Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Golden Boy John Is the Pride of Lockwood Beck; TROUT TOPICS

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Golden Boy John Is the Pride of Lockwood Beck; TROUT TOPICS

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IT was a glittering moment for John Parker when he caught LOCKWOOD BECK'S only golden trout.

And it's still in the lake for he returned the 13lb fish to fight another day.

The fish was stocked five weeks ago when it arrived with a batch of rainbows.

"It's our only one, and is in lovely condition," said fishery manager Gordon Byers, who has this week stocked more big rainbows into the 60 acre lake.

"We've stocked 260 fish, with 10 of them being from 9lb to 18lb.

The big ones average 14lb, and we've also stocked 50 averaging 4lb and a further 200 from 1lb 8oz to 2lb 12oz."

The big goldie wasn't Parker's only fish. He totalled eight, all to an Orange Zonker fished at the overflow end of the dam.

Thursday was the best day of the week, with a rod average of over 10.

Malcolm Jefferson caught 39 to 4lb on Cat's Whisker and Buzzer fished under an indicator from the culvert.

Included in his total was a brown trout. John McGarrell caught 24 on small black Cormorants and Pink Flexi Worms fished on an intermediate at the culvert.

Earlier in the week he caught 11 to 5lb on size 10 and 12 Buzzers from the top of the moorside.

With warmer weather finally due next week, the good fishing should continue, with more fish coming up in the water to take imitative patterns.

For anglers who can't spare a full day four hour permits are available from 3.30pm Tomorrow's Airflo event has been called off because of a lack of entries, though the fly-fishing course next Friday is fully booked.

However there are places left on next Saturday's course for intermediate anglers. The course is aimed at improving casting.

The beginners' course on Saturday, April 20 has one place remaining. Call fishery manager Gordon Byers on 07973 779527.

IAN Willis from Guisborough caught the biggest trout of the week from SCALING DAM.

His 4lb rainbow took PowerBait fished off the south bank. He caught six rainbows. …

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