Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Brightest Time Is Right before Darkness Falls

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Brightest Time Is Right before Darkness Falls

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ANGLERS in the region are now beginning to find the extra hours of daylight are working to their advantagel the last hours before dark often the most productive.

Certainly angling in both running and stillwaters is improving especially on the Angel complex, where carp are already starting to show in catches from Lookout Lake. What is more interesting is that two double-figure catches of dace have been reported recently from the River Tyne near Wylam, with all fish falling to single maggot.

Anglers fishing Whittle Dene have been finding small roach providing the bulk of the sport. The Northern Reservoir has been the most productive for those fishing float or pole, whilst ledgering at the Lower Reservoir is picking out a better class of roach along with bonus skimmers.

Although Esthwaite Water has still been in good form for predator anglers, the Tees has had a good fortnight for pike fishing, albeit nothing of any great size.

River pike are not common in this area but the Swale, Ure and other North Yorkshire rivers have good pike populations, as Dean Brook proved when he netted three jacks, a bigger fish into double figures and eventually a superb 25lb specimen, all falling to float-ledgered sardine.

Hetton Lyons Angling Club offer some attractive matches this year with an interesting fixture list that takes in the Super Cup and Wearside League matches. The go ahead club has already put together some warm up matches, as any members wishing to make the team for either or both events need to show for practice matches.

The dates for these are March 6, 13 and 27 at Hetton, plus March 20 at Silksworth.

In addition the club have a home draw against Woodlands B in this year's Super Cup which will be fished over April 9 and 10.

Final figures have proved that North East rivers have benefited from a record-breaking year at the Environment Agency's fish farm.

Last year was the best year ever for the EA's specialist fish breeding farm, resulting in record-breaking numbers of coarse fish being released into England's rivers. …

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