code of conservation adopted by Bishop Auckland AC
THE annual general meeting of Bishop Auckland and District Angling was held recently and the fees for next season have been set at £175 for adults , concessionary rate at £110
and juniors £25, which is excellent value for money for 20 miles of prime salmon and sea trout fishing.
returns show that more than 80% of fish were returned this season, with members agreeing a voluntary code of conduct for fish
conservation for the new season.
Measure include the safe return of all sea trout over 10lb, brown trout and grayling,
spinning will only be allowed if the water is more than 18 inches above normal level, no spinners heavier than 20 grams are
to be used at any time during the season and, during October, all migratory hen fish are to be returned. The club hopes that
as many anglers as possible will adhere to the code.
John Ord was presented with cups for largest salmon on fly and
largest sea trout caught and returned on fly - a 10lb fish.
Anyone interested in joining Bishop Auckland Angling club
should contact membership secreteary Keith Robson on 01388 818720 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The club's Egglestone stretch on the River Tees fished well during October, with good salmon, including several
in the upper teens, brought to the net.
Local angler John Mattinson had an excellent season with 18 salmon, 15 of which
were returned. Members have reported that the Mickleton stretch has fish exceptionally well for trout and grayling with catches
of 10 fish and upwards on visits.
On the Wear, October saw a very good end to the season with regular rises in water
levels seeing salmon entering the river and perfect fishing conditions.
The top club beats have been the fly-only Nature
Reserve section and the Witton Park to Escomb stretch, with anglers picking up salmon on most days with some reporting four
to six fish on the better days.
There have been some better than average salmon caught this season. the most notable
being John Ord 's 23lb 8oz fish which won the cup for the largest salmon on fly, John Walker had salmon of 21lb and 18lb,
Garry Robinson had a 21lb fish, George Oliver landed one of 17lb 8oz and membership secretary Keith Robson, member secretary
recorded a 16lb fish.
The club will be running a fly dressing course over the winter at King James Community College,
application forms and further information can be obtained by contacting Cliff Johnson on 01388 605340.
Lowest November count on record
THE Environment Agency has announced that the River Tyne upstream count for November was 437 - the lowest on record.
The figure is also
substantially lower than the five-year, 10-year and long-term (1997 to 2012) averages. The count for year to the end of November
was 31,515 and is the eighth highest on records.
It is slightly higher than the long-term average but slightly
lower than the five-term average and substantially lower than the 10-year average.
As of 9am on December 6, 45
upstream counts have been recorded.
The days when counts were recorded, generally had lower flows and higher water
Further details of the daily upstream counts for 2013 and historic monthly counts can
be found on: https://publications.environment-agency.gov.uk/skeleton/publications/default.aspx and enter fish count in the search box and tick the North East box.
2013, the EA has received 332 scales samples, 264 from salmon, 65 from sea trout and three from brown trout.
over 50% of the salmon and sea trout samples were from the main River Tyne and the North and South Tyne accounted for approximately
26% and 22% of samples, respectively. Three were from salmon caught on the River Rede and one was from a sea trout caught
on the River East Allen. The three brown trout samples were from the River Rede.
The majority of samples received
during February and March were from salmon that had returned to the River Tyne in 2012. During April and May, the majority
of samples were from early running multi-sea-winter (MSW) fish or spring fish.
Although, the majority of samples
received during June and July were also from spring fish, samples from later running MSW fish were strongly represented. Also
during July, scales from one sea winter salmon or grilse were among the samples received.
The majority of samples
received during August were from later running MSW fish with samples from grilse also strongly represented. During September
and October, these groups still accounted for the vast majority of samples received, but the dominance has been from MSW fish
There is not great deal of difference between the proportions of the age class groups in samples received
from fish caught on the North and South Tyne.
Although, samples from grilse and MSW fish show earlier on the North
Tyne, the proportion of grilse in samples received during August is far greater on the South Tyne.
not directly part of the Angler Scale Sampling Programme, the EA also welcomes 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 River Tyne.
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.
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 or if you catch a salmon or sea trout with a green or blue tag please call the environmental monitoring
team on 0191 203 4140 or email email@example.com.
The Angler Scale Sampling Programme is supported by the Salmon and Trout Association, Hardy of Alnwick, Bagnall and Kirkwood and the Tyne Rivers Trust.
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