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Bream dream on the Tees for Mally; COOARSE ANGLING.

Byline: THE REEL THING Angling news with Andrew Wilkinson

MALLY Dunlop led the way on an improving lower Tees to win the latest Northern Super League match.

He weighed in an impressive 45lb 4oz made up of six bream to around 4lb 8oz, plus skimmers.

And his team Browning Quaker won on the day, ending the three match winning streak of Daiwa Cleveland AC.

"The first match of the series came the day after we won the Winter League on the Trent," he said.

"After celebrating it's fair to say we were not at our best the next day for the match on the Tees.

"We were elated at winning the Winter League. No team from the North-east has done it before and it was unexpected.

"But the tidal Trent suited me. It was a bit like the Tees before the barrage. I enjoyed the tidal river in those days.

"The Tees fished well last week. It started slowly because the sun was bright but as cloud cover came over it got better and better.

"There's a lot of fish at the moment, and it helps that seals that were there have gone back out to sea to go for mackerel."

The wet weather which badly affected the lower Tees last season is already a distant memory.

Skimmer bream, roach and perch are being caught in good numbers, and more big bream are showing.

In the Northern Super League there were double figure catches from every section, on an ideal day with a tinge of colour and some flow in the water.

With fish feeding increasigly well as the match progressed anglers stayed focussed right to the end in the quest for section points.

The top four, led by Dunlop who caught on feeder and worm from peg 107, all came from the Bowesfield section.

Bob Walker of North Ormesby Institute was runner-up with 25lb 2oz. He also caught mainly bream and skimmers.

Then came Nick Jose of Daiwa Cleveland with 19lb 6oz; Graham Rowley of Maver Newman Scott with 19lb 4oz; Peter Close of Browning Quaker with 17lb 12oz and Nigel Rance, also of Browning, with 17lb 2oz.

Sixty-four anglers fished. Maver Newman Scott were runners-up on the day, with Daiwa Cleveland coming third, though they still lead the series after their flying start to the campaign.

The fifth round is on August 25, again on the lower Tees.

THE Danby Cup is fished on the lower Tees tomorrow, and it should be another good match. The river is fairly low, though still carrying some flow and colour from increased rainfall over the last week or two.

With conditions reasonably settled, the river is now fishing consistently well, and when conditons are perfect big match weights of well over 50lb could be on the cards.

STEVE Chantry caught a fine barbel to help him win the NYSD Teams of Four Series, second round, fished on the middle River Tees.

Although perch made up the bulk of weights, Darlington ace Chantry caught a super barbel of 8lb 14oz. He was on peg six on Harrowgate Hill's water upstream of Over Dinsdale, and added three big chub and 12 dace to total 21lb 8oz.

Float fishing caster and feeding casters and bits of luncheon meat, he had caught a few dace when the barbel accepted his double caster offering and tore off at speed.

Having previously won matches with barbel, Steve knew how to coax it to his net.

He then switched to ledgered luncheon meat which was immediately accepted by the first of three chub caught by the same tactics, although in the process he lost two more big fish, one of them a barbel which tore off downstream and broke free after hitting an underwater snag.

Barbel are the most powerful of river fish, and while they are rarely caught in big numbers on the Tees, there are some huge individual fish.

Runner-up Peter Bainbridge of Darlington continued his good form with five chub and five perch taken on stickfloated maggot from the near side on peg 31 at the top of the green field.

Ingleby Barwick's Brian Stobbs caught mainly perch to ledgered worm from peg 12 just below the Boulton Park run-off for third place, with David Hanson claiming fourth spot with an all perch catch of 17lb-5oz from two pegs further downstream. Team CB Components won the match, with Team Harrogate Hill finishing second. THE Thornaby club's match on the Tees at Sockburn was fished by 25 anglers and won by Dave Nicholson.

The Darlington Brown Trout member caught 23lb 10oz of chub on bomb and crust from peg 54.

Graham Ellison of Thornaby, was runner-up with 21lb 11oz, then came Ken Ovenden of Thornaby, with 14lb 12oz and Dave Firth of Darlington, with 11lb 13oz.

A PIKE of around 25lb was caught on the Sockburn stretch of the Tees by Keith Rutter. Full story and picture in next week's Gazette.

DAVE Alderson won the lat-est Middlesbrough AC Monday Series match on Hutton Rudby Pond.

With wind and rain keeping entries down to a mere eight anglers for the match held on the large pond, regular winner Alderson weighed in 21lb 15oz, which included three carp all taken on pole-fished pellet.

In-form match organiser Ron Thompson was runner-up with 10lb 14oz. He caught one carp and a bream on legered pellet and a few rudd and roach taken on pellet and pole at 11 meters.

THE commercial still waters are also on form with match weights of carp reaching almost 200lb. Settled weather with ideal water temperatures are encouraging the fish to feed.

At Woodlands the Saturday match, fished on Saturday by 43 anglers, Wayne Nolan of Woodlands Tackle, used his local knowledge to total 197lb 5oz of carp to 11lb, on pellet up in the water, from Partridge peg 18; Ken Gollightly of Shotton was runner-up with 161lb 1oz.

Rob Jones of Woodlands Tackle came third with 139lb 2oz.

The Oaks is also fishing well, with weights of well over 100lb.

The Saturday match their was fished by 34.

Chris Hall of The Oaks won with 128lb 10oz of carp to 6lb on pellet from Cedar Lake peg 40.

Mark Wainwright of Colmic was runner-up with 118lb 10oz.

Then came Rob Harbour of Browning Quaker with 113lb 8oz and Luke Hawksworth of Daiwa Cleveland Angling with 112lb 11oz.


Steve Chantry with his 8lb 14oz Tees barbel
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 10, 2013
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