Back to back wins for NW fly fishers
The victorious Northumbrian Water team. Front, from
left, Kevin Pick, Alistair Baker and Don Coe. Back, from left, Brian Lillie, Andrew Scott and Peter Pattinson.
FLY fishermen from Northumbrian Water
have won the Water Industry Game Fishing Championships (WIGFiC) for the second year running.
team caught 23 rainbow trout, which weighed 44lb 6oz, to earn 59 points to take the team trophy.
And two of the
team also took third and 10th individual places in the competition fished by more than 80 anglers at Llyn Brenig reservoir,
Denbighshire, North Wales.
Peter Pattinson, from Newcastle, was third with eight for 15lb 5oz and Don Coe, from
Consett, was 10th with six for 9lb 15oz.
The other Northumbrian Water team members were Andrew Scott, from St John's
Chapel, Weardale; Brian Lillie from Gosforth; Kevin Pick from Hexham and Alistair Baker from Stanley. Peter Scott from Durham
fished the reserve competition.
Prizes were presented from the event supporter, Northumberland tackle company Hardy
Greys, and the event raised funds for the charity WaterAid.
Team captain, Alistair Baker, said: "It was a
brilliant team effort of which we are very proud. It is great to be representing Northumbrian Water which operates the biggest
and most successful trout fishing business in Europe and now to have the leading fly fishing team in the industry as well.
"It's the first time a team has achieved back to back wins since 1995 and only the fourth time in the history
of the competition."
The annual competition is open to teams from all of the 10 major water companies in England
and Wales, the Environment Agency regions and its head office and the Canal and Rivers Trusts and has been staged at fisheries
throughout both countries for 34 years.
This year's event, hosted by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, was fished in cold
and extremely windy challenging conditions with heavy rain and hail storms.
Your chance to join Bishop Auckland AC
BISHOP Auckland Angling Club, which runs Witton Castle Lakes, has membership vacancies for the 2013 season.
The cost of adult membership is £135, seniors pay £85
and juniors £35. There is no joining fee. Members also benefit from a 10% discount on all Witton Castle Lakes tickets.
The club controls over 17 miles of fishing on the middle reaches of the Wear and 2.5 mile on the upper reaches of
The Wear is regarded as the number one river in England for sea trout and is number two for salmon after
2012 saw the club's best salmon catch return on the Tees for 15 years with three anglers catching
more than 20 fish. This year has seen the capture of a 21lb salmon in early April.
The catch returns for last season
has shown an excellent conservation record for members with 79% of migratory fish being returned and 98% for brown trout and
For application forms and further information contact Keith Robson on 01388 818720 or visit bishopaucklandanddistrictanglingclub.co.uk
in honour of Sir Bobby
IPSWICH-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering four cruises from Harwich this year and one - next month - will strike close to the heart of Newcastle United
The Black Watch trip, W1308, is a three-night mini-cruise in aid of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
The cruise leaves Harwich, which is the closest port to Sir Bobby Robson's team, Ipswich Town Football Club, on
June 15 and visits vibrant Amsterdam for an overnight stay, and then returns to Newcastle - Sir Bobby's adopted home town
- on June 18. Full details on Travel.
244 fish through Tyne counter in April
Agency has announced that the River Tyne upstream count for April was 244 and is the third highest on record.
count is also substantially higher than the five-year (192) and long-term (165) averages. Looking at the April counts
over the last five years, this year's is the second highest, however, it is markedly lower than the highest - 409, which
is also the highest April count on record.
The total for year up to the end of April is 250 and is the eighth
highest on record. The total is just below the five year (264) average but is slightly higher than the long-term (248) average.
A closer look at the totals over the last five years show that this year recorded the third highest figure; the
totals for 2011 and 2012 are the highest recorded between 2008 and 2012 and are also the second and fourth highest on record.
The highest total for the first four months of the year is 538, which was recorded in 2004.
As of 9am on May 2,
the upstream count was six.
The majority of counts were recorded during a three-day spell in the middle of the
month. This coincided with a period of declining flows after a modest increase and substantial increase in temperatures.
The larger increase in flows on April 18 coincides with a dip in counts recorded but these increase again once the
flows start to drop back. Although flows were quite benign and temperatures remain considerably higher than the beginning
of the month, only modest numbers of counts were recorded each day for the remainder of the month.
of the daily upstream counts for 2013 and historic monthly counts can be found on
During April, 12 scale samples were received, 10 from salmon and two from sea trout from seven different
Of the salmon samples, one came from a fish that had returned to the Tyne in 2012, seven from early 2SW
fish and two from early running 3SW fish.
Of the early running 2SW fish, one was caught on the North Tyne, four
from between Riversmeet and Riding Mill and two from downstream of Riding Mill. One 3SW fish was caught downstream of Riding
Mill and the other upstream.
The 2012 returning fish was caught upstream of Riding Mill.
The two sea
trout samples came from fish that had returned to the river in 2012. One was caught downstream of Riding Mill and the other
Although not directly part of the Angler Scale Sampling Programme, the EA would also welcome scale samples
from brown trout. Scales from fish caught on other rivers are also welcome.
By contributing to the Angler Scale
Sampling Programme, anglers help improve the EA's understanding of the stocks of salmon and sea trout returning to the
If you are sending in some scales, please place them in a paper envelope (please do not wrap
them in cling film, tin foil or put them in a plastic bag) including the place and date of capture and species.
Scale packets can be sent out to any angler who needs them. The EA would also be grateful if anglers could give
an estimate of weight and or length. If anglers wish to receive details of the scale reading, they should remember to add
their name and address.
If you would like further details of the Angler Scale Sampling Programme or the Tyne Angler
Logbook Scheme or know of someone who would like to join please call the environmental monitoring team on 0191 203
4140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Angler Scale Sampling Programme is supported by the Salmon and Trout Association, Hardy of Alnwick, Bagnall and Kirkwood and the Tyne Rivers Trust.
Anglers can check river levels before heading out by visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/riverlevels
Upsurge in cruise registrations
FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines has reported taking the highest-ever number of advance registrations for its inspirational new 2014/15 cruise programme.
The cruise line is attributing the upsurge in advance registrations to the exciting new range of itineraries -
to hundreds of amazing and exotic destinations worldwide, from an even greater choice of convenient regional UK ports than
ever before - that it launched in London last week. See, Travel.
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