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BISHOP AUCKLAND DISTRICT AC 

Salmon move from lower reaches 

THE recent change in weather has seen Bishop Auckland District Angling Club members taking to the rivers Tees and Wear in search of salmon and sea trout.

With  a good influx of new water entering the River Wear over the past few days, fish have moved up from the lower reaches of the river and have been reported caught from Holywell all the way through to the nature reserve.  

The majority of fish caught have been coloured these and hen fish have been returned by all anglers. One in particular had a coloured 9lb cock salmon at 9lb and an exceedingly fresh 13lb hen fish, which were both returned.

Most of the fish being reported caught have been taken on fly, with Ally's Shrimps, Cascade, Thunder and Lightning, Willie Gunn and Tyne Toucan all accounting for fish.

One member landed sea trout and salmon at Jock's Bridge on Flying C's, blue & silver Toby and Devon Minnows.  

The last day of the season is the 31 October and all coloured and hen salmon and sea trout, wherever possible, should be returned.

After the salmon season is over it may be worthwhile fishing for grayling on all club waters, especially the Tees.

Flies such as Red Tag, Sawyers' Nymph and traditional spiders are recommended.
See also Witton Castle Lakes

Report updated October 25

Rods land 67,468 salmon and grilse

FIGURES issued by Marine Scotland Science show that 67,468 wild salmon and grilse and 16,078 sea trout were landed by rod and line in Scotland in 2013 - the lowest since 2003 and 1952, respectively.

Although the reported rod catch figures was only 76% of the previous five-year average, the 53,936 wild salmon and grilse released - 92% of spring salmon and 80% of the annual rod catch - was the highest on record.

A total of 77 (0.1%) of farmed salmon and grilse were reported in fish caught by all methods, with the North West and West regions accounting for the majority (68, or 88%) of these.

The total number of finnock/whitling/herling - sea trout that have spent less than a year at sea before returning to rivers - brought to the net in 2013 was 9,293, which was up 34% on the previous five-year average. Of these 90% were returned

Of the 16,078 sea trout landed by rod and line, 12,423 (or 77%) were returned, which is the highest proportion since such records began 20 years ago.

The status of Scottish salmon and sea trout stocks - based on rod catches and information from fish counters and fixed traps - is updated every April.  

The latest report can be downloaded at www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/marine/Publications/publicationslatest/Science/MSSR

Don Coe, left, and Alistair Baker with the WaterAid trophy.
Don Coe, left, and Alistair Baker with the WaterAid trophy.
Don and Alistair take the honours 'at the home of English competition fly-fishing'

FOUR people from Northumbrian Water took part in the annual Anglian Water WaterAid fishing match at Rutland, with Alistair Baker and Don Coe taking top honours at "the home of English competition fly fishing".

The NW team of Don Coe, operations manager waterside parks; Alistair Baker, PR and media manager; Brian Lillie, team leader scientific support and Kevin Pick, distribution Maintenance Operative, were supported with a donation from the company's "Cheque it out" fund towards participation in the event.

The day raised the life-saving sum of £8,000 for WaterAid which will transform the lives of almost 550 people by giving them access to clean water and safe sanitation.

Pairs of anglers competed from a 36-strong fishing boat fleet for the coveted title which was won by Alistair and Don, who together weighed in eight heavyweight rainbow trout, several up to 4lb, when other anglers in the competition struggled to catch any fish. All were taken on floating line and dry flies.

Don's five-fish catch also landed him the honour of the best experienced angler on the day.

Paul Valleley, Director of Water Services for host company Anglian Water, complemented the winners when he presented the prizes on his home patch.

Don Coe and Alistair Baker proudly display part of their catch.
Don Coe and Alistair Baker proudly display part of their catch.

Tyne, Tees and Wear fish count data

THE fish count data from the rivers Tyne, Tees and Wear for September is now available on the web.

For the River Wear check https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/river-wear-fish-counts

The River Tyne figures are available on https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/river-tyne-fish-counts

The figures for the River Tees can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/river-tees-fish-counts

181,683 rod licences issued in 2013

FRESHWATER anglers in the  Environment Agency's North East region paid more than £3.41m in rod licence fees in 2013.

Figures show that 175,498 trout and coarse (T&C) licences were issued, with game anglers buying 6,185 salmon and sea trout (S&S) licences.

A total 72,500 full T&C licences at £27 each brought in £1,957,500, while 2,615 full S&T licences at £72 raised £188,280.

In addition to the full S&T licences, there were 207 disabled concessions at £48 each, 1,246 one-day licences (£8), 335 eight-day licences (£23), 415 junior concessions (£5) and 1,279 senior concessions (£48) issued.

There were also seven upgrade disabled, 61 upgrade full, two upgrade junior and 18 upgrade senior but no cost was available online for these.

But the real moneyspinner was the trout and coarse licence, where, in addition to the full licences, 6,955 disabled concession at £18 each, 60,364 one-day licences (£3.75), 5,826 eight-day licences (£10) and 9,936 junior concessions (£5) were issued.

litGo in search of the Northern Lights with Fred. Olsen.
Go in search of the Northern Lights with Fred. Olsen.

In search of the Northern Lights

FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) is offering guests the chance to see one of nature's most awe-inspiring sights - the majestic Aurora Borealis this winter on its In Search of the Northern Lights cruises aboard either the Boudicca, departing from Liverpool on November 8 (D1420), or the Black Watch, sailing from Tilbury on December 20 (W1420).

Nasa scientists have predicted that the current period of solar activity will reach a new peak this coming winter and will not return to this intensity for over a decade - meaning that travellers to the far North, over the coming months, will experience the best possible conditions for seeing this spectacular natural phenomenon. 

Onboard either of these very special cruises, guests will see the benefits of cruising on FOCL's smaller, more intimate ships. With a strong Norwegian heritage and years of experience sailing these Northern waters, FOCL is able to take guests closer to the destination using intercoastal routes, which larger ships simply cannot access, offering a better opportunity to see the fantastic Northern Lights. Full story Travel. More FOCL new Travel 2.

Where in the world is it going?

FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines
(FOCL) has just a few cabins remaining on its near-sellout Mystery Cruise onboard the Black Watch, which leaves Tilbury on November 15 for 14 nights.

A first for the cruise line, the mystery is where in the world will Fred. Olsen take you?

While FOCL is keeping the itinerary of this "cruise to who knows where" tightly under wraps, guests will have the opportunity to visit 10 Unesco World Heritage Sites, spend eight days in port, explore four exciting countries and discover one capital city. Full story Travel 2. More FOCL news Travel

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Last updated 2145 Wednesday October 29, 2014