Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Excellent week’s fishing both before and after the restock on Thursday. 41 anglers caught 159 fish of which 138 were released. A couple of good catches, a 4lb 8oz rainbow caught by Babs Craig on Sunday and a 2lb 8oz brown trout caught by Martin Matthews on Saturday. Bill McIlroy had 20 fish off the bank on Thursday, Daniel Golea caught 14 rainbows in under 3 hours on Saturday using a Bloodworm. Bloodworms, Snakes, Buzzers and Cat’s Whiskers on both floater and intermediate lines doing well. On Sunday Blackdyke hosted the TEFF England Bank qualifier when 10 anglers competed in fairly difficult conditions with strong winds. Craig Barr finished on top with 10. Six anglers qualified for this heat and will now go on to the semi-finals: 1. Craig Barr (10 fish); 2. Brian Lilley (8); 3. Tom Finney (8); 4. Dave Franklin (5); 5. Rick Lindsey (5); 6. Jonathan Fromant (2).
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Chatton held the last heat of the Fritz 'n' Flies competition on Sunday February 28. Congratulations to the qualifiers Josh Piper, Robbie Bell (already qualified), Scott Nellins, Brian Davis (already qualified) and Lee Wilkinson. The Pair qualifiers were William Leach and Alan Martin. After the competition pegs were picked for the Individual and Pairs Final by Kenny McMahon and Geoff Hobson. Chatton will be fully booked on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February for the Fritz ‘n’ Flies final. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Chatton regular Thomas Keys (Busha) from Belford caught an approx 6lb rainbow from Chatton Lake on an Orange Bloodworm. Bob Bensley from Morpeth caught two 5lb rainbows from Dunnydeer Lake on Diawl Bachs. Gareth Lane from Ashington was delighted with his 4lb 8oz rainbow. Quality hard fighting fish coming to the net up to 9lb bracket including many tiger trout. Still stocking weekly. The Fishery will be closing at 4.30pm this week.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The wide variation of weather has played havoc with anglers fishing this week. Despite the strong windy gusts, temperatures have been on the rise meaning anglers have had some very good catches. Various nymphs fished around the weed beds and margins have proved very successful with most of the fish been caught within the top few feet of water. Apps’ Bloodworms and Buzzers have also brought many fish to the net. Kevin Robson from Newcastle used a Black Dancer to net 6 fish from Coe Crag; D. Thompson from Whitley Bay landed 5 from Long Crag on Diawl Bachs and Olive Spiders; Ashington angler Ken Glenton had a good day landing 7 on Diawl Bachs; Steve Noble from Linton safely returned 5 on lures; Ken Smith form Ashington released 5 to Long Crag on a Diawl Bach; Cramlington angler Geoff Scott returned 7 on Zonkers and Bloodworms; Consett anglers A. Cook and T. Bland safely released 7 and 11 to Coe Crag on Buzzers ; Jim Burtle from Newcastle released 8 on Long Crag using Apps; Ali Tait from Morpeth safely returned 13 to Long Crag also using Apps; Newbiggin angler Willy Emery returned 8 on Long Crag on Bloodworms; Trevor Wadds from Longframlington released 11 on Long Crag using Bloodworms and Diawl Bachs; Mick Brown from Bedlington safely released 15 using Pseudo Diawl Bachs; Bob Smith from Morpeth had ‘a lovely 3 hours’ releasing 7 to Coe Crag using Buzzers ; Carl Nixon from Prudhoe returned 16 to Long Crag using nymphs; Lee Cartmail from North Yorkshire released 16 using nymphs, in his 6 hour session; John Williams from Morpeth returned 10 to Coe Crag using Bloodworms; Jaime Scott from Alnwick landed 7 on Long Crag using Cat’s Whiskers; Nick Hart from Stanley returned 8 from Long Crag on Fluff Cats and Cat’s Whisker. Fishery open daily 8.30am to 4pm.