Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Monster Pike Gets Returned to Tyne

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Monster Pike Gets Returned to Tyne

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Byline: DAVID HALL

WHAT is a real rarity nowadays - a monster pike - has been caught on the River Tyne. The fish was caught on a flying c off the NERAC water at Widehaugh, near Hexham, by salmon angler Ross Middleton of Sunderland, and it weighed 25lb.

Prior to Kielder, pike were established over much of the Tyne, and indeed still are found in very small numbers on the South Tyne and Rede.

But NERAC officials confirmed that the fish is the very first pike caught from Widehaugh in more than 40 years, and an older member stated no one has caught a pike there since 1960.

Ross - who also caught a salmon of 13lb the same day - and NERAC are to be congratulated for returning the magnificent pike alive to the water.

Angling has enjoyed some excellent sport recently with Leazes Park and Killingworth Lake yielding some fine carp. Andy Mac accounted for a superb 6lb 3oz tench from a club water and at Middleton Water Parks, run by Ferryhill AC, some great catches have been made during the evening.

It has been a grand week on the Angel complex with great catches at dusk and dawn and mixed fishing through the day.

Peter Watkins from Crookhall, Conset, took a personal best mirror carp when he landed a 15lb 12oz specimen and a terrific 11lb 6oz bream was taken by Norman Wilson fishing Bowes.

Lookout produced 17 crucians for Edward Cummings, the best 2lb 9oz, and he also had seven tench plus mixed silvers and carp in his session.

On Aldin Grange plenty of carp, big skimmers and tench are being caught with worm, caster and maggot all producing bites. Sport has improved dramatically on the scenic section of Derwent Reservoir by the Nature Reserve as many anglers have moved their focus into this.

Maggot fished on the waggler has netted dozens of fish from this area over the past week with fish moving out into this shallow bank.

Whittle Dene has enjoyed a healthy attendance throughout the week with some superb sport with gudgeon, bream and perch. …

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