Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Going Is Tough for Christmas Diehards

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Going Is Tough for Christmas Diehards

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UNSURPRISINGLY, angling activity has been curtailed over the last week with most rivers carrying far too much water - even if a break from the festivities was called for.

However, some diehards were still fishing the stillwaters of the area with conditions making these anglers work hard for their fish.

Whittle Dene was still producing small roach, mainly from the Lower Lake, but in the west CADCAC'S Crofton fishery has been yielding skimmers and roach.

The commercials at Woodlands, The Oaks and The Angel complex are always good bets at this time of the year. The Annual P Nichols match fished at Yarm on Boxing Day was won by Bill Blythe, who had 4lb 8oz.

Peter Noble secured runner-up position with 3lb 14oz while Gary Jones and Scott Lister tied for third, both weighing in 3lb 13oz.

On Sunday, Paul Stainsby won the Thornaby AA match on the River Tees at Croft courtesy of a 4lb chub - despite the extra water making it difficult.

Thornaby AA's Anthony Smith, who lost a big chub earlier in the match, made second when he took a chub of 1lb 13oz on ledgered bread from Hurworth end,.

Dave Alderson came third with a single graying, an outstanding specimen weighing 1lb 9oz, while junior member Ryan Alderson weighed in a pair of grayling for 1lb 5oz.

Sunday saw the latest match in the Eden Meadows Winter League.

Mark Brittain ensured he stayed top by weighing in a winning net of 13lb 10oz.

Geoff Lincoln was runner-up on 8lb 10oz and J Ions third with 6lb 3oz.

The Shimano Oaks Christmas Eve Rover Match was won by James Wood with an excellent weight of 38lb and Martin Chandler secured the CADCAC Xmas Tankard match with 4lb 2oz of skimmers and roach from Crofton.

Before the holidays, Big Waters AC fished the second round of their Winter League series at Carrs No 2 lake at Stockton. …

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