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Angling: EA team surprised to catch rare chub; COARSE.

Byline: DAVID HALL

ENVIRONMENT Agency officers working on the River Tyne had a big surprise recently when they caught an impressive specimen of chub in their fish trap at Riding Mill, near Hexham.

Measuring 54cm in length and weighing in at an impressive 6lb, the fish is one of the largest recorded from the River Tyne. By taking a sample of scales from the fish and looking at growth rings through a microscope they were able to tell the fish was at least 13 years old.

Angling continues to be rewarding locally with another great week at Whittle Dene seeing all lakes fishing well. The Angel has experienced an excellent week. Junior Marc Gibson had a corker of a day on Bowes Lake, taking several 20lb plus carp out early in the morning. Jon Jordan from Carlisle had in excess of 100 fish to 8lb fishing with an 8mm pellet as hookbait. On Lookout Lake Daniel Smith took 90 fish in total, 15 carp, 20 plus tench, plus skimmers, rudd and roach.

At Bassetts four-year-old Sarah Milligan enjoyed her first fishing lesson by catching 24 fish on Wednesday, while Arron and Colin Deas had a cracking day with Colin taking an estimated 150 fish including a 7lb 9oz Mirror. Arron, who is 14, had over 100 fish including golden tench to 1lb 8oz.

Sunday's match on Whittle Dene was a match of two halves as anglers pegged on the farm bank struggled as they faced a cold North Easterly wind. It was a different story on the opposite bank where the sun shone. Browning Quaker provided all three top places as Les McIntosh won with 13lb 12oz of skimmers to 1lb 8oz on the feeder ahead of runner-up Craig Hutchinson with a mixed bag of roach, skimmers and perch for 11lb 9oz, and Scott Lister was third with 11lb 8oz. On Saturday the second leg of The Supercup took place. While the Angel's Chris Owers topped the individual weights with 45 lb 6oz, a consistent performance from Langley Park saw them win ahead of Monklands and The Angel side.

A catch of 70 chub and a 3lb ghostie for 20lb 8oz saw Nigel Faulds win the second leg of the Broom pounds 1,000 Series ahead of Mick Ezard who had only one ounce less. Sunday's Open on Bowes saw Neil Brown win with 28lb 11oz. Peter Wilson won the Wednesday Open with 24lb 9oz.

The British Record Rod Caught Fish Committee met last week and while they rejected a claim for a new perch record, a record was created for a fish caught within the area. Incredibly, and with little publicity, a pacific humpbacked salmon was caught on the Tweed by a Mr Louis, weighing 3lb 8oz. It has been accepted as the first ever record for this migrating species which has only started to turn up in Britain in small numbers.

There is some exciting news for members of Wansbeck and Cramlington AC regarding their successful application for grants.

Howard Pattison and other officials will be explaining what is expected of the club after the next meeting on June 4.

DAVID HALL

(01661) 886188

david-hall@standing-stone.co.uk
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 23, 2008
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