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Hot rods are sizzling as the sun comes out.

Byline: By David Hall

The recent hot spell has seen anglers out in increasing numbers with sport continuing to be productive.

The Big Waters complex at Seaton Burn, Killingworth Lake and Eden Meadows have all been in great form whilst Hury has been yeilding nets to 20lb.

Whittle Dene has also had another good week, which saw Clive Atkin record an 18lb 8oz mixed net with roach up to 1lb 8 ozs coming from the Lower Reservoir.

The Rivers Wear and Tees have both produced decent dace and chub catches this week.

But on the Tyne, an article in a London-based national angling magazine encouraging people to fish where the recent EA match was won with 62lbs is causing both embarrassment and disappointment.

Local coarse anglers do understand that the vast majority of the fishing on the Tyne around Hexham and Corbridge is in private game fishing hands, and a one-off invitation to coarse fish a match does not mean there is open access to anglers seeking big dace and chub.

Visiting anglers to the region should ensure that access is available and note that the small so called "Town Water" stretch at Corbridge no longer offers free fishing, and has ceased to do so now for two years.

Mick Phillips broke the evening match record on Carleton Hill for the second time this season weighing in 28 lb 6 ozs of small carp on Thursday, whilst on Brayton Pond Sunday's CADCAC match was won by Pete Wilson with 27lbs 2ozs of carp averaging 8ozs. Bob Youdale with 25lbs was second and Chris Scott on 23lbs, third.

Sunday's final match in the Pike series on the QE2 saw Brian Irving win with 7lb 3ozs ahead of John Smith with 6lb 8ozs. However the Smiths had their revenge when the final points tally meant John was the Series Winner with young Steven finishing a worthy second. The Lower Swale Championships were won by Brian Havelock with 38lb 8ozs of chub whilst the final match in the Drennan Super League on Woodlands saw Phil Sellars land fifty small carp for a winning 87lb 7ozs.

Whilst Cleveland Angling Centre were top team on the day they could only finish second in the final league placings to overall champions Newman Scott.

The recent "Fishathon" event backed by the ACA and fished in Leicestershire was a long but worthwhile trip for Carlisle coarse angler Paul Varcoe. Paul, normally a piker, caught a carp on luncheon meat that had been `tagged' as a prize voucher, and that catch enabled him to choose from a fishing trip, entertainment or tackle.

Specimen hunters are willing to travel all over the globe nowadays seeking out specimen fish, and Bruce Dale of Belford in Northumberland acheived world record status, (and has the certificate to prove it,) when he caught the world's heaviest-ever featherback, during a recent big fish expedition in Thailand.

More and more North-East coarse anglers are developing an interest in Barbel fishing and this Tuesday the Yorkshire Region of the Barbel Society have Martin Bowler along as a guest speaker at their Wetherby Social Club HQ. Non-members are welcome at only pounds 5, with juniors admitted free. Contact 07960 338569 for more details.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2004
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