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Fisheries closed for the season

NORTHUMBRIAN Water fisheries are now closed for the season and will re-open on Saturday, March 12.

DERWENT RESERVOIR

Hardy anglers brave the conditions

AFTER a week of dreadful conditions which continued into the weekend, anglers were sparse at Derwent Reservoir and many regulars cancelled their last trip of the season.

However, Saturday’s end of season competition was well attended, with 27 anglers braving the wind and rain to take limited numbers of rainbows.

The winning prize fund and prizes kindly donated by the Jolly Drover, Consett, went to S Rowland, who took the largest fish of the day, and Gary Steabler, who had the biggest.

FONTBURN

Des weighs in four rainbows

AS the season at Fontburn, drew to a close heavy rain and high winds deterred all but the hardiest of anglers, seven of whom braved the elements to fish the end of season competition.

Des Hodgson had both heaviest fish and total catch. Fishing the north shore middle section past the burn, he weighed in four rainbows, including the best fish at 2lb 3oz, for 6lb 15oz to lift the £50 cash prize.

The runners-up were John Playford with a 1lb 14oz rainbow and Les Little with a brace of 1lb 10oz fish.

GRASSHOLME

Jeff wins by one ounce

THE weather took centre stage again this week at Hury, with some horrendous conditions at Grassholme.

On a rain-soaked Monday, Marion Marsden took three fish on a rain-soaked - one of the best catches of the week.

Twenty hardy anglers took part in the end of season competition and got a complete hammering from the wind and rain for their efforts. With waves washing mud from the banks, it made for some of the worst conditions for fishing as fish moved out into the shelter of deeper water. Jeff Walsh took the plaudits at the end of the competition by a slender one ounce margin.

HURY

Derek ends season with six-fish bag

THE last two weeks of the season at Hury were ruined by some terrible conditions with winds so strong anglers struggled to stand up, never mind cast a line.

On the few days when fishing was possible, anglers fared better, with mild temperatures bringing the fish into feed.

The standout catch of the week went to Derek Carr, who had a brilliant end of season day, taking six fish on Tuesday.

Reports updated December 3

Updated 1126 Thursday, January 14, 2016