Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Permit Price Increases Ahead of New Season; GAME ANGLING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Permit Price Increases Ahead of New Season; GAME ANGLING

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Byline: George Macintyre george.macintyre@sky.com

THERE will be a slight increase in the price of a Northumbrian Anglers' Federation annual permit for the rivers Coquet and Tyne, with the cost of a full salmon permit rising to PS135 (up from PS105) and that for a concessionary going up to PS90 (from PS70).

Trout permits for the 2015 season will be unchanged at PS70, with a concessionary permit remaining the same at PS50.

The permit for fishing for coarse fish on the River Tyne will increase by PS5 to PS35.

The salmon season starts on February 1. Season permits will only be issued to anglers resident in Northumberland, Co Durham and Tyne & Wear, but visitor permits are available, with a sevenday, all fish, all waters - including the Coquet tidal stretch - permit going up PS10 to PS150. A one-day ticket will be PS60, also up PS10. The visitors' brown trout-only permits are unchanged at PS80 for seven days and PS20 for one day.

The NAF say that the increase is to take into account that there will be no separate PS80 ticket for the tidal stretch on the River Coquet.

The salmon, visitor and coarse permits are only available from the head bailiff. No application forms necessary.

To apply for a permit, send cheque for the correct fee and payable to NAF, also enclosing an SAE at least 9in x 6in (C5) with sufficient postage to Head Bailiff, 15 Woodlands, Rothbury, Northumberland NE65 7XZ.

Anglers who braved the snow flurries at South Linden enjoyed good sport, with D and G Maddison of Bedlington returning eight apiece, whereas fishery regular G Lumsden returned nine and J Barnes of Guidepost caught-andreleased 12.

Weather permitting, the fishery will remain open throughout the winter, but if the cold and snow sets in anglers should contact the fishery or check the lake conditions at www.southlindenfishery.org before setting out.

Thrunton Long Crag fished well this past week, and those anglers who worked the banks, changing position and tactics to suit the wind and dips in temperature, had the best of the sport. …

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