Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Activity on the Rivers Warming Up Nicely

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Activity on the Rivers Warming Up Nicely

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THE change in the region's weather has brought about an increase in angling activity. The interest in catching big grayling at this time of the year continues with fine fish of up to 2lb from the Eden - but just over the border the grayling are that much bigger. Alan Scott had four grayling all over 2lb and the best at 2lb 6oz from the River Teviot. On The Annan, James Loudon from North Yorkshire proved how good that river is for the species when he caught a superb 3lb 5oz specimen using float-fished redworm, the best grayling recorded this winter.

Yarm AA's match on the Tees was won by Andy Dargue with 36lb 9oz made up of five bream plus perch to 2lb on feeder and worm. Dave Waterson of Darlington was runner-up with 28lb 11oz, while Paul Healey made third on 28lb 3oz and Geoff Douglas with 26lb made fourth spot.

Sunday's sweepstake on Whittle Dene saw venue specialist Steve Wood win again by netting 119 small roach for 7lb 9oz.

Ian Hunter took second place with 6lb 9oz while Phil Rippon was third on 4lb 12oz.

The RSPS River Swale Team Masters' match at Morton Bridge saw Adrian Evans weigh in 21 chub to triumph with 32lb 4oz.

Stuart Tate was second with 25lb 12oz, Ian Bates third on 24lb 3oz.

The Ripon Piscatorials Open on the River Ure was claimed by local specialist John Taylor, with 18lb 4oz made up of five chub which all fell for steak Wansbeck and Cramlington AC have gave their members a timely boost by introducing quality roach in the eight to 10-inch class into two of their club waters. The Milkhope fishery received 150 fish, while a further 650 went into their Horton Grange water. Angling rolled out its big guns to protect fisheries from alien cormorant invasion this week.

Campaigners from the world of angling were joined by celebrities Chris Tarrant and Feargal Sharkey to hand over a 16,000-signature petition calling for action to limit the devastating impact of the UK's rapidly-increasing cormorant population and its effect on inland freshwater habitat and ecosystems.

Scientists have calculated each cormorant needs at least a pound of fish a day to survive and there are now an estimated 23,000 non-native invasive cormorants over-wintering in the UK compared to 2,000 in the 1980s. …

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