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Rain so sweet to region's anglers.

Byline: By David Carrick

The short but nevertheless sweet rainfall that fell at the weekend brought in good runs of fish into the Tyne, Wear and other local rivers.

The extra water in conjunction with a 15 cumec release from Kielder Reservoir also helped the situation in the Tyne estuary, moving many fish out of danger and upstream.

Reports indicate large numbers of sea-trout moving upstream with large numbers of sea-trout moving well up the North and South Tyne.

Some brilliant sea-trout have been caught on the river. The best one I have heard of is a 13lb fish caught on Bywell Syndicate beats by Brian Hankin of Bishop Auckland on a Silver Stoats Tail.

Ray Jackson of Hexham had a 13lb sea-trout from the Hexham area and John Little of Kirk Merrington returned one of 12lb on Bywell Syndicate waters.

Another cracking 12lb sea-trout was caught by Ritchie Morris from Newton Aycliffe on Tyneside Anglers Syndicate waters. His magnificent fish also took a Silver Stoats Tail.

Another angler to catch a big sea-trout was Trevor Spence from Yorkshire weighing 11lb off Redeswood. Andrew Dennis and Tristan Robson had three sea-trout to 3lb and a salmon of 12lb while local Bellingham rod David Turner had a 3lb 8oz sea-trout on a Cascade off the same beat

Back on the Bywell Beat, George Nicholson of Wallsend had a 13lb salmon, while John Little of Kirk Merrington was out again catching a 5lb grilse and an 8lb salmon on small red Ally's Shrimp and Cascade. John Witty had grilse of 7lb and 5lb and Bywell had a total of 31 fish.

Colin Storey of Fenham had sea-trout of 2lb 8oz and 2lb 12oz to fly on TAS Waters, while Alan Auton, also from Teesside, had a 2lb 8oz sea-trout off the same beat.

Nick Chilton had a nice 5lb grilse off the TAS Waters on the Wear while Frank Gray of Hebburn had grilse of 6lb and 3lb 10oz also off the same beat.

At Farnley, near Corbridge, Stuart Rose, Leeds, had a 10lb salmon while a visiting angler from London had one of 13lb.

The Kielder Water heat of the Lexus European Fly Fishing Championships was fished with an entry of 22 anglers and they managed a good rod average of 6.6 trout per angler.

Five competitors had 10 fish limits and they could only be separated by time bonuses. The winner was Peter Appleby (Northallerton) with 23lb 7oz, second was Kevin Dinning (Newcastle) 21lb 6oz and third Graham Tubby who had the heaviest trout in the competition, weighing 3lb 4oz.

The great sport of late at Derwent Reservoir should attract many anglers to take part in the WaterAid Multi-Bait Competition to be held on Sunday, August 14, at Derwent. First prize on the day is a season ticket for next year. To enter just simply turn up on the day, catch a trout and help to save lives.

Sweethope Loughs are holding Open competitions tomorrow and again next Wednesday to raise funds for the Lord Devonport Sweethope Challenge for Disabled Anglers, which is held on August 28. Prizes include Free Fishing permits for Sweethope. Ring (01830) 540 349.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 11, 2005
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