Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tees Is Still Producing Impressive Catches

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tees Is Still Producing Impressive Catches

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CATCHES on the region's rivers have been encouraging with the Tees in particular yielding impressive catches of perch, roach and skimmers from pegs below Yarm AA's water. On the Tyne it is still the lower and tidal stretches which are producing catches, although the inconsistency of tidal fishing has seen blanks on some days and double figures the next.

The final days of the season on the Swale are always productive and chub have been providing sport with catches of over 40lb reported from Northallerton's day ticket water at Morton Bridge.

The experiment to keep Whittle Dene open to coarse rods for the first time this winter has been a success with small roach providing sport on freezing days when catching anything is difficult.

Venue specialist Steve Wood won Sunday's knock-up there with 7lb 2oz on a cold afternoon. Malcolm Wilkinson was second on 3lb 6oz whilst Phil Hoult was third with 3lb 1oz.

Sunderland FAC's Silksworth Spring Starter was a triumph for Colin Bunnet who won from the 'Golden Peg', taking 2lb 11oz of skimmers using ground bait feeder and maggot.

Sammy Mears was runner-up with 2lb while Darren.Jackson made third with 1lb.

Thornaby's match on the Tees at Hurworth saw Graham Ellison take 11 chub on bread for 22lb 8oz ahead of Dave Oxley with 17 lb 1 oz and Ken Close with 14lb 14oz.

Elsewhere on the Tees, Yarm AA's match on Sunday went to Chris Hawkes with a fine return of 38lb 8oz made up of six bream and skimmers. Brian O'Keefe was runner-up with 31lb 12oz while Graham Jones made third returning 31 lb 3 oz. The consistent Richy Besemer was fourth on 28lb 10oz. Big Waters AC fished a winter league match on Aldin Grange. Steve Jacques was top rod with 29lb 9oz of carp and ide, Jeff Lincoln followed with 17lb 10oz and John Reynolds was third with 13lb 1oz. WACAC's Winter League Final Placings saw Terry Mather win after a hard-fought series with all anglers in first and last place for more than one match. Bill Prideaux was runner-up with Brendan Heslop third.

Ben Thompson, regional development officer of the Angling Development Board, is asking for help from angling coaches for an event he is organising on Saturday, April 14 at the Angel of the North. …

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