Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Youngsters Show Great Skill INTHRUNTON Fish-Off

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Youngsters Show Great Skill INTHRUNTON Fish-Off

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George Macintyre THRUNTON Juniors enjoyed good sport this week. Despite last Wednesday's rain, the starter sessions kicked off.

And, on the Thursday, there was a Junior Angling Trust CAST Awards' fish-off, with the youngsters demonstrating excellent casting and changing flies and tactics often to suit the conditions.

The competition was won by Charles Nelson (15) of Low Bleakhope with three for 8lb 15oz taken on a Griffith's Gnat. Joseph Graham (12) from Newton was second and Callum Hindhaugh (140 from Glanton was third.

At the beginning of the week Guy Nicholson had nine, releasing rainbows of 9lb and 6lb, returning at the end of the week to land another 12.

Pete Maher and Michael Graham from Newcastle each landed nine; Gordon Greer from Blyth brought 12 to the net, keeping four for 12lb 2oz; Hazelrigg angler John Taylor returned 10; and Joe Brown from Bedlington caught 13 to 12lb over three short sessions, Jimmy Drew from Wallsend returned 16 over both lakes; Graham Woosey from Whitley Bay achieved his personal best and his biggest ever four-fish bag at 32lb, including the best fish of the week, an 18lb rainbow.

Michael Dodd from Gosforth also achieved his personal best with an 8lb-plus rainbow, which he returned to Long Crag returned; and six-yearold Amy Purvis from Titlington landed her first fish from Long Crag lake on an Invicta.

The fishery's next Junior event is fly tying with Paul Griffin from 10am to 12.30pm on Saturday, November 28. Call 01665 574400 for details.

At Derwent Reservoir on Saturday Derek Hodgson and Les Little each took their limits by 10.30am at Hunter House point. This area has consistently fished well all week and is often the best place in November for some late season sport.

It has been a week of big fish at Naworth, with I McVitte landing doubles of 18lb and 20lb on fly, L McVitte netting a 12lb rainbow to fly, whereas R Noble landed 13 to 15lb on fly, M Proudfoot had 12, including fish of 14lband 15lb to fly; and D Bunton netted rainbows of 15lb and 17lb to fly.

South Linden continues to produce good numbers of quality fish. John Barnes had bags of seven and 16, including three-double figure rainbows to 15lb, over two visits; George Maddison had nine and 10; Gary Spencer landed nine and six, including two doublers to 14lb; and M Telford also netted a double-figure rainbow.

A second heat of the Team England Fly Fishing (TEFF) qualifiers was held at Chatton on Saturday, with 70 fish landed for a rod average of 4.3.

Qualifying on the day were Lee Wilkinson from Consett (17 points), Brian Davis from Dudley (11 points) and Malcolm Robinson from Bedlington (six points).

It was another great week of sport with fish being taken at all depths, with dry flies still working well on the surface. …

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