Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ton-Up Catches Herald Start of Better Sport

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ton-Up Catches Herald Start of Better Sport

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NOW June is upon us, anglers can anticipate fulfilling times ahead as the next three months should bring the best in local coarse fishing.

That fact was illustrated on Wednesday night when an open on Bowes Lake created a venue record with an incredible catch of 291lb 10oz!

The catch was made by regular competitor John Dryden, who had to useix keep nets to retain his catch. A truly fantastic achievement.

Certainly on The Angel complex the fishing is already rewarding with "ton-up" catches recorded in matches and some cracking "silver fish" catches, mainly by anglers offering pellet fished with a waggler up in the water.

In addition excellent double figure carp have been caught and superb rudd of 2lb-plus have been taken in both Lookout and Bowes Lakes.

Ide over 4lb, tench, perch, roach, bream and even chub have all been recorded this week, as catches have remained varied and excellent.

Whittle Dene is also coming into form with roach, perch, skimnmers and gudgeon all featuring and one angler on Tuesday had a 4lb carp take his ledgered worm.

The Colin Pine Memorial Match on Lookout Laker saw a ton-up return as winner Dave Hudson brought an arm-aching 109lb 14oz to the scales.

Trev Wilson can count himself very unlucky not to have won, having 98lb 2oz for runner-up spot, while John Dryden was third with 86lb.

Big Waters AC fished a club match on Whittle Dene on Sunday where match secretary Nigel Ripley topped the field with 16lb 10oz of skimmers and roach caught via aground bait feeder offering worm as bait.

John Reynolds was runner-up with 15lb 4oz and third was Paul O'Donnell with just under 10lb.

The club's next match in the series is the Dissington Trophy which will be fished on June 12.

Sunday's Open on Lookout Lake went to Peter Alderton with 75lb 7oz, ahead of Dave Pearson on 66lb 14oz, just pipping Derek Fox's 66lb 11 by a mere 3oz.

WACAC's match on Alder Lake went to Chris Weddell with 65lb 8oz ahead of Les Evans who had 43lb 15oz and Ian Bullock on 24lb 12oz.

Wansbeck and Cramlington's recent 24-hour carp match saw David Greatex declared the winner with four fish totalling 64lb 10oz, a catch which included the best fish of the day, a hefty specimen of 18lb 4oz. …

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