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.
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.
partnership has to date has raised £50,000 for WaterAid - saving more than 3,300 lives in Africa and Asia.
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
Kielder Water: Scierra Boat Pairs - May 9.
Derwent: Bankmaster - June
Kielder Water: Jack Charlton Disabled Anglers Cup - June 10.
Kielder Water: ATTEFF
England qualifier - May 31.
Fontburn: Northunberland Blind Association charity day - July 31.
Water: Team of four - August 2.
Whittle Dene: Coarse challenge - August 31.
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:
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
- retaining and recruiting more anglers to participate in fishing;
- developing the volunteer bailiff
- working with enforcement partners and fishery owners to clamp down on rural crime and poaching.
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.
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."
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.
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
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 - www.northumbriananglersfed.co.uk - 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 www.northumbriananglersfed.co.uk/naf_website_2014_005.htm
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
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.
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