October 10, 2008

Angling: Quality Fish Can Be Caught in Tees ; COARSE


SOME great weights in important matches on both the Tees and Wear prove the quality of fishing available to the region's coarse anglers at present - while stillwaters such as Whittle Dene and the Big Waters at Seaton Burn have also been in good form.

Hemlington Lake has been highly productive for carp anglers with commons to 10lb and mirror's to 14lb to boilies. In the west, carp sport on CADCAC's Crofton fishery continues to be upbeat with one angler taking over 80lb of carp in a four-and-a-half hour session last week.

Since the improvements carried out by Gary Kislingbury's crew on the TAA water, Throckley Reigh is receiving a lot more attention and is on target to become as major a water to the west of the city as Killingworth Lake is to the east.

Recent catches of perch, rudd and roach have been upstaged by Alan Wilson's 2lb 2oz perch, but the best fish recently was a chub of 4lb 15oz taken on bread by Robin Lee Chorley. On Sunday, it was the turn of the River Wear to host an Environment Agency Open and the stretch fished from Croxdale to Chester-le-Street produced a winning weight that topped the recent Tyne event.

Last year Barry Lockey won the same match with 18lb 4oz, but this year the weights were far better. Nigel Beardsley of Big Waters A.C. won with 50lb 10oz of chub which fell to stick float fished maggot, from a peg at Maiden Castle.

The start of the pike season on Esthwaite has got off to a slow start but the best reported fish so far was a true leviathan, weighing in at 29lb. It was taken on a lure on Open Day by Alex Barton from Bowness. Fish are coming to lures and deadbaits, and the prospects for the rest of the pike season are looking good.

ONE of the biggest names in pike fishing, Neville Fickling will be at Coxhoe CIU Club visiting the Darlington Teesside PAC on Tuesday November 4 talking through his pike fishing experiences and sharing his expert knowledge on how to catch big pike.

Neville will sign copies of his new book, Big Water Pike Fishing, and there is a raffle, Eddie Turner Tackle stand and complimentary buffet. Admission is pounds 3 for PAC members, and pounds 4 non PAC members.

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