Angling: Juniors Show Off Casting Prowess
By GEORGE MACINTYRE
THE improvement in the casting skills of young anglers was demonstrated during the Hardy Youth Open Salmon Distance Championship and Greys Youth Open Trout Distance Championship at this year’s CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.
First place in salmon distance casting went to Joseph Avery- Harris closely followed by Ryan Brady and Tasha Lancaster. Avery- Harris also took top spot in the trout distance casting with Lancaster second and Jack Yates third.
The Alnwick company has sponsored these championships for the past six years and brand marketing manager, John Wolstenholme said: “The level of skill in the junior casting has hugely increased since last year and we are proud to support the competitions. By doing this, we are focusing on the prime need in our sport today – to encourage more young people into angling.”
Darlington angler Lance Roberts landed a rainbow of 18lb 2oz at Jubilee Lakes while Michael Pounder of Newton Aycliffe had one of 13lb 9oz.
At Sharpley Springs/Waters, J Little returned a fully finned 17lb 5oz rainbow while Steve Dorothy landed a 16-pounder. Lawrence Hope had one of 11lbs and Sharpley regular Graham Peart had great sport using a shuttlecock pattern to land a hardfighting seven-pounder.
Simon Robinson from Whickham brought 31 trout to the net on dry flies to retain the trophy in the recent combined CEFF Tyne and Wear and Yorkshire Rivers Eliminator. Scott Nellins of Ashington was among other anglers who also qualified for September’s national final.
The sport continues to be good at South Linden fishery although the water is slightly coloured following the recent downpours. Anglers are reminded the fishery gates now close at 6pm with no entry after this except by prior arrangement.
With Caistron Lakes staying free of algae and weed, anglers have enjoyed good sport throughout the week with S Gibson taking the week’s heaviest fish, a 12lb 8oz rainbow. A. Bibby from north Yorkshire safely returned 12 while John Watson had four for 12lb and safely returned six.
At Witton Castle Lakes, Adrian Collingwood and D Pearson, fishing together, landed a superb brace of 15lb 8oz and 14lb 8oz respectively. G Hope had fish of 13lb 8oz and 11lb 8oz while A Bruce had one of 13lb 2oz and Denny Ward one of 10lb 8oz.
Young anglers are reminded that Langley Dam fishery is holding a junior competition on Monday, August 18 from 9am to 1pm. The entry fee is pounds 12 for three fish.
Caistro n: Blobs, Buzzers, Damsel Nymph.
Jubilee: Cat’s Whisker, White Nomad, White Zonker.
Sharpley: Black/Brown/Olive Buzzer, Pheasant tail Nymph, Diawl Bach, Black Gnat, CdC Sedge, Corixa, Damsel Nymphs, Muddlers.
Witton: Daddies, Diawl Bach, various traditional patterns.
Langley: Montana, Shuttlecock Buzzer, Hare’s Ear.
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