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Fisheries closed for the season

NORTHUMBRIAN Water's fisheries are now closed for fishing until March 14. However, the shop at Derwent Reservoir will remain open until Saturday, December 20 with great offers available on both tackle and clothing. 


Doug lifts prize for biggest fish

THE weather gods smiled on the region for the last day of the season, with an excellent turnout of more than50 anglers.

Doug Pearson won the prize for the biggest, weighing in with a nice 2lb 14oz rainbow from Pow Hill. Ray Bailes had fish of 2lb 13oz and 2lb 7oz to take second and fifth prizes and theaward for the heaviest catch of the day.

Best flies: Cat's Whisker, Black Fritz, Silver Humungus, Black Fritz.

Best baits: PowerBait Eggs, Magic Dust.

Best areas: The Meadow, Pow Hill, Hunter House.


Colin nets last day pot of £130

A FINE day on Sunday rounded off what has been an excellent season of sport at Grassholme reservoir.

Anglers turned out in force for the final day heaviest fish competition, with Colin Parnaby from Durham lifting the cash pot of £130.

Colin caught two good-size rainbows, both of which weighed over 2lb, with the heaviest weighing in at 2lb 12oz. Colin caught his fish using a Mepps spinner fishing around in Easter Bay. 

Best flies: Dawson's Olive, Cat's Whisker.

Best baits: Worm, Red PowerBait Mousetails, various spinners.

Best areas: Middle reaches of north and south shore.


Andrew's roaming tactics pay off

THE rod average maintained a high level throughout November thanks to the mild weather conditions and the extensive stocking during the season.

Andrew Scott had a successful day, using roaming tactics and caught eight fish, the majority of which were caught on Dawson's Olive and a Kate Maclaren. Andrew caught fish in several different areas but reported the best sport on Reedy Bank using large lures and Blobs.

Best flies: Cat's Whisker, White Zonkers, Dawson's Olive.

Best areas: Scoon Bank, Reedy Point.


Derek finishes season in style

THICK fog hindered sport on a couple of occasions but calmer weather later in the week was much more welcome and Sunday was a great day to end the season.

On Wednesday, Derek Ogden from Redcar finished his season in style, working his way along the south shore and finishing in the east bay, landing six rainbows on a Cut-throat Cat.

On Saturday, Stuart Allan tried his luck in the deep water on the middle of the Dam Wall and landed two rainbows using a PowerBait cocktail.

Sunday was a day for the bait anglers and Steve Lynas from Hinderwell pulled in three rainbows including one at 2lb 9oz. This was beaten by only 1oz as Harry Noble's took the last day prize for the biggest fish.

Best Flies: Cut-throat Cat, Dawson's Olive.

Best baits: Orange Gulp Eggs, White PowerBait.

Best areas: West end of Dam Wall, east end bay.

Reports updated December 5


40lb of roach landed in six-hour session

A low turn out at the Whittle Dene complex sawonly two catch returns supplied.

J R Lee recorded a 4lb 5oz catch of roach and gudgeon using waggler and maggot tactics. Dave Coster favoured the pole and signed out the catch of the week with a 12lb net of small roach and gudgeon on the Northern.

Best baits: Maggot.

Best method: Pole.

Best areas: Northern

As water temperatures hold up the sport at Derwent Reservoir continues to impress, with most banks providing catches of roach in excess of 20lb. Cronkley and Millshield are proving the most consistent, with the heaviest catches coming from these areas for the past few weeks.

T Watson had the heaviest catch at the weekend, taking 40lb of roach in a six-hour session.

Sunday is the last day of the season at Derwent Rervoir.

All catches must be recorded for the benefit of the fishery management team and fellow anglers.

Report updated November 25

Last updated 1631 Wednesday December 17, 2014