Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Catches as Varied as the Weather

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Catches as Varied as the Weather

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CAPRICIOUS weather has kept the region's anglers guessing as fish have sometimes reacted in unexpected ways.

Fishing at Chatton is improving as the water cools. Lures and buzzers fished deep and slowly have been most productive. Trevor Wadds from Craster caught 14, Steve Bilborough of Cramlington 12 and Gordon Swain from Dipton 10. Rob Nesbit from Ashington kept five and returned five. The fishery now closes at 6pm daily.

Hirst Park Trout Ticklers fished Derwent Reservoir on Sunday.

Lewis Robertson landed the heaviest bag with six for 10lb 8oz, Harley Dixey had the heaviest fish at 2lb 12oz and Keith Burton landed one of 5lb 11oz.

The next outing is to Witton Castle Lakes on Saturday.

It was a mixed week at South Linden, many fly anglers landing limit bags at the start but floods later pushing the fish deep and making them elusive.

D York of Ashington caught eight and released six and G and D Maddison of Bedlington caught and released 10 and eight respectively.

Naworth saw good sport as fish took lures on intermediate lines.

P McNeill had 42 to 4lb, A McMillan one of 10lb, D Armstrong a 12lb rainbow and B McNeill landed 19 to 3lb.

Despite the weather change, fish are feeding high in the water at Witton Castle Lakes, where the top fly has been a Black Buzzer. Witton Juniors' final event of the season, with the Club Mark Award presentation, is on Sunday.

Norma Donaghue of Marton caught the week's best trout at Jubilee Lakes, a 6lb 10oz rainbow.

In cooling conditions the catch rate at Aldin Grange went berserk, Andrew Taylor of Brasside landing 32 and losing more. David Gray of Gateshead netted 27.

Caistron has had another great week. On the lake, Jim Cameron caught 11 trout, Bill Hunt eight and G Morgan three, including one of 141/2lb.

Flooding closed the River Coquet beat on Friday, but brought rewards on Saturday as salmon moved in. …

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