Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Steve Masters Conditions to Bag First Place

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Steve Masters Conditions to Bag First Place

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A MATCH in the prestigious Angling Trust-backed Riverfest series was held on the River Tyne.

The competition was fished in bright and windy conditions and that, along with low water levels, combined to make the Tyne a difficult proposition for the 58 experienced competitors taking part.

The winner was Bag em Matchbaits angler Steve Whitfield, who caught 17lb 12oz from the unfancied Corbridge section.

Steve fished the eight metre whip with maggot over groundbait to take dace and a chublet. Runner-up was Anthony Green of Stratford Fishing & Outdoors with 16lb 8oz from the Bywell section.

Anthony caught three chub on ledgered bread along with 12 dace on the stick float and maggot.

Third-place angler was Brian Rigby, of Shakespere Superteam Bait Tech, with 14lb 4oz, which comprised 57 dace caught on the waggler from the Bywell section. Fourth was Diawa Dons angler Steve Lowther with 32 dace for 10lb 7oz. The qualifiers from the three zones that go on to fish in the final were: Zone 1 Steve Whitfield, Zone 2 Anthony Green, Zone 3 Steve Lowther.

The full top six were: 1 Steve Whitfield 17lb 12oz, 2 Anthony Green 16lb 8oz, 3 Brian Rigby 14lb 4oz, 4 Steve Lowther 10lb 7oz, 5 Bob Youdale 9lb 10oz, 6 Martin Highe 8lb 4oz.

TAA rep Steve Hoggins sacrificed a chance to fish in order to organise instead and thanks are due to him.

The River Wear Open Match run by Durham City on Sunday went to Ben Huggins, who romped home with six chub for 25lb 8oz from peg 20. Billy Mason was runner-up with 5lb 10oz made up of a chub, three small barbel and a few chublets, while Billy Hurst, with a similar catch for 4lb 6oz, claimed third. The next match is on Sunday, August 7. To book contact Steve Tummey; steve@tummey.plus.com or phone/text 07415 069571 or via the DCAC website.

Gosforth anglers Tony Coulson and Nigel Young have returned to the riverbanks - some 63 years since they first started.

The two anglers were pioneers of coarse fishing on the Tyne, along with Steve Roberts, Dave Newton, Ronnie Duke, John Clayton and others, and proved they have not lost their skills by taking a very nice net of quality dace and a beautiful 2Ib-plus chub from a swim near Ovingham. …

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