananglersfed.co.uk. With only one rule change for the new season - the maximum rod length for the River Coquet has been reduced to 12 feet - the Federation has held permit prices at last year's rates.

A full salmon season ticket will cost pounds 95 (pounds 60 concessionary) while a Coquet Tidal season ticket will be pounds 70, a trout season ticket pounds 75 (pounds 45 conc), a coarse season ticket pounds 27, a seven-day visitor's permit pounds 75 and a one-day visitor's permit pounds 30.

Anglers are reminded full season tickets can only be bought by people who stay in Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear. …

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