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Brian lands first Coquet salmon of season

BRIAN Douglas, fishing a silver Mepps spinner, has landed the first fresh salmon of the year from the River Coquet.

The fish, which was quickly and safely returned, was taken on Sunday morning at the White Posts at Warkworth and weighed between 8lb and 9lb.

Brian will hold the Coquet Trophy for a year. He will also receive a replica to keep and three years' free permits to Northumbrian Anglers' Federation waters.

Northumbrian Water prices frozen

PERMIT prices for the new fishing season on Northumbrian Water's reservoirs - which opens on Saturday 14 March - will be frozen for the third year running.

Full eight-fish day permits remain at £23 with concessions at £21, the four-fish afternoon Credit Cruncher is pegged at £16 and the family and couples 12-fish ticket will stay at £35. Full-day boat hire charges for Kielder Water remain £15 midweek and £19 at weekends.

And there's a new £15 all-day sporting ticket for fly anglers - who must use barbless hooks - who want to return all they catch. Full report: NWL.

Busy calendar of competitions

NORTHUMBRIAN Water has put together a busy calendar for the new season headlined by the annual WaterAid fundraisers once again generously supported by Hardy & Greys.

This partnership has to date has raised £50,000 for WaterAid - saving more than 3,300 lives in Africa and Asia.

Rainbow trout marked with special sweep tags will continue to be stocked in Fontburn, Derwent, Grassholme and Scaling. Anglers who catch one of these marked fish and who have joined the optional over-18 sweep for just a £1 stake before fishing could win up to £400.

Building on past successes of encouraging young people to have a go, Northumbrian Water continues to push affordable family fishing. The age limit for free fishing with an adult is 18 and all the children in the family under that age can fish for free and share the limit catch with their full paying parent.

Fishing opens at all reservoirs from Saturday, March 14 except the wild brown trout waters of Cow Green, Selset, Balderhead and Blackton that open on March 22. Brown trout caught at Kielder and Derwent before May 1 and after October 31 must be returned.

Whittle Dene is open to coarse fishing all year round.

Compeitions lined up for the season include:

Kielder Boat Pairs: Heats April 26, May 24, June 21. The final will be held on July 12.

Fontburn: Lions charity day - May 9.

Kielder Water:  Scierra Boat Pairs - May 9.

Derwent: Bankmaster - June 7.

Kielder Water: Jack Charlton Disabled Anglers Cup - June 10.

Kielder Water: ATTEFF England qualifier - May 31.

Fontburn: Northunberland Blind Association charity day ­- July 31.

Kielder Water: Team of four - August 2.

Whittle Dene: Coarse challenge - August 31.

Derwent Reservoir Charity coarse challenge - November 15.

EA angling for fishing partner 

THE Environment Agency (EA) is looking for an organisation to help it encourage more people to give try fishing, improve fisheries and crack down on illegal fishing for the next four years.

Key elements of the contract include:

  • providing expert advice to clubs and fishery owners on how to identify and secure additional funding;
  • improving fisheries' facilities for anglers;
  • encouraging take-up among junior anglers and, in so doing, address the recent decline in this age group;
  • retaining and recruiting more anglers to participate in fishing;
  • developing the volunteer bailiff scheme; and
  • working with enforcement partners and fishery owners to clamp down on rural crime and poaching.

This work is currently done by The Angling Trust.

EA head of fisheries Sarah Chare said: "These are challenging yet exciting times. Protecting and recovering income to fund our fisheries service is one of our highest priorities. We received more than £21.5m from rod licence sales last year. But we want to see this figure grow and new people picking up a rod.

"Our goal is for angling to be recognised for its role in improving the nation's health and wellbeing, increasing educational attainment and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour. We look forward to receiving applications for this ambitious contract."

The contract, to deliver the broad aims of the National Angling Strategy, will run for up to four years and is currently worth £600,000 per year, although the value of the future contract may increase over time.

Advertised through the Official Journal of the European Union, interested organisations have until March 9 to express an interest. Applicants will have to complete a pre-qualification form to ensure they are suitable to be formally invited to tender for the work.

It is expected the new contract will be in place with the successful organisation(s) by July.

More details on the contract and how to apply are on the Official Journal of the European Union.

Slight rise in permit for Coquet and Tyne

THERE will be a slight increase in the price of a Northumbrian Anglers' Federation annual permit for the rivers Coquet and Tyne, with the cost of a full salmon permit rising to £135 (up from £105) and that for a concessionary permit going up to £90 (from £70).

Trout permits for the 2015 season will be unchanged at £70, with a concessionary permit remaining the same at £50.

The permit for fishing for coarse fish on the River Tyne will increase by £5 to £35.

Season permits will only be issued to anglers resident in Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne & Wear but visitor permits are available, with a seven-day, all fish, all waters - including the Coquet tidal stretch - permit going up £10 to £150. A one-day ticket will be £60, also up £10.

The visitors' brown trout-only permits are unchanged at £80 for seven days and £20 for one day.

The NAF say the increase in the permit prices is to take into account that there will be no separate £80 ticket for the tidal stretch on the River Coquet.

The federation's website - - says: "There will be no tidal permit for 2015.

"Alnwick Castle has taken back all waters upriver of Morwick Gate, including the new water at Morwick.

"In return, the federation can now fish from Felton Bridge, south bank only, to just upriver of the Guyzance fish pass. This was formerly known to the anglers as Low Park from Sandy Hole to Guyzance.

"New signage and maps will be updated as soon as possible to show the changes."

The changes can be viewed at

The salmon, visitor and coarse permits are only available from the Head Bailiff. No application forms necessary.

To apply for a permit, send cheque for the correct fee and payable to NAF
also enclose SAE at least 9" x 6" (C5) with sufficient postage to Head Bailiff, 15 Woodlands, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7XZ.

Hardy and Greys of Alnwick will present an item of fishing tackle to the winner of the James Hardy sea trout Trophy for 2015.

All federation members will receive a 10% discount on purchases made in the Hardy and Greys Alnwick store on production of a current federation permit, which will be issued soon. 

January fish count data online

THE Environment Agency has announced that fish count data from the rivers Tyne, Tees and Wear for January is now available on the web.

For the River Wear check

The River Tyne figures are available on

The figures for the River Tees can be found at

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Tallinn - just one of the cities that can be explored on an FOCL cruise.
Tallinn - just one of the cities that can be explored on an FOCL cruise.

Scandinavian brochure launched

FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) has launched a new brochure - Fred.'s Scandinavian Adventure - showcasing the breadth of amazing sights, cultures and natural wonders that are waiting to be discovered in the cruise line's Norwegian homeland, as well as across Northern Europe, with prices from £84 per person, per night.

The brochure features a selection of unique experiences, suited to cruisers with a lust for exploration; why not take in the majesty of the Northern Lights, wonder at the spectacular Norwegian fjords, cruise the largest archipelago on the planet to Stockholm, visit the only ABBA museum in the world, or have fun at St Petersburg's White Nights Festival?

Full story on Travel. More FOCL news on Travel 2.

Top five themed cruises of 2015

FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) has created a number of fun, "experiential" sailings in 2015, incorporating a range of special themes, including comedy, gardening, history and Elvis. For the top five themed cruises of 2015 see Travel. More FOCL news on Travel 2.

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Last updated 2228, Tuesday, March 3, 2015