Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sizeable Catches at Sharpley Springs; GAME ANGLING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sizeable Catches at Sharpley Springs; GAME ANGLING

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Byline: George Macintyre george.macintyre@sky.com

IT has been a week of top-class but challenging sport at Sharpley Springs, with those anglers trying to imitate up-winged flies needing a very close copy pattern.

There were several large fish brought to the net, with Ian McIntosh landing a 19lb rainbow and 9lb brown. Ian Alexander from Chester-le-Street brought more than 37lb to the net, including fish of 18lb 5oz and 17lb.

With the large amount of natural fly life available at Chatton Lakes, fishing has mostly been surface or subsurface with small black flies (sizes 18 to 20) having the most success.

Anthony Meadows from Chopwell returned 18, Victor Hemy from Whitley Bay kept four and returned nine, Michael Brown from Bedlington caught 12, David Goward from Hadston netted 11 and Graham Downie from Blagdon had 10 using dry flies and lures.

Ellem Fishing Club had an outing to the fishery. The winner of the competition was Alan Scott who had the heaviest bag, while the prize for heaviest fish was won by Ian Bruce.

At Knitsley Mill Gary Thompson brought 10 to the net and Derek Parker had the week's heaviest fish at 6lb.

Jim Berkshire from Stanley caught and returned the biggest fish of the year to date at Higham Lakes - a lovely 17lb - and Paul Waters from Bedlington had a good day, returning 14 to 12lb on dry flies.

The trout were rising freely at Thrunton Long Crag, which meant surface sport was at its best. At Witton Castle Lakes, A Grabham had a 15-fish limit, N Puncheon netted eight, N Midgley, P Smith and I Prentice caught six each and T Carr and J brought five each to the net.

The best recorded fish at South Linden this week was a 15lb rainbow, which was brought to the net by C Redshaw of Ashington.

Richard Wood of Belsay caught and released 14 in a six-hour session and T Dawson of Newcastle caught and released 15 in two back-to-back sessions.

Caistron was stocked last week so, unsurprisingly, the fish have been coming to the net in good numbers. …

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